Mainstream Monday – Sniffing A Popular Perfume
I must start by saying that I hate the name Gucci Flora. It sounds like an intestinal disease. Or bacteria that one should or shouldn’t have in their intestines. Not glamorous. OK, it’s really named after a lovely 1960’s vintage print adored by Grace Kelly.
The EDT opens with some citrus brightness. The peony is the key player here. It’s a very floral fragrance, slightly watery at the top. And if it was a color, it’d be one of those super pale peachy pink “boudoir friendly” shades. The rose appears but it’s more of a powdery and soft rose, like rose petals. Flora EDT is a very sheer floral. From mid to base, it wears mostly as a soft peachy-pink floral with soft woods.
The EDP opens with a richer citrus that is more orange/tangerine. The EDP is “sharper”. The citrus is sharper and the peony is too. The peony is more urinous, bolder, much more “peony”. The pink pepper is also more noticeable and gives a woodiness to Flora. The EDP is much longer wearing than the EDT.
The difference between the two is that the EDT is more abstract with Vaseline smeared on the lenses. The EDP is more “in focus” but this doesn’t mean that is more flattering. I actually prefer the softness of the EDT.
EDT and EDP Notes listed include citrus accord, peony, rose, osmanthus flower, pink pepper and sandalwood.
Give either a try if you like “modern” floral fragrances, peony perfumes or perfumes like A Dozen Roses Iced White, Creed Spring Flowers, Fresh Pink Jasmine, Dolce & Gabbana The One Rose, Harajuku Lovers Love and/or YSL Parisienne. Gucci Flora is a very feminine fragrance. Personally, I see it as “ageless” but I know that Gucci tried to target a younger demographic with this fragrance.
I’m going to take this time to complain which I really don’t want to do. Peonies are gorgeous flowers but the flowers and their perfume equivalents always give me a headache. So, I’m leaving this review with a massive headache. So you can guess that I won’t be purchasing a bottle of either.
Gucci Flora EDT retails for $52-$90 . The EDP retails for $60-$100. Both are available at Sephora and Nordstrom. *It can also be found at discounters like Fragrancenet. Just be sure to pay attention so that you know if you are getting the EDT or EDP.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION EDT – Sheer peony rose in “soft focus”. I actually prefer the EDT over the EDP. It’s more delicate and “brighter”. And it’s “soft focused” which I think a peony needs.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION EDP – Sharp Citrus peony floral. It’s sharper and longer wearing. This means it gives me more of a headache 🙁
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