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I've read a couple of reviews about this aftershave and for some reason, people really don't seem to rate it that well, but I actually think it's quite a pleasant little product.
Just to give you some basic information, there are actually quite a few sizes available, ranging from 7ml to 200ml sprays (Some people seem to believe there are only two standard sizes) As for price, it's not too bad actually, say you were to buy the 100ml bottle, that could cost you from about £20-25 depending on retail outlet, which really ins't that much. Another point is that it does in fact last quite a long time as long as you don't chuck buckets on yourself, so it's fairly economical. A lot of people I know that have tried this product comment on the bottle design. It's quite nifty as you can see, it has a stain glass effect and the texture is rough and uneven, which, if you care, is masculine I suppose. Also, a lot of people comment on the top to the spray, often that it doesn't fit in with the rest of the design. Who cares? You're after the smell, not the packaging, unless of course you enjoy spending a lot of money on something that will eventually end up in the bin. Just being honest!
I recently reviewed Davidoff Cool Water, and as I said there, I am no fragrance expert. Not many of us are, so please, if you take in any of this review, be it that there are not 'Subtle hints of BBQ on an Autumn wind' etc. I shall do my best to describe the smell in a loose framework - the rest is up to you to decide upon my friends. Of course, this is just my opinion, but all I can say about the product is that it is indeed quite a masculine smell, quite 'musky' but it does have some sharpness when it flies up the old nostrils. I'd let it settle for a little bit, I think that the smell matures into a nice subtle odour, nothing overpowering, and that's good, you're not trying to scare anyone away. I've actually had quite a few compliments when wearing this particular product so it must have something right with it. There's realistically nothing more I can say about the smell. Sure, I could give you a list of gorgeous fruits and exotic flowers that makes the smell fantastic and wonderful, until the cows come home. But if we're being honest, no, you cannot smell every individual hint, and even if you could, it'd be both totally different to someone elses interpretation, and, more importantly, no one would actually care. As long as you look snappy and smell good, who needs anymore?
A great product, would certainly recommend to anyone looking for a good, rounded aftershave. Quality pricing aswell!
I was drawn to this EDT spray simply by the bottle - Which is something that I would never normally do, but I had my reasons.
I was browsing through one of the online fragrance shops, searching for a suitable Eau de Toilette.
The criteria were fairly straightforward:
1) The bottle MUST match the bathroom (and therefore be attractive) - Guess who's idea that was?
2) I had to like the scent.
It didn't take me long to find Cerruti 1881's lovely glass bottle. It really is (in my view) very attractive.
The design of the bottle is an elegant, colourless glass bottle embossed with "1881" and some very organic-looking ridges. Some recessed parts of the glass design are frosted, giving the bottle a look of mass produced Rene Lalique glassware.
The EDT contained within is a very pale straw colour, which looks good inside the bottle. The contrast between the clear and frosted parts of the glass is less pronounced when there is little or no liquid left.
The atomiser cap is plastic, but is shiny silver (chrome) in effect, which compliments the bottle very well.
I admit that I am no fragrance expert. I know if I like a fragrance or not.
The first thing that is noticeable with Cerruti 1881 is the freshness of the scent. It is citrusy, but not too tangy. More like the scent from newly-opened daffodils.
It is quite "clean" and not at all cloying, though it does have the capacity to leave the room a bit zesty after a couple of sprays!
It diminishes quickly (5 minutes) into a fairly dry scent, which is quite dissimilar to when it's originally applied.
I don't find that it has a great deal of persistence - it soon fades when out and about, though infrequent whiffs seem to be "released" from time to time.
It's quite a pleasant scent for evening wear, but I personally think it would be better suited to (formal) daytime wear.
Overall, I'm not totally sold on this fragrance, but it is fresh and the bottle itself looks great.
I bought a bottle of Cerruti 1881 Black to go alongside this fragrance - which does look very nice in the bathroom.
At Christmas time, people tend to give my boyfriend (called The Man from here on out) a lot of aftershaves (hopefully not because they think he smells!) and this was the latest one he got. I, of course, am always on the hunt for new things to review on here so he is helping with this review. He is currently trying to think up a title for his first assisted masterpiece *cough*, so while he's doing this I'll give you the details of this aftershave.
