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Mr. Burberry (2016)
by Burberry

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Mr. Burberry information

Year of Launch2016
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 49 votes)

People and companies

HouseBurberry
PerfumerFrancis Kurkdjian
Parent CompanyBurberry

About Mr. Burberry

Mr. Burberry is a masculine fragrance by Burberry. The scent was launched in 2016 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian

Mr. Burberry fragrance notes

Reviews of Mr. Burberry

Our buddy Mr. Francis Kurkdijan, who not only burst onto the scent with Jean-Paul Gaultier's legendary homoerotic clubber Le Mâle (1995), but since 2009 has had his own prestige-priced perfume house (Maison Francis Kurkdijan or MFK), is seemingly never too good to help compose a mid-tier workhorse scent, or even compose for value brands like Oriflame and Yves Rocher. Apparently Burberry London is well aware of this, and has had a working relationship with the perfumer for a number of years, having him crank out half as many scents for them as he does for his own label. Such a good sport that Mr. Kurkdijan is, and although a lot of his mainstream compositions are about as hit or miss as any other perfumer (I don't care much for Le Mâle for example), I do have to say he put in some decent effort here with Mr. Burberry (2016). I seem to be of the unpopular opinion that this is a fair scent, and I admit it really does nothing to inspire whatsoever, but I think Burberry in particular has a knack for "git r' done" masculines that don't scary or scintillate anyone, so rather brow beat the house for doing what it always does, I'll applaud them for consistency with yet another dependable, but not amazing masculine fragrance. It feels like Kurkdijan pulled from the past but added a modern twist, as he did originally with Le Mâle and again with Narciso Rodriguez (2007), but shooting for for that mid-century English wet shaving vibe throughout. I think the house has accidentally landed on something which feels very turn-of-the-21st-century to my nose, especially the way fresh synthetics and balsamic notes merge.

Mr. Burberry opens simply enough, and it's an accord most of us with experience have smelled time and time again amongst other semi-fresh aromatic business/casual masculines. Grapefruit, bergamot, and cardamom merge to form a citrus, semi-sweet rounded savory spice accord, with a touch of meaty tarragon to connect Mr. Burberry with a British barbershop fougère-style opening, with exception that there really is nothing else very "fougère" about the opening. The grapefruit is the new X factor not really present in many older versions of this accord, making Mr. Burberry feel more youthful despite the traditional approach. There is a tiny inflection of a "grape drink" accord that is hard to place accurately with notes, but it isn't the full-on obvious grape leaf of Versace Man (2003), so it can be forgiven. The heart of nutmeg and cedar is joined by an oily birch note. This isn't the smoky birch tar of olden days, but rather the sort of rooty aspect birch as a flavor takes, but in scent form. Again, a small culinary aspect is linked here but it is brief. The overall woody/zesty "groomed gentleman" tone of Mr. Burberry carries on finally to a base of vetiver, balsam fir, and sandalwood, or what stands for the latter these days in absence of Mysore. Unfortunately, you're reminded that this is a 2010's designer intent upon cashing in on the trends of the day when that ambroxan base shows up, but it is much slighter than most of its kind, and manages to complete the composition rather than overtake it, much like the one that started it all: Bleu de Chanel (2010). To be honest, Mr. Burberry almost feels like the conservative English cousin of Bleu de Chanel, and the kind of scent for guys who like to romanticize about that kind of austerity but don't want to actually live it day-to-day. Wear time is eight hours and this is so safe it hurts, so keeping Mr. Burberry in the office is a good bet.

The best way to adequately summarize Mr. Burberry is by calling it a 2010's trendy ambroxan synth-woods psuedo-freshie by way of the 1970's British barbershop, full of aromatics, spice, and citrus zing. There is much more sweetness here than your dad's vintage bottle of Dunhill Blend 30 (1978) or even a bottle of Azzaro Pour Homme (1978) with it's considerable lemon and anise. Certainly this is no morose bottle of Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet (1902) or English Fern (1911), and the ambroxan here throws this right out the window for any hardcore vintage guy unwilling to wear a perfume without oakmoss in it or made after the year 2000 in general, but I don't think Kurkdijan nor Burberry are really going after people who interpret nostalgia as a life code anyway. Most of the derision and disappointment with Mr. Burberry I feel is expecting more from both the perfumer and the house, since both have proved capable of creating really artistic standout masculines, but the latter seemingly only does it by mistake, which is how I temper my opinion. Burberry have played it safe yet again, but thankfully they are good at it, so they've done no wrong and earn a thumbs up from me, but with the caveat that Mr. Burberry could just as easily be substituted with something like Calvin Klein Contradiction for Men (1999) or Truth for Men (2002) without batting an eye. For something with a little more soul, check out the Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum (2017), which works some pretty interesting magic that represents the "after work" version of this fragrance, and is also composed by Francis Kurkdijan. Good show old bean!
01st February, 2019
Starts off with a very beautiful and pleasant grapefruit with cardamom and a hint of nutmeg. I don't get much mint or tarragon. On drydown becomes a sort of sweet woody scent with nutmeg and with some vetiver. It's actually not that bad and I feel pretty good for winter. Sillage is moderate while it projects for an hour and a half and then becomes a skin scent. Overall it's a nice winter fragrance with some fresh notes and some nice slightly sweet woody notes. I can sort of detect vetiver on a very woody cedar base. I would have liked it far more if it lasted. In any case there is something very interesting about this fragrance that makes me like it. Not full bottle worthy though due to the atrocious longevity.

Update: I just realized the opening of this is very similar to the super synthetic somewhat sweet grapefruit in Adidas Ice Dive. I mean almost identical. But where Ice Dive stays like that the whole time, Knighted Man morphs into sweet and slightly warm spicy woods with a hint of vetiver.

3.5/5
03rd May, 2018
I've been on this Burberry binge and while this one smells nice - it is definitely lacking longevity.
09th April, 2018
TeeEm Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I got a sample in 2018.
Very weak ... smells like lynx spray
It has little projection or longevity...

Enough said
1/10
06th January, 2018
If sandalwood falls
In cedar, guaiac and herbs
Does it smell this nice?
27th June, 2017
Magnificent new scent from Burberry. Words to describe Mr. Burberry: Classy, dignified, positive, friendly, pleasant, inviting.

Mr. Burberry has a feel-good effect that lasts all day for me. Very similar to what made Dior Homme Eau a real favorite of mine (which has a mostly different note profile), with that spiciness in the head from the nutmeg, tarragon & cardamom and woodiness in the heart notes of cedar wood.

Lovely fragrance that stands out from the other current Burberry offerings. Big thumbs up! ;^>
03rd February, 2017

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