Sometimes I Just Want to Smell Like a Hooker – Gucci Rush Perfume Review

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Sometimes I just want to smell like a hooker. I accept that this may be somewhat of a sensational overstatement, but what I really mean is that when it comes to perfume, despite loving the classics, the symphonic florals and the exotic orientals, what I really love is the trashy, brash and over the top.

Sometimes it’s great to wear something that is loud, proud and ultra girly, I also find that these ultra-trashy scents work really well on a man, I have no fear of smelling ‘cheap’.

If you want cheap and trashy you cannot go wrong with Rush by Gucci.

Rush

Rush was released in 1999 and was created under the art direction of Tom Ford when he was in charge at Gucci. Now, I could wax lyrical for a few hours about how dashing Mr. Ford is but you don’t want to hear that do you? Thought not. What I will say is that Tom Ford is an excellent creative director and the perfumes released under his direction at Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Estée Lauder are far more exceptional than the perfumes released under his own name and some of the scents released by those aforementioned houses now.

The Notes

Top: California Gardenia, South African Freesia and Coriander Seeds
Middle: Madras Jasmine and Damascena Rose
Base: Vanilla, Java Patchouli and Bourbon Vetiver [1]

How Does it Smell?

The notes list above would have you believe that Rush is a pretty, little floral, even innocent perhaps. Well, it lies! Rush is a lady of the night and she doesn’t give a damn who knows it.

Rush opens with an explosion of plastic flowers, poppers and vinyl heels. The flowers are strong, sweet and LOUD. I always thought Rush would suit the name Flowerbomb much more than that horrific toasted candy floss concoction that Viktor & Rolf insist on selling. Jasmine is the strongest floral note here, I don’t really smell the gardenia or freesia. There is definitely a touch of rose, but in Rush, the super-plastic jasmine is Queen.

There is a bitter, chemical note that sits within the floral explosion, to me it does smell like Poppers but to others it may just smell ultra synthetic, perhaps like some sort of floor cleaner. Others have described it as a hairspray note, and I totally get that, it’s ditzy, loud and diffusive like hairspray.

Underneath all of this lies a wonderful, milky vanilla that is blended with a dark, bitter patchouli. This absolutely should not work but for some reason it does and in the base Rush feels like a chypre. OK, Rush may not be chypre in the way Mitsouko is (there really is no comparison between the two) but it certainly feels like one, more so than the legion of ‘modern chypres’ that flood the market today.

The base is mainly about the patchouli but there is also a strong hint of vetiver, these darker notes are what make Rush so interesting, they work with the milky, lactonic notes to create a scented equilibrium of dirty, clean & cosy.

Rush is an excellent fragrance but it’s not for everybody. I can pretty much assume that my Evil Scent Twin Olfactoria will not/does not like this fragrance at all. There is also absolutely nothing natural about Rush, it definitely feels that it was created in a laboratory or perhaps a backstreet methlab/crack den in Brazil.

Rush is an Eau de Toilette but it is strong, people will know you are wearing it, this and the fact that it is just SO outrageous makes it an absolutely perfect clubbing fragrance. Rush was made for a good night out on the town.

The BottleGucci Rush

Rush is ingeniously housed within a striking red plastic cassette. The bottle seems to divide opinion amongst a lot of people, some think it’s tacky, others think it’s pretty snazzy. I like the bottle, it’s simple, striking and a perfect way to store the perfume. It’s also pretty nifty to keep in your bag as there’s absolutely no chance of breakage.

Availability

Rush is available in 30ml, 50ml and 75ml Eau de Toillete and prices range from £35 to £57, some matching body products are also availible. Rush can be purchased from most good department stores and online retailers such as Escentual.com and Cheapsmells.

Disclaimer

This review is based on a bottle of Rush from my personal collection.

[1] Basenotes.net

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21 thoughts on “Sometimes I Just Want to Smell Like a Hooker – Gucci Rush Perfume Review

  1. I’m glad you brought Rush up again: for some reason I thought it was completely discontinued? Must have been mistaking it with Rush for Men. Time to give it another try and see how skanky it really is. I agree about Ford’s fragrances for Gucci and YSL btw, they were often really original and daring. I can’t say the same of some of the Private Blends, which are also way, way too overpriced.