Cerruti 1881 Homme
Cerruti 1881 is a men's fragrance that comes in a square, chunky bottle. It has a stone like, frosted glass effect on the front and back of the bottle, the sides being clear. I think this bottle looks quite rough and manly and not one that would make a man seem a little feminine carrying about with him. The Man quite likes the shape of the bottle, especially the rocky texture to the glass. For me to hold, the bottle is a little big, but for his hands they fit comfortable within. The cap is a little different from the bottle and doesn't really seem to 'go' with it, it's silver with thicker rings around the base of the cap. The Man doesn't really like this top as he's used to to caps that are still kind of half attached to the bottle, he's quite careless and would easily lose this.
This aftershave comes in two sizes; 25ml and 100ml. The 25ml is £16.15 (Boots) and the 100ml is £36.51 (Boots). Although, the 100ml is available at The Perfume Shop for a slightly cheaper £29.99. You can also purchase a gift set which includes a 25ml bottle of Cerruti 1881 and a 75ml shower gel for an excellent price of £7.50. All these prices are correct as of 01/10.
According to The Perfume Shop website; the heart notes are Lily of the Valley; top notes are Blackcurrant; base notes are musk and the overall scent has a kind of woody feel.
At first, you are aware of the blackcurrant but that doesn't last long as it develops into a quite alcoholic citrus musk. Once it has settled on your skin, the alcohol disappears and you're left with a musky, deep smell (The Man's words, not mine). It isn't really a fragrance that you can detect all the different scents within, or we can't... It is really quite easy on the nose. The Man feels that scent isn't particularly masculine, but I think that's down to the fruitiness of it.
I find the fragrance quite comforting, it's a pleasant scent but I think it's one for during the day. It's not strong enough to withstand the scents of clubs (even after the smoking ban!), it's quite a delicate scent - there's nothing overpowering about it.
The fragrance doesn't have very good staying power with the scent fading within a few hours.
I would say older men would prefer this fragrance, it's not as overpowering as some scents these days. I also don't think it's for the younger generations because my optician wears this and I'll forever be reminded of him when I smell it - lucky boyfriend...
The Man agrees with these views (maybe not about the optician).
In conclusion, a musky pleasant smell ideal for day-to-day wear. Perfect for when you want a nice fragrance that isn't overpowering. It's fairly priced, not the cheapest on the market but also not the most expensive. The Man wouldn't buy it and would not recommend it to a friend. I wouldn't buy it or recommend it either, it's not an unpleasant scent - it's just not my favourite.
Launched back in 1997 as an evening wear fragrance for men which manages to be both sensual, crisp and fresh yet invigorating but after so long in the market place how does this old gem stand now?
1881 Cerruti comes in a very nice package which looks and feels very classy and once you get the packaging open you are presented with a fragrance that has tones of lemon, clove and balsam fir with an overall feel and smell of class about the entire thing. I was given this as a gift back in the 1990's and remember using it regularly as I loved how fresh and clean smelling it was and as my collection of fragrances grew this went down the pecking order but never left it altogether.
The smell itself is difficult to describe but for me I would have to say if you imagine the James Bond kind of guy in the suit then this is what he would be wearing as it manages to be fresh, clean and crisp yet classy at the same time. It stands out from the crowd as being an honest scent of class yet not being pretencious.
A very good fragrance that is well packaged and reasonably priced. This is one that I got for the first time I was going out to a restaurant and it is one I would happily give to the young male relations in the family as they get to the age where they begin to get interested in fragrances.
When it comes to aftershaves I normally have a few favourites that are instantly replaced should they even remotely look as though they are about to run out on me. With a sensitive nose and obsession never to give off an Old Spice aroma my favourites tend to be light, fruity numbers that have long lasting staying power and the head turning factor that boosts the confidence. Currently my favourites include anything from the range by Bvlgari, Joop and Davidoff Game all of which are rock solid performers in the aftershave stakes. With a collection of aftershaves that now requires draw space in my bedroom one of the aftershaves that I tend to be use infrequently is Cerruti 1881 Pour Homme.
Available from most larger Boots stores and many other high street retailers, a 50ml bottle of the 1881 Pour Homme version of the aftershave will cost anything from £30 to £40 making it quite expensive in comparison to other leading aftershaves on the market, however, shopping online can lead to some serious savings with prices of £26.50 online at sites such as www.fragrancedirect.co.uk or www.expresschemist.co.uk. Given my recommendation in summing up this fragrance at the bottom of the review, I would strongly suggest testing the fragrance on the high street and then if you like it, placing an order online where the prices make it a reasonable purchase.
