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Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme (2017)
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Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme information

Year of Launch2017
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 81 votes)

People and companies

HouseGucci
PerfumerAlberto Morillas
SupplierFirmenich

About Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme

The company say: Born out of a special collaboration between creative director Alessandro Michele and master perfumer Alberto Morillas. Created using a particular blend with a structure that remains unchanged from the first time it is applied to the skin. Leather accord and goldenwood are custom-mixed with natural extract of the Nootka Cypress, selected especially for Gucci Guilty Absolute. The resulting scent features ultra-dry woody notes. The fragrance’s composition is intensified with three forms of patchouli oils and earthy vetiver.

Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme fragrance notes

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Reviews of Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme

Plastic Band Aid to the extreme. Not for me at all. I've smelled a lot worse though. I know there are a lot fans on this one. I'm guessing because it's different. 5/10
12th July, 2018
Borderline thumbs down. This isn't something I'd be excited to wear again, or to smell on someone else. There's something interesting about it that keeps it from a thumbs down, but I didn't find it pleasant. It smells like something that would be marketed as oud.
23rd June, 2018
Really? you have got to be kidding me! I am shocked. And not for the reasons you might think.

I sampled this for the first time today - a local department store has FINALLY got it in, and I felt a slight sense of excitement when I saw it, given everything I had read online about it being a challenging left-field scent.

Err, no.

It's simply a sophisticated smooth leather, with slight plasticky medicinal nuances. That's it. I find it to be extremely pleasant, and not at all challenging. NOT AT ALL. As in "zero."

Gucci Guilty Absolute would only be "challenging" to the most virgin of noses, exposed to the very safest and dullest mainstream fragrances.

I like it and would wear it, but I probably won't purchase a bottle because of its linearity, and also because it feels like an instant skin-scent.
17th June, 2018
I find Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme to be a missed opportunity more than anything else. Here is a fragrance by Gucci, after all those tiresome non-perfume entities, that merits at least a second sniff. It is a leather-vetiver scent, and quite far removed from everything else among mainstream perfumes. It starts off on skin with a lush note of medicinal leather. The leather is characterised by a particular medicinal character that hints at antiseptics and hospitals, and yet is oddly compelling, even brilliant. It is by no means an outlandish accord, but it is odd among mainstream perfumes, and hence the reaction. However, this leather accord doesn't persist and transforms into a vetiver dominated accord within an hour, which is largely nice but rather underwhelming after the initial phase. I do not detect any patchouli or cypress at any stage of development. I also find it to be extremely subdued on skin, and it practically disappears in about four hours. I do note that the dry down is soft and sensuous, and this can be an interesting office scent for people who wear stuff like Cuiron.

Gucci Guilty Absolute is definitely a breath of fresh air in a market saturated with clichéd fresh woody-ambers. It is innovative. However, it fails short of the mark personally, largely due to its potency/concentration issues. As an innovative leather scent it brings to mind Fahrenheit, but is rather tame in comparison. Leather vetivers are not that novel, with Bel Ami Vetiver being perhaps the most immediate example. In the context of medicinal leathers that push the envelope, it is comparable to Arte Profumi's Fumoir, which is pricier but more compelling. In fact, I recommend Fumoir to those who would find similar shortcomings in the Gucci. Gucci Guilty Absolute does not change the world of mainstream corporate perfumes, but it makes one more hopeful about positive change.



