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21.09.2011

Advantages:
Lovely gift, really nice scent !

Disadvantages:
Poor packaging !

Recommendable Yes:

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How would you describe the fragrance?Refreshing, Sweet, Tangy / sharp, Soapy/fresh 

Would you buy it again?Yes

Why did you buy it?It was a sample

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I got a lot of perfume last Christmas time, as various people had decided to buy me a fragrance. This is quite unusual as I tend to seldom get fragrances as gifts, but I was quite happy as most of my perfume supply was running out! One of the scents that I got was 'Eternity' from Calvin Klein which I had never tried out before.

First impressions were only so-so; I was really rather unimpressed by the packaging of the scent, so much so that I felt slightly uninspired before I had even removed the clear cellophane-type plastic wrapping from the outer cardboard box. Once this was done and I opened the box lid however, I could immediately smell the soft fragrance of the perfume and my interest was reignited for the time being.

The packaging comprises of an oblong shaped small box made of card which is a plain off-white colour. There is a grey (?silver) coloured edge detail to the box and the word 'Eternity' appears in plain black font at the top of the box. I could not honestly say that the packaging is either attractive nor eye-catching.

The bottle itself fares slightly better, although personally I think there is still room for improvement here too. The bottle is made from glass and has a 'boxy' oblong look to it. There is a silver-coloured stopper/lid on the top of the bottle, and underneath this is the nozzle spray which dispenses the spray. All in all I think the packaging lets this product down, and whilst I appreciate a modern 'minimalist' approach to products and cosmetics, I can't help but feel this perfume's design is bordering on lazy or safe even.

Anyway, onto the scent itself. The first impression that I get from smelling the fragrance is that the tone of the scent is quite understated... that is, I do not find it all 'heady' or over-powering. The scent could not be described as being at all robust, and for me personally, all of this is a plus-side to the fragrance. Gone are the days where I would douse myself in a perfume so strong that it would be a catalyst in my throat-catching, eye-watering attempts at being 'grown up'. I have much preferred more understated, subtle tones to my chosen fragrance as I have aged, so the 'Eternity' fragrance certainly ticks these boxes for me.

The main notes coming through the scent when I smell it is most definitely something floral and very, very feminine - there is just no way that this fragrance could be mistaken as being something for men to wear, it's far too girly in my opinion! I would also say that even though there is a definite floral tone to the scent, there is no way that I would describe this fragrance as being old-fashioned or anything of the sort. I find the fragrance is actually quite contemporary, which surprised me when I realised that the 'Eternity' perfume has actually been around for quite a long time. I have to admit that floral based fragrances would not normally be my preference but with the Eternity fragrance there is a mere hint of a floral 'twang' to the scent and so it is quite understated overall, making it pleasant to wear.

In my opinion, the Eternity fragrance has a slightly sweet tone to it which may seem off-putting at first, given how sickly a sweet fragrance can become, particularly when it is worn first thing in the morning (or is that just my experience!?) With this particular scent however, I can honestly say that there is nothing over-powering or sickly to it whatsoever. There is a fairly crisp, clean 'edge' to the tone of the scent which I personally think backs-up the overall image of the scent, not to mention the main notes that come through from the fragrance, and confirm that the whole Eternity perfume as a whole is actually quite contemporary.

I have found that the Eternity fragrance is suitable for both daytime and evening use, which adds to the versatile nature of this particular fragrance. Personally, I have a few perfumes that are only suitable for evening wear due to their slightly 'heavy' scent. I have had no such problems with using the Eternity and regularly use it during the day as well as using it on an evening out somewhere. I like that the Eternity fragrance offers me this choice that other perfumes can't.

Another huge plus point to using the Eternity fragrance is that I have found it is very economical as a little goes a long way! One application of the scent to my wrists is usually more than enough to give off a gentle scent and so I think the bottle will last me quite a reasonable amount of time. I have also found that the fragrance is fairly long-lasting, with the use of the spray in the morning leaving a pleasant and fragrant scent on my skin that lasts until well into early evening. I definitely think that in terms of longevity, cheaper perfumes just don't match up to more expensive, higher quality fragrances in this comparison, and so the Eternity fragrance once again gets full marks from me.

After researching the fragrance online, I have found out that the 30ml bottle of the perfume that I got as a gift costs in the region of £26 - £29 for the Eau de Parfum spray. The fragrance is available in a larger sized bottle (100ml) which costs the best part of £60. The fragrance is available to buy from all good stockists such as Boots or The Perfume Shop.

Overall, I would really recommend the Eternity fragrance and I feel I am well and truly converted. The only thing that I personally think lets this fragrance down a little is the packaging, but I can easily live with that and I will not deduct any marks from the perfume because of it, such a hit is the fragrance itself! I feel that only top marks are fair when rating this fragrance and whole-heartedly recommend it!

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Alyson29 22.09.2011 17:10

Perfectly written. This is a real favourite of mine :o) x

KarenUK 21.09.2011 14:51

A lovely thorough review!

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