Saturday, July 26, 2014

Calvin Klein CK One Summer 2014 Eau de Toilette Spray: Review

Disclaimer: Product featured was provided for review.
Back in 2008, when I was about 15 or 16 years old, I was a big fan of Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls was my favorite film back then, okay). And in a summer edition of Flare fashion magazine, there was a "what's in my beach bag" editorial featuring Lindsay Lohan. In her beach bag, amongst the designer-brand sunglasses and the $600 silky summer scarf, was a beautiful bottle of CK One Summer by Calvin Klein. I was immediately enamored with the clean and simple design of the bottle and the fact that it was touted as a refreshing citrus summer scent. And so I bought my first designer brand perfume, CK One Summer.
Interesting, Calvin Klein releases a CK One Summer ($68 for 100ml) every year and each year the packaging and the scent are slightly different. Today I will be reviewing the 2014 edition. To read more, click.......
Bottle Design:
The CK One bottle has a simple but elegant slender flask-like design. The 2014 edition has a gradient design, shifting from yellow to green to blue. The colors reminds me of a fancy mojito drink. The bottle comes with a twist-off cap and a spray nozzle because the scent can either be directly splashed onto the skin or sprayed like your usual perfume.
The Scent:
CK One Summer is described as a "energetic, cool, and playful" citrus scent.

Top Notes: Frozen Lime, Grapefruit, Melon
Middle Notes: White Freesia, Cypress, Tequila
Base Notes: Coconut Water, Crushed Sugar, Cedarwood

As I've mentioned, every year Calvin Klein tweaks the notes of One Summer just a bit so it's different every year. This year's edition, to me, feels a bit more cocktail-eque, most likely due to the tequila elements. The scent is still very citrus-y and fresh but there is a bit more sultry alcohol-ness. Once the top note mellows out the scent becomes rather sweet, I think I can actually pick up a bit of the coconut and cedarwood. Compared to the 2008 edition, the one feels a bit heavier and a little more saturated.
CK One Summer 2014 edition next to my 2008 edition (all the embossing have actually rubbed off)
Overall:
This is a saturated citric summer scent. The tequila middle notes makes the perfume quite sultry, but when that settles the it becomes very sweet and fruity.

Availability:
CK One Summer is available at Shoppers Drug Mart, The Bay, Sears, Murale, London Drugs, and Rexall across Canada.
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