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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Eau de Gucci

By Marina

Green, elegant and a little bit ill-natured, Eau de Gucci is representative of that period in fragrance, in the 1970s and early 1980s, which produced such standoffish, verdurous scents like Amazone, Eau de Givenchy, Silences and Murasaki. At least that is how this floral-green family of scents always seems to be like to me, exceptionally well put together, well-bred, bitchy and never out-dated.

When a fragrance projects evil elegance, I always suspect hyacinth is at play. Three out of four scents mentioned above have it. In Eau de Gucci, the venomous butteriness of the flower meets you right in the top notes, aided by dry, chilly citruses. The fairly warm, even creamy heart of orris, ylang and tuberose, to which jasmine and rose add their sweetness, tries to convince the wearer that this uppity vixen HAS a heart, but doesn't quite succeed, the verdant toxin still comes through all that velvety floralcy and through the lush ambery-mossy base...Eau de Gucci is, to quote Madonna,  “tough, ambitious, and knows exactly what it wants. " I love it. (Thank you, Carol, for reminding me of just how much)

Obviously, it has been discontinued. Look for it on ebay, where not only the regular EDT but Eau de Gucci "Concentrated" (more luscious and more evil) can be found for somewhat OK prices.

Image source, Numero.



Blogger Flora said...

Marina, I love nothing more than "evil" hyacinth in green perfumes, now you have created another evil monster - me! :-)

12:31 AM EDT  
Blogger Aimée L'Ondée said...

Hmm, sounds fabulous and like something I must have in my collection. Marina, are you testing the pinkish juice in the simple pillar bottle with the gold cap called "Eau de Gucci" or the older, horsey-set-looking bottle of "Eau de Gucci" that often featured a green and red ribbon stripe on it? I'm guessing the horsey-set one...

8:26 AM EDT  
Blogger waftbyCarol said...

Hi !
You are welcome Marina , I love it too .
aimee , it is the horey-set one , that says
" Eau de Gucci Concentree ."
E-mail me and I will send you some !

9:25 AM EDT  
Blogger waftbyCarol said...

ummm...that's " horsey-set ."
You know what I meant...

9:26 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

If you haven't tried this, you gotta!

6:01 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Sorry, Carol, answered this below!

6:02 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you! :)

6:02 PM EDT  
Blogger Beth Gehring said...

Ok. Green, elegant well bred and a bit ill natured? I MUST find this one. NOW. Thank M for a most tempting review!

8:24 PM EDT  
Blogger Tammy said...

Green and bitchy rather suit my mood lately; will at least spring for a mini!

8:33 PM EDT  
Anonymous Sturdycat said...

Sounds perfect. I'm feeling wicked just thinking about it!

9:55 AM EDT  

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