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Gucci is a known fashion company that has an Italian origin. This second perfumed called Gucci Flora and has been introduced in 2009. The perfume is inspired by the scents of citrus, peony, rose, pink pepper, patchouli and sandalwood. This scent focuses on the elegant young woman. The perfume should have a natural and fresh impression.
The black of the perfume is a white/black box with gold stripes. It's a very elegant box. In the box is the bottle of the perfume. The bottle has a gold neck with a black cap and a black bow around the neck. As the box the bottle has a very elegant touch to it.
Well it's a very nice fragrance from the first moment I tried it in the shop. It has a very sweet and floral scent and a bit overwhelming. The smell dissipates very slowly, so you can enjoy it the whole day. Because the smell is overpowering, this perfume is perfect for during the night and when going out. It's not so much a day time scent because it's a bit strong.
The perfume is quite expensive but I have to say the perfume smells expensive. I'm glad I purposed the fragrance and love to use it when I go out. You can buy this fragrance for the price of 45 pounds.
I have never ever purchased a Gucci perfume before and have heard so many people always recommending their fragrances which is why when I was given this Flora sample, I decided to give it a try to see what all the fuss was about. This is not exactly a new perfume as it has been out now since 2009 but I have never really had a chance to try this so getting a sample meant I could still see what it was like. Being a Gucci scent, I had a feeling like most of the higher end labels that it might be quite heavy which is not something I like but it is described as being floral and fruity which is what made me look closer.
Now, the perfume comes in a white square box which has the name of the scent and the brand in Gold and has a black and gold band around the bottom. The inside of the box has a black and white floral design which is very elegant looking and quite special. The bottle is a simple design, being quite a square shape and having a white lid with a black bow wrapped around it. It has a simple label on the front which states what the perfume is called and who it is by but other than that it really doesn't give much away about the scent at all.
The name of the perfume gives just a bit away as to what you will aim to expect from this scent but it is not all about the florals. It is quite a strong perfume when on as I only gave it one spray and could smell it right away. It is a sweet floral and as described you can also pick up on some fruity blends within the scent, it is almost quite citrus like but tangy but I would not be able to guess the exact scents involved. It is one of those perfumes that I cannot decide whether I like it or not as it needs to be worn a couple of times to make a true decision.
The notes in this fragrance as quite overpowering but they do work, however I am not so sure if I like my scents this heavy. It has base notes of sandalwood and then it has heart notes of rose and osmanthus which is what is strong, the rose is the most dominant scent which is obviously a scent I love a lot. The top note is no surprise as it is mandarin which is definitely the main idea as to what I would have guessed being a distinct smell and in a weird way it does actually work really well with the rose scent.
This fragrance is very feminine and a very girly scent and I'd say it is almost quite romantic in smell and I'd recommend it for a special occasion or a romantic outing. I think the fruity notes are what puts me off of this fragrance as I love the rose and the hint of sandalwood but with the mandarin it just seems to be too much for me and I don't think it is a very 'me' fragrance. It is ashame as I am sure on others it may smell a bit different but for me it just seems too strong and I like more subtlety in my scent.
This fragrance would probably be more appealing to an older woman as for me I like a sweeter scent which is a bit lighter for day wear also. It is a good fragrance at staying on which is one thing I will definitely say, as I only sprayed it once and it seemed to last me the whole day after using it. The perfume may be one that is best tried on before buying as you may not like it. I am curious now to smell other Gucci scents but for me Flora is not one I will be going ahead to buy.
The price of this perfume is on The Perfume Shop, for the eau de toilette: 30ml is £34.50 and for the 50ml is £47.50 and lastly for the 75ml is £59.99 which is quite reasonable for Gucci. If you want the eau de parfum then it will be: £37.50 for the 30ml bottle, £53.50 for the 50ml bottle and £68.50 for the 75ml bottle. They also have the eau fraiche option which is £44.50 for the 50ml and £56.50 for the 75ml so there are quite a few options here. They also have gift sets including the 100ml body lotion, the 50ml EDT with 100ml body lotion is £39.99 which is a good saving instead of buying the full price EDT. If you want the EDP gift set then it is £43.50 for the 50ml and 100ml body lotion and lastly for the 30ml EDT and 50ml body lotion it is £34.50.
