Narcisio Rodriguez for him Bleu Noir EDP

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Narcisio Rodriguez for him Bleu Noir EDP

Narcisio Rodriguez for him Bleu Noir EDP

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For Him Bleu Noir EDP doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it wasn’t really setting out to. This woody-musky-fougèreish DNA has been done before, and will likely seem somewhat familiar to most. This fragrance isn’t “out there” in any way. But the distinguishing factor here is the quality of the composition and blending. American design house Narciso Rodriguez, of course, is no exception. Their Bleu Noir line was initiated in 2015 with the release of For Him Bleu Noir Eau de Toilette as a flanker to the original For Him. Bleu Noir now has two flankers of its own, one of which, Bleu Noir Eau de Parfum, is the subject of this review. There isn’t a time or place, in my view, where it would be out of place. Work, date night, casual, formal, summer, winter, whatever – Bleu Noir EDP is a Swiss Army knife kind of a fragrance that will work most anytime and anywhere. Similar Fragrances Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir Parfum is embellished with subtle musky accents and vetiver accord familiar to Dior Homme Intense Eau de Parfum. Narciso Rodriguez for Him Bleu Noir Eau de Parfum by Narciso Rodriguez is a Woody fragrance for men. Narciso Rodriguez for Him Bleu Noir Eau de Parfum was launched in 2018.

I’d say that Bleu Noir is relatively linear, meaning that it doesn’t offer up a vast olfactory journey, but there is a slight shift in nuance as it dries down. Things soften and the density of the top notes opens up a little, allowing for a sense of space to be created. Ashen woods blend with the dryness of cardamom, creating the darkness evoked in Bleu Noir’s name. It takes the opening’s freshness and it pulls it right to the depths of each note, giving the impression of dark blue fabric tailored to perfection. As with all of Narciso Rodriguez’s fragrances, musk plays a large role, adding a soft breeze of elevation that gives Bleu Noir a smooth finish. Bleu Noir EDP is an incredibly versatile fragrance that is suitable for all-season, all-occasion wear. Bleu Noir EDP comes in a simple, dark blue cardboard box with the name of the house and fragrance listed on the front. There aren’t any frills about the box presentation, and so I haven’t kept it. This handy dandy image here comes from Google. Bottle The drydown, which begins shortly after the opening and remains mostly the same throughout, is dominated by smooth musk, and a rich chord of warm woods and amber.

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Between Dior’s Sauvage and its many iterations, Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel, YSL Y EDP, and Dolce & Gabbana’s K and Light Blue (among many others), the blue fragrance marketplace is crowded to say the least. Almost every major designer house has released their own take on the genre, and it’s easy to see why: blue sells. In the heat, the woods and vetiver are more prominent on my skin. In the cold, however, the amber and creamy musk take center stage, and the fragrance assumes a more powdery character, with the woods peeking through in the deep drydown. As a Parfum, the scent is the highest fragrance concentration, lasting between 6 to 8 hours on the skin – it’s the strongest of the collection. For Him Bleu Noir Eau de Parfum has very good lasting power for a fragrance of its genre. With four to five sprays on both clothes and skin, I get around eight hours of solid longevity.

Taking that into consideration, I’d recommend Bleu Noir EDP for men twenty-five and up who want a versatile, easy to wear signature fragrance that isn’t going to choke anyone out. When To Wear It It’s just a bit quieter and more reserved than the brash and loud men’s fragrances that are in vogue at the moment. A few weeks ago we talked about the association between scent and colour, and how a fragrance can showcase a vast array of shades and effects. One brand that seems to think of colour when it creates perfume is Narciso Rodriguez. For their original fragrance, they created the olfactory equivalent of pink satin, whilst NARCISO was an ode to the nude tones of beige and their masculine For Him is as grey as a scent can be. It’s not just the power of suggestion in the shades of the bottles either, these scents all have a distinct hue making the Narciso Rodriguez collection one of the most finely tuned out there. Déclaration is a complex composition, rich and spicy and woody and dirty and full of twists and turns. By comparison, Bleu Noir EDP is an exceedingly simple fragrance, in the best way. Trim Déclaration of all its sharp edges, smooth it over and round it out, and you’ll be in the ballpark of what Bleu Noir EDP smells like. Fans will instantly recognise the iconic bottle shape. But for the first time, the Bleu Noir is dressed in an elegant blue outer lacquering, without interior lacquering for a slightly translucent touch. The matte navy cap adds the final luxurious touch, whilst the deep colour expresses its mystery and intensity.

