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    Default The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    As we draw towards the end of the 2010s, it's hard to argue this decade hasn't been dominated one colour and one colour alone - no, not millennial pink. I'm talking perfume. And the colour is 'dark blue'.

    With Bleu de Chanel kicking it all off in 2010 with their versatile, modern, crowdpleasing and inarguably masculine offering, the creamy, synthetic citrus-incense-fresh combo appears to be the model than launched a thousand imitations.

    - I'd really love to try and gather as many 'dark blue' scents as possible. Suggestions very much welcome, from any corner of the market, high end niche to middle eastern imitation.

    The obvious ones - Dylan Blue, Acqua di Gio Profumo, for instance - are clearly derivative of BdC. But then even something like Sauvage - very much 'part' of the dark blue trend - seems as much inspired by Aventus as it is BdC. Maybe. Possibly. It's hard to really say, such is the breadth and depth of 'dark blue' scents.

    Because, really, what is dark blue? Is it really that simple - anything that can be considered an homage to BdC?

    Something like Narciso Rodriguez's Bleu Noir, for instance, comes with the tagline that NR loves "blue so dark that it appears black. I like black which takes depths of dusk." Now, is the original - practically an imitation of Cartier's Declaration - dark blue? Literally, in the marketing sense, absolutely. But the perfume...a musky cardamom scent? Perhaps not in the case of the EdT...yet the EdP seems more akin to the dark blue, mass pleasing trend - even if it opts for musk instead of smoky notes to pair with its synthetic-woods, and neglects citrus entirely.

    So this 'trend' is hard to define. Is it simply something 'deep', yet synthetic, mass pleasing, and versatile? The clean, masculine alternative to the ubiquitous 90s aquatics? Something 'nice' but not stunning; worksafe but also date-approriate; vibrant yet not juvenile. How would you define 'dark blue' - and what are your favourite iterations of this decade-defining genre?

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    I know I'm gonna get bashed for this, but Hugo Dark Blue to me has this certain something. Sometimes for some reasons it turns out to be a chemical lash on me and sometimes it smells awesome! I'd really like to see Boss make an extreme or intense version of this.

    As per Bleu de Chanel, EDT for me as it has that sharpness that lacks in the EDP and specially in Parfum version which I really don't like at all.

    Also, Davidoff Cool Water gives a dark blue impression to me. Lets not forget about the now already good old Bvlgari Aqva as well, launched in 2005., tempus fugit.

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    Default Re: The Ultimate 'Dark Blue' Thread

    I have synesthesia. I see colours when I smell perfume.. it is so hard for me to shut this process down.
    I don't have a dark blue for you, however I do have a turquoise and it is Patricia de Nicolai's Eau Turquoise.
    Now who would have thought a scent based around mango-accord would smell thus, but it does.

    The one that has a purplish-mauve-faint blue colour is actually Apree L'Ondee.
    L'Heure Bleue is actually deep mauve (with blue edges) and overbearing like the Royal purple.

    And BdC was never blue, at least to me.
    The real Eau Suavage's bottle declares it well, it is all citrus but not citrus, hinting at it but that silver metallic wrap alludes to its smell's synthetic origins, Hedione.

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    Comme Des Garcons Blue Ences
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    I don't get, why BdC is asociated to "dark" here - and I never heard that before. Or is it all about the color of the bottle?

    I don't see BdC as a dark scent. It's rather the epitome of a fresh, slightly woody scent which would not offend anyone but could be worn by everyone - in other words, very likeable but also very boring. To me it's certainly one of the most boring scents for men out there. Nothing dark or even "mysterious" about it. Acqua di Gio Profumo has much, much more charakter and "masculinity".
    But that's just my personal opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FragFrog View Post
    I don't get, why BdC is asociated to "dark" here - and I never heard that before. Or is it all about the color of the bottle?

    I don't see BdC as a dark scent. It's rather the epitome of a fresh, slightly woody scent which would not offend anyone but could be worn by everyone - in other words, very likeable but also very boring. To me it's certainly one of the most boring scents for men out there. Nothing dark or even "mysterious" about it. Acqua di Gio Profumo has much, much more charakter and "masculinity".
    But that's just my personal opinion.
    Right. I really don't get "dark" with BdC at all other than the bottle color. The fragrance itself contains too much freshness to be dark blue to me.

