You know how in my review of Brut I said that it was a love-it-or-hate it fragrance? Well, I just finished reading all of the reviews of Brut on basenotes.net, and it looks like I was wrong about that.
I’ve never seen so many mamby-pamby reviews about one fragrance in my life. At least half of the reviews go something like this, “Brut isn’t all that bad”, or “Brut might be considered okay as long as you remember that it was groundbreaking in its day”, or “Brut isn’t terrible, as long as you live alone and you don’t wear it outside of your house” or “It’s okay to wear Brut in public, as long as you explain to everyone that you’re only wearing it because it reminds you of your grandfather”, and other such baloney. I have more respect for the negative reviews trashing Brut than this kind of nonsense.
Take Yves Saint Laurent’s Rive Gauche Pour Homme as an example. It’s an outstanding fragrance, and it consistently gets rave reviews from perfume enthusiasts. It was released in 2003, but you all know what fragrance it most resembles, right? Brut! Both scents are direct, strong and brash, and both reek of the Seventies. Yet Rive Gauche, being a designer fragrance from a chic designer house, gets all the accolades. Brut, by contrast, inspires people to roll their eyeballs and scoff.
The bottom line about Brut is this: either wear it or don’t wear it. It’s okay to hate Brut. That’s fine. Just don’t apologize for it. Brut doesn’t apologize for being what it is, so why are you apologizing for liking it?