I am a sucker for succulent florientals, both sensual and spicy, but full of femininity, too. If you’re looking for a wonderful gift, or a celebratory fragrance for yourself, you can’t do better than Calvin Klein’s Euphoria. The fragrance has been my go-to for festive evenings, for years. It’s a light, woodsy floriental that contrasts fruits with seductive florals. The top notes are pomegranate, persimmon, and lush green accord, with a heart of black orchid, lotus blossom, and champaca flower. The sensual drydown is made up of black violet, sensual musks, and an addictive, cream accord with liquid amber and mahogany wood. These bottom notes give the fragrance a modern and assertive feel that is perfectly in keeping with the eye-catching bottle – a fluid-looking flacon designed by Calvin Klein and Fabien Baron. You can see the amethyst color of the fragrance through the curve of clear glass, encased in a sleek, aluminum molded shell. The look is sleek, assertive and modern, but the curves gives it a feminine touch. You want to pick it up and hold it, and when you set it down on a tale, the curved, shiny silver sides reflect light and mirror whatever is around it. The bottle gently “rocks” on it’s base, so while it looks architectural and strong, there’s a “softness” about the presentation. The rectangular, silver cap is a Calvin Klein signature accent.The outer carton is a deep, metallic plum with elegant, silver lettering –simple and solid. If you want something exciting but still “all woman” that gets you noticed, it’s got to be Euphoria!
For daytime, a beautiful choice is Calvin Klein Beauty. This lovely fragrance lives up to it’s name, with a sophisticated blend of neo-lily, jasmine and cedarwood. Like Euphoria, this is a fragrance meant to be worn by a confident, sensual and strong woman who wants to be noticed. To me, it’s Euphoria’s alter-ego. Designed by Perfumer Sophie Labbé and inspired by the Calla lily, it too feels like it’s for a confident and powerful woman, but one who also has a soft and sensual side. On me the drydown was almost powdery, but you can smell Lilly and wood in a chic, modern way. The outer carton is a pristine, shiny white with a soft, golden “ring” that is a shadow of the actual bottle inside. It is beautiful, but restrained. And then there’s the bottle: a clear, pure orb of glass that showcases a golden fragrance, but it’s ringed with silver so it almost reminds me of a golden bubble. The flacon is topped with a sideways, silvery oval column to top the spray diffuser. To me, it’s half Faberge egg, and half modern art and simply stunning to stare at! It may be one of the prettiest bottles I’ve seen this year.
If you love Euphoria, why not hook up your special someone with Calvin Klein Euphoria Men. It is touted as a “pure, aromatic oriental blend with crisp and spicy accents,” but to my nose (and that of my male reviewers) it seemed like a classic “guy” scent that wouldn’t scare off anyone over 20, and we sensed lemon and even a hint of grass. The men’s Euphoria blend was created by perfumers Loc Dong, Jean Marc Chaillan and Carlos Benaim, with notes that include ginger pepper cocktail, raindrop accord and chilled sudachi (that’s where we sensed the lemon) at the top, with middle notes including black basil, cedar leaf and sage; and base notes of creamy suede, patchouli, Brazilian redwood and solid amber.The outer carton is almost the same, matte metallic plum coloring as the women’s fragrance, but the bottle inside is a chunky square of glass with a juice that’s much more sheer amethyst than Euphoria for women. The heavy band of shiny silver that frames the glass flacon is masculine and assertive, as is the large, shiny, rectangular diffuser topper. This is one of those scents that just about every man of every age will like–you can’t go wrong!
Calvin Klein Beauty Collection:
eau de parfum spray 3.4oz/100ml $85.00
eau de parfum spray 1.7oz/50ml $65.00
eau de parfum spray 1.0oz/30ml $50.00
Calvin Klein Euphoria Collection:
eau de parfum spray 3.4oz/100ml $78.00
eau de parfum spray 1.7oz/50ml $60.00
eau de parfum spray 1.0oz/30ml $45.00
BONUS WHILE IT LASTS: now until December 31st, get a free box of chocolates with every Calvin Klein Euphoria purchase (any 3.4 oz. Euphoria fragrance). The Lake Champlain chocolates from Vermont look impressive and would cost $$$ if you purchased them separately. If you think the re-useable box is stunning, wait until you taste the treats inside! Light and dark chocolates with sinfully delicious fillings await!
FYI: Awards season was officially kicked off in early December, with euphoria Calvin Klein as a sponsor of the IFP’s 20th Annual Gotham Film Awards held at Cipriani Wall Street. A-list star attendees included Anne Hathaway, Leighton Meester, Natalia Portman and Mila Kunis (see attached for images) and Oscar winning actress, Hillary Swank, received the Female Tribute, presented by euphoria Calvin Klein.
Both the Euphoria and Beauty collections are available at fine department and specialty stores nationwide
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