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Looking at the notes I should love Gucci Flora, but something in the opening makes my nose twitch. As in allergy oh no I'm going to sneeze twitch. So it's not love I'm feeling as my sinuses fill up. Is peony the culprit? Or maybe the osmanthus? I think it's the osmanthus. The osmanthus note here is very similar to the one found in those eponymous perfumes that come out of China, more green and cloying than honeyed. And sorry to say I find this particular rendition of osmanthus, which blooms heady early on and lasts for hours on me, headache-inducing in a way I do not find in Keiko Mercheri's Osmanthus, for example, which I adore. It quite spoils my enjoyment of the powdery rose-patchouli combination that emerges in the middle stages as Lola observes. I have to thank the lovely rubyred for the sample but all this is to say that surprisingly Gucci Flora is not for me.