Gucci Envy by Maurice Roucel for GUCCI 1997


Post by ElizaD


An Old Friend

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my senses get worn out from trying new things. After my post about linden perfumes I ordered Zeta by Andy Tauer, and of course had to get three other Tauer samples so I could fill that cute little shipping tin. It just seemed wrong to get only one to try. Ten days later my vanity was strewn with little vials, and my nose was starting to itch.

First I took a vacation, during which the only fragrance I wore was a sultry mix of Coppertone SPF 50, sea salt and my own skin warmed by the sun, but when I returned home, I stowed all the samples back in their tin and pulled out my old friend, one of the few perfumes of which I own a whole bottle…or about a third of one now.

It’s crisp, it’s light, cool mornings, warm days, and mellow nights, flip flops and hair in a pony tail. I love to spray it behind my knees and let it extend my summer even after I have returned to work. It’s so simple, and sadly, discontinued.

Gucci Envy by Maurice Roucel for GUCCI 1997

GUCCI Envy Gucci FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, peaches, freesia, magnolia, pineapple
Heart: Lily of the valley, hyacinth, jasmine, violet, hyacinth, rose
Base: Cedar, oakmoss, musk, sandalwood.

With all those notes, you’d think it would be a big hot mess, but Envy is really quite easy to wear.

On first spray, the bergamot and peaches perk up my senses, and I am reminded of another favorite, the original Chloe by Karl Lagerfeld. In fact, these two perfumes evoke the same late summer floral and fruit fest, but Envy is less likely to offend at work—some day I will just spritz a heady perfume with abandon, but that is a thought for another post. Eventually the top notes are joined by the flowers and then the whole thing warms on my very cool, dry skin. The top and heart notes never fade completely, but are wonderfully mellowed by the oakmoss and sandalwood. It’s this last stage that makes Envy so fun to wear…it helps me growl.

GUCCI Envy Gucci  tiger_eye annemaria48 DeviantArtPhoto Stolen DeviantArt

Longevity is great on me. As for sillage, honestly, I can never tell how far I project my perfume. No one has ever gone running out of the room when I enter, and people don’t generally comment on what I am wearing. But then again, I don’t wear perfume for other people, I wear it for me, so if I can smell it, I am likely to say that sillage is pretty good.

Some day I will open my perfume cabinet, and that long slender bottle with the missing cap will be empty of its green tinted juice. That will be a sad day. For now, I will just enjoy this lovely thing and be grateful for those of us capable of making liquid art.

GUCCI Envy Gucci Glass Art WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

Further reading: Bois de Jasmin and Perfume Posse
FragranceNet has $55/30ml before coupon
Surrender To Chance have samples starting at $3/ml

Do you have any perfumes that have been discontinued? Do you search for replacements, or just celebrate that you knew them and move on?


14 thoughts on “Gucci Envy by Maurice Roucel for GUCCI 1997

  1. Hey there ElizaD,
    I have not saniffed this one but I often grab out EnvyII and give it a whirl. The original Envy Men was my favourite for years.
    Portia xx


    • Ooh, I’ll bet I would love Envy for Men! Envy II and Envy Me were not for me…it’s interesting that you can still get the Envy Me at discounters.


      • ElizaD,
        It is Envy Me that I have, not Envy II.
        The pink juice in the same pillar bottle with a white lid. I got it out to spritz in your honour, not that I can smell very much through the house-paint fumes.
        Portia xx


  2. I’ve never sniffed the original Envy. If I truly love a discontinued perfume, I’m apt to hoard it frantically. I fall madly in love with so few perfumes that I’m not inclined to let them go without a struggle.


    • Hi FeralJasmine, you are giving me courage to spend some time trying to find it. I have to admit, I have a tendency to put my head in the sand…


  3. Gucci Envy! It’s the infamous scandal of the perfume world. We want it, we’re ready to buy it and we’re dying to wear it, but will they make it again? Gucci remain cold shouldered and silent on the matter. It can’t be because of IFRA- they haven’t even attempted a reformulation when all the other perfume houses have done so post IFRA (with varying degrees of success).

    I think Tom Ford stole the recipe and won’t give it back. Maybe he is blackmailing them with photographs of the Gucci staff wearing unfashionable clothes and holidaying in Blackpool. (This is of course conjecture on my part and is in no way stating any fact).

    I wore Gucci Envy for years and have bottle on my dressing table, which I bought from Amazon UK recently- but be quick! I think it is one of my top three favourite scents of all time. It is a senseless discontinuation.

    Great article by the way.

    love Samantha


    • Samantha,

      thank you so much for your reply! I LOVE reading about the intrigue that goes on behind the scenes. I am so naive 🙂 I think I believe it is all about the art 🙂


  4. As a lover of green florals, I should love this thing. I don’t. (I did love the original Chloe; I wore it for an entire decade, from my twelfth birthday all the way through college. But there’s no green in Chloe, she’s all voluptuous – peach and tuberose and florals on a sumptuous bed of woods and moss, very ornate.) I’m not sure why I don’t like Envy, either, but it seems shrill and teeth-clenched to me, almost metallic. It makes my shoulders draw up toward my ears. I should give it another shot, but since it’s discontinued maybe I’d be happier not to.

    (The SOBs. Why do they always mess with the goosd stuff?)


    • Mals86, it’s the greenness that I love 🙂 I am wearing it today at work and was daring enough to spray it above the waist…just got a whiff…Yummm!


  5. ElizaD I have far too many discontinued loves to mention! Perhaps in view of IFRA it is better that they were put down humanely rather than resurrected in a different guise, rather like zombies – no heart, no soul.

    I am very lucky, I have a bottle of Envy I bought a couple of years ago just because everyone kept saying they liked it and it was not going to be around any longer. I must admit it didn’t wow me then, but I only had one spritz. You’ve inspired me to search for it in the perfume cupboard and have another go.


  6. Had no idea it had been discontinued….

    i had a short affair with the men’s version, i think our relationship was mostly based on being recognized together. mostly when i am “with” a perfume, no one notices or if they do- they have no idea what it is.

    with Gucci Envy, everyone knew what i was wearing and it’s label implications. the thrill wore off very quickly.

    still, both the women’s and men’s version i thought were well done and for a synth frag, totally wearable.

    most of my favorite perfumes have been discontinued (a huge loss was suffered when Aveda discontinued their Esthetique items.)


    • Ooh, I love your take on wearing perfume! I have yet to have someone approach me and peg me as wearing X perfume. In fact, I can only think of one other perfume junkie in my town who might be able to…

      That’ll be an interesting day!


  7. The discontinuations I have lamented most are Gucci No 3 and Sicily by Dolce & Gabbana. Sadly, I haven’t moved on and try to buy as much as I can online.


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