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Blue Jeans (1994)
by Versace


Blue Jeans information

Year of Launch1994
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 495 votes)

People and companies

PackagingGianni Versace
Parent CompanyEuroitalia
Parent Company at launchGiver Profumi

About Blue Jeans

A fragrance to represent the Gianni Versace Jeans Couture collection. A youthful fragrance packaged in a Coca-Cola style bottle in a blue tin.
The fragrance has immediate freshness. It is clean, crisp, sporty and youthful.
The Versace Jeans range is also available in Green and Black for men, and Red, Yellow and White for the ladies.

Blue Jeans fragrance notes

Reviews of Blue Jeans

Reminds me of Dolce & Gabanna The One. Doesn't smell as good as that but performs way better.
27th June, 2018
I love the box. The opening is all about sweet lemon but it quickly settles to a woody/dryish Eau de Cologne with a younger feel. It’s good, even if it could be more developed. Quite balanced, and not overwhelming in any way. Unisex.
09th June, 2018
Very powdery. Not my cup of tea. I didn't like it the first time I tried it but decided to give it one more try before ditching it. This was a blind buy. I always thought people exaggerated when they said colognes made them feel noxious but this is the first cologne I've bought that I really felt like it made me want to throw up.
14th March, 2018 (last edited: 21st March, 2018)
Versace then, as now, was always seen by the youth market which idolized the opulence it represented as a hallmark of success in life. This unique marketing of "deliberate unobtanium" combined with flashy high-contrast designs and outgoing celebrity clients stirred up a fervor over the decades since it's 1978 founding. Most of us growing up in the 90's know this lead to the mass-market guzzling of it's more-obtainable ready-to-wear and fragrance market (which were still expensive but reachable), and this fragrance tie-in to the Versace Jeans line dropped just as the zeitgeist hit it's 90's peak (just shy of Gianni's tragic murder). Eventually the "Jeans" line would branch out into 6 colors, with 3 for men and 3 for women, but this original is the one most folks remember when they hear the name, because who doesn't like blue jeans? Packaging for this was also rather typical 90's, with the "bottle in a can" packaging first popularized by Jean-Paul Gaultier and later exploited into the ground with Claiborne's Curve line. I guess the whole thing is meant to show some blue-collar humility with the bottle design too, and the old-school Vaudevillian graphics, because this time in fashion, all the high-end labels were trying to sell a dressed-down look as genres like Grunge and Gangsta Rap were making street-cred look appealing.

Versace Blue Jeans comes across as an amalgam of things, firstly marrying the powdery sweet eminence of the original Versace L'Homme from 1984 with the cleaner, fresher, more aqueous style that was en vogue with scents like the original Nautica (1992), and weren't entirely chemical-overload and still had fougère sensibilities. Secondly, this does try to impart the feeling of wearing a pair of blue jeans, and is quite the casual "anytime anywhere" scent, but unfortunately this is where all the positive points end for me. The smell opens with sharp pangs of galbanum and some unlisted "citrus cocktail" in the notes, which I guess is Versace's way of using the edge of a Tom Collins or gin & tonic as the opening note, which when mixed with that grassy buzz of galbanum puts my nose into overdrive. Afterward, it's a mix of fougère staples like lavender and nutmeg in with some light florals like violet and jasmine, which unintentionally ratchet up the itch factor higher in their balancing, before the heavy white musk note kicks in and solidifies it all on skin. There's the dynamic duo of cedar and sandalwood here, along with vetiver, but they must be in quantities too low to really emulsify all the itchiness for me, as the bitter citrus, galbanum, and florals keep the nostrils flared the whole way, along with the musk just sitting on it like a mother hen keeping all those scratchy notes warm. The reformulated and slightly more-downmarket "Versus" version of this scent (and the only one currently produced) is actually a little cleaner and easier to stomach than the full-tilt itch-cannon of the darker-hued original, but not enough to pull this one out of a thumbs down, which is why I got rid of my bottle after a handful of attempted wearings.

I don't usually have an issue with galbanum, as I love grassy rose scents like Chanel No 19 (1971), Aramis 900 (1973), and Devin (1978) but there's no counterpoint to the sharpness here, and it just persists. Assuming you're okay with that "powder bomb" aspect of Versace (or Versus) Blue Jeans, this might be a nice light, easy-going, and casual-friendly scent, as it was marketed to be an accessory to the entry-level jeans division of the day and otherwise has aged rather well. I can't recommend it myself, but I won't say it's a terrible fragrance for everyone, just not me. The Dreamer (1996) is a much more balanced and sophisticated offering, that sits squarely in the middle of the dark-to-light and heavy-to-soft spectrum found in most 90's "freshies", and is preferred to me over Blue Jeans, but if you're going for this one, keep it to day use and mid-weather months like fall or spring, as like most of it's ilk, it neither stands up to cold nor really hot weather. Naturally, when i had this, it was because "it's Vesace" and "the one everyone has to have", and I was taken for a ride I won't soon forget, but do regret. If you ever wondered what a really synthetic and far less-balanced "broken" version of Caswell-Massey's Jockey Club (1840) would smell like, well now you have your answer.
26th February, 2018 (last edited: 07th March, 2018)
TeeEm Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I bought the lack jeans and blue jeans on the same day (summer of 2001)... unforunately there was no sample for either so I had to trust the brand of VERSACE.

A slightly citrus scent, subtly fresh, subtly sweet which is too ordinary and does ABSOLUTELY nothing for me ...

A unexciting poor scent...
I send it to my weak scent club with
Hot Water by Davidoff, Nightlife by Joop, Hugo bottled, Mr Burberry, Uomo Moschino, XS byPaco Rabane, Adventure by Davidoff
Moderate sillage, 3 hour longevity for me
09th January, 2018
Synthetically sweet and mostly powdery but still pleasant, clean and fresh. The powdery notes might make someone say this smells like a grandma but I think it just comes off very clean.

This actually projects very well and lasts around 6-8 hours.
26th December, 2017

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