Ah, Gucci. I’ve had a love/lukewarm thing going on with their scents for some time. Love, love, loved their big green with an attitude: Gucci Envy. And the warm, woodsy-ish scent from a few years back, the one that came in the wide, clear brown bottle with the gold equestrian charm (the name escapes me). And there’s another one that I really liked. But most of the rest — nah, not so much. So when I saw the pinkish, blocky bottle of Gucci Bloom at Nordstrom, I walked on by.
But one of the SAs there knows me a bit, and she smiled slyly, crooked a finger toward me and said, “Oh, but it’s got jasmine and tuberose. It can’t hurt to try it, can it?”
Oh, all right, I thought, what’s the harm? So I spritzed one small spray. No shrinking violet this, Gucci Bloom does carry some floral clout, but not as sinus-clearing as I imagined. However, as I wore it, something familiar kept rattling around in my brain pan, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it.
It wasn’t until later that evening, poking about doing some research, that it struck me: Gucci Bloom could easily be the love child between Diptyque Do Son and Madonna’s Truth or Dare. It lacks the faint plasticky note of the ToD (at least to my nose), but is slightly more aggressive than the easygoing Do Son. If Do Son was a bit too tame for you, ToD too sweet or whatever, and Madame Fracas just too over the top, this might be right up your street, especially if you like a little nip of jasmine. And I do.
My only (tiny) quibble is that bottle: pink and square and that’s about it, although the box does sport a floral print. You’d think they could’ve come up with something a bit more creative/charming/stylish, being that they are a formidable Italian design house. But maybe they were going for a demurely bold statement? Anyway, that’s not a big deal, if you really like the fragrance.
Notes per Fragrantica: Sambac jasmine, tuberose, orris root, Chinese honeysuckle or Rangoon creeper, a red flowering vine native to India.
I’ve worn it for a day or two and enjoyed it, and will continue to wear my sample until it’s gone. It’s helping me usher out August with something new, and also scratch my tuberose/jasmine itch, but no purchase for me. Of course, that’s nothing new, as I rarely buy FBs. My only exception being a cute rollerball of my warm-weather love, Aerin Lauder’s Mediterranean Honeysuckle, and that hardly counts, right?
So what about you? What’s your favoite Gucci scent? Or your best tuberose and/or jasmine fragrance?