If you go to the UK official Gucci website http://www.gucci.com/uk/ then they have the online shop which you can find the fragrance section on. Here, you will find more details on Flora.
Late last year I was in Debenhams looking at perfume, when I was cornered by a very pushy sales assistant. I told her I was just looking, but she wasn't having any of it, and kept firing questions at me about what sort of things I liked, and spraying scents on cards. Even when I tried to leave she followed me, and then made an extremely rude comment to me when she finally realised I really wasn't going to buy anything. To this day, I could kick myself for not making a complaint, as I left the store very upset and haven't been to the perfume section of Debenhams since!
Once I'd got home I found the cards she had given me in my pocket and one I thought was particularly nice was Gucci Flora. I went into a Boots store a few days later to try a tester of this, and still loved it, but the price was a bit too high for me. Not long after though, I was actually bought this as a gift, which was very generous, and greatly appreciated.
The bottle this fragrance comes in is hexagonal in shape and quite short and dumpy. There is a cord around the neck of the bottle tied in a bow with a gold bead on each end. The lid on my bottle is black as it's the eau de toilette, but the eau de parfum has a gold lid which I think looks better. Sometimes I think this bottle looks quite sleek and understated and then at other times I think it's a bit boring and plain. I really can't make my mind up if I like it!
The top notes of this fragrance are supposedly citrus, mandarin and peony. I think that would lead you to believe that this will be quite a sharp, orangey fragrance when first sprayed, but personally I don't think that's the case. The initial smell is simply alcohol and this takes a good five to ten seconds to dissipate. When it does, the smell is actually quite green and floral and very light. I can't smell mandarin or citrus notes in it at all, but it does have a very fresh and crisp sort of feel to it. It's a nice fragrance, but I don't think it really comes into its own until it's been on the skin for a while and settled down...
The middle notes of this scent are osmanthus and rose. Osmanthus wasn't something I have heard of, but having googled it, it is apparently a small tree with white flowers. Although I am not familiar with the scent of osmanthus, I assume that this is the main scent as I feel the perfume has what I would describe as a green floral scent. I can't really smell rose in it at all unfortunately.
Base notes of this fragrance are sandalwood, patchouli and pink pepper. I am not a fan of patchouli at all, and thankfully I can't smell it in this perfume. Actually I don't think the pink pepper comes across very well either, and would say the main scent is the sandalwood with a hint of that green floral lingering.
On the whole I feel this is a very sophisticated scent. It smells quite expensive and luxurious and I don't think anyone would mistake this for being a cheap brand. The name flora might lead you to think that this is going to be a very heavy, flowery fragrance, however it's reasonably light and quite a clean, crips fragrance which isn't overpowering or sickly in the least.
I actually think that this is a scent that is more suited to daytime use than for evening wear because it is so light. I personally prefer a deeper scent for evening wear. I wore this regularly during the winter months, but feel that it is probably more suited to the spring/summer months. I say this because during winter I prefer something spicier and warmer, and the florals in this are so fresh I feel it suit's the warmer weather.
When I apply this, I find it is better to apply 3-4 squirts on each pulse point rather than just one. The reason I do this is that when I just put one spray at a time I find the scent is so light it is barely detectable and it wears off quickly. Applying more of the spray helps it last longer, and you needn't worry about it being overpowering, as like I keep saying it is really, really light. I find if I have applied it as described above, it will last for about eight hours which is good for me if I'm wearing it to the office, as my shifts are nine hours.
The following prices are taken from the Boots website, but of course shop around as prices vary depending on where you shop.
30ml - £35.00
50ml - £45.00
75ml - £61.00
I have the largest bottle and have been using it for around six months and despite the fact I use loads per use, it still looks pretty much full. I knew this fragrance was expensive but until I looked it up just now I wasn't aware just how expensive. I'm not sure I would say it was worth that much if I'm honest, as whilst it is lovely I don't think it's the most stunning fragrance and isn't as special as some of the other scents I own.
