1869 by Acca Kappa is a Leather fragrance for men. 1869 was launched in 2005. Top notes are geranium and cardamom; middle notes are iris, violet leaf and leather; base notes are vanilla and ambergris.
paxygaica – 2019-09-18:
softer version of Dior Fahrenheit. however, 30min-1h after spraying, you get the smell of Bvlgari MIB/Spicebomb. It’s moving back and forth between Fahrenheit and MIB/Spicebomb.
Voyager87 – 2019-09-18:
This is unisex fragrance. After a while, on clothes it developed go to something more feminine/floral from initial blast, perhaps due to geranium. The leather is presence from initial to the end. Once i sprayed on my cardigan, and couple of days later i wondered what gorgeous leathery floral scent i have worn earlier, cant stop sniffing it. Accidently, i throw uncapped bottle in to my handbag, the smell sticked to everything including my glasses (not that i mind)..so in my opinion it quite lasting for cologne type perfume
manhunt_71 – 2019-09-18:
Warm leather open turns into very cool metalic violet leaf quickly. Spicy sweet background on a green leather base.
Its like sitting on a new leather sofa thats outside in a damp green glade after the rain. Women or men can wear this.
rolleder – 2019-09-18:
Landed this discovery by chance at a small boutique in Phoenix. I had initially smelled this years ago, and immediately there after purchased a full bottle. The top is an incredibly fresh, ever-so-slightly metallic take on leather (mostly due to the florals I believe).
It dries down into a more vanilla heavy base with the slight ambergris accord shining more & more while still retaining the leather quality. Not just any leather, but more on the lines of an Italian Suede feel somewhat reminiscent of an Acqua di Parma fragrance.
Linear though out it’s stages all the while remaining interesting & addictive. Performance is average really with a silage the first couple hours, and after the initial there isn’t much to write home about.
Overall, it plays into the role of a “Traditional Masculine” Barber shop fragrance, and shines through it’s subtle yet refined nature. This was my signature scent, and a few years with my original bottle it soured in the heat from traveling unfortunately.. The good news is while I paid the full retail ($90USD) I recently found it gray market for less than half! It’s a steal if you ask me, considering the quality of the blend in this juice is nothing shy of most high-end niche offerings.
Don’t take my word on it, but give it a try!
lenika – 2019-09-18:
This was a chance discovery, as it is practically unknown where I live. Upon spraying it at a fragrance boutique, I was immediately reminded of Gucci pour Homme II, one of my all time favorite scents, with its masterful combination of green violet leaves, warm cinnamon and fiery pimento. 1869 (the Eau de Cologne) opens with a violet leaf and pepper combo, but goes down a different path from the tea-themed GpHII, drying down to a soft suede and polished wood accord. I can see why people would compare it to Fahrenheit, another all time favorite of mine.
The violet leaves in 1869 have more of a fatty green character as compared to the cucumbery vibe in Fahrenheit and GpHII. About 2 hours in, the fragrance reveals olfactory aspects of shaving cream (makes sense, given the company’s profile), which lends it a classical but not a dated feel. At this stage, it is no longer as interesting to me as in the opening, but I doubt that 1869 was designed to impress with pioneer spirit. Rather, it is a calm and most likely well-received fragrance with allrounder potential.
Having EdC concentration, 1869 does not project much. After 2 hours it has practically become a skin scent. Looking for something just a bit more potent, I turned to the EdP. Unfortunately, while it does project more and does resemble the EdC, its emphasis lies on different notes, particularly vetiver and some musty spices, while the violet leaves and leather don’t come through much. I will be picking up a bottle of the EdC in the near future.
muha_91 – 2019-09-18:
Yes it is a different version of the original Fahrenheit , lighter , less longevity and less projection , i certainly enjoy it but as a deja-vu perfume .
Iwanyich1 – 2019-09-18:
Sorta a weak musty violet, geranium, musky scent with some spice and leather. Not particularly masculine but definitely not feminine. Weak performance at a slightly too high of price. Not impressed 🙁
Swobbesen – 2019-09-18:
A comfort, interesting leather-iris fragrance on me. I get at first a rooty, slightly metallic aroma comming from iris, that gets slightly creamy after some minutes. Then the suede-like aroma of leather comes on and the violet joins it. At this point in kind of reminds me of Fahrenheit (same scent shape with different details). It makes me think of a leather jacket perfumed with an iris-violet aroma. A little bit shortlived, but not bad at all.
kulikov_evgen – 2019-09-18:
un parfum frais et aromatique (le geranium), parfait pour un dimanche après un rasage frais, la violette et l’iris se dévoilent peu après, un air d’océan est également présent (un peu comme du tabac mouillé), trés classe, viril et léger à la fois.
taz865bedyWelty – 2019-09-18:
For some reason, I had imagined 1869 to smell rather citrusy, fresh and clean. The real fragrance is nothing like I thought it would be. In fact, it’s a whole lot better.
I’ll start by saying that 1869 is quite herbaceous and peppery. I agree with Guusje, it is quite sophisticated, but yet it also seems like it could suit a casual and somewhat rough manly man.
It packs a punch, but not in an overwhelming sense. I find it quite unusual and deliciously spicy. After testing 1869, I can certainly see why some women on this forum adore this fragrance on their men. That sharp, earthy geranium note is undeniably sexy and rich.
Acca Kappa makes some really enjoyable fragrances. I love how a majority of them have a really natural, organic feel to them. They all tend to have a delicate and very appealing greeness which never appears to be synthetic.
Although masculine, I do believe some women could get away with wearing this. I am rather impressed by the moderately strong sillage and wonderful longevity. Chypre is a word that doesn’t mean much to me, seeming that I still haven’t delved much into that particular fragrance genre, however in terms of a chypre working well on men, 1869 takes the cake.
Ceva – 2019-09-18:
a nice very light fragrance !
its very clean and soft…the problem is the longevity !! its less than 2 hours !!!
just recently I tried the EDP version, which is stunning adding the great longevity to the already comforting ,delicious (sensual) sent
vladislavbatman – 2019-09-18:
A lovvely unisex summer scent.
First on I get leather with citrus. Dry down brings spice, amber and green notes, very nice, and not too heavy. I’m okay with the usual summer aquatics, but this is nothing like that, coming out herbal and cool instead of synthetically “ocean.” Very refreshing, very nice.
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