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L'Arte di Gucci (1991)
by Gucci

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L'Arte di Gucci information

Year of Launch1991
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 63 votes)

People and companies

HouseGucci
PackagingSerge Mansau
Parent Company at launchMuelhens > Scannon

About L'Arte di Gucci

L'Arte di Gucci is a feminine perfume by Gucci. The scent was launched in 1991 and the bottle was designed by Serge Mansau

L'Arte di Gucci fragrance notes

Reviews of L'Arte di Gucci

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The top notes as marvellous: rose, muguet, jasmine and - just the right dose - aldehydes emanate to create a floral basket of delicious beauty. Just a touch boozy, the rose is medium-dark, rich and intensive, counterbalanced beautifully by the white florals. A fine web of coriander with whiffs of a soft patchouli add just a hint of spice.

In the drydown the white florals, emboldened by additional lashings of carnation and geranium, gorgeous! A floral fest extraordinaire!

The base takes a turn to the darker, with the soft patchouli more evident and a convincing dark musk too. More amazing is the underlying well-balanced top-notch oakmoss, which adds just the right amount of an harsher edge towards the end, with a touch of salty and earthy vetiver roots mixing with the faecaloid-mossy backgound seamlessly.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and a splendid longevity of twelve hours on my skin.

This is a nighttime spring creation of great character, luscious with seductive darkness under a floral aura of great beauty. The quality of the natural ingredients is absolutely sublime, the nuances are breathtaking at times and the whole is one of the masterpieces this house has produced in its somewhat patchy olfactory history over time. For once the name is apt - this is classic olfactory art; a Turner for the nose 4/5.
23rd March, 2017
A beautiful and dirty prominent rose with an unmistakable fecal note in the bottom. This is at once erotic and classy. Not for casual wear but rather those escapades...
05th September, 2015
"L'Arte di faccia tosta ...”

L'Arte, huh?... Well, what can I say? It matches its name perfectly. Art... The art of indifference and nerve! Because even negative aspects demand a certain artistry. And here, this snob Italian lands a blow! She takes no prisoners! Insolence and sass galore! Rose as a note in perfumery, is not something I am truly fond of. (When it comes to male fragrances especially, I find it almost impossible for rose to be harmoniously blended in the composition. Untill now, only Loris Azzaro's Acteur and Alain Delon's Iquitos have found a not just decent but stunning way to do the trick.) But here rose shines! And not in a usual and, more or less, expected romantic way. No! A dirty and marginally vulgar rose it is that drags you by the nose... It is the scent of a woman who, under her expensive suit ( a Gucci one doubtless), hides leather underwear and a stiletto. A stiletto that she shall not hesitate to use, if all else fails (most unlikely). She had the misfortune of being born in a fin de siecle. In an era when the loud and hyperbolic (nonetheless dazzling) enfants terribles of the '80s started walking the path to oblivion and the watery and optimistic voices of the '90s started to gather attention further still. But she didn't care about it. To tell the truth she NEVER cared about anything! And today, even after so many years have passed since her departure for the heaven of lost scents, she still remains a serious contestant for the title of the most "Fuck you!" and "In your face!" attitude of the last decades...
23rd October, 2014
It's funny how L'Arte contains many of the same notes as it's (alleged) mother, Gucci No. 3 but manages to smell so utterly different. Whereas I find the aldehydes, coriander, and green rose notes in Gucci No. 3 give it a stiff-backed, formal feel, here these notes just provide a sparkling, rosy, warm push to the opening, ushering in a superb, dark, balsamic rose that vibrates at an almost embarrassingly sexual frequency. The salty feel of real oakmoss that simulates that smell of just-licked skin, the sting of a leather whip, the dripping of hot beeswax candles onto tender flesh, all the while that big, red rose whispering sweet words in your ear.....well, let's just say it's pretty sexy and be done with it. L'Arte is similar in feel and tone to Rose de Nuit by Serge Lutens, although with marginally less beeswax and a brighter, fruitier rose note up top. I think this is a phenomenal fragrance and can't believe that some fool thought it would be ok to discontinue this. Oh well, at least we still have Guilty on the shelves, right?
19th September, 2014
L'Arte di Gucci is a remarkable forgotten classic, a robust aldehydes-floral scent with carnation, geranium, benzoin, white flowers, sandalwood and vanilla, a dense juiciness and a luminous, pleasant and refined subtle carnality. Initially it's all – deceptively - about brightness, flowers and spring liveliness, rich and dense but tending more towards a soapy-powdery kind of denseness. After less than a hour, though, it then starts to evolve and change; a dark and austere base accord arises slowly like a stormy cloud, a powdery-waxy leather with salty and earthy notes of vetiver, discreet and understated but shady and animalic. The transition is great, perfectly executed; it's still a rich, romantic floral scent, just with a bolder darker shade below. I've rarely experienced such a smooth, mellow, effortless and refined change of mood in a scent, with the right among of consistence and "fil rouge" of notes from one stage to another. Rich, sophisticated, terrifically good-smelling.

8,5-9/10
24th August, 2014
A great rose chypre.

Barbara Herman finds it black, inky, animalic, and the dry down to be of a rosy leather.

It ranks up there with the very best rose chypres, including Lalique's Perles, Brousseau's Coriandre, and Guerlain's Nahema.

Top notes Bergamot, Coriander
Middle notes: Rose, Jasmine, Geranium, Tuberose, Orris, Muguet
Bast notes: Patchouli, Vetiver, Leather, Amber, Musk, Oakmoss

It is for me the only Gucci scent that can be called great - dark, romantic, mysterious, long-lasting. For the mature woman on a winter night - opera, pearls, seduction.

YES!

If you love rose chypres, look no further for what may be the greatest of them all.
30th June, 2014

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