Brit for Men (2004) Eau de Toilette

Brit for Men (Eau de Toilette) by Burberry
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Brit for Men (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Burberry for men and was released in 2004. The scent is spicy-woody. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Green mandarin, Ginger, Cardamom
Heart Notes Heart NotesNutmeg, Wild rose, Cedarwood
Base Notes Base NotesMusk, Oriental woods, Tonka bean

Ratings

Scent

7.1 (195 Ratings)

Longevity

6.7 (134 Ratings)

Sillage

6.1 (128 Ratings)

Bottle

6.6 (137 Ratings)
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StellaDiverF

213 Reviews
StellaDiverF
StellaDiverF
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Modern Gentleman
After the initial few seconds of citrus opening, Burberry Brit for Men turns out to be peppery and extremely woody on me. Spices mixes very well with the woody notes. The ginger here is quite dry.

This first hour projects well and is the most masculine phase to my nose. Afterwards, some floral aspects start to mellow the scent down and eventually turn it into a powdery scent described by previous reviews. However, it's not overtly feminine, and I can't really tell the rose. During the transition, at certain point, it smells quite soapy and alike to the aldehyde in Miroir des Secrets to my nose.

Towards the final phase after about 5 hours, Brit for Men stays very close to skin and becomes a comforting scent prominent of tonka beans and musk, though the woods are always detectable.

The longevity in total can reach 10 hours and the average sillage is relatively close. Elegant, understated and without being pretentious. A versatile fragrance with attitude. This might not be THE gem in one's wardrobe but a total functional one.
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Carlitos01

246 Reviews
Carlitos01
Carlitos01
Very helpful Review    6
I beg your pardon, I (never) promissed you a rose garden
I am far from being a strong lover of a heavy rose perfume. Yet, with Burberry Brit I falled in love since the first whiff.
The opening starts with a fair amount of perennial citrus spiced by green cardamom - Nice but common!
But the heart bursts with a strong powdery dark wild rose. This accord is particularly alluring and enjoyable. The fragrance becomes a bit unisex with this scent although the woody and spicy frame around it keep the necessary masculine vibe.The alluring rose reigns in the bottom phase still, but you can feel that there is added sweetness in the scent, together with some muskiness and bolder woody notes.
For the drydown you get a very pleasant dark rose, together with a sweet and woody accord, but not really for a long time - up to 6~7 hours. With 2 sprays, It projects fairly for one hour up to 3~4 feet radius. It is quite elegant but also discrete.
It still surprises me how much I like this rose scent. I felt I had to ask external opinions to better understand this fragrance footprint.
- 3 women aged 17, 27 an 50 years old, confirmed me that it was a very sexy perfume, very agreable on a men and not really feminine despite the floral strong scent. One opinion was funny: "It smells like a Coco perfume for men". All of them would like to smell it on a man in almost any situation but specially in leisure situations at home.
- 3 men aged 18, 28 and 55 years old, liked it a lot but confessed they would not buy it if Burberry Brit was to be their only fragrance. For a "one flask fits all" cologne they would prefer something more manly, but still recognising Burberry Brit to be quite adequate for dining out, as an office scent and for daily wear.

I reached the conclusion that this scent is versatile, pleases both genders, it's kind of sexy when women smell it on a man, and pleasing but not manly if a man smells it on himself.
It's fair enough. I still keep my own impression of being a very versatile, unique and alluring scent when I wear it.
What about some metrics?

