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Contradiction for Men (1999)
by Calvin Klein

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Contradiction for Men information

Year of Launch1999
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 216 votes)

People and companies

HouseCalvin Klein
PerfumerCarlos Benaim
PerfumerPierre Wargnye
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchUnilever

About Contradiction for Men

The male counterpart to Contradiction for women. This is a light oriental fragrance. The face of the Contradiction advertising campaign is model, Justin Chambers. We like the lid on this bottle.

Contradiction for Men fragrance notes

Reviews of Contradiction for Men

For me, Contradiction for Men has always been one of the several epitomes of “insignificance in a bottle”. But the main flaw here is not even the uncreative dullness, which is still perfectly acceptable as not all audiences need creative stuff; rather the quite evident cheap quality of the fragrance itself. Not tragically cheap, but quite cheap for me. Basically this is a fresh, office/gym/club-safe citrus-woody-musk fragrance playing some modern chords on a traditional “eau de cologne” scheme, with a slight balminess and a painful similarity to a window detergent, sitting halfway smelling “almost pleasantly natural” and “annoyingly synthetic” – far enough from both qualities though, sitting in the exact nonsense middle between them. Neither an “avantgarde synthetic fragrance” (which may likely smell crap, but that would be post-modernly “ironic”), surely nor a particular true to life and natural one. Just exactly the worst type of mall/drugstore fragrance trying to emulate some sort of natural notes with really cheap materials. Which makes Contradiction almost a bit tacky, as it does not show even some slight sort of generic understated cleanliness. It is actually rather bold on the contrary; that would be a plus, if the smell was nice. And quality aside, the fragrance isn’t still worthy any attention for me, as I find this just plain dull and indistinguishable from dozens of others – likely better – lemon-woody-musk fragrances. Perfectly interchangeable with any of them, and chances are for the better. I am a big fan of designer fragrances so this is not really a matter of being mainstream, just plain negligible regardless of the label.

5/10
17th May, 2015
Genre: Woody Oriental

Contradiction for Men’s atrocious “lime” top note smells more like green Kool Aid than lime. It’s also so loud and persistent that calling it a “top note” feels slightly disingenuous. If the note were a color, it would be the electric acid yellow-green used in pedestrian crossing signs. If it were a sound, it might be the Macarena. It’s the kind of garish thing I’d expect in a crass, fruity floral celebrity scent for teenage girls, rather than a designer masculine.

The fruit doesn’t really fade during the first couple of hours. (Maybe it has to smell this bad in order to last so long.) Instead it is only partially masked by a wood and sweet spice accord that includes black pepper, nutmeg and cardamom. The combination might have been appetizing in theory, but in execution it’s more “cacophony” than “contradiction.” The harsh fruit, the unrelenting sweetness, and the hard edges on the spices add up to a abrasive, discordant composition that’s extremely uncomfortable on my nose. The best commendation I can offer is that after a couple of hours’ wear, it’s no longer overly loud.

Four or five hours in, and Contradiction fades off into a drydown of clean musk and what smells like a sandalwood reconstruction. As a skin scent this drydown isn’t bad, but it’s not particularly interesting either. Not something I need to experience very often.
11th June, 2014
I spray this on after I shave before I go to work. It's enjoyable for about an hour then fades over the next three hours or so then it's gone. This should be located next to the brut and the old spice it's enjoyable but cheap in performance.
16th February, 2014
NickyB Show all reviews
United States
This is a perfect cologne for work or play. Not too musky or fruity. A perfect in the middle mix. I have received many compliments from both guys and girls when wearing this one
24th December, 2013
not a smell one should pay for...or accept as a gift! Yuck.
06th December, 2012
Smells great! That's a nice combo of spice and a subtle vetiver, suitable for all-year use, but prefered in hot days. When i use it i feel calm and relaxed.
02nd November, 2012

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