Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
At first I had no idea why the flanker, Calvin Klein Forbidden Euphoria is “forbidden”. It seems friendlier than the first one. Forbidden Euphoria isn’t as “dark” as Euphoria, it’s lighter and fruitier. It’s more like Euphoria for summer, an EDT. Now read the copy and you’ll figure out why Forbidden Euphoria is forbidden. It’s marketed as jail bait.
Calvin Klein goes right out and says it: This is a younger interpretation of Euphoria. That’s fine. My nose has already made that conclusion. It’s obviously marketed to teenagers. From the fashion line that brought us a 14 year old Brooke Shields in underwear and jeans, it goes on with a slightly disturbing Lolita fantasy copy that I’m sure somebody like John Waters couldn’t get pass the censors. “Possessing an innate confidence and sophistication, she is just starting to explore her sexuality. What she doesn’t know yet is that she already is every man’s fantasy.” This type of “all men are perverts” copy makes it difficult for me to actually enjoy this fragrance, but I’ll try.
Forbidden Euphoria opens as a musky orange creamsicle. The fragrance is very sweet but the fruits really do seem chilly. When I smell the top of this I’m reminded of frozen treats like orange creamsicle, peach fro-yo and raspberry sorbet. BUT the fragrance doesn’t smell cold. It just smells like frozen treats…sweat and fruity with some creaminess. It has lots of sweet woods and musk. What stands out to me the most is the raspberry sorbet and “creamy woods”. The dry-down is a sweet vanilla woods-patchouli-musk. I find the base very sweet but wearable.
Notes listed include mandarin, peach blossom, iced raspberry, pink peony, tiger orchid, jasmine, cashmere woods, patchouli and skin musk.
Give Forbidden Euphoria a try if you like sweet floral ambers. Or if you like perfumes like Calvin Klein Euphoria, Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola!, Escada Sexy Graffiti, Estee Lauder Pleasures Bloom, Guerlain My Insolence, and/or Vera Wang Rock Princess. I do see Forbidden Euphoria as a feminine fragrance.
I find that the perfume has below average projection and longevity. It wears more like an EDT. Even as an EDT I find its wear below average.
I do apologize for the ad campaign rant. I usually avoid that stuff because so many launches are complete bologna that we all roll our eyes at. But, this one I felt like talking about. And trust me, I edited this post heavily. I can’t stand when any ad campaign dares to say “every man’s fantasy”.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Fruity frozen treats + floral ambers marketed as Lolita juice that attracts men that have fantasies of sleeping with the baby-sitter. OK, rant over. It’s a Euphoria Lite, a good choice for summer if you already wear stuff like Euphoria. It’s not for me even though I like the original Euphoria.
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