Overall I do like this fragrance, and if you are in a position to spend that much on a scent, then I would recommend it as a daytime scent.
**A Challenge for Mr Frank**
Mr Frank and I have perfected a very unexciting but very practical present-buying system over our four Christmases together. Basically, he tells me exactly what he wants for around £30 and I get it for him, and I tell him exactly what I want for around £30 and he gets it for me. Although this system works, last year I felt it was rather lacking in 'sparkle' and so I decided to give Mr Frank freer rein and asked for 'a fragrance of your choice'.
**Mr Frank's Mission**
I saw Mr Frank head into the fragrance shop as we were out shopping and join the queue of last minute Christmas shoppers. A while later he came to find me clutching a bag so I assumed his trip had been successful, although he did look rather worn out by the whole experience!
On Christmas day I opened the box I knew to be a fragrance chosen by Mr Frank. I was quite excited to see what he would have chosen. When I saw the name 'Flora by Gucci' this meant nothing to me. I'd never heard of 'Flora' and never had any Gucci perfume either. However, the box looked very classy, being predominantly white with black writing and a black trim at the bottom with a gold strip along the middle.
Inside the box was a 50ml Eau De Toilette bottle and a body lotion in the same scent. Sadly, I haven't used the lotion much because I have sensitive skin and find that fragranced lotions can sometimes aggravate this. The bottles were very well presented. The perfume was in a very solid glass bottle of hexagon shape. It has a hexagonal black lid which lifts on and off to reveal the vapouriser. Around the neck of the bottle is a black cord which is tied in a bow and has two gold beads at either end. The name of the perfume is on a small sticker on the front of the bottle continuing the black and gold theme with gold writing on a black background.
**Mrs Frank Meets Flora**
When I lifted the lid of the perfume I was very surprised by the fragrance. Mr Frank often tells me that I'm grannyish (in a partly jokey, partly truthful way!) and this fragrance was floral so I thought he would have steered well away from anything remotely associated with grannies! The perfume is described by the Gucci as exuding 'brightness and modernity' which despite its floral scent does ring true of what this scent is all about. It was also like none of my other fragrances which are oriental/chypre and was unlike any perfume I'd smelt before.
**According to Gucci**
'Top Notes: Neroli and Mandarin Oil Sweet, tender notes reminiscent of childhood memories.
Middle Note: Orange Blossom Opulent, white floral note at the heart of the fragrance.
Base Notes: Tuberose and Jasmine White, floral notes enhancing the Orange Blossom.'
**According to Mrs Frank**
As I said before, this is an unusual fragrance, and I still find it surprising when I smell it today! Although it is floral, it is not at all sickly sweet, and smells more of fresh washing on a spring day than of bouquets of flowers. I think this must be the effect of the orange blossom which also lends a slightly citrus tone to the perfume and keeps it young, though not girly. I find that it is a good day perfume, but is a little too fresh and floral for evening wear. The scent seems to last quite well on my skin, despite being Eau De Toilette and I have been pleased with this aspect of the fragrance.
All in all I was pleased that I'd got Mr Frank to go solo in choosing my present last year as he came up with a fragrance I'd never have picked out for myself. Although I quite like the scent, this is probably partly because I know that my husband likes it, but I don't think I'll be getting a new one when it finally runs out in about five years' time!
I received my bottle of Gucci Flora as a gift, and whilst I'd never even smelt this particular fragrance before, the name suggested it would be my type of scent as I quite like a nice floral perfume. I have used other fragrances by Gucci in the past and in my younger years, Gucci Envy was my favourite perfume and I wouldn't go out without it on. Whilst I now have other favourites, this Gucci Flora has captured me.
Gucci fragrances are probably aimed more at adults than younger women, and I often find their bottles designs rather boring, yet sophisticated at the same time. Gucci Flora comes in a short, wide bottle in a hexagon shape. It has a small 'Flora by Gucci' label on the front in black and gold, and it's finished off with a black lid. Around this lid id a piece of cord tied in a bow with 2 gold beads. The liquid itself inside the bottle has a slight golden tint to it, blending in perfectly with the theme of the bottle. The overall effect of this is sophistication, and looks rather grown up and mature next to my Daisy by Marc Jacobs bottle on the dressing table!
