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Contradiction is part of the Calvin Klein line up of fragrances and is available in a male and female version. The female version is an eau de parfum and was launched in 1998. Contradiction falls into the 'floral oriental' fragrance family and CK state that this fragrance is for an 'active, urban woman'.
As with other fragrances, Contradicition has been put together using three sets of fragrance notes. The notes develop on the skin in different stages.
*Top notes offer the initial burst of fragrance - rose, lily of the valley, jasmine and peony
*Heart notes form the main body of the fragrance - orchid, eucalyptus, pear blossom and syringa
*Base notes round off the fragrance - tonka bean and sandalwood
Considering this fragrance was released 14 years ago, I find the bottle to be quite modern in design. The gold tinted liquid is presented in a tall, slim glass bottle with a raised base. A slim, silver lid extends quite far down the bottle and only exposes a small amount of liquid at any one time. I find the bottle to be quite attractive but nothing spectacular in terms of design.
~Price and Availability~
At one point in time, Contradiction would have been quite an expensive fragrance to buy. Now though, it can be found online at a reduced price. It is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sized bottles. The 100ml bottle can be found on Amazon for less than £20.00. Other sizes are available at a lower price from online outlets including Fragrance Direct and Cheap Smells. It is a relatively inexpensive fragrance to buy.
I have a number of miniature bottles of perfume in my fragrance collection and these are perfect for throwing in my handbag when I go out somewhere. At the moment, I have quite a few Calvin Klein miniatures. I am fond of a few of the CK fragrances but find them to be of a lesser quality compared to other brands such as Gucci and Dior. The price of this EDP is a fair enough price to pay for a 100ml bottle but I wouldn't pay much more.
Contradiction EDP is quite a concentrated fragrance. I only need to apply a small amount of the tinted liquid to my wrists and neck for just the right strength of fragrance without overpowering myself or those around me. I personally don't use Contradiction all that often as it isn't my favourite fragrance by a long shot. I had hoped for it to be more oriental that it was floral but it is definitely more floral based than anything else.
Once applied, the floral notes take over the top notes and come across as a little heavy and cloying at first. The fragrance soon settles down to reveal a fresher floral blend which is a little more appealing but still heavier than many other floral fragrances on the market. The lily of the valley, rose and jasmine combination is a little too much for me personally and I find it a bit too 'mature' smelling.
The heart of Contradiction is a little more relaxed and is simply a light, slightly musky floral blend. I can't say that I am able to pick out the individual notes here as they are well blended and the scent to me, comes across as being quite generic floral than unique. I feel the fragrance is lacking something which would make it more individual and special to wear. The oriental feel of the fragrance isn't very evident until the base notes in my opinion which is quite disappointing.
As the floral notes start to leave my skin, I much more appealing aroma lingers, albiet quite close to my skin. Although sandalwood is quite a common base note, I still appreciate what it brings to any fragrance. It is presented well with the tonka bean and together, a mild, woody aroma with a delicate touch of sweetness is noticeable on my skin for a few hours. The fragrance is rounded off nicely.
I would say this is a bit heavy for day time wear but not special and deep enough for evening wear. I am more likely to wear it for day time wear. Contradiction, in my opinion, isn't well suited to my younger skin type but may suit others.
Cheap and fairly cheerful but not a fragrance I would go out of my way to buy as it isn't particularly special and the floral notes are just not for me personally. I couldn't see myself wearing this on a day to day basis as it is a little boring. It does last fairly well on my skin and can be detected around 7hours after application.
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I do like perfume a lot, although over the years I have now managed to collect quite a few bottles as my favourite scents have changed as time goes by. There are only one or two fragrances that I have worn for many years and still wear today and one of these is Contradiction by Calvin Klein.
Contradiction is a scent that I think has a hint of rose, blended with other subtle floral tones, but as I am not the perfume expert I found a website that was and it stated that the top notes of the fragrance were floral notes of rose, peony, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley. It has heart notes of eucalyptus, classic floral bouquet, pear blossom, orchid and syringe and its base notes were oriental, sandal and tonka bean.
I was a little shocked when I read this as there are a lot of ingredients that complement each other perfectly and does not overpower the fragrance. I prefer this scent as it is not too sweet and has a subtle floral fragrance unlike some other perfumes I have tried.
This perfume lasts well as when I get home after a day's work I can still smell it as it manages to keep a great scent as it fades.
The bottle is long and thin and the glass is clear at the bottom of the bottle showing the rose coloured fragrance. The rest of the bottle is frosted, but you cannot really tell when it is on the shelf as the bushed meals lid covers the rest of the bottle. The bottle does not really stand out on the shelf compared to other fragrances on the market, but the fragrance inside definitely makes up for it.
Contradiction comes in a range of different sizes from 30ml, 50ml or 100ml and I would say that this is a perfume for people of all ages as it's a subtle fragrance. Although if you prefer a fragrance full of big floral tones then this is not the fragrance for you.
Calvin Klein is a well known brand of perfume and they have an extensive collection and they are creating some great new fragrances, I also purchase the CKone summer edition each year off of the plane.
The price of this perfume varies so you need to shop around to make sure that you get the best price available, I also recommend that you carry out regularly searches as there is also somewhere that has it on as a special offer.
Overall I think this is a fragrance that is designed with most people in mind, it can be expensive but I think that it is worth every penny.
Calvin Klein Contradiction was first bought for me at Christmas, I love trying different perfumes and had never tried any from the Contradiction range before, that was several years ago and now every Christmas it has got to be a bit of a tradition that there is always a bottle of Calvin Klein Contradiction under the tree for me.
Packaging and Appearance
Calvin Klein Contradiction comes in a long thin slightly frosted bottle allowing you to see the amber coloured perfume inside. The lid is basically the length of the bottle, silver and slightly ridged. The bottle is very plain and has no writing on it whatsoever, it is not an unattractive bottle but not as fancy as some of the others I have. The bottle comes presented in a square silver box, again quite plain like the bottle. Across the middle are the words Calvin Klein Contradiction written in quite small lettering in black.
Calvin Klein Contradiction is quite a feminine perfume, I would describe it as quite a musky sort of smell my in no way harsh at all. It is not over powering but strong enough to last all day. I can put this perfume on in the morning before work and still smell it when I return home, although the smell has faded slightly. I would say that this perfume is suitable for any occasion, I wear it for work but quite happily wear it for an evening out, it really is a good all round perfume. The fragrance is not too heavy and would suit anyone of all ages. I tend to find that you do not need too much of this perfume, just a couple of sprays is just right to last you all day meaning that it is quite long lasting. The spray button on the top distributes the perfume in a fine mist meaning you do not apply too much at time, the fine mist also means it gives an even covering.
Top Notes - Floral notes of rose, peony, jasmine and lily of the valley
Heart Notes - eucalyptus, pear blossom, orchid and syringa
Base Notes - Oriental, Sandal and Tonka Bean
I had to get a bit of help with the notes of the perfume as I am not very good at describing fragrances. To be honest I cannot actually pick out one single fragrance listed above, I was quite surprised at some of the notes listed as I would certainly not describe this perfume as floral or flowery at all.
Calvin Klein Contradiction can be bough in shops such as Superdrug, Boots and other specialist perfume shops. It can also be bought at online shops such as cheapsmells.com, this is the cheapest place I have found to buy it at £18.75 for a 50ml bottle. Obviously the price all depends on where you purchase the perfume and the size bottle you buy as well.
Overall I would recommend this perfume, it has a lovely musky fragrance which is not too heavy or over powering. It is not a flowery fragrance, but on the other hand it is not a sweet perfume and one that would suit anyone and easily lasts all day. Although I do find Calvin Klein perfume quite expensive it can be bought reasonable cheaply especially online.
I would recomend this any time.
This has to be one of the nicest Birthday presents my Mom has ever bought for me, I am not really into my perfume and much prefer a good body spray but she went out and chose this one just for me and I have to say on first smell I just fell in love with it.
The bottle is made from glass which means you get to see the orange coloured perfume inside and know just how much you have left. The bottom is slightly wider than the body of the bottle and this is due to having a silver lid which sits over the body but leaves the base and bottom showing. At the very bottom in small black letters is the name of the perfume.
