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Calvin Klein Man (2007)
by Calvin Klein


Calvin Klein Man information

Year of Launch2007
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 215 votes)

People and companies

HouseCalvin Klein
PerfumerAnn Gottlieb
PerfumerHarry Fremont
PerfumerJacques Cavallier
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige

About Calvin Klein Man

Calvin Klein Man is a masculine fragrance by Calvin Klein. The scent was launched in 2007 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Jacques Cavallier, Harry Fremont and Ann Gottlieb

Calvin Klein Man fragrance notes

Reviews of Calvin Klein Man

Calvin Klein seemed to assemble a dream team on this, with Jacques Cavallier, known at this point for his work on L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme (1994), and Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2003), combining forces with Harry Freemont, whom had already garnered Polo Sport (1993), and Michael for Men (2001). Neither perfumer were strangers to Calvin Klein, as Jacques orchestrated the feminine version of Truth (2000) while Harry created the groundbreaking CK One (1994). Then we have Ann Gottlieb, who's resume is filled with Calvin Klein releases too, including the previous masculine before this, Euphoria for Men (2006). I will say what I always do about collaborations: 2 perfumers bouncing ideas back and forth leads to amazing results, just look at the Ungaro masculine trilogy for proof of that, but when you add in a third, or even a forth, it seems that outside rare exceptions, the scent breaks down in a haze of the static made by it's too-numerous creators. That's pretty close to the case here, but Calvin Klein Man (2007) isn't beyond redemption. Granted, it was foolish for a company used to releasing an anchor and multiple flankers for a few years until the next one to release another masculine anchor only a year after the last, with Euphoria's success inevitably drowning out what must have appeared to be Calvin Klein Man's superfluous existence. If you like synthetic sweet, clean, and woodsy scents that can do acrobatics between work, play, indoor, outdoor, casual or romantic use, this is as close to a generalist you'll likely find in the CK stable, which was probably it's aim with a name like "Man", and was likely intended to be a signature for the "one cologne" kind of guy.

Calvin Klein Man opens with a sweet orange note, which presages Paco Rabanne's 1 Million (2008) by about a year, but whereas 1 Million commits to the strength of that note and builds around until a dense synthetic blood orange scent is created, the earlier CK scent makes only introductory use of it and blends in some dry grapefruit to balance. From there, herbs like rosemary and violet leaf keep the opening mildly piquant instead of rich, until spices of nutmeg and bay take over (yes, -that- bay). The scent never feels heavy like a bay rum because spearmint and calone neutralize the spice, causing a "graying" of sorts like some older feminine green chypres have, but sweeter. The base is just wood, wood, wood, musk, and wood, with a cypress note so the scent can try entering the chypre category on a technicality (akin to having a synthetic "fern" accord so CK can label some of it's android colognes as "fougères"). Guaic, cedar, sandalwood, and the only made-up "Kleinism" note in the whole pyramid (called "amberwood") join the dry down with Iso E Super and white musk. It doesn't quite have the chemical wood nose burn of Terre d'Hermés (2007) or Jubilation XXV (2007), both of the same year as Calvin Klein Man, thanks to the amber and musk molecules, but what we get all told is an herb-rubbed and spiced orange/grapefruit scent with an ambery and woodsy musk finish. It's stronger in projection and longevity than Euphoria (which is an easy feat), but some found Euphoria to be too vapid, so this is likely a reaction to that (and they eventually released an "intense" version of Euphoria so go figure), making Calvin Klein Man a good gift for the oversprayer in the family that wants Paco Rabanne 1 Million but would fumigate the house if you gave it to them.

Calvin Klein Man feels too hot on the heels of Euphoria for it's own good, which is it's biggest problem. Euphoria was for all intents an ozonic gourmand with the gentle, nearly invisible nature of an aquatic generalist, and Calvin Klein Man was the first real departure from the "house that made Eternity" mindset on the men's side of things, which may explain it's initial lack of popularity. Calvin Klein Man eventually dips us right back into the "ostensibly clean and easy to ignore" vibe that every CK masculine outside maybe the shrieking millenial juice that is Crave (2002) has contained in varying degrees since 1990. This juice initially teases us with something bolder, as if to apologize for it's predecessor's weakness, but also succumbs to it as well, just not as severely. Calvin Klein Man marries the sweetness of Euphoria with a heavier body and the calone-powered brightness of Escape for Men (1993), which is to say it feels extremely abstract even for a CK fragrance, unless you want to take a stab at saying "aquatigère ozoniental quadrohybrid". It leads back to that too many cooks addage again, except unlike Euphoria, the hands on deck actually do have some creative synergy that bears more wearable fruit, which is what saves this from a neutral rating. All three perfumers here would go on to make more successful and better perfumes, with Cavallier and Freemont collaborating again under Tom Ford, but Calvin Klein Man remains inexplicably likeable despite it's myriad shortcomings, and I'm not the first to say that. Fans of CK will keep coming back to it and use up a bottle just trying to wrap their heads around why it's still enjoyable despite such a ho-hum mix of notes and predictable clean woodsy musk finish, but perfumistos less-enamored with the brand are best to move on, as it's a splendid case of a "fabulous disaster", but likely not worth a purchase to experience unless you really enjoy CK's mad scientist masculines. Last but not least, it comes in a completely splendid bottle as usual.
14th May, 2018 (last edited: 07th October, 2018)
Not too bad, though CK Man isn't totally unique overall.

I like what I perceive to be a juniper berry like smell in the opening spritz of the scent, though that note is not specifically in the fragrance pyramid. CK Man has a bright, fresh clean powdery citrus quality that echo typical spicy-woody pungent fragrances like my big favorite, Hugo by Hugo Boss (though not as deep and long-lasting) and 212 by Carolina Herrera (minus its super-rich sandalwood foundation). Over time, CK Man stays close on the skin lacking the brightness of the opening wear phase.

I don't know if I'd recommend CK Man, given that Hugo achieves the seeming effects more convincingly. But it's great only if you just want to collect CK bottles in general.
26th March, 2018
This was a Christmas present in 2016. Whoever got me it thought ahh Carl loves his aftershave. Lets get him something off the peg which looks expensive/designer because it has "CK" written on it.

This stuff is poor. It has nothing to offer, it doesn't develop over the course of the day its just extremely potent when you first spray it then stagnant and synthetic. I now keep this in my cars glove box and use it as an air freshener. 2/10
19th September, 2017
More spicy than sweet, but the more it dries down, the more you get the amberwood and sandalwood which makes it seem sweeter. Generic and pleasing, reminds me of Sander for Men, maybe not as spicy. Decent projection, can be smelled in passing or up close but doesn't choke out the room.
28th February, 2017
I used an entire bottle of this I got as present, but I never really liked it :S
21st May, 2016
Great smell that has constantly gotten me more compliments then you'd imagine...but that could be because I'm constantly applying tons of it, as it fades REALLY least on me. A few mins...then can't smell F**k all. "Used to it" or not, I wanna be able to smell what I'm buying! I can't always find an atomizer to bring with me, so I'd ideally like to not to have to spray fifty sprays to be able to smell it all day...which it would probably have to be. Sad, 'cause it does smell sexy! Also, does have that headache vibe 'bout it.
17th February, 2016

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