Reviewed by Helen Wyatt
Gucci Guilty Pour Homme was originally made in 2011 so has been around quite some time however seems to be going through some level of resurgence, being remade in 2022 to reinvent the classic Gucci Guilty scents. Gucci started making fragrances in the 1970s and has continued to make popular and pleasing scents ever since.
I hadn’t really taken any notice of Gucci Guilty before but when we received a 50ml bottle to review I was immediately taken in by the striking black and silver packaging and under-stated black matte glass bottle with silver writing and silver lid. The bottle has rounded corners so feels lovely in the hand and would sit beautifully in any bathroom or bedroom. The lid of the bottle is an oval, subtly branded with the Gucci logo on the top. The lid pops off easily and makes a very satisfying click when closing. The bottle also has the Gucci logo embossed on the front.
As this is an eau de parfum it is therefore stronger in concentration than an eau de toilette, meaning the scent lasts longer. It is marketed pour homme, so for men, but I think anyone could wear this scent (and to be honest, fragrances aren’t gendered anyway!). It is a woody aromatic amber fragrance with a floral richness of Orange Flower and a hint of Nutmeg. There are citrus notes along with patchouli and woody, musky scents. Apparently the original Gucci Guilty had top notes of pink pepper and Italian lemon but those have been replaced with rose and chilli pepper, intended to give an unexpected retro vibe.
The Gucci Guilty pour homme scent is apparently designed to complement the pour femme scent, with both being marketed as a summer fragrance, although you clearly could wear it all year round. It’s a really pleasing and quite youthful clean scent which I loved as a 40 something mum, and so did my 16 year old son, proving it really could be used by anyone. The scent appears to last through most of a day, around 5-7 hours, or an evening, so you don’t need to top it up, and could be used for any occasion from going to the office or out for an evening on a date, or with friends, so it is a very versatile fragrance. You’ll find that the scent mellows and warms after the first hour or so, with the citrusy top notes dissipating, giving way to the warmer heart notes. It doesn’t necessarily hit someone across a room but has medium projection which gets you a few compliments.
There are also several different types of Gucci Guilty, called flankers, such as Black, Intense, Oud, Diamond, Platinum, and Studs so if you like this scent then it would be easy to expand and branch out within the same scent family.
It is quite pricey though with an RPP of £67.99 which I would rarely personally pay for any fragrance unless it was an absolute favourite. I do wear a different fragrance most days so I will be glad to add this one to my repertoire.
This product can be purchased from Perfume Direct here.