Code of Conduct
Results 1 to 39 of 39
  1. #1
    Basenotes Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    36
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Hi guys, I'm in my early 20s and just started out using fragrances. I already own Armani Code and Chanel Egoiste (lovely scent but doesn't suit me, sadly) and am currently looking for a fresh aquatic scent.

    I've more or less narrowed it down to Bleu and Aqva. I've tested them and really like both (they smell rather similar), though I like Bleu a bit more. The thing is I can get Aqva for almost half the price of Bleu, so I'm not sure if my slight preference for Bleu justifies the price difference.

    What would you guys recommend?

  2. #2
    Dependent bigsteve's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    California native now in midwest
    Posts
    1,388
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    I like Bleu alot better. Don't see alot of similarity between the two. I did not care for Bvlgari Aqua or Aqua Marine at all..

  3. #3
    Sound Scents
    drseid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Northern VA/DC Area
    Posts
    5,932
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    I prefer and own Aqua, but am I not enamored with either.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)

  4. #4

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bleu de Chanel

  5. #5
    frug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    955
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    I think Bleu is safer, more versatile, but I admire Aqva for its tangy marine accord and commitment to being unpretty.

  6. #6

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    The ladies love Bleu. What the ladies say, is what I spray.

  7. #7
    Dependent bigsteve's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    California native now in midwest
    Posts
    1,388
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    The ladies love Bleu. What the ladies say, is what I spray.
    Well said!

  8. #8
    Dependent Pegasus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    1,013
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bleu de Chanel

  9. #9
    vita odorifera
    perfaddict's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Lagos
    Posts
    7,038
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bleu de Chanel is more versatile and smells much better, IMO.
    Last edited by perfaddict; 10th November 2012 at 04:00 PM.
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

  10. #10
    nfn1983's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Shiraz
    Posts
    1,659
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bulgari Aqua PH smells better to me...

  11. #11
    Dependent del's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    5,671
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Another vote for Bleu de Chanel

  12. #12
    Basenotes Member longstreth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Ottawa
    Posts
    66
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    My vote is also with Bleu de Chanel. Great top notes and a bit of zest make it more interesting than its competitor here.

  13. #13
    Basenotes Plus
    senore01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    NEW YORK CITY
    Posts
    3,856
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    You'll be more able to wear Bleu at anytime, anywhere, any season. It is extremely versatile. Bleu can be the perfect gentlemen's signature scent. It is also quite the compliment getter.

  14. #14
    renperd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    743
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bleu is less jarring, deeper (complex) and smoother but still with a load of cedar / iso E Super in the drydown which is a good thing, in my opinion.

  15. #15
    Dependent mesaboogie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Los Anchorage, AK
    Posts
    2,928
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Both are great. I think Bleu is more of a crowd pleaser and compliment getter. Aqva is more unique. It's also perfect for a rainy day.
    "I am a robot and I like cheese"

    Top 5:
    1. Axe Kilo
    2. Lectric Shave
    3. Vicks Vapor Rub
    4. Febreze Pour Homme
    5. Preferred Stock

  16. #16

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bvlgari Aqva.

    I prefer its character, while IMO Bleu is borderline "i've-smelled-this-before-generic".

  17. #17
    Basenotes Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    36
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Thanks for your input so far, guys. It's interesting that most of you recommended Bleu even though it is far less well-reviewed than Aqva on Basenotes.

  18. #18
    Dependent Darjeeling's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    1,563
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bleu. I admire Aqua for what it is, but I think Bleu is more versatile.
    As for price, as long as it isn't an outrageous price, that extra cost is soon forgotten when you're enjoying something that was your first preference hopefully for some time to come.

  19. #19

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Quote Originally Posted by dagawami View Post
    Hi guys, I'm in my early 20s and just started out using fragrances. I already own Armani Code and Chanel Egoiste (lovely scent but doesn't suit me, sadly) and am currently looking for a fresh aquatic scent.

    I've more or less narrowed it down to Bleu and Aqva. I've tested them and really like both (they smell rather similar), though I like Bleu a bit more. The thing is I can get Aqva for almost half the price of Bleu, so I'm not sure if my slight preference for Bleu justifies the price difference.

    What would you guys recommend?
    Welcome.
    Both Aqva and Bleu are fantastic, and distinctive enough from each other to warrant owning both.
    Are you not entertained??? Is this not why you are here??

  20. #20

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bleu but don't care to own either.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

  21. #21

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bleu everyday of the week, twice on Sundays
    The sense of smell, like a faithful counsellor, foretells its character.

  22. #22

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bleu, no competition.

