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Gucci Guilty pour Homme (2011)
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Gucci Guilty pour Homme information

Year of Launch2011
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 160 votes)

People and companies

HouseGucci
Parent Company at launchProcter & Gamble > P&G Prestige Beaute

About Gucci Guilty pour Homme

Gucci Guilty pour Homme is a masculine fragrance by Gucci. The scent was launched in 2011

Gucci Guilty pour Homme fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Gucci Guilty pour Homme

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The lemony somewhat citric opening is combined in the opening with a lavender impression. The lemony is not so much the fresh fruit aroma or the peel, but more a fake candied version, a sugarcoated fruit so to speak.

The drydown adds some orange flower, but again it has a candied overlay.

The base is an ambroxan drenched patchouli, a light and soft inoffensive patchouli. There is a woodsy undertone, more nonspecific that emanating any impressive cedar component, that remains until the end.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and eight hours of longevity on my skin.

This spring scent is one of the first of the House of Gucci that switched their olfactory direction from quality to petrochemical superficiality, and in this historical importance lies the most interesting point of this creation. One of the first fruitchoulis, with its generic-chemical reduction of the notes to tedious dullness, that set the tone for many future fragrance house up to Victoria’s Secrets laboratories. GUILTY it is indeed of that crime.

As a fragrance its generic character and egregiously synthetic natures defines it as the epitome of mediocrity. Middle-of-the-road. 50%=2.5/5.


22nd January, 2020
When P&G Prestige Beaute bought the rights to Gucci's perfume division, another shake-up that ultimately lead to the discontinuation of all their previous perfumes occurred, just as it had when LVMH took over for Mennen/Scannon in the 90's. In both cases, decades of beloved perfumes were sent to the chopping block, then surviving stock shot up in price on the second hand market to become some of the most-worshiped and vaunted "unicorns" ever seen in vintage circles outside items of extreme antiquity. In their place, the new artistic vision of the house would emerge, but this time the quirky anachronisms of an outgoing Tom Ford would be replaced by a much more conventionally-minded Frida Giannini. Frida would wipe away all of Tom's retro-chic perfume styling in the same way Tom flushed all the classic Guccis, pulling the house style towards something more competitive with the likes of Dior, YSL, and Chanel until Alessandro Michele took over on behalf of new Coty Prestige ownership. The only good result of this second reset button was Gucci Guilty (2010) and Gucci Guilty Pour Homme (2011), the latter of which struck a large enough chord with young affluent male buyers that it became a standard that continued to be copied late in the decade by competitors. Gucci Guilty Pour Homme isn't a bad sort of scent, but like Bleu de Chanel (2010) before it, and Dior Sauvage (2015) after it, would come to define the scent of the designer male perfume segment for better or worse. Depending on how you feel about this, Gucci Guilty Pour Homme is either your daily bread in scent form, or yet another reason to be driven away from the counters and into the arms of much pricier niche perfumes. I wouldn't say run out and buy this if you're well-stocked with later entries in this style, but Gucci Guilty Pour Homme can be unfairly overlooked for a number of reasons I'll mention later on. Suffice it to say this is designed to be an easy reach, and greatly succeeds at it. The general vibe of Gucci Guilty Pour Homme is something you've already smelled countless times on the street, in the clubs, and at the grocery store.

The opening is sweet lemon, lavandin, an a huge helping of that galaxolide shampoo/laundry soap fruity floral musk note that permeates later mall-centric masculines like Paco Rabanne Invictus (2013), Y by Yves Saint Laurent (2017) and Jimmy Choo Urban Hero (2019). Of course, the biggest key difference here is the fruity floral musk note isn't amped up to weapons-grade levels like some of Gucci Guilty Pour Homme's later imitators, but merges with the orange blossom and sage heart to make something which flirts between feminine, youthful, masculine, and mature. The base is the expected patchouli isolate, iso E super, and ambroxan soup that had been creeping into masculine styles since Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme (2006), but without the huge norlimbanol scratch of stuff like the aforementioned Sauvage. The nose already burnt out on this kind of an accord probably won't make it long enough to see this, but here the synthetics are perfectly buttressed by enough recognizable accords from nature to make a perfume that could be described as a sweet citrus floral patchouli (or a men's "fruitchouli") without naming the chemicals. This doesn't have the sporty edge of the later Invictus, or the autumnal warmth of L'Homme, but could be a daily driver for the one-fragrance young man that would rather spray without thinking then step out into the world, knowing he'll "smell good". Wear time is about eight hours, and the style is versatile enough to be worn day or night, work or play, and as the first pillar in a new line, is pretty emotionally neutral as it would become the basis for many (sometimes bad) flankers to come. Gucci Guilty Pour Homme operates best in medium weather and humidity, and maybe a bit into the winter, but is too sweet for summer use. Seasoned hobbyists without a predilection for mainstream styles won't enjoy this, but for everyone else, Gucci Guilty Pour Homme is a dependable if somewhat common-smelling fragrance you wear at the start of a personal perfume journey, or just until you're tired of it.

The meticulously-median accord belies the flashy Gucci badging, which is probably why later flankers like Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Absolute (2017) stray so far to stand apart now that this scent has accidentally become the norm. Jacques Huclier has a strong creative track record with things like Thierry Mugler A*Men (1996), but here he's just furthering the momentum of the "ambroxan bomb" trend that had started into the 2000's, but didn't take off like wildfire until the 2010's thanks in part to Chanel, and even Creed to a degree with their much-lauded Aventus (2010). While Gucci Guilty Pour Homme walks a different path than those, it certainly dwells within a realm that is not on par with the timelessness of the LVMH era, or the beautiful traditionalism on display in the 80's when Scannon had them, which is part of why so many collectors and perfume lovers seethe with anger when they smell this. For as solid of a fragrance as Gucci Guilty Pour Homme is on paper, how does it compare as a replacement for Gucci Pour Homme [v1](1976), Nobile (1988), Envy for Men (1998), Rush for Men (2002), or Gucci Pour Homme [v2](2003)? The simple answer is it can't. Furthered by the fact that this was ushered in after dreck like Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme (2008) aka Gucci Pour Homme [v3], Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme Sport (2010) and followed by the bland Made to Measure (2013), it is easy to see how one plain but satisfactory blip can be overlooked in one of the biggest creative downturns since Dolce & Gabbana's 11 year slump after The One for Men (2008). Gucci Guilty Pour Homme should be easy to sample as it's a best-seller in major department stores, and while you shouldn't anticipate anything exciting, this is about as "Goldilocks" as it gets in the 21st century men's mall juice style, excelling at staying in its lane. If you can ignore some of the landmark perfumes cut off at the knees to make way for it, Gucci Guilty Pour Homme won't disappoint you as a competent effort from a sometimes stylistically tumultuous house. Thumbs up.
22nd September, 2019
Five years after YSL's L'Homme Guilty comes on the scene as a different mode of transport to the same journey: a masculine floral with all the soft edges gilded in metal to ensure it stays masculine.

Essentially the same as L'Homme, it is less elegant. And quite odd for an Italian offering as well. But it has a place: fantastic office wear for the man who does not want to 'smell' of cologne, but rather of sanitized masculinity.

It pales only in comparison to L'Homme, and neutral because 5 years was plenty of time to give this an edge over what was copied.
03rd July, 2019
hcr Show all reviews
United States
Soapy, fresh, not offensive, safe for work. Not particularly memorable or intoxicating. Stays a sample.
12th September, 2018
Nice fresh lemon that lasts for about 20 seconds...lemon/spicy/ wood...to my nose, nothing to set it apart or above dozens of other boring and generic citrusy woody spice accented fragrances...among others , brings to mind Versace pour homme and all the Allure and Bulgari variations...yes , it nice and safe for office , dates , family gatherings , church , the gym , whatever...i guess that at least is one redeeming quality....it's a barber shop scent for the metrosexual millenial...I have to confess...i think I have been totally spoiled since my exposure to niche, because i can no longer find any typicall designer mall fragrances that capture my interest enough to buy a bottle...still, bottom line , it is a pleasant fragrance that I can understand a lot of people liking...
27th March, 2018
To my nose, This is dark , mysterious fruity. Purely masculine scent. People hates the opening of this scent but I love the opening. It is like bad boy scent in starting and later on turns to sweet only. Little pricey yet I dint regret buying this stuff
10th September, 2017

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