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cK one (1994)
by Calvin Klein


cK one information

Year of Launch1994
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 895 votes)

People and companies

HouseCalvin Klein
PerfumerAlberto Morillas
PerfumerHarry Fremont
PackagingFabien Baron
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchUnilever

About cK one

This popular fragrance from Calvin Klein kicked off the whole unisex buzz when it was released in 1994. Of course there were unisex fragrances before cK One (4711 by Muelhens for example) but it was Calvin Klein that made it sexy.

Reviews of cK one

This was one of the go-to fragrances for very young urban professionals (like me) back in the nineties. It ruled an era when aquatic scents took everyone to the middle of the fragrance sea.
28th February, 2016
I did not wear this scent in the '90s, as it was too trendy. Two decades later, I really enjoy CK1 -- especially for everyday wear, to the office. It is clean yet not astringent like many water-inspired scents. With my body chemistry, CK1 takes on a slightly floral, powdery, feminine tone. It is not a sexy scent on me, nor it does it inspire a sense of adventure. But I select this scent when I want to feel fresh, professional, and feminine. I realize that CK1 is famous for being the first gender-neutral fragrance; but it smells feminine (floral/powdery) with my body chemistry.
05th January, 2016
One to shine...

Since I'm good in crafts, I'm thinking of making a belt with two holsters, all Far West and stuff, and pack two 200ml bottles of this little wunderwaffe all the time. Cause this looker is a life saver in all its salience. And a delight savourer in all its clarity too. It carries an one of a kind charisma to dissipate any troubles that may be thrown your way.

Traffic jam? Spray some!
Boring chore? Spray galore!
Dulled desires?
Galling quagmires?
Psychic vampires?
Spray some more!

There's nothing this beaut can't handle. Even getting the "poet" out of me. Even enjoying its own bipolarity by being two different fragrances, depending on where you spray it. Citrusy and musky clouds on my wrist, salty bitter woods in the crook of my elbow (whilst crooking it).
It almost changed my attitude towards Calvin Klein, since I never thought of them as a truly memorable perfume house producing fragrances with the potential to become legendary over time. Who knows, perhaps they were never meant to concoct august heavy hitters, but rather sanguine and happy carefree vagrants.
Oh, and its bottle makes an excellent atypical and kooky case of a hip flask when empty.
30th November, 2015
I bought CK One when it first came out because it seemed to me to be cutting edge at the time of the newly popular fresh scents that were hitting the market in the 90's. It didn't disappoint, I loved wearing it to casual dinners or afternoon sports events. In fact, I think I kept it in my locker at my country club for most of the time I owned it.

I still like the scent today, but it's not one I want to own again. I'm older and it doesn't feel or smell right for me anymore.

Great fragrance for a young man IMO, and definately a winner for Calvin Klein and Co.
13th February, 2015
This really should be pronounced 'one', rhyming with 'zone', as opposed to 'one', rhyming with 'won'. Why? Because it features a grotesque assembly of every crappy synthetic aroma-chemical in the world ending in '-one'. Hedione, calone, calvone, alpha-ionone, thujone, dihydrojasmone, cyclopentadecanone, gamma-decalactone...

It's like somebody used a rhyming dictionary to assemble the recipe.

I do believe this is the most vile thing I have ever smelled, and that includes Davidoff Cool Water, as well as an accidental fire in a sanitary disposal bin in the female toilets of a university hall of residence: don't ask.

The revulsion I feel is at once emotional, cerebral, and visceral. I don't know what to do first: vomit, double-bag the bottle, or incite violence against the perpetrators. Under that umbrella I would include not only the perfumers, but everyone in the CK organisation involved in the decision to bring this to market, anybody who chooses this for their partner, and anyone who stinks of the stuff. The whole chain. Follow the money. Nail the supplier as well as the user. Cut off the head of the snake, as well as its malodorous rattle.

The fragrance pyramid as presented above is distant from the reality.

The top note is paradichlorobenzene, known to cause nausea and dizziness, as well as creating that sharp, irritating feeling of having snorted laundry detergent.

In the middle is the aforementioned hideous agglutination of everything ending in (-one).

The base is nothing, just the skid-marked underpants of the middle layer.

It's a disaster. A total disaster.

22nd January, 2015 (last edited: 13th February, 2015)
Roja Dove tells us that Calvin Klein's successful "unisex" marketing for this inexpensive and synthetic laden "fresh" scent, resulted in the largest selling scent of all time - CK1.

He tells us that "it used enormous quantities of synthetic materials and had an unbridled floral heart based around….lily of the valley, freesia, rose, violet and jasmine….top notes of bergamot, lemon, mandarin and a "green tea" complex." The base is a "light chypre structure with oak moss, cedar wood, nutmeg, sandalwood and a gargantuan synthetic musk."

Turin calls CK1 a "radiant citrus" and gives it four stars. Barbara Herman lauds its eau fraiche style.

I found it to be simply a light herbal citrus scent that was to my nose undistinguished.

Top notes: Bergamot, Cardamom, Mandarin, Lemon, Pineapple, Papaya
Heart notes: Jasmine, Violet, Rose, Nutmeg, Orris, Muguet, Freesia
Base notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, Cedar, Oakmoss, Green Tea, Cedar
20th October, 2014

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