Some scents are irrepressible, and quintessentially British: a whiff of clary sage on a windy afternoon in the scenic British countryside or the smell of hawthorn blossoms on a crisp, spring morning. British luxury brand Burberry has bottled up the country’s great outdoors in its first-ever collection of bespoke fragrances. The Burberry Bespoke Collection comprises nine unique fragrances in one, two and three varying concentrations created by renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian.
“For each fragrance, the concentration has been carefully chosen to offer customers the perfect blend possible. It allows the same fragrance to tell us a different translation of a story,” he says. And he’s right. Take the Antique Oak fragrance, for instance. Reminiscent of British boatyards, the perfume has notes of oud, leather, woody papyrus and earthy saffron.
Garden Roses will have you frolicking in a classic Bloomsbury garden, heady with the fragrance of Bulgarian rose, Italian lemon oil and refreshing vetiver. High Tide captures a whiff of the sea at high tide with marine notes and fresh jasmine, while Hawthorn Bloom is essentially spring in a bottle.
Tudor Rose is inspired by British history and takes you back in time with the unmistakable fragrance of Bulgarian Damask rose and Mary rose with notes of patchouli and ambergris. Wild Thistle transports you to the Scottish Highlands, tapping the fragrance of lush, evergreen leaves, galbanum oil and delicate floral notes.
Amber Heath evokes warm dusk light, golden vanilla, patchouli and amber. Ivy Musk brings to mind lush forests and sparkling streams whereas Clary Sage imagines pastoral landscapes brimming with floral and herbal fragrances.