Personally that would not have entered my mind. I do like Tsar though. They seem different to me.
Tsar by Van Cleef and Arpels. Anybody else thinks so?
Personally that would not have entered my mind. I do like Tsar though. They seem different to me.
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Metallic piss. I need to sell my bottle.......
I smell marshmallows!
I hated this fragrance when it came out but I like it now probably because all the designer fragrances currently are so blah. The citrus and incense notes are very nice and this fragrance lasts and projects well too.
I have never smelled anything that is similar to Bleu de Chanel.
I'll have to give it a try and see what you mean! There could be a kind of similarity of styles - I have noted one between Bleu de Chanel and Creed Himalaya. I never really got that earlier, but lately, I've been getting into Himalaya, and I totally get what Creed was up to with that fragrance. They both share a basic "fresh oriental" format, where some more standard motifs from orientals are buried under a blanket of cool, fresh notes. I think I must have really liked that aspect of Bleu, because I'm falling pretty hard for Himalaya now.
I don't think Tsar smells like Bleu de Chanel.
"Bleu de Chanel smells very similar to..." something I would run away from.
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And that, TBH, is a point for Creed. Bleu de Chanel earned my respect, but I'll be dam*ed - Creed was there first! I had no idea. LOL - don't tell the n00bs and the Creed-bots - we'll never hear the end of it!
To me, it smells similar to the Allure series. I've always thought it should have been called Allure Bleu.
The Allure series have that tonka bean base that gives them that "Allure" signature.
Bleu is NOT an extension of that signature in my opinion.
I also love the incense in Bleu, another exclusive that sets it apart as well.
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I don't see the similarities with Tsar, but agreed on Himalaya. Bleu is my least favorit from CHANEL though..
I was reminded of the old thread where we discovered this baby. MAN - does that bring back memories!
The closest to Bleu I have found is Salvatore Ferragamo's Acqua Essenziale.
Recently figured out that "Black is Black Sport" is a Bleu knockoff. There was an opened box of one at Marshalls so I decided to spray some on the box flap for the lulz... instantly thought 'BdC' - surprisingly they cloned the top notes pretty well. Didn't stick around for mid or base though... this is what it looks like:
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While not similar in my opinion, they both have a common feature: a smooth, casual interpretation of fresh citrus notes.
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1. Amouage Homage Attar
2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
3. YSL M7
4. Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
5. Chanel Egoiste
6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
7. Amouage Epic Man
8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
10. Serge Lutens - Chergui
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Call me crazy but the first time I smelled Bleu du Chanel, the top instantly reminded me of the Polo Sport deodorant I used to wear in the late 90s. That said, I haven't smelled Polo Sport in over 10 years...
The only thing I've found even remotely similar to Bleu de Chanel is a fragrance called Nickel Enemy, they both have the grapefruit/incense thing going on.. but they dry down completely different.
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Burberry London (2006)
Prada Amber pour Homme (2006)
Arpege pour Homme (2005)
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"Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "
I really, really, really want to understand (not to mention, enjoy) Blue de Chanel. On my skin, the three or four times I have worn it it just feels muddled, hard to differentiate, and dull. I think what I need to do, just for the "learning process" is get another sample, and spend some time with it AND consciously try to detect each of the listed notes. FOr the life of me, I have been able to pick out nothing in the past wearings.
I found Bleu a little generic when it first came out, so I let it be for a year or so. Then I tried it again. Then it clicked. Now I enjoy it, and find it perfectly nice and wearable. The name is misleading, it should have been called Verte, not Bleu, perhaps with that name it wouldn't make people think about aquatics and sport colognes - which this one is not. And pretty darn unique if you ask me, despite some comments from people calling it "generic." It's surprisingly rich and not a copy cat of everything else already on the market.
Definitely do give it another try, it's an overlooked gem, if you ask me.
YSL's L'Homme Libre is hands down the closest scent I've ever smelt to Bleu
Well enjoying what you're wearing is crucial, it is of the utmost importance to wear something that others like as well.
The problem with this fragrance, in my opinion, is that the main motif (interesting woody oriental fragrance buried under a wall of freshness) is problematic for a lot of people. Bleu has many interesting features, but they're like rocks under the snow. You have to increase the lighting to see their outline. Once you do, it can win you over. So amp it up. I got so frustrated, I sprayed 25 sprays to make stuff show up. It worked beautifully, and I was hooked.
