Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Cerruti 1881 for Men
I remember first smelling this in the mid-90's, and I found it memorable because it was so different from what was popular back then. It still is. It smelled like a stronger version of Eau Sauvage, but with a lot more floral notes. In fact, Cerruti 1881 smells like a cross between Eau Sauvage and Boucheron Pour Homme. I bought a bottle a few weeks later.
I don't understand why this is classified as an aromatic fougere, because I smell almost no lavender, and the scent isn't particularly aromatic. What I get is a wonderfully fizzy, lemony citrus and floral scent. The floral notes of carnation, lily-of-the-valley, ylang-ylang and rose make this fragrance completely unique, even today, and they define the character of the scent. This is not some boring citrus fragrance. The floral notes give the scent real depth, mass, and sophistication, while still smelling masculine. This is not a testosterone bomb, no. Cerruti 1881 is an elegant, breezy and relaxed fragrance that exudes cleanliness and class. I like it particularly during warm weather, but it is suitable any time of year.
I still have yet to find another fragrance that is similar to this. The sillage on this is fairly weak, which is good because I remember it having nuclear, overpowering projection with the first bottle I bought back in the day. This is not a frag you want to broadcast with a bullhorn. I prefer the strength of the current version, though longevity is only fair, at about 5 or 6 hours on my skin.
I don't wear this much anymore, and may never again, but I can't deny that it's excellent.
MY RATING: 8.5/10