Contradiction for Men (1999)Eau de Toilette

Contradiction for Men (Eau de Toilette) by Calvin Klein
Bottle Design Fabien Baron
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Contradiction for Men (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Calvin Klein for men and was released in 1999. The scent is fresh-spicy. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLavender, Lime, Mandarin, Clary sage, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesCardamom, Coriander, Nutmeg, Pepper
Base Notes Base NotesEbony, Musk, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Ratings

Scent

6.6 (96 Ratings)

Longevity

6.3 (72 Ratings)

Sillage

5.9 (69 Ratings)

Bottle

7.4 (78 Ratings)
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Reviews

8
Scent
6
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
Elysium

353 Reviews
Elysium
Elysium
   2  
Contradiction or Confirmation
If I had to trust only the reviews, I would never have bought this perfume. I read the opinions of others to get an idea, but then I rely on my instinct and my nose, on the sensations that the fragrance gives me, which may be different from that experienced by someone else.
I blindly ordered CK Contradiction last fall alongside CK Reveal and Davidoff Horizon Extreme. It was very cheap, and arguably great value. How can a perfume be so cheap? It was released in 1998, more than 20 years ago. So old it cannot be that expensive anymore. However, it worth any euro. The fragrance reminds me of New York in the colder time, Xmas time, everything is incredible if you have been there.

CK Contradiction is quiet but very beautiful, it has an entirely mind-blowing optical fancy cap, a weighty glass flacon almost wholly obscured by a brushed metal cap. It opens up with a pine-like accord that isn't there, sweet and green, which is made of lime, clementine, frosted leaves, plus sage. It's light and fresh, a bright lime note dominates the opening with a blast of minty and aromatic aromas, soapy, it smells like you just stepped out of the shower. I get the hint to freshen linen, and it is a very clean, crisp fragrance.

Then it takes a little nutty and spicy vibe, with the cardamom, coriander, nutmeg, peppercorn, and very soothing soapy lavender that give the heart a dazzling and masculine body.

The base is all about Bubinga wood, a sort of sweet rosewood, then cashmeran, and vetiver, which is there but subtle, sandalwood, and patchouli, the latter which is the most massive note in the base. The ending is a light synthetic and grassy patchouli with residual sweetness.

The projection is a little soft after about one hour, and longevity is moderate four hours. The right choice for the office, a flexible option that would appeal to most but the very judicious frag fan. The fresh, aromatic, crisp, and balsamic accords make it suitable for spring and fall, maybe on a cold summer night. Still, never in wintertime, all too feeble for chilly days.

My preferred aspect is the bottle, and it's one of my favorites ever designs, it's masculine, substantial, and unique, it's a great bottle to handle. The fragrance is not as in-your-face as some of the other Calvin Klein men's fragrances, e.g. Eternity and Obsession. I liken this to a fougère-like take on Halston Z-12 type fragrance, or the most recent Mr. Burberry, just not strictly a fougère.

-Elysium
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
   0  
Insignificant!
For me, Contradiction for Men has always been one of the several epitomes of “insignificance in a bottle”. But the main flaw here is not even the uncreative dullness, which is still perfectly acceptable as not all audiences need creative stuff; rather the quite evident cheap quality of the fragrance itself. Not tragically cheap, but quite cheap for me. Basically this is a fresh, office/gym/club-safe citrus-woody-musk fragrance playing some modern chords on a traditional “eau de cologne” scheme, with a slight balminess and a painful similarity to a window detergent, sitting halfway smelling “almost pleasantly natural” and “annoyingly synthetic” – far enough from both qualities though, sitting in the exact nonsense middle between them. Neither an “avantgarde synthetic fragrance” (which may likely smell crap, but that would be post-modernly “ironic”), surely nor a particular true to life and natural one. Just exactly the worst type of mall/drugstore fragrance trying to emulate some sort of natural notes with really cheap materials. Which makes Contradiction almost a bit tacky, as it does not show even some slight sort of generic understated cleanliness. It is actually rather bold on the contrary; that would be a plus, if the smell was nice. And quality aside, the fragrance isn’t still worthy any attention for me, as I find this just plain dull and indistinguishable from dozens of others – likely better – lemon-woody-musk fragrances. Perfectly interchangeable with any of them, and chances are for the better. I am a big fan of designer fragrances so this is not really a matter of being mainstream, just plain negligible regardless of the label.

5/10
4
Scent
5
Longevity
2.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
Miaw2
   0  
Light and good
That's a nice combination of spices over a subtle vetiver and woody base, suitable for all-year use, but prefered in hot days.

Very light and pleasant, good for office - inoffensive.

Updated January 2014

Statements

Nik604Nik604 62 days ago
10
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
10
Bottle
Still ultra modern, chic and elegant , youth but not juvenile - even 22 years after it's first edition and reformulated is better than many
ElysiumElysium 143 days ago
8
Scent
6
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
A bright lime note dominates the opening with a blast of minty and aromatic aromas, soapy, it smells like you just stepped out of the shower
AJGAJG 17 months ago
5
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
Contradiction (and Encounter) remind me of grocery/drug store brand Gillette shower gel.
I gave them both away.
HajuvanaHajuvana 4 years ago
Fennel, tropical fruit cocktail and underlying sweetness of wet concrete. One of the better CK's and surely one of their weirdest masculines.

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