Gomma (1989)
    by Etro




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    Gomma is a men's fragrance by Etro. The scent was launched in 1989

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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

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    Gomma starts with a dry, pungent, leathery opening with a faint smoky undertone and just a bit of lavender. It mellows quickly into a dry woody-leathery skin scent with an added astringent element that could account for the "rubber" some reviewers have perceived. Gomma is less complex than related fragrances such as Bois d'Ombrie or Etro's own Palais Jamais, but equally free of any prettifying floral or sweeter notes. Gomma should please anyone looking for a simple, unobtrusive, dry leather scent, but I don't find it all that exciting.

    15 June, 2014

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    Gomma is certainly a rather classical leather fragrance, in the wake of Knize Ten or Bandit, as many other reviewers have pointed out.
    But its somewhat weird beauty has precisely revealed to me when I made a close comparison with one of its peers- Bandit. Sure, the green notes of the opening, the tangy, pungent, almost savoury leather notes, the floral core and the ambery drydown are all there, though heavily undertoned in comparison. But itís the very opening of the fragrance, which I had overlooked before, so stunning and peculiar, that gives Gomma a raison díetre on its own.
    Itís the smell of a long erasing session (Gomma means rubber or eraser in Italian), when the eraser gets warm and gives off toasted and slightly burnt notes, like when you overboil the coffee in the coffee pot. Once detected, you canít fail noticing that the note runs like a thread through the whole fragrance, binding together leather, a green jasmine and the sweet, rich base.
    The overall feel of this fragrance is a tonic and nervous sensuality that slowly recedes in a quieter and almost old fashioned composure.
    Longevity and projection are both very good, and Iím enjoying- what I am saying, Iím adoring it!- in every occasion.

    12 February, 2013

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    Gomma opens to a rather pleasant leather that has just a hint of rubber and florals to compliment it. This opening hangs around for a few minutes, and during this stage I really was thinking it was comparable to leathery scents like vintage Givenchy Gentleman. Things change in a big way in the heart notes, however. Gomma holds onto its leather note throughout, but it intensifies in the heart, and then an animallic tar and rubber accord joins it and dominates the scent from here on out. The tar and rubber combo is quite potent and I can't say I like it at all. The base is a mixture of a now diminished leather mixed with powder. Gomma is not much of a projector, but it does have great tenacity.

    I started out liking Gomma, but the tar and rubber accord ruined it for me. It is just too overpowering and makes wearing the scent more than a bit of a challenge. I do see some of the similarities others have mentioned to Knize Ten, but I feel Knize Ten is the better scent and would stick with that if choosing between the two. As for the great leathery top notes, check out some vintage Givenchy Gentleman or even Giorgio VIP for Men to get your fix there. Since I do like the opening despite the difficult heart and finish, I will give Gomma a weak neutral and a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5.

    28 April, 2012 (Last Edited: 19 December, 2012)

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    That's an odd fragrance for sure and even if †don't particularly love it i appreciate its experimentalism, the Etro landmark itself and its cold leathery-rubbery vibe. I catch an initial bright, old school and grassy leather-artemisia-lavender accord with a touch of bergamot, a faint middle floral phase (violet-jasmine) and a final talky-ambery dry down with a touch of rubber. The initial leathery feel fades a bit with the sliding of time together with the rubbery and slightly spicy powder's blooming up. The gummy ambery opacity of this phase reminds me slightly the Bvlgari Black's dry down. The †fragrance doesn't project a complex evolution and exudes that typical Etro's vintage dry dust a bit opaque, spicy, resinous and exotic that you smell (in different ways) in the body of scents as Heliotrope, Shaal Nur and Patchouly. An interesting and original cool rubbery scent.

    05 April, 2012

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    I happened to smell Gomma by accident. I was in a store where I usually buy vintage fragrances and the SA, knowing my taste, suggested me to try this composition before leaving. As I was just showered and completely unscented I agreed for a full wearing...

    Gomma's opening is quite impressing. A rubber effect (actually leather) that is penetrating but not too strong, slightly smoky with artemisia adding an astringent aspect that's pretty enjoyable but at the same time somehow challenging. After a couple of minutes some floral patterns and amber make their appearance and a strong sensation of "deja-vu" started to materialize in my head...it took a couple more minutes to realize that Gomma was incredibly similar to Knize Ten. Well, actually much more polished and toned down but still quite alike.

    Being a Knize Ten lover, I can't say that Gomma smells bad but I honestly expected something more original. Overall this composition could be a decent alternative for anyone who doesn't have the guts to face Knize Ten but be aware that the former name of Gomma was Knize Nine and, Knize Nine < Knize Ten. It's not my opinion, it's mathematics.

    03 August, 2011 (Last Edited: 28 April, 2012)

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    I agree that Gomma smells very similar to Knize Ten. However, there is one big difference: Gomma actually smells good.

    Gomma is definitely a leather scent, but with a lot of powdery floral notes blended in. This is a light, tanned leather, rather than a dark, smoky black leather. There's also none of the gasoline-and-mothballs accord that Knize Ten has. I don't know why this is called "Gomma", because I smell absolutely no rubbery notes or pencil eraser smells in this scent whatsoever.

    Like Knize Ten, Gomma smells extremely old school and powdery, and could even be deemed a dandy's fragrance. Its old-time, gentlemanly, straight-laced feel is very appealing, especially for me because I have very few fragrances of this sort in my collection.

    This is a scent I'd wear with a suit and tie. Wearing this while watching NASCAR and chowing on pizza just wouldn't feel right.

    MY RATING: 8/10

    11th February, 2011

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