Encounter (Calvin Klein) – cologne review

Encounter (Calvin Klein)It’s been a long while since I’ve done a cologne review, but on my recent trip to Japan, I decided that I had to spoil myself, so I bought myself 3 new colognes. Well, 1 cologne new to me (Encounter, by Calvin Klein) and two that I already knew very well (Eternity for Men, also by Calvin Klein, and Herrera for Men, by Carolina Herrera). As a fan of Calvin Klein, I’ve reviewed Eternity for Men Summer.

The Encounter description from the CK website describes it as:

masculine. intriguing. seductive. ENCOUNTER Calvin Klein redefines modern, unapologetic masculinity. a distinctive sensual woody fragrance, ENCOUNTER combines an addictive blend of freshness, warm cognac and sensual woods.

Strangely enough, Calvin Klein’s website doesn’t provide the actual notes of the fragrance, but Fragrantica does:

Calvin Klein launches a new fragrance in September 2012 – mysterious, seductive and masculine Encounter. The composition is developed by Firmenich perfumers Honorine Blanc and Pierre Negrin. It opens with aromas of mandarin, cardamom and rum. Pepper, Egyptian jasmine, patchouli and cognac from the perfume’s core, settled on woody nuances of oud, Atlas cedar and musk.

While I found Encounter less of a Calvin Klein cologne than I have found before (most of the CK fragrances I’ve had are more citrusy rather than, in this case, more woody), I have been using it to go to the office and I feel quite comfortable. However, I would say that Encounter by Calvin Klein is more of a night cologne (e.g. for “going out” than it is a day one). And yes, it does smell what you would call “traditionally masculine”, although I sometimes object to those descriptions.

Encounter by Calvin Klein can be obtained at most stores. At Sephora it retails for $72 Canadian dollars.


Disclosure:I bought a 100ml bottle of Encounter by Calvin Klein on my own dime at the duty free shop in Dallas. I have no financial connections to Calvin Klein and I was not given a free bottle for review. As always, I retain full editorial control over anything published on my blog.

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