    P.S. love the honest and clear approach to your blog T! Good descriptions of the actual smell too compared to some other blogs.

    • Thank you for your comments Guus, it means a lot to know that you are enjoying the blog!

      I, like you, thought that Rush was discontinued, but it’s still on release I just don’t think Gucci push it as much as their newer fragrances. It is startling to think that it’s 12 years old now and still going, I wonder how many mainstream launches released now will last that long.

      Have you tried Rush for Men? It’s an oddball, a sort of weird, plastic lavender and cedar scent. Definitely very interesting but it doesn’t last at all.

      As for the Private Blends, I agree, there are some decent scents in the line (Oud Wood especially) but they are hideously over priced when, let’s face it they are just fancy packaged Lauder scents.

      • Anytime my friend! 🙂

        So true, it’s a miracle that Rush is still around when all Gucci does these days is release flankers and cheapen the brand for more profits (not just its perfumes). Perhaps one should stock up on Rush soon because we all know it won’t be here in 5 years.

        I have a small sample of Rush for Men still lying around from years ago, just put some on the back of my hand. It’s super weird indeed, plastic lavender/cedar is a good description. I’d actually love to wear this in the fall but with the liberal dose you’ll need and eBay’s prices… we’ll need to run into some Arabian warehouse that has 500 dusty bottles lying around for no reason. In the meantime I’ll covet my warm incense-y Gucci Pour Homme 😉

      • Gosh, I’m going to be dreaming of that Arabian warehouse now, perhaps they’ll have some Le Feu d’Issey and YSL Nu EDP too!! 😛

        Gucci has very much gone down the pan hasn’t it? Just think of what they used to have; Gucci PH, Gucci EDP, Envy and what now? Flora and Guilty? Pfft!

  2. I loved this review, thank you!

    I think in this day and age where perfumes are full of aromachemicals and “synthetic smelling” is not a derogatory comment but the actual concept behind a fragrance, note listings like the one you quote for Rush is simply nonsensical. For crying out loud what the f*** is “California Gardenia” and “South African Freesia” if not a euphemism for “aromachemical that does not smell quite like a real flower but we like it”. In this case your own note description of plastic flowers, poppers and vinyl heels feels a lot more relevant. I use this type of note description for my own reviews too.

    If you like Rush you should seek out Choc de Cardin. It was released in 1981 and it is still available at shamefully low prices. I think it is the mother of all chemical assault fragrances. Great stuff. You could also explore some of the non oud Montales, especially Chypre Fruité. In fact a lot of the Montales have this hairspray accord that I used to find repulsive ages ago but I now love.

    I will have to disagree with you on the sadly discontinued Rush Man. If Rush is quintessential feminine floral mixed with poppers and served, Rush Man is the classic masculine cedar washed with poppers and served. Love that stuff and still have a few ml’s in my bottle.

    • Hear Hear! I can tell you that there is no California Gardenia or South African Freesia within a 20 mile radius of Rush, it is, like you say, completely nonsensical.

      I will look into Choc de Cardin. I went to the Montale store last year and wanted to try some of the non ouds but I was completely overwhelmed with the number of fragrances packed into such a tiny shop. I will add Chypre Fruité to the test list. Thanks for the recommendations.

      I do enjoy Rush for men but it just doesn’t last on me, I have tiny mini and do wear it occasionally.

  3. Best perfume review I have read in a long time! It was funny but also did an amazing sell job on me. I need this now.

    I too enjoy smelling like a baby whore, but I usually wear Mugler Angel when I’m going for that effect =) I will have to try this out.

    A Tauer update: I wore Un Maroc Pour Elle last night and I think I’m going to classify it as “for when I want to smell like an escort” – classier than a hooker, but still dripping in seediness and sex.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, all you need to do now is go out a buy a big bottle of Rush 😛

      It’s funny that you mention Angel, my sister always tells me I smell like a ‘baby prostitute’ when I wear it, small world huh?

      I haven’t tried Maroc, but anything that is slighter classier than a hooker but still dripping in seediness is good in my book. I shall have to seek it out.

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