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Burberry for Men (1995)
by Burberry

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Burberry for Men information

Year of Launch1995
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 439 votes)

People and companies

HouseBurberry
SupplierCreations Aromatiques
PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyBurberry
Parent Company at launchJean Philippe > Inter Parfums

About Burberry for Men

Formerly known as Burberry, then Burberry London, but then back to plain ol' Burberry in late 2005 to make way for new Burberry London scents.

Burberry for Men fragrance notes

Reviews of Burberry for Men

If I had to describe this fragrance through less wording I'd call it 'a modernized take on Black Suede'.It's the smooth,clean,and sweet facsimile that Burberry for Men has with a little more color to it.

I'm getting mildly soapy lavender and just a little amber and vanilla.Dipped in that amber/vanilla combo are the larger apple and black currants notes which comes off nicely as a fall reminder and tart.Mint comes out in this but seems to dwell within the lavender and restraining it just asa mild sense of freshness.Fair amounts of sandalwood and musk in the finish.

No, Burberry for Men isn't an edgy cologne.But it's smooth,clean,and despite being sweet...it's got a conservative quality to it.I really like it because it's cool running,but the blend makes you think of a 'fall spice' type of scent.It's a light projection fragrance at 3-4 sprays going 4-6 hours at best.Except in spring and summer where it hangs in 8 hours roughly on me.There's a really short list of good stuff from back in the 90's in my taste that I like.A lot of scents were so synthetic,sporty deodorant fresh,aquatic, and tacky.Burberry for Men makes a spot on my list.
17th March, 2018
So there's a bit of an interesting story to this one, and in fact, that story is more interesting than the fragrance itself, not that it's actually bad, mind you. Burberry the store originally was called as it is named now, after founder Thomas Burberry, but later picked up an "S" to become "Burberry's of London" due to customers just calling the original shop that, and under this pluralized name, gave birth to the design house that also was called "Burberry's", which is the name used to launch the original 1981 "Burberry's for Men" scent. This 1995 follow-up was thus just given the name of "Burberry for Men", after the founder's proper last name, but later changed to "Burberry London" when the original fragrance dropped the "S" from the name because the whole company did around 1999, reverting back to just "Burberry" company-wide as they were when founded. The original masculine became just "Burberry for Men", like this 1995 fragrance had initially been. Then, they discontinued the original debut masculine altogether by 2005, and decided to change the name of this scent from "Burberry London" back to it's launch name of "Burberry for Men" because the original masculine wasn't using it anymore and they had a new "London" clothing line emerging. To make matters more confusing, they reused "Burberry London" for an entirely different scent in 2005 at the same time all this was happening, meaning anybody owning this scent from 1999 to 2005 will have a hard time figuring out what to buy if they replace it, and anybody owning the discontinued original from 1995 onward may buy this by accident to replace it since they both shared this name at different points. Now how does it smell? Well I'm glad you asked!!

Burberry for Men (1995) capitalizes on the fresh fougère movement began with Eternity for Men by Calvin Klein in 1989. In fact, this rides dangerously close to that seminal scent, which makes me wonder why I actually enjoy it so much, because I shouldn't by rights. I think if I were to try and really dig deep, it's because of the traditionalism, much like Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme from the same year, resulting in Burberry for Men trying to be a much rounder and more honest fougère that plays closer attention to it's heritage. Burberry for men has a lot of top and heart notes, more than base notes actually, and more notes than can readily be detected in a wear. I won't list them all in the review here since I spent an entire paragraph discussing the train wreck that is the naming history of this juice, but it's a lot of fruits, including green apple, black currant, peach and lime with some bergamot and marigold (that last one being a really odd choice). The heart is not full of gourmand goodness like the top, but comes with jasmine, sandalwood, cedar, moss, lavender, and mint. I can really smell the lavender the most, and the mint second, with the woods third, and all that fruit blurring together as just generic sweetness to me. The base is pretty textbook with musk, vanilla, and tonka, which when united with the lavender and cedar of the middle, almost forms that vintage Canoe (1936) smell, making this some sort of fougère within a fougère. It's fougèreception!! In all seriousness, perfumer Michael Almairac did here what he did with Zino Davidoff (1986) nearly a decade earlier: he reinterpreted an older fougère with newer ingredients and style to please the market or client. In Zino's case, he was really retelling the tale of the original Fougère Royale of 1882 with powerhouse gumption, but with Burberry for Men, he's gussied up the classic barbershop formula of Canoe with a bunch of extra fruit and wood notes so fans of "freshies" would fall for it. That Almairac fellow is a sneaky guy I'm telling you.

Bottom line here is this: Burberry for Men (or Burberry London Red for you middle-vintage owners), is just a plain, simple, honest, traditional fougère at heart, with a bunch of sweet and sparkly fruit notes on top that make it feel fresher and more modern than it has any real business being. It might very well be the last such fougère made from a designer that isn't niche, so don't over-complicate things more than Burberry has already done renaming it a whole bunch by trying to figure out where this sits in the grand scheme of things. It's the fougère equivalent of the late-generation early 90's fox-body Ford Mustang: same old car underneath but with refreshed cosmetics on the outside because they weren't ready to develop a new platform. Michael Almairac wasn't ready to move on from traditional fougères, as evidenced by his work on Zino, but he probably had to conform to the client's requests (being Burberry) so he stuck some nice new body panels on an old design, fooling everybody. Most younger people say this is a semi-oriental best for winter because of the vanilla, but they haven't smelled vintage Canoe. This is an all-around all-season traditional fougère with a very effervescent opening, much like most of it's competition of the day. After it settles in, Burberry for Men sheds the disguise and just hums along as the plain-spoken English gentleman. It won't excite you, and it won't really inspire you, but it won't let you down either. Definitely for the mature man and not romantic due to it's conservative crisp dry down, but really just pleasant for anyone anytime. It won't set the world on fire, but no classic barbershop scent does. This is comfort food for the nose, just with a zany history.
09th March, 2018 (last edited: 10th March, 2018)
Scent 9/10
Sillage 8/10
Longevity 6/10

Best worn during winter and fall.
Best suited for gentleman.

I've smelled it on people who walked by. I've owned it myself.
It's worth the price.

18th December, 2017
A fresh, out of the shower scent to wear anytime. Can be a bit strong so a little will go a long way
01st December, 2017
Take a common, non offensive and nothing unusual high quality scent blend, add a big slice of warm and spicy fruit (peach and apple) pie with a scoop of ice cream and then bottle it. You got it, a very comfortable gourmand dessert vibe that is very affordable, of moderate potency and lasts well too.

It probably sounds more cloying than it really is, of course it could be too cloying for another nose. I really enjoy this on a rotational basis, very nice. IMO, the new Burberry London is fairly similar; but, has a Christmas festive vibe instead. I wouldn't want to sport either daily yet will not be without them. A pair of indulgent pleasures.
12th March, 2017 (last edited: 29th May, 2017)
I can't see this being offensive to anyone. Just a clean, sweet smell that kind of has a warming effect as it dries down. All compliments aside, it's quite ordinary and smells like many deodorants, body sprays, lotions, etc. Could be perfect for the office or casual wear. I'm not getting impressive projection (after 9 sprays from a sample) like many of the reviews mentioned although it's not a skin scent either.
06th December, 2016 (last edited: 05th January, 2017)

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