A couple of weeks ago I was a guest of the Gucci Guilty team at the Fifi Awards that honours all things fragrant. It’s nothing short of embarrassing when you are hosted by a brand and end up not liking the product in question. Since I’d never even had a whiff of Gucci Guilty I was expecting it to be pretty average – mass fragrance, even in the luxury sector, doesn’t often hold any appeal to me. The team were really quite excited and hopeful of an award (and these events do give a glimpse into how much such awards genuinely mean to the teams behind the creation and promotion of a product). 

The Gucci Guilty fragrance did indeed pick up an award – two, in fact. Best New Prestige Fragrance For Women and The Perfume Shop’s ‘People’s Choice’ Award. It turns out that they were well deserved. On a personal level, the fragrance holds just the right amount of sweetness to make it appealing to me. I always feel that admitting to liking sweet perfumes is a social faux pas akin to liking sweet wine or sweet sherry (it is posher, it seems, to prefer it ‘dry’), but Guilty is a fruity floral with notes of peach, mandarin, pink pepper, lilac and geranium with down notes of amber and patchouli. On my skin it is sugary and warmits quite heavy so you only need a drop or two – and it moves later into quite a full blown, heady scent that is perfect for evenings, but harder to carry off during the daytime.

So, congratulations Gucci Guilty on the awards, and whew…my blushes are sparedit’s pretty damn gorgeous.

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