The scent itself is a subtle, floral scent however I always feel I can smell orange in this. When researching this I discovered why, as the fragrance itself contains orange blossom and mandarin oil. The top notes are Neroli and Mandarin Oil Sweet, whilst the heart of the fragrance is orange blossom opulent. The base notes are Tuberose and Jasmine White, floral notes which enhance the Orange Blossom.
I tend to use this as a 'daytime going-to-work' spray, and the floral scent does last throughout the day. It's too 'light hearted' for me to consider wearing as an evening scent if I was going out somewhere special, but it does make a perfect daytime fragrance. It does last a long time, and I'm pleased that I can still catch a slight scent of it when coming home from work later in the day.
Coming up to Christmas I would say this would be a great gift for a woman who likes a mature floral scent, and nothing too fancy in the way of packaging, but comes across as more mature and sophisticated. You can buy this from most department stores and perfume shops, Debenhams the 30ml Eau de Toilette for £35, but you can also grab it from Amazon for £30.
I was on the look for a fresh and light perfume to last me trough the months of summer, and with this fragrance from Gucci, that was exactly what I got! This is a very flowery and fruity fragrance, light and feminine, perfect for those summer nights or autumn evenings, all though costing quite a bit, still a wonderful fragrance that I have used as a gift to many of my girlfriends!
A 30 ml bottle of this perfume costs as much as 35.00, but the perfume has an amazing staying power and will last you for a long time, and besides, the scent is absolutely to die for! This is without question a very light and subtle perfume, not in any way intense or too sensual, it has a light flowery scent with a base of citrus fruits, the scent of pink pepper and sandalwood shining through after a while on your skin, one of the first scents noticed however the scent of rose, either yellow or red... When having sprayed this onto your skin, it will last and linger nicely for about six hours, so I do often bring it with me in my purse in order to freshen up come evening, but I am really impressed with how lovely it remains during the day, it remains fresh and lovely, without ever becoming too much or too little!
You can buy this perfume at most stores, such as amazon, boots or Perfume Plus Direct, and all though costing quite a bit, you might be lucky and stumble upon an offer, an offer you simply can`t refuse! A lovely perfume!
A few months ago I was like a child in a sweet shop when my Mum visited my home and asked me to do her a favour. She explained to me that she had so many bottles of perfume that she needed me to take some off her hands, as she could not use them all! That's the best favour I've ever been asked and I most gladly accepted her offer!
One of the perfumes that she gave me is Gucci Flora eau de toilette and in my opinion it is absolutely stunning in both its' appearance and aroma. The fragrance I own is contained within a gorgeous 30ml hexagon shaped transparent glass bottle, which enables me to see the clear liquid content.
The bottle is quite cute with each glass section measuring approximately 3 cm in both height and width and I am not aware of another fragrance with such a unique shape. There is a simple but very eye-catching small black label situated on the front, which displays the familiar Gucci logo and the name of this stunning fragrance is written in golden italic lettering.
As I received this fragrance second hand, my Mum informs me that she had removed a gorgeous black ribbon with golden ends, which had been tied in a beautiful bow around the bottle's neck. Unfortunately, she didn't retain the box, but advised me that it was as equally stunning with its' white background and bold black and gold stripes on the lower section. I am informed that the inside of the box was decorated with dozens of beautiful images of the flowers; their fragrances of which have been used in order to create this captivating fragrance.
I carried out a little research on Gucci Flora, particularly as I had never heard of it before and was pleasantly surprised to learn that the first floral printed Gucci scarf, which was designed for Princess Grace in 1966, inspired the name of this fragrance. I also discovered that the name Flora has been addressed as a sensual young girl, so that's me out then!
