Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Review: Gucci By Gucci Sport Pour Homme by Gucci (2010)

Ah, the dangers of prejudice. When I saw that a sample of this new flanker had made its way into one of my shopping bags, I immediately condemned it to the least forgiving recesses of my mind. For a start, it's designed specifically for the summer - which always sets my alarm bells ringing - and it has a name that dares not only to be ridiculously long-winded (What next? Gucci By Gucci Edition Blanche Pour Homme Et Les Petits Garcons... by Gucci?) but also to contain the word 'sport'. Three near-unforgivable black marks. But you know what... this stuff isn't all that bad. There's no way I'd buy it for myself, as I'd rather spend my hard-earned pennies on something with more substance, but if you absolutely insist on wearing lighter scents in hotter weather then this would probably be a sensible purchase. Dior restored some respectability to this genre a few years ago with Homme Sport, which used gingery notes for tenacity. Here, grapefruit fulfils a similar function, with a well-judged hint of cardamom-like spices brought in for a scattering of intrigue. Combine this with the predictable mix of lavender, lemon and lime and you end up with a fairly graceful tennis-player of a scent, albeit not the sort who makes it to the final of a grand slam tournament. You need more... ahem... balls than this to make it past the first round.

[Review based on a sample of eau de toilette obtained in 2010; fragrance tested on skin.]

Persolaise.

4 comments:

  1. Good review Persolaise, and I like your grand slam analogy. I've only smelled this one on a scent strip so far, and I wasn't inclined to take it any further, although this is probably a little unfair. I wonder what the new Chanel Men's is going to be like? Initial reviews don't appear to be encouraging.

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  2. Thanks Michael.

    I'm curious about Bleu as well... and your mentioning it has given me an idea for a future blog post...

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  3. I couldn't find myself in any of Gucci scents...

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  4. Bellatrix, the Gucci line isn't one of my favourites either, but I am partial to Pour Homme... as opposed to Gucci By Gucci Pour Homme! They really need to sort out their names!

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