Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme

I said earlier that Bentley For Men was the best fragrance I have smelled in the past ten years.  Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme is the second best (followed closely by One Man Show Oud Edition).  I bought a bottle of this two years ago, and it's so good, it was what inspired me to start blogging again.

Ignore the trendy-sounding "Gucci Guilty" name, because there is nothing even remotely trendy about this fragrance.  I'm amazed that a designer house like Gucci even had the guts to release this, because I can't imagine the cool hipster crowd or the One Million by Paco Rabanne fans going for this one.

Gucci Guilty Absolute is a stark, unbelievably dry wood scent.  It smells like it has a soul of utter darkness.  It is a beautiful scent, but there is nothing even remotely sweet or flowery about it.  This is black, oily leather (petroleum-type leather, like in Fahrenheit) on top of heavy patchouli, dry vetiver and what smells like blackened, charred wood.  It is a brooding scent.  It doesn't develop a whole lot, so you basically get all four of those big, stonking aromatic notes for a very long time.  The quality of the ingredients smells top-notch and completely natural.

There are a ton of fragrances with the word "Night" in their names, but few, if any, smell dark or like anything resembling night time.  Gucci Guilty Absolute is night in a bottle.  Dracula would wear this.

Although this is not a power scent, fans of powerhouse frags will likely dig this big time.  It's not heavy, but it's powerful and assertive.  A good fragrance to compare it to is Yatagan by Caron, in its boldness and dryness.  It projects well, though not as loudly as a lot of 80s frags do, and longevity is over eight hours.  Its dryness is unbelievable.

Fans of ultra-dark niche fragrances like Parfum d'Habit or Mazzolari Lui will definitely dig this.  It quickly became one of my favorite fragrances, and I give it a perfect score.

MY RATING:  10/10


  1. This was love at first sniff for me. I don't get the best performance from it, but it's so good, I don't even care. The women's version is quite nice too - a berry, rose scent which smells quite mature

  2. Absolutely bold, best release of the last years. The final drydown is not as good as the initial and mid phase. Bravo for Gucci, brand that has made several milestones!

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