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    Default Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    I've had Bleu for over a year now, and despite the "ho-hummers" opinion of it, I still enjoy it very much.

    For the last few months, I've noticed that when I'm wearing it, I get heavy, HEAVY incense/woods and only a little citrus. I'm talking near Gucci Pour Homme level pencil shavings and really smoky incense notes, and they are strong and last throughout the life of the scent on my skin. Just wanted to see if anyone has had a similar experience with it. May just be the way it performs on my skin.

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    I don't get any heavy smokey incense, I do get some patchouli and sandalwood in the last couple of hours I know it is supposed to have incense but I think my skin just turns it into patchouli like scents

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    Default Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    I get the citrus, nicely balanced against the woods and incense. Not exactly the same all the time, sometimes it's a little more one or the other. Always smells good though.

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    My first 5 or so wearings I was getting incense from start to finish. To me the scent seemed darker than the description from most of the reviews I've read. It was my SOTD and seemed fresher, less smokey than usual today.

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    I wore it the other day too, I'll have to ask a better "nose" than mine I have a terrible time with many notes - I just know what I like and don't like and a few notes if they stand out

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    My impression of BDC is just the opposite of yours; I get heavy citrus initially with some incense in the drydown.

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    No your not alone. I also get almost nothing but a strong incense note on my skin after the initial citrus blast burns off in the first 10mins or so. It just keeps on relentlessly bashing me over the head with that smokey/incense note, and that's why I'm not a fan of it. The only reason I keep my bottle, is because my GF(and most females for that matter)REALLY likes it.

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    Fresh citrus, otherwise unexpectedly good longevity (at least, judging by the testings so far). While not my favorite, still having to admit that this one lasts and projects way better than expected, especially given its consistent, thorough freshness (not always equating longevity in other fragrances).
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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbz View Post
    No your not alone. I also get almost nothing but a strong incense note on my skin after the initial citrus blast burns off in the first 10mins or so:
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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    Very strong / sharp citrus along with a lot of vetiver and incense predominately for me. Lasts all day, and the citrus never fully goes away.

    Do you spray near your face? Maybe your bottle has gone "off"?
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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    ...it doesn't because I don't like it...!

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Very strong / sharp citrus along with a lot of vetiver and incense predominately for me. Lasts all day, and the citrus never fully goes away.
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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    ...it doesn't because I don't like it...!
    Why post in this thread then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehogester View Post
    Why post in this thread then?
    ...to give an answer to the question...maybe you could do the same...??

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    ...to give an answer to the question...maybe you could do the same...??
    My nose isn't refined enough yet to give an explanation of what im smelling, however im intrigued to read what others are smelling. You however decided to come into a thread clearly geared towards wearers of bleu, just to let us know you don't like it?

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    I get synthetic citrus, ginger, woody amber, white musk. Very loud, very synthetic, but does smell good.

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    ^ yep, ditto. I get warm citrus, ginger, and some light woods and musks. Mostly yellow creamy citrus with ginger for me. Never noticed much incense or anything of that sort.
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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    I do like this scent.....guess it could be named "Allure Night"

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Very strong / sharp citrus along with a lot of vetiver and incense predominately for me. Lasts all day, and the citrus never fully goes away.

    Do you spray near your face? Maybe your bottle has gone "off"?
    I'm pretty sure my bottle hasn't gone off. I got it late last year, and I get the norm "bleu" smell from the atomizer, but it just wears different on my skin. Looks like other people have experienced the same thing. Also, I normally spray it under my shirt because it projects like crazy off of me.

    Also...

    Huge LOL @ Bleu haters vs. Bleu defenders. It's just a fragrance, people!

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    I certainly get how it morphs from citrous to heavy woody notes, specially a strong vetiver note.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JourneymanDave View Post
    I get the citrus, nicely balanced against the woods and incense. Not exactly the same all the time, sometimes it's a little more one or the other. Always smells good though.
    Yeah, you're right. It definitely is a fragrance with a bit of schizophrenia.

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    *A very citrus/grapefruity/ smooth wood vibe and overall a great safe scent plus too generic for me IMHO but nevertheless a great smelling scent the masses adore and there's nothing wrong with that
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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    I believe Bleu de Chanel is one of those fragrances in which the sillage (what people around you will mostly smell) is very different from smelling your skin upclose (which will be mostly incense after the first hour). The sillage remains very fresh and alluring. At least that's my experience with Bleu.

    Maybe you can test this by spraying far from your nose and just taking deep breaths to try to smell it without putting your nose on the skin.

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    Not a fan at all... I've sampled 3 or 4 times and it's always the same... Not good...

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    Very nice frag. I would say I get, in this order... citrus, woods, and maybe very light incense. I don't get the musk, which is a note I generally don't care for. Despite what he naysayers claim, I think it's a quality composition.
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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    What I get out of it is a really nice grapefruit, followed by the combination of ginger, woods, incense with a touch of powder. It has a nice consistent projection bubble and doesn't push out too much.

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    BdC really depends on the day. Sometimes I, too, get heavy incense and woods, but then on other day I get a ton of vetiver. I never know what I'm going to get each time I wear BdC, but that's what I love about it. I think it's fantastic!
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    I get a heavy ash tray type of smoke after around 3 minutes from application, then it quickly hides in the background behind the lovely ginger/grapefruit combo. It lasts all day on me.

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    Default Re: Bleu de Chanel - how does it wear on you?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigsteve View Post
    Despite what he naysayers claim, I think it's a quality composition.
    I definitely agree. Not groundbreaking, but definitely a "smarter" mainstream scent.

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