    Amouage Interlude is a much darker scent that comes in a dark blue bottle--but I don't think it's a "blue" fragrance.
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    "Blue" is generally considered to be aquatic to some degree. I don't think Bleu de Chanel is remotely blue - except in the name and bottle.

    And I think this decade is just as much dominated by Oud as it is by "fresh synthetic aromachemicals", which is what I think Op is going for with the trend of the decade.

    So, personally, I would not define any scent as "dark blue" at least off the top of my head. I would guess most people who only smell BdC wouldn't call it dark blue either - until they see the bottle or hear the name.

    But some other fresh synthetic scents that would fit in that same ballpark IMO would be

    BN9 - Scent of Peace for Him
    Boadicea the Victorious - Azrak

    A few of the new Louis Vuitton scents would probably fit that description as well.
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    Copal Azur by Aedes de Venustas fits your criteria. It’s “deep blue” with a prominent smokey incense note... Great juice and definitely worth sampling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zgb View Post
    I know I'm gonna get bashed for this, but Hugo Dark Blue to me has this certain something. Sometimes for some reasons it turns out to be a chemical lash on me and sometimes it smells awesome! I'd really like to see Boss make an extreme or intense version of this.
    Yeah, lol strange one this but sometimes I feel like getting a bottle just cus!
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    Pour Lui - always strikes me as a lush suedey(texture) blue. Moody blue. I pull it out most frequently on rainy days. Figure?!
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    Interesting responses so far, mainly picking up on the fact that BdC doesn't 'smell' dark blue.

    And in essence, I think the dark blue trend comes from a few things - 'creating' a standardbearer in BdC, but very much relying on things that preceded it.

    1. Blue is male. That seems obvious enough.
    2. Dark blue is 'manly' as opposed to just male. Why? It's dark. To be more precise...
    3. Dark blue has existed for a while as 'the' colour of mens' shower gel and body spray products. It's the 'safe' blue scent - red might be sweet and weird, yellow or green perhaps a bit too fresh and light. Blue shower gel - the perfect 'smell' of masculine freshness and synthetic sweetness. Blue comfortably outweighs other colours on mens' deodorant/shower gel shelves, and has done for years. They have definitely tapped in to that existing bias among men - probably even ploughed huge amounts of money in to the psychology of what men instictively favour in a bottle colour/design - to consider dark blue simultaneously the best 'clean' option, as well as the most masculine, 'deep', fresh smell.
    4. Dark blue also looks classic, masculine, and 'good' when used in suits and clothing in general, as well as cars. Stylish, mainstream, versatile.

    And in the perfume realm...

    5. Blue was THE colour of mens' perfumery for a while. Aquatics, obviously, and 'light blue' was very much the colour of the 90s and 00s, in my mind. Why change it to dark blue? Well, you need to change to survive, but also, people were tired of the light-freshness of aquatics, I think. Not to mention the boring/stale/too sweet/too juvenile formula of many 'light blues'.
    6. Black. Not mentioned this, but it applies to the above points regarding fashion, cosmetics, and trends. Black has very much come back in vogue in the last 6-7 years or so, dislocated from goths/emos/nihilists/Johnny Cash as being an acceptable colour to dress in, from head to toe. And I think that's probably true in perfumery as well, if less so than dark blue. But basically, dark blue merges the best 'clean, fresh' elements of light blue, with the 'deep, timeless, classy, powerful' associations of black.
    7. This seems obvious - but versatility. Men want night out fragrances that aren't 1 Million or bombs like that. Dark blue takes the bare bones of aquatics - universal, easy to wear, clean, masculine - and adds a 'night' element to it. You can wear it from the office to the bar. Dark blue - night sky. Or, evening, at least going in to night. Is that too obvious or literal?

    Now, is that the case for all dark blue perfumes? No, clearly not.

    But I think Bleu de Chanel actually fits dark blue as an idea very well - maybe not in the juicy grapefruit top note, but in the woodier elements? The synthetic, clean, masculine vibe? The upmarket shower gel smell? The fact it's both quite 'sexy' but also versatile enough to be 'dressed up' and not come across as gaudy or desperate or inappropriate. It really IS the fusion of light blue aquatics and the more dangerous, powerful elements of noir, even if you can find the deeper notes more commonly in the BdC flankers.

    Anyway, it's interesting - because having said all this, am I right? Is there really a 'dark blue' smell? Can you quantify it like this...or is it just one big marketing ploy? I'd say I'm in the marketing ploy camp about 30%, with the rest of me thinking what I've just said above is pretty much correct. There's enough 'there'.

