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cK one Shock for Him (2011)
by Calvin Klein


cK one Shock for Him information

Year of Launch2011
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 234 votes)

People and companies

HouseCalvin Klein
PerfumerLoc Dong
PerfumerAnn Gottlieb
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige

About cK one Shock for Him

cK one Shock for Him is a masculine fragrance by Calvin Klein. The scent was launched in 2011 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Ann Gottlieb and Loc Dong

cK one Shock for Him fragrance notes

Reviews of cK one Shock for Him

Calvin Klein Cosmetics was nearing the end of it's rope with the synthetic "fresh fougère" category by the end of the 2000's. They released CK Free for Him in 2009, 20 years after the fragrance Eternity for Men (1989) really became the cornerstone that shifted masculine paradigms. Eternity moved masculines away from mossy, musky, or stiff floral scents towards a second coming of the simplistic barbershop citrus colognes of the prior century, but with high-tech captives replacing naturally-sourced bases. CK Free for Him was nowhere near as important, but just proved how out-of-gas this thinking was. When the "freshie" became the accepted norm, and the watchdog IFRA organization gradually made impossible a return to fuller styles, Calvin Klein probably felt boxed in, and it really was their own damned fault. Granted, they still make "fresh" fragrances, mostly in the form of flankers for past pillars, but since the turn of the decade, their new masculines outside of these flankers have attempted treading down richer and more organic-smelling territory, starting with this release in 2011. You're probably thinking "but isn't cK One a unisex line?" and the answer is yes, but the point of the cK One Shock line was to do something shocking by making a his and hers composition, coinciding with the more important shocking fact that this isn't an aquatic, ozonic, "fresh fougère", ambiguous white musk, or anything else one might expect from Calvin Klein at this point. Instead, the cK One Shock line is a pair of gourmand/oriental hybrids, rich and deep by CK standards.

The male iteration of cK One Shock is particularly puzzling, as it presents itself as a rather formal cocoa and tobacco scent, with only a citrus and fruit top lending any casual flair to it. Ann Gottlieb and Loc Dong work together here, and after seeing these results, I'd suggest a reprise. Clementine, "purple" lavender and a cucumber note claim the top of the pyramid, alongside an "energy drink note" which is the token "Kleinism" one expects these days from the house. It's a sweet, semi-syrupy start that is the only real potential turn off to the stuff, but luckily fades in minutes. Cardamom, black pepper, basil, and osmanthus proclaim the middle, but it's really the cardamom and pepper that comes through the sweetness of the top. The main bulk of the wear sees tobacco and cocoa emerge early, making the scent a pleasant semi-sweet tobacco glow reminiscent of Yohji Homme (1999) but a bit leafier like Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme (1994), and maybe a bit in the direction of the original Michael for Men by Michael Kors (2001) with the fruit top. The smell of cK One Shock for Him sits squarely between them all but tosses in that cocoa for darkness, then finishes with musk, patchouli and woody aromatic chemicals at the end to distinguish it's more-oriental side. I find cK One Shock for Him to be an exceptionally well-crafed scent and an easy replacement for the above named, as all but the Dolce & Gabbana entry have become extinct, which means slowly becoming fiscally out of reach except for all but the most dilligent and financially-blessed collectors. Calvin Klein's take on the subject is easily had in 3.4 or 6.7oz bottles and for around $20, making it pound-for-pound the most guilt-free tobacco indulgence to be had in masculine fragrance, plus a real winner for the house that normally faces upturned noses from perfumistos.

