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Beauty by Calvin Klein (EDP)
Women's Perfume Review: Everyday Beauty

Perfume Review

Name: Beauty
Perfume type/Volume: Eau de Parfum (EDP): 1.0 fl. oz. (30 ml), 1.7 fl. oz. (50 ml), 3.4 fl. oz. (100 ml)
Designer: Calvin Klein (Coty, Inc. owned)
Perfumer: Sophie Labbé
Launched: 2010
Perfume ad/spokesmodel: It touches everything. (campaign director: Craig McDean) / Diane Kruger

Olfactory group: Floral - Jasmine (osmoz.com)

Notes (osmoz.com):
Top: Fresh Notes, Jasmine
Middle: Lily, White Flowers, Spicy Notes
Base: Cedar, Ambrette

Intro

Beauty by Calvin Klein (EDP) is the latest fragrance from Calvin Klein designer house (Coty, Inc. owned), launched in fall 2010. It was inspired by the beauty, maturity and elegance innate to every woman and launched as a support for Calvin Klein clothing collection (Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 Calvin Klein Collection). Contrary to directly seductive juices like bestselling Euphoria or Obsession by CK, Beauty is a reserved gal, but confident, radiant and mature. The perfumer Sophie Labbé chose to reproduce the scent of the sophisticated calla lily ('neo-lily'), to embody elegance, maturity, confidence and inner beauty of every woman.

The Beauty advertising campaign, headed by Craig McDean, is fronted by the German model and actress Diane Kruger (Troy, Inglourious Basterds). Her universal beauty, elegance, gentleness, maturity, as well as calla lily resembling dress fit the perfume's nature well. The perfume ad is simple and pretty with a bit of 'new-age' touch to it. Just like the beauty of everyday, if you dare to see it.


Diane Kruger is Calvin Klein Beauty: confident, understated, pure, wise... to be cherished!


For years, the perfumery world seemed to lack a signature fragrance that will ultimately portray the splendour of feminine maturity and timeless beauty. Beauty by Calvin Klein (EDP) has the ambition to fill this gap. It exudes genuine feminine elegance and accentuates the inner beauty, reflected also in the elegant bottle. The perfume bottle is a splendidly cut oval flask, encircled by silvery metallic ring and capped by a glistening metal plunger, all making it look very fashionable and modern.

Notes

A perfect way of making a perfume truly feminine is to combine floral notes at the top of the pyramid. Beauty by Calvin Klein (EDP) has done this perfectly by occupying the top notes with the feminine scent of jasmine and fresh notes. These notes blend well to create a powerful and radiant aura. As the top notes start to settle, the fresh middle notes composed of lily, white flower and spicy notes will send a sense of elegance. I find the spicy notes very appealing as they offer kind of an unexpected twist for a floral perfume. The interesting ensemble of top and middle notes soon dries down to warm woodsy base emanated from cedar and ambrette.

These were the notes according to osmoz.com, the official notes however list the notes of an abstract 'neo-lily' scent in a different order: top notes of ambrette seed, heart of jasmine and base notes of cedar. The truth is, it is really hard to determine the notes specifically by order (as well as what they really are), as Beauty appears to be a rather 'unified' scent. All in all, Beauty by Calvin Klein is a clean, pretty floral fragrance with a warm woodsy dry down.

Lady & Feelings

Created to embody the innate feminine beauty and elegance, Beauty by Calvin Klein (EDP) evokes the feelings of feminine confidence, maturity, and wisdom. The distinct composition of notes provides the wearer with a sense of confidence that is shown by her gracefulness and in a way also by her wisdom. It is able to make a woman feel more mature and responsible, a perfect wear for women who love to accentuate their effeminate 'authority'.

Men are particularly attracted to women who are confident about their inner self, someone who does not need exaggeration to get attention. The appreciation of beauty seems to depend on the simplicity and confident personality of a woman and Beauty by Calvin Klein seems to be successful in embodying these charming qualities into a perfume.

The fusion of spicy and floral notes makes this perfume widely appealing; however, it percolates a much milder sensuality than Euphoria and Obsession perfumes by Calvin Klein. Beauty by Calvin Klein speaks of self-esteem rather than boldness, of confidence rather than extravagance, and of elegance rather than ostentation. This perfume holds on simplicity to display beauty.



Occasions & Seasons

Beauty by Calvin Klein (EDP) has a good staying power; it can last at least a few hours without re-applying - on my skin. It is more appropriate for the colder days. It is an excellent perfume for everyday and casual wear, as well as it is an excellent office / business fragrance. In my opinion this is how a modern business woman should smell: confident, elegant, simple, feminine, yet reserved and inoffensive.

Beauty is targeted mainly at 'mature' women of 30+ & 40+ who want to accentuate their inner beauty, elegance, confidence, maturity and wisdom. Well, why not call it Brainy Beauty then, huh?

Even though it is in my opinion suitable for women of every age, the teenagers and younger women will probably like Beauty less, due to its 'mature', classic and inoffensive (dull?) vibe. Forgive me for this bias but I personally think that classic perfumes are better in terms of wearability than any other perfumes. They contain the real essence of simple, natural feminine beauty, thus you will never fail to get compliments especially from men. While I understand why others are defiant with this kind of perfumes, I believe that wearing something 'old' will never make you look old, unless you feel old. Instead, it can accentuate your natural beauty and dab you with timeless elegance.

As a Gift?

Beauty by Calvin Klein (EDP) is an excellent choice for a neutral perfume gift for women of every age. It can be gifted for any holiday (Christmas, Mother's Day) or occasion; however it is less appropriate as a romantic perfume gift, since it's not particularly seductive or sexy. Have the fragrance wrapped in a simple golden wrapping decorated with ribbon and it will surely be an elegant gift. I gave this perfume as a gift to my boss this Christmas. She loved it and said the perfume has good chances to become her signature perfume, business of course.

If you also want to buy one, you can have it in three bottle sizes: 1 fl. oz. (30 ml), 1.7 fl. oz. (50 ml), and 3.4 fl. oz. (100 ml). As of this writing, the prices range around $60-90. Some online shops sell at a lower price but make sure that you are getting a genuine perfume. Also, check for shops offering promos, some give discounts from time to time, especially before the major holidays, like Christmas or Valentine's Day.

Beauty by Calvin Klein (EDP) is a clean, elegant, everyday wearable fragrance that accentuates the inner beauty, elegance, confidence and maturity of a modern woman. Simple, but beautiful. Yes, it's true what they say, that the Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... oops, in the nose of the beholder ;)...

But hey, don't worry about the beholders, you are beautiful in every single way, no matter what they say... the song inside the tune... full of beautiful mistakes...


Christina Aguilera: Beautiful

Quick Summary

Suitable for:
- Widely wearable: every day, casual wear.
- Excellent inoffensive fragrance for office / business wear.
- Colder seasons (fall, winter).

Woman/Style:
- Woman of every age, but most probably teenagers won't like its classic vibe.
- Classic. Reserved.
- Uncomplicated.

Compliments:
- Elegant. Clean.
- Widely wearable and appealing.
- Good staying power.
- Excellent choice for a neutral perfume gift.

Critiques:
- Some find the floral notes too bland.
- Can be too heady.
- Can appear to be too generic floral (read: boring).
- Can smell too 'mature' (oldish).

Rating:
7.2/10


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