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Bleu De Chanel Perfume Review

Bleu De Chanel Perfume Review

A modern classic, Bleu De Chanel is seen as essential for the modern man. Combining alluring notes and often seen as an office staple, should you buy and wear Bleu De Chanel? We’re going to take a look at this fragrance in depth – let’s get started:

Brand And Perfume History

Chanel is a legendary fashion house that was founded by Gabrielle Chanel in 1910. Known as Coco to her friends, she pioneered the fashion industry and the brand is still going strong today.

The foray into perfumery started in 1921 with the now iconic Chanel No.5. The success of that perfume saw the creation of many other revered fragrances for both men and women.

Bleu de Chanel EDT came out in 2010 and was an instant success, ushering in a whole new era of men’s perfumes. It has such a reputation in the fragrance community that it’s lovingly known as BDC EDT. This runaway success saw Chanel release two flankers for Blue de Chanel EDT – Bleu de Chanel Eau de parfum and Bleu de Chanel Parfum.

Perfume Story

Chanel brought in master perfumer Jacques Polge with the creative brief to create a fragrance that is understated yet classy. Combining refined ingredients such as grapefruit, citrus notes, sandalwood and more, he created an aromatic blend that oozes class.

Perfume Bottle & Presentation

The bottle of Bleu de Chanel edt is very simple – a square shape coming in a very dark blue. Depending on whether you get the edt version, Bleu de Chanel EDP or Bleu de Chanel Parfum, the text on the front of the bottle will be a different shade.

On the lid of the bottle you have the classic Chanel logo and the dark blue hue of the bottle is nicely offset by the silver atomiser. The sprayer itself is incredibly good, as is custom with Chanel fragrances.

Our Thoughts

Bleu De Chanel is an absolutely stellar fragrance. I personally find it an extremely versatile scent that is perfectly suited for a more professional environment. The grapefruit is bright and airy whilst the base of sandalwood, musk, incense and cedar adds a bit of depth and manliness.

All in all, it’s an incredibly easy fragrance to like and when you wear Bleu De Chanel you know you’re going to be smelling upscale & classy.

How many sprays are required?

But what about wearing Bleu de Chanel? Well, it’s certainly not a nuclear powerhouse. Thanks to being designed for versatility, you need the average number of sprays. So that means if you’re wearing it as a signature scent, you’re good with 3-4 sprays, and for colder weather or evening wear you can push 4-6 sprays.

Bleu De Chanel can handle heat quite well, being a woody aromatic fragrance, so you can do a quick 2-3 sprays before a hot summer’s day.


Let;s get itno what the Bleu De Chanel smell is at every stage of the fragrance:

Top Notes




Pink Pepper

The opening of Bleu de Chanel is extremely bright. You immediately get a blast of citrus notes – the grapefruit and lemon are unmissable. The mint adds a nice sparkle of freshness, whilst the pink pepper isn’t very prominent but definitely detectable in the background.

Heart Notes




Iso E Super

After a few minutes, the mid of the fragrance starts to settle in as the citrus notes calm down. A tangy grapefruit and nutmeg combo pulls through and jasmine supplies a clean and gentlemanly backbone. The Iso E Super is hard to detect and is used more to help the notes push out and project more.

Base Notes







White Musk

The base of Bleu De Chanel is where it absolutely shines. The only word you can describe it as is classy. The dark incense and patchouli add a little bit of earthiness, whilst the woody notes really steal the show – the vetiver, cedar and sandalwood.

The labdanum and musk help the base to remain clean whilst giving a hint of freshness. It’s this earthy, woody freshness that makes it so popular for office wear.



Being made more for casual situations and office wear, Bleu De Chanel has a distinctly average sillage. It isn’t made to turn heads or gather attention. Instead, it sits a bit closer to you, so everyone who comes close will get a whiff of the refined, clean scent. The scent trail isn’t massive, but if you’re walking next to someone down a corridor, they’ll be able to smell the timeless scent.


