Wow what a steal this scent is. I bought this online blind for $20 after reading some positive reviews from some respected BaseNoters.
This is a fantastic fragrance. A bit strong at first and reminded me of an 80's powerhouse initially, but everything calms down quick enough into a very relaxing masuline patchouli-musk. There is a soft floral note that is hard to describe, as I wasn't quite sure if it was carnation, rose, or something else, but it all fits nicely with base notes. Masculine, but not overtly heavy as one might expect from the opening.
Really a classy fragrance that could be worn day or night fall through spring. Dressy or casual. So glad I add this one to my collection.
OK. I've read the reviews. And for most of them I agree. Most. I can't agree with the bad ones.
This scent is a bit on the heavier side of fragances (I wont go into the finer points of top, middle and basenotes of how the scent is constructed............Because I'm not a genius). However, I own many of the lighter fragrances (citrus, sea, & breezy scents).
This cologne has a lighter 'leather' note that carries through. Aramis is much heavier, but this one dabs in a bit of citrus to lighten it up. Nice. Real nice. Not to heavy, but definately pronounced.
Would I recommend it. Absolutely.
Is it for a 20 year old? Probably not.
Cerruti 1881 is probably one of those fragrances that many people will pass over in favour of either more commercial or more esoteric offerings. And in both cases, this would be a shame.
A well-crafted modern fougere, Cerruti 1881 follows the traditionally-expected herbs and citrus with a much more subtle floral centre, quite rosey but with a little more of an edge due to the blackcurrant leaves and the juniper. The dry-down is all woods (sandalwood and balsam fir to add to the cypress up front) and amber, and it has a long and pleasant persistence.
It's a remarkably well-balanced and well-mannered scent but not at all boring - as many have said, this is rather like a better-behaved Eau Sauvage and, overall quite an achievement at this price range. As a result, it's long been a reliable fall-back for me.
A very well crafted masculine Fougere from the 90's with good longevity, perfect for warm days whether at the sea side or in the countryside.
Cerruti 1881 is a great, relaxed, I'm afraid also underrated scent of the early '90s. A floral, soapy, herbal woody scent, soft and slightly creamy, elegant and radiant, with a bright opening of herbal notes – both "grassy" and aromatic herbs – with a hint of lavender and forest notes. The flowers, then: a beautiful, bold, long-lasting accord of rose and carnation, supported by sandalwood and balmy notes, and something denser and stickier on the very base, which almost resembles to a sort of sweetened rendition of civet, sticky and dusty but not that animalic or dark. The drydown reveals some salty-metallic notes, but it's still pleasant, discreet, friendly and refined. Similar to other scents of the early '90s, but surely pleasant and well-crafted, the perfect companion for a quiet spring night with a gin tonic and a book (yes, you don't really need people around complimenting you).