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Gucci pour Homme (original) (1976)
by Gucci


Gucci pour Homme (original) information

Year of Launch1976
Average Rating
(based on 118 votes)

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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)

Gucci has been a house fraught with rise and decline, bloating out to 20,000 accessory lines at it's peak, working with automakers and more, to shedding back down to 5,000 lines and teetering on bankruptcy. Gucci has changed hands multiple times and been a member of several partnerships, with hostile buyouts a common sight, seeing it's entire image and sense of worth rebooted repeatedly until it was embraced as a gateway brand for urban youth in the 90's, currently being the Hip-Hop fashion darling counter to the rock star-oriented house of Versace. The flagship fragrances for the house of Guccio Gucci, first launched in the 70's, have been completely re-orchestrated and re-launched a total of three times since then, with this debut masculine scent being the first of three times "Gucci Pour Homme" would appear on a perfume from the designer, originally released in 1976 and composed by the legendary Guy Robert. Mr. Robert seemed to favor traditional aromatic citrus and/or leather chypres for men, as evidenced by his work in Monsieur Rochas (1969), and Hermès Equipage (1970), with Gucci Pour Homme (1976) being no exception to this rule. The 2003 version created under Tom Ford's creative direction was an ambery affair and one of two twins (with the second one still in production), while the 2008 version originally being named "Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme" until the previous iteration was discontinued. That current version is a modern synthetic proxy of a chypre infused with "freshness" from boutique aromachemicals that pissed off fans of either older version upon arrival, and is the current flagship male line. Gucci Pour Homme '76, as one of the fabled masculine "Guccicorns" alongside Gucci Nobile (1988), Gucci Envy for Men (1998), Gucci Rush for Men (2000) and Gucci Pour Homme (2003), scents that have an almost religious following and frequently push past Creed's retail prices in the aftermarket, really cannot be recommended as a blind buy, although samples and minis can be had up to 30ml for acceptable prices (barely). Regardless of how good it is, there are simply too many alternatives even among also-discontinued fragrances which offer better value and availability 10-to-1 over Gucci Pour Homme '76, mean it is a collector's piece at this point, but regardless of all that, here are my thoughts on it:

Gucci Pour Homme '76 opens like a right proper aromatic chypre of the ilk made from the late 40's through to the mid-80's. The opening shares a lot of DNA with the tart lemon/bergamot and dry lavender/basil combination found in older creations like Arden for Men Sandalwood (1957), Revlon That Man (1958) or Monsieur de Givenchy (1959), but is stronger and more pressing like the Revlon, just without the linearity. From this familiar "forthright masculine" citrus opening comes a woodsy carnation and patchouli heart that is sour and equally stiff, likely because it is trampled on so intently by the top. Rich sandalwood and cedar which also remind me greatly of the Arden and Givenchy come to mind as well, but also an order of magnitude stronger than them, once again sharing potency with the aforementioned Revlon. The only thing missing from Gucci Pour Homme '76 at this point is a civet note, and the lack thereof is what sets it apart from much of the crowd, with a musk note in it's place making it something of a missing link between these mid-century oldies and the later Italian examples like Gianfranco Ferré for Man (1987). The base is pure oakmoss, leather, labdanum, and that aforementioned musk, making me think of Penhaligon's Douro Eau de Portugal (1985) particularly with the labdanum/yellow musk tandem. We have 1950's style mixed with 1970's potency and a subtle leather forward-thinking twist underneath the aromatics and oakmoss, which gives Gucci Pour Homme '76 it's character, but doesn't really set it apart too much from it's rivals. This is a similar problem, but to a lesser extent, that faced Capucci Pour Homme (1967), and hence the Gucci is also buried in chypre heap somewhat, despite notable sandalwood performance the others lack. Sillage is above-average for this kind of chypre, and longevity is around 8 hours, but it's easy to get anosmic to heavy oakmoss just as it with modern white musk, so guys wearing this as a signature probably reaped diminishing returns over time, meaning Gucci Pour Homme '76 still likely needed to be part of a rotation back in the day. I'd say this chypre is actually best used in fall because of the creamy sandalwood and labdanum-dipped leather and moss, since I feel this more with a cool breeze than inside a warm room.

Gucci Pour Homme '76 isn't very Italian by design, but I guess that's what happens when you let renowned French Guy Robert do his thing when crafting your fragrance, and the French finesse mixed with American loudness on display gives this a rather distinct trail which feels like a rounder Moustache by Rochas (1949) plucked of it's animalic. By 1976, this kind of sour lemon and dry lavender on top of sandalwood and oakmoss would feel conservative in the wake of Disco darlings like the Halston line or any number of loud and sweet aromatic musks stinking up the clubs, meaning Gucci Pour Homme's decidedly more-mature audience would literally die off in the subsequent years since the youth in the 70's weren't wearing it, and thus wouldn't necessarily arrive on it later in the 80's either after they matured, leaving this as the dominion of vintage fans as early on as the 90's. By the time Gucci was re-invented as a house the first time by Tom Ford, few seemed to care about this scent's fate, which is why it still somewhat lives in the shadows of other "Guccicorns". If it were possible to economically daily-drive this, I'd say it's a good "Mad Men" office scent, but as it stands, this Maltese Falcon of a historical anecdote is only getting more precious as time goes on, meaning it will be an object for the Osmothequé at some point and looked upon in rememberance only, but not worn. I really like Gucci Pour Homme '76 a lot, and fans of these old aromatic chypres won't find much better lemon/sandalwood/oakmoss accords in modern times outside of the one-man operations in the niche realm, and even they don't have access to the ingredients found in this, which were once commonplace but now rarefied. If you stumble upon a bottle of Gucci Pour Homme '76, it's actually a remarkably good introduction to the genre as it sits so squarely in the middle of many others of the style, but I wouldn't seek it out unless you're fatally bitten by the vintage bug. Thumbs up!
03rd October, 2018 (last edited: 08th October, 2018)
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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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

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