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cK one Scene (2005)
by Calvin Klein

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cK one Scene information

Year of Launch2005
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production / Limited Edition
Average Rating
(based on 42 votes)

People and companies

HouseCalvin Klein
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchBenckiser > Coty Inc > Lancaster Group

About cK one Scene

cK one Scene is a shared / unisex perfume by Calvin Klein. The scent was launched in 2005

cK one Scene fragrance notes

Reviews of cK one Scene

The release of cK One Scene (2005) is the first of several unique cK One non-summer flankers introduced since Calvin Klein stopped making limited packaging editions of the original cK One (1994) and passing them as flankers. Those limited packages continued in their own right, but cK One Scene was the first sign of the house trying to do something other than cleverly-disguised rehash of it's hit unisex scent. cK Be (1996) also entered the market as a legitimate sequel, but swayed more masculine and didn't make the splash of the original. cK One Scene could have just as easily been another pillar in the series, but maybe Calvin Klein wanted to bank on the cK One name as a safety net. This scent is quite good, but I also feel like vintage enthusiasts paint this as better than what it is, because like most things discontinued, it wasn't much loved in life, but exalted as an unappreciated miracle water now that it's gone, with disproportionately higher approval ratings when compared to it's still-made and more-popular counterparts. cK One Scene certainly is very appealing to fans of a specific niche style in perfume, and I can see why old moss heads would almost favor this over cK One, cK Be, or any other cK line, and it's post-discontinuation vintage collector's popularity is bested only by cK One Electric (2009), the next flanker in line, which itself is a lime-themed cK that fetches almost niche prices in the aftermarket. cK One Scene's biggest appeal to old schoolers is it's blend of florals and woods very reminiscent of 80's powerhouses like One Man Show (1980), Kouros (1981), and Lapidus Pour Homme (1987), just not with the animalics or anywhere near the strength, but it's a similar enough vibe that it clicks so far as tastes go.

The biggest appeal cK One Scene has for the vintage folks is it's construction: it's a floral near-fougère that rests ylang-ylang and muguet among others on a bed of dry woods, vanilla, and real oakmoss. The mandarin combined with the ylang-ylang and ginger in the opening recalls oriental hybrids like Sybaris Antonio Puig (1988) and Chanel Égoïste (1990), while the muguet, rosewood, and nutmeg middle conjure the aforementioned Kouros and One Man Show. In this stage cK One Scene is Kouros without the urinal cake funk of civet, or One Man Show minus the Man plonk of castoreum. The base of vanilla, amber, sandalwood, oakmoss, patchouli, musk, and bay leaf really hit home the "classic" aspect of cK One Scene, making it also quite masculine in tone as opposed to the quite feminine opening. Just like cK Be, cK One Scene doesn't try to broker a truce between it's gender lines, and just swings back and forth between them, but ultimately leans more male. The finish of cK One Scene is floral, but creamy and slightly wilted/dry, being almost a unisex take on the floral powerhouses of the late 80's, but stripped of aggression or virility. This is the cK One for fans of such rarities as Jacomo Anthracite Pour Homme (1991), Paco Rabanne Ténéré (1988), or Balenciaga Ho Hang Club (1987). This juice doesn't have nearly the quality or strength of them, but it shares a common accord, just dumbed-down with typical Calvin Klein synthetics and demographic-friendly kid gloves. The hardest of the hardcore will find this half-hearted, and everyone else will find this too strange or even dated, which is probably why even over a decade after discontinuation, it's only still floating at or a little above department store prices.

The scent of cK One Scene is penned by an unknown nose working for an unknown chemist, but I can tell whoever made this had a love for old "fancy" floral fougères, and although could never pass any semblance of Fougère Royale (1882) or Zino Davidoff (1986) in a cK bottle, came as close to that as they could within a unisex context and with a pre-IFRA quantity of oakmoss vibrato to get the idea across. This stuff is still synthetic to a degree, and I doubt the authenticity of the sandalwood note in particular, but like the much-later cK One Shock for Him (2011), there's a lot of character here. Sadly, the stuff is not cheap anymore, even if comparatively so when held alongside other truly-vintage discontinued scents, and since most people with common sense are loathe to pay any considerable cash for a Calvin Klein fragrance, this one doesn't come recommended even if it does get a thumbs up, since guys can still get Kouros, One Man Show, or Lapidus for much cheaper new, without compromising the animalic squatting, while most ladies into cK One scents might find the florals here interesting but too old-fashioned and more commonly-found in any number of feminines without having to hunt or deal with the bay leaf beefiness in the base, which is the real killer of the unisex vibe here. The "urban youth" graphics on the bottle are also neat, but about as misleading to the blind buyer as cK One Shock for Him Street Edition's (2012) graffiti font, speaking nothing of the perfume's character. A surprisingly woodsy "floriental" with a minor cult status for serious CK fans only!
26th June, 2018 (last edited: 28th June, 2018)
The sweet floral accord at the start is a bit of a blast, brings it a little bit to the feminine side for me. The dry down is smoother as the amber and vanilla enters. The sweet floral smell does still linger throughout the fragrance but merges well with the spice and woods at the bottom. I can see how this can easily be a Unisex fragrance. There is also a soapy feel about this fragrance, must be the florals acting, it smells to a certain degree quite clean. Pleasant, nothing overwhelming and unexpected, but good enough for me to wear out casually.
25th August, 2011
CK One - Scene is very good summer scent. So for young, and for the man of middle age, and for women - great summer fragrance. Nicely done!
21st March, 2009
CK One Scene is an enjoyable summer scent… It opens citrusy and spicy (I find most of it somewhat spicy) and floral, and it’s a very refreshing form that it takes. The ylang-ylang is quite prominent and pushes the scent toward the feminine side for a short time. I do see it somewhat related to CK One, and I think it’s a worthy successor of the original. I like the dry down – the amber is clean and clear, the musk plays a recessive part, the woods provide the bit of masculinity that is needed for a unisex fragrance. The drydown, however, does not have the strength and longevity that it should, but it's a nice fragrance - very pleasant.
12th November, 2008 (last edited: 04th December, 2010)
Very nice! The ylang-ylang makes it seem more feminine but gets balanced out with the woods. If you're expecting a variation of ck One then look elsewhere. This deserves to be it's own. Gotta love that floral yet woody smell of ylang-ylang. That top note seems to last quite a good while. A great mix of a fougere style with sweet florals.
26th July, 2008
This is a great scent. I can definitely smell the ylang-ylang from the very beginning, but it gives way pretty quickly to the ginger. Its lingers with sweet, vanilla and amber base. Its not super sweet, but just enough to make in enticing. Very nice and well done. It has become one of my favorites.
18th June, 2008

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