Burberry London vs. Burberry Brit Women’s Perfume: Which Is Better?

Two of Burberry’s most iconic scents for women are Burberry London and Burberry Brit. Since Burberry fragrances are so well-loved, how can you know which scent is better?

One thing is for sure, they are not one in the same. Burberry Brit is sweet, light, and playful. Burberry London is a warmer, full-bodied fragrance. One scent belongs to the floral fragrance category and the other is a gourmand. Determining which one is better is a matter of preference and function.

But I’ve done a lot of research on them, and I’m sharing with you what I discovered while comparing the two fragrances. Keep reading to learn which one will be the better choice for you. 

Burberry London vs. Burberry Brit

Burberry London for Women vs Burberry Brit for Women

Aside from the fact that these are two luxury fragrances, there are a number of differences in their fragrance notes and the feelings each one evokes when sprayed on. 

 All About Burberry Brit for Women

Burberry Brit was first released in 2003 and was formulated by Natalie Gracia-Cetto. While it is a sweet fragrance, there are fruity notes that make Burberry Brit a playful scent that fits well into your daytime schedule during fall, winter, or early spring. 

Top notes are a sweet and calming combination of pear, almond, and lime. On the second layer, you’ll experience sweet candied almond, sugar, and peony. 

Burberry Brit slowly dries down to Tonka bean, amber, mahogany, and vanilla.

Since the mahogany added to Burberry Brit is more subtle than the floral and gourmand ingredients, I would think that this perfume would work well during the day

If you also want to wear this fragrance in the evening, you might need to bring it along with you to freshen up your spritz before going out. 

All About Burberry London for Women

Released in 2006, Burberry London is a highly sophisticated feminine white floral fragrance. 

You’ll first notice that this fragrance is bottled in a glass container wrapped in a fabric sleeve printed with the iconic Burberry checkered pattern.

While Burberry London is more classic than Burberry Brit, it’s not stuffy or stale. Burberry London has a fresh modern twist that young professionals and socialites alike would love.

Formulated by Dominique Ropion and Jean-Paul Chaillan, your initial encounter with Burberry London is a sweet and gentle combination of rose, tangerine, and honeysuckle.

Its heart notes take you on a journey through a walled garden covered with jasmine blooms, tiare flowers, peonies, and clementines.

As Burberry London dries down, you’ll sink into the warm subtlety of sandalwood, musk, and patchouli.

It’s a complex floral and woody fragrance with hints of fresh citrus. One or two pumps of this fragrance can last for hours on end. Its sillage is also lasting.

In terms of time of day, Burberry London can be worn day or night, but its heavier base notes might make this scent most appropriate at night. Early spring, fall and winter seasons would best complement this scent. 

This fragrance can be dressed up or down. It’s only available as an eau de parfum in 50 mL or 100 mL.

Is Burberry London or Burberry Brit the Better Choice?

Both of these fragrances are worth the try. But if you have to choose one or the other, keep in mind that Burberry Brit works best as a day fragrance and Burberry London works during the day and does well transitioning into the night.

Burberry London for WomenBurberry Brit for Women
eau de Parfumeau de toilette or
eau de parfume
Main accordswhite floralsweet floral
Top notesrose, tangerine, honeysucklealmond, pear, lime
Middle notestiare flower, jasmine, peony, clementinecandied almond, sugar, peony
Bottom notessandalwood, musk, patchoulivanilla, amber, mahogany, tonka bean
Time of DayAll day and eveningAll day, early evening
Seasonsfall, winter, early springfall, winter, early spring

Brit is innocently sweet and playful with a bit of an edge. London is more sophisticated but still fresh and modern. I guess you could say that Burberry Brit is the slightly younger sister in her last year of college or at the start of her career while Burberry London is the graduate student or young professional under the age of forty. 

Both sillage and longevity is slightly better for Burberry London, but you’d definitely get your money’s worth from either fragrance.

A Brief History of Burberry the Company

When you think of the Burberry brand, it’s likely that an image of their tan, red, black, and white checkered pattern comes to mind. 

The iconic Burberry check pattern was first trademarked in the 1920s – over 60 years after the company was first founded in 1856. It was during the 1920s when the company began using their Burberry check as the lining of their rainwear. 

That pattern and variations of it have since been applied to multiple Burberry product surfaces, including some of their fragrance bottles.

Since its inception, Burberry, founded by Thomas Burberry in Basingstoke, England, offered apparel solutions to help British citizens to endure their rainy weather. Durability and functionality were are the forefront of their product designs.

Burberry became so good at offering this service to customers that the British monarchy has acknowledged them with a Royal Warrant as a Weatherproofer in 1955, and a Royal Warrant as an Outfitter in 1990.

Presently, the company has been recognized as a sustainability leader in the Textiles, Apparel, and Luxury Goods sector of the Dow Jones market. Since 2017, they’ve worked with the Royal Academy of Art to conduct further research on designing and manufacturing even more innovative sustainable materials.

And since 2018, they’ve been working with the Ellen MacArthur foundation to help transform the fashion industry into a circular economy.

They currently operate in over 500 stores worldwide. 

A Brief History of Burberry Fragrances

Similar to Carolina Herrera, the fragrance branch of the Burberry brand was first licensed out to another company. From the 1980s until 2012, Inter Parfums operated this division, releasing the first fragrance, Burberry for Men, in 1981.

Burberry produced their fragrances in-house from 2013 until 2017, at which time Coty began licensing the company’s fragrances.

In addition to Burberry, Coty’s Luxury Brands division portfolio includes companies like Escada, Gucci, Marc Jacobs Perfume, Tiffany & Co, and Philosophy. Their aim is to create sophisticated, high-quality beauty products.

There have been close to 100 fragrances released by Burberry over the years. Some of them have been archived, but their current fragrance range for women include:

  • Burberry for Women Eau de Parfum
  • Burberry Body Tender Eau de Toilette
  • Burberry Brit for Her Eau de Parfum
  • Burberry Brit for Her Eau de Toilette
  • Burberry Brit Sheer Eau de Toilette
  • Burberry London Eau de Parfum
  • Burberry Touch Eau de Parfum
  • Burberry Weekend Eau de Parfum
  • Her Eau de Toilette
  • Her Eau de Parfum
  • Her Blossom Eau de Toilette
  • Her Elixir de Parfum
  • Her London Dream Eau de Parfum 
  • My Burberry Eau de Parfum
  • My Burberry Black Parfum
  • My Burberry Black Elixir
  • My Burberry Blush Eau de Parfum

Additionally, you can find a limited supply of Burberry Signatures Eau de Parfum in these scents:

  • Amber Heath
  • Garden Roses
  • Hawthorn Bloom
  • High Tea
  • Midnight Journey
  • Tudor Rose
  • Windsor Tonic

Most major department stores carry Burberry fragrances. You can also find their fragrances in their stores, franchised locations, through wholesale partners, and of course online retailers carry these scents as well. 


Hello and welcome to Fragrance Advice! My name is Grace Young, and I’ve been drawn to fragrances since I was a little girl. There's just something about scent that brings me so much joy! 

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