I’m Guilty of Loving Gucci: Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette

Published in: Fragrance, Product Reviews

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

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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.

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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).


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  1. Nina says:

    we had korean for dinner and then did groceries. i also did laundry.

    i left work early – yay! our reward for braving it through 2 weeks of renovation madness!

    the boss said i was busy as a bee all day – i moved all my three printers, monitor, cpu and all my books/files/junk back all by myself! ๐Ÿ˜€ i also connected all the printers and computers and pluggy things and usbs and all that!

    i am loving the description of guilty — i love mandarin notes and am curious about how it would combine with pink peppercorn! maybe i should have this on my christmas list! ๐Ÿ˜€

    missed you today too, girlifriend! ๐Ÿ™‚ but its the weekend! have fun!

  2. Tracy says:

    Hmmm- I think I might like this better than Lady Million. I found a bit too citrusy on me. All I smell is the orange in it.
    My car always starts making trouble when my husband is out of town. I hope it wasn’t too expensive of a fix for you.
    Have fun at the movies!
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  3. Aleksis says:

    I’m extremely picky when it comes to scents and I LOVE this one, but I didn’t buy it because like you stated it really doesn’t last…I can’t believe they don’t make it in Eau de Parfum.

    As a reference for others I also ‘like’
    -Hanae Mori butterfly
    -Dolce and Gabana Sicily
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  4. Amber says:

    We went to our favorite Italian restaurant. I got a dessert I’ve never had there, a flourless chocolate torte, and then realized why — past servers must have mentioned that it has coffee in it! I despise coffee and this was very strong. Mark swore he couldn’t taste any coffee, wevs.

    When we left, we realized that the band playing on the patio at the restaurant next door is the one that plays at our favorite restaurant on the [really] far side of town on Saturdays. We used to go every Saturday but we got really tired of the band and their groupies and switched to Fridays. One of their singers is amazing and the other hits about 1 out of 20 notes correctly. We nearly crapped our pants when we realized it was them.
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  5. Karen B says:

    So happy it’s the weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ I woke up on Friday with the biggest head cold which actually transferred to my voice so I was one cranky music teacher… Got through the day okay but I’m very happy to wake up and it being Saturday now ๐Ÿ™‚
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  6. Stephanie says:

    I’m curious if you’ve had the chance to try Gucci Flora? I’m a bit of a Gucci Fragrance addict too. Rush was my first ๐Ÿ˜€ I sniffed this the other day and I do like it!
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  7. I’ve tried it the other day… it’s really nice!
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  8. Glosslizard says:

    I sniffed this in the new edition of Allure and liked it, plus I really want to wear a frag called Guilty! ๐Ÿ˜› I’ll have to sample it in person and see how it wears!

    Off to an all-day aikido/jiu jitsu seminar today, I’ll have to find a low-key scent for today… just noticeable enough to give me a mood boost, but not powerful enough to overcome my training partners! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Jules says:

    I love Gucci – I’m REALLY picky with fragrances (sensitive nose, yo!) and I don’t recall ever trying one of theirs and thinking “AAAAACK” .

    On a different note, I bought the Becca Blush you reviewed some time ago, and I’m OBSESSED. I set it with MAC translucent powder and I have the healthiest flush EVAH, all day long. I may go bankrupt because of it, but some things are totally worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for telling us all about it!

    Hope your weekend is going great so far!

  10. Melissa W. says:

    Pretty! I want to try this perfume. I have so many perfumes right now though that I’m running out of room. I may have to wait a little bit for this one to hit the online fragrance discounters. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  11. Trisha says:

    Man… gold perfume bottles seem to be so IN right now.

    As for my weekend, there’s a benefit concert here to fight racism. It’s always good to fight racism, so I’ll probably go. Other than that, I’m going to reeelaaax.
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  12. Steffi says:

    I’m waiting for my sample to come in the mail. I can’t wait.

    My father’s taking me and my mom out to dinner tonight. Beyond that, who knows?
    Steffi recently posted … China Glaze!

  13. Joey Chong says:

    Hi Karen,
    I just bought a bottle yesterday!!
    Am loving it so far but yep, it doesn’t last long..

  14. Elle says:

    ” Letรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs hope Ben doesnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt try to cry onscreen (so painful).”

    Blurted out laughing on this one. Isn’t it though?? One of the most painful to watch cry faces ever. David Duchovny’s got a rough one as well, but I like him more than Ben (Fox Mulder 4eva!) so it’s easier to forgive. Enjoy the movie–think that’s on my agenda tomorrow since I gotta support my Jon Hamm ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for the perfume, that sucks that it doesn’t last long. I”ve discovered the same thing with my new Givenchy perfume (the Ange ou Demon one)–definitely only lasts a while even though it is an eau de parfum. Oh well. Gotta invest in an atomizer now.

  15. Kim says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve owned a Gucci fragrance – I’ll have to give Guilty a smell! I hope you’ll get some good news with this bottle! When I found out I was pregnant, I wish I’d have been wearing Eau de Valium! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. SuzieQofHouston says:

    At the Simon Fashion Night Out Event in Houston Galleria, there was actually Gucci vendors passing out coupons to redeem at Macy’s for a free sample of the Gucci Guilty fragrance. The vendor ladies, where wearing these beautiful Gucci Guilty T-shirts, black with Gold “Gucci Guilty” blasted on front we discussed some of the notes in fragrances, it’s nice, but I think I like Flora the best.
    I went over to Macy’s to redeem my coupon, and was persuades to buy the fragrance, in which I recv. some wonderful freebies (yeah), such 100ml lotion, 5 guilty samples and the best part a Gucci Guilty T-Shirt that I admired, however it’s too small, I had to gift-it to my sister along with a sample. Everyone who I gave sample too loves this fragrance, but it growing on me.

  17. alexanna7 says:

    i’m going to buy it for xmas! Love gucci! Can’t wait!

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