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What a great freakin' word. BPAL LOVES TEH SMUT! Three swarthy, smutty musks sweetened with sugar and woozy with dark booze notes.

 

 

Large splash at the bottom of a sniffer bottle from 2019 and I am testing fresh. My Smut also does not have a year on it, but it has the crumpled brown paper as the label picture.

It's resiny musk, sweet, some kind of alcohol, and actually quite light despite the large splash I accidentally put on without realizing it was so large haha. 

This is not boozy at all on me. I do agree it is a bit root-beerish. I am generally not a fan of musks (I did not love snake oil but that may be due to the other ingredients) but this is quite kind to my skin, quite "natural" smelling and slightly sweet complementing it. This does not morph much and is actually really light. After an hour it's still there but as a skin close musk, slightly  resiny, slightly sweet, not over powering at all but definitely sensual.

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2019 Smut, and apparently I never reviewed my other Smut decant either, which I think is 2013.  2019 is lighter, less voluptuous, but I suspect in six years it may smell quite like my older decant.  Sweet, boozy, almost fruity musk -- one of those musks is definitely of the red persuasion, but it doesn't take over completely. Whereas the above reviewer gets root beer, I get something suggestive of rum and coke (that sounds kind of disgusting, but it's very pleasant).  However, it's not so boozy or so smutty that it can't be worn to the office, especially the 2019 version which wears very close to my skin.  I find Smut a fun, sexy, I-feel-and-smell-great blend to wear, not an I-will-bring-you-to-your-knees-and-you-will-worship-me kind of blend.  The older one is definitely deeper with more staying power but again, that may come with age.  

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As others have noted, in the bottle this is almost like an uber-boozy cough medicine- but never judge a scent by its bottle smell! I have been fooled many a time, both positively and negatively. thankfully, this time was positive. I love smut as an alternative to lust.  Lust comes across as a more playful and upbeat sexy, ready to hit the fun bars at 2 am.  Smut is a sleepy sexy, on a red satin bed in your best lingerie with a bottle of booze.  The musk is very prominent with a sort of nutty undertone, makes it a very heavy scent with medium throw, so I would layer it lightly, building it up as you see fit.

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I have 2015 on one arm and 2012 on the other...

 

’12 has a definite cherry note going on, sweet musky cherry. Never loses the fruit, though the sugar comes more to the forefront in the drydown. 

 

’15 is pretty much straight up musk. Not particularly sweet or boozy, it’s soft and cozy. 
 

Both are skin-close once dry, ‘12 amps a bit more. Of the two, I enjoy ‘12 more since it is more complex. I don’t often want to smell fruity, though. 
Not convinced I should keep either.
 

I’ve been hankering for a good strong red musk scent, and have been finding it to be an elusive note to my nose. Almost always soft and smooth, not often a sexy vampy vibe that I crave. 

 

 

 

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I'm wearing the 2017 version for this review.

 

I've been dying to try Smut for a while due to its popularity and the fact that it's from Lupercalia, a collection I haven't tried anything from yet. And with the recent Weenie update, I have a few decants from Smut-o-Ween coming in soon.  So I wanted to be familiar with the original before reviewing those.

 

It starts off super sweet and slightly butterscotch on my skin? Some vanilla is peeking through and I'm also getting some of the booze and spices, but it's not overpowering the rest of the notes. I want to say there's a touch of cinnamon in this, but I could be wrong and mistaking it for a musk.

 

It is heavenly for sure and I'm glad I got the bottle instead of settling for a decant. I can see why this is one of the most popular scents! Highly recommend this if you're undecided on what to get from a Lupers update, I think this would please most people since it's not super foodie to me.

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Review of 2015 version:

Smut! There are some popular scents that I just don't quite "get" why they are so adored, and others that totally live up to their hype for me. This is the latter. I'm not really getting much in the way of boozy notes on my skin (which is a bit of a shame, since I love all things boozy!) but this fragrance is so great and addictive I can't even be disappointed. It's a musky oriental that's a bit dirty and a bit sweet. It truly lives up to its name. I can see where this would easily get a lot of nighttime wear.

 

With the recent Smut based Weenie series, I've discovered that Smut works nicely with many, many things and will definitely do my own layering experiments. Sometimes you just want your fragrances to be a little more smutty!

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Reviewing 2015 and 2021 side by side. 
 

About an hour in, it’s exactly what you’d expect:

‘15 is deeper and more complex, a little more grown up. 

‘21 is juicier and brighter.

 

‘21 wants to go out for cocktails and dancing; ‘15 wants to slip into something more comfortable. 

 

’21 is louder right now as well, where ‘15 is fairly subtle, as far as how much smell I get up my nose when I sniff. 

 

2 hours in, ‘21 has dried down to a faint, barely-there juicy musk.
 

‘15 is a gorgeous earthy vanillic skin-close musk with more presence than ‘21. On a scale of 1 to HELL YES, can I make out with myself?

 

4 hours in, almost nothing is left of either. ‘21 is a tart, fruity, almost woodsy whiff. ‘15 is a faint dark/red musk.
 

After 12 hours, both smell like a swipe of sugar. My skin, but sweeter. Like if I dipped my finger in a sweet cocktail and used that as perfume. 
 

I never got a boozy note from either, just a hint of the woody aromatics of a nice barrel-aged brown drink, but any alcohol has evaporated. 

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2021 Smut. Warm, sweet, boozy musk, the kind that makes you go mmmmmmm. Anyone familiar with that drugstore perfume called Tabu? This is a nicer version. (Cue Smooth Operator by Sade.) Low throw, medium wear length. Sticks close to the skin so to enjoy it one has to be, well, close. 

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After a year of constant chemistry fails on all my blind bottle purchases, I am relieved that Smut 2021 is a winner.  Although I'm not new to Smut, it's been many years since I last purchased it and it's formula does vary from year to year.  My bottle of 2006 is too strong for daily wear, my 2011 is almost empty, and my beloved 2012 cherry amaretto version is too rare to use up.  (I have only decants of '07, '08, '13, etc).  I was afraid that buying this years version would be problematic as Snake Smut was one of those recent catastrophes.  Fortunately I was worried for nothing. 

 

I sniffed 2021 alongside my 2011 and both are quite similar (with 2021 obviously having that usual slightly plastic-y note of fresh Smut that goes away with age). It's still yummy fresh anyways and by next year it will be totally amazing.  (This year does not smell wine/port like some other years. No honey or brown sugar either.)

 

Super happy with my purchase.  😍

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