Gucci’s first foray into the world of fragrance took place in 1974 with their release of the classic ‘No. 1’. Since then the fashion house has produced 41 perfumes, each with their own distinct personalities.
The scent we were given the chance to try out was ‘Guilty’, a fragrance that represents the feminine, yet daring persona of the modern Gucci girl. With controversial actress Evan Rachel Wood as the cover girl, we knew this perfume wouldn’t be all sweetness and light.
On first spray there is a punch of citrus and black pepper, closely followed by softer floral notes. Settling on the skin, Guilty reveals it’s true self in the form of a rich woody base, with hints of patchouli and amber. The balance between delicate floral notes, punchy citrus hints and the seductive woody base works to create a scent light enough for that feminine touch, but heavy enough to know you’re a woman who means business.
Wearing it to work the scent lingered until lunchtime, making for a pleasant aroma for those close by. By 5:00 PM the perfume was still clinging to the skin, but was only noticeable to those who got up close and personal.
In the summer heat the base notes felt a little heavy; on a night out however, the fragrance came into its own – striking the perfect balance between girly and sexy.
With this in mind, we would stick to a lighter scent for summer days and wear Guilty on an evening out on the town. Overall the scent is feminine, but packs a punch – ideal for those who want to wear a scent that sits somewhere between sickly-sweet and overpoweringly musky.
You can purchase Gucci Guilty at Essential Fragrances.