Bleu de Chanel EDP is a superstar in the men’s cologne community. Ever since Chanel released this scent, the brand has received enduring praise for its balanced composition. I purchased the Parfum version years ago and didn’t discover the EDP until recently. What a foolish mistake that was. In today’s review I’m going to share with you the main aspects of the EDP that I wish I’d known sooner.
What does Bleu de Chanel EDP smell like?
Bleu de Chanel (BDC) EDP is a citrusy incense scent, with aromatic, woody, and amber attributes. In detail, it contains notes of grapefruit, lemon, incense, mint, ginger, amber, and woods.
When I first spray this, the citrus notes immediately emerge on my skin. The combination of grapefruit and lemon smells fresh and juicy.
These opening notes are paired with a mysterious incense accord that appears early. However, don’t be misled – its usage is harmonious and never detracts from the citric crispness. Furthermore, the incense inclusion actually reminds me somewhat of Acqua di Gio Profumo.
As BDC EDP develops, this opening citrus-incense combination is then sprinkled with some subtle spice which gives the aroma balance. Notably, it’s the mint and ginger that are responsible, permeating an effervescent zing in the background.
The dry down is where two brooding elements of BDC come out to play:
- The emergence of an amber accord that provides darkly sweet warmth; and
- Various woods that add a masculine essence and expand the scent further.
However, the deeper aura of amber and woods never detracts from the refreshing elegance that manifests.
Overall, I define Bleu de Chanel EDP as a grapefruit and incense cologne, that develops to reveal mild aromatic spices, expanding further to unveil luxurious amber and woods.
BDC is sophisticated and lively, mellowing into a base that provokes intrigue. The way Chanel has carefully balanced the spirit of a classy professional with alluring seducer is admirable.
Have a look at the comments from this reviewer:
Not sure how anyone can dislike this. It’s safe but beautiful. The amber sticks out for me but it has enough freshness to be worn in the warmer weather. Performance is good on my skin. I chose this over the EDT because IMO this is more sensual. My wife loves it and I have to agree.Fragrantica.com
Rating the Projection and Longevity
I rate the performance of Bleu de Chanel EDP as moderate.
My testing reveals that this projects out from the skin for the first 3 hours, then settles closer for 5 hours more. Therefore, you’re looking at around 8 hours of total longevity with this one.
Guys, although this isn’t an intimate performer, it’s not beast mode either – it sits somewhere in the middle.
When can you wear it?
The professional and seductive qualities of Bleu de Chanel EDP supply it with generous range.
For example, the citrus elements allow this to be worn in the office, casual situations, and warmer weather. Equally, the amber and woody nuances provide relevance for cooler temps, special events, and romantic nights.
As well rounded as this is, for truly freezing or searing temperatures, you should choose something tailored specifically to those extremes.
Lastly, if you’re a younger guy under 20, I’d steer you toward Versace Dylan Blue first. It has more age-appropriate facets like tonka and ambroxan, and it’s more playful overall.
Bleu de Chanel EDP – You’ve gotta check it out
Bleu de Chanel EDP has impressed me lately and you should aim to get your nose on it.
I appreciate how Chanel has balanced the spirited opening of grapefruit and incense with the enticing, dense notes in the base. BDC EDP feels composed and stylish throughout, despite a rising enigmatic streak that draws others in closer.
Its inoffensive nature, respectable performance and broad adaptability make it near impossible to falter if you decide to spray this one on.
Talk again soon.