Originally Posted by Divatologist
Quick Mike run!! Run like the wind and hurry back with the details!!! I can't go. I have a big exam Monday. I have to study. I'm dying to know what it smells like.
OK - so I tried Gucci by Gucci today.
It was the very first
fragrance I encountered at Neimans when I walked into the fragrance department (thank goodness the 'Creed people' weren't there...they can be so annoying sometimes). It is not in stock, they just had a tester bottle to smell. They were
taking pre-orders for it, though.
So, my thoughts:
- The bottle is really fierce - I don't like the gold chrome charm bracelet thing-y that is around the neck of the bottle (it looks too much like Gucci is trying to copy Coach) but the bottle design itself is substantial and matches the scent perfectly
- The pear notes at the top smells slightly similar to cola (yes the soda) - it made me think of that thread here on Basenotes. When I told the SA at Neimans this, she giggled then proceeded to smell my arm where I sprayed it and said, 'You're right, it does smell like Coke!'. Don't let this turn you off from GbG, I say 'it smells like cola' in a good way. I love the way Coke smells!
- The pear notes (which are not bright by the way) sort of change into the heart of the fragrance that I must say reminds me of chocolate. I sort of had a very strong association to the smell of Elixir des Merveilles by Hermes (minus the orange and the sea salt...if that makes sense). Sparkly chocolate (?) tempered by something amber-y and soft woods.
- Sillage and longevity are average
- Basenotes is where GdG underperforms, in my opinion. It doesn't really go anywhere exciting in the drydown. Really light woods (perhaps cedar, but perhaps some musk also). This might be due to the excessively humid (rainy) climate today in Miami - so I will have to re-test this again to see if the same thing happens.
- I would classify GbG as a light gourmand (translation: I think you'll like this if you don't like your scents too sweet), and definitely unisex. I walked over to the mens fragrance counter and immediately received a compliment on the scent (from the L'Artisan Parfumeur rep!) GbG will show its true strength in autumn, at night. I think it would be the perfect scent to wear to a nightime holiday party, dressed up, a slight chill in the air - especially somewhere where food will be served.
- I also noticed that Gucci has come out with a hardcover coffee table style book, entitled Gucci by Gucci, perhaps as a tie-in with the release of the fragrance. Apparently the books recaptures the visual history of Gucci (link here): http://www.amazon.com/Gucci-Sarah-Mower/dp/0865651795
- Did I mention that David Lynch
shot the Gucci by Gucci commercial/ad campaign? I am a die hard David Lynch fan!
- The price: $80 for the 50 ml (pre-order for now)