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    Default Best Calvin Klein fragrances (outside of the big three)

    What are some of the best CK fragrances outside of Eternity, Obsession and ck1?

    It seems like Calvin Klein has a reputation for generic scents outside of the big three (Eternity, Obsession and ck1) but out of all the fragrances they produce, their has to be some good ones.

    ck1 Shock for Him seems to be a really good, underrated gem. I have yet to smell it but I'm probably going to blind buy it pretty soon. It's supposed to be the smell of Red Bull and tobacco and comparable to John Varvatos Vintage. I used to think the bottle was extremely tacky but I kind of dig it now.

    Aside from that one, I don't really hear many good things about their other fragrances and unfortunately it seems like only the Eternity flankers and Euphoria are available to sample and I forgot what Euphoria smelled like.

    Maybe their women's fragrances have a better ratio of quality.

    I'll mention that Contradiction for Men was not something I'd like to wear but it has a very Year 2k vibe to it. It's a pretty interesting experiment but I think Polo Explorer did it better.

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    I like Obsession Men and even better Women, CK Be, Encounter, Euphoria Intense, Obsession Night, Secret Obsession (female).
    I remember a lot of people liking a lot CK One Shock; I found it ok.
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    Default Re: Best Calvin Klein fragrances (outside of the big three)

    Truth Calvin Klein Men (2002) is an interesting violet and eucalyptus scent.

    You may also like Reveal Men by Calvin Klein (2014) if mastic and vetiver work for you.

    Calvin Klein cK2 (2016) is similar to Cartier Déclaration d'Un Soir (2014)

    Calvin Klein cK All (2017) is a nice citrus white floral.
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    The original “Calvin” is by far my favorite.

    2. Vintage Eternity
    3. Vintage Obsession
    4. Eternity Summer 2015
    5. Vintage Escape
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    Obsessed Intense is nice, I also like Euphoria on girls.

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    Default Re: Best Calvin Klein fragrances (outside of the big three)

    For me - only the original Calvin makes the cut.
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    Eternity For Men, for me I wasn’t impressed with the others I tried other then Obsession For Men but Eternity is far more versatile.
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    Default Re: Best Calvin Klein fragrances (outside of the big three)

    I feel like I hear people talk about Reveal, but Ive never tried it. Euphoria and Obsessed are something I've smelled at Kohls, and just eh, put them back on the shelf. I literally can't remember a thing about them. I remember hating some kind of ck be or ck all fragrance because it was stored upside down in some kind of stand. I was appalled, lol.
    I like the big three you mentioned. CK one really always smells good. Its well done in my opinion. Obsession is an awesome balsamic amber. I've owned vintage and current and love them both. Eternity, I like the smell, but not enough to care, and I'm not a fan of the 80s/90s integrated sprayer. Kouros is the only one I've kept.
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    Default Re: Best Calvin Klein fragrances (outside of the big three)

    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    I feel like I hear people talk about Reveal, but Ive never tried it. Euphoria and Obsessed are something I've smelled at Kohls, and just eh, put them back on the shelf. I literally can't remember a thing about them. I remember hating some kind of ck be or ck all fragrance because it was stored upside down in some kind of stand. I was appalled, lol.
    I like the big three you mentioned. CK one really always smells good. Its well done in my opinion. Obsession is an awesome balsamic amber. I've owned vintage and current and love them both. Eternity, I like the smell, but not enough to care, and I'm not a fan of the 80s/90s integrated sprayer. Kouros is the only one I've kept.
    That last one is cK2

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    The EDP version of Eternity is worth checking out, IMO!
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    The original Calvin, hands down.
    I am partial to Euphoria Amber Gold as well.
    CK1 Shock is a bit overhyped IMO.

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    My favorites are:

    Reveal Men

    CK Be

    Euphoria Gold
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    Shock is bad, as are at least 2 of the big 3, unless you're about to attend some school uniform party maybe or have nostalgic feelings for them. Not sure if I ever tried CK1. I stopped trying CK after having tested Shock at TK Maxx. Instant regret.

    Obsession Night, I barely remember it, but I think it was mainly weak and a bit bland/mainstream and not outright horrible. People used to compare it to Black Orchid.

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    Obsession Night, I barely remember it, but I think it was mainly weak and a bit bland/mainstream and not outright horrible. People used to compare it to Black Orchid.
    I don't get anything even close to BO in Obsession Night, but it does have similarities with Paul Smith London - it has that coconut suntan lotion vibe going on. Pleasant but totally forgettable, I even forgot I still have it... after 10 years.

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    Default Re: Best Calvin Klein fragrances (outside of the big three)

    Aside from Eternity, Obsession and CK1, I think my favorite Calvin Klein feminine scents (for me) are:

    Beauty, CK Shock for her, and maybe Euphoria because I always receive a lot of compliments any time I spray that one on!
    Although, TBH, I probably prefer one of the Euphoria flankers to the original..I think it might have been Forbidden Euphoria that I really liked?
    I also really loved at least one of the Eternity flankers...I think it might have been Eternity Summer 2013? (The one in the purple bottle!)
    And..a number of the CK1 Summers were really, really very good! (Better than the original CK1 in my humble opinion actually!)

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    Default Re: Best Calvin Klein fragrances (outside of the big three)

    The only Clavin Kleins I even remotely like are the big three.

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    I enjoy the berry note in Dark Obsession.
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    Default Re: Best Calvin Klein fragrances (outside of the big three)

    For men's scents I'll be keeping an eye out for Truth, Reveal, and Euphoria. Unfortunately I only see CK "Man" at the discounters.

