Product Type: Calvin Klein fragrances
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Worn by a man, chosen by a woman. Obviously.
Calvin Klein Crave Eau de Toilette
Member Name: chrisandmark
Calvin Klein Crave Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Delicious layers of fragrance, long lasting
Disadvantages: None for me, it's gorgeous!
Although this is an aftershave and therefore a men's product I feel entirely justified in reviewing it. After all I chose and bought this for Mark, am the one who has to live with the fragrance when he wears it and even tell him if I specifically want him to wear it! Before I really start on the review let me remind you what sort of bloke Mark is. He's a man's man, despises the word metrosexual and mocks the very idea of a man taking any kind of interest in his appearance. He washes in soap and water, shaves his head to avoid the necessity for shampoo and would rather cut off his own leg than wear 'guy-liner' or 'mans-cara'. I think you get the idea; his idea of a good aftershave is one that costs about a fiver. Good job he doesn't expect me to be on the same wavelength when it comes to *my* perfume!
I bought him this current bottle for Chrimbo, although he's had Crave a couple of times before that. It's such a masculine fragrance that I find it incredibly sexy whenever Mark wears it, the main tone is woody but various injections of mossy and candied notes make it a full-bodied and very interesting aftershave. It was a actually the bottle design that first attracted me to Crave, I had a discount voucher that entitled me to a half price bottle from the Calvin Klein Men's collection when I bought my bottle of CK One. The capsule style design is modern but hasn't been created with the too-trendy man in mind, in short Mark isn't embarrassed to carry it in his case when we go away as he has been in the past when I've chosen more flamboyant bottles for him.
A little definitely goes a long way with Crave, the first time Mark used it it made us all cough as he'd been used to a weaker aftershave (an Avon one I think) and put far too much of this more potent one on. Now a couple of spritzes is all Mark needs to be smelling gorgeous for hours. The first blast of woodiness is intensely musky, not intense as in a particularly strong aroma but it mingles with a birchwood note which gives both fragrances a definite presence but doesn't allow either to take over the perfume completely.
After roughly an hour the musky and woody fragrances develop a more citrus tone, it's not apparent whether this comes from orange or some other zesty fruit but it dances around the other notes to open up a fruitier aspect within the aftershave. I can detect bergamot at this point, quite a synthetic bergamot to be honest, so maybe this is what has caused the citrus aromas. This aftershave is constantly evolving, as Mark walks past I can smell different tones each time. He's been wearing it for around four hours today and my favourite stage has just come through, the spicy period of Crave. It's just such an amazing fragrance; there's a warm and heady spiciness which emanates in a cloud around the wearer, something that reminds me of an older brand of aftershave before the days of 'nutmeg this' and 'black pepper that'. This is definitely not a basic fragrance, but the period of spiciness takes Crave back to the more simplistic days of Old Spice and Paco Rabanne.
After the spice starts fading you'll find the musk pushes through again; by now the rest of the notes have all but disappeared so you'll notice the heaviness of it, I think it's gorgeously blended to create a sexy but still very manly fragrance.
I've just asked Mark how Crave feels to use, he shrugged and looked at me as if I were stupid then muttered something about how refreshing it is after he's shaved. A bit more prodding reveals that it only stings if he's nicked his skin with his razor and that he can smell the fragrance himself for a couple of hours after he's sprayed it, it would never occur to a man like Mark to reapply his aftershave so it's a good job this one lingers so well.
I actually thing Crave is very reasonably priced for such a delicious CK fragrance, a 75ml bottle can be purchased from around £17 and it regularly has an even cheaper price thanks to various price promotions and multi-buy offers in places like Boots.
Summary: One of my favourite aftershaves to smell on Mark
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