Can't say I get a tonka bean fragrance from this one, but that's not a complaint. For me, it opens with a huge ginger bomb riding on that mandarin orange, then softens after about 10 minutes into a woodsy talcum powder scent that lasts about five hours before fading to a skin scent. I like it a lot more for hot weather than for cold temperatures, thanks to that talcum powder.
Brit For Men by Burberry, 2004
There was a time when Brit was quite influential (Pi Neo is one obvious example of a post-Brit fragrance) in taking the Le Male route and subverting it by adding a dose of spice. There is a slightly chalky, inedible vanillic aspect to Brit but I don't categorize this as a powder scent (see Canoe for a reference powder). Against my usual predilections, I do like Brit for Men well enough, although as some others have opined, it's too simplistic to be a daily wear and in hot weather or if over-applied it will be cloying.
This has to be my all time favorite. I never get sick of smelling this. It's more of a winter time scent for me as it reminds me of Christmas. It's so comforting to spray this on. It's like a warm blanket. The only complaint would be it doesn't last as long as I would like. It needs to be stronger. But this is an EXCELLENT fragrance. And I think the packaging is very cool and classic. A+.
Great comforting/powdery fragrance for all seasons. Opens up with bergamot, ginger and cardamom. Very green in the opening. Brit dries down into a fantastic powdery sweet/spicy oriental and sort of smells like sun tan lotion which I personally like. This is not something you can wear everyday. Great fragrance, sniff it out for sure!
Smells like...department store. The blend of powder scent and some florals, nothing special at all. longevity is poor. I give it neutral b/c it is safe.
There was a time when this had a stigma of being overly abundant in the world. Now seems a fine time to break this modern classic out again. Brit opens sharp with an accord of ginger, spices, and citrus on top of a smooth cedar note. The ginger in particular stands out on my skin and I find it represented very well here. Brit warms my senses and find it very comforting to wear in cooler weather. Every layer of the composition is pervaded with a persistent light powder and vanillic warmth of tonka bean. I generally don't like powdery scents but the powder is put to good effect as it rounds off the edges of the sharper notes. I find this a better use of powder than was the case in Armani Code. As the fragrance dries down the rose note becomes more apparent and it seems quite well done. It always seems caught between other notes and supports them quite well. At this point an almost incense like quality continues its ascent to marry with the heart. This is probably the patchouli, cedar, and musk. The scent pretty much holds this tune until the final stages as it fades away. Longevity isn't bad. Brit lasts a solid 6 hours before becoming a skin scent. Sillage and projection also are respectable. 3 or 4 sprays should suffice for most occassions. I really appreciate Brit. It's always a safe one to go for in cooler months. Especially so if I'm feeling unsure or unmotivated to wear anything in particular. Brit could pull off most any occassion, casual or formal. It strikes me as most appropriate for fellas from their teens well into middle age. Doesn't hurt that women seem to show majority approval of Brit as well. Thumbs up!
This one is pretty simple in my eyes. It's powdery, to the extent of almost smelling like a sweetened baby powder. Honestly, it's unoffensive for the workplace (only time I wear it) and simple... too simple for me, but again it's a very safe pick. It gets a side-thumb for being overly basic and uninteresting. Sure I smell good... but a lot of things smell good. Colognes should be deeper. Longevity: I work in an office that maintains about 74 degrees all day, and spend most of that time at my desk. Needless to say, my body temperature is rarely elevating... that in mind, this frag literally lasted 14 hours on my skin. Crazy. Projection: At the desk in a cool office, it was weak but appropriate for dealing with clientelle. When I was running around after, it was plenty strong enough (two sprays was good).
Brit for Men gives off a peculiar, brainy, reserved vibe of an old den or professor's office, then flips completely and turns into a sweet, powdery bouquet of old roses. Not sure I like the finale, but Brit has such an interesting personality that one has to like it at least a little bit.
Opens up with a gingery musky scent, and then dries down to a woody, powdery scent. It's not terribly complex; best describled as "inoffensive". A perfectly fine winter scent for the office. Sillage and projection (on me, at least) is average, as is longevity. There are more interesting winter scents out there, but if you get it as a gift or pick it up for cheap, then it's probably not a bad thing to have in the dresser as an everyday scent. I want to give this half a thumb up - it's slightly better than neutral but not good enough for a thumbs up.
Nice fragrance. Something different in the world of men's colognes. Not for everyday use. If I use this more than two consecutive days, I get a little tired of it. But this is one worth purchasing.
Brit For Men by Burberry, 2004
|Top Notes||Green Mandarin, Ginger, Bergamot, Cardamom|
|Middle Notes||Wild roses, Cedarwood, Nutmeg|
|Base Notes||Oriental Woods, Grey Musk, Tonka Bean|
|Perfumer||Antoine Maisondieu [Givaudan]|
|Bottle Designer||Fabien Baron|
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