Burberry describes Weekend for Women as “sparkling citrus floral fragrance” based on the “the spirit of outdoor escapes” suggesting early 1900’s explorers. Burberry Weekend is a fragrance that I’ve always had around since its launch in the late 90’s. I have never reviewed it because I find it difficult to do so because I’m so used to it. It’s hard for me to think about it in a review sense/notes but more of an “experience” fragrance.
I’ve always liked Burberry Weekend because it is a sport fragrance that isn’t aquatic. This has a very classic perfumery take on the sporty fragrance. In my mind it was always for the sort of girl that drive a convertible Saab on a sunny spring day wearing tennis outfits and spotless, white Tretorns. AKA this wasn’t me at all. I was always in some sort of preppy, privileged drag when I wore. it.
Weekend opens with a bitter, sour citrus. It wears as a fruity-floral with peaches, zesty citrus peel and fruity blossoms. The heart is bitter citrus blossoms and sweet, abstract florals. It has always reminded me of ripe beaches and wildflowers, like a country meadow. It dries down to warm woods and mandarin peels.
After really analyzing this fragrance, I find it so odd that I wear it. I don’t wear fragrances like this typically. I think I wear it because it was one of my first fragrance purchases, nostalgia, perhaps? I really think I wear it for what it reminds me of. For a sport perfume, this isn’t light. It’s strong and it projects. This isn’t a playing tennis fragrance, this is playing croquet on a meadow kind of sporty. This is long weekend convertible rides to the countryside. This is a carefree picnic fragrance and your wearing a white button up shirt dress (think the 50’s fashions of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday or Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief). This is a leisure bike ride on a gravel road. These laid-back outdoors activities appeal to me. These are the weekend activities you can still wear lipstick for and you don’t break a sweat. These are the activities that make for a nice date. There’s just something romantic about this fragrance because of that. It seems like something a sweet 50’s starlette like Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn would wear on the weekend.
Notes listed include blue hyacinth, iris, nectarine, peach blossom, red cyclamen, rose, sandalwood, cedar and musk. Launched in 1997. PERFUMER – Nathalie Lorson
Give this a try if you like green florals or those retro “sports” scents. Or perfumes like Estee Lauder Aliage Sport or Estee Lauder Estee, Sisley Paris eau de Sisley 1 EDT, Evaflor Amati and/or Caron Fleur de Rocaille EDT.
Projection and longevity are average.
Weekend is harder to find these days but you can still find it at discounters like Perfume.com for under $20!
*Bottle purchased by me. Product pic from Fragrantica. Post contains affiliate link. Thanks!