Sunday, July 31, 2011

Burberry Body - new fragrance review

By now, y’all would have seen Burberry’s ads for their newest fragrance, Burberry Body. Fronted by bodalicious Victoria’s Secret Angel and Transformers, ahem, ‘actress’ Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, clad in nothing but the iconic beige trench coat and I can only assume, a metric shit-ton of Hollywood Tape.

Victoria's Secret Model, or public park flasher?

Burberry hasn’t yet released the frag’s notes, or bottle design, but having got my little paws on a bottle, I can say that it would wear well with that trench coat, both being very beige and very trendy.

I'm getting sleepy just looking at the damn thing

Like most scents the last two or three years, Body (doesn’t even name make you yawn? It just sounds so supermarket body spray!) focuses on ripe and juicy fruits floating over a warm and sweet musky base. No animalistic growling musk here, more like those pink musk lolly sticks. 

The top notes are overwhelming sugary, and although I don’t have a notes list yet, raspberry would have to be included. I’m also guessing that some kind of vanilla of the sugar cookie persuasion, jasmine, peach, mandarin, apple and a very light sandalwood topped up with rubbing alcohol also make an appearance in this fruity mash-up. Body reminds me of a fruity gym-room body spray, or perhaps one of Escada’s summer flankers – sweet, boring, and incredibly popular with the 12 to 21 year olds.

Now that bottle. Again, it’s beige, but its shape holds a little more interest for me, mostly for its incredibly phallic shape, and my filthy,gutter-dwelling mind.

You're just lucky I didn't take the immature route normally favoured when photographing dong-shaped objects. 

The completely unsolicited money-shot. Bow wow chicka chicka.

Seriously, it’s not subtle at all. I’m waiting for the second drop of ads showing poor Rosie spraying it suggestively. Is that a perfume bottle in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? No, it’s just my Body...

Final impressions? Saccharine fruit cocktail, with a musky woods base minus personality. Save it for your 15 year old cousin who hasn’t found her own scent identity yet, or the afterhours club gal who wants something inoffensive for her daytime retails job. Expect to sniff this one on every second Schoolies-bound chickadee after the 85mL eau de parfum drops this September 4th. It’s a pass for me, I’ll be sticking to Burberry Brit.


  1. Standing in my local Ulta a few weeks ago I thought the same thing about that bottle. I picked it up and then felt dirty. I agree- jasmine and sandalwood.

    1. Haha. I ended up passing on this bottle to a friend and ending myself clarifying it's a perfume, nothing more....

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