GUCCI Eau de Parfum by Daniela (Roche) Andrier for GUCCI 2002

Hey there Junkies,

You know those serendipitous moments? You’ve been searching for a long discontinued fragrance that someone sent you a sample of. Had you known it was discontinued you may have chosen not to try it and passed it along to a friend. One more freaking impossible lemming may send me to the poor house. Anyway, you’ve basically given up the search and one day you’re in a SALE, you look down and there it is….. All alone, lidless, friendless and looking kinda beat up. A just over half full 50ml TESTER.

I picked it up and walked over to the counter. There I proceeded to tell the story of this fabulous fragrance, how it was now long discontinued, they’d be getting no more stock, it was a sad but hopeless case to find it anywhere. Could I please buy the tester? Half the retail price? Are you mad? Look it’s been used and badly stored in light and the heat of a shop. How about a quarter of the retail? A third? SOLD!

GUCCI Eau de Parfum by Daniela (Roche) Andrier for GUCCI 2002

Gucci Eau de Parfum Gucci FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Orange blossom, heliotrope
Heart: Caraway, iris, thyme
Base: Incense, leather, sandalwood, musk, vanilla, cedar essence

I Smell Therefore I Am gives these featured accords:
Top – orris, heliotrope, orange blossom, vanilla absolute
Heart – cistus, cumin, thyme
Base – patchouli, vanilla, deep musk

I put both these note lists here to show how arbitrary they are, yet both have pieces to the puzzle that are completely valid to me.

Daniela (Roche) Andrier is nose from well known fragrances like: Bottega Veneta Pour Homme, Tardes Carner Barcelona, Angélique Noire Guerlain, Marni, Prada Candy and Infusion d’Iris. That’s quite a roll call and only a fraction of her output.

That opening spritz! It reminds me of two of my favourite fragrances that see quite a bit of wear around here Oriza L Legrand Jardins d’Armide and Terry de Gunzberg Ombre Mercure. It’s a fabulously plastic/powdery iris/heliotrope/violet thing that my nose aches for, in a good way. All of them have white flowers as a raft to float the rest of the fragrance on too. Similar but different. Succulent and desirable GUCCI Eau De Parfum is not huge but it is insistent.

GUCCI Eau de Parfum succulent BlueSnap PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay (searched for something succulent)

As we move from that fun opening GUCCI Eau de Parfum becomes happily lived in. Human/animal/fleshy but not skank really, more clean healthy flesh in the early afternoon. It doesn’t scream sexual tryst or workout, there’s no rankness. The seeds/herbs/roots are curiously sweet, quite inviting. Not bakery sweet but they have a burnished quality, like you are smelling them through lightly ambered glass. Yes as an analogy that is particularly clunky but that’s how my minds nose is seeing/smelling GUCCI Eau de Parfum.

There is something slightly sweltering about GUCCI Eau De Parfum, a let your hair down, relax and let go-ness about it that is very calming.

GUCCI Eau de Parfum Rupert_Bunny,_Summer_Time WikiCommonsPhoto Stolen WikiCommons

I can absolutely see why Abigail finds patchouli in the base. Now that I’ve read it I can smell it clear as day, a very clean waxy patchouli surrounded by a very soft leather and vanilla with musks that I can smell softly playing back up. All through its life GUCCI Eau de Parfum is a sheer veil but fragrant, not something that will skunk those around you but a designer fragrance from the days when GUCCI knew how to make perfume.

GUCCI Eau de Parfum Brad Mc1This is how sexy you’ll feel wearing Gucci Eau De Parfum (My mate Brad Mc)

Further reading: I Smell Therefore I Am and Scented Salamander
eBay is selling around $100/30ml
Posh Peasant has samples starting at $4/ml

Did you ever spend time with GUCCI Eau de Parfum? Do you have any other favourites from the house?
Portia xx

24 thoughts on “GUCCI Eau de Parfum by Daniela (Roche) Andrier for GUCCI 2002

  1. I’d love to spend some time with Brad, I mean, Gucci EDP. The abs, I mean the notes, the notes look so nicely sculpted…no, no, that’s not right…the notes look like something I’d like to sniff but since it’s all but impossible to find I won’t seek it out.
    Hugs to you and Brad.

