Product Type: Calvin Klein fragrances
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Marymoose smells musky with CK Be!
Calvin Klein CK Be Eau de Toilette
Member Name: marymoose
Calvin Klein CK Be Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Nice smell, good value, suitable for men and women
Disadvantages: Smell doesn't last as well as some perfumes
Unless I decide to start reviewing aftershaves that my boyfriend wears (now...there's a thought!), this is going to be my last perfume review at least for the foreseeable future. As a creature of habit I have used CK One as my perfume for many years now, although nowadays I intersperse using it with the gorgeous DKNY's Be Delicious, and Next's Just Pink and I've now reviewed all of them.
When I split up with my ex I did think that I needed a change, and bought a bottle of CK Be when my CK One ran out - I had tried it in shops over the years and had always been a bit tempted. It wasn't a big change from CK One, but it was a change nonetheless. However, after I'd finished that 50ml bottle I went back to CK One, just out of habit really(to be honest I think I like both equally). And I thought that was it...
That is until one of the best days of my life when I found an almost full 200ml (BIG!)bottle of CK Be on my boyfriends bathroom cabinet (along with an almost full bottle of CK One)...so really it seems rude not to use it at least occasionally.
Like CK One, CK Be is a Unisex fragrance (CK's second unisex fragrance, launched in 1996), which is ideal for me, as I'm assuming that's why my boyfriend has a bottle and that it's his. Although I imagine his ex girlfriend was a number of things, I can't imagine she'd be so stupid as to leave this behind. I have found information online saying that "whilst CK One is based on the idea of bonding and sharing, the complementary and contrasting CK Be advocates the "be-yourself" concept". I'm not entirely convinced...they're both perfumes and they're both nice - isn't that all that you need to know?
The perfume comes in a plain black card box which lists the ingredients. The black coloured glass bottle is very simple and I think elegant in its simplicity. It simple says "Calvin Klein" and "CK Be" - it is very similar to the CK One bottle. When you get a bottle it has a screw on cap, but comes with a spray attachment which you can put on - this makes the perfume go further. Like with CK One the nozzles are good and I've never had any wastage.
---Wearing the fragrance and the scent---
Like all perfumes I spray onto my wrists and neck. I'm fairly liberal with its application since I'm not worried about the bottle running out - 200ml will last a long time if I'm only using it occasionally (I was so excited finding these big bottles since I've only ever been able to afford small bottles)! I feel that CK Be is quite subtle and even if you do overspray it's not likely to overpower you (or others).
It is described as a fresh and sexy fragrance suitable for casual use. According to my Internet research the scent has top notes of Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Mandarin, Mint, Lavender and White Musk, middle notes of Light Spices, Magnolia, Peach and White Musk, and base notes of Sandalwood, Opoponax, Tonka Bean and White Musk. These notes mean absolutely nothing to me, although Tonka Bean sounds quite funny!
Personally I think it has a lovely smell. Although it is different from CK One, I don't think it's COMPLETELY different. I think that if you like one then you'll probably like the other. I think it's a bit less floral than CK One (not that that's a very floral scent anyway), and a bit more musky (now that could be the white musk which is in all of the notes!) - perhaps ever so slightly more masculine, but this does definitely suit men and women equally well.
Like CK One I don't think that this is the longest lasting fragrance, and can only detect a slight hint at the end of the day. But now I have a big bottle that doesn't matter as I can always reapply! I haven't had any comments from people whilst wearing CK Be as I do with my DKNY fragrance, but I don't mind. I think that it's a subtle fragrance which blends in, and really as long as I like the smell, and as long as I don't get any negative comments then I'm happy!
---Price and other info---
It comes in 50ml, 100ml and 200ml bottles, which can be purchased for around £17, £27 and £34 respectively (Amazon prices - you might find it cheaper elsewhere). I think that for such a good quality fragrance, this isn't too bad at all.
There are other products in the range such as deodorant and moisturiser which I haven't tried. I imagine that wearing them would enhance the smell, and could be worth trying if you fall in love with this scent.
I think that CK Be is a nice everyday scent. But remember that different fragrances suit different people, so you should always try before you buy - that's what perfume counters in department stores are for after all!
I like this probably as much as my trusty CK One. 5 out of 5 from me.
Summary: Another excellent fragrance from Calvin Klein!
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