Trussardi EdP 2021

Hey Posse, Trussardi has long held a dear place in my heart. Even to the point of having some of their clothing and a backpack from them. Their 1984 legendary eponymous feminine-advertised leather-heavy floral chypre fragrance in the mock snake case is one of the best of its kind. Sadly DCd a few years ago I have a bottle in use and a backup. Precious, precious juice that I spritz rarely and thoughtfully. This is not my bottle but the right era travel spray.


So, of course, you can imagine my excitement that they’d rereleased Trussardi in 2021. To the point that I went online, found a bottle and bought it immediately.

It arrived a couple of weeks ago and the bottle is hefty, thoughtfully produced, looks and feels good. I was so excited to see Trussardi had taken real pains to produce something so lovely. This could so easily become an iconic piece of perfumery.

I’ve been trying to work up the courage to write my true feelings. Here we go.

Trussardi EdP 2021

Trussardi 2021

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Tomato Italian Mandarin Neroli
Heart: Lavender Jasmine Dahlia
Base: Suede Violet

How does it smell to me? Well, it’s bloody diabolical that they think it could be named Trussardi EdP. It’s not leather or chypre. It’s an Ethyl Maltol bomb and why they specifically put the note tomato leaf I’ll never bloody know. This is a travesty and false advertising. ARSEHOLES!!

Here’s the thing. If the folks at Trussardi had called this something else I’d have had zero expectations and not been surprised that it smells like a variation on all the other lazy and crap perfume they’ve been putting out this century. Seriously, no judgement if you like their modern stuff, have at it. But to serve up this rubbish in place of a masterpiece is ridiculous.

Rant over.

In truth, this is a not a terrible scent. It’s a sweet, lightly floral thing that lasts and lasts on me. To be completely honest I find it slightly addictive and have been known to respritz in the afternoon after wearing it all morning because it’s a fairly happy, non confrontational, uplifting frag. The blending feels smooth and transitions seamless.

Sizzling citrus, a hint of bouquet and a fairly bog standard dry down of lightly nutty, sweet woodiness. There is definitely a place in the perfume world for another like it. Plus, the bottle elevates it far beyond its mediocrity. Why though, did they have to name it after something so amazing? WHY?


The only other time Trussardi has been mentioned on Perfume Posse is 2008, March on  Trussardi Jeans.
I bought my bottle from FragranceNet from whence it is now sold out. Soz.


Could you? Would you? Did you? Have you tried the new Trussardi 2021?
Portia xx


  • Kathleen says:

    It is a huge disappointment. Trickery really. Pretending to be something it’s not, to make sales based on a past success. Why can’t they create something amazing that can sell on its own merit, rather than put out something inferior and let it ride on the coattails of a past beautiful perfume? You’re a good person to leave a positive review despite your disappointment! I’m not sure about tomato leaf in a perfume. I love smelling my tomato plants when I water them daily but I don’t think I want to smell like that?

    • Portia says:

      Heya Kathleen,
      Yeah, tomato leaf can be heaven or hell in a perfume. Hilde Soliani did one called Stecca, it was WAY too much for me. In small doses though it added a lovely sharp/sweet/herbaceous depth, here I can’t smell it at all.
      Portia xx

  • March says:

    WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. That bottle is very nice-looking, though. I really wish they didn’t reuse names like that, and honestly they could have just switched it up a little! Trussardi Eau Fraiche or something, a signal that this isn’t the original… but it doesn’t sound terrible, so at least there’s that.

    • Portia says:

      Hey March,
      The bottle is fabulous. If they’d called it Sweet Trussardi, Modern Trussardi, Nuovo Trussardi or anything as differentiation then I would have LOVED it all.
      They’ve shot themselves in the foot.
      Portia xx

  • cinnamon says:

    Well, that’s just weird. Why bother to relaunch something so that people expect a certain product and then just throw them for a loop? Peculiar. At least you like the new thing.

  • Musette says:

    dang. that’s a damb shame, Portia, because that packaging is CLUTCHINGLY GORGEOUS!!!!

    But it sounds gawdawful! Thanks for taking a hit for the team and hon – I really am sorry. Hurts like knives when a beloved scent is bastardized like that.


    • Portia says:

      Yeah, agreed Musette. Who wouldn’t want this beautiful bottle on their bureau? Right?
      “Hurts like knives” sums it pop beautifully.
      Portia xx

  • Dina C. says:

    I agree with Tara and Tom. Lazy, rotten practice to use the same name. So much of life is about managing expectations, and they did a lousy job of managing yours. No wonder you were devastated. “Boo” to them.

    • Portia says:

      OMG DinaC,
      This is my constant point in life.
      You can manage my expectations into acceptance of almost anything. In life, in products, in desire. Even poor behaviour can be managed to acceptance, as long as we are kept in the loop, given updates and options.
      Tres boo to them
      Portia xx

  • Tara C says:

    Oh I hate it when they do this! So lazy and cheap. Can’t be bothered to trademark a new name so they just reuse an old one. Grrr. So sorry for the disappointment.

  • Tom says:

    I have not. Don’t think I need to either. I don’t see why they would take the name and plaster it on something else completely different. It’s not like there aren’t pretty famous examples of where this didn’t work. New Coke, anyone?

    • Portia says:

      That’s true Tom but in Perfume is works all the time. Miss Dior, Joy, Balmain Ivoire, YSL Y and a slew of others. It’s almost standard practice. Albeit a shit one. GRR!
      Portia xx