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    • Ha Ha ha! Poodle, you are hilarious. Yes, Brad is a stunner. I’ve known him for years and he just keeps getting more attractive. He is rather dishy, and sweet too.
      Gucci Eau de Parfum is all that too.
      Portia xx

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    • Hey Melita,
      I find that once I’m wearing it I want to spritz more and more on. Especially if I am home alone. I want to be engulfed.
      Portia x

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  2. Hey Portia!

    I have a full bottle of this but unfortunately I can’t smell it!! I have tried so hard to just to get a whiff of something out of it but my nose seems to be too stubborn! I do like Gucci Accenti and Gucci Pour Homme, both sadly discontinued.

    Amarah x

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  3. Ah yes, there was a time when Gucci knew how to make perfume. The original Gucci by Gucci was a delicious musky orange blossom, and the old L’Arte de Gucci is a masterpiece dark rose. Now there is this one, and from the sound of it I am going to have to compromise my financial status to obtain it. Thanks, Portia dear. Really. Thanks a lot

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    • HA HA HA!! No, you are OK without Azar. Life will go on without you owning this one. If you see it for BARGAIN though, definitely grab it. Under $30 I reckon.
      Portia xx

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      • Okay, I will try to pass on it. Because as is, I can’t bring myself to use my discontinued lovelies which, once gone, will never exist again. So, one more bottle to cherish anxiously and never use? Not really worth it.

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        • Absolutely! It is HARD when you find something you love. I got a really good bargain today in fact. Wandered into a regular frag store. They had BNIC 75ml of Liberte by Cacharel which I didn’t even ask the price for just bought it and they had an OLD Magie Noire for their tester. I explained that the tester did not in fact smell like what they are currently selling and that it was completely false advertising. They sold it to me for a very reasonable amount, I didn’t get a super bargain but they also didn’t get ripped off. Everyone happy. WOO HOO!!!!
          Portia xx

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  4. Oh, swoon!
    This is one of the rarities that provoked a lemming purchase from me. It followed the gifting of a ‘tiny bit left bottle’ from a friend who could no longer wear it due to memories of a bad boyfriend.
    Much as I love her, thank you bad boyfriend.
    I smell the leather and vanilla most clearly in this lusty beauty and can’t possibly imagine why it failed so thoroughly to cause such early discontinuation.

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    • Hi Odiferess,
      Yes, I wonder if the ingredients were deemed too expensive and couldn’t be replicated cheaper? Or if so much of it was becoming unusable that they couldn’t continue or if one of the main ingredients suddenly became unavailable? There are so many reasons other than just lack of sales.
      Funnily the perfumistas love it. Maybe it was just ahead of its time?
      Portia xx

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  5. Well, fortunately cumin is listed as a note, and so far, cumin hates me. Like, it REALLY REALLY hates me. Otherwise I too would be tempted to seek out this discontinued gem. 🙂 Thanks for the lovely review and photos, Portia. 🙂

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    • Hi there Sun Mi,
      To be honest I can’t even pick cumin as the note, not unless I look at the note list. Sensual but not sweaty after game jockstrap.
      It is nice to be able to mark some things off your list though. One less of the THOUSANDS you need chase.
      Portia x

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  6. Back when this perfume was still in production, I had a mixed relationships with it: It wasn’t “me.” But I wanted to like it since it seems so grown-up. But whenever I wore it (from multiple samples that I managed to get from a friendly SA) I couldn’t know in advance if I’d love it on me that time or hate it. So finally I decided not to buy it. I might still have a sample somewhere…

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    • Wow! Aren’t we funny Undina. In almost every other thing we would try it and quickly decide “Me” or “Not Me”. Fragrance has this weird hold over us that we sometimes feel the need to torment ourselves till we GET it.
      It’s like seafood, I really don’t like most of it but I feel that every bit I hate needs to be tried every year or so, just in case. It’s quite hard to be non seafood here in Australia when it is such a popular way to restaurant so now I have a couple of things I can eat without heaving.
      Portia xx

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      • Oh wow, thankyou so much. It’ll be fun checking the letterbox now that it won’t just be bills. I’m not much of a conniseur, can’t distinguish the different notes etc but when something’s yum, that’s enough for me! I’ll let you know how I go.
        Carolyn 🙂

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