How much do I love this fragrance? To the depth and breadth of my soul. Gucci by Gucci EDP came along at a time when I was so disenchanted with perfume. Everything smelled the same. Floral, oriental, clean, crisp, boring, bland. Perfume was breaking my heart slowly by its vapidness. In 2002, the world changed for me when the overzealous sales clerk scooted me over to try “The new, so fabulous scent by Gucci, there is nothing else like it.” I was thinking to myself, wanna bet? She spritzed it on, and the combination just drew me back a bit. I was expecting something like Gucci had done before with Rush, but this was new and different. Kind of spicy and floral at the same time, but not any floral like I had known. My eyes rocked back in my head, and I swooned as I fell head over heels in love with a perfume that a lot of people hate. Normally I despise most vanilla perfumes (the CSP of the late ’90s was enough to do that to a person), but this one has just enough vanillla to warm it up, but not so much as to take it over the top. Heady and rich, but earthy at the same time. The orris, cumin and thyme and whatever else they’ve got tucked in there hold all the notes that are so rich and lush in check so they don’t go slobbering all over you like a drunk tart. As this dries down, it just gets better. I never get a clear bead on the tuberose or orange flower in this, it’s just blended well enough that I know they are there, but they don’t stand up and say hi, they just keep hiding behind the spices. I knew there was something different out there then. When a good friend of mine who has impeccable taste sent me the small bottle of it about two months later, I knew how right this was for me.
I’ve read other reviews of this fragrance that say it is sweet, and I don’t get it, there’s nothing sweet in this on me. I keep thinking they must have got hold of the Gucci by Gucci II, which is a pretty enough perfume, but not even close to as original and breathtaking as G by G is. Someone compared it to that candy concoction know as Organza! (makes sign of cross) Not even! This is just deep and rich and so vibrant, it sings on my skin. That I forget about wearing this from time to time breaks my heart. When I remember it again and wear it for days on end, it breaks my heart again, sorta like En Passant does, but in very different ways.
It is time to stock up on this little darling and lay in a large supply. I know the cumin is a killer on a lot of people and renders this one totally unwearable, and there is that little musty note that some hate and I love, but it is one of my great perfume loves, and I will defend my little freak to the death.