  23. #23
    Renato's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    11,016
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    To me, Bleu is loud and has lots of presence, while Aqva is ultra subtle and unobtrusive.
    Function wise, to me they are utterly different scents.
    If you aren't going to buy both, envision the prime purpose or location for which you intend using the scent.
    Regards,
    Renato

  24. #24
    Basenotes Junkie
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    666
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    I actually agree that they are similar, but I'm not sure why because they shouldn't be. For me, Bleu wins on prettiness, Aqva wins on personality. I always go for personality over prettiness.

  25. #25
    Rüssel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    6,131
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Have and like Aqva. Bleu didn't make me reach for the wallet.

  26. #26
    Igorbg's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Belgrade
    Posts
    805
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bleu - everythime somebody ask " ...and that parfume on u today is ? "

    Aqva is a bit boring for me !!!

  27. #27
    david's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Cote d´Azur
    Posts
    2,206
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Neither.
    " If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun ". Katharine Hepburn.

  28. #28
    Basenotes Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    78
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Big Bleu.

  29. #29

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Szeged
    Posts
    2,291
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    I wouldn't own any of them, but Bleu is better.

  30. #30

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    I much favour Bleu, because Aqva turns into a foul, sweat-esque mess on me.
    It's one of the miniscule number of fragrances on which I've received negative feedback.

    Bleu is much safer, nicer-smelling, and more versatile.

  31. #31
    Dependent Francolino's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Rome
    Posts
    1,788
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bleu...of course!

  32. #32

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Aqva >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bleu
    Current TOP 5 from my collection:

    1. Gucci Pour Homme II
    2. Chanel Coromandel
    3. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
    4. Encre Noire
    5. Dior Homme Intense

  33. #33
    Basenotes Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    36
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Seems like it is Bleu by a landslide - I counted 21 votes for Bleu and 8 votes for Aqva (I gave both a vote each for those who recommended buying both). Thus, I have purchased Bleu - thanks for your input guys!

  34. #34
    Basenotes Plus
    Shanester66's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Coopersburg, PA
    Posts
    59
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    I like Bleu better...I also enjoy Aqva Marine version
    I was born to shoot guns and smell good doin it!

    Shane "The Bopper" Stagg

  35. #35
    LiveJazz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    4,894
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bleu for me...I've come to accept that aquatics just don't work for me, and never will.
    Last edited by LiveJazz; 12th November 2012 at 06:45 PM.
    "It's not what you look like when you're doing what you're doing; it's what you're doing when you're doing what you look like you're doing."

  36. #36
    Basenotes Plus

    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    119
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    I prefer Bleu, though I own both it and Aqva Marine. Bleu is classier, more versatile, and IMO smells better.

  37. #37
    Bossa Nova's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Hotel CA
    Posts
    3,884
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    To the OP: Bleu de Chanel is in no way a fresh aquatic scent. It's citrus/woods. I wouldn't describe Aqua as particularly fresh either.

    If it's fresh you're after, there are better choices out there.

    But if you're choosing only between these two, Bleu would have my vote. The women in my office love it.
    Snarky is as snarky does.

  38. #38
    ToughCool's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    2,490
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Quote Originally Posted by dagawami View Post
    Seems like it is Bleu by a landslide - I counted 21 votes for Bleu and 8 votes for Aqva (I gave both a vote each for those who recommended buying both). Thus, I have purchased Bleu - thanks for your input guys!
    I'm really surprised at this. I think Aqua is definitely more unique and it is as versatile as Bleu. I don't get a true "aquatic" per se when using Aqua. I get a spicy/peppery scent that mixes with a salty aquatic. To me it is one of the best out there.
    "As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."
    --Ben Hogan

  39. #39

    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    One more vote for Bleu.
    Some bottles for sale (Worldwide)


    "Le parfum est la musique du corps"
    (Marcel Rochas)

Similar Threads

  1. Bleu De Chanel+Bvlgari Black=Le Male
    By USAFammo9 in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 15th September 2012, 10:50 AM
  2. New fragrance(s) alert - Bvlgari Aqva Tonic & Aqva Marine Tonic
    By The_Cologneist in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 2nd July 2011, 02:55 AM
  3. Bleu De Chanel vs. Bvlgari Man
    By dreamer81 in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 21st May 2011, 09:35 PM
  4. Bleu de Chanel, Bvlgari Man, & Kenzo Homme Boisee
    By OlfactoryExperience in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 15th November 2010, 09:31 PM
  5. Bvlgari Aqva...
    By bosati05 in forum Just Starting Out
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 4th January 2009, 02:44 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •