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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    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.

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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    Quote Originally Posted by mesaboogie View Post
    Bleu de Chanel is about as much an aquatic as Davidoff Cool Water....so not at all. I really like aquatics, so yes, I can still appreciate them after encountering Bleu de Chanel.
    Agreed. Bleu is OK. I have a bottle but rarely wear it - and when I do, it's only at work. I don't consider it an aquatic at all.

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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    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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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    Not lost - the data is on it's way home!

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    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.

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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    Bleu is in that same category for me, scent-wise
    Current favourite: Spiritueuse Double Vanille

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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    Sorry but Bleu is cheap and not aquatic, not impressed . Comparing it to Amouage Epic is simply ridiculous

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    First time I smelled Bleu was in a department store. One sniff - I thought it was garbage.

    6 months later, Just for a goof, I ordered a sample of it from the Perfumed Court when I was ordering a bunch of other stuff. Sprayed it on me - 2 hours later, I was at the store buying a bottle (along with a few others ).

    Every time I have worn it since, I enjoy it more. However... It certainly hasn't ruined my appreciation for ANY of my other fragrances. I like a variety. I love Bleu when I wear it, but that really is only once every few months.
    This is exactly my story with Bleu too. First it smelled like all the other "cheap aquatics", then I sort of liked it, and now its nice when I wear it. Nothing wow about it, but that is the point of this one. Its like Chanel tried to put a sharp edge on the cheap aquatics category and they succeeded. It is a better version of the" cheap aquatic" genre of fragrance. But when you get down into the same chemically cheap game with all the other cheap aquatics, don't you become one too? Maybe its the best of the cheap aquatics genre. There are few others out there that might give Bleu a run for its money - Zegna Uomo, Fan di Fendi Pour Homme - maybe?

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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    Bleu smells cheap anyway.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    No, I don't even regard it as an aquatic?

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    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.

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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    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.

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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    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.
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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    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.

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    This is like asking "So, do you still beat your wife?".

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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    This is like asking "So, do you still beat your wife?".
    LOL!

    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'?"



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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    LOL!

    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 picked up one of the Travel Sets, Red - determined to fathom the depths of this one, particularly after Sheldrake mentioned it in an interview. It's top of class in this genre, no doubt. Polge's original statement that he set out to create something for the guys he saw getting off a long haul flight makes perfect sense - good for him. Although not the same kind of fragrance I recently did a week of comparing Voyou & Beloved Man, both of which tend to be relegated to the 'safe masculine' side of thing,(like Bleu) and they are anything but. Yes, the basic aromatic masculine idea has a familiarity but the treatment of both is stunning if you take the time to give them more than a passing glance.

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    Default Re: Do you find it hard to appreciate your cheap aquatics once you have smelled Bleu de Chanel?

    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    I picked up one of the Travel Sets, Red - determined to fathom the depths of this one, particularly after Sheldrake mentioned it in an interview. It's top of class in this genre, no doubt. Polge's original statement that he set out to create something for the guys he saw getting off a long haul flight makes perfect sense - good for him. Although not the same kind of fragrance I recently did a week of comparing Voyou & Beloved Man, both of which tend to be relegated to the 'safe masculine' side of thing,(like Bleu) and they are anything but. Yes, the basic aromatic masculine idea has a familiarity but the treatment of both is stunning if you take the time to give them more than a passing glance.
    Bleu was a great idea - as time goes on, I find myself re-respecting it for new and more varied reasons. It's really far from an aquatic to begin with - but the brazenly raw fresh accord and the blue bottle seem to help it play the aquatic card with the best of them. I just think the idea that Polge took something rather close to his oldies but goodies, and through some cunning riffs on old clichés, snuck it right into the modern mainstream with the sound of a million cash registers behind it, was an achievement in which he can certainly take quite a bit of pride.
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    No, I hate ginger note in BdC anyway ....

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