3/5
13th June, 2018
I admit having little good to say about Gucci, but I have my reasons. Every noteworthy and distinct masculine they make is discontinued, and they've relaunched their eponymous masculine 3 times, so I feel almost afraid to try investing in collecting anything from the brand as they're liable to just stop making it if I like it anyway, and I don't chase overpriced unicorns. Life is too short. However, breaking this grudge with Gucci is becoming a bit easier with the release of Gucci Guilty Absolute (2017), as it's one of the most forthright masculine and natural-smelling scents the house has made in years. It's almost as if Gucci wanted to throw the old perfumistos a bone with this one, and did so without caring about mass profits, because this stuff is anything but trendy at all. Gucci Guilty Absolute is a petrol leather and greens chypre-type scent at it's core. It's no Knize Ten (1920) or P'eau de Espagne (1901) to be sure, but it's definitely a modern relative of that ilk, so I'd even venture that it's suitable for fans of everything from English Leather (1949), Aramis (1965), up to more exclusive and expensive leathers like Christian Dior Leather Oud (2010). The best part of all, is this is packed with the performance of a vintage scent, the style of a niche scent, but with the price tag of a designer. Gucci has created the perfect storm here, which is why it might seem as some to be "too good to be true" based on what I'm writing. The only bit of dubious design here is the stuff was created to be completely linear, with zero transitions from beginning to end, remaining unchanged from the moment it enters the skin. I don't know how I feel about that, but considering some of the best vintage drugstore scents were also made this way, I can't complain too much. It's the kind of thing that you either instantly like or dislike depending on how you feel about leather, as that is undoubtedly the star of the show, with the patchouli heart being a supporting role.

The top note in Gucci Guilty Absolute is leather, leather, leather, and leather. You know this is a leather scent when it's in the top and not the middle or bottom like in nearly everything else. There is likely some citrus here for conveyance too, mostly of the dry bergamot variety, but that leather comes front and center, never going away. It's a petrol-type leather just like the chypres of antiquity in this vein, followed by a cypress note and no less than three types of patchouli extract according to Gucci. Nose Alberto Morillas was tapped for this, and although he has a great track record, this kind of leather is not something I'd expect from him. The patchouli in this is certainly not of the rich earthly kind as that would clash with the leather, so instead we get the more piney resinous type found in head shop incense and body oils. It's the kind of patchouli that might be mistaken for pine almost, boosted by the acrid leather, since it doesn't have that "typical patchouli" richness to it. The cypress and it's reediness further help mete this out until the base arrives, which consists of vetiver, and two unique custom captives: woodleather and goldenwood. Before the incredulity begins to fly, it's common knowledge that even modern niche scents use captives, unless you're buying from a tiny DIY house, so this really is no cause for alarm. Woodleather seems to be a Firmenich captive where molecules from wood and leather are bonded, easy enough and lends to the overall feel, while the goldenwood is just a fancy woody aromatic chemical like the norlimbanol or Iso E Super stuff that's been floating around forever. Fans of Hermes Terre d'Hermes (2006) or Amouage Jubilation XXV (2008) already know what the dry down of Gucci Guilty Absolute will be like, at least in part, so it's slightly dubious, but acceptable ground, further smoothed out by the fact that the leather note from the top is meant to never go away.

Gucci Guilty Absolute is a huge step in the right direction, not just for Gucci as a brand, but also for designer perfumery as a general rule, with more distinct scents "not everyone is going to like" filtering in between more generalist ideas like in the old days. For every one Gentleman Givenchy (2017), there needs to be three or four Gucci Guilty Absolutes, that way the folks who want their dumb reaches can have them, but the guys who like more variety, nuance, distinction, and individuality, or just different scents for different moods, can have it within the realm of designer availability or price. Not trying to knock all the exclusif, privè, and niche houses here, but they wouldn't have grown half as big half as quick if all the major designers hadn't bent their creative efforts these past few decades on watering down and homogenizing their efforts based on what casts the widest net. Gucci Guilty Absolute only tosses out a rather small net itself, but with it's pungent leather top, insurmountably green heart, and dry woodsy base, the people it rakes in are likely to remain life long purchasers (assuming it doesn't meet the fate of Gucci Pour Homme 03' or Gucci Envy from 98'), which is honestly the kind of loyalty all designers need in the competitive fragrance market at this point. Longevity and sillage are pretty potent on this, so go easy, and it isn't the best summer scent, but you probably expected as much after reading what's in it. Gucci Guilty Absolute certainly isn't the next big thing everyone needs to run out and get, but it is definitely a new scent that a fans of vintage leathers and chypres will be able to wave in the faces of more modern-minded friends saying "here I still like new stuff too!", which is honestly it's biggest charm in my book. Well done.
04th June, 2018
animalic leather with outstanding sillage, would not expect Gucci coming out with such a cutting edge juice! Surely not bland, their best outing in ages!!!!!
31st May, 2018

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