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Gucci pour Homme (original) (1976)
by Gucci


Gucci pour Homme (original) information

Year of Launch1976
Average Rating
(based on 116 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerGuy Robert
Parent Company at launchMennen > Scannon

About Gucci pour Homme (original)

Gucci pour Homme (original) is a masculine fragrance by Gucci. The scent was launched in 1976 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Guy Robert

Reviews of Gucci pour Homme (original)

Find this as a fantastic scent, representing elegance and good taste. The lemon is very natural, but the oakmoss and the leather are the notable players. In the same team of Eau Sauvage and the great Capucci pour homme. Fantastic!
04th June, 2017
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United States
Gucci pour Homme (original formula) goes on with a short lived blast of natural lemon with powerful oakmoss from the base immediately detectable underneath coupling with aromatic lavender and carnation. As the composition moves to its early heart the lemon vacates as the oakmoss gains strength, now joining a potent anise and musk-laced leathery labdanum with the carnation remaining in support. During the late dry-down the anise driven development abruptly transitions to powdery vanilla and amber over slightly sweet sandalwood as traces of the supporting musk remain through the finish. Projection is average to slightly above average and longevity very good at 10-12 hours on skin.

This composition is a real puzzler. When one reads the amazing list of notes it is hard not to sniff Gucci pour Homme without a positive disposition to love it; after all, the composition has a lot to recommend it... The natural lemon at the open is amazing though all too brief (most likely made even more brief and minimized by the age of the vintage bottle I acquired). The co-starring green oakmoss and leathery labdanum (rock rose) smell great together, leading to a quite remarkable abrupt transition to the powdery vanilla and sandalwood driven late dry-down. That said, while I do *like* the composition the love has surprisingly eluded me. I suspect the culprit that is holding me back from completely embracing it is what can best be described as a musky anise heart accord that just overpowers everything in its path at times and feels a hair out of place in this chypre. I would almost expect this kind of accord in a classic fougere, truth be told. So while the composition smells impressive on the whole, the anise plays spoiler, relegating it to "good" but not "great" status... The bottom line is the $100 per 30 ml bottle on the aftermarket discontinued original Gucci pour Homme smells very nice on the whole and features some high quality materials but the musky anise heart accord holds the composition back from its full potential, reducing it to a "good" to "very good" 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5 and a recommendation with minor reservation.
17th November, 2014 (last edited: 20th November, 2014)
One of my favorite fragrances! The opening is a burst if citrus which mellows into a soft, perfectly blended composition where no single note stands out. There's a unusual rubber note in the initial dry-down that nobody has mentioned here. It's not entirely unpleasant and doesn't seem to last very long. I believe this is the ultimate Chypre for men. Gucci was WRONG to discontinue this one!
10th September, 2014 (last edited: 29th September, 2014)
A nice, fresh, classic masculine scent from the '70s, with citrus notes, aldehydes, a mossy side of oak moss, herbs (basil), a central note of carnation, spices (quite prominent at the beginning), a light balsamic breeze all over, with an initially discreet base of vanilla, leather, tobacco. The leather accord emerges better after a while, and it's a "good old" leather one – dry, refined, spicy. To be honest I was sure I would have gone mad for this one, while instead in my opinion it's just... good. Partially because I smell honestly quite a heavy dose of pungent and almost harsh spices (they'll tone down eventually), partially because there is something that just does not work that good between leather, a sweeter base accord (vanillin and perhaps sandalwood?) and the spices, but most of all, simply because it is not that fascinating to me. It's clean, understated, pleasantly conventional, but I am afraid has nothing which can "save" it from being "just another classic masculine scent". Surely pleasant, but nothing more for me.

12th July, 2014
A beautifully balanced and assured fragrance that straddles the line between leather chypre and fougère. After a flourish of citrus and barbershop lavender top notes, the original Gucci pour Homme settles into a supremely dignified, yet rugged accord of patchouli, labdanum, sandalwood, cedar, leather, and spices. Above this lies a collection of aromatics, among which I detect sage, geranium, and lingering lavender. It’s a complex arrangement, but tightly integrated, rich, but not oppressively heavy. What impresses me immediately about the original Gucci pour Homme is how effectively the astringent aromatics and woods offset the sweet resins.

Gucci pour Homme develops in a traditional manner, morphing slowly through a cycle of accords as it ages. As the aromatics drift away smoky leather and woods – especially cedar – assert themselves more firmly, with a result suggestive of pipe tobacco, riding tack, and a recently extinguished fireplace. At this stage I’m inclined to agree with foetidus that Gucci pour Homme parallels Équipage rather closely in style. It’s the softer and more balsamic of the two, but the congruities are very apparent. The drydown relaxes into leather, moss, labdanum and woods, with all the assurance of the big 1970s and 1980s masculines, but none of the expected bombast. This balanced, yet assertive style of masculine perfumery survives today in scents like Azzaro pour Homme, Tuscany Uomo, Équipage, Or Black, Aramis, and Lauder for Men. Too bad the original Gucci pour Homme no longer stands beside them to carry the banner.
15th June, 2014
Gucci Original is an absolute classic and the fact it is no longer available is just WRONG! Imagine if Aramis, Polo, Tabu, Joy or Chanel No. 5 were to cease to exist --- or if a classic piece of music were to disappear from the earth --- or if one of Shakespeare's plays could no longer be seen. Each represents a loss of a vital piece of human culture and imagination.

H & R's Fragrance Guide lists the notes as:

TOP: Bergamot, Lavender, Basil, Artemisia, Petitgrain, Lemon
MIDDLE: Geranium, Carnation, Patchouli, Jasmin, Orris, Pepper, Pimento Berry, Sandalwood, Cedarwood
BASE: Moss, Tonka, Musk, Vanilla, Labdanum, Amber, Leather

This fragrance is a near-perfect balance of fresh, wood, leather, and mellow notes … strong enough to be assertive, but not overpowering, and sophisticated with an undertone of rawness. It lasts many hours, but stays close to the skin, so it's not an "in-your-face" all day scent bomb like some more recent creations. It's not only a perfect representative of 70's class, it's a timeless statement, and I still get compliments when I wear it nowadays.
07th March, 2014

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