Gucci pour Homme II (2007) has a rather interesting story behind it, both in the creation department, its existence on shelves for the next decade or so, the way people in general felt about it, then its eventual rocket rise to the top heap of "holy grail" unicorns amongst discontinued fragrances. The latter can really just be explained away with the usual sycophantic group think that permeates the men's side of the fragrance community. You know the deal when an admired personality (usually an influencer) says something discontinued is a "lost masterpiece", which makes all the little trained seals bark and clap their flippers in agreement, then run out to buy 31 bottles so they can flip all but 3 of them on eBay for 6 to 10 times what they paid, cuz you gotta be able to afford those artisanal ouds somehow, right? Anyways, the road there is ultimately more interesting than that destination, because it's the same one Gucci pour Homme (2003) reached when it came to an early end-of-life in 2011, although that fragrance actually had a lot of fans when it was axed so the hype feels more understandable. The short version is Gucci pour Homme II was made to plug a hole in the Gucci masculine line-up, which had Envy for Men (1998), Rush for Men (2000), and the erstwhile Gucci pour Homme, none of which were really a fresh casual option. Gucci pour Homme II was the first masculine made after the departure of Tom Ford in 2004, so it was designed to put distance between Gucci and the anachronistic retro-chic predilections of what Tom Ford put out under the Gucci (and YSL) nameplates, although the problem with that strategy seems to be that the people buying Gucci fragrances at the time liked them for the very fact that they were not ostensibly modern like everything else being rolled out in the 2000's by designers. Oh well.
Because this scent is the first "deliberately modern" Gucci masculine but also something of a soft reboot for the line (the full reboot would come four years later), the Gucci pour Homme form factor and be presented as a "sequel" to bridge the gap between PPR-era Gucci and the later "Guilty" era ushered in under Frida Giannini, then perpetuated by Alessandro Michele. Karine Dubreuil was put on task to make Gucci pour Homme II, and has worked extensively on masculines for L'Occitane, bringing some of her love of spice over to this scent. Gucci pour Homme II can best be described as a "spicy green aquatic tea" fragrance, which sounds like a nightmare on paper, but works rather well. Violet leaf and aquatic notes mingle with what feel like bit of unlisted clove with a vague cinnamon note, eventually giving way to a pimento and black tea that comes in after about thirty minutes. The violet leaf and spice become a backdrop for the tea, which is then supported by wisps of dry tonka that impart a tobacco leaf quality similar to L'Occitane Eau des Baux (2006), which is another noteworthy Dubreuil creation. The tea never reaches the levels of density that Thé Noir 29 by Le Labo (2015) reaches, but it comes to merge with the tonka, some white musk, and Iso E Super clear woody notes in the base. Folks struggle to find things that could easily take the place of Gucci pour Homme II, and that's because nothing touches on all the various corners that it does, although you can get close with the sweeter Hanae Mori HiM (2012). Wear time is just under average at about 7 hours and projection fades early at about 2, making Gucci pour Homme II feel more office friendly than its older brother. Best use is spring through early fall in casual, office, or day time situations.
When Gucci pour Homme II was released, nobody really knew what to make of it, as everyone was so dead in love with Gucci pour Homme '03 that they were actually wondering what the purpose of this "sequel" was, as if it existed to right some imaginary wrong. Gucci pour Homme II felt apologetic and unisex in the way people seem to see masculine market fragrances from the 1990's, and although fans would slowly gather around Gucci pour Homme II for its calming elegance, it was not given the love nor the attention of the previous one. Gucci oddly kept it on the shelves after the 2011 killing of every Gucci masculine prior to Gucci by Gucci pour Homme (2008), making it the last vestige (albeit a transitional one) from the era prior. The scent moved slowly and was forgotten by retailers outside maybe Ulta, and could be bought for a song at discounters, becoming a legendary "good cheapie" for deal hunters but hated by fans of the Tom Ford era mourning the loss of Gucci pour Homme '03 and woefully reminded of that loss by the continued existence of Gucci pour Homme II. Reviews online remained ambivalent or mixed for years, then suddenly in 2019 the plug was quietly pulled on it, which brings us to FOMO frenzy and hysterical double-takes we see nowadays, where people who hated or were indifferent about Gucci pour Homme II suddenly exalt it as a masterpiece now that their bottles are worth $300+ and not $30. The online fragrance community is really weird sometimes. Point is, this is a nice and competent freshie that's rather unique, and although maybe not deserving of worship, at least gets some form of appreciation that it sorely lacked for years when commonly available. Thumbs up.
My nose is not sophisticated enough to appreciate this fragrance. I can recognize that it is well made, but the tea note just doesn't get my engines going.
It is basically an herbal tea note mixed with watery violet leaf sprinkled with cinnamon. Clove isn't listed, but the impression of it seems to be and may be attributed to the Myrrh / Olive wood in the base.
I found that it manifested into a kind of "warm-aquatic" scent that sits blandly on the unisex fence.
Demand for this one remains high as prices online still float around 3 dead presidents for 100 ml. Longevity wasn't anything to shout about as it only performed for around 3 hours.
Gucci ph 2 is out of production, basenotes didn't write it. An excellent fragrance with black tea, the absolute protagonist, accompanied by violet and sandalwood. It's not a Gucci for everyone, great and very dreamy!
Pour Homme 2 - Gucci
Quiet and thin aquatic melon-tea scent with some herbs, spices and a amber-woody base. I cant see how its shyness can make a man more man or even gives a sense of masculinity; it maybe works best for gays and transgenders who wanna play the woman.
Ah, Gucci pour Homme II...a rather versatile favorite of mine with a tremendous Achilles' heel.
GpH2, not to be confused with it's criminally-discontinued, incense-dominant sibling, Gucci pour Homme (2003), is a scent that can be worn pretty much any time of the year, in pretty much any situation. The standout notes in this are the violet and black tea, which hit pretty heavily upfront, coupled with pimento and cinnamon, which adds some bite and heat to it. The heat and bite are a bit much at first as, at its roots, this really comes across as a fragrance best made for warmer weather. The more prominent violet and tea notes bring a cooling effect, with the pimento and cinnamon working as an antagonist, and the two pairs don't really blend as much as they are in a state of constant push/pull. The plus side to this equation is that the heat vs. cool battle allows this fragrance to get away with being a year-round contender, and the negative is that it totally excels at nothing. The pimento and cinnamon eventually start to fade, leaving a nice base of violet, tobacco and wood. The start is a bit harsh, but it dries down quite nicely.
And now for the Achilles' heel that I was mentioning above...
This has no longevity on skin. In two to three hours, it's gone. I get a legitimate two hours of wear out of this before it becomes just a trace left on my skin. Movies last longer than this fragrance does on me. It does hold much better on fabric, so I would recommend you hit hit your clothes with it a bit if you want this to last in any way. Sillage is middling at best.
That said, I do love this scent and it gets a thumbs-up from me. I hate the fact that the performance on this is just awful, because as much as I enjoy it, I know that every time I wear it, my time with it will be very brief. This is the "50 First Dates" of my collection.