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    I just picked up this gem yesterday. I love it and think everyone here should try it!!! I'm picking up tobacco, tea, wood, leather and spices so far. So rich and delightful!

    My only fear is that they start carrying this everywhere (like target, wal-mart, meijer, k-mart, etc) and everyone gets it. This is the case for burberry brit if you ask me. Hopefully this is a limited edition or release and doesn't become super-popular.

    I highly reccommend checking this one out. It's really great and rich.
    Lately I've been wearing:
    Windsor, Bois de Santal, Original Santal, Elixir, Douro, Endymion, Reflection, Arcus, Marwah

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    I bought this a few weeks back and had to swap it.. it's a pretty nice, sensual fall weather scent.. unfortunately..no joke.. it lasted no more than 15 minutes on my skin..... And this is after 5-10 sprays... an hour later.. it was undetectible... even with nose directly pressed to my wrist.. the gentleman I swapped it to.. had the same experience and passed the bottle along to the next.. a very well travelled bottle in Canada, I must admit...

    I suppose in this day and age... it's not surprising to see that a lot of of the longevity of the recent fragrance releases have been suspect.. but for those who love the scent, I guess it forces one to go through a bottle much quicker..

    I was disappointed..I was really looking forward to sporting the New London this fall, but halas.. it wasn't meant to me.

    a.

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    Just sampled it yesterday. I found the drydown very similar to Vera Wang.......which i guess...is not a bad thing.

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    Bought myself a 3.4oz bottle of this fragrance couple weeks ago. I find it very pleasent autumn fragrance (has great booze note), but as ''nearfantastica'' mentioned, it doesn't last too long. I'm spraying it on my shirt along the skin, which helps a bit though.

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    I went into Holt Renfrew a week ago to test this fragrance out and after 2, 3 hours on my skin, I knew I had to buy it. It's boozy, spicy, woodiness was just too delicious. Now that you've (perfectfeet) mentioned it, I do detect a soft tea note in the background! I think this fragrance would be perfect for Christmas, but also very, very suitable for autumn, as well.

    I guess I'm the lucky one out of this bunch because I don't have a longevity issue with this scent. Sure it's not a long distance runner like, say, Opium EDT (I don't have the EDP ) but it lasts - on me, at least. Goes for a good 5 - 6 hours - which is usually what I prefer because if I apply in the morning, by the evening, I have a choice of either a) applying more to continue wearing it, or b) apply a different fragrance without any clashing.

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    You know at first I would have agreed with you in that it faded quickly. I think I might be more accurate to say that it evolves and that spicy tea and tobacco in the beginning evolves into a sweet and woody base that is seeming to last long enough for me to notice. Personally, I don't think I'd want that bright spiciness to last throughout as it would become intolerable...too much of a good thing. I'm sure your nose becomes desensitized to it to some extent as well.

    I find myself making some valid excuses in it's defense, but I do reapply often. Maybe though it's because I like the scent so much I can't get enough of it. Those top notes do fade though...that is undeniable.
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    Windsor, Bois de Santal, Original Santal, Elixir, Douro, Endymion, Reflection, Arcus, Marwah

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    I picked up a sample of this last week and I have to agree, its wonderful.

    I need to get a bottle very soon!

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    I really dig it in a big way.

    I think of it as contrapuntal to Burberry Brit. To me, Brit is the quintessential Christmans Morning scent. The excited bergamot is waking up and running downstairs for presents, the cinnamon is all the candy and gingerbread sweets you eat, the somewhat over-sweet tonka at the end is the toothache you have by noon. Brit's great, but a bit juvenile, IMO.

    By comparison, Burberry London is Christmas Eve. It has a rich, smokey, "fireplace" feel to it. Its still sweet, but not in an artificial sweetener way, more like homemade pumpkin pie and deep red fruits candied on the stove. Its a restive but heady mix: the taste of a nice cordial with a pipe or cigar by the fireplace after the kids have gone to bed, when its just the adults som kose seg ("cozy-ing themselves"), as they say in norwegian. It comes on a bit strong, but to me the plum dominates the heart notes. Not sure what this reminds me of.... one of the fruit & leathers' date accord I think (maybe Varvatos or DK Fuel). Cranberry maybe? It soon becomes boozy, but not overly so (As I find Michael to be). Maybe like FdA, but in a less herbal way, more leather going on here, and a silky tobacco note.

    Burberry London feels very high class, very mature and exclusive. It should have been more expensive than it is, by the smell of it. I think they should have left Burberry Classic as London, and called this new one Burberry Prorsum, but what do I know.

    I cannot relate whatsoever to people reporting longevity problems.
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    Prefectfeet: In terms of the longevity problems, I was sure to ask a variety of people around me.. and after half an hour.. not one of 4-5 people I asked could detect that I was wearing any fragrance whatsoever..

    I admit, my skin for whatever reason <maybe lack of oils> often rejects fragrances.. but this certainly wasn't a case of "numb" nose.. the stuff did "not" last on me..

    This isn't to say that others shouldn't sample it, or give it a whirl..I am just relating my experiences regarding the fragrance and must report that unfortunately.. this stuff vanishes on me.

    a.

