The House of Gucci needs no introduction. The company started in 1921, and has since been regarded as one of the highest quality names in the world of fashion. Gucci started creating fragrances in the 1970s and continues to product high-quality fragrances, sought out by stylish men. Here are the top 5 Gucci colognes for men currently on the market.
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5 Top Gucci Colognes for Men
This incredible fragrance reminds me of drinking a warm cup of black tea on a beautiful morning. It’s one of the most versatile tea-based fragrances around, and delivers a complex, interesting scent profile.
Gucci Pour Homme II starts out green, with top notes of violet leaf and bergamot. That quickly dissolves to a spicier heart of red hot chili pepper pimento, cinnamon, and black tea. The base contains wood, tobacco leaves, musk, and myrtle. This fragrance is a masterpiece.
You can’t beat the versatility of this bottle – it can be worn in any season, any time of day, and in settings that are both casual and formal. If you’re looking for a classy fragrance for the warmer months that’s not an aquatic, this is the way to go. It’s also perfect as a classy, understated fragrance for the office.
There’s one downside here: longevity and projection isn’t great. Sillage is fine if you’re in close-quarters at an office and can reapply, less ideal if you want to make a statement. Longevity is about 2-3 hours. my opinion, though, given how interesting the scent is, it’s worth a try.
Lavender is the star of the show in Gucci Made to Measure. This is an oriental spicy fragrance that fits like a tailor-made suit.
It opens with top notes of bergamot, Tunisian orange blossom, French lavender, and aniseed. The heart contains nutmeg, water lily, juniper berries, plum, and cinnamon. The base contains labdanum, patchouli, leather, and amber.
The notes that truly make an impression are lavender, as well as plum and leather. The plum adds a subtle sweetness, and the leather provides a smooth finish. This is not a unique fragrance, but it’s incredibly versatile and well done. It’s great for any season and almost any occasion, though it’s not quite sultry enough for a night out.
Gucci Guilty Fragrance Line
The first thing you should know about Gucci Guilty is that it has been widely popular and spawned at least 6 flankers including Black, Intense, Oud, Diamond, Platinum, and Studs.
Double check that you’re buying the one you intend to as the bottles and packaging are similar. While they have a shared aesthetic, notably lavender opening notes, neroli or orange blossom heart notes and a dry down of cedar and patchouli, they’re truly differentiated from one another and not copies.
Gucci Guilty Pour Homme doesn’t deliver the most unique fragrance, but it’s a safe pleasant, manly scent with refreshing woody, earthy qualities. It opens with a bang thanks to top notes of lemon and lavender which some dislike.
I found the citrus was short-lived — only lasting a minute or two on the skin. These give way to a heart of orange flowers. Base notes include cedar and patchouli, which give Guilty its warm woodiness.
What I love most about Gucci Guilty is its versatility. It fits a professional environment well — lending a little polish to your workday or can fit in on a date or night out. It performs well in the spring, summer, and fall, but the harsh winter weather would likely drown it out.
I don’t love that it feels like it plays it incredibly safe, soft and maybe a bit boring. If it’s your first fragrance, you’ll probably love it. If you’ve dabbled with niche fragrances, you might find it too mild.
Gucci Guilty Black, a green fougere, and feels a little bolder — more for night or cold weather than the original fragrance. It opens with a very lush green coriander and lavender, followed by heart notes of orange blossom, neroli and green notes, the base is cedar and patchouli.
Despite the name “black” — which usually to me indicates a more intense, sexy scent, Gucci Guilty Black feels fresh and clean like a sporty fragrance. Again it’s a versatile, elegant scent perfect for work or a sexy night out. One note: the longevity is very weak so expect to re-apply every 2-3 hours.
Gucci Guilty Intense, another popular flanker, is a bit deeper and darker than the others in the Guilty line. It feels like a more refined version of the original cologne — sweet and fruity with just enough spice.
Like the rest of the line, it’s a very versatile scent. It does have a synthetic scent for the first 30 minutes or so — so some fragrance snobs may not approve. But it’s a solid, versatile fragrance that works well for office wear.
Opens with lavender, coriander and lemon, followed by heart notes of neroli and the standard Guilty cedar plus patchouli drydown, this time with the addition of amber.
You can’t really go wrong with Gucci colognes for men. All of these fragrances are pleasant, crowd-pleasers that are versatile enough for professional or evening use.