Gomma (1989) Eau de Toilette

Gomma (Eau de Toilette) by Etro
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Gomma (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Etro for women and men and was released in 1989. The scent is leathery-spicy. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Lemon, Tarragon, Caraway, Artemisia, Lavender
Heart Notes Heart NotesRose, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Clove
Base Notes Base NotesBirch, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Vanilla

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Scent

6.9 (78 Ratings)

Longevity

7.7 (54 Ratings)

Sillage

7.0 (48 Ratings)

Bottle

7.5 (53 Ratings)
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Minigolf

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Very helpful Review    7
Don't stay on the paths....
....go in the vastness of the birch woods, even if it is difficult for you to get out.
Provided you WANT to get out.
This is due to a scent that accompanies you every step of the way, a tinny, deep "birch tar scent" that is really extracted from the juice of the birch trees (boiled, "rectified" until it becomes thick and ....Scent!)
No other "leather perfume" since "Knize Ten" has inspired me as much as "Gomma".
Which means "rubber" in German, but the actual poodle core of the liquid itself is a completely different one.
What is written on it doesn't always have to be there, even if reading may sometimes make you believe something.
And "birch tar leather" is not the same as "birch tar leather", this one is dark and powerful, but also of a soft structure. Even has "flowery notes" that make it soft.
Also a spicy hint reminiscent of fresh herbs. And a slightly earthy "forest floor", with moss cushions, next to it there are some branches scented with fresh wood, which were dropped by the last storm.
And what could be nicer than walking through such a light birch forest? With pleasantly fresh and humid air...
Even if only in thought. With GOMMA.....
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Hilli

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Hilli
Hilli
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Oldtimer tyres instead of paisley patterns
In the early 2000s I discovered this masterpiece either in the Ostendorf perfumery, unfortunately closed in 2017, or in the Pieper perfumery in Münster. Yes, Gomma is definitely reminiscent of rubber and a car repair shop, but one that specialises in the maintenance and care of valuable vintage cars. Besides the rubber, you can smell the high-quality leather of car seats, probably that of a convertible, whose scent has been reduced to a pleasant discreetness over the course of many years. Class, high quality and a subtle depth distinguish Gomma. Gomma is one of my all-rounders. Not for midsummer, but excellent for all other seasons. According to Etro's fragrance philosophy, Gomma is said to have a strengthening effect. Although this philosophy may be more the result of marketing than scientific studies, I always like to use this fragrance when I know that I have an appointment with a demanding customer. At least he hasn't hurt yet
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ColinM

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A gentler Knize Ten
Undoubtedly, the opening makes quite clear the close similarity to Knize Ten several other reviewers picked up. That is what I thought too almost instantly. But for me, call me heretic, and speaking as a fan of both Etro and Knize, Gomma (vintage eau de cologne in paisley box) is better. Actually much better. It carries that irresistible charme of several early Etro’s, a nondescript yet totally recognizable feel of smoky, rich, mystic exoticism, here played with a somber, powdery and sumptuously soapy mood perfectly rendered by a fantastic jasmine note, powerful and gloomy, a soapy feel which seems exuding from a baroque macabre still life. All perfectly blended with sour-green notes and this gigantic central leather accord which is much “rubbery” in fact, but not artificial: it’s dry, sour, pungent but also soft, smoky, warm, rounded by a mellow amber accord, and carrying quite a natural feel of organic rubber. One of the nicest leather accords I’ve ever experienced, which reveals its quality on the drydown – a heavenly, sinful, subtle harmony of amber and leather. Gomma is overall austere and quite classic, yet deceptively simple or “conventional”: to me it’s like if it had a sort of fractal structure, with the two main characters – leather and green-floral soapy notes – which can be “dissected” into further nuances and notes – amber, smoke, rubber, earthy notes. Knize is to me quite more “monolithic”, more powerful and in a way, more simple and reassuringly solid: still great, just different. Gomma instead has just something exotic and creepy, that I can’t describe better but it’s something other vintage Etro’s have (take Palais Jamais, for instance) and that is what makes them so special to me. Elegant and shady, a bit light if you want, I’d call it “discreet”.

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Drseid

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Drseid
Drseid
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Too Much Tar and Powder...
Gomma opens to a rather pleasant leather that has just a hint of rubber and florals to compliment it. This opening hangs around for a few minutes, and during this stage I really was thinking it was comparable to leathery scents like vintage Givenchy Gentleman. Things change in a big way in the heart notes, however. Gomma holds onto its leather note throughout, but it intensifies in the heart, and then an animalic tar and rubber accord joins it and dominates the scent from here on out. The tar and rubber combo is quite potent and I can't say I like it at all. The base is a mixture of a now diminished leather mixed with powder. Gomma is not much of a projector, but it does have great tenacity.

I started out liking Gomma, but the tar and rubber accord ruined it for me. It is just too overpowering and makes wearing the scent more than a bit of a challenge. I do see some of the similarities others have mentioned to Knize Ten, but I feel Knize Ten is the better scent and would stick with that if choosing between the two. As for the great leathery top notes, check out some vintage Givenchy Gentleman or even Giorgio VIP for Men to get your fix there. Since I do like the opening despite the difficult heart and finish, I will give Gomma a weak neutral and a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5.
jtd

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jtd
jtd
Helpful Review    4
A Different Kind of Powdery Floral
Leather perfumes are often defined by the 'leather +' principle. Leather + citrus (Azurée), leather + green (Bandit), leather + tar (Lonestar Memories), Leather + cumin (Rien.) These scents are all so different to me, but I enjoy them all.

Gomma’s leather is defined by florals and amber. But its plus-one is really rubber. I find that the sweet, powdery, slightly burnt rubber that is prominent from the start lasts all the way through. I would categorize Gomma as a leather, but my nose remembers it as a rubber. The amber sweetness is powdery, but it doesn’t have vanilla, and therefore keeps off Bvlgari Black’s turf. Gomma is direct but not aggressive in the least, and so stays off Knize Ten's turf.

I appreciate that this fragrance is in EDC concentration. It allows the fragrance to remain light despite its peculiar timber. Gomma is not so much linear as a bit of a striptease. Initially the notes are threefold---leather, floral, amber. But the leather is leathery rubber with a bit of tar; the floral is violet with an abstract white floral; the amber is powdery, sweet and full. The accord remains even as components fall away and in the end, you have a sweet, violet rubber.
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