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For Christmas last year I received a gift set of Gucci Guilty comprising of a 90ml EDT bottle, stick deodorant and mini spray, I've never worn a Gucci fragrance before so was intrigued to give it a try as it's perhaps the most 'designer' fragrance I've ever been given and I had high expectations when I saw the sleekly designed luxury giftset.
This review will cover the EDT only, the fragrance itself is bottled as shown above in a flask-like glass bottle with contrasting silver and black metallic detailing. It has a simple lift-off lid which covers the nozzle spray and both the bottle and top look to be of good quality with an expensive attention to detail. It certainly looks the part of a designer fragrance and the Gucci emblem proudly adorns the front side of the bottle demanding attention. The 'Homme' version of the fragrance was launched in 2011 as the companion to the female equivalent and is described by Gucci as being "carefully designed for men who know what they want and who get what they want" which reads like terribly cheesy marketing guff if you ask me.
Comprising top notes of Lemon, Lavender and Orange blossom the fragrance does have a lot of interest when first sprayed, it's rather invigorating and the fruity floral notes are somewhat surprising in a masculine fragrance but these soon dissipate as the base notes of Cedar and Patchouli make themselves known. On paper this should be a fragrance that appeals to me as I do like anything with Patchouli in it but there's something about Guilty which leaves a lot to be desired and that's its strength. Simply put this is a wishy-washy fragrance that has next to no staying power and quickly evaporates leaving only a subtle reminder that it was ever sprayed. Patchouli and woody notes usually linger for a while on me, many of my fragrances feature these additions as they suit my skin and I'm familiar with how they smell and how long they last but with Guilty they lose all interest within a couple of hours or so. It's not a fragrance you can spray on a morning and expect to still be able to smell it in an afternoon and is perhaps better suited to a night out than daytime wear and it certainly wouldn't be one for someone who likes strong, long lasting fragrances that remain noticeable on your skin.
Gucci Guilty reminds me of a lot of other 'light' fragrances that are around and isn't anything particularly new. The ingredients are uninspired and in all honesty you would be better off buying something by Paul Smith or Hugo Boss for a fraction of the price as there really isn't that much about this that sets it apart from the competition. That said there's nothing 'wrong' with Guilty and to some I could see how it would appeal as it's a inoffensive, 'safe' fragrance that does a nice job of freshening up a man's skin and adding a slight bit of interest. It's not strong enough for me though, I like fragrances that last and have an impact, Guilty is too mediocre for it to be a newly found favourite and as grateful as I am for the gift I received I can't say I'd buy it again once my bottle has been used up.
Harshly put but in my opinion Guilty for Men is a bandwagon-jumping fragrance that offers nothing new for its wearer and is simply a safe bet for someone to wear who likes the idea of it being 'designer'. Gucci have put together an uninspiring fragrance that cashes in on it's 'designer' name and 'designer' price tag and at £60.00 for a 90ml bottle I think it's overpriced, generic and merely a clone of other, established fragrances that precede it. I doubt anyone would get any comments about the fragrance either positive or negative so its not one for anyone who likes to make an impression, it's "nice" but there's plenty of "nice" male fragrances around that don't cost £60.00 but of course this does carry the Gucci name and therefore will be appealing simply for the designer association.
I can't award anything higher than 3 stars as a rating here, the fragrance is "nice" as discussed but I do think it's overpriced and certainly isn't anything new. Many will like it though and I will continue wearing mine until my bottle has run out but I wouldn't buy it again, £60 for the 90ml bottle is outrageous I think and around £40 for the 50ml isn't that much better but it does come in a sleekly designer bottle and does have the Gucci stamp on the front so maybe that's enough reason for some people to buy it.
All in all Guilty by Gucci is Guilty of being mediocre and that's hardly sparkling praise.
Thanks for reading my review.
For all of the gentlemen who love and choose Gucci 2011 will start with a new fragrance Guilty Pour Homme the aromatic companion of popular female edition Gucci Guilty from 2010 / Guilty Pour Homme is carefully designed for men who know what they want and who get what they want / The charismatic alpha male a true magnet for ladies is represented in this provocative and seductive composition / The fragrance opens with lavender and lemon leaving enough space for very appealing scents of orange blossom / Basic tones are supported by warm woody accords of cedar and patchouli offering a firm but exciting and soft coloring to the whole composition / The bottle is crafted of cold metal and heavy glass making an impression of masculinity and luxury / Paired with the feminine edition all splendid and golden cabochon grey male bottle seems very elegant and alluring / The middle of the bottle is decorated with a metallic Gucci sign transparent to reveal the fragrant fluid /