A better version of Dior Homme Sport, in my opinion. Less harsh and more refined. It's all about sharp citrus and musk but it's all done very smoothly.
Hours into the drydown, it reminds me of a toned-down, less dynamic version of Edition Blanche. Not saying it's not good, in fact, I really like the Cologne version, but EB is just its own animal. The late drydown is just very nice and smooth, reminding me of the original AHS.
Average projection and longevity, lasts about 6-7 hours.
One of thee most citrus fresh frags out there. think of summer and sun and you'll nail it with this one. bought a bottle last summer and liked it more and more every time I sprayed it. Not overpowering but you notice it more or less all day. Just bought another bottle for this summer but it's kind of pricey. Chanel doesn't discount anything so be ready to pay a healthy price. Got mine on ebay for a reasonable rate.
If you like lemon/lime/grapefruit and just a touch of spice give it a try, you won't be disapointed
Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne is an odd hidden gem. It bears no relation to the rest of the Allure Homme line outside of perhaps Edition Blanche. Even then it stands quite distinct.
If it weren't for the somewhat gaudy presentation Allure Homme Sport Cologne might be more of a hit among aficionados. It's far more reminiscent of classic chypres such as Pour Monsieur or Eau Sauvage than modern ones to my nose.
The citruses are distinct and almost thirst-quenching. Lemon, bergamot and citron play well together with sweet, tart and bitter elements intermingling in the opening. The very clean white musk alongside the tonka bean mellows out the fragrance in the dry down though it still very much retains its citrus accords.
Allure Homme Sport Cologne is a perfect fragrance for hot weather, particularly here in Los Angeles. I wear this to lunch, errands, day dates even the gym. It's easily one of the freshest, enduring scents I've smelled in a long while. It may lack a certain formality, but not sophistication.
I think Chanel nailed the "sport" aspect of their Allure Homme Sport flanker lines better with Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne (2007) than any other before or since. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne takes the citrus and musk facets of the original Chanel Allure Homme Sport (2004) and separates them out from the rest of the fragrance, building up a fragrance that is very much like a traditional eau de cologne, but ironically without the neroli that the original Chanel Allure Homme Sport had. This is a very light and leisurely old-school "sport scent" that is meant to be worn during high physical activity or on a hot day, so it doesn't have tons of sillage or longevity, but neither is it meant to in my opinion. Usually fragrances like this come across as cheap, uninspired, dull rehash of aquatic and/or citrus tropes propagated since the early 90's, but Jacques Polge was around for that time in perfume history, so he is wise enough to avoid those pitfalls here, delivering a modern "freshie" for house Chanel with some timeless qualities not found in most competition for the market this fragrance serves. No Nautica or Kenneth Cole will ever come off smelling quite as natural in development as this, and that's not to say that synthetics don't exist within Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne, because they do, it's just they unfold with an uncanny natural cadence alongside the more botanical elements.
The opening of Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne is grapefruit, bergamot, lime, and the grandfather of all citrus fruits: the citron. Most of the time, citron has only really appeared in older fragrances calling for citrus tops as a softer/warmer replacement for bergamot, and a cousin of the citron known as Yuzu also became fashionable in the 90's for use in fragrance for roughly the same reason, thanks in particular to L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake (1994). Here in Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne, the citron brings it's soft and dry slightly-herbal accord to bear against the other zestier and juicier citrus fruits in the top, and makes a unique character when combined with resinous elemi that smells greener than it really is at first. From there, lovage comes into play, and it is an old medieval variety of parsley with more aroma than the culinary kind currently used in most kitchens, reinforcing the greener elements from the citron and elemi, negating the need for the usual eau de cologne kitchen herb melange. Cedar, white musk, Iso E Super, and some pepper round out the base of this otherwise simple affair of unique ingredients, and Chanel Allure Home Sport Cologne finishes in a soft musky woody glow that will last until you get home to shower and change scents. Once again, this is really purpose-built and not much of a fragrance for long work days inside an air conditioned office, or any kind of night time use whatsoever, but that's part of the charm here. Wear time is about 6 hours tops of moderate to low sillage unless over-applied, and this does come in 5oz sizes for the guys who want to hose down in it.
Many well-rounded Chanel fans see the smell of this as a less-creamy and rounded version of Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche (2008) free from the iced lemon cake implications of that quirky fragrance. I can't really speak on that as I don't see them as built from many shared parts besides maybe the citrus and musk accords, but anything with citrus and musk can reasonably be compared to anything else with citrus and musk so I guess folks who see it that way do have a point. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne is the perfect modern fresh sport scent for the guy who loves his natural-smelling niche scents or old vintage sport fragrances replete with aromatics and healthy doses of bergamot, before calone and dihydromyrcenol came along to redefine what a sport scent was supposed to be. This won't really satisfy fans of the original Chanel Allure Homme Sport, but I don't think it is supposed to, as I see this as a response to the folks who were unhappy with that fragrance, and not the ones who bought a full bottle of it. I give this a thumbs up, but I admit that my lifestyle and climate (in the Pacific Northwest) make wearing things like this few and far between, so me having a full bottle is unlikely, but for you gym rats or guys living down in places closer to the equator, this may soon become your favorite Chanel. Just make sure you check all preconceived notions about the original Chanel Allure Homme (1999) behind when sampling this, as they share not even one single facet outside the bottle shape and nameplate on the box. Come to think of it, this is probably the freshest-smelling Chanel masculine ever made. As an aside, this was discontinued and then brought back in 2014 with no perceptible difference in smell, so don't get gouged looking for older batches.
Allure Homme Sport Cologne is indeed a fresh, 'sporty' fragrance, with a synthetic but well done accord of citrus on a base of clean musk. Usually something along such lines end up being sub par; but here it is different. What I like about it is that the focus is soft and hazy - there's no shrill or sharp edge. It doesn't smell like a modern Chanel masculine; rather, it smells something that Hermes would probably release, save for the effect something akin to 'aldehydes' in the very beginning, toned down and very brief. The scent itself is very simple, but is fun and never intrusive. I find sillage to be close but persistent, and duration is surprisingly good at several hours in hot weather.
Allure Homme Sport isn't the best in its category on the market; Mugler Cologne is. However, Allure Homme Sport is a viable second choice, given how disappointing all masculine mainstream 'sport' fragrances or colognes are nowadays, especially with the demise of Dior Homme Sport. The other interesting aspect is that I imagine it work would quite well on women. Allure Homme Sport Cologne is probably something that was supposed to run totally contrary to my taste; yet, it doesn't, and I have bought myself a 150 ml bottle. It has quickly become a wardrobe staple in the hot weather.