I reviewed this Chanel perfume for men a first time back in January, in a previous incarnation of this perfume blog. I loved it back then: I found it cl
assy and masculine, mysterious without being dark, and quite sexy too, with the main quality being the elusive haziness of the spices.
Then, a couple of days later, a person whose opinions in matter of perfumes I always valued, trashed my lyricism, saying that Bleu de Chanel smells like good a guy, one who goes to church every Sunday. Nothing against church-goers of course, but it slightly clashed with my idea of mysterious sophistication. I shrugged off the commentary as a difference in views, with just a tiny bruise on my ego. Flash forward eight months, and with the Bleu Chanel review ready to be republished, I decided to get to the bottom of it. And I hate to say it, but that person was probably right.
I got the same opening this time around, spicy right off the bat, but with pretty interesting orangey notes as a counterpart. And then, all the mystery gone, the deep bouquet of spices non-existent: Bleu by Chanel became a typical spicy-clean, as dull as dishwater. Even the Chanel-ness of the first time (which means same stuff you smell around, but better quality) was gone.
What happened? Perfume happened. If you decide to try perfumes more than once, just to be sure, you might get the same feeling over and over again, if you’re lucky. Or, you might be smelling a different thing all the time. It happened before with Idole D’armani Eau De Toilette: three tries, three different stories. With Chanel Bleu For Men there were only two, but I’ll stop here.
Please try it if you have the chance, and let me know if it makes you feel like Gaspard Ulliel or Ned Flanders.
And here is a comparison of Bleu de chanel vs…YSL L'Homme
L’Homme is brighter
Bleu is slightly darker
L’H is for when you’re dressed in bright colors
B is for when your clean-shaven
L’H is more floral
B is spicier
L’H won’t speak much, requires more personality
B can speak for you
Full review of YSL L’Homme here