Friday, March 06, 2015

Bleu De Chanel Eau de Parfum

It was quite by chance that I my love affair with Bleu De Chanel started. A poorly planned (read I thought the missus was packing my aftershave) visit to Manchester resulted in me rooting around the wardrobe of a friend in search of smellies before heading out to dinner. 

Bleu De Chanel Eau de Parfum
The bottle after a little filtering....

Bleu De Chanel Eau de Parfum
The bottle unfiltered....
Apart from the shock of realising that most (read normal) people have two or three bottles I didn’t have much to choose from and none that I had used myself personally. Bleu de Chanel was chosen after a cursory sniff of each bottle and then boom, a new favourite was found, and then received for Christmas. 

Bleu de Chanel was not an aftershave I had seen that much of prior to using it the first time, but after that it was being advertised everywhere - billboards outside my local pub, in the magazines I read and then finally every time I looked around for something new to try.

A 50ml bottle of this baby can set you back upwards of £50. You can buy it here for the cheapest I can find it at £47.50. 

So, apart from the flashy adverts, what do Chanel say about their aftershave in the marketing blurb (I warn you now, massive flowery blurb alert)?

‘A spectacular scenario. An unexpected masculine spirit. BLEU DE CHANEL embodies a tribute to masculine freedom. Composed by Jacques Polge, the Creator of CHANEL Fragrances, BLEU DE CHANEL reveals itself in three acts.

ACT 1 - Freshness: A spirited burst of freshness ripples across the skin. A sense of liberating well-being is released. 

Citrus accord, Vetiver, Pink pepper.

ACT 2 - Energy: A rush of explosive energy galvanises the senses. The taste for action is electrifying. A positive current of vitality takes over. 

Grapefruit, Dry Cedar notes, Labdanum.

ACT 3 - The senses: The body gains an untouchable confidence, embracing a masculinity that is enigmatic, irresistible, impenetrable.

Frankincense, Ginger, Sandalwood.

Its enigmatic blue defies definition. Too blue to be black, too black to be blue. A bottle of dense, solid glass which blends authority with elegance. One of a kind, unlike anything else.’

Bleu De Chanel Eau de Parfum

See what they did there?!? They broke down the head, heart and dry down notes into acts…..genius (sarcasm alert).

So, in a nutshell, freshness, energy and masculinity. Did it deliver? Well yes, and it delivered in bucket loads, so much so it gave my all time favourite aftershave, Bvlgari Pour Homme a real run for its money.

Immediately after spraying on to my neck it was clear that this had a deep body to it. Rather being light like a citrus this feels almost heavy on the skin and it certainly is invigorating, its like being punched in the nose by someone holding a bunch of flowers. The Vetiver gives it a floral aroma and the pepper ensures that there is no danger of this being mistaken for a floral perfume. That deep body straight away screams that Bleu de Chanel is a man’s aftershave.

As the dry down starts the grapefruit heart takes the edge off the floral scent, it does become lighter while retaining the sharpness of pepper. It’s lovely, each stage of the process is, and personally I like smelling it evolve.

The ginger and sandalwood dry down notes blend superbly with the grapefruit making the final scent as a rich citrus and spice aftershave which will have heads turning. A few sprays of this and it motors on, and on. It lasts for hours and is prominent on the skin and to those around you.

I have been sat in bars when women stop and come in for a sniff. It’s universally loved - I can’t get enough of Bleu de Chanel. It has everything that I love in an aftershave, but considering the price, unlike me I would recommend this for special or romantic occasions. Personally I wear this most of the time and hence why after three months my bottle is about half full. 

If you want to get noticed for smelling lovely gents then I highly recommend Bleu de Chanel. 

In the words of Alan Partridge, “kiss my face”.

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  1. I absolutely love the scent of this, it is just so nice x

  2. I think it was obviously fate! I love the sound of this, especially the base notes. I don't know about a men's aftershave, I think I'd quite like this for myself! Tx

  3. Even the bottle looks so pretty! Definitely going to have to try and get a sample of this to try :)

    Ashleigh x
    Being Ashleigh blog

  4. Sounds like a great scent and something to gift to my hubby

    Pink Frenzy

  5. I've smelled this before, it's a lovely scent xxx Thou Shalt Not Covet

  6. i like how this bottle is a simple one, and still looks classy

  7. The bottle design in clean and simple, not sure my hubby would go for this one though

  8. This looks like a wonderful scent. I shall have to go investigate it! xxxx

  9. I love this smell and the other half will be getting it for his birthday next month! It's just sooooo nice I could smell it all day

    Amy x

  10. I love the bottle for this, looks very masculine

  11. I adore this fragrance, bought it for my Dad for the last few years running and he loves it too xxx

  12. I adore this fragrance, bought it for my Dad for the last few years running and he loves it too xxx

  13. I love this fragrance, bought it for my dad for the last few years and he loves it! xxx

  14. I have so much love for this fragrance and I am so glad Chanel decided to bring our a Parfume version! When I worked for Chanel I always loved talking about this fragrance because it was one of my favourites. I feel like it has similar feels to the Abercrombie and Fitch Fierce cologne which I absolutely LOVE!

    Sophia Meola | A Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  15. my boyfriend uses this and it smells incredible!

  16. that's definitely my favourite one *_*

  17. I have never smelt this, but hubs is wanting a new aftershave for this birthday so will certainly look at this one .. its so hard to know which to get but this does sound lush

  18. Saying that it has vitever in it makes me think that the reason i like it so much is because I love Tom Ford Grey Vitever. This is cheaper though and has more noticeable results in attracting attention - which isn't necesssarily a good thing....

  19. I haven't smelled this before but after the glowing review I want to now! It makes me laugh how perfume makers describe the scent... that's a work of art in itself!

  20. Love the bottle and like the idea of the grapefruit in it which is one of my favourite scents.


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