Calvin Klein CK One Review: Wooosh, Woooosh

CK One For Men And Women

CK One Cologne For Men And Women

That should be the sound you make in the morning when you apply parfum CK One, a positive, light fragrance to be sprayed heavily.


All there is to say about this perfume is now history, so here is a recap. Launched in 1994 and created by Alberto Morillas (Omnia and Blv by Bvlgari,  212 Sexy by Carolina Herrera, Acqua di Gio, Miracle by Lancome to name a few), and Harry Fremont (Juicy Couture, Romance by Ralph Lauren, Princess by Vera Wang), it was not the first unisex fragrance, but the first one to become popular among the masses. Check out this part if an interview with Alberto Morillas (where he talks about CK One with a sparkle in his eyes).


Both on skin and paper, the opening was with intense and natural smelling citrus (bergamot above all), which remained throughout its evolution. However, after the opening, as in front of a fork junction, it took two different – but not opposite –  directions.


On my skin, the pure citrus notes were quickly joined by a soft soapiness; probably thanks to jasmine (the bouquet also enlists violet and rose). After that, soft florals would come out, a tad too feminine for my taste, but I guess other masculine noses would have a different opinion.


On paper, CK One Eau de Toilette grew less floral and slightly warmer, with a note of musk which would not disturb the driver, but indeed enhance it. Another thing I noticed on paper, was the linearity of the intensity: after reaching cruising altitude, the fragrance would not go up nor down, remaining stable. Of course it’s not a transatlantic flight we’re talking about here, and before the day was over it had already faded.


If you’ve read so far this perfume CK One Calvin Klein review, I guess it’s because you don’t know it yet: good for you. It means you can still enjoy it and you won’t be pushed away too much by its popularity. However, be prepared to wear something that many people will recognize three meters away. But be also prepared to say “who cares?” What smells good smells good, period (same applies to Armani Acqua di Gio).


One word of caution though: this is a fragrance for “young people” (which, in my vocabulary, means “twenties”), like the boy and the girl in the picture below. However, freshness has no gender and age I believe, so I wouldn’t worry too much if you’re “old,”  go on and wear it.


Just remember that the almost complete lack of aromatic notes makes this fragrance very informal, so avoid any situation that is even slightly semi-formal. In that case, age WILL matter. Unless you want to look like a dresses-up lemon…