The lid of the fragrance is absolutely stunning with its' sturdy black plastic hexagon shape, which other than being miniature, perfectly mirrors the extremely distinctive and contemporary shape of the glass bottle. It clips tightly onto the upper section and once removed reveals the most beautifully designed chunky chrome neck.
The perfume is dispensed via a push down spray where a fine mist of fragrance is released where you firstly capture the enchanting top notes of citrus mandarin and peony; both of which are very refreshing and uplifting. We then experience the stunning heart notes of rose and osmanthus. As I was not familiar with the name osmanthus I carried out a little research and discovered that it is a Chinese flower, which enchants with fruity-floral aromas with leather notes. The base notes that remain with us the longest are sandalwood and pink pepper. I totally agree with Gucci's claim that this is a sensual fragrance, as it is most definitely that and very feminine.
In my opinion, this is a stunning fairly light and very refreshing fragrance. However, its' staying power is rather minimal and whilst my work colleagues have commented how gorgeous I smell (!) I cannot seem to detect any fragrance after an hour of application. Obviously, this is either due to the fact that my nose has got used to the aroma or its' staying power is rather limited.
Whilst I absolutely adore this fragrance, I'm not sure I would go out and purchase it myself, particularly due to its' minimal staying power. I use many other fragrances and am able to detect their aroma several hours after application, so I really do not think that it is simply my nose having got used to the scent. As this fragrance is fairly light I am of the opinion that it is suited to women of all ages but feel it would be best for daytime use.
The fragrance should be used within 36 months of opening, which is an extremely easy task for me, particularly as I absolutely adore all of my fragrances and tend to spray them somewhat liberally especially when going out for the evening! Once empty, the bottle can be recycled.
I have checked on Amazon for up-to-date prices and would advise that as of today's date (17 September 2010), you can purchase a 50ml bottle for £36.96 + £1.95 P + P or a 75ml bottle for £48.75 + £1.95 P + P.
Would I recommend this? This is a really difficult question to answer, particularly as I generally opt for stronger fragrances. I think I have would have to say no if you prefer something a little stronger, as I think it is rather expensive and you would be disappointed with its' limited staying power. However, I would definitely say yes if you are fond of lighter fragrances. Consequently, rating Gucci Flora is also very difficult to rate, as I would probably opt for 3½ stars, but I will be generous and award it with 4.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
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Flora by Gucci was released back in 2009 and is one of my favourite fragrances to date. As its name suggests, this fragrance is tied to the sweet, sensual world of flowers. The core of the scent is a complex heart made up rose and osmanthus flower, (a rare and delicate bloom originating in China) add sophistication and femininity to the Flora fragrance. These two blooms create a light, yet velvety base which is topped off with a sweet breeze of citrus and peony notes, conveying a fresh and delicate scent. The fragrance's complexity is fresh and feminine as Flora remains subtly sensual and powerful. The fragrance's base is rooted on Gucci's signature edge of patchouli and sandalwood base. The result is a perfectly balanced scent, where youthful, light layers are complemented by a luxurious depth.
The fragrance has a rare timeless quality that is suitable for all ages. I think it is most likely promoted for a younger audience of someone in their twenties, but I personally believe it would be 'inappropriate' on a youngster or be it a woman of 80. It's a wonderfully pleasant fragrance, of which the same can definitely be said for the bottle design and TV ad also.
This perfume is beautifully packaged and the scent is deliciously elegant to match. I absolutely adore this perfume and if I had enough pennies in my purse to afford to buy it again, I would.
** The Perfume **
This perfume is by Gucci and simply oozes sophistication, style and elegance. The scent of this fragrance is very light yet sensual. Top notes are Neroli and Mandarin Oil, with middle notes of Orange Blossom, and base notes of Tuberose and Jasmine. This perfume simply smells gorgeous, expensive and extravagant without overpowering. One spray of this scent will easily last all day.
** The Packaging **
The box that this perfume comes in is quite basic and simple. However, it is the sheer elegance and simplicity of the actual perfume bottle itself that I absolutely adore. The bottle is clear so you can easily tell how much perfume you have left. The sharp angles of the bottle make it unique and sophisticated to look at. The pretty bow at the top of the bottle portrays the femininity of the perfume beautifully.