    But but but...I don't think there's one 'right' answer, so equally happy to hear others' thoughts on this. Bleu Noir by NR seems a pretty clear example of something tapping in to the 'idea' of dark blue - literally talking about 'black blue', as if that makes inherent sense without needing to pick it apart like I've done above.

    Anyway...this definitely feels something more suited to the mainstream designer world of perfumery than anything niche. And I just think, on that basis, you can sort-of talk about a 'dark blue' scent profile. It's just...whatever is driving/focused on by designers in this decade, as separate from 15 years ago, and perhaps as will be the case in 5-10 years' time. It's as much Sauvage and it is BdC though.

    I'll wrap it up, but I think it's basically this: Synthetic-driven, 'new-clean', fresh but with prominent basenotes, day to night. That's 'dark blue'.

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    It’s all a trick of the packaging. The power of suggestion.
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    I disagree it's 'all' just the packaging. Or, that packaging can somehow be a trick. It's very deliberate, and very much linked to an 'idea' of perfume, even if it's not as ridig as an olfactive category. I think it's a loose category in its own right and, at the very least, is a mildly interesting trend.

    Interesting this has been raised before as well: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/438...e-colour-trend

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    The ultimately dark blue scent to myself is Andy Tauer's Incense Extreme. There's a marine ambergris feeling to it (even more pronounced than in LDDM) and there's a huge incense note, which is dense yet crisp and has a citric side through this. I'm getting similar effects from Perris' Oud Imperial, which is warmer, less minimalistic (and comes in a black and gold bottle btw.). There's this certain dark freshness even in Tauer's L'Oudh. I tend to think even stuff like Epic Man and Basala have a dark blue'ishness, but less obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post
    I disagree it's 'all' just the packaging. Or, that packaging can somehow be a trick. It's very deliberate, and very much linked to an 'idea' of perfume, even if it's not as ridig as an olfactive category. I think it's a loose category in its own right and, at the very least, is a mildly interesting trend.

    Interesting this has been raised before as well: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/438...e-colour-trend
    I was being flippant, but as you pointed out BdC and others don’t necessarily smell dark blue, so while there is a common clean, non-aquatic thread tying many of them together, the dark blue image is partly marketing to create masculine appeal, and with connotations of sophistication and good grooming, but also a certain gravity unlike the previous generation of clean male scents - aquatics - with their brighter and more sunlit image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    It’s all a trick of the packaging. The power of suggestion.
    A significant factor in my book.
    Bulgari Aqua is the one that immediately comes to mind when I think of dark blue, but I'm not well versed in the aquatic genre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    I was being flippant, but as you pointed out BdC and others don’t necessarily smell dark blue, so while there is a common clean, non-aquatic thread tying many of them together, the dark blue image is partly marketing to create masculine appeal, and with connotations of sophistication and good grooming, but also a certain gravity unlike the previous generation of clean male scents - aquatics - with their brighter and more sunlit image.
    Packaging and branding has a more powerful effect than we'd often like to admit. It builds a context.

    We all like to think we're above that kind of thing, but studies show that something as simple as holding a warm or cold cup of coffee can affect whether we view a person positively or negatively. This stuff has an impact, whether we want to admit it or not.
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    I could be wrong, but it sounds like the OP isn’t asking about what scents smell like a dark blue color per se, but what scents belong in a particular modern category which can be tagged “dark blue,” with Bleu de Chanel as the template. Is that a fair summary? Seems like a reasonable topic.

    To me the common factor between something like BdC and, say, Dior Sauvage, to take the two pillars of this “dark blue” trend, is indeed a sort of worked-out and elaborated men’s shower gel vibe. Both turn on what has become a modern understanding of “shower fresh,” based on a generation of men’s shower products, in the same way older compositions relied on other touchstones for “fresh” and “soapy-clean” which were part of the vernacular of their day. And both BdC and Sauvage transition from a big, citrusy-aromatic, dihydromyrcenol-driven opening into dry downs which drier and woodsy. For BdC it’s a sheer, incense-like and vetiver-touched crisp woodiness, and in Sauvage it’s more musky, peppery, rough, and even a little sweaty.

    So, indeed, contrasted to a previous-generation aquatic or freshie like Allure Homme Sport, which develops into still-fresh sweet creaminess (a brighter register, if you will), you could say a feature of this “dark blue” category is the deeper, drier, woodsier character of their dry downs.

