It’s often far too easy to rip apart cheap designer fragrances with one’s words, much less fragrances that call themselves “cheap”, or worse still, flankers with ditzy, nonsensical names like Cheap & Chic I Love Love (henceforth referred to simply as I Love Love). The question is: do I love I Love Love or do I not love I Love Love? (How’s that for a mouthful of love?) We’ll get to the answer near the end of this review.
cK One by Calvin Klein
Salty briny sea
Suffused with radiant sunbeams
If there’s one perfume I can definitely say that I have too much of, it’s cK One. My friends know that I like perfume, and so they sometimes buy perfume for me as gifts – I inevitably end up getting cK One, because it’s a cheapie that’s also safe and inoffensive (most of my friends aren’t working yet, in the same way that I’m not). As of today I have half a litre of cK One. I sometimes use it to scent my sheets, or even the toilet. It’s not that I don’t like it – I just literally have so much of it that it’s scary!
Are there any particular perfumes that you have too much of? Do you ever get sick of them?
~ The Smelly Vagabond
I usually dislike aquatic fragrances because I was overexposed to fragrances such as Acqua di Gio, cK One, and L’Eau d’Issey when I was growing up as a child and teenager. Even today, when I’m back in Sunny Singapore, I catch more than the occasional whiff of these marine-themed fragrances on guys and girls alike when walking along the streets. A well-dressed young man who’s probably an executive at some corporate firm walks by. Acqua di Gio. A guy in a singlet (sleeveless t-shirt, for those who aren’t familiar with this term) and flip-flops walks by. Acqua di Gio. What can I say, most Singaporeans like to smell ‘clean’ (this is a generalisation and I sincerely hope to be proven wrong). One can easily see how being so exposed to these fragrances so often makes me want to not wear them. It’s not that I don’t think they were brilliant for their time. I can appreciate their technical composition. It’s just that they are so ubiquitous that I have nary an aquatic-dominated fragrance in my perfume wardrobe… save for Un Jardin Après la Mousson by Hermès. Continue reading