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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    Chemical shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToughCool View Post
    I don't care about "ordinary" if I like it. My issue is that this should be right up my alley but there is a very "spikey" or tingling type note that stays with me for a long time and that kind of turns me off.
    agree.....chemical/synthetic.
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    I disagree with the OP - i find it quite unique. Still it's marketed for "ordinary", mainstream target group which i count myself in, we don't like niche frags and don't give a [a word beginning with s letter] about them.

    The thing i don't like in Bleu is that it has an aquatic side (not a real aquatic though) that makes it a bit "cold" fragrance, i long for some ingredient/note which would make it a bit warmer.
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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    Quote Originally Posted by 61824 View Post
    Its a downright disgrace to the name of the house of Chanel and an affront to my nostrils to experience this monstrosity of excuse that masquerades as a perfume.

    Hmph.
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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    nowt special

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    It smells like those lemon fruit slice jelly candies, except if it was grapefruit slice. A sugared grapefruit. I cannot think of anything exactly that gives me that feel. Not an aquatic IMO.

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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    Quote Originally Posted by dinonuggets View Post
    What smells like Bleu?
    Nothing. So many people say it smells "generic", "common", or "ordinary", but I have never heard it compared to any fragrance.

    The first time I smelled it, I hated it. About 6 months later, I purchased a sample just for the hell of it. I loved it so much on 1st application, I ran out and bought a bottle. I don't even remember what I didn't like about it the first time, but I know I love it now.

    Gets compliments. Versatile - any season, any occasion. Unique. Fairly inexpensive.

    Being criticized because it doesn't break any new ground? How many fragrances do these days?

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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    Quote Originally Posted by df91 View Post
    I disagree with the OP - i find it quite unique. Still it's marketed for "ordinary", mainstream target group which i count myself in, we don't like niche frags and don't give a [a word beginning with s letter] about them.

    The thing i don't like in Bleu is that it has an aquatic side (not a real aquatic though) that makes it a bit "cold" fragrance, i long for some ingredient/note which would make it a bit warmer.
    Completely agree.

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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    My opinion is that Chanel sought to have a scent that was simply more accessible - not only from a price point (because let's face it, not everyone can afford Les Exclusifs) but from an olfactory one. Can't really blame them; after all is said and done, they're in business to make money. While Bleu de Chanel isn't my cup of tea (I'm more of a Carnal Flower type of man) , I certainly don't think it's 'beneath' Chanel to make a scent for that's appealing to the male masses.

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    Let me be blunt: I'd take Bleu over Invasion Barbare any day of the week. And yes, I've worn both. One man's trash...you know the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Attila View Post
    Dont get me wrong guys. I like it.
    but to me, it doesnt stand out from the rest. It has absolutely no uniqueness.
    Very ordinary and common. I feel like I smelled 10 different versions of this fragrance from different bottles already.
    longevity and projection is nothing to brag about either.
    The quality of the bottle(weight, magnetic cap etc) far surpasses the quality of the juice in it.
    Just a decent designer frag overall.
    I couldnt agree more

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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    It stands out by a mile compared to all the "Please don't notice me scents" clogging the shelves at the moment.

    Not sure what to make of the comments of the anti-synthetic crowd. Perfumes are made by humans, and humans are a part of nature too.
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    I've always been of the opinion that most of Chanel's mainline consist of well made generic smelling fragrances.

    and as someone who sells perfume for a living, I can say that you could really do worse out there. Bleu is very well priced, well packaged, and as for the smell, it's a boring combination in that it doesn't break any olifactory ground but it's smooth, nicely balanced, has a little bit of everything, and overall I think it's a great all 'round fragrance in terms of day/night, summer/winter, office/casual, etc and it's just plain easy to wear plus gets quite a bit of compliments. Above average sillage and longevity too.

    in short, what's not to like? true nothing to love, but it's a solid cash cow frag for the house IMO
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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    Perhaps it is not intended to be a statement piece in the first place.

