Name: Encounter Eau De Toilette Spray
Brand: Calvin Klein
Price: £38.00 (£31.50 on Fragrance Direct)
What I liked:
– non-overly sweet, masculine floral woody scent
– good sillage and staying power
– beautiful bottle
What I didn’t like:
– not original
– jasmine note smells slightly synthetic
How many of you ladies were tempted to buy Calvin Klein Encounter for your man after it was announced the campaign would be fronted by Alexander Skarsgård, better known for playing sexy vampire Eric in True Blood? I know I was. We certainly all swooned when we finally saw the ad (I’ve embedded it below just because I’m nice like that 😉 ). The Swedish actor was chosen because, according to the brand, he “perfectly reflects the ENCOUNTER Calvin Klein attitude – modern, stylish and unapologetically masculine”.
But while Encounter is definitely very masculine (unlike a lot of men’s scents, it isn’t suitable for women), it isn’t as mysterious, sensual and stylish as the ad implies. Instead, it is a mainstream (so not very original), but lovely casual scent for younger men that can be worn both during the day and at night, and lasts about 8 hours on the skin.
Encounter starts with a smooth mandarin note, which is soon spiced up by warm whiffs of cardamom. Then, a strong, slightly synthetic jasmine note takes over. But don’t worry, guys. It doesn’t smell feminine at all. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, while its indoles give it a touch of dirtiness. The drydown is a sweet and green blend of sheer woods, patchouli and musk.
The most disappointing thing about this fragrance are the missing notes. Cognac, rum and oud (a resin derived from the agar wood) are all mentioned in the press release but, if they are included in the scent, they are so subtle they can’t really be smelt. And it’s a shame cos they may have added a touch of originality to the composition.
But even mainstream scents have their place in any fragrance collection and, if you’re in the market for one, you could do a lot worse than this. Plus, the elegant dark blue bottle would look great on any bathroom shelf.
Calvin Klein Encounter Eau De Toilette Spray is a warm, casual, non-overly sweet and masculine floral woody scent for men. Although not original, it’s a lovely blend with good sillage and staying power.