Before I go into my reasoning for this article I’d like to point out that I am by no means a fragrance expert in any sense of the word. I love my fragrances, I love smelling good and I know a good scent when I see one. Opinion is always subjective and you may have already clicked off this article in defiance as maybe you think Bleu De Chanel smells like a dead cat and that’s fair enough, but, Bleu De Chanel is one of the world’s best selling fragrances no matter what your opinion of it may be. For those of you who are still with me reading this, let me go into the reasons why I think Bleu De Chanel is the world’s best fragrance.
All fragrance lovers know that it doesn’t matter if the fragrance is branded or not as long as the longevity is good and it smells good. Just because a fragrance is branded doesn’t mean it is any better than a non-branded fragrance, it just means its more popular and usually more expensive. Where Chanel stands out thou, however, is in their quality. Chanel keep up a very high standard of quality throughout their fragrance line from the incredibly iconic Chanel No.5 for women, which has an intoxicating youthful and desirable scent, to Allure Homme Sport for men which has a rich, young and vibrant scent. Chanel are tried and tested perfumers with one of the best portfolios in fragrances across the board. If you go online and type in the top 10 fragrances for men or women. I can guarantee that almost all of them will feature a Chanel product in their rankings.
Bleu de Chanel is a masculine fragrance. The scent was launched in 2010 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jacques Polge. With notes of Pink Peppercorn, Citrus, Peppermint, Nutmeg, Vetiver, Grapefruit, Cedar, Labdanum, Jasmine, Incense Patchouli, Ginger and Sandalwood you can’t go far wrong. Like I say, I’m certainly no expert as you’ll see for yourself in the mini video review on this page but I did manage to pick out a few signature ingrediants when trying Bleu De Chanel for the first time.
Upon the first spray you are hit with a citrus and grapefruit scent instantly, and the first time I ever tried Bleu De Chanel I wasn’t a big fan of the initial spray straight off the bat. But the second it hits your skin and settles, the fragrance matures. As soon as Bleu De Chanel dries that’s when it evolves majestically into this woody aromatic, sensual, masculine and mature fragrance. I felt like a complete idiot walking around smelling my arm that I had just sprayed to test the fragrance but it was worth the weird looks.
The scent is mind-blowing and unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. Bare in mind I was trying the Eau De Toilette version, the Eau De Parfum version removes the initial citrus and grapefruit burst and gets straight to the good stuff. However, the Eau De Parfum version didn’t project as well as the Eau De Toilette version to me. Just my opinion of course.
Bleu De Chanel Eau De Toilette isn’t a big projector either thou don’t get me wrong. It doesn’t show off and command people to take note but when you’re up close and personal with someone, it’s there, effortlessly showing off its charm and drawing your subject ever closer. It’s a classy outfit and the folks who don’t ‘get it’ or like it usually have very strange alternative favourite scents. The next time you encounter someone who doesn’t like Bleu De Chanel ask them what their favourite scents are. You’re in for a real treat.
As for longevity, I think it depends on your skin. But 24 hours after spraying it on my wrist (and having a bath in that time might I add) I can still faintly smell it. Some reviews I’ve seen said it lasted 6-7 hours, others have said it’s 12-15 hours and here’s mine still going 24 hours on. It certainly isn’t projecting anymore as someone would need to be superglued to me to smell it still but 24 hours on and after a thorough wash. I think I must have got a damn good batch!
Above the Competition
Of course, Bleu De Chanel isn’t standing alone on this podium of awesome until we compare it to some of it’s closest rivals. Some common classics include Dior – Homme Intense, YSL – La Nuit de L’Homme and Dior Sauvage. All of which are wonderful fragrances in their own right. Before trying Bleu De Chanel, La Nuit de L’Homme was my go-to fragrance, forever getting compliments and just an all-round powerhouse of the fragrance world. When I tried Chanel however, I felt different. It oozes confidence and whilst La Nuit de L’Homme and Dior Sauvage, in my opinion, are more Club fragrances. Dior Homme Intense and Bleu De Chanel have that hint of maturity and suave about them. I couldn’t imagine a rich, young, successful business tycoon wearing YSL or Dior fragrance. Maybe that’s me being bias, but I just can’t see it. Bleu De Chanel is certainly the winner up against Dior Homme Intense by a country mile and it’s a scent that any young successful hotshot could pull off. The fragrance knows it’s good as it’s swimming in its own narcissism
The Facts Speak for Themselves
The best selling fragrance of all time, one of the most popular fragrances that usually features in any Top 10 fragrances list and a brand behind it that takes centre stage in the fragrance community. There is one brand thou however that I would like to try before I crown Bleu De Chanel the king of fragrances and that’s Creed. I hear so many amazing things about Creed fragrances and I’ve never had the chance to test one for myself. Their Green Irish Tweed fragrance in addition to Creed Aventus may be a good competitor for Bleu De Chanel. But when you factor in the price gap with Creed almost tripling the cost of a 50ml Bleu De Chanel bottle it’s clear to see why one is outselling the other. Nonetheless, I’d love to try out a sample of Creed’s range of fragrances and write another article comparing these two powerhouses in a head to head battle.