1 October 2013

Product Review: Calvin Klein DownTown Eau De Parfum

I have always been a huge fan of Calvin Klein perfumes.  I think I have every single one ever released, and several of them – including Eternity, Escape and Euphoria I have repurchased several times, something I rarely do with perfumes. I think even hubby has got all of the male fragrances from Calvin Klein as he is a huge fan too. In fact, when we got married, we both wore Eternity! So I was excited when I was asked to join the Down Town challenge, but more about that later in another post – here is my thoughts on the *Calvin Klein Downtown EDP;

What They Say:
"Downtown Calvin Klein is a fragrance for women that live by their own rules. She leads a lifestyle that is authentic and defies expectations. The Downtown Calvin Klein fragrance balances feminine woods with soft floral notes that make it confident and modern with a unique signature and an unexpected edge."

RRP: $60 (30ml), $90 (50ml), $120 (90ml) – Available from Myer and David Jones

What I Say:
Being one for simple, modern and classic designs, I love the look of the Downtown perfume bottle, as the clear bottle simply has a minimalistic classic look, allowing you to see the pale pink perfume. The bottle has a stunning silver cap with a bright pink glossy lining.

Downtown contains notes of Italian cedrat, bergamot and Tunisian neroli along nuances of fresh green pear and dewy watery plum. It also contains Gardenia petals and Texan cedarwood, Lao benzoin, and warm musk. However, in spite of the Texan cedarwood and musk notes, it is – luckily for me, not too heavy or musky, as that is really not my type of fragrance. Rather it is light, fresh and fruity – my preferred type of scents. You can smell the gardenia, which is one of my favourite flowers, along with the green pear giving it a lovely green freshness.


Top notes: Italian cedrat, bergamot, Tunisian neroli, green pear, watery plum
Middle Notes: Pink peppercorn, violet leaf, gardenia petals

Dry Notes: Texan cedarwood, incense, vetiver, velvet musks

As with all other Calvin Klein perfumes, it is a good quality, and It has a fairly longevity, although it does fade as the day goes on – and more so than other Calvin Klein fragrances that I find tend to be very strong, even after a full days wear. But in saying that, I can still detect it at the end of the day, and so can hubby – so it serves the purpose of being a gorgeous spring perfume, perfect for day wear or a lunch date. Being so light, it would also be perfect for a younger girl.

The face of the perfume is Rooney Mara, who has been seen in movies such as The Social Network and Side Effects, but it was the role Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that rose her to international fame – and if you haven’t seen the movie, I can highly recommend that you watch it – although I do prefer the original Swedish version – Sorry Rooney! 

The black-and-white advertising campaign that tells the story of a young woman living in her own world, breaking away from the ‘expected.’ set in New York City, the short film portrays the multi-faceted life of a globally recognisable actress who always remains true to herself.

What I Like:
  • That it is fresh, light and fruity
  • The simple yet modern bottle

What I Don’t Like:
  • In spite of being an Eau de Parfum, It doesn’t last as long as other Calvin Klein perfumes, it would be nice if it was slightly stronger and with a longer longevity.

Overall, this is a lovely perfume and I will enjoy wearing it as we head towards summer, and as it is so different to my other Calvin Klein purposes, it has already found its spot in my perfume wardrobe, perfect for the days where I want to wear a light and fresh fragrance.
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

What do you think of this new perfume from Calvin Klein? Keen on getting it? Do you have any other Calvin Klein perfumes? Which perfume is your favourite?



  1. I just purchased Lola by Marc Jacobs and I really like it but I'm always on the lookout for new perfume! Thanks for the review! Wish this one lasted longer

    1. I love Lola too, but my favourite is still Daisy!

  2. Have to disagree with you both I think Dots the best but love the Daisy and Lola bottles. The Down Town bottle looks kind of cute and simplistic...but after your review not sure if this is one for me as I like my fragrances to stay with me throughout the day. Pity really as I have had quite a few CK perfumes in the past and one thing I could usually say about them is that the fragrance had a long life.

    1. I unfortunately haven't got Dot, so I am not sure - but one thing is certain, the Marc Jacobs bottles are so beautiful.
      I do like my perfumes to stay all day, but still, I do like DownTown, it is a nice light fragrance for summer.

  3. I have always been a huge fan of Calvin Klein perfumes. I think I have every single one ever released, and several of them – including Eternity, ... ocalvinklein.blogspot.de


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