On this year it completes its twenty-fourth year
Calvin Klein released CK One in 1994, on those days I completed my thirtieth year, barely graduated and struggling for buying a flat on my own, so I couldn't afford it but... there was an uncannily similar clone made by Sireta and named Gender One, with the very same smell and vibe for less than 20.000£ Italian lire or 10€ nowadays... so I could wear that disruptive, innovative, and shareable scent without staying green. Light, fake fresh and fleeting, CK One was the frontier when it comes to that ever fresh green tea accord in perfumes, now over-popular that has been copied ad nauseam. Perhaps it is because this aroma is as familiar as the scent of say, a cup of Italian coffee. It was everywhere, and everyone smelled like CK One, the Calvin Klein scent of the decade. CK One is a fake fresh, it reveals after a while a hidden sensuality with notes of musk, amber, and sandalwood. These days CK One is still around, available for a ridiculous price online, thus I decided to buy a big bottle and give it a try, even though on these days I complete my fifty-fourth year, yet none of the two of us is getting older.
CK One starts up with an explosion of a zesty accord, so light, so bright, so brilliant, and a modest kick of spices... I trust the presence of the tropical papaya fruit and a hint of pineapple in the blend soften smoothly the citrus blast making it a tad luscious. CK One is nearly unique, meaning that if you close your eyes and spray it, at the very first whiff you unmistakably recognize that good and uplifting redolence representative of CK One.
Warm notes of green tea and amber add to the fragrance's subtlety.
The heart is heavy floral, with plenty of hedione, the lily of the valley is so keen and gives the perfume weight and fullness. This is a green tea scent throughout its evolution, and this is why I think it is so utterly unisex. Mind you, the citrus/green notes still linger on.
The drydown is wonderfully warm, soapy, and woody, dry sandalwood, aromatic cedar, light amber and musk, and a very clean oakmoss. They are all prominent in the base and add a touch of luxury to this citrusy fragrance. Amber normally gives off a sweet, resinous, creamy quality to a fragrance but in CK One, the amber is more of a background role player and the musk is more dominant, although it's not at all animalic.
CK One is a great simple smell you can wear every day if you wish. It seemingly goes away as the day progresses but you still get nice whiffs of it once in a while, which indicates that it actually stays on even if you don't notice it all day. It's a light fragrance so you're not going to skunk out your colleagues in the small office with you. It is the perfect fragrance to add a touch of excitement to my daily activities especially in those days when my mood is hunting for something undemanding and cheerful. A perfect spring and summer scent for daytime use, whether you are at work or enjoying weekend adventures. Splash it on your skin for an instant burst of confidence that will last the whole day.
As an alternative to CK One I do recommend Paco by Paco Rabanne, which was released to the market in 1994, they are very similar and share a plethora of facets.