Nope. But I have to admit my gf's Malle, Lutens and such have made me a tad less enthusiastic about some of my bargain scents.
Apparently, with the move of the forums, lots has been lost?
Bleu de Chanel is not an Aquatic. I can't believe how many people actually think that the word blue (or, Bleu, in this case) means it's an aquatic. Bleu is a woody aromatic.
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Not lost - the data is on it's way home!
Not an aquatic just because it's popular. Plenty of citrus in it but there's nutmeg and warm spice in the middle and vetiver in the drydown. How is this aquatic at all? It's a fresh but warm spicy scent. I own it and love it (and like to appreciate its strenghts) but it has nothing to do with that category for me.
Aquatics I will continue to love are things like Wall Street as a weird cucumber orange and kelp experiment (literally an aquatic smell from the ocean) or traditional citrus aquatics like L'Eau D'Issey with spices reminiscent of seafood. Even sport scents like Allure Homme Sport are closer to aquatic.
Come to think of it, I don't know what is "aquatic" about most scents, other than they'd contextually work well on some beach and citrus brings to mind summer beach weather. Water is odorless on its own, few scents are actually salty, and even fewer are reminiscent of the fungal and broken-down sea forest scents of the beach. People should just call most of the examples in this category "sport" fragrances because of the synthetic barbershop nature of the cheap compositions. Perhaps the image of athletics and sweat brings to mind condensation, thirst, and water.
Bleu is in that same category for me, scent-wise
Current favourite: Spiritueuse Double Vanille
Sorry but Bleu is cheap and not aquatic, not impressed . Comparing it to Amouage Epic is simply ridiculous
Bleu smells cheap anyway.
I'll have to revisit it. The fact that it is quite popular with the crowd these days doesn't help in the process of self-persuasion. When I first used it I had difficulties to find the beauty in it. It smells very indistinct to me. Like a mélange of all things sporty and youthful that already were in existence. Maybe that changes now.
I own a bottle of Bleu, but I very rarely reach for it. It's a compliment getter for me and my wife really likes it. I actually prefer the smell of Bleu to Aventus, but for some reason I just don't reach for it. I own about 25 full-size bottles, but I bet I've worn Bleu only twice in the last 3 months. And these have been the warmest months. Go figure.
Wore it yesterday again. Its still lost on me. Its a good compliment getter still in general, but for me personally to this day I still just smell think it smells like toilet bowl cleaner. I smell clean and fresh I guess, but I dont think I smell "good" if that makes sense. Just cant justify buying a full bottle of this for me personally.
No, I don't even regard it as an aquatic?
I first dismissed Bleu as boring when it first came out but I have tried it recently and the incense note in it is nice, its a strictly OK fragrance IMO. I think some aquatic fragrances are nice but as a fragrance trend, the days of johnny aquatics were over by 2007. If 1 million is popular with the 25 and under crowd, Chanel Bleu is very popular with the 25+ crowd, I am quite sure this is outselling Chanel no 5 at this point.
bleu de chanel is a quality fragrance that was made very well, but i'm not sure if it matches my personal tastes. so, it was probably other fragrances that made me question cheaper aquatics.
Bleu is one of those fragrances that smelled ok to me on paper but I hated it on my skin. It has an aquatic vibe to me even if it isn't, which is probably why I don't like it. Generally speaking, I don't like aquatic themed fragrances. Especially the cheap ones.
Bleu is great IMHO for it's typical Chanel signature aldehydic effect.
Considering it's one of the only ones (Allure maybe is the other?) that is offered in this style to men, is what may cause the polarity on this scent, more so than the whole "aquatic" debate, which I think is a smoke screen to ignore the compositions complexity, that most in the aquatic range clearly lack.
This is like asking "So, do you still beat your wife?".
As a loyal fan of Bleu, I have to say, it's more like asking "Do you find any need to beat your ex-wife, after putting expensive French thugs on your payroll to 'take care of things'?"
"I have no idea who those men are - this is very unexpected!"
I like Bleu, but i find myself reaching to ADG essenza much more to fulfill my "fresh" needs. I think essenza is a much better scent IMO.
Hypocrites will always be a thorn in my back....and my middle finger will always be the best remedy.....
No, I hate ginger note in BdC anyway ....