Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Calvin Klein Downtown
I think that I really wanted to love Downtown for two big reasons. The first reason is that it Rooney Mara is the cover model for this ad campaign and I love her minimalist downtown style. The second reason that I wanted to love this fragrance is that it smells like nothing that I already own and it is very unique. I own nothing like this fragrance for a reason...I just do not like unisex fragrances and would rather own a massive collection of floral fragrances.
I found this fragrance on the Macy*s website, it states that Downtown is, "This urban women's fragrance is sophisticated and extremely feminine yet has a confident edge. Featuring scents of watery plum and gardenia, you'll never get tired of this divine scent."
The key fragrance notes are: Neroli tunisia, fresh green pear, watery plum, gardenia petals, pink peppercorn, violet leaf, Texan cedarwood, vetiver, benzoin Laos orpur and musk.
As I stated above, I find that Downtown could be a unisex fragrance. The gardenia and violet leaf notes barely come out on my skin and I usually wear white florals very strongly. I get mostly the pear, cedarwood, and vetiver notes from Downtown. I did like how different this was but I didn't like how it wore on my skin. It reminded me more of a men's cologne than a fragrance geared toward females. If the floral notes were stronger, I probably would have been able to wear this fragrance but that is not the case so I will not be buying a full bottle of this fragrance.
The other disappointing aspect of this fragrance is the wear time. Calvin Klein fragrances have never worn very long on my skin and I find that they tend to be heavy on top notes and don't last on many people's skin. I got about two hours worth of wear time from this fragrance and I found that I needed to reapply it several times throughout my day and have been running through the samples that I have very quickly.
I was very hopeful that I had found a new perfume when I started trying these samples and I really wanted to like this fragrance but it just isn't for me. I will finish the little bit left in my samples up but then I will be moving onto another perfume.
photo courtesy of Macy*s