I may well be going mad, but I don’t think so. I smelled the sealed blotter of No 42 The Flower Shop sent to me by Jo Loves and did a double take. Memories of none other than my much missed and much beloved Gucci Envy came rushing back to me.
I quickly put it back into the cellophane tube and took a breather. I didn’t want the scent to fade. I tried again to check it wasn’t just wishful thinking. It wasn’t.
Readers, and fans of Gucci Envy, you will know how much I mourn the loss of this greenest of Lily of the Valley florals: both pure and sensual at the same time.. My misery is only magnified by the complete bafflement as to why it was stopped and why they don’t bring it back. It makes no sense to me. Gucci cannot give a reason. I get more hits on my article about Gucci Envy than any other (even more than Lidl Suddenly Madame Glamour which is in second place).
I still have a 5ml phial of Gucci Envy and I have done the side by side test. It’s very rare I wear my 5ml sample. I often just sniff it, eyes closed. Deep down, I am waiting for the call from Gucci, asking if they can borrow it so they can make a prototype for a new batch.
The side by side test? Non identical, but still twins.
You can imagine my delight then, at the Green notes, the Lily of The Valley, the Hyacinth and the Freesia in No 42 The Flower Shop.
All other perfumes have been unceremoniously kicked off the Christmas List (it was exhausting updating it daily anyway). Rest assured, I will be making room for No 42.
It will be mine. Oh yes.