    Also, the absence of overt calone in BdC or Sauvage, keeping either from being proper aquatics. In that sense, a different take on “blue,” indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by checkmate View Post
    Copal Azur by Aedes de Venustas fits your criteria. It’s “deep blue” with a prominent smokey incense note... Great juice and definitely worth sampling.
    Absolutely agree with this observation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onethinline View Post
    I could be wrong, but it sounds like the OP isn’t asking about what scents smell like a dark blue color per se, but what scents belong in a particular modern category which can be tagged “dark blue,” with Bleu de Chanel as the template. Is that a fair summary? Seems like a reasonable topic.

    To me the common factor between something like BdC and, say, Dior Sauvage, to take the two pillars of this “dark blue” trend, is indeed a sort of worked-out and elaborated men’s shower gel vibe. Both turn on what has become a modern understanding of “shower fresh,” based on a generation of men’s shower products, in the same way older compositions relied on other touchstones for “fresh” and “soapy-clean” which were part of the vernacular of their day. And both BdC and Sauvage transition from a big, citrusy-aromatic, dihydromyrcenol-driven opening into dry downs which drier and woodsy. For BdC it’s a sheer, incense-like and vetiver-touched crisp woodiness, and in Sauvage it’s more musky, peppery, rough, and even a little sweaty.

    So, indeed, contrasted to a previous-generation aquatic or freshie like Allure Homme Sport, which develops into still-fresh sweet creaminess (a brighter register, if you will), you could say a feature of this “dark blue” category is the deeper, drier, woodsier character of their dry downs.

    Also, the absence of overt calone in BdC or Sauvage, keeping either from being proper aquatics. In that sense, a different take on “blue,” indeed.
    Yeah, this is a good summary of the genre. Shower gel freshness and fuzzy synthwood drydowns without featuring anything properly aquatic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post
    Interesting responses so far, mainly picking up on the fact that BdC doesn't 'smell' dark blue.

    And in essence, I think the dark blue trend comes from a few things - 'creating' a standardbearer in BdC, but very much relying on things that preceded it.

    ...

    Anyway...this definitely feels something more suited to the mainstream designer world of perfumery than anything niche. And I just think, on that basis, you can sort-of talk about a 'dark blue' scent profile. It's just...whatever is driving/focused on by designers in this decade, as separate from 15 years ago, and perhaps as will be the case in 5-10 years' time. It's as much Sauvage and it is BdC though.

    I'll wrap it up, but I think it's basically this: Synthetic-driven, 'new-clean', fresh but with prominent basenotes, day to night. That's 'dark blue'.
    I don’t have any answers to your thread question, as I generally find fragrances in the BdC “dark blue” category (as you’ve defined it) boring. However, you bring up some very interesting points that I mostly agree with. One thing I would change, however, it to call it “Dark Bleu,” (with the ‘e’ and ‘u’ switched) to give it that sort of “upscale banality” feel. Dudebrah in a suit.

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    No dark blue vibes... except (maybe) Copal Azur by Aedes de Venustas mentioned by checkmate.
    But incense creates this odd dissonance in my mind--perhaps it's my personal experiences since burning Frankincense
    has been a tradition in my family.
    And raw Omani frankincense (hogari) is a surprising creamy/incensy/animalic/lemony conundrum.

    onethinline's detailed description is good insight into the shift of the marketing and perfume strategy in 1-2 decades from citrus blasting, fresh, non aquatic but still subdued cologne profile like Eau Sauvage, Concentre d'Orange Verte Hermès (personal favourite) to a lengthy line of calone-emblemed aquatics (Sport pour hommes galore) to this new "fresh" which is very much shower-gel composite accord.
    I find BdC and current Sauvage bending at the tedious curve.

    Packaging does play a role, it creates an image, we have been influenced already before we have even touched the bottle.

    I understand where the OP is coming from.
    But my mind refuses to reconcile the colours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onethinline View Post
    I could be wrong, but it sounds like the OP isn’t asking about what scents smell like a dark blue color per se, but what scents belong in a particular modern category which can be tagged “dark blue,” with Bleu de Chanel as the template. Is that a fair summary? Seems like a reasonable topic.

