Product Type: Calvin Klein fragrances
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I'm into CKIN2U
Calvin Klein CK in2u Her Eau de Parfum Eau de Toilette
Member Name: Amyrose
Calvin Klein CK in2u Her Eau de Parfum Eau de Toilette
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I absolutely love perfume. I don't think I particularly have a signature scent as I always have so many different ones on the go at any one time (although I think my current favourites are jimmy choo and miss dior Cherie) and ckin2u is one that was added to my collection recently from my boyfriend on my birthday.
=== Why ckin2u? ===
As I said this was a gift from my boyfriend but I do tend to drop huge hints of what I want for my birthday rather than completely leaving it up to him what to get me and he took my hint rather well! I had seen this on offer in boots around the time so I thought this would be a good present, a lovely perfume and a bit easier on his wallet too. When it was on offer I believe it was either £14 or £18 for 50ml (I can't exactly remember which one) and so was obviously a bit of a bargain. My friend also used to wear this one when we went on a camping holiday in Newquay when we were younger and the scent reminds me of all of those times. I think this is a great thing about perfumes, just smelling a particular one will evoke all kinds of feelings and memories.
=== Price and availability ===
As I said my one was bought on offer but looking at Boots for current prices suggests the following :
* 100ml - £24.66 instead of the usual £37
* 50ml - £21 instead of the usual £28
As far as I am aware there are no body products to accompany the eau de toilette.
=== The bottle ===
I have to say this is not the most attractive bottle I have ever seen, and although I am far more interested in the fragrance than the bottle, I would have preferred it to be prettier so that it looked nice on my dressing table. It is a fairly typical bottle shape and is an orange coloured glass with a large amount of white plastic over the top. I think this is why I think it looks unattractive - it looks a bit cheap. Around the bottle CK IN 2U is written with some letters having been cut out to reveal the orange glass and others written in grey. I quite like the bottom of the bottle as it looks a little like a tear drop and overall makes the bottle look a little better. This perfume is intended to last for up to 36 months after opening. The spray is as most bottles, simply pull the lid off and then push down for a spray.
=== The fragrance ===
This is of course the most important thing about a perfume. When I asked for this for my birthday I actually only vaguely remembered the smell so it was interesting to see what it was like again when I first wore it. According to the boots website - CKIN2U captures the spontaneous seduction of a generation freed by technology. CKIN2U Her is about being spontaneous, sexy and connected.' I personally think these lines just sound a bit cheesy and lame. How can something smell like a generation freed of technology?? A strange line I think. I do however absolutely love the fragrance.
While I do know clearly whether I like a smell and if it is fresh or sweet etc, I am not very good at picking out specific notes so researched which ones are in CKIN2U. Having researched I found the notes include 'pink grapefruit, bergamot, currant leaves, sugared orchid accord, white cactus, neon amber, vanilla souffle and red cedar'. The site I got this information from didn't mention which notes were in the top, middle or bottom.
Looking at the notes just by themselves I don't think it sounds all that appealing considering the usual kinds of fragrances that I like but I am pleasantly surprised. When first spray this on it does of course smell fairly strong. It is very sweet and fruity and seems to have a bit of a citrus edge - which I suppose can be explained by the pink grapefruit. If you have a good sniff you can also tell apart the vanilla from the other notes and I have also found that it takes quite a while for the top notes to wear off which I love. After wearing for a while I find that the fragrance becomes a bit warmer and of course also a bit less heavy.
I have found that typically I can still smell this on me around 8 - 9 hours after first spraying which I think is fairly impressive staying power. Some perfumes you need to top up incredibly frequently but this isn't one of them. I have been quite surprised with how long lasting this is as I don't think Calvin Klein is as good a make as some other perfumes I own and so wasn't expecting it to last all that long on my skin. I will note however as with all perfumes that how long it lasts on one person and indeed how it smells too will vary as skins are different.
===Good points ===
* Fairly inexpensive compared to other designer perfumes
* Currently on offer in boots
* Lovely fragrance (in my opinion, obviously it may not be for everybody)
* Long lasting fragrance
=== Negative points ===
* A fairly standard bottle which is pretty unattractive and cheap looking
=== Overall and would I recommend? ===
Overall I think that this is a wonderful perfume and one that I often use in the day time ( I prefer a heavier fragrance for evenings). It is long lasting so not much needs to be used, which I think is especially impressive considering this is only an eau de toilette and not an eau de parfum, which makes it even better value for money. I would recommend this perfume to someone who likes a sweet and fruity fragrance that is fairly citrusy. I give this perfume 4 out of 5 as I am deducting one star for the lack of imagination or creativity for the bottle. When I use this all up I will be happy to repurchase.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: a lovely fragrance that is brilliant value for money