1881 Pour Homme combines sun-kissed spicy, herbal notes of wide-open spaces with lingering undertones of shady, velvety woods. It gives an overall impression of air, water, and nature. Unique, it is discreet, refreshing, seductive, and modern, either. Happily, it underwent a balanced reformulation, and right now, I can wear it without feeling bad. I still remember when I got it as my B-day present in Jun 1990, a friend of mine guessed that this brand new launch would have matched my taste, and it did. Right of the bottle, the scent was so dainty, vivid, floral, and musky, a disruptive novelty for those years full of powerful and wealthy beasts, but that was the '80s and '90s. No matter how much I liked it, the very first time I decided to wear, it was an absolute tragedy. The fabulous aroma I smelt when I opened my gift turned into a sickening odor that revolted my stomach upside down, inside out, and got me a migraine. Something "lewdness" or "indecency" was present in the top notes, not sure what note was causing it, yet I had to give it away. A beautiful Angel that transposed into a dreadful Daemon when melting with my skin! So sad and so disappointed. What a pity to see all that sought-after 100ml bottle go to waste.
Hopefully, the scent underwent to IFRA reformulation, and every now and then I'd try a sample again in a store, and I started thinking, "You know, this isn't bad at all"... And it began to grow on me. Last time I ordered online a few colognes a few weeks ago, it' was almost at a knockdown price, and I blindly rebought it... So I got my reformulated bottle. When I tested it again, I was pleasantly surprised, no more sickness, no more migraines.
To start with, 1881 Men by Cerruti is a fresh scent, with its aromatic woody notes, which make it fluctuate between aromatic fougère and citrus woody. It opens with delightful notes of floral accords, which soon give way to a beautiful dry-down that boasts notes of citrus, spices, and wood. Aromatic lavender, velvet bergamot, and spicy juniper are the blast blend, with bones of cypress resin. Bergamot notes dominate the head, which is closely followed by the sweet floral essence of juniper. Lavender notes add an element of aromatics while the presence of cypress ensures a green, fresh backdrop. Some may find the head particularly cloying. Its sickly sweet assortment of juniper and bergamot can be overwhelming for some, which lacks any dry substance for contrast.
The heart is an assorted bouquet of lily of the valley, carnation, and ylang-ylang make a remarkably floral heart. In a similar approach to the head, vetiver is used to provide green freshness. Its presence also somewhat reassures us that this is indeed a masculine fragrance.
It’s base still features lingering floral and citrus notes. Nevertheless, its accord is predominantly woody with an array of various scents. The dry, spicy warmth of cedar interacts with the fresh vibrancy of pine. Meanwhile, oakmoss and patchouli add substance with fragrant notes reminiscent of wet soil.
Generally, if you are anything like me, you would be put off by the head but enjoyed the dry down. I like to listen and give you a blank stare while you talk. You'll never know what I'm thinking. I don't take very much seriously. I'll say anything to get your trust. I probably won't abuse it, but if I have to, I won't hesitate. I'm perfectly fine with myself, I'm independent, and I hate being called out. Some say I'm shy, but I'm just shady. And I am fond of 1881 Cerruti Pour Homme.
The longevity and projection are incredible. The fragrance itself is a clean fragrance with lots of wood and herbs. Very attractive but definitely, even for the younger crowd. I never once thought it smelt old; I only thought it smelt good. I am also surprised that there aren't more reviews of 1881 considering it has been around since 1990, but perhaps many have missed out on this hidden gem or also been put off by the opening. It is a highly underrated fragrance that is worth a try!
Wow, what a steal this scent is. I bought this online blind for nearly 20 euro, and this is a fantastic fragrance. A bit strong at first, it's a classy fragrance that could be worn day or evening through spring. Dressy or casual. So glad I readded this one to my collection. Perhaps not an earth-shattering aroma but distinctive, versatile, and reasonably sophisticated and with excellent projection and longevity, plus available remarkably cheaply.