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GFF Uomo (1997)
by Gianfranco Ferré


GFF Uomo information

Year of Launch1997
Average Rating
(based on 17 votes)

People and companies

HouseGianfranco Ferré
Parent CompanyAngelini > ITF Cosmetics
Parent Company at launchDiana de Silva

About GFF Uomo

GFF Uomo is a masculine fragrance by Gianfranco Ferré. The scent was launched in 1997

GFF Uomo fragrance notes

Reviews of GFF Uomo

Gianfranco Férre was a very traditional fashion designer during his lifetime, preferring understated class to racy lines, and his perfumes reflected that too. Women received the usual aldehyde chypres and men were saddled with the painfully mid-century but extraordinarily-composed Gianfranco Férre for Man (1986), a mossy and aromatic citrus chypre the likes of which hadn't been popular since Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955) was still making the rounds. The 1990's ushered in an era of clean, fresh, low-sillage options almost in apology to the 1980's, but Gianfranco Férre chose to release a trio of traditional floral "GFF" scents in unisex, women's, and men's varieties through 1995, 1996, and 1997 respectively. All three share a core rose structure but with tweaks to top and base notes depending on gender variety. GFF Uomo by Gianfranco Férre (1997) was a very dandy-inspired masculine rose, with key shifts in the general "GFF" structure to include a dry lavender in the top, patchouli and oakmoss in the base, plus a dusty sort of dry woody muskiness that puts it right at home with a few other entries throughout the 70's, 80's, and into the 90's. What I love most about GFF Uomo is that just like Gianfranco Férre for Man, it has a timeless beauty that prevents one from guessing the period it's from correctly just by smelling it blind.

The opening of GFF Uomo is bergamot, lemon, aldehydes, a bit of English lavender, and galbanum. The green grassy aldehyde opening is similar to Lauder for Men (1985), which itself smelled similar to a woman's aldehyde chypre in the opening moments, while the emerging rose heart doesn't help matters to that effect for GFF Uomo either. This is a green sharp rose, not altogether different from Clinique Aromatics Elixir (1971) or Aramis 900 (1973). Jasmine and ylang-ylang pull the heart towards femininity, while muguet and carnation take the scent into more of a masculine dandy direction. GFF Uomo also compares favorably to Lord Molyneaux (1988) when the patchouli vibe emerges in the base, while the sandalwood profile conjures up the later Joint by Roccobarocco (1993), but GFF Uomo hasn't the animalics like either of those. Oakmoss and vetiver round this up, reasserting a shred of green masculinity that flit and flicker throughout the dry down, but I say this is still thoroughly unisex. GFF Uomo finishes with the core of green rose and jasmine over sandalwood, oakmoss, and vetiver that last the remainder of the time on skin. Wear time is over eight hours, and sillage is persistent, even if projection is only moderate. Such a scent out of time has no real context so wear this when you want, but for me it feels more like a fall or spring wear for an overcast day, much like Aramis 900.

The fact that GFF Uomo is a rose chypre for men released in 1997 makes it seem both anachronistic for its time and unintentionally forward-thinking, as rose mascuines would soon become the rage within higher-end niche perfume circles once that market established itself, although at the time of release GFF Uomo was bizarre, daring, and easily forgotten for not being on trend. Gianfranco Férre would continue the traditionalism (or at least anachronism) with his next masculine called Pontaccio 21 (1999), which arrived right at the time when retro mssculines would briefly re-emerge as trendy, but the GFF series sank without a trace, including this one. If you're a fan of dry green rose/patchouli chypres like Estée Lauder Knowing (1988), GFF Uomo is a no-brainer fragrance on par with many niche examples that sell for hundreds, even though it has remained an unwanted obscurity that sometimes still languishes on clearance at boutiques which handle older perfumes. There likely will come a day when this is no longer the case, but even at prices closer to or above what it retailed for originally, GFF Uomo is just a lovely to-the-point green rose suitable for any sex that unfortunately got buried under a mountain of aquatics and fresh fougères when it was originally released. Thumbs up.
08th October, 2019
Possibly one of the strangest fragrances I have ever tried. Harsh opening, floral, maybe rose? Not very pleasant. I get hairspray, spicy and all. It eventually settles down. Still don't understand the point of watching a fashion show and the clothes simply don't make sense but everyone is clapping and the photographers and snapping away. Weird.
03rd December, 2015
A dusty rose mingled with lily of the valley, vetiver, carnation and herbs with solid staying power; initially it might feel a bit dissonant but after a few wearings I have fallen in love with it.

Gorgeous classy retro italian bottle that you will also fall in love with.

The overall feel is masculine from the 90`s very much to my liking.

Thumbs up!

07th April, 2014
A harsh rose chypre that settles into a decent floral vetiver and sandalwood drydown. The rose is especially strong throughout and reminds me of the current Z Zegna Extreme.
27th October, 2009
I am still suprised that ferre launched this scent!
04th August, 2008
This is a somewhat puzzling chypre scent. I'd bought the women's one for my ladyfriend and the men's one for me. At first we thought we'd mixed up the two bottles, as the men's one started off smelling like a woman's one, and vice versa. But after about 20 minutes, the men's one started smelling more masculine, and the women's more feminine.

It has great lasting power and put a most pleasant, lively aura around me all day long.

Certainly worth checking out if you are after something rich, a bit different, and on the more masculine side of unisex. But one really has to wear it to appreciate it, as a wrist test doesn't do it justice.

24th October, 2006

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