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Usually when I buy an Eau De Toilette (EDT) aftershave product and if I like it, I usually go and seek other accessories to go with the fragrance, making the original product last longer when relying on other ways of supporting the initial scent. After the success of Allure Homme Blanche by Chanel I decided to return to House of Fraser and seek out a body wash, but disappointed to find that this company in Glasgow didn't have any in stock. The sales desk offered me a stick deodorant (but the amount of alcohol in the product put me off) and the final product that seemed to tick boxes comes in the form of the after-shave balm of Allure Homme Blanche by Chanel. Quantity wise it's a 50ml bottle that costs on average between £25 to £40 and £42 to £55 for the 100ml. Quite a steep price and for such a small quantity, even if the bottle is frosted, classic looking and has a black pull stopper lid, it is still an awful amount of money to pay for the after-shave balm. However like with most things I buy I tend to think about versatile uses with my fragrance accessories.
Lets be honest though. An after shave balm isn't a product that receives a 50/50 purchase with every bottle of EDT sold, therefore it should be cheaper. After all, spend £25 on average extra and you could come away with a bottle of the EDT alone! It was a conversation point that I made the effort of approaching with the stern Chanel girl and she did admit that whilst it isn't a big seller, they can't really discount the price on this product alone. Instead she gave me the usual freebies after purchase as a sweetener to the deal but I did feel quite disappointed on the price of £45. At least the 100ml quantity alone far weighed out the better bet against the smaller quantity even though the scent out of the bottle carries the familiar scent of Allure Homme Blanche.
Back home and after wet shaving quite literally I put on some of the liquid from this product bottle. This is the best test to see if this balm stings but I'm not surprised that it doesn't as Chanel usually sticks to their promise and even when dry shaving, there is no stinging either when the balm is applied. The frosted look of the bottle is of course classy matched by the small writing on the bottle, but there is no spray button or anything other than just an open top to lend its "splash on, waste a lot," design. Just as well I keep a handy Boots travel non-pressurized spray bottle in the bathroom suitable for these kinds of products! This highly expensive balm juice is worth considering on the basis that it smells fairly strong and has a long lasting ability. However I found I wasted most of it splashing it on my hands initially and then liberally patting my face "as men do," when applying such products. It is far more economical to use a spray bottle in this respect like a Boots travel bottle and the liquid that comes out has a slight yellow tint to it. Thus, when used sparingly, a lot of the fragrance seems to go a long way.
In terms of staying power, the fragrance mirrors the fresh and pine/lemon like fragrance of Allure Homme Blanche. In this product however although there is a fair amount of the base tones of woody and cedar scent evident, the familiar sandalwood and ginger is retained but also there is more lemon/citrus aspect that is fairly welcomed to boost the original top scents of Allure Homme Blanche. Bearing in mind that this is non-stingy formula it's a wonder to how Chanel have put the citrus in without the sting. Although the original fragrance is something I feel comes alive during the evening, at times the after-shave balm has a sporting quality, which is greater than the EDT alone. I've noticed that whenever I've used the after-shave balm on top of the EDT, the scent does indeed last longer during the day. Apply the balm without the aftershave, and whilst it isn't strong enough to last 24 hours, it does a good job of giving a slightly different approach to the original fragrance and appears quite fresh and long lasting. The balm is therefore the perfect booster to accompany the EDT - but then at the price, it should!
One further advantage to this balm is that it leaves my skin feeling relatively soft and smooth. It doesn't dry my skin out like a toner, so it's just as well that it does what it says.
The strength of the fragrance however is a great addition in the bath! See what I mean about versatility? I discovered this when I decided to have a long stretch but ran out of my usual Radox bath oils. A couple of sprays under the hot water tap made my bathroom quite intoxicating - you can do this with a lot of after shave balms but most of the product is lost after the shower steam has evaporated. With Chanel's product here though, there was still quite a scent in the bathroom well after the steam had evaporated and the after scent is relaxing, almost dreamy but saved by the citrus.
Largely the price of this product is its biggest downside, especially for such a small quantity on offer but at the very least you get more if you buy the 100ml than the smaller 50ml bottle. Another downside is the design of the bottle - not the open arrangement of its top dispersal- but the fact that the bottle itself is pretty narrow and falls over easily if it isn't put on a level surface despite its squarish appearance. The fact that it is also made of glass and although feels substantial means it's more at home hiding in a man's toiletry bag than out on the open. I don't think its frosted glass thickness is enough to keep it intact if it was accidentally fall into a washbasin. All in all a good product with a quality long lasting fragrance that does what it says whilst also being quite versatile and rich in its content. Thanks for reading! (c)Nar2 2010
This version of the famous men's fragrance Chanel Allure Homme is a luxury edition in a simple light-coloured but elegant bottle. In the history of Chanel house colour, white has played a significant role. This time the accent is put on the fragrance for men created by Jacques Polge as a 'diamond fragrance', what means that this is a fragrance with many facets, or to be precise, the strength of the fragrance is reappearing with the fragrant levels.The first level brings spicy aromas of black pepper united with pink pepper from Madagascar. The second level brings in fresh aromas with the scent of leather, Sicilian lemon, Calabrian bergamot, and sandalwood which gives it a depth.The third level introduces oriental accords with Brazilian Tonka, white musk, Haiti vetiver and sandal wood. This level also reveals aromas of ginger and velvety vanilla wrapped in amber. The fourth level brings woodsy accords of cedar wood which add to the masculine character of this fragrance.