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    I had really high hopes for this one, so I managed to get a sample this morning.....three sprays to the back of my hand, and......well, is that it? Is that what all the fuss has been about? So yes, it's another 'safe' money earner for the company, but after sampling Aventus, I know where I'll be spending my hard earned!!
    Come on Chanel, it's time for another Egoiste or Antaeus, instead of this generic offering that could have been so much more!.....the wait continues!!!

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    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.
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    Wink Re: Bleu de Chanel by Chanel - New fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by mariodefior View Post
    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.

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    Yes, those early reports of radical novelty had me worried, too. I wasn't sure if the novelty was as great as Lonestar Memories, which I have difficulty wearing in settings calling for a "blue" fragrance. It sounds like it's still unique, yet somewhere in "wearable". Whew! A close call!

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  4. #244

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariodefior View Post
    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.
    Such an enticing testimonial! Thanks for sharing with the site. Have to say, you're talking me into it. . .

  5. #245

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariodefior View Post
    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.
    Are you related to Mr. Polge? Do you work undercover for Chanel?

    What exactly is that Chanel house note? It's in all the Allure line/ Chanel Chance/Coco. Very beguiling. It's in the hand of Polge. I love it!!! What is that note??? Amazing!!!

  6. #246

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    After reading this thread over the past few weeks, I was dying to try this myself to see if it was really as generic as the reports suggested. Alas, they were all spot-on. It's astonishingly banal. If this was a generic no-name brand, I wouldn't give it a second sniff.

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    Default Chanel Bleu de Chanel (the mediocrity continues)

    Tried this tonight at Nordstroms. I don't understand the mainstream, vanilla, boooooooring (yawn) generic 'designer' mediocrity that is being released these days. Another pedestrian woody aromatic. It really is disappointing. Chanel Bleu de Chanel smells like a half dozen others. Grr! On second thought Grrrrrr!

    Thank God for LuckyScent, TPC, Aedes and all the other sites that have different, original and niche things to try.

  8. #248

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    OK so here are my two cents on this fragance :

    Today i tested it at the mall

    SOOOO...........CHANEL BLEU SMELLS TO ME LIKE


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    Hawaiian punch .

    actually it did remind me of hawaiian punch , but mostly it remind me of the old Hi C that i used to drink in the 80s...

    actually there was one special edition from the ghostbusters that is was green ( supposed to be slime ) but tasted

    like fruit punch...that is what this cologne smells in the beggining....

    then in the drydown i can sense some similarities to Egoiste Platinum minus the metallic edge , cuz is more woody

    but sweet

    is it good? to me it is..is really a nice cologne and it does have the chanel note ( same one i smell on allure )
    is it fabulous ? no...is mainstream nothing new here

    a definite buy ? mmm...perhaps..the thing is that this DOES smell like million of other perfumes ( specially 1 million

    by PR or Ultrared ) but in the end you can smell the high end on this one...it is mainstream but is ... more elegant ..


    worth the price? well only if you are buying for the name...as i said this one smells like many others out there , and

    if you are a casual fragance user ..yes buy it is good! but if youre a basenoter like me well ...you think twice , cuz for

    the price ...it falls short on the thrills....

    will i buy it ? yes ...maybe it will be one of my christmas gifts i give myself every year..

    so hope this review helps you ...

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  10. #250

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    I finally tried it and it is really banal, banal and LOUD!

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    Default Re: Chanel Bleu de Chanel (the mediocrity continues)

    Agree with the comments so far. The SA assured me this would be the "next big thing" and I thought... yawn.
    Punchy, semi-sweet, "fresh" -- puh-leese.
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  12. #252

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    Pablo, did you find it in a mall in mexico city??

  13. #253

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    A Big let down for me too!!! I expected more.....I mean much, much more!!!
    Gary

  14. #254

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    Finally tried this today. Smells like a slightly more expensive Eternity for Men, which in itself isn't a bad thing at all. Groundbreaking it isn't, but based on the negativity in this thread I was expecting Bleu to be terrible (or at least dull as dishwater), and was suprised to not mind it at all. Casual fragrance fans (ie. males and their wives/girlfriends who buy scents for them) could do a lot worse, and the price is rather friendly for a Chanel.

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel by Chanel - New fragrance

    I tried this today on my arm. My verdict ? I would never recommend this scent to anyone. I don't like it. It does not smell bad per se, but it lacks any kind of "zip" or attraction to its smell. The opening reminds me of Lanvin Arpege pour Homme, they surely share a common note or 2. But I feel Arpege pour Homme, a scent I rate at 3 stars, is soo much better than Bleu. Arpege PH has a lot more going on. Bleu doesn't becomme as powdery as Arpege, which is good ( that is the Lanvin's downfall, IMO). But Bleu just becomes a nondescript sweet light woodsy accord.

