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A few months ago I was like a child in a sweet shop when my Mum visited my home and asked me to do her a favour. She explained to me that she had so many bottles of perfume that she needed me to take some off her hands, as she could not use them all! That’s the best favour I’ve ever been asked and I most gladly accepted her offer!
THE APPEARANCE OF THE BOTTLE AND PACKAGING
One of the perfumes that she gave me is Gucci Flora eau de toilette and in my opinion it is absolutely stunning in both its’ appearance and aroma. The fragrance I own is contained within a gorgeous 30ml hexagon shaped transparent glass bottle, which enables me to see the clear liquid content.
The bottle is quite cute with each glass section measuring approximately 3 cm in both height and width and I am not aware of another fragrance with such a unique shape. There is a simple but very eye-catching small black label situated on the front, which displays the familiar Gucci logo and the name of this stunning fragrance is written in golden italic lettering.
As I received this fragrance second hand, my Mum informs me that she had removed a gorgeous black ribbon with golden ends, which had been tied in a beautiful bow around the bottle’s neck. Unfortunately, she didn’t retain the box, but advised me that it was as equally stunning with its’ white background and bold black and gold stripes on the lower section. I am informed that the inside of the box was decorated with dozens of beautiful images of the flowers; their fragrances of which have been used in order to create this captivating fragrance.
The lid of the fragrance is absolutely stunning with its’ sturdy black plastic hexagon shape, which other than being miniature, perfectly mirrors the extremely distinctive and contemporary shape of the glass bottle. It clips tightly onto the upper section and once removed reveals the most beautifully designed chunky chrome neck.
I carried out a little research on Gucci Flora, particularly as I had never heard of it before and was pleasantly surprised to learn that the first floral printed Gucci scarf, which was designed for Princess Grace in 1966, inspired the name of this fragrance. I also discovered that the name Flora has been addressed as a sensual young girl, so that’s me out then!
DISPENSING GUCCI FLORA
The perfume is dispensed via a push down spray where a fine mist of fragrance is released, where you firstly capture the enchanting top notes of citrus mandarin and peony; both of which are very refreshing and uplifting. We then experience the stunning heart notes of rose and osmanthus. As I was not familiar with the name osmanthus I carried out a little research and discovered that it is a Chinese flower, which enchants with fruity-floral aromas with leather notes. The base notes that remain with us the longest are sandalwood and pink pepper. I totally agree with Gucci’s claim that this is a sensual fragrance, as it is most definitely that and very feminine.
In my opinion, this is a stunning fairly light and very refreshing fragrance. However, its’ staying power is rather minimal and whilst my work colleagues have commented how gorgeous I smell (!) I cannot seem to detect any fragrance after an hour of application. Obviously, this is either due to the fact that my nose has got used to the aroma or its’ staying power is rather limited.
Whilst I absolutely adore this fragrance, I’m not sure I would go out and purchase it myself, particularly due to its’ minimal staying power. I use many other fragrances and am able to detect their aroma several hours after application, so I really do not think that it is simply my nose having got used to the scent. As this fragrance is fairly light I am of the opinion that it is suited to women of all ages but feel it would be best for daytime use.
The fragrance should be used within 36 months of opening, which is an extremely easy task for me, particularly as I absolutely adore all of my fragrances and tend to spray them somewhat liberally especially when going out for the evening! Once empty, the bottle can be recycled.
I have checked on Amazon for up-to-date prices and would advise that as of today’s date (17 September 2010), you can purchase a 50ml bottle for £36.96 + £1.95 P + P or a 75ml bottle for £48.75 + £1.95 P + P.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS?
This is a really difficult question to answer, particularly as I generally opt for stronger fragrances. I think I have would have to say no if you prefer something a little stronger, as I think it is rather expensive and you would be disappointed with its’ limited staying power. However, I would definitely say yes if you are fond of lighter fragrances. Consequently, rating Gucci Flora is also very difficult to rate, as I would probably opt for 3½ stars, but I will be generous and award it with 4.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
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