There is a pump action spray at the top of the bottle which allows for very quick and easy use.
~~SMELL AND STAYING POWER~~
When I first sprayed the perfume I really did fall in love with the smell. The perfume notes are:-
Top Notes - rose, peony, jasmine and lily of the valley
Heart Notes - eucalyptus and classic floral bouquet pear blossom orchid and syringa
Base Notes - Oriental, Sandal and Tonka Bean
I have had help with the notes for this perfume and found them online as I am not very good when it comes to describing smells. To me the perfume when first sprayed smells very floral and light, it reminds me of being in a flower shop but after wearing for a few minutes then the smell changes to more of a musky floral scent.
I spray this on in the morning at about 7am and I do get a lot of people complimenting me in the school playground as to how nice t smells and people asking the name of my perfume. I am still able to smell this when I get ready to go back out to school of an afternoon which means this is lasting for over 6 hours. The smell does fade but it is still noticeable and more subtle as the time goes on.
I think this is a great perfume for day wear and if you are going out of a evening them spraying this about an hour before going out will give you the musky floral scent which is more suitable for an evening.
I spray a small squirt on each of my wrists and one on my chest, I find it only takes a few seconds for it to be absorbed into the skin and t does not run when sprayed. I have had no skin problems by wearing and spraying it where I do.
The bottle size which I have is 100ml and I have been using this almost daily since my birthday in April and still have just under half of the bottle left so it does last as you only need a small spray for each use. This was a gift so I am not sure how much my Mom pad but I have looked on Amazon and the 100ml bottle can be bought for £28.00. This price is higher than other perfumes but it is worth every penny as it smells wonderful.
This perfume had to have the full 5 stars from me as I love the smell and it has a good staying power. The price is a little high but it is worth every penny as it is for both day and night wear.
I grew up using this perfume in my late teens and still continue to love it. Calvin Klein's Contradiction is a freshly floral fragrance with plenty of woody depth. It is a feminine fragrance perfect for summer or for use all year round. Although I used this perfume in my teens, I do not think that this fragrance is solely for the young. I think it would suit anyone of any age, for any occasion.
** The Perfume **
This is a warm, feminine and sensual fragrance that is not too overpowering. The top notes of this perfume are rose, bergamot and jasmine, with middle notes of vanilla, moss and cedar, and base notes of sandalwood, musk and oakmoss. There is something unusual and unique about this combination of notes which really make this perfume appealing and attractive. I loved wearing this perfume. My only gripe would be that it does not last all day and I did have to reapply it a couple of times throughout the day.
** The Packaging **
This perfume comes in a silver cuboid shaped box which has a slight shimmery metalic effect to it. It is very sleek and simplistic whilst also coming across contemporary and elegant. The perfume bottle itself is very unique and again creates a very contemporary feel for the perfume. The bottle is cylinder shaped with the name of the perfume positioned at the base. The main body of the bottle is clear so as you can easily see how much you have left. The spray part of the bottle is metal, as is the lid of the perfume which slides over the full length of the cylinder. I love this unique bottle design as it is very unusual and stylish.
** The Price **
I have not bought this perfume in quite some time but I have done a little research and it is available at the following stores:
Boots 30ml - £23.50
Next 30ml - £24.00
Amazon 30ml - £14.49
The Perfume Shop 100ml - £29.99
You will be able to buy this perfume cheaper online with prices starting from £11.99 for 30ml.
** Summary **
This is a gorgeously fragrant and floral perfume with some nice woody elements to it. I hate perfumes being too overly sweet, floral or fruity and this scent is certainly neither of these. Its notes work well to create a wonderful depth to the perfume whilst still maintaining an element of freshness and femininity. Suitable for any one, of any age, for any occasion, at any time of year! I love it!
i bought this perfume about 6 years ago after i got a sample in the post. i absolutely loved the smell which was not a surprise because i love calvin klein perfumes. the smell is really fresh and light and not overpowering like some perfumes. The smell too is long lasting so not a lot is required which is why i've still got some left when some perfumes i bought after have already finished and i will definately be buying another bottle when this one finishes.
