There is absolutely nothing I don't love about this Bleu de Chanel. Absolutely nothing. Although not a radical departure from others out there, as has been reported, it still remains unique.
The opening is fresh and totally bracing with a strong support from mint and grapefruit and a slight orange blossom smell. It's not aquatic but a warm sunny citrus I find, not unreminiscent of Ricci's Mémoire d'Homme with its frosted nutmeg note, for those of you who remember that beauty. The transition leads to a slightly soapy, spicy heart that bears a resemblance to a certain aspect of Viktor & Rolf's Antidote, with its floral jasmine note. That's nice and a bit quirky at the same time. I can also pick out an incensy note coupled with dry patchouli, discreet though. The vetyver also sometimes peeps through, a tad acrid like Encre Noire, but more subtle.
Ah, but what a drydown! It is heavenly, spectacular, enveloping. Like a comforting blanket, an inviting skin scent that reeks of sensuality. Not overdone at all though. There's a deep tonka powdery note, a smell similar to toasted rice or warm bread, yet dry with a hint of cedar and a lingering patch and incense that transcend the fragrance from its heart to its base.
It's been available since the morning of August 2nd here in Canada, at certain La Baie stores, and the 100 ml was mine after two separate in-store samplings. So after almost two full weeks of wear, I think I'm in love.
Fellow BNoters, I can only surmise that Jacques Polge, the celebrity nose behind it and one of the greatest perfumers of modern day, created this glorious alchemy of a fragrance respectfully, meticulously and knowledgeably. It is a DEFINITE CUT ABOVE so many other reportedly similar fragrances.
Please give it a full wearing, two or three times, and I'm sure you'll be hooked as I am (a good thing?). Trust me, I tend to be VERY (maybe TOO) discriminating when it comes to fragrance!
One of the nicest go-to's I own and will continue to reach for until the next apocalypse.