Danny wanted this perfume so when asked what he's wearing he could reply, "Gigolo." I'm sure the name doomed this fragrance to obscurity at least in the American market, though the meaning is different in French.
Gigolo, despite the name was a women's fragrance, though absolutely wearable by anyone. Quite green, with tuberose and patchouli it isn't the sort of thing that knocks you over with sweetness. To be honest, I barely noticed the tuberose, and the patchouli is very well done-nothing reminiscent of a hippie head shop/incense about it.
Launched in 1972, Gigolo is sort of a, "Pre-Charlie." Green, but not as sinus-ripping green as Aliage, or as challenging as Yendi. Going back in my mental time machine to 1972, I'm pretty sure I was wearing whatever happened to be on my sister's perfume tray which was either Aliage, Chanel #19, or Azuree. Frankly, they were all ass. Sorry. Had I been aware of Gigolo at the time, I would have found it a relief from all the other bad chypres of the time, but alas I don't recall ever hearing of it. Today of course, Gigolo smells rather mainstream-mixing green with patchouli wouldn't raise any eyebrows with anyone that's smelled perfume in the last forty years-but in 1972? Perhaps it would have seemed original, or a better take on what was already becoming the norm. By 1974 when I was starting to know what I liked (and didn't) I was getting bottles of Je Reviens from anyone that was paying attention to my requests, and Heaven Sent from those who ignored them.
Gigolo has incredible lasting power. I have skin that tends to neutralise scent rapidly, so I typically apply it to clothing as well. On my wrist, Gigolo lasted a good nine hours. The silage isn't huge-but you wouldn't need to invade my personal space to catch a good whiff of it either. The hankie in my handbag *still* smells of Gigolo days later. Luckily, it smells nice. As I bought this for Danny, I don't expect to be wearing it again, but it was nice to catch an olfactory reminder of early 1970's America.
Gigolo though difficult to find these days is worth a purchase if you're looking for a nice, inoffensive green floral from the early 70's. Leather trousers optional.
I know the meaning is different in French, but I couldn't resist a Blondie video.