Brut (cologne)

Brut (French pronunciation: ​[bʁyt]) is a brand name for a line of men's grooming and fragrance products. It was launched in 1964 by the American firm Fabergé and has been owned since 1989 by the British multinational company Unilever.[1] The Brut line grew to include aftershave, balms and deodorant. Packaged in a green glass bottle with a silver-coloured medallion, it is still sold as of 2022.[2]

Brut 33 by Fabergé
Brut Original deodorant by Unilever


In 1968, a budget range was marketed as Brut 33, because it contained 33% of the fragrance of the original product.[3] Packaged in cheaper plastic bottles, it was described by the company as a "lighter fragrance."[2]

Fabergé was taken over by Unilever in 1989,[2] and it was transferred to the Chesebrough-Pond's division in 1989.[3] There, the Brut 33 range took over the name Brut.[3] The Fabergé version became "Brut Classic by Fabergé" and retained its distinctive packaging.[3]

Apart from some regions, Unilever sells Brut around the world, with big markets in the United Kingdom, France and the Far East. Australia produces its own Brut aftershave, which is purported to have a slightly different scent. In Brazil, there is a Brut branded lather shaving cream in a tube, with the classic Brut fragrance. In 2003, rights to the brand were purchased for some regions by Idelle Laboratories, a division of Helen of Troy Limited.[2]

Called "The Essence of Man" in its advertising, Brut is marketed in the United States as representing traditional masculine strength of character. Sponsorship of the NHRA and of driver Ron Capps highlights fatherhood, teamwork and courage as hallmarks of the user. It is sold in drugstores.

Celebrity endorsementsEdit

The star of the 1970s United Kingdom advertising campaign was boxer Henry Cooper, who used the slogan "splash it all over". Motorcycling world champion Barry Sheene, athlete David Hemery, showjumper Harvey Smith and footballer Kevin Keegan, also appeared in the campaigns. In Germany, the brand was endorsed in the 1970s by football player, Franz Beckenbauer. Another footballer, Paul Gascoigne, also starred in an advertising campaign, although he was later dropped amid domestic violence allegations made by his ex-wife.[4] In 1973, Allan Moffat drove a Brut 33 sponsored Ford Mustang in the Australian Touring Car Championship, followed by a Brut 33 sponsored XB Ford Falcon GT in 1974.[5] In 1980, Joe Namath starred in an infamous ad which depicted him having a “Brut Day,” in which everything went his way. In 2020, Unilever rebooted its Brut advertising by recruiting former footballer Vinnie Jones for their "No Messing About" advertisement campaign. In its 'tongue-in-cheek' advertisement, poking fun at more pretentious perfume adverts, Brut urged you to forget silk sheets, sexual prowess and gold nuggets, with the slogan "It just smells good - no messing about."

Popular cultureEdit

When he acted out the role of James Bond, Roger Moore once used an aerosol version similar to this deodorant for self-defence in Live and Let Die, by touching the ignited end of a cigar he was smoking to the aerosol spray and thus improvising a crude flamethrower, since the propellant chemicals are flammable. In 2015, Jim Harbaugh was quoted saying "I've been a Brut man since I was 10 years old."[6] Also, Elvis Presley used Brut.[7] In the film Over the Top, Sylvester Stallone picks up a tractor trailer of Brut in California before taking his son on an eastbound cross-country trip.


In 2006, after acquiring partial ownership of the Brut copyright and patents, Idelle Laboratories launched Brut Revolution, an "ozonic" variant on the core fragrance. "As Different As You Are" is the theme of the fragrance, which is housed in a blue and silver bottle, breaking with the traditional green of the original.


Apart from Brut original, the range has grown in recent years with new fragrances such as Oceans, Identity, Revolution, Instinct, Musk, and Passion. The whole range is available in roll-on, spray, after shave, splash-on, shower gel, and Eau de Toilette.


  1. ^ "Brut". Unilever UK & Ireland. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  2. ^ a b c d "Brut cologne, eau de toilette, antiperspirant, deodorant, aftershave - Amazon UK". Retrieved August 12, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b c d "Brut by Fabergé (1964)". Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  4. ^ "BBC News - HEALTH - Domestic violence 'not recognised'". Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  5. ^ " - Crazy Domains". Archived from the original on 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
  6. ^ Seidel, Jeff. "Jeff Seidel: Harbaugh entertaining so far at U-M, but nothing's done yet". Detroit Free Press.
  7. ^ "Elvis Presley". October 10, 2016.

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