    Many better releases for men by designer houses are out there.
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    Sprayed it a couple of times at the counter today. First impressions were a typical citrus-spicy sports fragrance sitting on top of the milky-vanilly Allure Homme base. To call it one of J. Polge's greatest creations would be an insult to the Chanel perfumer..
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    P a t h e t i c

  18. #258

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    Final Verdict: There's nothing to dislike about it BUT there's nothing to love about it either.

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    Ok, so now I too have tried this.

    Verdict?

    What an average fragrance!

    Starts off like the illegitimate son of Platinum Egoiste and then fails to redeem itself thereafter.

    I tried it in a local Debenhams department store - where coincidentally they also had the new Davidoff Champion, the one that's shaped like a dumbell.

    And my, don't they smell similar!!! Similar openings, similar drydowns, similar response from me. Meh.

    Chanel have truly given up on trying with the male market. They have sold out and gone for the politics of mediocrity, producing a safe scent for the unwashed masses.

    Watch for the plethora of flankers which will follow, Bleu Sport, Bleu Noir and Bleu Edition Blanche.

    Very disappointing.
    In a world where people smell bad, it is the personal responsibility of every Basenoter to improve the world one SotD at a time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by omniray View Post
    Pablo, did you find it in a mall in mexico city??

    no , actually i live in the border of mexico with the usa... i tested it on the mall on brownsville , texas

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    This afternoon I walked through te centre of Amsterdam.The Bleu de Chanel is everywhere!The introduction of this new release is stunning,you cannot miss it!! The problem is that I almost smelled nothing when I tried it,its a sort of very light Gucci PH11,wich has no legs,but this one has no arms too! This must be a joke,a Chanel with no smell !!

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    Yeah, the advertising is MASSIVE here in Dublin too.

    Shame about the fragrance, or lack thereof. It definitely smells like a standard men's deodorant to me.

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    Got a compliment wearing this yesterday from my cousin 3 hours after applying 3 sprays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armor King View Post
    Got a compliment wearing this yesterday from my cousin 3 hours after applying 3 sprays.
    Interesting! I didn't think it would be a "compliment getter" type of fragrance.

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    agreed with most of the 'generic' descriptions, as I got a sample myself this afternoon. I sorta felt a little bad from the sales rep being very excited to get me a sample, then to watch my reaction to the scent after spraying.
    Many other scents I'd rather spend my money on before this one. Too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverwide View Post
    Interesting! I didn't think it would be a "compliment getter" type of fragrance.
    I think it is definitely a "compliment getter" fragrance, from people that are not as knowledgeable about perfumes as the Basenotes gentlemen.

    I think of it as another Aqua di Gio in terms of popularity, most Basenoters don't like it, but other people do.

    Both my husband and I have received compliments while wearing our sample of Bleu. However, I don't think it is full bottle worthy for us, although I would accept it gladly if somebody gave it to me as a gift.
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    I tested this today at Nordstrom. They're selling it on a pre-order basis (if that's redudant, sorry; I didn't read all 5 pages of this thread.) I didn't think it was a bad scent at all. It's alot like Allure Homme Sport, but with more of an aquatic vibe. This is not my type of fragrance, I don't feel the need to buy it. But, for someone who enjoys aquatics and doesn't already have alot of them in his/her collection, it would be a nice choice.

    After wearing it for about an hour, a SA in L'Occitane told me I smelled great. Alas, I already own too many aquatics--and hardly ever wear them.

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel by Chanel - New fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by arwen_elf View Post
    I think it is definitely a "compliment getter" fragrance, from people that are not as knowledgeable about perfumes as the Basenotes gentlemen.

    I think of it as another Aqua di Gio in terms of popularity, most Basenoters don't like it, but other people do.

    Both my husband and I have received compliments while wearing our sample of Bleu. However, I don't think it is full bottle worthy for us, although I would accept it gladly if somebody gave it to me as a gift.
    Precisely. I agree completely.

    It's not a bad fragrance. It's just a rehash of decent stuff that has worked for Chanel in the past - except perhaps shifted a bit toward OTHER PEOPLE'S mainstream scents (thus the "Boss" jabs).

    It's all perspective. From our perspective, behind the orchestra, Bleu is laughably expected. But in a water-world where Acqua di Gio reigns supreme, for the wearer of everybody else's aquatics, mixing in Chanel's trademark Allure stuff actually does give you something which is a bit unexpected.

    Personally, if I was wearing the same thing every day, then better Bleu de Chanel than Acqua di Gio.
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    I didn't expect more than this at all. When I see something called "Blue" or "Bleu", my expectations sink like a rock.

    I agree that it's unoriginal and not my style, but I actually kind of liked it, surprisingly. Probably not something I would wear, but not as bad as I expected.

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    so it's about 60 USdollars the 50 ml bottle yeah?

    Then i could get about 5 bottles on sale of Blue Seduction by Antonio Banderas and that's about the same scent as Chanel's!!



    That would be the cherry on top of the Scent Blue Abuse Sundae.

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