Floral woody musk scents remind me of expensive soaps. The kind you buy from specialty stores. The fragrance quietly wafts in the air and the soothing freshness of the soapy character permeates an interesting ambiance where the decorative allure of soap and the comely effect of youthful freshness mingle in a beautiful symphony. This is Burberry The Beat, in a nutshell.
Burberry The Beat was introduced in 2008 and the noses behind it are Dominique Ropion, Olivier Polge and Beatrice Piquet. This stylish and energetic perfume features bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper, mandarin, iris, bluebell, Ceylon tea, white musk, vetiver and cedarwood. The floral appeal is contradicted by the warm musk at the base while the Ceylon tea accord brings out a tinge of sparkle to complete the fragrance.
The Beat is certainly a young scent. It’s mildly sweet and slightly earthy. The notes are well-blended and to some extent, nondescript. This isn’t too sheer either. Sometimes, perfumes with tea notes in the composition come out as too light a fragrance (olfactive memories of Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea come to mind). On the whole, it’s a nice everyday scent to wear if you feel like wearing something mainstream.
The 2008 version of The Beat is formulated as EDP however, the sillage is more like an EDT, at least on my skin when I tested it. This year, Burberry released an EDT version of The Beat which is a total surprise because the original fragrance is already light in formulation to begin with. I am not sure how a watered down version of a light perfume would smell like. And frankly, I don’t find any logic in that. Certainly, the EDT will be more ephemeral and longevity is likely nil. I like the youthful attitude of The Beat but in regards to formulation, I’ll stick with the EDP. The latest EDT version is repetitive and a waste of money, in my opinion.
Burberry The Beat is available in 1.7oz and 2.4oz, both in eau de parfum and eau de toilette versions. The bottle features the signature Burberry plaid design topped with a silver metallic cap.