Gorgeous Gardenia is part of the brand new perfume line by Gucci, called Garden Collection, launched as a flanker of the popular Flora. With its bright color, a sober bottle design, and a girly name, the packaging gives a good idea of the gentle character of the fragrance.
Gardenia shows up from the very opening with its typical buttery notes, but also a light sourness, and an occasional idea of pepper. All that comes from the floral itself and not from separate ingredients.
In spite of its low profile, the floralcy is quite rich, offering a buttery oily texture. Gardenia is a flower that can bite (if you ever had the chance to try Tom Ford’s Velvet Gardenia you probably know that already), but in this case it’s obviously kept on a leash, and also cut with another floral, which makes it a bit sweeter than what it normally is (it’s probably the frangipani in the official list of notes).
After about one hour, the shift towards the heart notes begins, and it starts to be clear that, in spite of the name and the floral character so far, Gorgeous Gardenia is in fact a fruity fragrance, with the fruit being red berries.
There are some ingredients in perfumery that just get along great, and it’s up to the skilled perfumer to find these soul mates and bring them together. Gardenia and red berries are one of these fortunate cases, and even though the transition will take place fairly quickly, with the floral notes ending up in the background, the change will occur almost unobtrusively. And that’s a sign of the perfect chemistry of this couple. At that point, this Gucci perfume will be similar to fragrances like Nina by Nina Ricci, Amor Amor by Cacharel, or Delices by Cartier.
In the dry down, sweet notes will be more prominent, thanks to patchouli and sugar.
Gorgeous Gardenia is a light and bright fragrance, especially suitable for the warm and hot days of the year. It won’t probably become your signature perfume, nor the one you wear in special occasions, but for an everyday use it will be just perfect.
About the author: Andrea writes reviews about all sorts of perfumes, designer and niche, new and old, at his blog Yournextperfume.com.