    For women's scents I'll be looking out for the Euphorias, Beauty and CK1 Shock for Her. "Beauty" has a very elegant bottle, and my curiosity is piqued from the reviews.
    CK1 Shock for Her is described as a smelling like a milkshake. I don't even like gourmands but again, my curiosity is piqued and that bottle is nice as well.

    CK1 Summer 2020 is on my list too.

    I heard good things about Eternity for Men Summer but I can never find it to sample. Only the Aqua version.

    The various Obsession flankers I haven't tried save for Obsessed, which was okay for its genre.

    Oh, I forgot about Escape! The men's version I couldn't get into. Way too much eucalyptus. Kind of crisp and dry.

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    Default Re: Best Calvin Klein fragrances (outside of the big three)

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh V. View Post
    What are some of the best CK fragrances outside of Eternity, Obsession and ck1?

    It seems like Calvin Klein has a reputation for generic scents outside of the big three (Eternity, Obsession and ck1) but out of all the fragrances they produce, their has to be some good ones.

    ck1 Shock for Him seems to be a really good, underrated gem. I have yet to smell it but I'm probably going to blind buy it pretty soon. It's supposed to be the smell of Red Bull and tobacco and comparable to John Varvatos Vintage. I used to think the bottle was extremely tacky but I kind of dig it now.

    Aside from that one, I don't really hear many good things about their other fragrances and unfortunately it seems like only the Eternity flankers and Euphoria are available to sample and I forgot what Euphoria smelled like.

    Maybe their women's fragrances have a better ratio of quality.

    I'll mention that Contradiction for Men was not something I'd like to wear but it has a very Year 2k vibe to it. It's a pretty interesting experiment but I think Polo Explorer did it better.
    CK Be I find to be an intriguing fragrance that has managed to stay relevant in the current landscape of excess.

    Others that are under the radar in my opinion: CK One Scene, Encounter, and several of the Euphoria flankers, most notable Essence and Liquid Gold.
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    Oh, yeah, Reveal is nice.
    The female CK In2U is either. My aunt was wearing it the other day and it smells nice on her.
    I remember liking the female Euphoria too.
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    Seconding especially One Shock for Him and Obsession Night part from the obviously successful and justly appreciated "big three".
    While admiring, enjoying and likely to recommend certain aspects regarding the performance, freshness and versatility of regular CK One as well.
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    Default Re: Best Calvin Klein fragrances (outside of the big three)

    For me, nothing from the current line up is worth anything more than a sniff (= try them out).

    But the Holy Trinity of CK (or Big Three I suppose) is the definition of the 90s for me:
    Vintage Escape
    Vintage Eternity
    Vintage Obsession for Men

    Vintage CK One I suppose deserves an honourable mention.
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    'Best' is pushing it. I think 'least worst' is more apt and Obsession Night fits the bill for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    'Best' is pushing it. I think 'least worst' is more apt and Obsession Night fits the bill for me.
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    Kind of there with you.

    I'm sure many are fine and well regarded by many. But I seem to have burned myself on Calvin stuff in 80s/90s with OBSESSION and ETERNITY.
    I haven't smelled anything from that line since early 90s.
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    Default Re: Best Calvin Klein fragrances (outside of the big three)

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh V. View Post
    For men's scents I'll be keeping an eye out for Truth, Reveal, and Euphoria. Unfortunately I only see CK "Man" at the discounters.

    For women's scents I'll be looking out for the Euphorias, Beauty and CK1 Shock for Her. "Beauty" has a very elegant bottle, and my curiosity is piqued from the reviews.
    CK1 Shock for Her is described as a smelling like a milkshake. I don't even like gourmands but again, my curiosity is piqued and that bottle is nice as well.

    CK1 Summer 2020 is on my list too.

    I heard good things about Eternity for Men Summer but I can never find it to sample. Only the Aqua version.

    The various Obsession flankers I haven't tried save for Obsessed, which was okay for its genre.

    Oh, I forgot about Escape! The men's version I couldn't get into. Way too much eucalyptus. Kind of crisp and dry.
    I forgot about Calvin Klein Man! That's a good one if you like violet!
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    There’s a few Euphoria Men flankers that I really like, but I never seen them for sale anywhere anymore

    Euphoria Men Intense
    Euphoria Gold Men
    Liquid Gold Euphoria Men
    Pure Gold Euphoria Men

    I also like Obsessed Men Intense

    All of these are Gourmands or borderline Gourmands.

    I own Reveal Men and Dark Obsession. Reveal is really strange and interesting for a mainstream fragrance. Whereas Dark Obsession maybe ‘boring’ in comparison, the Cola and Coffee smell it settles down to is a feel good cold weather scent.

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    Default Re: Best Calvin Klein fragrances (outside of the big three)

    I also tried Calvin Klein's "Reveal" for women as well.
    Basically, I would just describe it as vanilla and musk. :/ It's very soft, gentle and subtle...perfect if that's what you like!
    Although I think Reveal is okay, I still like my other previous recommendations more! (Although, actually, I sort of feel like "Reveal" is ideal for layering with other scents too, precisely because it is so soft and light! And because it's also very simple..basically just a vanilla musk which can make a really nice base layered with lots of other things too!)
    I actually wore it layered with Armani "My Way" yesterday too, and I thought they went together very nicely! Although, TBH, I could smell "My Way" a lot more!

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    The only Calvin Klein scent I own is Contradiction. It's pretty solidly in the "safe" category of watery sweet floral, but the juxtaposition of warm and cool is kind of a neat balancing act. It's a level of interesting that's easily accessible, but it's also so subtle that it could very easily pass unnoticed by a more casual wearer. Probably why it wasn't ever a huge success.
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    Except for the OP fragrances, I enjoyed CK Be and Contradiction for Men when they were first released. CK Be was a great anytime, anywhere fragrance. Contradiction was a great after shave fragrance and very of the time.
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