Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Gucci Guilty has a lot going on….and all of it works. Part forest berries, part creamy purple florals, part cosmetic dusting powder, and part fruitchouli, everything in this scent pulls together. It’s clear Guilty is much more than the sum of its parts.
Opening with a peppery rush of spice, Guilty quickly mellows out into a rich, ambered medley of forest fruits and peach over powdery lilacs. A succulent undertone of blackberries, currants, peaches, and baby mandarin oranges adds a joyful skip to the gait of the scent. It’s girlish good fun.
But while Guilty is definitely girlish good fun, it also has a serious backbone. Geranium leaf, which smells both minty fresh and sweetly rosy, gives the scent a razor-sharp outline, which helps to keep all those creamy flowers and berries in check. The note is herbal and fresh, like being kissed by a man with a freshly barbered cheek.
But the geranium doesn’t stop this scent from being completely, unabashedly feminine. Honeyed lilacs and crisp white jasmine form a spring-like bouquet in the heart, at first dewy but later dissolving into a creamy powder trail. The florals gain a tart, juicy edge from the peaches and berries up top, but also a sweet and satiny texture from the vanilla beneath.
The more oriental notes of resinous amber, vanilla, and earthy patchouli in the base act as a velvety backdrop to the scent. This soft growl in the scent’s belly infuses all the other notes with a dark, resinous warmth.
The lilacs also present a slideshow of their own, turning from tender, freshly-opened buds at the start to lush, honeyed purple flowers in full bloom when they hit the deep, resinous amber base. This lends the scent both the freshness of spring flowers and the autumnal warmth of a glowing fire.
We think of Gucci Guilty as the ultimate winter warmer. It is as richly fruity as a cup of hot mulled wine and as creamy as eggnog. Guilty is a fragrance equally at home out at a noisy night club as it is by a roaring fire with a cat upon one’s lap.