Name: Bleu De Chanel
What I liked:
– nice scent with an interesting mix of notes
– the packaging
What I didn’t like:
– not very original
– the price
Bleu de Chanel is the first major male fragrance released by Chanel since 2004’s Allure Homme Sport, but not one that was particularly well-received by the fragrance community. While the general consensus is that the scent is lovely, it has also been criticized for being very commercial and boring, cheapening the image of the brand. And I have to agree.
Bleu De Chanel is a fresh, citrusy woody fragrance. It opens with strong, but not overpowering, notes of lemon and grapefruit which last about an hour on the skin. The heart of the fragrance is very interesting: it is a nice contrast of spicy ginger, woody cedar and vetiver with jasmine. This floral note adds a feminine touch to the fragrance which, despite being quite masculine, can also be easily worn by a woman too. The woody notes hang around in the base notes as well but are accentuated by amber, making the drydown quite dry.
However, while I like the mix of notes in the fragrance, which I think are nice and interesting, there is nothing original about this scent. It smells lovely and it’s a nice scent to wear but not a must-have. It’s actually very forgettable and there is nothing about it that makes it stand out. Had it been just another celeb-endorsed fragrance, I wouldn’t have minded much, but this is Chanel, a brand that is known for its elegant, sophisticated and unique fragrances. This one instead is very mainstream. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not what you expect from Chanel and definitely overpriced.
I know that all perfumes tend to be quite expensive and Chanel ones more than others, but I certainly wouldn’t pay so much for it ($79.00 for 3.04oz). It is just disappointing as Chanel can do so much better! But if you decide to give it a go, you’ll be pleased to know that the fragrance easily lasts all day so there is no need to reapply, meaning the bottle will last you for ages. And the blue color glass bottle, which has a magnetic cap, is also beautiful, simple and sleek and quite masculine.
Chanel Bleu De Chanel Fragrance is a longlasting but not overpowering citrusy woody fragrance with a nice floral twist in the middle notes that would make it suitable for women too. However, there is absolutely nothing original about this fragrance, which is very forgettable and not worth its expensive price tag.