How can anyone resist a bottle of Blue Lotus? The name itself evokes reverie of exotic gardens and mysterious, intoxicating flowers blooming in incense-smoldering night. The reality though, is a bit disappointing. The scent of the fresh lotus is indeed there, sweet and powdery, unfortunately, the rest of the bouquet is non-existent. Some green tea notes seem to accompany the Lotus but the overall effect isn't a compelling presence. Sandalwood wafts wistfully as the tea retreats, a meek companion to the sweet, powdery scent of the Lotus as the flower sleeps. Having experienced Blue Lotus, I have come to appreciate how difficult it is to capture/headshop the scent of the Lotus, and how difficult it is to compose a perfume around this unusual, sweet but elusive center. This is still a pretty EdT, a little stronger than most of the Roger & Gallet colognes, but it is far away from the idea of a mysterious, seductive flower.
So green and aquatic; a bit sparkling.... Citrus note is not loud And lotus is really fine... A nice offer for the ones seeking freshness without tea or ozone...
A good, summery scent with bright, crisp citrus in the top, pretty florals in the middle (including the unusual blue lotus note), and a smooth, oriental base. This is a good fresh scent that is acceptably circumspect for a man to wear discreetly. It's well and truly uplifting and energizing, redolent of sunshine and gardens and pleasant company in a relaxed and warm setting. Sweet without being cloying, it soothes and calms and sets the heart at ease.
I wear some R&G scents: Vetyver, Extra Vielle, Bouquet Imperiale, Ginger. To my masculine taste, those are dry enough that I enjoy them. Lotus Bleu is a beautiful scent but – no surprise – I find it to be feminine and thus outside my style. Thus, I can report that it is quite sweet, floral, pretty. The floral notes are big, even rich. The patchouli is sweet. Not much wood here. I think this is one of the ‘bigger’ R&Gs in terms of fragrance presence. Since I have to position the thumb I'll put it sideways, but this is an attractive scent for women.
I bought this blind at a funny drugstore simply because of the beautiful art deco bottle, the great name (of a Tintin comic!) and the ridiculously low price (for something so nice-looking). My bottle of Antonia's Flowers was running low and I wanted something to wear all summer. Turns out this was a perfect choice, and now, even after "Perfumes: The Guide" turned my nascent interest into a full-blown obsession and I've started a collection, this still stands out as a great every-day scent. (such a pity they didn't review it!) It's perfect for hot weather because it has a fresh, cologne-like quality. It is not sweet or fruity and yet it is not dry, either. Rather it is beautifully balanced and definitely has a watery aspect without being at all "marine." There are soft herb-like and even tea-like qualities and the drydown has a soft woodiness. However, the whole is much more than the sum of the parts, and the whole is delicious. I hope more people will seek this out as an alternative to the more obvious.
Unusual, delicious, intoxicating and addictive. When you try it, then you will fall in love whith it.