Guilty is an amber woody fragrance featuring fresh juniper, lemon, and lavender top notes and a woody, musky dry down. As it matures, this masculine scent has a fresh opening and spicy vibe, making it versatile and perfect for a wide variety of occasions from date night to the office. While the fragrance remains a best-selling scent, the price tag prevents many from buying it. While I can imagine others may enjoy the smell but are looking for something slightly less intense to wear at work.
Whatever the case may be, if you appreciate the spicy freshness of this fragrance and are looking for options with a similar scent, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve rounded up nine similar fragrances you should try if you enjoy Guilty by Gucci.
What Do We Look For In Guilty?
Guilty smells like a fresh blend of zesty citrus and fragrant lavender with a woody amber dry down. It reminds me of stepping out of a steaming hot shower and has a soapy quality that elevates a prominent clean vibe that remains throughout wear.
In looking for a dupe or alternative to Guilty, I want to ensure the fragrance has a few specific qualities.
First, I want the opening to be very bright with citrus notes. Lemon notes may create a zesty vibe, while bergamot and orange flowers lend a slightly sweeter opening. There should be spice or pink pepper notes that appear somewhere within the accord, but they shouldn’t completely dominate the dry down experience. A touch of vanilla may also arise as it develops, but it should never lead the dry down into a gourmand vibe. You’ll also want the base to remain woody with amber notes that may appear and settle over time.
Guilty does not project too boldly, so I can go for fragrances with a lighter projection that won’t overwhelm a room.
With a better understanding of notes and qualities to look for, let’s move on to my list of alternatives you should try if you like Guilty by Gucci.
9 Gucci Guilty Dupes
1. Guilty Black Pour Homme by Gucci
Guilty Black is a somewhat greener take on the original. You may enjoy this fragrance if you want something with the same DNA as Guilty, with a fresher-smelling vibe. While the top notes develop very similarly, Guilty Black becomes more soapy, and reminds me of a mix of freshly cut grass and aftershave. Gucci Black is a good, unoffensive option to add to your collection of workday scents. Although the patchouli and cedar become more prominent at the base like the original, it’s to a lesser extent. While the original can be intense for some discerning noses, I think this one has a smoother dry down without becoming cloying. I recommend trying Guilty Black if you’re looking for something with universal appeal you can wear daily.
2. Only the Brave by Diesel
While Only the Brave predates the original Guilty, I think it shares similar vibes to Gucci’s fragrance. It’s also much more affordable. A fresh citrus opening reminds me of Guilty, but it’s a little fruitier and sweet. Coriander and cedar appear in the middle of the accord and intertwine with violet notes. This floral quality is a bit lighter than Guilty but still features the same overall vibe. I enjoy the leather notes that emerge towards the bottom, making it feel rugged and masculine. To me, Only the Brave leans more youthful than Guilty, and the projection is decent, especially for the price. If you’re looking for something affordable but more mid-range, try Only the Brave.
3. Fougere Pink Pepper by Dossier
When I first sprayed Fougere Pink Pepper, a strong peppery opening immediately hit me. I found this experience overwhelming for the first couple of minutes. Eventually, this settles, and the fragrance moves through middle notes of lavender and geranium. The citrus also develops like the original, and the base is similarly woody. While the formulation is decent, I was not impressed with the longevity. It seemed to disappear on my skin, becoming nearly undetectable within just a couple of hours. However, this may be due to my skin chemistry. Overall, this is a decent Gucci dupe. Just be prepared for a peppery opening and potential reapplication throughout the day.
4. Guilty Intense Pour Homme by Gucci
If you enjoy the notes in the original Guilty and are looking for something more citrusy, try Guilty Intense. I like how the lavender, citrus notes, and jasmine are all noticeably bolder than the original, and the development of this fragrance from top to bottom is very smooth. While the dry down is very ambery, a lemon note elevates the base, creating a fresh, light vibe. Overall, the projection is not as prominent as the original, but I think that makes this a safe pick for work. If you don’t mind the price point and want to experience a similar yet brighter alternative, try Guilty Intense.
5. Dark Guilty by The Dua Brand
The next dupe on my list is Dark Guilty by The Dua Brand. I was pleasantly surprised with its opening, as the formulation is very close to the real thing. I feel it’s slightly fresher than the original, though this may be due to the subtle green notes. The middle is citrusy, like Guilty, and the base is warm and woody. The longevity and sillage are also quite similar. I really enjoyed the way Dark Guilty develops, and the price point is very affordable. Dark Guilty is an excellent pick for the more budget-conscious Guilty fan in terms of quality and value.
6. Guilty Pour Homme Parfum by Gucci
Guilty Pour Homme Parfum is yet another flanker of the original, but I find that this fragrance works well for those looking for something with less projection that’s softer too. The opening seems spicier. I suspect that’s due to the nutmeg middle note developing soon after the first spray. The lavender notes are similar to Guilty, though the lemon seems more bitter. This fragrance settles into a woody and amber base rather quickly, and these notes seem more robust. While its projection fades within two hours, this scent has staying power. It settles into a clean skin scent that remains detectable for about eight hours. I like how understated this fragrance is, and I recommend this one for those who enjoy the original vibe but want something more subtle as a day-to-day fragrance.
7. Our Impression of Gucci – Guilty Absolute Pour Homme by OilPerfumery
I usually enjoy OilPerfumery’s dupes for their affordability and quality, and I was impressed by this dupe of Guilty. As soon as I rolled it on, I noticed a similar opening, though I couldn’t sense the juniper note like that in the original. A deep citrus note becomes detectable as it dries down, and the base seems bolder to me. While the longevity is comparable, the projection is more robust, so keep this in mind when applying it. Overall, I enjoyed this formulation and believe this is a good option for those who need something very inexpensive yet similar to the real thing.
8. CK Free by Calvin Klein
While CK Free is a spicier fragrance than Guilty, there are several qualities they share in similarity. The opening is very citrusy and almost reminds me of tangerine candy. There is also a fleeting hint of jackfruit once the fragrance settles. As it moves through the accord, a soft spiciness shines through, but it is subtle, which is reminiscent of Guilty. After a few hours, the spiciness disappears, and a warm, woody, musky base reveals itself. The performance could be more powerful, turning into a close skin scent that becomes nearly undetectable over time. However, if you enjoy subtle fragrances similar to Guilty, I think CK Free is a fresh, discrete, and safe daytime option.
9. Silver by Zara
I enjoyed the scent of this Zara smell-alike, and I think the price point alone makes it worth a try. The opening is fresh and lemony, and I also noticed a leather vibe, although leather isn’t a note in the accord. The dry down is a bit earthier than Guilty, and the patchouli notes remain prominent as it settles. Zara Silver reminds me of a combination of Guilty and Only the Brave by Diesel, which I mentioned earlier. The longevity and projection are moderate, but most fragrances at this price point aren’t powerhouse performers. Still, I think Silver is worth a try if you love Guilty but don’t want to shell out the extra cash.