And if you like elegant packaging, then yes, you'll like this.
And if you like elegant packaging, then yes, you'll like this.
What I can't get my head around is that something that is perceived badly on this forum, turns out to be a compliment getter from non-Basenoters. This has happened before and I would like to somehow have an explanation for that. I don't understand it. Shouldn't we be able to recognise the good stuff? Are they putting in ingredients that work their magic on people who don't have this fragrance hobby? And why doesn't it work on us?
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I bought a bottle yesterday and have really enjoyed it. Yes its fresh, but a fresh fragrance has its purpose and this is done well. Its not as "young" or "sporty" as others. I enjoy the nice classy element it brings to fresh fragrances.
What's freaky is how many bottles of this are selling. I'm counting quite a few. Even the most critical bloggers have been saying this would do well, and all indications are that it is. Perhaps this really is the one to kick Acqua di Gio off the throne....
My main reservation has been, as others have said, the absence of a distinguishable hook note. I'm curious what those of you who are reversing course on this one are seeing in it now - what's different? What is grabbing your attention?
Click on the tab near the bottom of the page labeled "The Trailer". It is a mindless thing, all of 10 seconds long, that seems to be targeted toward the young rather than mature audiences.
As an afterthought, I noticed that in the video the pretty girl is running away from the man who is presumably wearing Bleu rather than toward him. That says something about the fragrance, doesn't it?
Bland de Chanel. Characterless. The John Doe of fragrance. A scentless scent. I think it can be used as a disinfectant?
Very harmless. Very nothing.
"...her fragrance all in my keeping; softly she comes in the night." Lyrics, Gordon Lightfoot, "Softly."
It finally showed up over here and an SA let me have a spritz on my wrist. She gave me a split-second before proclaiming, "Isn't it wonderful!?" I was like, "Eh, I think I should let it sit a little on my skin to see how it develops"...
I just don't feel the need for this kind of fragrance. For what its trying to do, it seems to have been constructed in a sophisticated way with refined nuances, but the overall effect (smelled up close at least) left me bored and underwhelmed. Perhaps the scent has a better focus smelled from a slight distance i.e.on someone else(?).
You know when you walk down the halls of work or when you are out and you smell a guy pass by and are like..that smells really good but familar. You can't put your finger on it but you hope you smell like that or people notice it like that. That is what this is to me. Something that may seem middle of the road but it is actually just what an every day scent should be. It smells like quality to me too. Smells like business quality.
"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."
I picked it up a few days ago and while not anything wowing, I kind of like it.
This stuff lasts all day on me and while it has a "fresh" opening, it has a quality dry down that isn't "sporty", at least not in my opinion of what I consider sporty. Also, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that while AdG definitely says "young" to me, Bleu says "a little more mature". It has a darker more complex crafting to it than the aforementioned boy scents.
Since my wife likes it, since it seems like something I could wear every day and not just special occasions, since I think it is pretty well formulated and since I think it says "simple, understated, familiar" I'm going to go ahead and be the first on my block to own a bottle. I like it!!
I know a lot of you guys have come to expect more from Chanel and I think that is the main source of disappointment here. As mentioned numerous times, this is mainstream stuff meant to generate huge piles of cash and not necessarily a beautiful Chanel fragrance. I can understand why some of you are upset. I don't have a history with Chanel (yet). In fact, this is my first Chanel fragrance and I bet I'm about to get blasted by making this middle of the road, bland, boring scent my first Chanel scent, but that's OK.
This stuff works for me and the wife wants to be close to me as I wear it. Nordstrom's here I come!!
But, in deference, let me ask the Chanel followers here what my next Chanel purchase should be. I'm not all that in to powdery scents (that's what Chanel evokes for me, prove me wrong). Give me a clue and I'll pick up a sample of some recommended Chanel scents tomorrow.
Thanks guys... just remember every is entitled to an opinion and that is what makes the USA (and Basenotes), such a great place to live!
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My opinion of Chanel has not changed all that much after sampling Bleu. I never thought much of their men's fragrances. Egoiste, Allure ( and its flankers) and Platinum Egoiste are all "thumbs down" fragrances for me.
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Same situation. Seems like Antaeus was the clear winner.
^^^^ and ^^^^^^^ Great explanations, guys. It all makes sense. Like NEoTY26 says, there are a variety of reasons for rating a fragrance highly, and it varies - thankfully - from person to person. No need to apologize for liking mainstream frags.
I think Chanel was very, very smart here. Releasing it at the end of summer - it's almost like they're "following up" Acqua di Gio both in real time and (attempting to) in the market. The reasons people are liking this are moneymaker reasons, IMO.
I do like the fact that this one feels wearable any time or place. Versatility isn't a bad trait.
I agree that Chanels all have a powdery feel - which I happen to love. Among Chanels, you may want to try Égoïste (the original, not Platinum) or the original Allure Homme - they probably wouldn't be too powdery, IMO. One thing I do like about Bleu is that it's less powdery than Blanche. Sometimes that powder just feels a bit too girlie. I don't feel like throwing on my circular saw woodies - I want something soft - but I don't want something as fluffy as Blanche. Bleu would do.
I finally sampled this last night at Macys and both them and Nordstom are well stocked on it. This not a scent about the night it is an marine scent. Instead of calling it Aqua de Chanel it bleu. The bottle looks like a hybrid of Allure Homme.
Gosh now even Chanel has a aqua fragrance.
Looking forward to trying Aqua de Guerlain...
Chanel's strategy may be all about filling the need for a niche and color - blue. They wanted their own blue aquatic - everyone else has one. Bleu de Chanel goes heads up with: Hugh Parsons Blue, Versace Pour Homme, Bulgari Aqua Marine, Gucci Homme Sport (its not blue is it?), Stetson All American. Only problem is we all expected more from Chanel, so to satisfy our need for Chanel quality they gave it a first class name and bottle design that is very blue.
LOL @ KMF - yeah, if the new Homme Eau isn't enough to satisfy the marketeers, I could see the proposals for Aqua de Guerlain, or even Azur de Guerlain. Oy vey!