Where do I even begin... Gucci Pour Homme II is such a lovely scent, a modish and fashionable breakfast tea, the bergamot and black tea blend reminds the well known Earl Grey, which is a top-of-the-tier timeless classic. Aromatic bergamot adds a refined tart citrus taste to the dark, full-lead tea with prized tiny silver tips!
I blindly bought a bottle, because of the smoky notes... what a pleasant surprise!
A pretty linear fragrance I would say, which is built around the black tea preeminent note, not a light white or lemon green tea you get in Bvlgari, rather a more oxidated and strong oolongs one like a dark English Breakfast tea. That note gives to the scent an intense sweet caramel, malt, and mineral stone-like vibe, with oaky undertones. In spite of the azure color of the juice, GPH II is not an aquatic, not citrus, and not a sports scent.
I got to know of this fragrance when it was first launched back in 2007, but I was so skeptical about that, thinking it was yet another aquatic one in the universe, and despised it for too long. Oh man, I was so damn wrong! This is seriously so gorgeous and smells so good.
In the open, I get a fresh and clean burst of creamy bergamot blended with green violet leaves, which fades quickly and leaves a dark tea trail, with a tad of spicy cinnamon and a bit of mellow paprika. Well, my gut feeling is that it incorporates one of the best tea notes and blends it perfectly with the herbal violet leaf and the sweet-smoky tobacco. That concoction creates a cool-warm effect, which is soothing, comforting, and slightly sweet.
Ultimately, I get the myrrh and the tobacco notes in the dry down, which really accentuate the ruggedly masculine sexiness that I find so intriguing. The perfume stays close to the skin, which makes it ideal for crowd places, but I don't see any issues with longevity. If I smell my wrists after several hours, the fragrance is still over there.
GPH II is really versatile. It works well in both spring and fall when the weather is a little bit warmer and the bitter-aromatic myrrh gives its best. Fine for office and casual day, evening, or a night out. Today was an unexpected cold middle spring day and the scent went well together with my skin.
I might be wrong, but to me GPH II has something in common with Jacomo Aura, meaning that they are not one another replica, though they share the same vibe and the blend of tea and tobacco is very similar.