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    Default Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    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.

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

    That seems to be the general consensus on here. For me it's ok, but it smells too much like something from the Allure line. It could've been called Allure Bleu and nobody would have thought twice about it. I'm waiting for the day when Chanel releases Bleu Sport, or Bleu Eau Extreme. Basenotes is going to implode.

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    You've put your finger on a prime criticism of Bleu: that it isn't out-of-the-ordinary, and doesn't have the "wow" factor of, say, an Invasion Barbare. I think it's a matter of artificially high expectations.

    I think we're at the stage where every scent is going to smell a bit like some other scent. I try to judge each fragrance on its own merits. I've waffled a bit on Bleu: liked it a lot, didn't like its synthetic nature, and now I think I'm at the point where I kinda like it again. Chanel has much better scents, but I agree that it's "just a decent designer frag overall."

    And the bottle is lovely.
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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    Beyond unique smell for me...nothing else like it on the market. Incensy grapefruit

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    Agreed, it's not the standard aquatic fragrance. Is it a safe fragrance, yes. But IMO it's better than a large portion of the typical designer fragrances out there. Chanel could have done much worse than this. It's long lasting, smells nice and has SOME level of complexity to it.

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    Beyond unique smell for me...nothing else like it on the market. Incensy grapefruit

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    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.
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    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?

    Bleu is a synthetic frag that seems to be liked by a lot of folks. Received a few compliments with this one. Projection and Longevity is average and a decent purchase IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    That seems to be the general consensus on here. For me it's ok, but it smells too much like something from the Allure line. It could've been called Allure Bleu and nobody would have thought twice about it. I'm waiting for the day when Chanel releases Bleu Sport, or Bleu Eau Extreme. Basenotes is going to implode.
    Honestly an Extreme or Edp concentration would be AMAZING!!! Bring it on!!

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

    At the end of the day, Chanel supports it's profits with ultra consumer researched frags like Bleu, and at the same time puts out the Exclusives line for folk like us.

    You got to respect their strategy...
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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    In my opinion- if compared to some more complex, extravagant, conservative, artsy etc. releases of Chanel: then yes.

    If compared to most recent designer releases: not so much.
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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    Yes, very ordinary

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    My thought as well, but written in a much better way!!! ---->>>>
    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    doesn't have the "wow" factor of, say, an Invasion Barbare. I think we're at the stage where every scent is going to smell a bit like some other scent. but I agree that it's "just a decent designer frag overall." And the bottle is lovely.

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    I don't have a problem with it, though I don't own it and I don't consider it fbw.

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    It's priced about $200 less than Invasion Barbare. I would never expect a Ford Focus to run better than a Ferrari. Kind of apples to oranges here no? Is Bleu ordinary, IMO no. Not when you compare it to similarly priced designer fragrances.

    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    doesn't have the "wow" factor of, say, an Invasion Barbare. I think it's a matter of artificially high expectations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    It's priced about $200 less than Invasion Barbare. I would never expect a Ford Focus to run better than a Ferrari. Kind of apples to oranges here no? Is Bleu ordinary, IMO no. Not when you compare it to similarly priced designer fragrances.
    I think that was my point: unfortunately, people DO compare Bleu to fragrances that have the undefinable something that makes you sit up and take notice, like Invasion Barbare, or Aventus, or pick-your-favorite. They say Bleu is "ordinary," or "boring," or use similar terms; and complain that it wasn't a revolutionary game-changer. And that's a shame, because on its own merits, the general consensus is that Bleu isn't a bad scent. And I agree that, at its price point, it's an above average scent (just broke out a sample, actually, and I think I was too harsh in calling it just decent -- I actually might have to buy a bottle again). It's not Egoiste, but that doesn't make it bad.

    Of course, there's always going to be someone who calls it "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." Which, though undoubtedly meant as humor, isn't far off from what some longtime Chanel lovers have said.
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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    There's ordinary, and there's better than ordinary. Bleu falls under the latter group, IMO. It smells pleasant and nice, with above average longevity, and very good projection.




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

    Gotcha, I totally agree. I think that's an issue when most sniff designer fragrances that are highly touted here and in other forums. Some expect a $60 fragrance to be an earth shattering holy grail. In some cases it might be. However, when wild expectations aren't met it's simply ordinary. Personally, I experienced this when testing Green Irish Tweed. I was expecting so much more based on all that I read.

    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    I think that was my point: unfortunately, people DO compare Bleu to fragrances that have the undefinable something that makes you sit up and take notice, like Invasion Barbare, or Aventus, or pick-your-favorite. They say Bleu is "ordinary," or "boring," or use similar terms; and complain that it wasn't a revolutionary game-changer. And that's a shame, because on its own merits, the general consensus is that Bleu isn't a bad scent. And I agree that, at its price point, it's an above average scent (just broke out a sample, actually, and I think I was too harsh in calling it just decent -- I actually might have to buy a bottle again). It's not Egoiste, but that doesn't make it bad.

    Of course, there's always going to be someone who calls it "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." Which, though undoubtedly meant as humor, isn't far off from what some longtime Chanel lovers have said.

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

    What smells like Bleu?

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

    It is very safe, and appeals to the masses. Every now and then a house needs to come out with something that fits the needs of your average consumer that buys a bottle for Christmas. This is it!

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

    It doesn't get directly compared to anything so I don't buy the "it's not unique" BS. It's extremely well blended which no one is going to argue. The smell is subjective, but just on smell alone it's hard to not like it. So your going to knock it because it's universally appealing, it's not as complex for your niche tastes, too many people wear it...blah...blah..blah...

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    What smells like Bleu?
    My point exactly.
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    Default Re: Doesn't Bleu de Chanel smell so ordinary?

    Unwarranted hate for this one due to typical snob mentality by so many posters...Invasion Barbare is garbage imo

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

    I personally like Bleu de Chanel. Great - IMO no. Nice - Yes.

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    I can't tell you what smells like Bleu, but I can tell you that everytime I smell Bleu I smell something sporty/citrusy/body spray thing that I've smelled before. To me it smells like something rich imitating something poor.

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

    You guys think it smells ordinary because it had that sporty citrus thing going on. Spend a year or two in the niche world and that spicy patchouli thing, or smoky leather thing becomes ordinary. So that's a very relative and subjective word.

    What it comes down to is how it's done. Bleu does that sporty citrus thing or whatever you want to call it very well. It's an "ordinary" smell with above ordinary quality.

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    Wondering why it matters.

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

    Boring for many who like something new every day. But, very good for a signature scent, and versatile, even more versatile than Allure homme Sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by comfortablynumbbg View Post
    Unwarranted hate for this one due to typical snob mentality by so many posters...Invasion Barbare is garbage imo
    That's as ridiculous as saying Bleu's garbage. It's okay to like both ya know.

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    I think it's a love/hate relationship with this frag. Is it a generic smell? Perhaps. But its balanced so smoothly that I always get compliments when I wear it. It really depends on the nose and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I think that it really depends on the house that produces the scent. If this scent was to have a Creed label on it, people may be saying that its the smoothest grapefuit citrus scent on the market. For me, Bleu becomes my go to work scent when I want to smell great and not not risk offending anyone's nose. Love it or hate it, I think it smells good.

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    I enjoy the fact that its a safe fragrance. Seriously don't know why some so called niche fragrances that smell unique (crap) are highly valued.

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