There are countless products out there that can simply be described as hate it or love it. Unfortunately, when it comes to cologne and perfume (in my opinion) I don’t think that’s a very good type of product to be using.
It’s very possible that a bad first impression influenced my overall experience with this product, but my negative opinion began with the packaging, and didn’t stop there. I understand the idea behind putting this cologne in a grey, wool flannel pouch, the name of the fragrance is Grey Flannel after all, but I thought it just wasn’t enough. A big part of cologne is the total experience, including the packaging, so I think the choice to go with something so plain was a mistake.
Now to follow up on how I started this review, I don’t think the fragrance market is the right place to be selling a product that produces such mixed feelings. While I understand that at least part of the reason some people wear cologne is for themselves, it’s definitely something that’s used to help influence how people to perceive you. While I realize this isn’t the case for everyone, I’m willing to bet it is the case for the vast majority of people. That being said, if you’re trying to start off with a good impression, I would recommend a fragrance that’s generally liked, rather than one that’s loved by some and hated by others.
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The most notable thing about this fragrance, for me at least, wasn’t even in regards to the smell of the cologne itself, but rather that I couldn’t decide what I thought about it (from a review standpoint).
I was actually considering, in what is an extremely rare decision for me, to give this product a (?) rating, or rather an unclear rating in which I couldn’t decide if it was a good product or not. In the end I realized a lot of my complaints weren’t even that negative, and that rather than even being average, the product actually deserved a relatively high rating of 7/10.
Following the pattern of being a hard product to make a decision about, it’s a hard product to even give a concise review of while still being coherent. That being said, I think the most appropriate course of action would be to separate the review into a classic pros and cons list.
- Very reasonably priced. ~$10.00 for a 3.4 oz. bottle, and ~$56.00 for a 10.2 oz. bottle
- Very ‘clean’ almost undefined smell (also a possible con, listed below).
- Long lasting but not very strong, can be applied in the morning without needing to be re-applied at any point throughout the day, but will definitely just be a trace of the smell by later hours.
- Nicely designed bottle, perfect for what the cologne is, it’s definitely understated, not too crazy, but not too plain.
- No distinct smell. While it’s a nice fragrance, it’s not really distinctly anything (fruity, musky, outdoors, fresh, etc.).
- Sometimes too weak. While it’s good to not have an overwhelming scent, this product seems almost underwhelming.
- While it lasts all day, the smell does noticeably become less and less apparent, and needs to be re-applied if somebody is going for a stronger scent (in which case this probably isn’t the right product anyway).
Overall, I think Nautica Blue Eau De Toilette is fantastic for the niche it’s in. It’s cheap enough that it can be added to any cologne collection as a sort of no-brainer. It’s just something that’s good to have, and with its price that isn’t unreasonable I would certainly recommend it.
You can find this product, and other colognes made by Nautica at their online store.
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