- Scent opening............8.0 (pleasant)
- Scent Dry Down.........9.0 (very good indeed)
- Longevity....................7.0 (up to 6~7 hours on my skin, with 2 sprays)
- Sillage..........................6.0 (sillage peaks up to 4 feet; It projects for 1.0 hours)
- Versatility....................8.0 (quite versatile, expressing itself better in Spring and Fall, at ease in Winter days and in Summer nights)
- Usability......................8.5 (it's really a "use it almost anywhere" fragrance, but avoid the gym, the seaside or any kind of sweating activities)
- Compliments..............8.5 (This scent pleases the fair gender but will not provoke reactions with men. You will smell elegant, clean, fresh and maybe sexy for some of the ladies)
- Uniqueness.................9.0 (just its flankers)
- Quality.........................8.0 (quality ingredients; nice glass bottle; good spray)
- Presentation...............8.5 (beautiful Burberry patern all over the bottle. I own the version sold prior to the one in the Parfumo Burberry Brit page)
- Price.............................8.0 (€ 20.0 for a 100 ml tester flask)

- Average:......................8.05/10.00
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;

Opinion on "Burberry Brit":
Rose scent lovers should not miss this perfume. It is subtle yet pleasant.
Recommended? Yes!
Blind buy worthy? No! Do try it before. You may hate the strong rose note and you are still not aware of it.

Music: Lynn Anderson - "I Beg Your Pardon, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden"
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Smora

143 Reviews
Smora
Smora
Helpful Review    3
Hommage to a Victorian Rose
A 21st century hommage to a Victorian rose. Charmingly sloppy dandy scent. Not easy to love due to the strong powdery character.
First notes of mandarin and ginger not so impressive, but powdery rose and musky-woody-sweet base are gorgeous. Soft and flowery gentleman. It possess some twisted British humor for cold and foggy days. Really appreciate Maisondieu's creative skills. Flankers of this Brit are forgettable.

Rating: 6.5/10
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Elysium

255 Reviews
Elysium
Elysium
Very helpful Review    4
In the perfect British mood style
This is the 3rd scent I got from Burberry, just after Sport for Men and Brit Rhythm, which I will review soon. Since I have been enthusiast about those two, and I have read so many positive reviews, I decided to blindly order a bottle of both Brit and London for men.

Given that it was a muggy and rainy weekday, this morning I opted for Brit to face a new working day. I believe it's one of the most British of the Burberry offerings, very homey and introverted in comforting but odd ways. As I sprayed it on my chest I sensed a pleasant blend of floral-woody-oriental, powdery fresh, and mostly masculine on my skin. Good choice, it is perfect for cold weather, late autumn or winter.

Brit opens sharp with an accord of Earl Gray bergamot and green cardamom. When I then sprayed it on my wrists I met with a blast of fresh and balsamic notes. It's not offensively powdery on me, a very pleasing aroma, fresh sweet powdery, but a different sweet here, I'm not talking about 1 Million for instance. Indeed, mandarin and freshly cut chilly ginger gives a pungent boost to the opening and blend very well with cardamom.

As soon as I left home, the fragrance encountered the outside cold temperature and a warmer aroma reached my nose. This time the scent was a bit more velvety, silky, so confident and sexy, I guess the wild rose surrounded by the fragrant cedar and the spicy nutmeg played they good job in the cold. Ummm… the more I wore it the better I liked it, a substantial British cologne, so damn well-designed, no question about that in my opinion. I adore this kind of powdery, it is different from the one released by orris or iris and not giving a slight "lipstick" effect like in Dior Homme, which I love, either.

After that, it settles down to a very smoky, powdery spiced wood scent accompanied by sweet musk, tonka bean, and a calming vanilla-cedar accord.

Brit is an awesome fall, winter clear wild rose fragrance. But I will try it on warmer weather like spring since it is fresh and might work well. Definitely, I would refrain from wearing it during summertime, too cloying with hot temperatures. To me, Brit is very versatile, for both leisure and work time, day and evening. When you get down to the many nuances the Brit has to offer, you’ll find it good either for work or for play.

On my skin projection is good, the initial fresh lasts for about 2 hours and then it turns woodier and powdery. Longevity is above average, nearly 7-8 hours Definitely, a very thoughtful and well-orchestrated composition for those who appreciate this type of scent. The bottle is in a perfect Burberry style, the overall scent deserves 8/10.

Cheers,
Gianluca
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WildGardener

100 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
Helpful Review    2
But for a Mean budget...
Fruity - citric freshness and sweet powder on a dark woody amber core, warmed by a touch of ginger.

