A fragrance can be pleasant or unpleasant, complicated or not. The more complicated a scent, the more nuanced it is, the more ingredients of high quality were used to make it. For me, it is a relatively simple matter to judge the complexity of a perfume, but it can be difficult to decide whether I like it or not.
Euphoria is one of the most popular scents on the market. This is surprising, because although the fragrance can be seen as a fruity floral, it differs leagues from the average in this category. This scent is very strong! Its potency is such that even a tiny spritz gives a dense, heady scent. Unfortunately, I had an initial association with a strong-smelling old lady for its cloying quality. Euphoria smells interesting, but with what populates the general market it’s almost astonishing to find it successful. I’m glad for it, as it is a quality product, even though personally I find it too heady. The scent is a woody floral aroma upon drydown – an allure perhaps worth waiting for through the almost sickening floral sweetness. Dry pomegranate introduces the fragrance with a sweet, exotic note, which I sense is ruined and quickly by the overpowering heady orchid that tries to usurp the fruit. The resulting concoction can be nauseating. On the verge of the drydown, once pomegranate had aired out and the orchid softened, mahogany and amber show through. At this stage, Euphoria finally becomes wearable. It is definitely a winter and autumn fragrance or for a night event, lasting 10 hours and leaving a trail withing arm’s length of the user.
Calvin Klein’s Euphoria is a complicated, nuanced, quality fragrance that tells a grueling story for too long before coming to the happy and pleasant-smelling end. The degree of enjoyment of its narrative will greatly influence the perception of the perfume.