At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here), I actively sought out the Gucci booth to purchase the infamous Gucci Guilty (obnoxious gold packaging). I thought it would be a nice substitute for my Carolina Herrera 212 VIP (reviewed here) which I’d finished up awhile ago and also happened to have equally obnoxious gold packaging. That said, Carolina Herrera 212 VIP smelled expensive in the sense that, to me, it brought images of vasts amount of money to mind (I don’t know how my brain works, ok?) and I wanted something similar, ergo, Gucci Guilty Eau de Parfum. Even though it wasn’t new at all (released in 2010) and I hadn’t given it a sniff before, I was sure it would be a perfect replacement!
Unfortunately, I was not prepared for the booth to be staffed by actual angels! There was about half a dozen of exceptionally beautiful Lebanese men, manning the booth (which honestly, kinda’ caught me off-guard)! It kinda’ hurt my eyes to even just look at them, because it was like looking directly at the sun! When one of them asked if he could assist me, I may or may not have accidentally blurted out, “I love you!” to him (you’ll never know if there’s any truth to that story, neveeer… except, it didn’t happen). Anyways, they were all super good-looking and it was all highly distracting, so when a flash of blackberry-red caught my eye (anything that would help me regain my composure, I’d cling to… like a drowning sailor clinging to a life-raft), I pointed at it immediately and asked if I could smell it, thoughts of Gucci Guilty (which was the only reason I was at that booth in the first place) looong forgotten in my disoriented state (they were really, really hot, ok?).
The it in question, turned out to be Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme (well that’s not confusing at all). Normally, I always decline when anyone asks to spritz whatever on my wrist, just in case the scent sucks, but in this case, when he asked me, I might’ve accidentally blurted out “I love you!” to him… again. In reality, I just laughed a lot… unnecessarily (he hadn’t said anything remotely funny) and let him spray the perfume on my wrist. I was 33 years old at the time (November), but now I’m older (I turned 34 in December) and therefore wiser (lol) and more stoic (lolol). I sniffed my wrist and was hit by a definitively fruity scent of juicy blackberries! Sold! When he escorted me to the cash register and asked if I’d like to pay using my k-net (debit card) or cash, I may or may not have blurted out “I love you!” to him (one for the road), before parting ways. Sadly, in hindsight, I believe he might’ve gotten the impression that I was a bit… insane (which isn’t necessarily untrue).
Born out of a special collaboration between Creative Director Alessandro Michele and master perfumer Alberto Morillas, Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme is created using a particular blend with a structure that remains unchanged from the first time it is applied to the skin. Goldenwood is complemented with a mysterious note of Blackberry, creating a non-traditional chypre fruity fragrance for a contemporary woman. The fragrance’s composition is intensified with Patchouli Oils and Bulgarian Rose.
Created using a special linear structure with four key ingredients: Blackberry, GoldenWood®, Bulgarian Rose & Patchouli
I’m not gonna’ lie, I’m really loving the bottle! It just looks so appealing to me! It’s simple but at the same time, comes across as being really cool (it kinda’ resembles a hip flask)! It’s rather large yet also sleek and slim (as I’ve attempted to display in the photos above). It’s got the iconic double “G” embossed on the packaging with everything else printed on there (… in gold, blech). Also, it’s transparent, despite being tinted, which is always a plus, because you get to see how much you’ve got left. The glass itself is colorful without being garish. It’s a palatable berry color, which other than looking very pretty is also quite appropriate, since blackberry is one of the main ingredients/notes.
The black cap, in my opinion, is the perfect contrasting accent for the beautiful berry colored bottle. Unfortunately, taking the cap off and putting it back on, is somewhat of an issue. It’s a bit finicky and doesn’t go on or come off easily. You have to exert more than a little force (it takes some elbow grease) to take the cap off/on (in fact, the only way of knowing the cap is secure is when I hear it “click” in place). Also, the bottle has to be firmly in hand and you can’t do it mindlessly either, otherwise you might drop the bottle and shatter it (I mean it seems sturdy enough, but I wouldn’t wanna’ test it). I’m not sure if this is an isolated thing (just my bottle) or if everyone else is experiencing the same issue. Come to think of it, maybe it’s got a magnetic closure? In any case, it’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s not exactly ideal either.
