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Reviews of Brut Revolution by Fabergé

Total Reviews: 9
Brut Revolution (2006) is really anything but, as the aging brand of Brut (1964) itself, and its accompanying house of Fabergé had slid so far downmarket in the hands of Unilever since it picked up the reigns in 1989, that the name "Brut" became synonymous with the shaving aisle in most local grocery stores, much like Shulton's Old Spice (1937) which had also been bought alongside Shulton itself by the competing Proctor & Gamble. In fact, modern scents carrying a time-honored drugstore marquee seemed to be the order of the mid 2000's, with OS Signature by Old Spice (2006) launching the same year as this, and English Leather Black (2007) showing up the following year, all likely in response to younger people going upmarket to entry-level designers like Liz Claiborne or the burgeoning selection of celebrity scents over their "dad's brands". None of these products really worked, as they all came across as pandering in the end, since the "old man's aftershave" stigma was stuck to the brand no matter what was in the bottle. Besides, all these kind of men's fragrances would be upended by even cheaper body sprays as economic inequality grew and "cologne" just didn't make sense anymore to the bottom half of earners. Brut Revolution in particular wasn't horrible, but neither did it make any headway since it felt designed in a focus group more than by perfumers. At it's core this is an aquatic, which should have been released with good timing as the genre was in a second wind after a bit of a break in the early 2000's, but Brut Revolution was also an ozonic too, and a bunch of other things it had no business being. Brut Revolution certainly wasn't the first attempt at a fresh flanker, as that distinction goes to Actif Blue (1994), itself a reaction to the first wave of aquatics that "revolutionized" masculine perfume.

Brut Revolution opens with a whole bunch of the dihydromyrcenol "aquatic" accord, with very little accompanying citrus to help disguise it, so this raw chemical "watery smell" quickly hits the nose and then makes it go anosmic with its sheer unfettered directness. An ozone note also comes along as mentioned above, before a bit of calone 1951 comes in to infer some fruit (finally) in that opening salvo of science, only to be muted by a black pepper note which tops off the first 10 minutes. I get a few comparisons to other peppery freshies of the decade, including Iceberg Effusion for Him (2001), but this is far less-sophisticated and blended, which is saying a lot since Effusion itself is pretty rough around the edges too, but much more likeable. Hints of Ralph Lauren Polo Blue (2002) also creep in with the way dry marine notes play with calone in the top and the emerging green notes of the heart. I get some basil like Polo Blue, and a bit of geranium with a dry patchouli vibe, but it's all fake unlike the Ralph Lauren, and it all collapses into the base of Iso E super "woods" anyway. There is white musk and a sliver of oakmoss to keep it sharp, but this is only on paper, which is the problem. Brut Revolution may not sound terrible, but in application, the Iso E Super is so dominant compared to the rest of the base, even though there really isn't that much of it overall, that it continues the anosmia induced by the raw ozone and aquatic top, meaning you just won't smell strongly for the life of you no matter how much you spray. Imagine the nose-blinding effect people claim Dior Sauvage (2015) has with its norlimbanol overdose but not done with volume, but instead a lack of balancing. Yves Cassar composed this, and while he usually does well in the budget segment, this is not his finest hour. Wear time is a low 5 hours, which is about right for an actual cologne concentration, but might be higher to others since the anosmia takes such a toll on detection.

Because of the scent's unintentional brevity thanks to an unbalanced display of aromachemicals, it makes a better scent for a bar of soap, a stick of deodorant, or an aftershave than as a fragrance for day-long use, and you're in luck since all these products exist under the Brut Revolution banner. If you want to smell like pure 2000's ozonic ocean and synth woods peppered and lightly herbed, you can do so with a full bath suite and then layer on some of the fleeting cologne as a final touch. Everyone will smell you and think you stepped out of a decade-old time capsule, but you won't be able to smell yourself. Unilever realized they had a bomb on their hands and discontinued this stuff pretty quickly, but sites like Amazon, eBay, and even online stores for big box retailers like Walmart are loaded down with listings for the cologne, aftershave, and everything for dirt cheap because even after so long, nobody wants the stuff! I actually rather like the sleek, sharp, fresh, and functional feel of this drugstore take on the 2000's designer freshie, but the anosmia it creates really can't be forgiven, which is why I eventually gave my bottle away, and even after revisiting that same bottle (in the ownership of a friend) I still can't go higher than a neutral on it. You can definitely see for yourself and not spend a lot of cash in the process if you want, and you're probably doing some sellers a favor as they have this in huge bulk lots priced to move, but I wouldn't go after a bottle of Brut Revolution unless you are a die-hard collector of the line. What it all comes down to here is a good concept for a then-modern revitalization of a beloved drugstore staple, but composed with about as much finesse as a sledgehammer to a dollhouse.
14th March, 2019
Maybe I got old bottles, but this smells nothing like AdG or Unbound to me. This is more along the lines of L'eau D'Issey. It's a bitter, sort of salty, peppery aquatic. Actually it smells identical to Bellagio.

I find it to be flat, and boring. It kind of smells like just the base of a fragrance. Sort of how Mugler Pure Shot/Energy is, as it just smells like base notes.
09th February, 2018
Peppery Brut

This is a nice spicy fragrance. Find impressions are that it's light enough for daily wear. I think I'll enjoy wearing this from time to time.

Pros: Spicy, peppery Brut alternative
Cons:

15th October, 2013
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man114 Show all reviews
United States
ADG clone with a tad more spice. Longevity is average. Value depends on the price you get it for.
28th January, 2011
As the other reviewers said: an ADG clone with a significant pepper note. It isn't bad, but it has nothing to really like about it. It has rather poor longevity on my skin. Halston’s Unbound for Men is a much better deal.


04th December, 2009 (last edited: 28th January, 2011)
dw1243 Show all reviews
United States
a very good drugstore fragrance its very inoffensive and lasts reasonably long for an aquatic the neutral rating is for the price and that for the same price you could grab a bottle of Halston's Unbound which is a better option for an aquatic scent
17th May, 2009
ADG clone, but nicer IMHO. A good on the cheap fragrance - the longevity is alright, a bit more spicy (with pepper) than ADG - that's about all that can be said. . .

Would I buy it again? No.
27th August, 2008
I've since revised my review of this thread. it is definitely a derivative of Acqua di Gio, although it smells less smooth and more distinct. There is more of a sense of pepperiness here from the vetiver in the base notes, almost like a leathery smell more than an earthy smell. The lasting power is decent and on the whole it isn't realy a clone of Acqua di Gio but is vaguely similar. Recommended if you like this style of fragrance, but it definitely is derivative of AdG.
13th May, 2008 (last edited: 29th June, 2008)
Pecota Show all reviews
United States
To me, Brut Revolution is just a slightly soapier clone of Acqua Di Gio without much silage or lasting power. If you like the smell of AdG but don't want to spend much on something that completely blends in with the crowd, this is one step above a gas station "InStyle" version. The bottle's kind of neat, too.

Notes: Woods, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Musk, Moss
25th April, 2008