Calvin Klein CK One: The Purveyor Of Genderless Scents

March 14, 2010

Whether it’s unisex or shared,  it all pertains to one and the same concoction – genderless.

In the 90s, the flamboyance and eccentricity of the 80s started to wane.  Gender roles were re-defined, people began to embrace the eco-friendly lifestyle and fragrances took off to a new direction.

Calvin Klein‘s controversial ad campaigns have become the impetus to a kind of marketing strategy that centers on sensuality, escapism and sex. The faces, the bodies and the fashion statement created a trend that broke the rules – the lack of inhibition and an open admiration of the human’s naked form.

The perfume line also began to explore homogeneity. It broke off from the traditional his and her scents and androgynous fragrances became the “IT” fragrance of the era. Although, unisex fragrances have been around in the perfumery (4711 by Muelhens) for quite some time now, it was Calvin Klein that made it sexy.

CK One was the fragrance of ubiquity in the mid-90s. Almost everyone has worn this fragrance at some point in their lives. Minimalistic, clean and refreshing, CK One fuses citrus accords with aromatic woods to produce a fragrance that’s zesty, tangy and trendy.

The fragrance notes are:

Top notes: bergamot, cardamom, pineapple, papaya, green tea accord

Middle notes: hedione high cis, violet, rose, nutmeg, gree tea accord

Base notes: musk, amber. green tea accord

A whiff of the lemony-aquatic mix garners differing views. Some like its lingering freshness and some find it too soapy and synthetic. But one thing is for sure, it created a huge following since it was first launched in 1994. And due to its success, Calvin Klein comes up with a limited edition CK One every year.

Intrigued on  how this year’s CK One smell like? Check out discount perfume online store for more news and updates on Calvin Klein fragrances.


Calvin Klein’s Valentine Perfumes Part II

February 3, 2010

Eternity is classic meets contemporary. This fragrance has been around for over two decades and it still is one of the all time romantic perfumes despite the overabundance of fragrances in retail. The first Eternity was launched in 1988 and was created by perfumer Sophia Grojsman.

Eternity was inspired by Calvin Klein’s marriage to Kelly Rector. He gave her a ring with the word “eternity” inscribed.

Eternity is a floral scent. A scent from the 80s, this fragrance is quite on the strong side. But aren’t most fragrances from that era a tad overwhelming? Yes, it’s true but Eternity is a well-executed fragrance. The floral accords (freesia, mandarin, sage, muguet, white lily, patchouli and sandalwood) carries out a nice elegant combination that is so feminine.

A softer version of Eternity was released in 2004. Eternity Moment is a delightful fruity-floral fragrance with gentle hints of sweet musk. Other Eternity flankers include Eternity Rose Blush and Eternity Purple Orchid. And each year, Calvin Klein also comes up with a Summer edition of Eternity.

Calvin Klein Eternity is a promise of love. This Valentine, make it a special day with your loved one. It’s time to rekindle your vows.

Calvin Klein’s Valentine Perfumes Part I

February 1, 2010

Calvin Klein’s Obsession and Eternity are fragrances of passion and romance. These scents have become the olfactory embodiment of what it means to love and be loved. Although these fragrances were reformulated several times, the signature fragrance remains.

This Valentine, let’s go down memory lane and once again, cherish the fragrances that speaks of love, passion and romance.


When Obsession was launched in 1985, Calvin Klein wanted a fragrance that represents women as he sees them – candid, sensuous and provocative. Obsession was that fragrance. In truth, this fragrance celebrates the 80s where oriental scents were the trend. To the modern nose however, it’s thick, heavy and creamy. Some call it a blast from the past. A nostalgic journey to the 80s is more apt. Obsession is bold and warm. Ultimately, it calls attention to itself, saying, “Look at me”.

Obsession Night

Obsession Night veers away from the oriental-ness of the original. This version leans towards the citrus-lemony accords then smoothly transitions into a vanillic-woody fusion. It still has that creaminess factor but done in subtlety. It’s not too spicy nor too powdery. Some say Obsession Night is a very skilful execution of the notes – everything falls in the right place. In the end, the fragrance is simply smooth, refined and very attractive.

Obsession Sheer

The Sheer version is not as assertive as the original but it’s a wonderful scent on its own. The incense is more prominent and the musk projects the same sillage as the parent. Lighter and easier on the nose, Obsession Sheer is a nice respite from the potent aroma of Obsession.

Secret Obsession

First impression – plummy woods. Secret Obsession is a tad boozy with notes that evoke a combination of smoked woods, the sweet kind. There’s a gourmand factor in this flanker because of the rum and chocolate hints arising in the dry down. This fragrance titillates. It is not outright sexy rather, it teases and slowly unfolds a sense of anticipation.

