Envy For Men by Gucci, 1998
Rated #31 in Fragrances
I originally shunned this when I tried it a decade ago... That was a big mistake, as it actually is a great spicy oriental with ginger as a primary note. I may prefer Floris Eau de Santal and Eau de Santal Extreme that have a similar dry-down, but Gucci was first and deserves credit for paving the way... Oh, and it smells great in its own right. Those who enjoy ginger based spicy orientals can stop here after trying this one. 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5.
I bought an Envy and only sprayed few times before it was stolen; the bottle was almost full. True it made me feel so manly and accomplished back then as a teenager, i felt like a celebrity. Same can be said about Hilfiger athletics. The sharp but not choking citrus and other spices were almost in perfect blend. The color though might not fascinate people but i think it looks just like it smells and has longevity.
I bought a bottle when I was 25, I've loved every time I wore it. It made me feel like a great man, It was nice, straight, strong and smooth, all that I wanted to be. I'm just a bit older now, maybe a bit more mature and bit a less naive, I'm going to finish my last bottle, which has about a third left this winter and I'm not going to buy it again. I don't expect to miss it, I've found better things, but I'll always love it like the silly crush everyone should have at school.
In Envy I do not detect a clear contrast between an opening top notes and the base notes, as it's main character declares itself promptly - and this character is attractive. It is warm with the opopanax given a foundation of gentle incense that is tied to notes of musk, cardamom, nutmeg, amber,wood, ginger and pinches of smoke and pepper. It is not particularly daring, but quite unique and hails from the time of Tom Ford's association with Gucci. None of the ingredients dominate, and the roundedness and smoothness is convincing; it is a bit synthetic but never overbearing or cloying on me. I understand why it has become such a classic,and agree that it is a cool season scent but versatile as to the occasions in which it is worn. Good (on me) longevity of 4-5 hours.
I guess I hadn't smell this before receiving a sample from a fellow basenoter. I didn't have high expectations because Gucci as a brand is not something I'm interested, concerning clothes and so on, and was thereby thinking that their scents wouldn't be much of interest either. But when I tried Envy I became alert straight away. It had some straightforward kick and appeal. It is nothing strange or wonderous, but it's coolness and nicely controlled complexity surely got my attention. It is invigorous but also smooth and a bit sweet. It's clean but it's spicy. It has synthetic coolness but it has also calming woods. Different elements but stays together very nicely. Tight pack - very good composition, made to appeal though, not artistic or taking you to other place and stuff. Linear and maybe a bit generic masculine compared to stranger niche compositions but hits my spot: very nice scent. Thinking actually if should buy it... (if I found it somewhere and not too expensive...) Tried also gucci pour homme other day, but I didn't like that as much. Beginning was very similar to CdG 2 Man but after that it was simpler and more quiet, a bit dull, and had me thinking of some 70's masculine scents, something cheap retro masculine, which was not good for me.
When I used to wear this, the dry down was always excellent. Vanilla, leather, vetiver and spice. Powerful, classy. Years later, I am of the belief that this fragrance has been reformulated as it appeared watered down last time I messed with it. Definitely a Fall or Winter scent to warm things up at the office or on a date. Very bold and far from casual. I worked with a very famous, now-deceased attorney who used to wear this in the office. I bought it for myself to emulate him. Envy was perfectly suited for such a man. I used to feel like a Soprano when I wore this fragrance. Years later, I still enjoy the fragrance but refrain from using it outside the house as my tastes have changed in favor of things understated and subtle: see Ferre for Men, which I just bought at Nordy's. ****Update: I take back the couple of reservations I expressed: this is a classic fragrance. Pure magic. Milky honey, amber, mint, vetiver, and a smoky cedar wood base. A king could wear this. I hope it is never discontinued.
A perennial favorite of mine. To me this is an evening and fall/winter fragrance. The mix of notes makes this an oriental/woodsy/gourmand to me. I know that sounds odd...but it works. It can be overpowering if not applied judiciously. 2 or 3 spritzs at the most. Thumbs wayyy up!
Sweet and inviting. Modern and conservative, but yet somehow casual. Envy for men is a scent with a style. Sillage is quite ok, longevity is moderate - wouldn't mind if it lasted longer. It can be worn during warmer weather but in the evening when temperatures are just a bit down. It became my signature scent. There is no scent that triggers positive emotions and makes me feel that good the way this fragrance does. This one also reminds me of some opportunities that have presented to me and I missed them. So, this fragrance also reminds me of some things and actions or lack thereof so that I do not repeat them. With this fragrance I came to realize it's not just the smell, but the story you tell, life you live while wearing it - job, family, girl. Nothing evokes memory as good as a certain smell does.
Envy for Men by Gucci - A citrus opening unfolds from the mandarin orange, mixing with heaps of spicy ginger, a dash of pepper, globs of sweetness from fruity coriander and the licorise of anise. This delectable concoction stews on a backdrop of fruity rosewood. The savory opening meanders and collides with the middle. This heart is a mishmash of floral with its rose and jasmine, tempered by the zingy carnation, dry woods from its cedar and sandalwood, as well as the soft sweetness of nutmeg, and meshes with the spicy ginger. The melange flows to the comforting base and is usurped by it. This refreshing base with its minty patchouli, smoky incense, hints of tobacco and leather, earthy vetiver, sweet vanilla and amber carries the composition to its drydown. This rich and luxurious fragrance has good longevity and projection.
A smooth limousine of a fragrance, this, with never a bump or a rough spot. It just sort of glides along, light and silky, woods and spices, simultaneously powerful and subdued. Some might find it almost bland in its quiet, oiled perfection. The limousine glides. Passers by crane their necks, eager to get a glimpse of who's inside. Well, obviously, it's Monsieur le Duc d'Elegance and Monsieur le Compte de Suave.
Envy For Men by Gucci, 1998
|Notes||Opoponax, Incense, Patchouli, Amber, Musk, Cedarwood, Cardamom, Anise, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pimento|
Start a guide on Envy For Men by Gucci, 1998!