Surprisingly, Bleu De Chanel actually lasts quite long – a good 8-9 hours. Of course, it won’t be projecting like crazy in those last few hours, but it’s clearly still there. This is surprising because lighter fragrances like this usually don’t last long. Either way, it’s perfect for the standard workday, although, in a hot bar, it may fade quicker.


The projection of Bleu De Chanel is just moderate and nothing to write home about. It does its job – which again is to make you smell respectable and classy, not announce your presence to everyone within 10 feet. If you’re after a fragrance that projects down the street, Bleu De Chanel isn’t the one. Something more refined and understated though? now you’re talking.

Target Market

The target market for Bleu De Chanel is clearly men – the woody notes make it undoubtedly masculine. Age-wise, anything 21+ as the lack of sweet notes totally strips this scent of playful aspects. If you work in a professional environment and want an easy-reach scent, you’re the perfect target market.

When to Wear

The refined nature of Bleu De Chanel eau de toilette makes it perfect for slightly more formal events – think anywhere you have to wear a shirt. It probably isn’t bold enough to dress fully ‘black tie event’ formally with, but depending on the vibe you’re going after maybe you could pull it off.

Summer, spring and autumn are going to be the best months to wear this fragrance. It doesn’t really suit the cold and thanks to the citrus facets the heat helps Bleu De Chanel really pop.

Day-to-day wear is totally fine, just make sure you dress alright – this is far too refined for just a stroll around your local supermarket in your scruffs!

This is more of a daytime scent and doesn’t really project well enough for nighttime activities – you’d be better off with Bleu De Chanel Parfum in that category.


When it comes to standing out, Bleu De Chanel definitely doesn’t. It’s made to be totally none offensive, with nice woody and citrus facets. This means if you’re looking for a fragrance that is a bit different, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Yeah it’s refined, has the quality of niche fragrances and smells nice, but it’s far too boring to be unique, sitting in the same vein as other aromatic ‘blue’ fragrances. If you like Bleu De Chanel EDT and want to stand out a bit more, you may want to try Bleu De Chanel Parfum, as that takes things a bit darker and is made more for evening events.

Value For Money

Is Bleu De Chanel worth the money? I’d say yes if you fall into a certain category. That category is you’re working in either an office or professional environment and need to smell well put together. It is a little on the higher end of designer fragrances when it comes to pricing, but if you’re after a beautiful fragrance that is a timeless classic for a reason, this is the one.

Pros & Cons


  • Incredible quality
  • Very classy and refined
  • Can be worn 3 seasons
  • Easy reach for professionals
  • Wonderful bottle
  • Pretty good performance


  • Can’t be worn in winter
  • A bit too refined for casual wearing
  • Smells a bit generic

Similar Perfumes

Bleu De Chanel Parfum

Bleu De Chanel Parfum is the latest flanker and some people consider it the best in the line. Bleu De Chanel Parfum takes the original DNA and adds some sweeter notes that help make the scent a bit less formal and a bit more seductive and alluring. Those notes include a rich tonka bean, sweet amber wood and pineapple.

Dior Homme 2020

Another easy reach for the professional is Dior Homme 2020. This is a really good fuzzy wood scent, that combines a zingy opening with a pretty unique cashmeran note that adds this very addictive fuzz. Plenty of people hated this when it comes out because it borrowed the name of one of the most loved fragrances of all time, but when you actually smell it, it’s incredibly addictive and of great quality.

Our Verdict

Bleu De Chanel smells great. Actually better than great – superb. It’s undoubtedly a classic for a reason, and the quality of the fragrance really shines. It’s a super easy reach for when you’re wearing a shirt and want to convey to people that you’re a well-put-together man.

Even though it’s a stellar scent, if you’re after something a bit darker and more mysterious, it may be worth looking at one of the flankers, such as Bleu De Chanel Parfum.

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