"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."
Tried this today. Most unremarkable, unmemorable fragrance I think they've ever produced. A triumph of mediocrity.
Massive marketing, nice bottle and a nod to Les Exclusifs for the stopper.
What frightens me most are the two or three inevitable flankers based around a scent that is wholly unoriginal in the first place.
Is this really the house that gave us Antaeus, Pour Monsieur and Egoiste all those years ago?
oddly enough when i smelled bleu it reminded mf of blue seduction ^ ^
you know in all fairness you may be onto something because i gave these 2 a one to the next try and let me say that they both share more similarities than not, the closest are the minty opening and the even more similar drydown (blamy, sandalwoody, fake oakmoss), the mids are not so similar, the other thing is that B lasts longer and BSfM fails there.
now, could we get away in saying that i'm wearing B when in fact i'm wearing BSfM? to the undiscerning nose, YES!!! (in a casual, sure i do way)
points up for Banderas for coming up with this one earlier, points off to Chanel for, well, everything else.
There are so many better and cheaper fragrances out there.
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^ Yes - the idea of flankers of this one is unsettling. On the one hand, it would offer the chance to rectify the faults of Bleu. On the other hand, how far removed from Bleu would a flanker allow?
Tried this on today. Smells like it could be the 5th Big Pony. Very disappointed.
(a clean wet dog, but those of us who know wet dogs know that there is no such thing as a good-smelling wet dog...... PERIOD.)
No, seriously, thanks for the link. Although the article does take a jab at the nay-sayers here, I have to say, when you put all of his words in a meaning-blender and average them, it comes out pretty much like the average of this thread. Confirmation of that comes in the comments, where he says, when asked to compare Bleu to …dition Blanche, that he would pick the latter "if you put a gun to my head". We're getting a lot of that here, too, minus the hardware.
An important point is that he says you need to test it on skin and not be shy with the stuff. I've been holding out some hope that might make a difference. Also, it seems that the drydown is getting good marks - I'll agree with that.
I do agree with the point that fragrances are meant to be popular and make money. Bleu will be a winner on both counts.
KMF - I agree with the turkey sandwich analogy. But if my nose can ever turn it into a three-cheese turkey panini fresh off the grill, I'm going for it!
That's true, and very well put.when you put all of his words in a meaning-blender and average them, it comes out pretty much like the average of this thread
On first whiff.......this smells like something else.
On second whiff.....this smells like everything else.
With that said, I am sure it will sell like hotcakes.
in this forum all new releases are totally crap..except exclusive,niche perfumes and classics.
exactly. i dont know why people's expectations were so high for this one...if it's going to be on a counter at macy's, its not going to be some out of this world fragrance.
the only one that hasn't been ragged on is aventus...but thats probably cuz its a creed. im sure if it was a boss everyone would hate it.
yes very well done AXE,
good longevity and nice bottle
nothing special but not totally bad either
it smells like classic cologne, evening fragrance perhaps
I (and i hope i can include a We) encourage discussion and dialogue.
"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."
Got a sample today at LaBaie Centre-Ville, Montreal.
This fragrance is not Chanel. It smells like everything else on the market. At my first snif, first thing that comes to mind is : I have already smelled this somewhere.
A bit of Lacoste Essentials and Drakkar Noir.
Don't get me wrong. It doesn't smell bad. But it smells nothing special, nothing unique.
However, I predict that the ladies will love this stuff.
For a Chanel fragrance, I was expecting something with more personnality.
I won't buy it.
Tried this on a paper strip this week. It's got 3 problems:
1. Overblended to the point of being undisernable. There is no hook note, nothing 'evocative'. It's almost 'anti fragrance' - smells of something but not of anything, if you know what I mean.
2. Smells identical a number of other scents I've sampled recently, found dull, and decided not to commit to memory. I'm sure this is why I'm thinking "this smells like something else", but I can't work out what. Calling it similar to Essential is being unkind to Essential! Any other theories of what it does smell like? Probably something from Boss or CK, I'd expect.
3. Following on from the last part of #2, it smells cheap... when it is not cheap to buy. If I can fathom what it does smell like, I'm sure this alternative will be much less expensive... if that's the case, why buy Bleu ?
