Product Type: Cerruti fragrances
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Pour Femme, but not really one for me
Cerruti 1881 Femme Eau de Toilette
Member Name: alyson29
Cerruti 1881 Femme Eau de Toilette
Advantages: A favourable fragranced suited for wearing at any time
Disadvantages: Dated packaging and aroma vanishes too quickly
I've always considered the packaging for this brand to be a little dated and despite the fact that the designer, namely Nino Cerruti launched this fragrance some 18 years ago I'm sure it looks the same now as it did back then. I cannot admit to being inspired by the packaging and at the risk of sounding ungrateful this is not something I would have purchased myself, particularly as it is an eau de toilette as opposed to a more concentrated eau de parfum.
The top notes which are very light are released in a fine mist and consist of violet, mimosa, freesia, bergamot and a note that I had never previously been aware of, namely blond woods. I adore the fragrance of freesia especially in its natural form where I can witness its delightful aroma whilst the beautiful brightly coloured flowers are growing in my garden. I found the aroma of violet extremely welcoming as whilst floral, it adds a hint of richness to the initial layer of fragrance. The top notes remain for approximately ten minutes before the ensemble of heart notes accompany them where I am immediately able to witness the uplifting and zesty aroma of orange flower together with geranium, rosewood, relaxing and calming chamomile, jasmine and coriander.
These notes work well together in providing an uplifting and refreshing aroma, which I would describe as summery yet very elegant. The remaining base notes consist of ambrette and the adorable aroma of sandalwood together with one of my favourite notes within a perfume, namely musk, which adds a hint of romance. The combination of notes creates a fairly delicate yet crisp aroma, which is suited to women of all ages and is appropriate for daytime use and during warm summer evenings.
Whilst I do not tend to opt for intense and heavy scents during the warmer weather I found the fragrance fairly light and unrecognisable after only a couple of hours. Understandably, this is an eau de toilette, so its longevity is considerably less than an eau de parfum, but I found the musk a little too delicate for my liking. In an attempt to prolong the lifetime of the fragrance on my skin I applied unscented baby lotion to my pulse points prior to application in the hope that the eau de toilette would cling on to my skin as opposed to being immediately absorbed. Whilst this tactic works with the majority of my other fragrances, which are eau de parfums, I did not achieve any results in the case of Cerruti 1881.
I cannot state that I dislike the fragrance, but it just wasn't strong enough for me, as I prefer something a little more intense. Consequently, I feel I can award only 3 stars. Cerruti 1881 Eau de Toilette is reasonably priced and generally retails at around £16.50 for a 30ml bottle. However, at the time of writing a 100ml bottle is available on Amazon for £29.49 plus £1.80 postage and packing.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Summary: A favourable eau de toilette although its staying power is poor
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