Fashion designer Calvin Richard Klein, popularly known as Calvin Klein, started his namesake company in 1968 during a rather down period in the New York fashion industry. He first became known for his tailored suits and clothes, although he diversified into sportswear with a particular emphasis on interchangeable separates.
The company released fragrances in the 1970s and 1980s, but it wasn’t until they released the Obsession in 1985 that people began taking the designer house seriously on the strength of their perfumes. They have released 181 perfumes, with the Obsession being one of the company’s most sought-after scents alongside CK One and Eternity. The company prides itself on creating lasting scents.
Calvin Klein has commissioned the talents of several renowned perfumers to come up with different scents throughout the years. They use various ingredients to create long-lasting and evocative perfumes that make the wearer feel energized, vibrant, and beautiful.
One of the more endearing Calvin Klein fragrances, CK One EDT, was launched in 1994 and continues to captivate audiences worldwide. With a citrusy fresh scent, the fragrance creates positive vibes and evokes confidence and happiness for anyone who catches a whiff.
The refreshing blend of bergamot, papaya, lemon, and mandarin orange immediately makes people notice the wearer. Next, the scent evolves into a seductively exotic blend of jasmine, violet, nutmeg, rose, lily-of-the-valley, and green tea before the clean and warm combination of musk and amber emerges during the drydown.
It is best used for summer and spring, although it can do well in any season in a pinch.
Jean Guichard crafted one of the most popular scents in the Calvin Klein collection in 1985 as he came up with Obsession. The fragrance is touted as an oriental-spicy scent that exudes confidence, strength, and charisma.
The brilliant blend of Mandarin oranges, bergamot, vanilla, peaches, lemons, green notes, and basil opens up the terrific trail. Next, the scent evolves into the mystifying blend of spices, oakmoss, sandalwood, jasmine, rose, coriander, and cedar. Warm and comfortable undertones of amber, cedar, musk, vetiver, civet, and incense round up the intense fragrance.
It is ideal for casual or romantic evening dates, especially during the winter and fall.
Revitalizing & Fresh
Sophia Grojsman came up with one of the highly successful fragrances in the Calvin Klein lineup in 1988. The scent was billed as a floral fragrance that paid homage to Klein’s marriage and the eternal values of family, peace, and love.
Perfectly zesty sage and lemon blossoms, freesia, green notes, and mandarin orange open up the scent before the heady fragrances of marigold, narcissus, carnation, violet, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, and white lilies captivate as the heart notes. Rich undertones of heliotrope, sandalwood, amber, patchouli, and musk round out the scent.
Eternity is ideal for daily wear, especially during the summer and spring, as the combination refreshes and energizes.
Loc Dong, Dominique Ropion, and Carlos Benaim collaborated and came up with Euphoria by Calvin Klein in 2005. Often described as an exotic amber floral fragrance, the scent reflects the mystery and joy of life.
Green accords coupled with exotic pomegranate and persimmon are the scent’s top notes and make people notice quickly. The heart notes of champaca, black orchid, and lotus evoke a charming mystery before the seductive and comforting warmth brought about by the base notes of mahogany, whipped cream, amber, and black violet cap off the fragrance.
Best for evening escapades during the fall and winter as the seductive fragrance ensures compliments.
Inspired by the success of CK One, Calvin Klein partnered with Alberto Morillas to develop an inclusive and charming fragrance that was CK Everyone. The fragrance reflects the evolution of a generation and the freedom of expression, inclusivity, and communal participation.
Citrusy orange oil and ginger open the scent trail and immediately demand attention. The fragrance then evolves with hints of tea and water notes before the pleasant warmth of patchouli, amber, cedar, and musk base notes take over during the drydown.
It is best suited for casual outings during the summer and spring seasons, as the scent leaves a beautiful trail.
CK One Shock for Her
Drawing from the cult-like success of CK One, Calvin Klein decided to mix it up and he came up with Ann Gottlieb and IFF with two oriental compositions – separately for the males (for him) and females (for her). The CK One Shock for Her was billed as a spicy amber fragrance for women.
Top notes of passion flower, peony and red poppy demand everyone’s attention. Next, the smooth, sultry undertones of chocolate, jasmine, narcissus, and blackberry dominate the heart before the soothing scents of vanilla, amber, patchouli, and musk round out the scent.
Though most suitable for spring and summer, the scent is terrific for daily use.
Calvin Klein Obsessed for Women
Sultry & Invigorating
Annick Menardo and Honorine Blanc created the sought-after CK Obsessed in 2017. The fragrance was touted as an aromatic scent that draws inspiration from memories.
Invigorating citruses, neroli, elemi resin, and bergamot quickly demand head turns. A sultry and fragrant blend of violet leaf, orange blossom, lavender, sage, lily-of-the-valley, and rose engulf the wearer as the middle notes. Ambrette, musk and synthetic Iso E Super produce a familiar warmth as the base notes.
Although best for casual outings with friends during the summer and spring, Obsessed can also be used for formal business meetings as it exudes elegance and strength.
Claude Dir came up with the CK Escape in 1991, and the company billed the fragrance as floral-fresh with hints of marine notes. The scent brings back memories of a beautiful and romantic day at the beachfront with someone special.
An alluring combination of citruses and flowers blend perfectly to appeal to the audience as the opening notes. Next, the scent morphs into spicy-sweet heart notes of cloves, jasmine, carnation, peach, lily-of-the-valley, and carnation. Finally, the familiar scents of sandalwood, amber, oakmoss, vetiver, cedar, vanilla, and musk take over during the drydown.
Escape is recommended for daily wear and casual dates, especially during the summer, spring, and fall.
Calvin Klein debuted Deep Euphoria in 2016, and the fragrance drew inspiration from self-assured women who wouldn’t back down from any challenge. Honorine Blanc and Ann Gottlieb teamed up to create the refreshing composition.
Invigorating white peppers, Mandarin leaves, and cascalone captivate as the scent’s top notes. Next, the sultry undertones of jasmine sambac mix well with the delicate scent of black roses, geraniums, and peonies as the heart notes. Finally, the intimate scents of patchouli, woody notes, and musk embrace the wearer as the scent dries down.
Deep Euphoria is great for winter and fall evening dates as the composition projects well and lasts long.
Calvin Klein partnered up with Bruno Jovanovic to capture the essence of uplifting sensuality when they came up with Endless Euphoria in 2014. The scent was described as refreshing and lightly floral, which underscored the fragrance’s femininity.
The fragrance opens with light and citrusy cherry blossoms, bergamot, and mandarin orange undertones. The heart notes of syringa, violet, and rose evoke a sultry memory before the warm and earthy blend of bamboo, sandalwood, and musk take over as the scent’s base.
Endless Euphoria is the best daily wear for spring and summer, although it can transition well for casual activities with family and friends.