Back home, once I got done taking pics of the un-boxing for this post, I spritzed some of the perfume on and was instantly rewarded with a fruity scent of juicy blackberries! It took me back to Summers in Lebanon, sipping fresh berry juice at one of the delightful open-air restaurants in the mountains! Mere seconds later, the fruity scent was gone, only to be replaced with a floral-y floral scent (very descriptive, I know) which I do not enjoy. ‘Imma go out on a limb here and say it’s the Bulgarian Rose or maybe the Patchouli or maybe both (I don’t know).
Unfortunately, it’s slowly dawning on me that not all “Rose” scents are clean and powder-y and somewhat sweet. Even the Bath & Body Works “Rose” Fine Fragrance Mist (haulage here) has turned against me, as it smells sour to me now. However, Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme Eau de Parfum cost six times as much as the Rose Fine Fragrance Mist so the fact that I don’t enjoy it either, stings waaay more. Apparently, the fleeting scent of sweet and juicy blackberries was just the top notes and the actual scent itself was yet another floral (ugh).
Between Elie Saab Girl of Now (Shine) and Gucci Guilty Pour Femme, I’ve ended up with two new perfumes that I do not enjoy. The kicker is that they weren’t exactly budget-friendly either. Can’t a girl get a break?
I stashed Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme in the drawer, up until the weather cooled down and just recently have started using it again (you can clearly see my progress). Once again, it starts off being all fresh and fruity! Then it turns floral-y (blech!) which both saddens and irritates me in equal measure, but then… it turns woodsy and
unisex masculine! What the what?
I was not expecting that! I tested it out a couple of times, to make sure this wasn’t just my imagination, but the result was always the same! Apparently, if you let this dry down and settle completely, it turns into a gorgeous smoky woodsy scent (not unlike the tantalizing woodsy-oud scent in my beloved Anfasic Dukhoon January 23rd Eau de Parfum)! I’m thinkin’ that would be the aforementioned “Goldenwood”. Whatever it is, I am here for it!
After this happy little discovery, Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme has considerably risen in my estimation! Despite my initial reaction, the scent is rather complex! It’s a little sweet, a little fruity, a little floraly, a little musky, a little smoky and a little woodsy, all combined into one! I’m still not happy with the Bulgarian Rose scent (possibly the Patchouli too), but everything else smells fantastic! On my clothes, the blackberry notes are more prominent, but on my skin, the blackberry notes are mixed in with everything else. The perfume as a whole doesn’t remain as fragrant as when I first spritz it on and sillage is sub-par, but even after washing it off my skin (I’m talking vehemently scrubbing and exfoliating), it still stays put (albeit just the woodsy notes). So it’s not exactly an overpowering scent, but at the same time, it truly does last!
I’d say you should probably give this a sniff (and give it some time to settle on your skin) before purchasing it. Definitely don’t get this as a gift for someone, because this might not be to everyone’s taste (it’s a bit masculine and not all women actually enjoy wearing unisex scents). Personally, it’s not my favorite (because of the irritating perfume-y floral notes), but thanks to the woodsy note, Gucci Guilty Pour Femme is slowly growing on me!
Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Femme Eau de Parfum (90ml/3 fl oz) retails for KD 44/500 but was reduced to KD 38/000 (perks of purchasing it at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition).
Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme Eau de Parfum was released in 2018. Gucci Guilty Eau de Parfum (which was the only reason I was at the Gucci counter in the first place) was released in 2010.
If you’re interested, here’s the ad for Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme (the ad features a throuple which I guess is meant as an example of non-confirming love … mmm’kay, two girls and one guy sounds so modern and revolutionary lol also, Jared Leto, eww)