** The Price **
This is a pretty expensive perfume in my opinion, but this may be because I am not the biggest earner in the world and am therefore very careful with my pennies. You can buy this perfume for around £50-£60 from John Lewis, Debenhams or The Perfume Shop.
** Summary **
If you have a big birthday coming up or you simply want to treat yourself, I would highly recommend this perfume. In my book it is pretty expensive but as the scents lasts for so long, a 30ml bottle will last you a good 6-8 months. A beautifully, elegant and feminine perfume which is worth splashing out on.
I got a sample of flora by Gucci from and at first I thought this was going to be one of those fragrances for my mum or gran. I'm not a huge fan of floral fragrances and I tend to choose light and fruity ones for everyday wear for fear that I will be perceived as older than I am.
Availability and Price
Department stores like boots, Debenhams and John Lewis stock this perfume. They aren't found in Superdrugs and I find that Superdrug doesn't tend to stock the higher end of perfume ranges. Online stores like cheapsmells.com also stocks it.
Department stores charge the RRP of £33, £45 and £58 for 30ml, 50ml and 75ml bottles respectively. Online is cheaper and cheapsmells.com tends to change their prices a bit from time to time. This is an expensive perfume and I do think its worth the price.
The bottle itself is not nearly as pretty as the box it comes in. The outside of the box is white with a line going through the bottom made up of 2 black lines and a gold middle line. The name of the fragrance is on the front of the bottle with swirly type of text in black and a gold background. The inside of the box is black and has white floral patterns. I think that the box design is beautiful and they obviously spent a lot of time deciding on the packaging. The bottle itself is a hexagonal shape and the perfume is yellow gold. There is also a black bow on the top of the bottle.
This has heart notes of rose, osmanthus flower and base notes of sandalwood and patchouli. Citrus fruits and peony make up the top notes.
After about 1-2 minutes of the perfume being sprayed on my skin there is this warm floral smell. Its like a bouquet of flowers. There is also a hint of citrus as well. It is not overpowering and it definitely does not smell like a mature woman's fragrance. It is subtle and makes me feel really warm. This is why I use this perfume in the winter now and Miss Dior Cherie in the summer.
I highly recommend this perfume for any occasion and encourage you to try it next time you go shopping.
Gucci Flora, Eau de toilette
I bought this perfume for my mum at mother's day this year and I liked it so much that I went out and bought myself the same one a few days later. It is a lovely floral, not too heavy a fragrance that would suit most women but personally I think that it is aimed at slightly younger than older ladies. It is quite a sweet 'girly' smell that makes me feel very uplifting.
Personally, I think that this is definitely a daytime and casual use perfume; with its beautiful floral fragrance it is perfect for the summer weather approaching.
Notes include Citrus Accord, Peony, Rose, Osmanthus Flower, Pink Pepper, and Sandalwood, the fragrance top note suggests the freshness and delicacy of the citrus fruits, the base notes of sandalwood and pink pepper give it the added depth and slightly sensual hints.
The perfume comes in a lovely hexagonal clear glass bottle allowing you to see the slightly yellowy tinged perfume. Personally I always prefer when perfume bottles are see through I like to be able to keep on top of how much of anyone perfume I have left. Allowing me to saviour any that are running low or predicting what I would like for up and coming birthdays or holidays.
It's quite an expensive perfume retailing at £44.50 for a 50ml bottle or 30ml for £35.00 bottle. However, as with most perfumes it last for ages. I think I am only about a third through my 50ml bottle.
When I bought this (from Debenhams - I don't know if everywhere was doing this) I also got a free handbag bottle, one of those cylindrical bottles that you can easily carry around with you. I was pleased to find that this handbag add-on is actually a very fair size - 7ml. It made the perfume a little bit more of a bargain getting that bit extra.
The perfume does last for several hours but I do find that I re-spray this one mid afternoon to get back the beautiful fresh smelling floral scent.
I am going to award this four dooyoo stars out of five. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a great day perfume that smells fantastic. Overall I am very pleased with this purchase and would probably buy a new one when this one runs out. It also makes a great gift for that someone special in your life.
