Product Type: Calvin Klein fragrances
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Unisex or Just Manly?
Calvin Klein CK Be Eau de Toilette
Member Name: jacb1983
Calvin Klein CK Be Eau de Toilette
Advantages: A decent unisex perfume, musk & citrus scent, bargains available.
Disadvantages: Not for me, I prefer feminine scents. Bottle better suited to men than women.
My husband received some of the unisex perfume CK Be as a present, but as he wasn't keen on it (he said it didn't smell quite manly enough for him, even though I liked it on him), I automatically ended up on my dressing table.
Launched in 1996, CK Be is designed by Calvin Klein and comes in a quite utilitarian black glass bottle, a black version of the CK One perfume which was released before it. The bottle is definately leaning towards the manly side, and it's a far cry from the feminine perfume bottles I usually buy, but as this was free for me, I can't complain too much. I think the bottle could put some ladies off it as a unisex fragrance though.
Depending on where you buy it, whether that's in a perfume shop, or online, the prices can vary. A 50ml bottle such as the one I have can be between £13 and £25, so it really is worth shopping around for this fragrance as there are big discounts to be had.
Officially described as refreshing, oriental, and woody, CK Be does tick all those boxes. When you first spray it there is quite an alcoholic smell to the fragrance, it's very strong and it takes a few minutes for this to settle down. After that, there is a warm muskiness to the fragrance which is cut through with a sharp and fruity citrus scent which I like, and which stops the fragrance from feeling male orientated. The fruitiness lasts well throughout the fragrance, but the musk and later sandalwood notes stop this from ever feeling sweet. Although magnolia is stated as a note, this is subtle and there are no obviously floral tones present to scare men away. Overall, I thought the smell was quite nice for a unisex scent and I have no problem in 'borrowing' this from my husband for my own use.
I find that this fragrance, though pretty strong and alcoholic to start with, actually burns out in a just average time. Usually after 3 hours of wearing this fragrance, I can't smell it on my skin unless I get really close to my wrists, so after that time it needs reapplying, if I can be bothered to do so. When my husband used this a few times, I noticed the smell seemed to last longer on him, so this might work differently on different people (or even just men!), and with him the scent lasted maybe 5 hours in total, plenty for a night out I think.
For a unisex scent, this quite nice. I have to admit I prefer scents that are designed for women solely, as I like the lighter floral notes that this fragrance is lacking. Given my husband only really uses it in emergencies, or if he's between bottles of aftershave, then I'll keep this fragrance for occasional use. Although there's nothing really wrong with it, I'll stick to my more feminine scents.
I think some men would love this fragrance as a departure from normal heavy manly scents, but it's definitely not my husband's favourite fragrance, either n himself or on me!
3.5 out of 5
Summary: Nice unisex perfume, nothing wrong with it really but I prefer ladies perfume.