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

6.4 (84 Ratings)

Longevity

6.3 (62 Ratings)

Sillage

5.8 (59 Ratings)

Bottle

7.2 (65 Ratings)
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ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
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.

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Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
Miaw2
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

AJG 181 days ago
Contradiction (and Encounter) remind me of grocery/drug store brand Gillette shower gel.
I gave them both away.
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Hajuvana 3 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.+2

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