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Gucci pour Homme (2003)
by Gucci


Gucci pour Homme information

Year of Launch2003
Average Rating
(based on 1159 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerMichel Almairac
Creative DirectorTom Ford
Parent Company at launchProcter & Gamble > Wella > Cosmopolitan Cosmetics

About Gucci pour Homme

Tom Ford wanted this scent to be like the classic men's fragrances of the seventies, and with notes of spices, woods, amber and leather - he may well be on the mark.

Gucci pour Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Gucci pour Homme

Most guys in "the fragrance game" know all about Gucci pour Homme (2003), sometimes referred to as "Gucci pH 1" because there is a II, or "GpH '03" because there is an older Gucci pour Homme (1976) from the seventies, plus a newer Gucci pour Homme (2008) that is really a renamed Gucci by Gucci pour Homme (2008). Confused yet? You can almost a tell a man's age by which Gucci pour Homme he favors, as baby boomers and gen-x will likely favor the '76 version, while most millennials in their 20's during the 2000's will prefer the '03 version, and current gen-z guys entering their 20's in the 2010's probably only even know about the '08 version. What's more important is the legacy this fragrance has in the hobby, and the impact on developing both Western synth-ouds and modern woody ambers within the industry. Tom Ford was onto something, love or hate his anachronistic "emperor's new clothes" way of redressing vintage designs as modern luxury, when he introduced everyone at the Macy's counter to "oud" in Yves Saint Laurent M7 (2002), and he would redress the same aromachemicals in M7 for Gucci pour Homme in 2003, since the Gucci brand was still under the PPR/LVMH joint umbrella. This time around, Michael Almairac of Robertet would get to play with Tom Ford's new invention, like how Jacques Cavallier and Alberto Morillas got to in M7, but the pretense of being an oud fragrance was dropped in favor of just being described as what it is: a masculine woody amber fragrance.

The iconic cube bottle that houses the deep golden brown liquid holds promise of a self-decribed "seventies" fragrance full of woods, amber, and leather, but unlike actual 70's male fragrances, wouldn't drown you in oakmoss, tonka, or benzoin. Instead, Gucci pour Homme opens with a peppery ginger, bay, and aldehyde top that quickly powers into a "brown shoe" feeling as the leathery clove and woody aromachemicals enter from the heart. If you've smelled anything from Tom Ford's own line later on described as "Oud", "Wood", "Amber" or some combination of several or all of those, then you already know the dry down of Gucci pour Homme because they all inherited it from this. Shy one weird cola note from M7, Gucci pour Homme also finishes very similarly with a scratchy woody ambery feeling, but rounded and fogged with the inclusion of an olibanum note, some rooty orris, and smoky vetiver until the scratch disappears. The finish of Gucci pour Homme is therefore the archetype "square cut" woody amber accord that would not only define much of Tom Ford's masculine output when he left PPR in 2005l4 to start his own brand by 2006, but also much of the "woody-amber" world until much stronger (and harsher) molecules were created. Compared to something like Acqua di Giò Absolu Instinct (2019), Gucci pour Homme's rich woody semisweet smoky warmth is a work of art, and a deliverance from evil in the woody-amber world. Wear time is 8+ hours and overall projection is moderate but pulsing. Best use for this is fall and winter, in casual, business, formal, or romantic contexts.

The "big deal" about Gucci pour Homme '03 is obviously the discontinuation in 2011, when L'Oréal (then eventually Coty) began handling the fragrances for Gucci (as PPR transitioned to Kering Group), with Tom Ford having long since exploited in his own lines the woody-amber accords that made Gucci pour Homme so special. Ford very much has reincarnated wholly or in part most of the fragrances he directed for both Gucci and YSL, and while there is no empirical evidence on paper to confirm, I've always held the suspicion that he retained some control over whether the stuff he made for Gucci and YSL gets to continue being produced. It's like a sort of non-competition clause, since all of the discontinued scents save M7 were well-loved when axed from the market (and they reworked M7 to bring it back), but much of the work he did for PPR is definitive of the style Ford uses, making it worth protecting. Many dry or ambery woody scents would be born of inspiration from Gucci pour Homme, including in recent times Bentley for Men Absolute (2015) made by the same perfumer (Almairac), and Avon Premiere Luxe Oud (2016), which rides between M7 and GpH '03 in style. You can pay crazy prices on eBay if you absolutely need this, but the DNA most certainly lives on both via Tom Ford's own range and the aforementioned others, plus countless more. Gucci pour Homme is very well-made and the ur-example of the modern woody-amber, so I understand the hype, but ownership is purely for collectors. Thumbs up.
19th December, 2020
Thumbs up for the scent, but a neutral at today's prices....

One of Tom Ford's better offerings, as it doesn't wear "heavy" like his eponymous lineup does.

However, staying true to every TF scent I've tried, this is very linear. And there is the "pencil shavings" scent lurking in the background, throughout the day.

Longevity is above average, as are all TF scents I've tried, so if this frag is your bag you will get your money's worth.

The discontinued Tommy Bahama for Men is a similar reference for the base, so add some spice and a faint "cola" hint to that and you are pretty close to Gucci PH I.

Definitely take a test drive before signing on the bottom line for this unicorn, but all in all better than anything with a "Tom Ford" on the label.
22nd September, 2020
techt Show all reviews
United States
Gucci PH II is better for much less $$, the overwelming pencil shavings scent is not enough for me to go buy a bottle, other that that is a easy to wear scent.
05th April, 2020
Maybe my sample was not good. This was pencil shavings and not much else. Minimalistic, light. Gentle. Maybe someday I will get another sample to compare, but this, to me, as a fan of dry masculines, is a thumbs down.
06th October, 2019
Pour Homme - Gucci
An overly scrubbed clean 'nothing-like' scent with ultraclean notes all along and a bitter-sour anisic vs hissing peppery-gasoline tendency that goes on forever. No flesh, no structure and no bones: a spineless masculine that fails to impress. The use of some excellent raw materials is a bonus though.
07th July, 2019
THE standard cedar (pencil shavings, yes), pepper and incense. If you like things like that, this is a good one to like. Secondary market price inflation since its discontinuation clearly reflect it.
21st February, 2019

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