Product Type: Calvin Klein fragrances
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Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette
Member Name: marymoose
Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette
Date: 08/03/13, updated on 09/03/13 (79 review reads)
Advantages: Lovely smell, good value, I've worn it for YEARS!
Disadvantages: Smell doesn't last as well as some perfumes
According to my searches on the Internet, CK One perfume was launched in 1994. I think that I've been wearing it on the majority of days since 1998. In some respects I'm not brand loyal, tending to get whatever shampoo, washing up liquid and detergent that's on special offer. In other respects I'm very much a creature of habit...I have been using the same toothpaste (Ultrabrite) since the moment I had teeth (the very early 1980s), and perfume is one of those things that it seems I stick with. Perhaps things are changing slightly since I have discovered DKNY's Be Delicious perfume (already reviewed) which is now currently my favourite perfume, but CK One is what I still tend to wear on a day-to-day basis, especially since I found an almost full 200ml (HUGE!) bottle on top of the cabinet in my boyfriend's bathroom! I was so excited by the discovery since I've only ever been able to afford 50ml bottles! I informed him that I would have to use it. Although it is a Unisex scent, I don't think it's one that he wears particularly, so don't think he minds too much! In fact CK One was Calvin Klein's first unisex scent (for those who are interested!)
CK One comes in a very simple tinted glass bottle. It says on it 'ck one' and 'Calvin Klein', and that is it! When you buy the perfume (which comes in a plain brown card box which includes a list of ingredients in the product) the bottle has a screw on cap, but you can remove this and replace with the spray piece which is included in the box. I think that if you tried to apply the perfume without this then you'd get through it a lot more quickly, but it's nice to have the option.
---Wearing the perfume---
I tend to spray this quite liberally (especially since I now have my boyfriend's bottle) on my wrists and neck - it doesn't matter if you go a bit overboard as it's not overpowering at all. The spray nozzle is very good, and I have never had any wastage.
Perhaps I have become so used to the CK One scent that really now it is nothing special to me. I do remember that when I was first wearing it all those years ago I did absolutely LOVE it. To be honest I feel it has blended in so well now that it's almost a part of me. I've never had any comments from people saying that I smell nice whilst wearing CK One (which I have had wearing my DKNY perfume), but then I feel that the scent is so subtle that it's unlikely to attract attention, and this isn't a bad thing for an everyday perfume. I'd say that it's definitely a day-to-day perfume, rather than for something special to wear in evenings - in fact my Internet research informs me that it is meant to be used lavishly!
It's very difficult to describe the scent of CK One, but I think it's lovely. According to the experts (I know nothing of these 'notes' of which they speak) the top notes are pineapple, green notes, mandarin orange, papaya, bergamot, cardamom and lemon; middle notes are nutmeg, violet, orris root, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and rose and base notes are of sandalwood, amber, musk, cedar and oak moss.
Personally I think that there is a vague undertone of floral scents, and now I'm looking out for it, perhaps I can detect the pineapple and lemon in particular. But for me the perfume just smells simply of CK One! If you've never come across it before then you really do need to try it when you're next out shopping in a department store with perfumes on display!
I find that the scent doesn't last as well as some perfumes, possibly because it's not so strong in the first place (although everyone is different, so it might last better on other people). At the end of the day if I sniff my wrist, I can detect a very slight hint of perfume, but a very slight hint is all it is!
---Price and other info---
You can currently get a 50ml bottle for £17.25, a 100ml bottle for £22.66, or a 200ml bottle for £37.99 - these are Amazon prices. It can also be found on Boots where you'll get Advantage points, and I'm sure for less in discount perfume outlets and in the Duty Free. Mind you, I think that this costs less (when taking into consideration inflation) than it used to, and really this is a very good value perfume.
There are other varieties of CK One (such as 'Summer' and 'Shock' ), which have the same overall smell with a hint of something extra. There are also matching CK One products such as deodorant and shower gel, but I have never bought them.
Although I don't think that CK One is the best perfume for lasting well over the course of the day, it is still my favourite overall perfume, and one which I will continue to wear for many years. It's a good value but still classy scent. It also has the advantage that it's Unisex, so could be used by both of you in a couple! If this one doesn't suit you (we all suit different scents), then perhaps try another CK perfume!
I would highly recommend!
Summary: My everyday perfume for YEARS!