I'm not one for going for those posh expensive perfumes myself! This Gucci perfume is probably the first of the 'upper range' perfumes I've had!
I got the perfume and body lotion gift set for my 18th birthday from my lovely boyfriend!
They came in a lovely box of which I wanted to keep! Although I had to throw due to the large amount of boxes and bags building up in my room!
Flora by Gucci is found in boots in various sizes. When the gift set was bought for me, it cost £45... Very expensive I thought! Or maybe I'm just at that age where every penny counts!
I wasn't purposely looking for the price of the perfume.. Honest! I was shopping in boots and came across the women's gift sets.
This Gucci set was certainly one of the most expensive out of the lot!
I got the 50ml sized bottle of perfume in the set which is now priced on its own for £50.
The 30ml size is £33, the 75ml is £58 and the body lotion on its own for a 200ml is £28, a very expensive body lotion! Probably the most expensive I will ever use!
Both the body lotion and the perfume match in design. The perfume bottle is wide rather than tall which is new to me as all the rest of my perfumes are quite long!
The glass is very thick, making the perfume rather hefty, although it is a lovely design. Again this is one of those lovely shaped bottles where the light hits the glass in a lovely way.
I currently have a 50ml size bottle and find it's a lovely size; I can easily fit it into my large makeup accessories bag and not worry about it getting damaged or broken!
The lid is very reliable, unlike other perfumes! The lid snaps on securely and I've not had any problems with it falling off so far!
The overall colours of the bottle are glass, gold and black. The colours go lovely together and in my opinion.... Looks quite posh!
The black lid matches the black label nicely and also gives the bottle a sort of unique uniform, making it easy to spot in store!
The bottle comes with a lovely looking ribbon which adds to the lovely look of the bottle, however this doesn't stay on and although I managed to keep it for the first few months... I've managed to loose it! The ribbon is very small and very easily drops off when you take the lid off to use.
The body lotion is a little tricky to get out! So although I'm not reviewing the body lotion.... I will mention the body is hardly squeezable at all and you have to whack the bottle opening on your hand a few times for it to come out... and I can't really see how I will be able to get all of the lotion out at the end! So I will probably end up wasting a lot of it... shame!
Well I've had this 50ml bottle for almost 8 months now and I have about 95% of the perfume left! I don't use the perfume too often due to the price, but I do use it around once a fortnight.
When I do use it, I find I need no more than 3 sprays... A lot of the time I only use 1! The smell is very lasting and strong enough to smell throughout the day so not a lot is needed.
I always struggle when it comes to describing the smell of perfumes... I like the smell as it isn't TOO strong. I tend to avoid very strong perfumes as I don't like to feel as if I can taste it or feel it in my nose.
I'm not sure everybody will agree with me, but I personally think it has a touch of vanilla scent to it! It's not a very dominant smell though...Although I am currently sniffing the bottle trying to get an idea of how to describe it haha!
It's one of those smells which aren't too strong, it doesn't smell like a sweet shop and it doesn't smell of soap!
The body lotion DOES smell remotely like the perfume which I love. I do use the lotion more than the perfume as I like to rub a little on my upper chest after a shower before a good day out.
I personally love this perfume, I'm really glad I was bought it however unless it drops about half the price, I won't be going out and buying some more when I've run out! I think the price is ridiculous and you are paying for the label.
4 out of 5 due to the price!