To be continued…

Calvin Klein ck free

September 29, 2009

This year, Calvin Klein takes another masculine fragrance to the shelves with ck free. Perfumer Givaudan is the nose behind this fragrance and the notes are absinthe, jackfruit, star annis, juniper berries, suede, coffee, tobacco leaf, buchu, oak, patchouli, cedar and ironwood. Don’t be surprised if you tell yourself that the scent reminds you of something. It does, actually.  This is a crisp aromatic fragrance similar to other CK perfumes launched in the past. You’ll get that fresh, green, woody notes from the opening to the dry down.

ck free

Nothing is really new with this fragrance. Suffice to say, it’s a rehash of previous CK masculine colognes.

If you’re a Calvin Klein fan, you may want to road test this supposed new scent for old time’s sake.

My Calvin Klein Squidoo Lens

March 15, 2009

I just up put up a new lens on Calvin Klein cologne and Calvin Klein perfume. I was hoping for some feedback on what you thought of the information and also the lens. Please feel free to comment and give me your suggestions and critiques.

Thanks for helping me up and greatly appreciate any comments.

Euphoria Perfume by Calvin Klein

March 10, 2009

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Calvin Klein’s Euphoria Perfume for Women is known for its scintillating, sexy and provocative fragrance. Its wonderful scent  starts off with a refreshing note of pomegranate, persimmon, green notes then blends smoothly with black orchid, lotus blossom, champaca flower, liquid amber, mahogany wood, black violet and cream accord. Introduced in 2005 and concocted by perfume designers Dominique Ropion, Carlos Benaim and Loc Dong, Euphoria joins the league of luxury perfumes On the same year,it earned the Best Luxury Fragrance.

Euphoria is originally marketed to the lighter scent perfume users, most of which are Asians. Its top notes of fruity and oriental aroma burst with a light sweetness that slowly dissipates into a mellow muskiness of amber and mahogany. The fragrance exudes a deep and edgy character in it. It’s perfect to suit the coolers months of winter and spring.

Euphoria Blossom’s understated fragrance mimics the original Euphoria. Light and sweet-smelling, the fragrance is considered a toned-down version of Euphoria. The fragrance notes boast a blend of blond wood, white amber, frosted sheer musk, kumquat, pomegranate and a dewy green accord. It’s simple yet gives you a lasting  fragrance all day.

Another Euphoria scent is the Euphoria Lustre. With notes similar to the earlier Euphoria fragrances,
the scent doesn’t stand out as any different. The sweetness of fruits top the fragrance notes and the basic ingredients mirror the Blossom scent.

Calvin Klein’s Euphoria scents generally exudes a light fruity fragrance perfect for daily wear. It’s trendy, chic and not overpowering.

One of the top icons in the fashion industry and creator of the all-American look, Calvin Klein’s brand is a powerhouse of top of the line designer jeans, accessories, underwear, eye wear and fragrances. He  played an important in modern advertising. Through the years, beautiful models and celebrities grace the runaway and pages of elite fashion magazines. The CK perfume line launches a new scent every year. And each creation is something to look foward to.

Calvin Klein Cologne and Perfume

February 28, 2009

The Calvin Klein brand is a world-renowned name in the fashion and fragrance industry. Each scent brings out exquisite and unique characters that appeal to the discriminating perfumery market.  Top designer Calvin Klein is the creative genius behind the most successful perfumes and colognes in the market today. He had made his mark in the fragrance industry by introducing the first shared fragrance, CK One followed by CK Be.

CK One was created by Calvin Klein in 1994.  Itís a mix of refreshing fruity scents with notable tones of oranges, lemons, jasmine, rose, patchouli, bergamot, mandarin, cardamom, pineapple, papaya, hedione, lily of the valley, green tea, oak moss, cedar, sandalwood, musk and amber. CK One fragrance is called a ìsharedî fragrance targeted to both men and women. Its youthful and casual scent was meant to target the early twentyís market. CK One’s first release was a huge success, topping the millionth mark within the first week.

CK One was designed by top perfumers Alberto Morillas and Harry Fremont. They created a fragrance that appealed to the pop culture of the 90ís. The light, fleeting, fresh scent was embraced by the young generation. Even today, the CK One never lost its spark in the young market.

Taking off from the huge success of CK One, Calvin Klein created another shared fragrance called CK Be. Its ingredients boast a masculine scent with pronounced notes of bergamot, juniper berry, mandarin, mint, magnolia, peach, sandalwood, opoponax and tonka bean.

A CK Be user from Connecticut describes it as classic and timeless:

I’ve been wearing CkBe for the past 16 years of my life. As a woman, I’ve gotten some strange glances while pulling my sleek, black bottle out to re-apply the earthy shared fragrance. This fragrance is part of the family of “aromatic fougere”, which is the “center of the fragrance family universe”. It encompasses & embodies a hint of EACH & every fragrance family…it’s the definition of “classic fragrance”. Not a day goes by that I don’t catch a compliment and at least one, “What IS that fragrance? It’s amazing!” When I tell them, they are usually stunned that something so seemingly simple, clean, and “everyday” could be so wonderfully complimentary and fuse with one’s natural pheromones.

Today, Calvin Klein continues to create innovative ideas in the fashion and fragrance industry. His brand bespeaks quality, sophistication and versatility.

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