Whoa, what do you mean, the first month of 2018 is already over? What the heck?
Okay so I super didn’t like Gucci’s previous new perfume, Bamboo. Imagine my surprise when I ended up buying their next release the week after it came out? But that’s what happened. This is Gucci Bloom EdP, released in 2017. Perfumer is Alberto Morillas.
The bottle is very simple but I find it elegant. The label on the front is textured, which looks very nice. The bottle is pretty heavy, mostly because there’s a magnet in the cap. I don’t usually think a lot about the names of perfumes but Bloom really is very fitting I guess. I also love the design on the cardboard packaging.
The smell is… hold your breath… tuberose. Again. 🙂 I can’t help myself, once I got over it I loved tuberose and had to get a small army of tuberose perfumes. This is mostly tuberose and jasmine and… honestly I’m not sure what else. I don’t get a distinctive base here, it’s just heavy flowers all the way. And it’s just so good. It’s like they had to keep all the good quality for Bloom , so there was nothing left for Bamboo other than thin laundry detergent. Sorrynotsorry.
Bloom lasts for about five to six hours in the intense stage and then another five on the cool down. You know, when it’s still there, but only if you take your wrist up to your nose.
A similar release to Bloom is Prada La Famme Intense, but that one has more stuff going on on the sidelines. Another tuberose release of 2017 was Hermes Twilly, which is also similar but more bubblegum pink in my nose. I liked them all, but in the end I sprung for Bloom.
Worth a try if you are into tuberose and jasmine and a total no-no if you hate these flowers.
So today I’ll be talking about Gucci Bamboo EdP. I’d lke to say it’s brand new because to me it feels like it came out yesterday but apparently yesterday was 2015. Oh.
Bamboo comes in a really cute bottle with Gucci’s bamboo design. To clear things up, this perfume was named after an accessoire line by Gucci and matches the design. It does not include a bamboo note! Although, this is clearly dropping the ball here, why do you create a perfume named like this and then not bother to put in a bamboo note?
Anyways, this is also shows how close smell is connected with expectations – have someone smell it and tell them what it’s called and wait how they’ll describe the smell. Many will claim to smell bamboo and honestly it’s not that far off. This perfume is a watery citrus with light flower notes. For all you know it could be a rendering of Panda food.
At first I was prepared to hate it. Watery perfumes, brr. It smells synthetic and a bit like cleansing products. However for the sake of reviewing it I put it on again and again. And it grew on me. It’s not a screechy terrible as other fresh scents and it has a soft note of orange blossom, which totally redeems it to me. To smell it I had to drench myself in Bamboo, though. If you use too little all you get is a airy room cleaner smell. I get a feeling this is the sort of perfume you sell to people who don’t want to smell of perfume.
Lasting power is mediocre at best. I get maybe three hours. To really smell it you need to start out with seven spritzes and then keep reapplying.
So while my personal opinion changed from “terrible” to “actually quite nice” I can’t really recommend it either. It’s not a perfume for a perfumista, nor does it want to be. I think it’s mostly for people who like the design – I’m sure more money went into the design than into the juice. I’m usually the sort of person who keeps perfume dark and cool, stored away with their packaging still on. But this one here you can display on your dresser. If you use it, you’ll use it up before it goes bad anyway.