    To me the common factor between something like BdC and, say, Dior Sauvage, to take the two pillars of this “dark blue” trend, is indeed a sort of worked-out and elaborated men’s shower gel vibe. Both turn on what has become a modern understanding of “shower fresh,” based on a generation of men’s shower products, in the same way older compositions relied on other touchstones for “fresh” and “soapy-clean” which were part of the vernacular of their day. And both BdC and Sauvage transition from a big, citrusy-aromatic, dihydromyrcenol-driven opening into dry downs which drier and woodsy. For BdC it’s a sheer, incense-like and vetiver-touched crisp woodiness, and in Sauvage it’s more musky, peppery, rough, and even a little sweaty.

    So, indeed, contrasted to a previous-generation aquatic or freshie like Allure Homme Sport, which develops into still-fresh sweet creaminess (a brighter register, if you will), you could say a feature of this “dark blue” category is the deeper, drier, woodsier character of their dry downs.

    Also, the absence of overt calone in BdC or Sauvage, keeping either from being proper aquatics. In that sense, a different take on “blue,” indeed.
    Well said.
    It is obvious some analytical rigor went into this response.
    I couldn't agree more - spot on.
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    OP -

    I 'see' your point in associating 'dark blue' with the mentioned offerings. I'd classify them as such too.

    I'd like to add Paco Rabanne's Pure XS and Pure XS Night.

    The bottles are rightly colored as well.

    On another note (though related), a spin-off investigation of an experiment I ran this year resulted in a conclusion I been wondering about for a while. Without getting into too much detail, I offer this: no 2 persons 'smell' the same thing from the same fragrance. Our minds create an understanding (imprint, mental note, etc) for each fragrance we smell, based mostly on memory and scent association. This is why people will often argue about how a fragrance smells, what other fragrance it smells like, what 'color' it is and so forth.
    Anyone who does not have synesthesia simply cannot understand your point in this thread.
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    I dunno, Mancera Aoud Blue Notes is about as "dark blue" as I care to go, though I do use Sauvage quite a bit. I wouldn't consider it a blue fragrance at all. Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue is another I wouldn't consider blue despite the name. Maybe I'm just not understanding what you are trying to say?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Yeah, this is a good summary of the genre. Shower gel freshness and fuzzy synthwood drydowns without featuring anything properly aquatic.
    Yeah, I think that's it.

    And thanks to @onethinline as well, nicely put. That's precisely what I think it is - but it's also latched on to in a wider way, challenging this idea of 'citrus opening, woody drydown', with a synthetic shower gel vibe throughout.

    It's absolutely a packaging thing as well, I'm not denying that - and I think it's a tricky discussion because of that - but it's not 'just' packaging. It's not incidental but that in itself is telling. It's deliberate, and it's linked to an 'idea' of dark blue (from Magritte to Patrick Bateman...) but, in reality, there is, of course, no 'dark blue' smell. Or, at least, it does relate to dark blue - but in largely abstract ways. Shower gel, navy suit, mature yet sexy masculinity. The only 'natural' element I understand is that it's 'bleu noir' (Narciso Rodriguez coming up with the perfect name) in that is is, literally, the colour of the late evening/early night sky.

    Anyway, I think I probably took it as given that people had sort of grouped 'dark blue' scents in to their own little category - but perhaps I'm wrong. Whether it's Sauvage, YSL Y, or Acqua di Gio Profumo, it does feel like *the* trend to me, and I just wondered if there was a way of basically listing everything that could be considered 'dark bleu'. But maybe it's just too vague and sprawling, and that's an interesting discussion point in itself, as has been raised.

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    Perhaps also something like Creed - Himalaya. A bit of a fresh, shower gel vibe with a woody base (but not as deep as something like the incense and vetiver in BdC)
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    IMO this could fit right in. It’s fresh, but not in a shower gel style, with some built-in dissonance. Packaging color /marketing copy are certainly factors of influence whether one cares to admit or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post
    It's absolutely a packaging thing as well
    That's all it is. It's just the packaging.

    There's nothing Blue about Bleu De Chanel other than the name. No water, no sky, nope. Bleu is a woody scent - harsh fake woods, to be exact (norlimbanol, among others). Chanel probably named it "Bleu" because they wanted a generic name for a major release that mall dudes wouldn't be afraid to try. For the most part, that means Blue, Black or Sport.

    Ever since Bleu became a hit house after house has flooded the market with synth wood nonsense releases. This has been the decade of harsh synth wood nonsense chemical bomb perfumery.
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