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1881 pour Homme (1990)
by Cerruti


1881 pour Homme information

Year of Launch1990
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 306 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerMartin Gras
PackagingSerge Mansau
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchUnilever > Elizabeth Arden > Parfums International

About 1881 pour Homme

1881 was the year Nino Cerruti's grandfather opened his textile business in Biella, Italy.

The 1881 fragrance is distinctive, natural, fresh and captures the essence of Mediterranean life.

1881 pour Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of 1881 pour Homme

I saw the note list and got very excited by the lavendery herbal top, the black current floral middle, and sandalwoody base. But it’s basically the opposite - cypress, clove, juniper and fir. It’s not quite a spicy floor cleaner but not too far off. Such a disappointment!
05th October, 2019
I like this a lot. Very nice to apply right out of the shower, early on a spring morning. On me it has a fresh barbershop vibe, but a smart barbershop off the lobby of a top hotel in Rome or Milan. It mingles beautifully with the smell of a double espresso - you're instantly back in Italy.
29th April, 2019
I do not like 1881. I've wanted to try it for quite a while since reading the reviews and liking the notes. Finally got a 7ml sample of the vintage juice. Created in the 90's but reminds me of the 70's; the way my church's annex smelt when I was kid, kind of cleaner-/detergent-like. Some have said it smells "dated." It does, and it does not transcend time like so many others (Paco Rabanne Pour Homme). If James Bond allegedly wore Trumper's Eucris, then I'd say Mr. Bean wore Nino Cerruti's 1881. With so many better men's fragrances out there in classic-land, I say save your money and your nose; skip this one.
05th March, 2019
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This may not be well known to the populace at large, but it's a winner. It's available for great prices (usually), and it outperforms many more expensive bottles. There's a timeless quality to 1881: it reaches into the past, nodding to Eau Sauvage and Chanel Pour Monsieur, and is in the same class as Boucheron Pour Homme. Very nice work for a citrus cologne, with all-day longevity and more complexity than one usually gets in a standard barbershop cologne structure.
05th September, 2018
Nino Cerruti as a designer seemed to be an intermediary for more renowned names to graduate through, with the likes of Giorgio Armani, Narciso Rodriguez, and Jean Paul Knott all passing through Cerruti as creative directors on their way to making their own eponymous labels. Meanwhile, Mr. Cerruti himself gradually became less and less concerned with the couture side of the business and returned to the textile business which granted his family the capital for him to delve into design in the first place. Because of this, Nino Cerruti fragrances - which have been primarily marketed to men - have never been a huge draw for the label. 1881 Pour Homme (1990) follows over a decade after the original Nino Cerruti (1978), and like the eponymous debut scent, is a mostly floral affair. 1881 was named after the founding year of the business, but doesn't actually smell older in design to it's predecessor despite the nostalgia, deftly combining the floral elements of the older scent with brighter traditional eau de cologne aspects to make something that's both fresh with modernity but classic in composition. The best way to describe 1881 Pour Homme is as a hedionic floral chypre in league with Eau Sauvage (1966), Aramis 900 (1973), and the later Boucheron Pour Homme (1991) but with drier aromatics in the base that give it a link to greener or darker floral chypres like Lauder for Men (1985) or Salvador Dali Pour Homme (1987) respectively. 1881 can be considered part of the same "dandy revival" as other floral scents from the late 80's and early 90's, but it isn't a mossy powerhouse, heavy oriental or leather like any of them.

1881 Pour Homme brings in the feeling of an eau de cologne minus the neroli, but with a bolstered base of woods and moss to make it sing a quiet love song on skin once the top and middle burn off.1881 opens with hesperides of lemon and bergamot, with lavender, juniper, hedione molecule, and a ton of kitchen herbs. This opening is just part of it's link to the aforementioned Eau Sauvage and Aramis 900, with rosemary, basil, tarragon, clove, galbanum, and just a bunch of things neither scent have, in addition to some of the things they do. Parallels to Eau Sauvage end with the lack of actual floral jasmine in the mix, but continue to share stripes with Aramis 900 thanks to the rose note, which is sweetened into a proxy of damask rose with the addition of black currant. For those who've never experienced either Eau Sauvage or Aramis 900, this equates to a fresh, soft, sparkling herbal lemon opening that moves quickly into pillowy florals, and is one of the most comforting openings in all of men's fragrance, hence most scents of this variety receiving high praise. Granted, it's a very formal and mature aura that gets aligned with "old men" by fashion magazine-brainwashed young guys looking to ride trends rather than trains during their commute to work, but stuff like Gentleman Givenchy (2017) exists for them. After this rose and black currant settle in, ylang-ylang and muguet follow into the aromatic oakmoss-led base creeping up, completing the stage set by the earlier hesperides. Some folks say the finish reminds them of a lighter Kouros (1981) or aforementioned Salvador Dali Pour Homme, but to me that resemblance is too slight. I get vetiver, patchouli, cedar, and musk over oakmoss, which if anything, resembles a milder Boucheron Pour Homme, but even then not really.

1881 is just such a nice and pleasant cologne, devoid of sharp anise or too much green to turn it bitter or medicinal like some of it's fellow Italian peers in this genre. The florals are the star of the show, and although the rose is barely forward enough to dominate the other flowers in the middle, I wouldn't exactly call this a rose scent for men like I would Aramis 900 or Boucheron. Guys who want something gentle, easy-going, and evanescent in come-and-go sillage will love this, and although it has a strong Edmond Roudnitska vibe, it was actually created by perfumer Martin Gras. I'd peg 1881 Pour Homme as mostly a summer scent due to it's lack of significant heft, as again, it's no powerhouse. What I find most intriguing is how enduringly popular such an old design released 25 years past the prime of the hesperidic style became, and much like Boucheron Pour Homme, was an anachronism already in the early 90's running against calone-fueled fresh fougères or dihydromyrcenol-powered aquatics. The last ride of the hediones this was, marching into battle against more sophisticated chemistry, and likely to their doom, but 1881 Pour Homme survived to spawn an empire of flankers. Another simply wonderful nod to the old ways and transitional release on the cusp of huge changes in the perfume industry at the time. Modern 1881 is likely fine but vintage has more oakmoss for the folks who care about that. In any form this is just a refreshing and lovely citrus and floral handkerchief great for beating the heat on a work day or a casual weekend out and about, costing much less than it's quality implies and thus punching far above it's perceived weight, even if moderate longevity leaves me wanting (good thing there's a 6.7oz size). Now that you've sloughed through my review, go try some!
07th August, 2018
My first scent. Started using it because its what my old man had so i used to steal a spray here and there and liked it. Light and fresh. Only wish it had a bit more longevity and sillage.
09th July, 2018

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CERRUTI 1881 Pour Homme EDT Spray, 3.4 oz

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