I admit it. I have a
guilty Gucci conscience, and I’ve had it for years.
It all started with Gucci Envy back in 1999. I was a young 20-something lass living it up in San Francisco, you know, working for the weekends, and I wore Envy almost every day until my sketchy kleptomaniac roommate swiped the bottle from my room (I guess it really did cause some envy).
That’s around the time I moved, and when I did, I changed more than apartments and roommates; I also changed fragrances, switching to Gucci Rush.
I remember it well because I rushed (haha!) to Sephora to buy a bottle of it on my lunch break the day it came out.
Fast forward 10 years. I live in the suburbs now, about 30 minutes from San Francisco, and one of my roommates is a cat, but Gucci still occupies my mind (and space on my fragrance shelf).
Lately I’ve been spending time with yet another Gucci scent, the new Gucci Guilty ($75 for a 1.7oz eau de toilette), and I wonder what milestones this one will mark.
Perhaps I’ll be wearing it when I buy that winning lottery ticket or (gulp!) learn I’m gonna be a mom. Who knows? For now, I’ll just enjoy it for what it is — a light floral oriental with mandarin orange and pink peppercorn top notes, a lilac and lavender middle and a base of amber and musk.
Its amber base notes remind me of Lady Million but in a much more restrained, refined way.
Not to say that Lady Million’s a fragrance for harlots, but I think it is spicier. Gucci Guilty’s floral notes give it a softer texture. If Lady Million’s what you’d wear out on the town to look for love in all the wrong places, then Gucci Guilty’s what you’d wear to work at your dream job.
I think I love Gucci Guilty, but here’s the thing: it doesn’t last long. Four, maybe five hours, tops. Granted, it’s an eau de toilette, so that didn’t come as a big surprise, but girls who like to spritz and go early in the morning will find it doesn’t last throughout the day. Perhaps the matching Shower Gel ($42), Body Lotion ($50) and/or Shimmer Powder ($40) would help lock the fragrance down.
Hmm… Part of me feels the limited wear time is a blessing in disguise. Maybe with Guilty I might might actually finish my first bottle of perfume!
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. I missed you today. I was busy dealing with some car stuff, but I’m happy it’s the start of the weekend. Doing anything fun tonight? I’m on my way to the movies with El Hub. We’re seeing The Town. Let’s hope Ben doesn’t try to cry onscreen (so painful).