I chose to wear Burberry Red for the first time while travelling up north on a Christmas day. The lovely scent of tart rhubarb mixed with the slight tingle of spices filled the car, as we drove through the snow covered winter wonderland woods. My first thought was, ‘rhubarb pie and cranberries in the snow’, to describe the crispy feel of the scent. Half an hour later, I thought, ‘mmmm… rhubarb and vanilla’. Warm, spicy and tart, Burberry Red turned out to be a pleasant surprise for me. I was drawn to an unusual note of rhubarb when I bought it blind, but I was not sure what to expect based on reviews. I enjoyed wearing Burberry Red and I will be wearing it again during the holidays. However, I have to admit that both, my husband and I, got serious rhubarb pie cravings while I was wearing this scent. So be prepared to do some baking.
So what is the recipe for a successful rhubarb scent? I know there are no cranberries listed in the pyramid, but I do smell something in the beginning that reminds me of freshly squeezed sour berries with a citrus zing. The rhubarb is complimented by spices and a gentle rose layer in the background towards the heart notes. Finally the crispness is replaced with a gentle vanilla layer turning the scent into a warm and fluffy rhubarb pie sprinkled with gingerbread spice to add a kick. The scent has pleasant presence – not overpowering, but noticeable. I am also pleased with its lasting power for at least of 8 hours. I would like to give Burberry points for creating a scent with an unusual leading note and making it successful.
I think the charming ambience of this scent and the festive bottle with red plaid motif fit the holiday spirit like a glove. I was looking for something unusual and interesting to wear on Christmas day and Burberry Red fit the bill. Overall score 7/10.