This ensemble features a glycerine-leatherette wild rose that counteracts the powdery texture and makes something more of it than a run of the mill oriental.

Brit for Men is well put together with good transitions and no false moves, but it has a screechiness due to the large amount of synthetic fruity and woody amber molecules involved which is a shame; it's an otherwise comfy and likeable night time scent, darkly sweet but offset by a cool bitter floral.

Even though BfM contains the germ of an idea which could have been worked up into something really special, it lacked the budget to amount to much.

Nice despite the poor materials.
5.0/10
Silverfire

126 Reviews
Silverfire
Silverfire
Very helpful Review    6
Greetings, Earthling. I Am the Baby Oil Vibe.
Upon applying this to my wrists, I heard a tinny commanding voice in my ears: "Greetings earthling. I am the baby oil vibe. I am your new master. Meet my minions, class and fresh. They are accompanying me to your skin where we will sample your body for nine hours and then return to our planet. You must tell your fellow creatures of your experiences, because we like your bodies, and want to return." (*) Being familiar with words, I agreed.

The baby oil certainly dominates, but the scent feels richer, the way Skarb does, and there's a fresh zing to it as well. It's a clean, thick, meaty, and slightly oriental scent. However, it comes off as a "Yo, I am a sexy perfume trying to be sexy," as if it were trying too hard. The initial silage is about two feet.

By five hours, it's down to about a foot, and it smells more like oil and vanilla. By six hours it's down to half a foot, and by nine hours, only a musky sweet base remains. This scent is not as simple as Curve Crush, and it's more consistent than Zino, but that doesn't mean that the experience was one I'd like to repeat (sorry aliens!). Burberry Brit seems excessive somehow. It's not a horrible scent, but the bad boy scents are my least favorite of all the categories of fragrance. I'd rather it had it gone the direction of a heavy citrus scent, like Silver, but the baby oil rules all.

I do appreciate the advanced technology of the sample (thanks DigInDirt!); instead of a vial, or a pipette, it's merely an absorbent pad in a pouch. So whether it's your thing or not, you get one or two uses and there's little waste. Do they still put these things in magazines? I'm not a big magazine reader, which means I can never run for vice president I suppose, but I'm not the target audience for fashion magazines.

* No, I didn't actually hear this voice. This review is a dramatization of the actual experience, and Burberry Brit will not induce schizophrenia. You are perfectly safe wearing it, earthling.
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Helpful Review    4
Subtle yet pleasant
It was slightly difficult for me to collect my thoughts and form an opinion regarding Brit for Men, because the scent kind of left me slightly disappointed.

Burberry Brit for Men, seems to me, to be lacking in substance and character. I can barely smell it, apart from spontaneous wafts of powdery ginger and damp woods. Perhaps it is supposed to be subtle, and while I don't like anything too strong on a man, this is going way beyond subtlety.

Sporty, casual maybe, but nothing too outstanding. Pleasant enough but underwhelming in the sense that it doesn't evoke any kind of feelings in me. Honestly, this fragrance could suit a man that loathes fragrance.

The powderiness is not bothersome for me, as I don't find it feminine like some reviewers perceive Brit for Men to be. It's masculine but too faint. There's not enough power to make me love it.

I didn't pick up on a rose note at all, but I advise men to not be turned off by rose in a masculine composition. Rose, when done well, can smell amazing on a man, take Le Labo's Rose 31, for example.

Edit: I have since re-tested this fragrance, and it's growing on me. I was able to smell the rose note the second time around. I do believe I'll be purchasing it for one of my male friends.

Statements

Carlitos01 12 months ago
Rose, ginger & tonka magnific coctail. This fragrance is a bit on the unisex side due to thr strong rose, but nevertheless a ladies pleaser.+4
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Elysium 3 years ago
Bergamot, ginger, rose and tonka work together well. Something that opens like Bvlgary Blve and lasts like Armani Code. A "wonderfall" scent+1
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