The bottle to 1881 Pour Homme is actually quite unique in shape and look, with frosted glass and pale looking contents it gives the impression that water has frozen to the sides to form the odd shape. This odd shape actually makes the bottle really easy to grip in comparison to aftershaves that simply have smoother shaped bottles. In a nutshell, it looks rather classy from the moment it is removed from the box, but if I had just forked out £40 for it I would expect everything about it to look and be a class apart.
The notes to 1881 Pour Homme are vague and opt to give pretentious marketing blurb instead of just giving a breakdown between the head, heart and base ingredients to enable an informed opinion to be given on how the fragrance should smell over the time it is worn. From what I can gather from a little bit of research into the fragrance and the exchange of one or two emails with the makers is that 1881 Pour Homme is unique in the fact that it has few head and heart ingredients. Before going any further I will explain the differences between head, heart and base. The head note ingredients are usually the first ingredients you will smell in an aftershave or perfume. In light a fruity fragrances these tend to be citrus fruits or plant extracts. The heart notes provide the deeper body to the fragrance and usually consist of tobacco, berry extracts and milder spices while the base notes provide the long lasting fragrance when combined with the head and heart notes. Cerruti advise me that the ingredient notes are:
Head - Rose blossom, lemon and lavender.
Heart - Blackberry extract, gingko and clove.
Dry down - Sandalwood, musk and saffron.
Taking these notes into account, the aftershave should initially be light and fruity with a fragrance that remains light for a few hours before becoming warmer as the day/night progresses, with the gingko and lavender giving enough body to make it a long lasting and very masculine aroma. As I write this I can from memory smell this aftershave on my father and this is how it does smell on him, and I'm sure how it smells on my father is how Cerruti intended it to be. If I had to rate it based upon how it smells when my father wears it I would without hesitation give it 5 stars and a hearty recommendation but my personal experience of the aftershave it completely different. That is not to say I dislike it, I actually find it neither amazing nor repulsive.
A few liberal squirts of the atomiser release enough of the aftershave to keep the fragrance in your nostrils and the nostrils of those you are close to for well over 8 hours at a time making it incredibly long lasting and good value for money in aftershave terms as a bottle is likely to last for a good few months even when used on a daily basis. First impressions when I spray this are indeed of a very light, almost unnoticeable fragrance, the only ingredients picked up are of the lemon that give it a refreshing citrus zing that lasts for around 30 minutes before it begins to blend with the other notes and alter on my skin. Over time, the rose and lavender notes become more pronounced with the lemon becoming less obvious. None of the heart notes are actually detectable at any time but after around an hour the fragrance stops being light and settles down to be reasonably heavy as the sandalwood and musk base notes give it much more of a masculine aroma. My main bugbear is that when others wear 1881 Pour Homme it remains light and airy with the lemon and citrus fragrance being the overwhelming note however when I use it the musk and sandalwood dominate the fragrance making it much heavier than my personal taste deems acceptable.
Cerruti 1881 Pour Homme is an aftershave I can take or leave, it is one of those aftershaves that has a distinctive fragrance that changes dramatically depending upon the wearer. I haven't bought a bottle in my life, but have two bottles sat at home because it is my fathers favourite aftershave, and when he is stuck for present ideas I can guarantee that he will opt to buy me a bottle either at Christmas or when my birthday comes around. I say that it has a distinctive fragrance because when my father wears this it is instantly recognisable and smells wonderful, on a par with some of my favourite aftershaves, but when I wear it I have to admit it smells very mediocre, and doesn't give that air of individuality that comes with more refined fragrances such as Bvlgari Extreme or Bvlgari BLV Pour Homme.
This is the first time I have been unable to give a firm recommendation when reviewing an aftershave and this is because the fragrance can alter so much depending upon the wearer therefore I have rated it as 3 stars because from my experience it is inoffensive, pretty decent for daywear around the office but lacking that something that makes it just that little bit special. This is an aftershave you really should try before you buy.
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Launched 1997, this sensual fragrance for men is a crisp, invigorating blend of fresh and vibrant notes. With tones of lemon, clove and balsam fir this fragrance is recommended for evening wear.