The bottle is really attractive too. its really easy to use and the long shiny lid is cool and different. I prefer perfumes that are clear in colour but because most of the bottle is covered in in this perfume im not so concerned.
overall a good light perfume which can be worn at any time of the day. i'd definatley recommend it to anyone.
Reason For Using Contradiction By Calvin Klein:
I was bought the Contradiction Eau de Parfume 30ml Spray as a Birthday gift from my Mum just over one year ago. I have always liked the Calvin Klein range of perfumes especially the CK ones, but never had used or even tried this particular make before, so was quite pleased to have received it as a gift at the time and quite anxious to try it out really.
The Gift Box:
Well my first impressions of seeing the gift box that my Contradiction perfume came in was that it was not really that feminine looking at all. It was more masculine looking to me and I actually double checked, by reading the gift box, to make sure it was a perfume and not the aftershave in this range. Well it was not thank goodness. It certainly had Parfume clearly printed on the box. This would be the only downside really to this gift box.
The gift box is a two tone white/grey colour. It has a little bit of white/grey shading at the bottom of the box, which gradually gets blended in to a darker silver colour near the top. It looks slightly drab to me, but then again it is only a gift box and I suppose it is more modern in design really and typical of a Calvin Klein Brand. Well the words Contradiction are plainly printed in dark grey across the middle of the gift box and also printed near the bottom are the words Calvin Klein and Eau de Parfume. The size of the perfume bottle (which is 30ml) can also be found printed clearly in dark grey on the back of this box.
Overall it is not a girly looking gift box in my opinion and would be alright 'I suppose' to give as a gift to a friend, but I personally think a little design on it might help to brighten it up and distinguish it better from a mans aftershave, but that's my own opinion of it. Maybe others would find this gift box more modern and appealing to them.
The Perfume Bottle:
On first opening the gift box and on seeing the Contractions perfume bottle, I was quite surprised really as it was better looking than I thought it was going to be because of the slightly drab gift box in which it had came. Well the bottle is a slender tube in design. It is obviously made of glass, but most of the tube design is covered by the long, slim, metal, brushed silver and attractive lid. This fits nicely on top of the bottle and stops just about one inch from the bottom of the bottle, so you can only see a little of the bright amber liquid of the perfume inside the inch long, clear glass when the lid is in place.
On removing the lid of the Contradiction perfume bottle, apart from the smaller part that is made of clear glass at the bottom of the bottle, you also will find the rest of the bottle, which is joined by a slight ridge by the way, that the further design of the bottle is made of frosted glass. This still allows you to see how much perfume you have in your bottle though and it looks quite nice and blends into the whole design well.
At the top of the Contradiction bottle you will find the lovely brushed silver spray nozzle. This is designed onto a nice brushed silver rim that fits onto the top of the glass bottle and looks quite stylish to me and helps to give the perfume bottle a little more of a feature than it's glass effect. It really bends in well with the whole design and to me finishes it all of very nicely indeed. A little dark grey Contradiction logo is printed onto the bottle also.
The little spray nozzle to this Contradictions perfume bottle is a push down one and if similar in style to one you would find on an aerosol can. This works very easy when pressed down and lets out the perfect amount of perfume every time in my opinion and does not let out too much of the perfume in one go or wastes any by letting out too much at one time. It is a nice spray nozzle that's easy to use and works very well overall.
Well overall the whole design of the Contradiction perfume bottle is very pleasing to me. It really looks very modern in design. The brushed metal, long, yet elegant lid would be my favourite part of it really. I love perfume bottles and do collect many of them as a small hobby and this one really looks very nice sitting on the glass self I have in my bathroom. It really is a very stylish and eye catching bottle overall.
Contradiction by Calvin Klein is recommended for daytime use by them. I would have to agree with this, but you could wear it as an evening fragrance if desired or if you do not like heavy scented smells. Contradiction is an Oriental Floral fragrance to me, which is a softer blend of scents, but also is slightly spicy and sweet at the same time.
Well to me all the notes blend very well together to create this very unique and individual, fresh and feminine fragrance. It really is a sophisticated and very exotic type of scent overall.
