Today, when out and about and at large, I tried Gucci Bloom. Reader, I may well be back on speaking terms with Gucci again. You may recall that we’ve been to marriage counselling because I couldn’t forgive them for ending my beloved Gucci Envy, but our Italian friends may be creeping back onto my Christmas Card list after this little treasure.
I do love a good blast of tuberose. The bigger the better, as far as I’m concerned, so Gucci Bloom was right up my street. I had no expectations and I had read no reviews. I’m going through a bit of floral phase lately so thought I’d give myself a good soaking with the tester en passant..
My first impression was that I had stumbled across a cheaper version of my beloved Kilian Good Girl Gone Bad, which I fell in love with in London last July. Both fragrances are rich, thick, creamy tuberose with that green soapiness that I adore. Both scents dance around the periphery of celery territory- which tuberose can sometimes topple into, but both hold back and keep their waxen petals and lily like stalks intact.
Funnily enough, the nose behind Gucci Bloom is Alberto Morillas, who incidentally also made the flanker By Kilian Good Girl Gone Bad Extreme . He certainly knows how to handle his tuberose.
Alongside my beloved there is also jasmine sambac, which has had short shrift from me lately having been every-bleedin-where , but which nestles in snugly among its own kind in this white flower fest. Really, jasmine sambac is so much nicer when not paired with pears, patch and vanilla. It has featured far too often in this year’s Eau de Generic.
Also present in Gucci Bloom is orris root and honeysuckle. I didn’t think there was orris root in it at all until I noticed that everyone I walked past today smelled vaguely of iris and I realised it must be me, my coat, my wrist, my neck and I. The honeysuckle is pretty and light and made me think of butterflies. It feels like exactly the right note to use alongside all this ladylike headiness.
All in all, I adored Gucci Bloom and want to pour a bottle over my head so I smell of it forever. I still miss Gucci Envy, but this is a pretty decent apology.
Over to you
How about you? Have you tried Gucci Bloom? Do you like tuberose as a note in fragrance? Do let me know. I always love to hear from you.
You can buy Gucci Bloom from The Fragrance Shop, Harrods or Escentual.