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    Very nice scent....Lasting power is good. not something I would use every day but a very nice classy fragrance indeed for that special occassion.
    Gary

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    Does anyone know when this will release in Norway or Scandinavia?
    All of the other fall-releases are here except for this (and Antidote)..
    If not, has anyone got their e-mail address?

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    Just want to chime in and say I've had great experience with the frag and simiarly do not have any longevity issues...getting an easy 8 hours out of it. It definitely does evolve, but that base is still there at the end of my day. I guess it just reconfirms what is so often said here, that any fragrance experience is simply something unique person-to-person.

    I have leaned that there are indeed fragrances with true longevity issues (e.g. when 100 people post here and say the same thing about a certain Hermes citrus) and at the other end there are staying power monsters (e.g. overwhelming volume of reports of Joop and A*men.) Everything else for me falls somewhere in between, with no way to reliably know other than through personal test drives...

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    Default Re: Thoughts on Burberry London

    After loving the sample, I bought a bottle this past weekend. It's just great.


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    smelled it in GQ and it smells like christmas! pies and mulled cider -- anyone think its too overpowered by cinnamon?

    i just smelled it in a magazine strip so that might affect how well the other notes settled but all i got was the smell of spice sacks

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbbbjm
    anyone think its too overpowered by cinnamon?
    nope. much less cinnamon than Brit

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    JoelCairo - your post upthread regarding Christmas Eve is spot on, and nicely written to boot.

    I'm wearing London today - still using the sample before I crack open the cellophane on the bottle. The sample seems to be at least twice as large as some others.

    I don't have any problems with longevity either. It's funny, because London is one of the few frags where I can smell it on myself. Most of the time I can't.


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    London is very long lasting on me. The drydown is superb, easy going, fresh and exhilirating. Potpourri, tea, leather, candied fruit and smoke.

    What's not to like!

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    Quote Originally Posted by perfectfeet
    I just picked up this gem yesterday. I love it and think everyone here should try it!!! I'm picking up tobacco, tea, wood, leather and spices so far. So rich and delightful!

    My only fear is that they start carrying this everywhere (like target, wal-mart, meijer, k-mart, etc) and everyone gets it. This is the case for burberry brit if you ask me. Hopefully this is a limited edition or release and doesn't become super-popular.

    I highly reccommend checking this one out. It's really great and rich.
    So its nothing like the orig Burberry then? I hope the answer is yes.
    There is no Nose....

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    so i sampled this the other day on my skin and all that xmas spice and woodiness was the top notes for me. its drydown smelled just like Love Potion No. 9 by Penhaligon's

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    Tried it yesterday. Stylish bottle, promising pyramid, smells wonderful, though very light, gone in 15 minutes and I mean sucked-into-a-black-hole gone. I'd love to wear this bit I'd need full-time irrigation
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    I tested this fragrance. It's smells like: Carolina Herrera for men or Hugo by Hugo Boss. Last notes like Heaven Chopard (i love it)
    I like it and I buy it very soon.
    Last edited by remy; 10th October 2006 at 07:16 PM.

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    Tried it today. My first impression is of a mellower, less harsh, more rounded out version of "Burberry of London". Good enough to try again.
    There is no Nose....

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    What does the 2006 version look like (box and bottle)?

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    I love this stuff. The bottle is awesome as well!!

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    For the longevity of this one, i have to say its really bad. U guys know what ? When i come in the store to test this, i sprayed 3 times on my wrist, and i can HARDLY smell anything ( just a bit but not that obvious ). Then after 1 min i cant smell ABSOLUTELY anything ....

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    Nothing but compliments from all sides with this one.

    Not a longevity issue for me. Good enough to spritz again a few hours later if required although I still smell it nicely at day's end.

    A playful beauty, this fragrance (IMHO) should not be taken too seriously. Anytime, anywhere. Like Antidote, its notes were meant to tickle and tease, not to overwhelm.

    But when I want more depth and richness, I reach for....others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariodefior
    Nothing but compliments from all sides with this one.

    Not a longevity issue for me. Good enough to spritz again a few hours later if required although I still smell it nicely at day's end.

    A playful beauty, this fragrance (IMHO) should not be taken too seriously. Anytime, anywhere. Like Antidote, its notes were meant to tickle and tease, not to overwhelm.

    But when I want more depth and richness, I reach for....others.
    I'm with you. I love it, and it lasts pretty well. Perfect scent for this time of year.

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    No longevity issues for me, I tested it today a good 9 hours ago and can still detect it on my skin. It is much much different than Brit, but just as enjoyable. Perhaps even more so. I will be trying it again soon before I decide if I shall purchase it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by remy
    I tested this fragrance. It's smells like: Carolina Herrera for men or Hugo by Hugo Boss. Last notes like Heaven Chopard (i love it)
    I like it and I buy it very soon.
    I dont smell any of these here.

    And I have to reiterate, I cannot relate whatsoever to people reporting longevity problems. I sprayed 4 times 10 hours ago, and both the girlfriend and I can smell it now.

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    This one seemed to last quite awhile on me, unfortunately, I preferred the top considerably more than the drydown.

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