Oriental Base Notes:
Note: There is possibly more finer blends in this perfume, but it was hard to get them all for this fragrance from searching the internet. The above notes are the main ones though.
On first trying out this fragrance for myself I was pleasantly surprised with it's fresh oriental, yet spicy scent it had to it. This shone through the most to me on first spraying it onto my wrist. I thought it would have been a really light scented fragrance (comparing it to the CK range) but it sure was not. It was certainly not strong or overpowering either, but a lot stronger than what I thought it would be.
After letting this fragrance settle on my wrist for five minutes, I noticed this fragrance slightly faded to a more floral and very pleasing type of sweet musky one. It really was very unique and fresh. I actually surprised myself by liking this, as I really was not sure about it at all when I first sprayed it on, but certainly when it dies down it is very nice really.
This perfume is quite a sophisticated and a more expensive smelling one to me. I do have quite a few fragrances that I would have to admit to liking better than this one, but it certainly is a very likable scent to me overall. It is suited to more of a lighter daytime perfume, but you could wear this as evening wear if you desire because it is slightly stronger (but in a good way) to most of the daytime perfumes I have used before.
Overall this fragrance really works and blends very well together in all it's notes to create a seductive scent that is lighter wearing and fresh. It is probably a more modern scent, but it does appear to be aimed at the older woman to me and does make you feel quite sophisticated wearing it. A light and airy aroma that is nice to wear really.
Well after applying this perfume to my wrist in the morning time, I really can still smell it's exotic aroma around five hours later. It does fade though and would not be one you could get away with right throughout the day, without having to top it up for evening wear. It certainly would be a good, long lasting evening wear fragrance also. I find the CK fragrances fade very quickly indeed, but this one certainly does not and is one of the better wearing perfumes by Calvin Klein as I have tried out many.
I remember when I first used this Contradiction Perfume that my husband noticed that I was wearing something new as he came and had a little sniff of it. He thought it was rather nice and probably liked it a lot more than I did really. Well it is slightly seductive and should get you noticed. I have also got a few compliments while wearing it from friends. One friend did not like it while another thought it was something else. It really would be an acquired taste then if their opinions are to go by. I think you would either like this or loathe it really. Well I do like it, but I have a few perfumes I like much better.
A Little Information About Contradiction Perfume:
Calvin Klein Contradiction has been around for 12 years. It was first introduced, unto the market in 1997. It started of quite an expensive perfume, but online today it seems it can be picked up at quite a reasonable price for a perfume really. Well the Contradiction Parfume comes in three different sized bottles also.
30ml ~ £12.50.
50ml ~ £17.95.
100ml ~ £25.00
My Overall Opinion Of Contradiction By Calvin Klein:
Well my overall opinion of this Contradiction perfume would have to be a good one really as it is a pleasant and long lasting scent. On saying that I would not go out of my way to buy this fragrance for myself though (unless it was on sale extremely cheap) as I do prefer a few other perfumes over this one. I would certainly be very happy to receive it as a gift again though and would wear it to change from my regular ones.
Contradiction certainly is a very unique and sophisticated fragrance. I am not sure if young teens would really like this fragrance in my opinion, as it might be a little old style for them, but they should at least give it a wiff if they are out shopping just incase. To me this fragrance is aimed at a slightly more mature woman and would be not one to buy for my 18 year old daughter, as I know she would be into the more lighter scents and newer perfumes.
I certainly would recommend the Contradiction perfume though. It is a very unique and quite a long wearing fragrance that would appeal to a lot of people out there. I do really like it, but I just prefer other Brands to this one unfortunately. Well it is online at a very low price from what it was selling at originally, at the moment, so if you are out shopping and you give it a sniff and love it, then go online and buy some.
I probably should give this fragrance 4/5 stars overall, but I will give it 3/5 as the gift box was a bit drab to me and I know a lot of people receive perfume mostly as gifts rather than buying it for themselves, so Calvin Klein I think you should make this gift box slightly more feminine looking in my opinion. I have just seen this gift box also in an off white colour on one site. Maybe this is a new or older style, but my gift box was certainly a grey colour as I still have it. Well beats me.
