Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Calvin Klein Eternity 25th Anniversary Edition Eau de Parfum Spray & Eau de Toilette Spray for Men: Review

Disclaimer: Products featured are provided for review.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Calvin Klein's Eternity fragrance, which was released back in 1989 (Eternity for Men was released a year later). Both embodying romance and timelessness, Eternity and Eternity for Men's 25th Anniversary Edition features a new reflective silver metallic design that "reflects lasting love and commitment". To read more about the fragrances, click........

Calvin Klein Eternity 25th Anniversary Edition Eau de Parfum Spray ($94 for 100ml):
Housed in a tall rectangular bottle with beveled edges, the 25th Anniversary Edition bottle is coated in a silver, chrome like finish. The finish, interestingly, still leaves the bottle see through at certain angle/lighting. I think the design feels very luxurious and it's definitely very unique!

Top notes: freesia, mandarin, sage
Middle notes: muguet, white lily, marigold, narcissus
Bottom notes: patchouli, sandalwood, amber

Upon initial whiff, Eternity feels quite sharp and very crisp. The fragrance is considered a floral but it's not the warm or sweet kind of floral one might expect. The scent is feels very cool and austere; it took me sometime of get used to. I would describe this perfume as one that's very elegant, and sophisticated. This scent is also quite unique and is definitely one you have to test in person to truly appreciate.

Longevity: The scent lasted about five hours before fading, even towards the end the floral notes were very strong; the bottom notes were barely noticeable to me.

Calvin Klein Eternity for Men 25th Anniversary Edition Eau de Toilette Spray ($85 for 100ml):
The Eternity for Men 25th Anniversary Edition bottle has the same reflective chrome finish but the shape is shorter and fatter with rounded edges.

Top notes: mandarin, lavender, green botanics 
Middle notes: jasmine, basil, geranium, sage, tarragon
Bottom notes: cedarwood, vetiver, rosewood, amber

Compared to Eternity, Eternity for Men has a much warmer quality to it. Even upon the initial whiff I can detect more of the woody bottom notes. The mandarin scent is also more prominent in this than in Eternity because it wasn't completely overpowered by the florals. I personally don't think this is a very masculine scent and I prefer this over Eternity much more.

Longevity: The scent lasted noticeably longer than Eternity, which is quite surprising considering the Eternity is an eau de parfum and this one is an eau de toilette. I like the scent especially after two to three hours, when the warmth and subtle sweet woodiness becomes more prominent.

Overall:
I thought it was quite interesting that the design of the bottles matched the scents. The rounder design of Eternity for Men had a warmer scent and the crisper design of Eternity had a more austere scent. Coincidence? Probably not. 
If you are already a fan of the fragrances, then definitely consider investing in these limited edition 25th Anniversary bottles because the bottle design is truly something. If you haven't tried these before, I would say Eternity is a good fit for sophisticated career women and Eternity for Men is a lovely scent for men (and women, in my opinion) with a preference for warmer florals.

Availability:
Both fragrances are available across Canada for a limited time only beginning April 2014 at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Rexall Pharmacies and Jean Coutu.

Have you tried Eternity from Calvin Klein before? What's your take on it? Let me know in the comments below!

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