WHAT I SMELL: Gucci Guilty opens with skin bracing bergamot and citrus laden lavender (thankfully the lavender is light). Within a few minutes there’s a sugared layer of wood and patchouli added to the mix. At this point, Gucci Guilty is rather buoyant, refreshing and very accessible. After around 5 minutes, the sugared aspects begin to disappear and the fragrance flattens and becomes more woody and a bit salty, which is a nice touch as it makes the scent feel more part of your body than something that’s just sitting above it. I was expecting Gucci Guilty to be big and in your face. Instead, it’s surprisingly muted and understated making it very easy to wear.
From the Gucci website:
- a contemporary fougère fragrance
- top notes of lavender and lemon
- heart note of orange flower
- base notes of cedar wood and patchouli
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Living in uncomplicated ease.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE GUCCI GUILTY: easy, understated, unremarkable
BOTTOM LINE: With a name like “Guilty,” one would expect a fragrance that is decadent to say the least. In spite of its name, Gucci Guilty is about a harmless as a kitten. For a men’s fragrance, it’s OK as there is nothing unique about it which is too bad, because the opening starts off rather promising. But in the end, you’re left with a pretty quiet perfume that’s “just nice.”
- Bone Rating: 3 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Aromatic Fougere
- Nose: Jacques Huclier
- Classification: Masculine
- Expense: Varies. $62 for 50 ml Eau de Toilette