**Calvin Klein: Contradiction, Eau de Parfum**
I bought my bottle of contradiction a few years ago in New York and whenever I smell it I am reminded of my wonderful trip there and lots of happy memories. I love the US and New York is one fabulous splendiscious place to visit!
Calvin Klein was founded in 1968 and our Calvin is from the Bronx where Ralphie Lauren comes from. Wonder what it is abotu the Bronx that makes a good fashion designer! Well our Calvin is probably most famous for the jeans and, boxers and also Marty McFly in Back to the Future who pretended he was CK. The brand is famous for its perfumes too, which include Obsession, Contradiction, Eternity, Truth, CK One and more. The companny is now worth billions and sold for 400 million in 2002 to Philip-Van-Huesen so Calvie boy is in the wonga!!
**Contradiciton the scent**
Contradiction was created in 1997 and is advertised as a romantic perfume. Unfortunately I think it has been phased out so you won't really see it in department stores now. However that does mean the price has come down and you will see it in many online cheap perfume stores to purchase.
It is quite a heavy scent although not as strong as Obsession by Calvin Klein or my Prada Perfume. It has similar ingredients to my Prada Perfume and the key ones in Contradiction are rose, bergamot and jasmine, vanilla, cedar and moss, sandalwood, musk and oakmoss.
My bottle size is 50ml and it is a circular bottle like a deodorant in a way but glass. There is about an inch of circular glass which lets you see the perfume which is quite dark in colour. There is then an oversized silver lid which is about 3 or 4 inches in length and pops off the bottle. Once you take that lid off the bottle you can smell the perfume straight away and the bottle is then a clouded glass and slightly thinner than the bottom part. The top is metal plated and a silver nozzle that is easy to squirt. Contradtiction is written on the bottom part of the bottle very in very small writing in the colour black.
**Use it **
This is recommended as a daywear perfume although I find this better as an evening wear perfume as it is a little heavy. I do like this more than my Prada perfume even through they both have similar ingredients. The perfume is a heavy scent but has a lovely aroma to it and I personally find the smell brings back memories of my New York Trip. For some reason I associate certain perfumes to certain events! Because it is a heavier perfume you don't need to spray much on the arms and neck area to get the desired effect. It is a combination of a floral yet woody and musky scent and feels quite crisp and oriental. The perfume has a pleasant aroma and feels traditional and expensive perfume when on.
**Recommend it and buy it**
I would recommend this perfume as one to suit those who like floral and musky perfumes with a dash of heaviness to them. It is more of a distinctive perfume and classy. As I said earlier I think this has been phased out but it is still readily available and cheaper than it used to be. It costs around £20 for the 50ml and £17 for the 30ml on the perfume store or you could try other shops online to purchase this.
I do like this and rated it 3* beacuse it is harder to get hold of now which is a shame.
I was brought this perfume by my fiancé a couple of Christmas’s ago and I love it so does he, it’s such a gorgeous fragrance and it makes you feel good about yourself and kind of sexy. This fragrance is fresh and light and lasts a very long time maybe not all day but the best part of a day. I would say this perfume is for any occasion. This perfume can be quite expensive like for a 50ml you’d expect to pay £35, although I have seen it for £45 in some shops. You can get other products of this fragrance such as body spray, body lotion and different size bottles too. The glass bottle is round like a tube, frosted and then it has a matt sliver lid that covers near enough the whole bottle, this is quite a good idea as it will stop sunlight getting to it. The packaging it comes in is nothing special at all just a white/creamy colour all over. You can buy this perfume from Boots, Superdrugs, The Perfume Shop most places really. I have Eternity by CK and I personally think that Contradiction by CK comes the next best thing to Eternity. I’d definitely recommend this perfume to anyone and as specially as Christmas it coming up.
What more do you want from a perfume? I agree with another reviewer that I hate going to a meeting (work, party) and find out that other people wear the same perfume with me. That's the reason I stopped wearing L'Eau d' Issey and Pleasures: they're both great perfumes but almost everyone is wearing them! Although contradiction is a wonderful perfume though, not so many women out there use it. It's smell is different than anything else I've used: feminine without being too sweet or floral, stylish without being harsh. I feel I can use it on a romantic dinner (my boyfriend loves it by the way, although he's allergic to most perfumes) or at an important meeting at work. I finished up my first bottle and I'm going out on saturday to buy myself a new one. Try it yourself!!!
