Today, I am wearing Gucci Eau de Parfum II. If you remember, I ran out of Kelly Caleche several weeks ago. Instead of automatically replacing it, I'm investigating others that might suit my need for a sophisticated, fresh-but-interesting work perfume.
Gucci II is fruity/floral in the beginning, with a whiff of fresh mint. I love fresh mint, so this appeals to me right away and interrupts my usual fruity/floral eye rolling. My relief is short lived as the heart notes are alarmingly soapy, with a nose-burning floral. For a moment I panic and almost scrub it off because it has lost its earthiness altogether and starts to give me a headache. I manage to wait it out, and after 30 minutes, the base notes have mellowed everything, allowing the herbal quality to emerge again.
Having worn it all afternoon, I would say that Gucci II is somewhat fresh and nicely herbal, but also a bit screechy - just too 'Gucci' - for my taste. Unless I glam way up, wear stilettos and carry a small dog in my purse, it's just not going to work.
Photo: Our sheltie, Paige, at 7 weeks old.