Antonio Banderas – Blue Seduction

Blue Seduction by Antonio Banderas is primarily classified as an amber fougère fragrance for men. 

Marketed towards men between the ages of 25 – 35, the fragrance boasts a modern, stylish, and masculine scent largely owing to its fantastic blend of bergamot, mint, melon, cardamom, oak moss, woods, and musk. 

This perfume, one of many Antonio Banderas fragrances, has been available for purchase in 30ml and 50ml bottles ever since its launch in July 2007. 

Overview

  • Brand: Antonio Banderas
  • Fragrance: Blue Seduction
  • Release: July 2007
  • Gender: Men
  • Perfumer: Antonio Banderas

Fragrance Notes

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Mint, Black Currant, Melon
  • Middle Notes: Green Apple, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Cappuccino, Sea Water
  • Base Notes: Amber and Woodsy Notes  

What Does Blue Seduction Smell Like?

It wonʼt take you long to admire the fantastic aroma of Blue Seduction. A couple of spritzes and your senses will start doing jumping jacks. 

In the beginning, youʼll detect melon and green apple aromas dipped into fresh aquatic notes. In short, you can expect a slightly sweet and fresh citrus opening.

During this time, the emergence of bergamot will also take you by surprise. And, if you have a trained nose, you may even notice the nice smell of the cappuccino accord, giving the fragrance a natural creamy vibe. 

While the juicy melon notes last throughout the life span of the fragrance, the cappuccino accord only makes a brief appearance.

As the scent enters its final phase, hints of wood, cardamom, and mint begin to appear from the shadows, giving it a more masculine touch.

It definitely prospers thanks to its sensational aromatic construction. 

This exotic fruit fragrance is, by far, one of the best-smelling colognes around. However, it does lack in some areas. 

How Long Does Blue Seduction Last For?

It smells great—period. However, its fantastic aromatic construction is deeply mutilated by its below-average performance. 

Regrettably, this fresh perfume only lasts around three – four hours. And, to make matters worse, many users have complained that it has close to zero projection and sillage. 

It works best for those who are willing to carry a small decanter with them for top-ups every now and then. Since the cologne doesn’t have a strong scent, it may be best suited for close-quarter encounters. 

Additionally, it doesn’t have a good shelf life either. 

When Should You Wear It?

Although this sweet scent is ideal to wear on summer nights, it could very easily be worn in late spring or early fall too, due to its sweet melon aromas. 

The fresh smell is also suitable for casual wear. And, since it is inoffensive and classy, it works as a great scent for office wear as well.

Presentation and Value For Money

If I were to judge this Eau De Toilette on its scent alone, I would rate it as one of the best amber fougère fragrances around. However, I must be critical and, therefore, scrutinize its sillage and performance as well. 

Regrettably, it falters in both departments and, as such, canʼt be placed among the great cheap fragrances in the value-for-money category. 

Nevertheless, at $17 – $22 for a 100ml bottle, it’s still worth purchasing. And a 200ml bottle will cost you approximately $33.

The Bottom Line

Considering its cheap price tag, this summer scent punches above its weight. However, it doesnʼt do itself any favors with its poor performance, projection, and sillage. 

With that being said, it will still make a fantastic, inoffensive addition to your perfume collection. If youʼre on the hunt for an affordable everyday fruity, fresh scent, go for this masculine fragrance without hesitation.

Perfumes that Smell Like Blue Seduction

After careful examination, I’ve discovered that Blue Seduction smells quite similar to Versace Eau Fraiche. However, there are some major differences between the colognes. 

For instance, Blue Seduction has a much more masculine opening as it is less sweet and flowery.

If you think that it doesnʼt offer good enough longevity, consider Kenzo Homme Eau De Parfum 2016. Though similar in price and smell, Kenzo offers a more balanced performance.

Antonio Banderas’ scent also shares similar DNA with the Ferrari Cedar Essence 2014 and Kenneth Cole Black For Men 2003.