Product Type: Calvin Klein fragrances
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Considering its name, remarkably unremarkable....
Calvin Klein Shock Eau de Toilette
Member Name: sparkymarky1973
Calvin Klein Shock Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Like the box and packaging......
Disadvantages: A bit subtle at first, takes time to really evolve its scent
CK Shock is the newest and latest fragrance currently available from Calvin Klein and to be honest, having bought this, I find myself neither impressed nor disappointed but instead, somewhere in the middle. Certainly the name is more than a little decieving as there is nothing paticulary shocking about this fragrance other than the fact that it is a rather run-of-the-mill scent that is perhaps a tad too subtle for most tastes.
Looking at all the advertising bumpf that has been used to advertise just how great this smells, you are supposed to be able to get hints of Clementine, Cucumber, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Tobacco (?) and Chocolate when you use this. Certainly my own personal experiences back up some of these fragrances but not all and some of them seem to be lost in the ether somewhere though, over time, the scent does mature and evolve somewhat bringing new levels to this Eau De Toilette.
As far as it goes, I would not say this scent is overly powerful, though some may well disagree with me. To this, my only defence is that I have long been told that all such products smell different on different people though how true this is, I have never been entirely sure. Certainly I found this to be subtle at first with a real citrus flavour to its smell that graduated over time into some of the other scents. And this is where I have a bit of an issue because from the box design, garishly loud green writing over a more traditional black Calvin Klein design, I expected something a little bit more brash and dominant! I kind of bought this a little bit blind, having quite enjoyed Klein's previous fragrances including CKIN2U which had a very mixed reception amongst my peers, and though I wouldn't say I was disappointed, I was definitely a little bit under-awed.
As for longevity, well like I say it is almost as though this smell evolves over time. My own personal experience suggests a duration of 4-5 hours at best before it begins to lose what little potency it has but one thing it does have in its favour is that it is different and there's not much else on the market that I have smelled that posesses this unique blend of scents. Certainly at work I got more than a few comments from people I work with enquiring what it was I was wearing with the comments "that's a little bit different isn't it?" and "Hmmm, I quite like that ~ does it come in a female version?"
The answer to that last question is yes and, to be fair, seeing as this has got a largely favourable reaction from Mrs.Sparky, I might well invest in a bottle of the female variety of this fragrance for her! To be honest, this scent as it is smells quite unisex and could easily be mistaken for such if you didn't know any better. The fact that Calvin Klein has released two supposedly distinct fragrances in the same range rather than a unisex combination does smack a little bit of clever marketing in these difficult tmes and I can imagine there might be a few wives and girlfriends out there who might nick a bit of this off their blokes rather than buying their own!
For the most part though, I can honestly say I DO quite like this even if it is not enough to give it a totally glowing recommendation. It might even be that, over time, this scent grows on me to the extent that I end up really loving it but, as far as early days go, I do find the whole concept that this is supposed to be Shocking a little mis-leading. And at prices ranging anywhere from £30 upwards, depending where you buy it, I kind of expect to like a fragrance just that little bit more than I do at present!
Summary: A not bad new fragrance from Calvin Klein but some of their earlier scents are better!