Charlie Blue Eau de Toilette

Charlie Blue (Eau de Toilette) by Revlon / Charles Revson
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Charlie Blue (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Revlon / Charles Revson for women. The release year is unknown. The scent is floral-chypre. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Blossoms, Geranium, Jasmine, Rose, Forest moss, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Musk

Ratings

Scent

5.9 (89 Ratings)

Longevity

7.1 (58 Ratings)

Sillage

7.1 (58 Ratings)

Bottle

4.9 (62 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 16.09.2020.
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7
Longevity
7
Sillage
5
Bottle
Elysium

376 Reviews
Elysium
Elysium
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Take A Chance On Me
"That's all I ask of you, honey, take a chance on me." 1973 was the year that the World Trade Center in New York became the tallest building in the world, films such as The Exorcist, American Graffiti, and Jesus Christ Superstar showed in cinemas, the ABBA became more and more famous in all the radios. Lieutenant Colombo was on the TV in every house. But it was also the year in which they launch the revolutionary Charlie perfume for the first time. If you are a lover of floral, aldehyde, and chypre accords, old-school from the seventies, and more mature stuff, this perfume is for you. I remember my sister wearing it while I was more into Chaz.

Nowadays, the box is in a metallic blue color, while the bottle with an exact triangular shape to the original one is now a little spartan, ordinary, still crystal clear. The spray is excellent, even if the finish is not very accurate. Given its price, what matters is the perfume inside, which appears in a beautiful amber color like fine cognacs. The rating makes me think about an underrated fragrance, probably because it is a drugstore scent, and once was so omnipresent.

Back to the fragrance, Charlie is a bitter green-floral chypre, full of citrus, aldehydes, blossoms, and moss. And today, it's far better on a man than a woman, at least the batch I own. The opening is full and deep in aldehydes, and It reminds me of the Chanel n° 5 Première with those similar hints of fresh carrot juice. As soon as the sparkling molecules calm down, the more floral aspects blooms, it smells like many flowers. The aldehydes and some aromatic herbs give it a bright and somewhat green opening, with a slight licorice facet. It is a crisp snap of citrus, dazzling and a little dry, rounded out by a hint of white floral and an early bitter edge of oakmoss coming in the foreground.

After five minutes, the floral accord intensifies, reinforced by pure jasmine and gentle rose, all sandwiched between relics of citrus and a relaxed, mossy base. It's raw, it's green, it's fresh, a touch powdery might be a healthy shot of orris in there, and pleasant. Its radiant florals are more sporty than sexy, the geranium and carnation greening the fragrance even more. The middle stage is green floral, not sweet.

The base is all about creamy woods and animal musks. The blend of vanillic aroma and sandalwood is dominant, and together with the musk, it results in a manly juice. In its dry down, which I smell right now, having had it on my hand for about an hour, it smells something leathery and rubbery, and it has a faint chypre-like dry down, which makes sense because of its citrusy top note and mossy-woody base notes.

I think I like Charlie Blue. It smells like it's made of cheap materials, but the structure is reasonably well-balanced, and its powdery citrus and mossy profile is unisex, bordering on being downright masculine. Because of the reformulation, its ingredients have been devalued, but the composition is still compact, and each note plays its role well. While the whole bitter chypre trend may feel outmoded, Charlie is always a pleasure to touch and wear, and it's good that I don't smell it on many people. Although they declare it as an EDT, it performs as an EDP. It smells earthy, woody, warm, not overly sweet, so it is suitable for cool evenings and nights in autumn. For the price, it's worth a blind-buy and a few outings. I have heard that Red layered on Blue is very interesting. Definitely worth trying with such a great price!

This review bases upon a 100 ml (3.4 Fl. oz) I own since Aug 2020, made in Spain by BEAUTYGE SL.

-Elysium
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7.5
Scent
9
Longevity
8
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5
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Primel
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Primel
Top Review    19  
An apple a day....
Charlie was omnipresent in the 70's and it was impossible to imagine life without him, as well as Swedish clogs or the unspeakable round haircut that all children were given (from which I was fortunately spared due to my strong natural curl, well I had other problems...). Everybody and everyone wrapped themselves in this scent: the sister, the aunt, all the cousins, even my needlework teacher (today's variety of scents was still a long way off). Except of course my ma, she already used a little more exclusive scents back then......

Charlie was even available as a cream perfume back then! Hidden in a silver apple hanging on a silver chain you could always carry your favourite scent with you, that was the hit :) My older sister generously gave me the precious jewelry with a little bit of perfume, which I guarded like the apple of my eye. Unfortunately it got lost in the course of the years (like so much...).

Recently I bought a bottle again, the current version is probably more tame, but the 70s feeling immediately returned. Charlie is of course a Chypre, that's why I like him so much. Totally unsweet, a bit scratchy and with a high recognition value, but nowadays an exotic. I can't unravel the individual fragrance components with the best will in the world, for me Charlie simply smells like apple! Not of poisonous green Granny Smith, whose pungent odeur was very popular in the 80s for scenting shampoo and detergents (all kinds of insects were also caught by the hype of that time!) No, Charlie smells like an old apple variety: Jonathan, Bernese rose apple, leather apple, varieties that you only find on certain markets nowadays. My grandparents still had these apple trees in the garden and the apples were stored in the cellar, that smells wonderful and that's exactly what Charlie reminds me of
Instead of kiwi, mango, papaya and co. I will simply take an apple a day again.

. . .keeps the doctor away :)

Thank you very much for reading! br />
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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
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4
Bottle
Jazzy76

320 Reviews
Jazzy76
Jazzy76
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Love me or leave me
"Love me or leave me " sang Nina Simone in a famous song...
This is what often happens with this fragrance: you must love it or you'll hate it .
When the first Charlie came out I was only a child and after a few years, the first time I smelled this fragrance, I was a teenager with very different tastes in comparison with the ones I have got nowadays and obviously I didn't like it at all this "strange" and intense flowery-musky scent .
Now that i'm 42 and I love the vintage fragrances and I re-discover the opulence of the late 70es and Eighties , I love this fragrance so affordable but intense and with a strong sillage and I Always keep a bottle or two on my toilette shelf!
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Awesomeness

247 Reviews
Awesomeness
Awesomeness
Helpful Review    7  
Historically important fragrance even if not wearable.
Oh, Charlie, you drugstore classic. On my visit to the big W today, I had to have a smell again. A 100ml bottle sells for around ten bucks and is frequently on sale for less. So tempting, but I resisted. Why?

Charlie's aldehydes screech on me, and not a little either. A lot. It was a good 2 hours before it calmed down. Has it been reformulated? I have no idea, but I clearly remember the screeching aspect of it. Coty Exclamation has the same characteristic on me.

There's something about the way these 1970s & 1980s floral aldehydes are formulated that make them impossible for me to wear. In fact, they all smell about the same to my nose because of it.

I can't believe this is what wore in the late 1970s & early 1980s, but these types of fragrances were among the best available scents for young women at drugstore prices. By this time, Jovan Musk & Skin Musk were no longer in, and Love's Baby Soft & Avon Sweet Honesty were for the pre-teen set. Charlie, Gloria, and Exclamation were about the best that teens had to wear (and could afford) ... that is, until Lady Stetson & Liz Claiborne came along and changed the mass market for good.
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DorothyGraceDorothyGrace 5 years ago
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7
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8
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5
Bottle
Charlie, in the main, smelt of oranges (to me). I never saw any of the flankers (how did I miss all those?).
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