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Trussardi Uomo (original) (1983)
by Trussardi


Trussardi Uomo (original) information

Year of Launch1983
Average Rating
(based on 167 votes)

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PackagingNicola Trussardi
Parent CompanySelective Beauty > Selective Beauty Prestige division
Parent Company at launchICR

About Trussardi Uomo (original)

Trussardi Uomo (original) is a masculine fragrance by Trussardi. The scent was launched in 1983 and the bottle was designed by Nicola Trussardi

Trussardi Uomo (original) fragrance notes

Reviews of Trussardi Uomo (original)

A powerhouse Italian men's cologne that is a timewarp to the heart of the 1980's. It lies in the aromatic spicy family of fragrances.

What makes my bottle feel special is that I had recently purchased the vintage version from an Italian vendor online for a decent price! :-) This comes with the gold greyhound logo and gold bottle cap on a beautiful leather-covered bottle. It's like unearthing a perfectly frozen person preserved for the past 30 plus years!

Trussardi Uomo (original) starts with a loud citrus and spice hit, very reminiscent of Polo (green) by Ralph Lauren, of Havana by Aramis (though a bit simpler and less chaotic) and of Quorum by Puig (albeit cleaner and better formulated). It is bright, bold and brash, hearkening to the decade of excess from which it originated. This initial brightness tells you immediately that Trussardi Uomo is about business, unashamed and ready to go toe to toe with its peers in whatever setting (i.e. evening formal or casual or party scenarios).

Over time, Trussardi Uomo settles into a mellower, still quite aromatic spicy, character where subtle notes of leather and tobacco start to appear. Jasmine mixes with oakmoss, nutmeg and pimento to continue the thick spicy sensation present in uber amounts on the opening. The base seeps in with a medium strength incense interplaying with a slight smoothing sensation of patchouli and sandalwood. Cedar is nested deeply in there to prolong Trussardi Uomo's sensational brashness.

As a 40-something scent collector, I see myself sporting Trussardi Uomo (original) once in a blue moon for evening outings where I want to communicate an old-school, bold aura among others of near-age. Given its heritage, I cannot see millenials and beyond automatically enjoying this cologne unless they have a nostalgic spirit that can willingly accomodate and appreciate such a wild ride (they're out there!).

I haven't tried the reformulated version, and I will withhold judgment until I try it and assess it on its own merits (versus "aw, this is not like the original, and I don't like it for that reason alone").

Bravo, Trussardi, for having created the 1983 legend!
30th August, 2018
Stardate 20170918:
Vintage Version.

A leathery incensey floral Chuck Norris.
One of those fragrances that wear you.
Sillage and longevity is great.

It shares its DNA with VCA Pour Homme as well as Leonard PH. Similarities with Smalto, Montana and others noted in other reviews are apt.

One Million of the 80s, though 1000 times better. The development is great. Dries down to spicy powdery tobaccoy sweetness.

Nothing to dislike. Just get it.

18th September, 2017
Some word association with Trussardi Uomo: bold, dirty, raunchy, and sex.

This is definitely an '80s fragrance and if you're a younger guy, you run the risk of drawing too much attention to yourself. There's a lot of testosterone behind this fragrance, so if you're even a little self-conscious, you're going to come across like a try hard. This cologne is probably safer for the 40+ crowd. However, it's far from an "old man" fragrance. It's not like Brut, Grey Flannel, or even Kouros. Trussardi Uomo reeks of virility.

The spray goes on thick, and you'll either be a Don Juan or a Disco Stu. As the top notes fade, the raunchiness kicks in. Then it gets a little dirty about an hour or two in. For me this is a bit of a rough patch, and it begins to remind of current Polo green's dry down, or even Preferred Stock's. This is when the dirtiness becomes most pronounced, but unlike the other colognes I mentioned, there's other pleasant notes to keep things afloat. When it gets to it's final dry down stage the dirtiness leaves and you're rewarded with this this really smooth-yet-strong, sexy scent.
This is probably one of thee best final dry down stages I've yet to experience in a men's fragrance. It even smells more refreshing than its top notes, when usually the reverse is true.
I've been wearing this now for 9 hours now and I can still smell it on my wrist and it's great!

This is a classic, and an '80s masterpiece. But remember, there's no middle ground wearing this. You either succeed or fail with it.

21st August, 2017
The opening of Trussardi Uomo immediately reminds me of Van Cleef and Arpels pour Homme, but within minutes it joins the group I find similar smelling of Salvador Dali pour Homme, Montana Parfum d'Homme and/or Montana pour Homme, and Francesco Smalto pour Homme. From this group, I think I may only like the Smalto more than this one. The Trusssardi is a strong entry.
11th April, 2017
Living large in the ‘80s! Whatever you associate TU with (gold chains, clubbing, Italian Uncle), you can’t deny it’s a time capsule in a bottle. It had a tremendous power associated with it. There will be no prisoner’s taken while wearing TU. It was so powerful that the European Union essentially classified it as a dangerous substance and has since banned pretty much in it that made it a threat.

TU commences with a slug of myrtle, sage and lemon. The opening is forceful and unique. I can’t think of any Italian power scents quite like this. Azzaro PH? Different beast. Fendi Uomo? Different beast. Versace L’Homme? Similar but not as beastly.

The next and final phase enters into what I call “beast-mode”. Big leather, wild oak moss, and untamed patchouli. It’s a beast alright but lovely in a brutal sort of way…like Frankenstein. I don’t detect any incense or cedar but they’re not really necessary.

In the end, TU proudly occupied its place on the dance floor and it’s a shame it has been banned/discontinued. Long may it live, forever in the nostrils of those who “lived” it.

20th October, 2016
Genre: Leather

“It was the best of times., it was the worst of times…”

Trussardi Uomo embodies the Dickensian paradox of 1980s men’s fragrances to the fullest. On the one hand, it’s rich, complex, and loaded with character. On the other hand, its immoderate swagger leaves it feeling about as au courant as big gold chains or a shiny polyester shirt. I went through at least one bottle of Trussardi Uomo during the 1980s, and for me it will always be one of those chest-pounding compositions that define the decade’s olfactory style at its most brazen. Wearing it today feels like an exercise in nostalgia.

Trussardi Uomo starts out with a blast of tart citrus and pungent aromatics, the latter resolving slowly into an enormously potent accord of sage and lavender. Tobacco, patchouli, leather and moss fill out the arrangement. I also suspect an admixture of castoreum contributing to Trussardi Uomo’s virile profile. The drydown is in the classic leather chypre mold, with plenty of patchouli, moss, and labdanum. Trussardi Uomo is a loud scent, but perceived in isolation from its period associations, I don’t think it’s crude. There’s only so long though, that I can keep the associations at bay. My failing, not Trussardi Uomo’s.
06th July, 2014

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