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Tuscany / Etruscan (1984)
by Aramis


Tuscany / Etruscan information

Year of Launch1984
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 450 votes)

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Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies > Aramis and Designer Fragrances
Parent Company at launchEstee Lauder Companies

About Tuscany / Etruscan

The first Aramis fragrance to be created outside of the US. Tuscany was created in Firenze, Italy in 1984, then launched in 1985 in the UK.
The packaging is inspired by the warm red roof tiles, and the bottles silver top is shaped like a naval column.
The fragrance contains notes of Bergamot, Geranium and Pathcouli.
The fragrance s marketed as 'Etruscan' in some countires. (The Italian name for the Tuscany region).

Tuscany / Etruscan fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Tuscany / Etruscan

Aramis Tuscany Per Uomo is an early/mid 80's entry into the Aramis catalog of scents. It followed up 1978's Devin, and is often compared favorably to Loris Azzaro's Azzaro pour Homme (which also came out in 1978). Tuscany per Uomo debuted in 1984, during a period of extremely virile and pungent masculine scents called "powerhouses" in hind sight by hobbyists for their uncompromising strength and density. Tuscany per Uomo was the odd man out of this crowd as it didn't go for piercing top notes and bases saturated with moss like it's peers, and instead focused on a balance that comes across like one part barbershop and one part mid-century chypre. It was quite a relaxed scent upon release and is valued to this day for it's societal demeanor. There's not a whole lot more to say about it other than that, and the fact it was the first Aramis scent developed outside of the US, particularly hailing from Firenze in Italy. The nose for this creation is unlisted, but knowing Estée Lauder, perfumers local to the area were used for maximum authenticity, even if the stuff ultimately was not marketed to Italians to fact-check that. It's a common trait for American businesses to attempt aping foreign culture, sometimes with the help of participants from that culture, so I'm not surprised. A much stronger version of this was made a decade later called "Tuscany per Uomo Forte" (1994) and it follows the "concentree/haute concentration" tradition of French aromatic citrus chypre makers by offering a more powerful version of the standard, but it really isn't so much different just with a beefed-up base.

Tuscany per Uomo opens with a lot of lemon and bergamot, where it gets most of it's comparisons to Azzaro Pour Homme, but the lemon here is in the top instead of the middle (which is where it's expected to be honest), so it's brighter overall but the lemon doesn't trail through the scent mid-life like Azzaro. Tuscany is also a much simpler creation, and less barbershop in the sense that the lavender in this doesn't bap you on the nose midway like it does in Azzaro. There's also quite a bit of other brightening agents here like neroli and hedione that are not present in Azzaro, so this is for all intents and purposes, a citric chypre/fougère hybrid that takes a similar masculine dryness to it's final destination, but along much more sun-bleached paths. The lemon here is much juicier while the anise joining it is turned down lower, until the lemon is replaced by neroli midway through before it fades to a skin musk at the end. Token sandalwood and vetiver round out the base but it doesn't have the resinous feel that it's oft-compared Azzaro rival possesses. I really hate to concede that one fragrance smells like a take on another, but in this case I really do believe that the Sicily-by-way-of-France feel of Azzaro was proxied then cleansed of it's French proclivities and heaped on with more Italian sensibilities, or at least what those sensibilities would be if applied to a globalist citrus masculine. Tuscany also distinguishes itself with the Aramis house note in the base, a particular ratio of vetiver, patchouli, and moss that was skipped over in the previous JHL (1982) but was in the 70's offerings.

Tuscany per Uomo is a fragrance that has always played second fiddle to Azzaro, and maybe because there are only so many ways one can combine citrus, herbs, woods, and musk before it all becomes a blur; this is especially in light of how successful Azzaro had become internationally, while the Aramis line mainly served middle-class men in America, even a selection such as this which was crafted in Italy. If this had come out at the same time or before instead of six years after Azzaro pour Homme, perhaps the story would be different and it would be seen as the copycat. I personally think they exist in the same stroke as Pour un Homme de Caron (1934) exists alongside Canoe by Dana (1936), and like those two much older fougères, each took the same concept in slightly different directions but were a few years apart. Problem here is less people knew about how similar Pour un Homme and Canoe were to each other in the 30's due to the lack of global telecommunications, but in a much smaller world that the 1980's had become, it was easy enough to access public memory of Azzaro when Tuscany debuted to give it that "also-ran" connotation. Much like Avon and it's regional releasing stratagem, Aramis probably was banking that people who bought Tuscany had never experienced Azzaro. Between the two Tuscany is the more elegant, sweeter, and friendly fougère, benefiting from a larger palette of herbs that make it a bit more rustic and easy-going than Azzaro's more sensual take. One isn't better than the other and I'd say own both if possible, but the Tuscany will win you more bonus points with hobbyists because it's ultimately lesser-known. is it a niche Azzaro Pour Homme? No. It's a fragrance for men that tackles the same region of the globe and uses the same box of crayons to paint it's picture, but does so markedly different.
01st January, 2018 (last edited: 02nd January, 2018)
Fougere, but really spiced lemons (Amalfi?) laced with geranium and dry woods (patchouli) in the base.

The patchouli is the same as in Aramis 900, but the dosage is less strong.

Simple, honest, handsome, effortless.

There is no comparison with Azzaro pour Homme, as that is French and this is decidedly Italian. Choose both, if you have to. Adequate duration and sillage.

03rd October, 2017
Another fine offering from Aramis. It is citrusy, spicy, crisp, and bright. It takes me to Europe even though I've never been there. Smells divine on me, even if it is marketed to Men.
20th June, 2017
Forget the scent pyramid shown, it can't be correct.

Tuscany is quite similar to Azzaro PH, most likely a close copy thereof. It has a different citrus blast up front, I'd say even stronger with a quicker fade and of a more industrial type lemon, as well. A similar anise and fennel dominant Italian herb combo is there too. However, it shares the stage with some leather and tobacco I think (shades of Aramis Havana). Potency, projection and longevity are all good. The price is great, at rock bottom.

Very nice overall although not differentiated by much from APH. I am quite pleased with this yet when I use it up I will probably go forward with APH and Havana. Tuscany seems to fall between them, fairly close to APH.

20th March, 2017
Stardate: 20160802

I wish perfume industry could learn something from Aramis.

- They make great fragrances. Aramis,Havana, 900, New West and Tuscany are masterpieces.

-They take pains to confirm to all the IFRA bans and regulations while keeping the fragrance intact.

- They sell for a song.

My advice to anyone starting out is to go and buy Gentleman's Collection (can be had for under $50) and then use it as a reference for style and quality.

About Tuscany: I will just sum up what has already been said- A great masterpiece from a great era. It reminds me of Azzaro PH (which is an achievement in itself), though a bit less refined and not as well-blended in the top.
A must for all gentleman and at the current price a crime if you don't have a FB.
02nd August, 2016
Turin (Sanchez actually) gives this four stars and great praise as a successful masculine fougere, keywording it as an "herbal patchouli."

Similar to all the other powerhouse men's scents of the 1980s, but much subtler. It is a warm and dry take on patchouli and lavender with bergamot and geranium. What is most prevalent is the use of cumin (pioneered three years earlier with YSL's brilliant Kouros), which gives it a slightly aphrodisiacal pull. I wouldn't wear this to the office, but as an all day societal scent, it is one of the best of its era.

Praise to Aramis for keeping this affordable and still available.

25th September, 2015

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