Having first sampled it upon its release in 2010, I’ve been excited to be able to try Bleu de Chanel again for the purposes of a fragrance review.
In this review, you will discover Bleu de Chanel with a focus on the following topics:
- Bespoke Unit Fragrance Formula (BUFF)
- Fragrance Overview
- Blend & Performance
- Tested 3rd Party Feedback
- Fragrance Impressions
- Presentation & Value
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- Brand: Chanel
- Fragrance: Bleu
- Concentration: Eau de Parfum
- Release Year: 2010
- Batch Reviewed: 9202
- Olfactive Fragrance Family: Woody Aromatic
- Related Fragrances: Dior Sauvage, Guerlain Habit Rouge, Armani Code
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Released in 2010, Bleu de Chanel has become somewhat of a legend in the designer perfume industry. It was developed by Jacques Polge, the head perfumer of Chanel from 1978 until 2015. He first became known for Yves Saint Laurent’s Yves Gauche in 1970 but his work for Chanel includes Égoïste and Allure.
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Bleu de Chanel Composition
In the following section, we’ll break down Bleu de Chanel’s individual notes and accords, which you will discover is an overall woody aromatic fragrance.
Bleu de Chanel’s iconic opening consists of citrus contrasted against spice. The citrus is grapefruit and bergamot. The former is a zesty and bittersweet citrus fruit. Meanwhile, the bergamot is softer and slightly creamier.
Meanwhile, the spices are coriander and pepper. Together they produce kind of a minty accord. The pepper is a little bit more powerful and this potency adds substance to the opening.
Ginger then acts as a transitional note from the head to the heart, which is accompanied by jasmine and some creamy melon. The heart combines elements of fruit, flowers, and zesty spice. Overall, it’s complex and fragrant before seamlessly transitioning to the base.
When the heart fades, labdanum, a herbal musk, reveals itself. This note is accompanied then by some patchouli, which is quite earthy, olibanum, which is also known as myrrh, as well as some woody sandalwood. Overall, the base is quite musky, but it does have plenty of character with some oriental aspects, as well as woodiness.
Bleu de Chanel’s Life-Cycle, Wake & Strength
Bleu de Chanel’s dry down is seamless with subtle transitions throughout its life-cycle. As far its wake and strength are concerned, the sillage projection and longevity are all excellent. It lasts for hours on the skin, but if you want to give it some extra performance, you might want to carry a travel atomizer along with you.
Otherwise, the sillage leaves an impressive trail behind the wearer. The projection, the scent bubble, is quite wide. As for the longevity, as I mentioned, lasts for quite a number of hours. It’s easy to quickly become noseblind with Bleu de Chanel so don’t be fooled and overapply by accident, which happens very easily!
What People Think Of Bleu de Chanel
Meanwhile, the third-party feedback for this fragrance seems to be basically roaring all around. It’s the very definition of a compliment monster. People love it!
On the first day of wearing it for review purposes, I was getting my haircut and somebody told me that I smelled really good. With the Covid-19 lockdown still a very recent memory, it was quite good for my self-esteem!
This is a fragrance that is well-known for being universally adored by different people of many different generations. Although it went through a very popular period and was worn by many men, it hasn’t really overstayed its welcome, nor has it become a victim of its success.
Indeed, it’s a fragrance that is still enjoyed today and anyone who wears it will be, I wouldn’t say appreciated, but will certainly be noticed.
When To Wear Bleu de Chanel
In this review, you’re going to hear a lot about how versatile Bleu de Chanel is for wearing. Indeed, it can be worn throughout the year. It’s perfectly adaptable for different seasons.
While it might be a little bit heavy for summer or maybe a little bit too refreshing for winter, it’s going to perform valiantly throughout the entire calendar year thanks to the combination of fresh, warm, spicy, and citrus notes.
In terms of the age range, as I mentioned, this is a very universal fragrance. It can be worn by any man of any age. However, I put it down as 20 to 29, because I’d say this is the apex period of when you could wear it.
But at the same time, it smells great on you in your 30s and your 40s. It won’t feel out of place. It won’t feel too youthful nor will it feel too mature if you’re in your late teens wearing it.
Meanwhile, in terms of the time of day, again, as I mentioned, this is a versatile fragrance. It can be effectively worn during the daytime as well as the evening and night. Nevertheless, it might perform best as an evening fragrance.
I’d say Bleu de Chanel is more of a formal fragrance and it would go very well with black tie. That being said, it’s also a fantastic office for the fragrance, or it’s even something you could wear casually just going out on an evening out or even going to do your Christmas shopping.
This is a fragrance that you could wear for just about anything, anytime. Perhaps wouldn’t wear it going to the beach or going out to do the shopping. However, it’s something I would certainly consider for going to the office, if I’ve got an important meeting with a client, or if I’m going out on a special occasion.
Finally, in terms of masculinity, this is certainly a fragrance that you would generally consider as masculine. Indeed it is quite powerful. It’s very bold. Then again, I don’t see any reason why women couldn’t wear it. Nevertheless, I’ve noted the masculinity down as strong.
Presentation & Value For Money
Bleu de Chanel comes in a subtle yet elegant and understated plain bottle. It features just a sans-serif font on the front with the Chanel logo on the top of the stopper. the cap attaches with a magnet, which means that it doesn’t need to be clicked into place.
The bottle appears black at first. However, shining light through it reveals glimmers of dark blue and purple. The effect reflects the fragrance’s aura very well. The box is very similar to the bottle. It’s pretty much the same colour and uses an identical typeface.
When it comes to the atomizer, it performs very well. It produces a nice thin mist, a wide dispersal, and it gently lands on the skin. Actually, one thing worth noting is that because it’s so gentle, you feel like you’re applying very little, which makes it even easier to overspray.
Bleu de Chanel’s value for money is a challenging topic to cover fairly. It’s known to be quite an expensive fragrance is you will struggle to find it discounted as Chanel takes care to control its prices among distributors.
Is Blue de Chanel overpriced? It’s far cheaper than niche fragrances from brands like Creed or even Floris. Nevertheless, it’s still pricier than most other designer fragrances. However, given its quality and versatility, you could argue that it’s money well spent.
I first wore Bleu de Chanel about 8 years ago when it was given to me as a gift from my wife. I had emptied the bottle rather quickly but couldn’t afford to buy another. Therefore, I’m delighted to have been able to sample it again.
I’d argue that it hasn’t changed and is just as effective today as it was then. Indeed, it shows no signs of having being reformulated and smells just as great as when it was first released.
"Versatile, seductive, and elegant, Bleu de Chanel is the quintessential designer scent for the modern age even a decade after its release."