The real clincher here was the marketing. If cK One Shock for Him was called anything else and marketed as a new stand-alone pillar, it might be as popular as something along the lines of the preceding Dolce & Gabbana The One (2008) or even Dior Homme (2011) of the same year. Rather than that, Calvin Klein chose to put this wonderful smell in a standard cK One bottle, paint it black, and spray it with bright green graffiti lettering to give it the appearance of a youth-aimed scent; very shocking 'til the very end, I suppose, was the aim of the marketing team behind this. I hope that marketing team was either demoted or at least severely reprimanded, but this is likely to fall by the wayside just like the nice cK One Scene (2005) and then slowly creep up the aftermarket ladder, joining it's tabbaco brethren in discontinued unicorn heaven as unobtaimum to be venerated and worshipped. In the meantime, it's cheaper than a meal at Applebee's and arguably smells better, so double and triple stock this one if round and sweet earthy tobacco sounds good, just please do try to ignore the bottle. By the way, this flanker received it's own flanker (a flanker-flanker?) in the form of cK One Shock for Him Street Edition, that heads in a much-fruitier direction and is worth a sniff, just expect to pay a bit more and have a tougher hunt for it. All in all, a Hell of a return for Calvin Klein, and easily one of their best masuline outputs of the 2010's, just really named and bottled all wrong. Recommended for use in median climates, for office, romantic, or formal use. Pretty versatile but not the best for hot days.
05th June, 2018
This is OK.... Best of the CK range.
Nothing too bad, pleasant frag I like to wear wen just staying in.
Never been a big CK fan.... But this is very good for the price.
Nice Tobacco note.

Nothing bad to say.... Only this has made me smell one of the Parfum Da Marly frag with a slight negative view..... As the one I smelt was a popular one, but it is to my nose to similar.... Anybody else get this or is it just me... Anyways. This a lot lot cheaper. Good value for money here.
You can't over spray this... But it seems to average 5hours before it is very faint.
10th February, 2018
Smells like chocolate mixed with fruit and floral cardamom. Despite the synthetic notes it is pretty smooth. It seems young and fresh but it has a heavy sweetness that makes it mature and best in cooler weather.

Good projection and lasts most of the workday
26th December, 2017
Not a great scent, honestly, but the pricing is excellent. Dark Rebel by John Varvatos is a much better young tobacco EdT in my opinion. ck one shock is pretty synthetic by comparison.
12th December, 2017
By no means a masterpiece but tried this for the first time today and bought on the spot. I paid £15 for 50ml of pleasant chocolatey tobacco. Great for casual wear. Can't go wrong for the price!!!!
04th November, 2017
Well, being a huge fan of Calvin Klein fragrances for the most part I expected much more from 'CK One Shock'. I was warned about this one on a YouTube review by Jeremy Fragrance that it makes a big show when first sprayed on and fades into boredom after three or four hours. And, well, that's not completely true.

CK One Shock has one of the finest openings in any fragrance I have ever smelled. The opening is so amazing it actually disappoints when it dries down and calms itself. But it still smells great when it does settle in.

The initial blast is a tobacco and chocolate mix, alongside a subtle musk tone layered in sweet cherry that is really quite amazing. In all honesty it smells almost exactly like a soft and mellow blend of Joop! Homme and Angel Men, with an added character of its own and is unbelievably gorgeous.

The first few hours of this fragrance gets tons of compliments. It is very seductive, not over the top, loud, cloying or offensive. After about six hours or so, it becomes a natural skin scent of chocolate, tobacco, patchouli and a slight sweetness of a fading cherry note. It lingers and catches attention for hours.

With a liberal dose of a dozen sprays (chest, neck, shoulders, wrists), I get about 8-10+ hours of longevity, with over a week on clothes and fabrics. Projection and sillage is fairly good but not overpowering or offensive with this. It goes on thick and digs in and becomes your natural scent for the rest of the day.

It is safe for an office environment (but more suited for evenings honestly), a casual environment with friends or especially a date with someone, but it doesn't perform well enough for a night out on the town or in clubs or bars. It just doesn't have the projection for that.

Fans of the classic Joop! Homme, Mugler's 'Angel Men', Animale's 'Animale' and Montblanc's sultry 'Individuel' will immediately enjoy this fragrance.

For the price, its a great blind buy. I am not sure if I will purchase it again once this bottle runs out as I have several bottles of Joop! Homme, Montblanc Individuel and Angel Men, all of which are similar and perform better than CK One Shock. Although this performs better than most modern Calvin Klein fragrances.

However, I will give this a thumbs up because if you need an evening or spring gourmand fragrance that is dark, sweet and sexy for a special event or date, this smells absolutely wonderful, has decent staying power and gets compliments galore.
03rd May, 2017 (last edited: 18th September, 2017)

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