What was one of the presents I got for Christmas?. Yes you guessed it, a bottle of Calvin Klein’s Contradiction Eau De Toilette Spray. In all my time here I think one of the most difficult products to write about would be a fragrance because there is so little one can write about it. Also explaining the fragrance of a fragrance is a ominous task. However I will give it my best shot. When I opened up this particular present the first thing I noticed was that it came in a almost black colour box which was of standard shape and proportions and which I found rather simple and common looking. However once I opened the box and pulled out the actual product it was a different story altogether. The bottle is in a square shape and the cover slips over the bottle almost to the bottom. This is unlike other fragrance bottles that I have used, which usually have shorter covers or caps. The cover is in a matt silver finish and looks really sleek and impressive. The bottle is transparent and almost totally of glass. Only the top part is made of the same material as the cover and holding the spray nozzle. Due to the clear glass you are able to see the colour of the liquid, which is lime green. This is to my liking since most of the other fragrances I have used come in stained glass bottles. Prior to writing this opinion I did do some homework and found out that Contradiction is available in Eau De Toilette (which is the one I got) and After Shave. Although this was given to me as a present the 100ml Eau De Toilette goes for £37.99 and is also available in 50ml bottles. The Contradiction range also includes other products and naturally a full range for the women. Personally I have never purchased a fragrance, be it perfumes for the wife, Eau De Toilette or Colognes for myself, here in the U.K. Since I travel regularly it is much cheaper to purchase them at the Duty Free on my way back home. Since I usually fly via Amsterda
m I end up purchasing them for Schipol Airport, which although not the cheapest, do offer the very latest fragrances. I first used my new fragrance on New Years Eve as me and the wife were attending a party being thrown by a close friend at his house. My first impression of the smell was “refreshing” and at the same time not “overpowering”. Many fragrances that I have used are very strong and even with a couple of sprays or dabs you smell as if you’ve used the whole bottle. This overpowering smell usually takes a couple of hours to dissolve itself to more respectable limits. However with Contradiction, once applied it does smell pretty strong but quickly settles down to a more lingering and very desirable levels. According to the information Contradiction it is Juniper, Bergamot and Lavender. The middle notes are: Sage, Coriander and Fressia and the base of the fragrance is: Sandalwood, Moss and Cedar. I am not sure about all these fancy scents that it is supposed to contain but what I can tell you from personal experience is, is that it has a lemony and woody smell to it. Essences that supposedly contradict each other seem to instead compliment each other. To me this is a wonderful combination, which makes Contradiction not only a lovely fragrance but also a different one and also one that gives essence to it’s name. Calvin Klein’s fragrances in general have not been popular with me as I felt that they all very somewhat similar to the mass of other fragrances available. With Contradiction they have produced something that is different from the norm and have significantly raised their stature in my eyes. Overall I am very pleased with my new fragrance and place it in second spot just behind my all time favourite Cool Water by Davidoff. I hope that this, my first opinion on a Fragrance has been satisfactory and would love to receive your comments with regards to it. De
pending on that I might be tempted into writing an op on Cool Water and would relish the challenge once again.
