Scent Sunday | Forbidden Euphoria by Calvin Klein


NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Forbidden Euphoria by Calvin Klein

NOTES | Raspberry, Tangerine, Peach Blossom, Tiger Orchid, Pink Peony, Jasmine,  Musk, Cashmere Wood, Patchouli

VIBE | Sultry, Decadent, Sexy, Flirty, Feminine, Playful, Sparkly, Energetic

So, this week has been crazy and I hate that I haven’t been able to blog as much as I usually do and would like to. Normally I like to do my fragrance reviews on Friday (Fragrance Friday – catchy right?), but I don’t want to wait until next week because I LOVE this scent. So without further ado, let’s chat about Forbidden Euphoria – AKA the best perfume ever released by Calvin Klein.

Most perfumes that are marketed as being ‘sexy’ are anything but sexy in my opinion. I’m not about musky, spice-laden scents but this fruity, patchouli-laced juice has an effortless sexiness that is lighthearted and fun. Released in 2011, Forbidden Euphoria was created to be the more playful, youthful counterpart to the original floriental, Euphoria. Truthfully, it smells nothing like the original. If Euphoria is the chic LBD you wear to work and to your boyfriend’s sister’s wedding, then Forbidden Euphoria is the sequinned romper you wear out to the club on a Friday night. It’s not what I would call classy or elegant, but it’s totally gorgeous and fun. If you’re on the lookout for a fruity evening scent for summer, then read on, because this fruitchouli is a gem.

Encased in a translucent violet bottle, Forbidden Euphoria opens with juicy notes of tangerine juice, iced raspberry, and velvety peach blossom. The first spritz is bright and effervescent and sparkles for about an hour before the florals in the heart eventually begin to bloom. The fruits in the top don’t exactly smell natural, but they don’t smell so synthetic that the perfume smells fake or like chemicals. The raspberry and tangerine stand out the most, and they smell candied, laced with a dusting of sugar. It’s a little syrupy at first (this is not a formal or office-appropriate scent) but as the florals in the heart become more prominent, it really starts to soften.

I love when orchid is in a scent, and Tiger Lily orchid is the main accord in the heart. Creamy jasmine and translucent peony don’t particularly stand out, but they do compliment the orchid and help to water down the sugary fruits in the top. The florals in the heart add to the feminine sexiness of the scent, and smooth out all of the notes. At this point, Forbidden Euphoria is still fruity, but softer and with a floral creaminess thanks to the orchid.

After around five hours, the fruits dissipate, the florals fade away, and the musky, woody notes of the base come front and centre. Musk, cashmere wood, and patchouli conclude the scent with earthiness and a hint of spice. Not everyone likes patchouli – it’s kind of a love it or hate it kind of note. It’s dark and has a unique aroma that has been compared to everything from soil and mold to coffee and chocolate. I personally love patchouli but even if you’re not a fan, it’s subtle enough that it doesn’t dominate or overtake the other ingredients in the base. The cashmere and wood is soft and velvety, and the musk adds to the sensual vibe of the fragrance. I love putting Forbidden Euphoria on in the evening because the smell of the base on my skin is just utterly sexy and I love waking up smelling like this. The musk and wood also deepens the top and heart of the scent, making it last for ages. If you’re looking for a nighttime scent that would keep up with you no matter what crazy shenanigans you get up to, this is an amazing choice.

As I mentioned before, I would not wear Forbidden Euphoria to formal occasions or to work. It’s quite strong and fruity, and it better suited for evening and for nights out dancing or clubbing. It’s also a good date-night scent because of how sultry it is. If you’re hunting for a nighttime perfume or adore fruity fragrances, then this is totally your jam and you should give it a try.

What’s your favorite Calvin Klein perfume? Have you tried Forbidden Euphoria? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

My Fall Fragrance Wardrobe

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In the same way that one updates their wardrobe in the Fall with cozy scarves, jackets, and sweaters, I like to curate a collection of perfumes to wear as the seasons change. Perfume has a powerful effect on people, more so than we ever realize. In the same way that the smell of baked apples and decomposing leaves instantly evokes feelings of Fall being here, ones favorite perfume appeals to the part of our brain that stores memories and can transport us emotionally to a different time or place. With this in mind, here are a few scents that I have chosen to include in my Autumn fragrance arsenal.

1.Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium 

Top Notes: mandarin, pink pepper, pear

Heart: jasmine, orange blossom, solar floral accord

Base: cedar-wood, patchouli, vanilla, coffee

This rich fragrance is undoubtedly delicious but is much more sophisticated than the majority of gourmand fragrances out there. Creamy vanilla is given a sultry edge with notes of coffee, patchouli and jasmine.

2.Armani Prive Rose d’Arabie Swarovski Edition

Notes: patchouli, vanilla, rose, agarwood

When it comes to art, fashion, food and fragrance, sometimes simplicity is what creates the most mesmerizing impression. Rose, patchouli and agarwood create a decadent veil that is made softer and slightly sweeter with just a touch of vanilla. Prive Rose d’Arabie is perfect for sultry evenings spent dreaming of exotic Arabian nights.

3. Olfactive Studio Still Life

Top Notes: yuzu, pink pepper, elemi, black pepper, sichuan pepper

Heart: galbanum, star anise

Base: Virginia cedar, amber, rum

Normally when I think of Autumn scents I think of the typical, cozy, bakery-esque smells – pumpkin pie, cinnamon, vanilla, amber, chocolate, woods. I have never seen rum in a fragrance before, but when combined with spicy star anise it adds a sweetness to the scent that is unlike your usual sugary Fall-fare. Yuzu, black pepper and cedar adds a freshness to the scent that makes Still Life as complex and compelling as an olfactory poem.

4. Giorgio Armani Si Intense

Top Notes: blackcurrant, neo jungle essence, freesia, bergamot

Heart: rose, neroli

Base: vanilla, fir, patchouli, benzoin

Si Intense is my favorite fragrance for Fall. Vanilla, fir, benzoin and black currant come together to create a scent reminiscent of crisp, walks in the forest and moments spent warming up in front of a smoky fire. Its soft and unusual, uplifting and cozy, capturing everything I love about Autumn.

5.Vince Camuto Perfume for Women

Top Notes: osmanthus, rum

Heart: jasmine, rose, leather

Base: musk, amber, patchouli, vanilla

When it comes to genres of perfume, florals have always been my least favorite. Its not that I don’t like floral fragrances, its just that so many of them smell so similar. It’s as if there is a carefully measured formula for florals that perfumers refuse to veer away from. With unconventional ingredients such as rum and leather, this otherwise traditional bouquet of rose and jasmine is given an intoxicating update that is at once edgy and romantic.

6. Kate Spade Walk on Air

Top Notes: linden blossom, maidens hair fern, solomons seal, calabrese bergamot, tunisian neroli

Heart: lily of the valley, magnolia grandiflora, egyptian jasmine, narcissus absolute orpur

Base: crinum lily, white iris, violet leaf absolute orpur

Powdery and romantic, this opulent bouquet of lily of the valley, magnolia, jasmine, and violet reminds me of a vintage eau de parfum. One that would be kept in a beautiful glass bottle with an atomizer and that would sit on a elegant mahogany dresser. This dusky scent is utterly glamorous and classic.

xoxo,

Alicia