My mother was spending a lot of time in the States back then, meaning that I was the first of my friends to own a bottle of CK One, the first highly-publicised unisex scent. Calvin Klein had spent the previous decade forcing a more healthily hetero-normative, gym-toned aesthetic at odds with the sea-change in youth culture, and this was obviously the fight back. A fresh mixture of fruit and musk, it wasn’t long before CK One became as ubiquitous in my life as hangovers.
Fast-forward almost two decades and we come to CK One Summer 2013, a flanker which retains the original foundation whilst dialling down the fruit. Strangely, for a fragrance fiercely marketed as unisex, the addition of Citrus and a Waterfall accord pushes it too far into masculine sports territory to my mind. It’s aquatic and clean and, unfortunately, I far prefer the original juice.
It’s a similar story over at Eternity for Men Summer, yet with slightly more success. I’ve always found the original Eternity for Men to be a little aggressive and synthetic, although it has survived long enough to now be considered by some as a classic. This new Summer flanker dries down to a much more subtle fusion of Tarragon and Seaweed with a Driftwood accord. A perennial hit with the ladies, Eternity for Men Summer is much more likely to lead them by the hand than club them over the head.
CK One Summer for Men & Women is available as a 100ml EDT (£29). Eternity for Men Summer 2013 is also available as a 100ml EDT (£33) on counters from 3rd April 2013.