What do you think of when you think of Barbour? I think of walking through the countryside whilst wrapped up in a wax jacket and wellington boots, and the dog casually trotting by my side. A burst of nature and being at one with the elements, Barbour has tried to capture its quintessential Britishness in a fragrance, Barbour for Her, and for Him. I was invited to Selfridges for the iconic brands launch of both fragrances, and a chance to try them out for myself.
Both fragrances are exclusive to Selfridges, and both priced at £40 each for 50ml. The Barbour for Him has already made its way over to my lovely Grandad, who I hope is enjoying his new aromatic, spicy and peppery eau de toilette. I’ve been treating myself to the Barbour for Her fragrance, a traditional lightweight scent that has been gracing myself for the last few weeks.
The white textured box with a Barbour print interior houses the new Barbour fragrance, inside its rose pink flacon. Rose gold accents adorn the bottle and lid, bringing it in keeping with current trends. The cross hatch pattern on the bottle is reminiscent of the quilting on the must lusted after Polarquilt (that I will have in my possession one day). The fragrance itself is lovely; a light, daytime fragrance that falls into the fruity-floral bracket. Its notes according to Barbour are top notes of pink pepper and redcurrant, a heart of rose, jasmine and pink peony with a base of vanilla, musk and vetiver. When I first spray Barbour for Her it immediately evokes a memory of something that I just cannot place, so to me, I’ve smelt something similar in the past. I don’t get the redcurrant, nor do I get a spiciness from the pink pepper but it goes straight to the heart notes with a bloom of floral notes. I think the pink peony element reminds me of Daisy Eau So Fresh, the original version from Marc Jacobs but I can’t be certain.
I also get a burst of fruitiness before it settles into a musky floral fruity fragrance that has the slightest hint of vanilla sweetness. I do keep mentioning just how light it is, and it really is. It does’t have the power of some of my favourite fragrances that can last a bit longer and longevity is average. I would put it on a par with the colognes from Jo Malone and their lasting power of around 2 hours, 3 tops. Although lasting power isn’t great, it hasn’t put me off the fragrance by any stretch of the imagination – I’m still wearing it daily and it’s made its way into my handbag for daily use.
For Barbour, this stretch into fragrances is a welcome one, however it’s not conjuring up images a nature and traditional Britishness that I would be expecting from the Barbour brand. That being said, the fragrance is lovely and perfect for the upcoming Spring and Summer months. It’s available in both 50ml and 100ml bottles at Selfridges, priced £40 and £50 respectively.
*Contains PR Samples