Bleu de Chanel

Bleu de Chanel has been on my bathroom shelf ever since it first launched in 2010. It is often in heavy rotation – I often opt for it lately. It’s a classic in my books. Whenever I wear the scent, someone stops to ask me what I am wearing. And a friend or two have been known to steal this scent and add it to their repertoire. Which I am fine with, after all, I want a better smelling world too.

Bleu de Chanel Bottle

Bleu’s fresh opening is beautifully balanced. Mint, grapefruit and citruses are sweetened with jasmine; it is spiced with ginger, nutmeg and pink pepper. The fragrance moves quickly to its drydown which is a wonderful accord of wood, musk, incense and vetiver. In short, Bleu is a purplish shade of blue. Fresh citrus and spices, a floral accord of jasmine with a fruity violet hue. The base is a powdery sandalwood note overpowered by vetiver.

What I like about Bleu is that it feels like a combination of the best of men’s fragrances from Chanel. It feels like it blends the metallic freshness of Allure Homme Sport (which I used to wear all the time) with the spicy effervescence of Egoïste Platinum and Dior Homme Sport.  Bleu is bright, vivid, and clean but with the ambery-woody core of the composition. I also love that it has a good lasting power – you can still get a sweet whiff of it at the end of a long day without reapplying.

This isn’t a groundbreaking scent – it’s not charting new territory. Rather it is a solid men’s fragrance; It just might be the best scent in the woody-citrus category. If you are going to own one fragrance in the citrus-woody category it should be Bleu de Chanel.

Available from $99 CDn through Hudson’s Bay

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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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