Here in my latest installment of fragrance reviews, I’m going to take a closer look at Nautica Blue. This scent is in the lower end in terms of price for men’s colognes. There can be some good deals and great finds at really great prices. Is Blue one of them? Read below for my take. Also see: Nautica Voyage N-83 Review and Nautica Blue vs. Nautica Voyage Comparison
Notes include: Musk, cedar, bergamot, sandalwood, peach, pineapple, water lily
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Nautica Blue contains fruit notes such as bergamot, peach, and pineapple. However, I wouldn’t classify it as a fruity fragrance at all. It’s more along the lines of an aquatic/woody scent and the fruit notes add a layer of freshness to it. While they don’t smell the same, I am reminded of Polo Sport when I try out Nautica Blue, as they share the cedar, musk, sandalwood, and bergamot notes. It’s that same clean type of marine aroma you would get from Polo Sport but the Polo fragrance is better in my opinion.
To describe this cologne I would use the words fresh, crisp, clean, soapy, aquatic. It’s a very safe and straightforward fragrance that won’t surprise you with anything unique but it won’t overwhelm you either. I do find the cologne attractive, it is pretty basic however, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing for the price you’d pay for a bottle.
It’s projection is fairly moderate and definitely seems to have a short half life. Nautica Blue is usually going to last anywhere between 2-5 hours, depending on the circumstances in which you wear it. Not a great longevity by any means but at this price point, one could afford to respray it as needed.
Overall, I’d say it’s a decent buy but nothing that will blow you away. It’s a good way to smell fresh during the warmer months of the year and could be a solid option for a guy on a tight budget. I prefer Nautica Voyage over this, however, you might prefer Blue between those two. I think that this is still one of the best smelling Nautica colognes, but rather middling versus other brands in this price range. Fresh, simple, and you know what you’re getting out of it.