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Of course this scent is panned on Basenotes. It's a very successful, good smelling, well designed, well mannered fragrance from a house that people tend to deify. The same thing happened to a very good fragrance called Guerlain Homme. It's almost as if people would prefer these houses to never have a hit so that they can keep them all to themselves. Once the bandwagon gets rolling around here, everyone loves to jump on and join in the hate. And yet Bleu continues to move higher and higher in sales rank regardless of all the bad press on Basenotes. Why? because it is a good scent.
While my first reaction on the blotter was "Oh no, that's way too generic!" As soon as it hit my skin, it bloomed into a complex and addictive scent. I do not consider Bleu to be an aquatic scent per se, even though it has aquatic elements. Rather, it leans more toward the oriental. It opens on a citrus/aquatic accord that gives way almost immediately to a spicy grapefruit: mostly nutmeg, ginger and pink peppercorn. The heart note is a solid jasmine fortified by vetiver, cedar and Iso E Super. The base notes are mainly a sandalwood accord over olibanum, labdanum and patchouli, giving Bleu its oriental structure.
Bleu is not groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a solid fragrance that gives Chanel a huge hit scent so they can have the resources to keep doing haute couture and haute parfumerie well.
31st December, 2010 (Last Edited: 01st January, 2011)