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The first time I smelled Flora was on my colleague. The sillage about her smelled absolutely right- out- of- the- shower- and -sparkly- clean- due- to- a- magical- homemade- shampoo- with- peonies- and- red currant- from- the- garden. I love the scent of peonies. But I could swear this was a shampoo that my colleague had borrowed from her daughter, and not a perfume. Some time later I was given a bag of sample vials through work, and there was a lot of Flora among others. I tested one, and instantly was reminded of "the magical shampoo." I've now tested it several times, and I must say it is as magical on me as on my colleague. On me it gives whiffs of peonies and the way red currants "smell" in my mouth (crisp yet candied) - I think the vanilla that other reviewers refer to together with the citrus switches to red currant on me, making it less sweet and fruity. The patchouli is not noticable, and the rose is in the background together with the sandalwood. I find Flora very linear - which is great for this fragrance, I think. Flora with a scent that evolved while wearing would have been a certain disappointment for me, instead the scent only deepens. Flora behaves just the same way that Gucci II does on me - stays put. And lasts. But the result is sometimes spraying obsessively while considering drinking it to smell this good from the inside and out. It's easy to stay away from Flora, but when she's allready on it's impossible not to obsess about it. My colleague feels the same way and has gone through several bottles already. It's targeted towards young girls, but I'm 38. And I love peonies. My colleague is 46. She loves Flora. Her 18 year old daughter doesn't. But WE're not too old for florals (peony, rose), sweetness (osmanthus), freshness (citrus), sensuality (sandalwood, patchouli), and looking young (we do) with great smelling hair! I'm a fl/oriental-woody girl, but I quite like this fruity floral.
I am extremely fussy about the fragrance I wear, I like to have a winter fragrance and summer fragrance and as I was about to turn 21 felt it was time for a more grown up scent!
The first thing that attracted me to Flora was the television advert of the model in the field of flowers. It really caught my attention so I went to the shop the next day to try it.
The fragrance itself is very light and floral (as you'd expect!) with a very slight hint of citrus, it's not too overpowering which is something I dislike in a perfume, however I think overcompensate for it's lightness by spraying on a lot more, which doesn't make it last very long.
The bottle is very nice and simple and comes in a relatively plain white box, the bow on the bottle can be slightly irritating so I take mine off.
The only thing that I don't like about this perfume is how long it lasts, the smell fades pretty quickly and if you wanted the smell to be present all day you would probably have to reapply every hour or so. It smells lovely, but you'll probably have to spend a lot of money if you want to constantly smell lovely! The product is reasonably priced for Gucci, the largest bottle will set you back around £50. The smallest bottle only lasts me a month at the most, but I do spray it quite often.
Overall a nice flirty, summery scent.
First off, I feel I should state that I personally own the Parfum, not the Toilette. YET! I have indeed tested the Toilette, so I will give my opinion on the overall scent and how the two differ.
The main scents in this perfume consist of Rose and Osmanthus flowers, Which originate from China and to be honest, I don't know what an Osmanthus flower is! But it must smell scrummy! You can definately smell the rose, but rose is not the main power scent, so it must be this other 'O' flower that is the champion scent. All I have to say is GORGEOUS!
I thought nothing could beat my beautiful Armani Diamonds...But it seems Gucci have done it in a scent thats beautifully floral and seductive like nothing I have ever smelt before!
It's definately a Playful scent, it lingers ALL DAY! Honestly! (Parfum) Yet smelling the Toilette, you do not get the powerful whiff the Parfum knocks out, Understandably, of course.
The Toilette seems stronger on the rose scent upon first spray, its alot meeker, I would recommend it for anyone who prefers the florals to be more subtle, or wearing daily in the office. Anyone who's daring and adores perfumes, such as myself, should definately make a grab for the parfum. On a plus note it's not too bad for the price either when compared with the Toilette. I Priced the Toilette 30ml for £29 approx, whilst the Parfum was £35, Which to me, for a Gucci perfume is pretty good by my standards. Maybe a consistent Christmas present? (hey my aunt repeatedly has Marc Jacobs Daisy every year!)
The scent is for a Romantic girl, whos playfully flirtatious in nature in my opinion, It definately suits the spring 2010 fashions of pastely nudes, florals and pale denim shirts! Infact its PERFECT for the girl who loves that type of fashion.
Beautiful Beautiful...did i mention Beautiful?
Flora by Gucci; is a subtle and sophisticated floral scent / Built on a fresh and feminine breeze of flowers (Rose, Osmanthus), the fragrance top note conveys the freshness and lightness of citrus fruits / Fresh and feminine, the fragrance remains very Gucci, with a sensual and subtly powerful base note of sandalwood and pink pepper.