It seems that the creative team from the Calvin Klein’s fragrance department has been in a blackout for the last couple of years, because I can not remember a single one perfume (at least a masculine one!) that was worthy of a little attention, not to mention any able to enter a “to buy list”. And it seems that CK fragrance unit hasn’t performed a good job either (gone are the days when CK one was almost like a religion!), in the light of the same lack of inspiration that haunts all the major perfumery houses lately.
Anyway, following the ubiquitous flankers to Eternity from every summer and other iterations to Euphoria, the month of August that just passed by marked the introduction of the first major brand in Klein’s masculine perfumery, since the release of Calvin Klein Man, five years ago, in 2007. This fragrance is called Encounter and it’s futile to say that I waited to sniff it with huge impatience.
Deemed as an oriental woody and developed by two perfumers Honorine Blanc and Pierre Negrin, Encounter seemed to be promising on paper (not the one you use for testing perfumes, though!). Sadly, the reality succeeded in contradicting all my expectations and there I was standing in Sephora, subsequent to spraying just two whiffs on my wrist, and wondering about the obnoxious smell that managed to disturb my nostrils.
The official listed notes for the opening of Encounter mentioned mandarin, cardamom, rum, however I do not set apart the one responsible for my unpleasant first impression, but the fact still remains. Then, in a couple of minutes (approximately 15!) the fragrance evolved into something more worthy of what I used to refer to as “the Calvin Klein’s characteristic aroma”. I smelled something floral, although when I checked the official notes, there were listed pepper, jasmine, cognac in the heart. Finally, to conclude this intent of making a good fragrance, the last part was reserved to a combination of oud, cedar, musk, translated into my olfactory perception as lot of patchouli, season with musk.
The face that fronts the perfume is the Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard, more famous for the TV series “True Blood” than any of his recent motion pictures. The 30 seconds commercial features Skarsgard and model Lara Stone and was directed by French art director Fabien Baron. The liquid is hosted in an interesting flacon made of transparent deep blue shaded glass, with rectangular shape and a stopper that matches the bottle. The name of the perfume appears written in white, at the middle right area of the flask.
In the view of a Coty spokesperson, this new scent was meant as a “new interpretation of the contemporary, confident man”. I’m sorry Coty, but to me this scent reflects exactly the nowadays young generation: passionate about the Twilight saga and with questionable ideals. Therefore, I will label Encounter as one more fragrance that fails to deliver the expected promises.
Calvin Klein Encounter Perfume Details
- Encounter by Calvin Klein is available in 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 100 ml After-Shave Splash, 200 ml Hair & Body Wash and 75 g Deodorant Stick; the lasting power is below average (1 to 6 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Woody
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2012
- Perfumers: Honorine Blanc and Pierre Negrin
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual
Alexander Skarsgard and Lara Stone Commercial for Calvin Klein Encounter