Smell This: Gucci Pour Homme II

6.11.2007

By Nick Burns


Your sense of smell is a powerful force. And in the sweltering heat of summer—amid the potpurri of sweat and sunscreen—it can be a blessing and a curse. So, do your part to make the world a sweeter smelling place and douse yourself with Gucci's latest fragrance for men—Gucci Pour Homme II. Does it get any sexier than Gucci? It's not exactly the "smell of sweat on a man's balls," but you won't be disappointed.

Not only is Pour Homme II a sophisticated and sensual cologne that will make everyone want to stand a little closer to you, but its formulation walks the line between manly musk and shower fresh so it appeals to men of all ages. If you prefer a signature scent that you can wear year-round, Gucci II is light enough for summer and warm enough to last well into the colder months. Do you know someone who constantly marinates in their cologne? Luckily, it's tough to overdo this one because it quickly dissipates into a subtle scent—but that also means you might want to reapply before heading to an afterwork happy hour.

Gucci Pour Homme II features a blend of citrusy bergamot and soothing lavender on top, spicy pimento, black tea and warm cinnamon at the heart and olive wood, manly musky notes, tobacco leaves and smokey myrrh rounding out the bottom. It might sound like an oddly odiferous cocktail, but it interacts beautifully with your body's chemistry. So, don't trust the scent strip at the fragrance counter. Spray it on your skin and inhale. Summer smells better already.

Eau de Toilette,  $50-$65, at Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

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