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    It is average . I get a lot of compliments wearing it, which is the purpose of Chanel making it. It appeals to the mass , and this is the way the y make money. Do you think Chanel make money selling few sycamore at their boutiques daily?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kal1973 View Post
    It is average . I get a lot of compliments wearing it, which is the purpose of Chanel making it. It appeals to the mass , and this is the way the y make money. Do you think Chanel make money selling few sycamore at their boutiques daily?
    Yes.

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    don't think so ! IMO
    ladies at work love it sooo much!
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    Tres ordinaire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renato View Post
    It stands out by a mile compared to all the "Please don't notice me scents" clogging the shelves at the moment.

    Not sure what to make of the comments of the anti-synthetic crowd. Perfumes are made by humans, and humans are a part of nature too.
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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    I don't think it smells ordinary. I can't think of anything that smells like it. Also, despite high sales, I really don't notice many cats wearing Bleu.

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    For those of you who thought Bleu de Chanel was going to smell like something along the lines of Horizon, just go buy Horizon. It seems like Waiting for Godot becomes Waiting for Chanel on the Men's Forum here at BN. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CX827 View Post
    Perhaps it is not intended to be a statement piece in the first place.
    Exactly. Bleu is the fragrance equivalent of a quality, well made white shirt. Not groundbreaking, but can be worn on any occasion. It is a perfect signature scent fragrance.

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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    This isn't a comment on Bleu's individual merits or on anyones taste.

    Quoting Felix Salmon on his Reuters blog:"Haute coture is a loss leader for perfume sales". As long as their coture division remains relevant, i.e reasonably good, exclusive and expensive, they can put whatever they want in bottles and aspiration will take care of the rest.

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    I love Bleu, it lasts forever on my skin and projects like crazy. Compliments too. In my opinion, the original Allure Homme smells quite generic and boring.

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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    Quote Originally Posted by onaluna View Post

    But I really like this emoticon:
    I really like that one too.
    He's scrubbing some perfume off his skin. See the smile on his face?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinonuggets View Post
    What smells like Bleu?

    It smells like all your shower gels, body lotions and deodorants mixed together in one bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoombung View Post
    It smells like all your shower gels, body lotions and deodorants mixed together in one bottle.
    Yeah, but only the best ones...
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    I think it's quite unique for a citrusy fragrance.

    People seem to think anything that's popular cant be unique. The smokiness of the fruity top almost reminds a little of aventus. I personally love it. I think it fills the role of aventus. If this was creed bleu, people would definitely love it. I don't think this is a run of the mill citrus. It's lovable, easy to wear, and unique enough IMO to be considered a great frag

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    Quote Originally Posted by Attila View Post
    Dont get me wrong guys. I like it.
    but to me, it doesnt stand out from the rest. It has absolutely no uniqueness.
    Very ordinary and common. I feel like I smelled 10 different versions of this fragrance from different bottles already.
    longevity and projection is nothing to brag about either.
    The quality of the bottle(weight, magnetic cap etc) far surpasses the quality of the juice in it.
    Just a decent designer frag overall.
    I just put this on, so I'll bump this applicable original post I found.

    The opening of Bleu de Chanel smells like a great deodorant stick from the late 80s and early 90s when they really started adding options to the supermarket isles.

    That's the opening.

    I've compared the note to a candy cane, but now I'm thinking it smells like a spearmint-scented deodorant stick.

    And then it goes green.

    I now see mint listed as a note, so that's it, I think. I think the note listed as mint gives it a generic smell.

    But then, in this case, is it done in a natural or natural-smelling way that sets it apart? Apparently. Typical Chanel. Are there additional facets? Many.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    Yeah, but only the best ones...
    Basically this. The best of the shower gels, body lotions and deodorants mixed together in one bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Attila View Post
    Yes.
    I agree that Chanel must surely be doing well from sales of Sycomore. Where are the reliable stats? Nowhere?

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