I agree with remik that the name Bleu is misleading. There are some deep, intense, "oily wood" notes that evoke a dark blue vibe, and the freshness is a bit like an oceanic breeze. But that's about it. It doesn't really have the typical aquatic thing for me. I think that the marketing was very smart by playing up the urban night theme for the color, and not trying to put this baby on a boat, where it doesn't belong.
I also agree with TMF that Libre is Bleu-ish - I think that it was an attempt to grab a bit of Bleu's momentum.
Anyway, I would suggest wearing it in a place far removed from all the other scents in the air. I am not sure why I didn't care for it now, but perhaps there was just too much going on in the store for me to really just focus on BdC. One of the few scents that I have done a complete reversal on. Hate to Love.
I think people just wanted to hate this fragrance, like every other designer or sport release. If everyone gave it a chance when it first came out, they would have realized it's not the same generic crap that is so often cranked out of designer lines (Gucci.) Loved this one from the start with the grapefruit/incense...light peppery notes and vetiver.
I think you pretty much described to the dot what happens when I'm at a department store. With so much crap they have being sprayed over and over all day long and inadequate ventilation, the fragrance counter reeks like one homogeneous fragrance cloud, every scent intermingled, then mixed with the nearby lady powders, lipsticks, and girly perfumes, creating very undesirable scenario for trying to get the true scent of whatever fragrance it is you are there to try. I find it impossible to get true picture of anything at department stores, hence I tend to try even designer fragrances at home, where I'm not overwhelmed by 28,000 flankers of 1 Million, Le Male and The One in the air. That's why Bleu felt generic to me at the store when I first tried it, but when I later tried a sample at home, I was blown away by its beauty and quiet, refined simplicity.
About the only stores where I find it's possible to get the true scent of a fragrance are the single house boutiques, where you are not bombarded by all those other fragrances in the air - i.e.: Dior, Chanel, Guerlain, Frederick Malle, etc.
I find this to be a very very safe scent. Spray and go scent. Not my best scent but can be my rotation signature scent. Thumbs up.
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I really like Bleu. It's a fine scent that's safe for any occasion.
Very good raw materials in a hugely derivative made for the masses fragrance. Still, considerably better (higher quality) than other sterilized disinfectants such as Green Irish Tweed, etc.
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Blue smells similar to a certain genre of body gels and drug store deodorants that I recall mostly from the 90's. I can't pin down which ones exactly.
(I have tried couple other body washes from the Dove line, none came close to Extra Fresh in terms of quality that appeals to this discerning nose.)
LOL, I should perhaps clarify... When I wrote Dove, I did not mean Roja Dove... I meant this: http://www.dove.us/Products/Men-Care...Face-Wash.aspx
I think its the pink pepper and that synthetic sorta toilet bowel cleaner smell that all the allure series and bleu de chanel also seems to have that is similar. I think its basically just your choice of what else you like on top of that , that makes one of them your favorite to me personally.
I will have to check this out! Hey - these types of fragrances are made by perfumers who graduated from the same schools and work for the same companies as the people who do fine fragrances. They may actually be the same people at different points in their careers. To me, the fine fragrance players play a game more like chess, and the functional perfumers play a game more like go, but there is a certain mutual respect, because they both play against a set of demanding rules that stymie the perfumer's brain.
And don't give up on seeing a fine fragrance that is very close to your Dove body wash. There is a lot of cross-over, because perfumers get inspiration everywhere. Somebody may realize that it needs a ticket to the big time!
I own and wear Bleu and Tsar and I don't find them similar. I enjoy them both. At one time Tsar was my signature scent. I've moved on to numerous "signatures". When I can't decide what to wear, I often go to Bleu.
I just smelled this today. Is it me or does this smell like the Allure line? I swear they all smell the same generic way.
I tried Midnight in Paris yesterday, which I thought was a safe fragrance, but Bleu is so safe that I'm wondering why you'd even pay to wear this stuff? It's so forgettable.
Those are my initial impressions. I've had it on my arm for 1 hour. So far, I'm glad I only have 10ml to get through but let's hope it improves with further wearings.
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Dude bleu of chanel is unique . I though kenzo sport smells similar but just the opening the drydown change to citrus