Taking that, in addition to the quality of the ingredients, composition, and performance, I would deem Narciso Rodriguez For Him Bleu Noir Eau de Parfum as having very good value for money. Who’d Like It Bleu Noir EDP creates a very pleasant but restrained aura around you, which in my book is the best kind of projection. This won’t announce your present at forty paces like Dior Sauvage, but anyone who gets close will not fail to get a whiff. Value For Money And if you’re curious to know more about projection and sillage, feel free to peruse these articles. If the name Bleu Noir leads you to expect something evocative of the deep blue sea then you need to give your expectations a good talking to because that is not what this fragrance is about. Not in the slightest. Bleu Noir is a sexy melange of spice and woods that feels as rugged as designer stubble. A pepper-soaked grapefruit note brings freshness but it’s a sharp, warm and slightly sweaty kind of freshness that feels multi-faceted and more than just a little bit sexy. This clash between freshness and woody spice forms a large part of Bleu Noir’s signature, making for a bold wear.

American fashion designer Narciso Rodriquez created the Narciso Rodriquez collection to represent his style and personality. He wanted to create a fragrance range that has a powerful identity that will both surprise and seduces. The newest 2022 addition For Him Bleu Noir has been created for a man who defines his own singularity; bursting with warm-woody notes this Parfum brings a sensual and mysterious addition to the For Him lineup… For those looking for increased longevity, simply amp up the sprays. If you usually do two or three sprays, try four or five. If you usually do four or five, try six or seven. This is not likely to choke anyone out or cause offense to any but the most sensitive of noses. Bleu Noir EDP is not a “beast mode” fragrance and shouldn’t be considered as such. However, I find its performance to be more than acceptable. Projection & Sillage The fragrance is balanced between density and transparency, much like the bottle itself. When I smell Bleu Noir EDP, I imagine a sheet of dark, cobalt blue glass, opaque but yet somehow transparent enough to see through, behind which a light blue light shines.We believe that fragrance doesn’t have a gender – any fans of musky, sexy scents can enjoy this Parfum. I have the 3.3 oz (100 ml) bottle. It is very nice, made with heavy, dark cobalt glass. The outer part of the bottle is lighter, a bit more color-saturated shade of blue and more translucent. The inner part of the bottle, though, is a deep, dark shade of blue that is entirely opaque. Blue within blue. You can see that there’s a bit of wear and tear on my bottle. I’ve put it through the ringer. The dominant scent profile of Bleu Noir EDP is that of the characteristic Narciso Rodriguez smooth, creamy, clean musk, undergirded with amber, woods, and vetiver. As such, Bleu Noir EDP bears some resemblance to other Declaration-likes, such as S.T. Dupont’s Pour Homme, released in 1998, and the more recent and highly affordable 1920 The Origin by Tous. But again, these fragrances are more focused on spice. While Bleu Noir EDP does have some faint spiciness, you will notice that no spices are listed in the note breakdown. Creamy musk and woods are the star of the show here. Pros & Cons Pros

As often as I’ve mentioned other “blue” fragrances such as Bleu de Chanel or Sauvage in this review, For Him Bleu Noir Eau de Parfum doesn’t really smell like any of them. Warm, musky and utterly addictive, the Blue Noir Parfum combines sharp citruses and deep musks with signature Narcisco Rodriguez notes for a seductive long-lasting scent. The For Him Bleu Noir Parfum opens with wafts of aromatic citrus before drying down into the sensual and familiar Narciso Rodriguez’s signature heart of musk. To finish Bleu Noir projects a delicious vanilla tonka bean enhanced by a smoky base of vetiver, leather and santal accords that linger on the skin for an addictively moreish trail that’s unforgettable. Narciso Rodriguez For Him Bleu Noir Eau de Parfum is a unique take on the “blue” genre. Featuring Narciso Rodriguez’s characteristic musk note, the fragrance is warm, rich, and woody, but fresh, making it perfect for all-season wear. It also offers excellent performance and value for money. So, in a blue world, what does Narciso Rodriguez For Him Bleu Noir Eau de Parfum bring to the table?Master Perfumer, Sonia Constant, known for her signature Narciso Rodriguez fragrances including the whole Narciso Rodriguez For Him collection, strikes again with the newest chapter in the For Him story.



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