And by the way, lasting power seems to be poor.
The way I sample new fragrance, is I sprayed it after my shower at night. So I can "test" it a couple of hours before I go to bed.
Then, the next morning, if I still have a small hint of the fragrance, it does mean that it has a good lasting power.
With Bleu, no hint at all the next morning.
Fragrances that I have a hint of the fragrance in the morning are : Cologne Mugler (very long lasting power on me), Kouros (Even 3 days after I still have a hint), M7, Eau d'Issey, Joop,
Most aquatics try to evoke that "fresh out of the shower" feeling. In my opinion, Bleu comes off much too heavy to feel any type of freshness. Also, there is a shampoo or laundry detergent vibe here that is completely synthetic. It's not an objectionable smell, but it's also not something I would choose to smell like. It's too suave to use as a sports fragrance, but not nearly suave enough to choose it over anything else in my wardrobe for that purpose. It's trying to be a jack of all trades, when it reality, it doesn't do anything well that a good aquatic should.
Longevity is poor on my skin. I had bleu on my left hand and Van Cleef Midnight in Paris on my right hand. After an hour Bleu became a mess of something unpleasant and disappeared after 1,5 hours, while Midnight still smells good after 6 or 7 hours.
Watch my recent video review of
Guerlain L'Homme Ideal - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-PW_V1G0aw
I’ve done a complete about turn on Bleu. The first time I sniffed it, I was quite disappointed and I pretty much dismissed it. A week later and I sort of can’t imagine life without it. Hehe.
No, it’s not groundbreaking or daring or anything like that, but I just think it’s a rather simple, lovely, comforting, masculine fragrance that now makes me smile whenever I put it on. It’s funny what a few days of trying a fragrance can do!
No, it's not groundbreaking, but AXE??? Please. For what it is, I think it's well done. For what it's worth, I've gotten more compliments on this in my first few wearings than I'm used to getting when wearing a fragrance. I bought my bottle for under $60 in Orange County, so the price point is not unreasonable either. I think each fragrance concept should be judged on its own merit, not on some preconceived hope that we might have had. I, too, was hoping for a ground-breaker from this house, but since that's not the direction they decided to take (in a very unsettling economic climate, I might add), I have decided to judge it based on the concept that was being attempted. It's done quite well for what it is. If it had been poorly executed I might be jumping in the Chanel bashing waters, but that's just not the case here.
I just put some of this on from a tester at Nordstrom's and had them fill up a sample atomizer for me.
My first thought was that it had a citrusy freshness on the open, but there's a hint of spice in there too. Something I have smelled before but can't put my finger on. Someone up there said Drakkar but I don't think that's quite right. Its something else, but I'm just a fragrance noob so I can't place it. The drydown seems spicy and a little soapy. Maybe that familiar scent that I smell is "every other popular cologne put out in the last 5 years".
The only aquatic fragrances I own are accidents from past girlfriends. CK Free and AdG. I can't stand either one of them and never wear them. But Bleu smells different to me, just a little.
I somehow have acquired a bunch of "event" colognes - or scents that I feel aren't really every day scents for me because they are special and evoke a certain mood. But I need something I can wear every day in the Florida heat, has decent sillage and longevity since my skin just eats up fragrances.
I can't say I'll be buying this (anyone else have some less expensive every day alternatives? I'm waiting for someone on BN to sell me some Mugler Cologne, but I'll listen to advice). But I do need something for every day and aquatics seem to fit the bill. Largely because of BaseNotes I've stayed away from aquatics, but they are really popular so there must be something interesting about them.
My wife doesn't much care for CK Free or AdG. But I came home with Bleu on my wrist and SHE LOVES IT. I mean, she REALLY loves it. She told me to go buy some this weekend.
I'll wear my sample for a couple days and see if I like it. But if the wife is loving it, that may just be reason enough for me to buy a bottle. It's really not all that bad. Plain, yes. Boring, yes. But I already have a lot of really cool colognes, emotional scents, sexy gourmands and refined fragrances.
Maybe it is time for me to have something I can wear every day and still please my wife.
I'll let yas know.
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I hope my Macy's has the smaller spray for my birthday bottle! Last time I checked, they only had the big one.