I am a bit wary of hyped up brands and fragrances and hate to smell the same as other people. That’s why I almost didn’t post this opinion as I don’t want lots of people to go out and buy it. I fell in love with the scent Contradiction straight away. Imagine sexiness and sophistication in a bottle and that’s what it would smell like. Its modern and there’s no other fragrance quite like it, there’s certainly a touch of lavender there but not grandma-like! Other Calvin Klein fragrances pale into the background when compared to Contradiction. I am partial to Eternity though and use it when I fancy a change. The bottle costs £33.99 for a 50ml bottle from Argos. Other places can charge between £35 to £45 but that’s the cheapest I’ve found it in a reputable shop. The bottle looks quite sleek and modern. It’s made of frosted glass and has an elegant silver lid that covers almost the whole bottle. This is both functional and aesthetic as sunlight can affect the smell of fragrances and the lid will stop that. Tips on making the most of your fragrance ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *~ For sexy smelling hair spray your comb with perfume before combing your hair. Great when you don’t have time to wash your hair. *~ Like the fragrance that was a gift but not enough to wear it yourself? Use it as a luxurious air freshener for your room. *~ For a more subtle scent spray across the room and walk through it. *~ When spraying perfume on wrists resist urge to rub together. Rubbing distorts the fragrance and doesn’t give it time to ‘breathe’. *~ Spray cards from Boots or other stores with your favourite fragrances. Make hole in card and put through clothes hangers. This will keep your clothes smelling fresh. Everyone has their own self-image and I find that your fragrance helps you. I find myself being more el
egant and thoughtful when wearing this fragrance. It doesn’t matter what is going through my mind though ;-)
Firstly, this relates to the male version but I was excited and couldn't wait for Dooyoo to add it. Normally I'm instantly put off by the words "Calvin" and "Klein" if they appear in the same sentence when it comes to fragrances they always seem to smell the same. However, to be fair it isn't really that much of a hassle due to the fact that they tend to wear off in about 30 seconds and produce a rash akin to gangrene!! However, "Contradiction" by CK is completely different. To coin a phrase "it does exactly what it says on the tin" i.e. Contradict!!! Now, I have the distinct advantage of being able to pick and choose aftershaves purely on their sassy bottles and their pleasing aromas due to the fact that I have as much facial hair as?erm? well, someone with not very much facial hair. Contradiction satisfies both of these highly rigorous acceptance criteria. It comes in a cool square bottle and the lid comes down about a centimetre off the bottom adding instant character. This design also helps you to differentiate between the female version that comes in a round bottle. Those amongst you with identity issues would do well to remember this difference. Now, let's get to the important bit ? how does it fair on the "Pull Test". Speaking generally, I've noticed that a uniform has begun to develop amongst lads of my age. That is, they all seem to wear black trousers, a Ben Sherman Shirt (that has to be untucked) and a pair of black shoes (shiny or otherwise). To "complement" this uniform they all seem to accessorise this look with a gold earring and Hugo Boss aftershave. Individual style seems to be, by and large, on the decline ? don't get me wrong, I also own a bottle of Hugo Boss, Hugo Blue and Hugo Elements Aqua but each of these have their time and place. So if you can wear a fragrence that is different it automatically get
39;s you noticed. When you're making an effort (not for any reason other than you want to) make a statement and Contradiction makes that statement. Many times I have been stood at the bar when fellow customers have enquired as to which aftershave I am wearing ? leaving me free to nip in front of them whilst the attention is distracted and getting served first? a cunning side effect! It goes without saying that this passes the Pull Test Over the last few years I?ve made it a hobby of mine to collect fine fragrances and CK?s Contradiction takes a steady place in my collection.
I am a fan of most of the Calvin Klein fragrances, but Contradiction is by far my favourite! I first bought this perfume about 2 years ago from duty free. I found the smell very fresh and althgough the smell fades a little as the day goes by it doesnt totally disappear. I have to say that I have been asked numerous times what perfume I am wearing when sprayed with Contradiction. I cant remeber exactly how much it costs, but it is in the region of about £35, which although isnt cheap, is not the dearest on the market. Obviously it would be nicer if it cost less, but it is definately worth trying out....an ideal gift idea.
My husband bought me a bottle of Contradiction for Christmas the other year because he said the title was me. humph. Anyway this is a modern fragrance which is not overpowering. It is suitable to be worn during the day or at night. The smell lasts well too - once spritz will take you through the entire day so the bottle lasts well even if it is expensive. The packaging is very clean and simple and quite modern looking. Very cleverly chosen I think as it reflects the smell well. I would describe it as a warm smell and slightly spicy but with warm flowery overtones. I have sensitive skin as well as this perfume did not irritate me in the slightest. I would certainly recommend that you try a tester of it as it is a very unique and distinctive smell, and extremely pleasant!
Contradiction was created by Calvin Klein in 1997 and is recommended for daytime wear. This feminine scent possesses a blend of pure pepper, rose, satin wood and sandalwood.