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