One of the Fore-Fathers of the modern day "best selling" generics, Chic by Carolina Herrera is a a fruity, woody, spicey concoction that is a very people friendly scent. What automatically draws you in is this synthetic but watery watermelon along with other citrus notes and a supportive cardamom. The watermelon, the feature of this scent in my opinion, is not authentic but it's pleasant nonetheless. Though synthetic one still gets the impression of "JUICY" when experiencing the opening. Watermelon notes aren't as common in men's perfumery as lime, lemon, orange or grapefruit so it really stands out to me here. CH makes very green sweet frags and this is very reminiscent of 212.
When this scent came out in 2003 the industry was moving on from the fresh, aquatic era of the 90's into a more woody place. Gucci Pour Homme was released along with Mont Blanc's Individuel and Escada's Magnetism, all complex woody scents. However a couple scents went rogue Chic and Polo Blue decided to go to a simpler place with their inspiration and both were slapped with the label "GENERIC". Both Chic and Polo Blue are classified as woody scents but like Bleu de and Sauvage (in it's brief opening at least), they come across as fruity frags. Polo Blue was able to persevere commercially regardless being associated with the Polo brand which during those times was one of the most in demand brands in the US (still is to an extent). Still one could argue CHIC, may have been released either too late or in the case of the current dumbed down era of Perfumery, too soon to stand out or make a serious impact in the fragrance game. It's a scent that many people overlook.
If Chic were released today in a striking but classy bottle and had a proper ad campaign attached to it like Versace, Gucci or Chanel does for their frags I would have no doubt that it would be a hit for the house. It would be a direct competitor to Bleu De and Sauvage especially in it's older formulation when it was a lot more potent. But even as the light but versatile scent it currently is it would be hard for consumers to pass up on that very pleasant opening. That's how Blue de and Sauvage catches a lot of people and Chic's opening while familiar or "generic" as the others are, would be very appealing to a lot of people.
A lot of women or guys (depending on your persuasion) under 30 will love this fragrance. Its easy to wear, not too strong, cloying or over bearing. It's fruity especially in the opening and playful. Its not a scent you would wear if you want to make a serious statement but on those casual days above 55 degrees this frag works. It's very versatile and can be worn in 3 of 4 seasons. It lasts for about 5-6 hours and projects moderately for about 2 hours before losing its strength. Any man of any age could wear it but it would skew to the younger tastes out there due to its sweetness and simplicity.
Simply Put: if u like Bleu De or Sauvage or fruity fragrances in general you may also like Chic by CH
6.5/10- My personal rating because im not a fan of 'easy to like' fruity fragrances as much as others may be. A lot of them tend to not be distinctive for my tastes. But I must admit I find this scent to be very decent and there are places for it in my rotation especially during the spring. I've reached for it more in 2015 than CH MEN ironically.
7/10- if i were being completely neutral this would be my rating. To those of you who appreciate light fruity frags with a woody base this is most definitely worth a look.
CHIC?What a Perfect name. A very pleasant Surprise.It can Wear by people of any Age and probably can match all Tastes Because it Changes Your mood Everytime You wear it. Sophisticated, Elegant,Spicy,Sweet,Fresh,Enjoyable, Urban and Optimistic.
It smells fresh opening with Watermelon,Bergamot,A Lovely heart of Spice and A Warm base of Tonka bean,Sandalwood and Musk. In fact it is Aquatic at first but after a few minutes it starts to Spicy and Woody. It is Not too Heavy and not too Light.
CHIC is a A very Good all purpose fragrance.It works very well in any season Especially SPRING/AUTUMN. The Perfect scent for the OFFICE but also Surprisingly Subtle when wear in INTIMATE occasions.Ladies love it. It has a Definite sweet smell to it,but no doubt,it is a Masculine cologne.
Longevity?I wish it had better Longevity.
The best from CH , the best melon on top,great scent for all year round.
projects good lasts long and goes through different phases.
watermelon freshness to a bit darker lethery base.
Chic for Men is my favorite Carolina Herrera fragrance. I love the watermelon opening with fresh citrus. The dry down is peppery sweet and non-offensive. It is perfect for summer wear and the office. I get many compliments when I wear this fragrance.
This is by far the best fragrance from Carolina Herrera!
A great fragrance with so pleasant smell and very good quality.
The opening of this fragrance is semi sweet and fresh watermelon note, mixed with pepper and cinnamon.
The pepper is a bit strong at the opening but fades away quickly and after about 5 minutes it's almost gone!
So in the dry down you will have watermelon and cinnamon combo with some sweetness.
In the base, cinnamon start to decay slowly, giving space to cardamom to shine with watermelon and the sweetness still is there.
And finally watermelon is almost gone with sweet scent mixed with hint of woodsy notes in the background.
The projection is great and the longevity is good.
I get 5-7 hours and it's OK.
I think it's a great fragrance for spring and fall, but you can definitely wear it in summer and even winter!
It's so versatile.
I seem to detect faint traces of banana and strawberry, not so much melon. Distant, generic spice and wood, but very weak. Also very powdery and I think it's not even unisex but flat out girly.
Could have been a neutral, but I detect a synthetic lipstick note in the drydown, and for me that means goodbye.