Need Stocking Stuffers? Follow Your Nose to Beauty and Bang.

by Sabrina Maddeaux on Nov 23rd, 2010 in Product Reviews

Two of the hottest and most giftable scents to launch this season are Calvin Klein BEAUTY (hers) and Marc Jacobs BANG (his). If you’re looking for a luxurious yet affordable gift, you’ll want to consider these.

Living up to its name, Calvin Klein Beauty captures the beauty of a woman- inner and outer. Manifested by Diane Kruger, CK Beauty spokesmodel, the fragrance is made for a woman who is authentic, true, accomplished, and inspiring. She believes in the power of self-knowledge, gained from living the life she’s lived. She is at once feminine and strong. Her true beauty lies within.

The scent itself is a new interpretation of a lily – a neo lily – is the heart and soul of CK Beauty. A sophisticated flower that is the essence of femininity, the lily is also radiant and powerful.  Bringing the neo-lily to life, ambrette seeds enhance the fragrance’s spicy warmth and timeless jasmine elevates the floral signature. A trail of cedarwood brings a magnetic beauty to the drydown.

Even the bottle keeps with the theme, showing exactly how much care was put into the most luxurious to date of CK fragrances. The CK Beauty bottle designs features smooth feminine curves, set atop a luxurious glass base. A metallic silver ring encricles the glass, expressing a woman’s ongoing strength and confidence, while the golden perfume reflects her inner beauty.

This scent is perfect for the ambitious and focused, yet eternally classy career woman in your life.

CK Beauty has been available since October at The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmaprix, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, and Ogilvy. A 50ml bottle of the eau de parfum spray runs $89.00, with the 100ml selling at $115.00.

For men, Marc Jacobs Bang is elegant yet sensual. It’s peppery, woody, spicy, and full of energy… or “BANG” as you might have it. It’s top is a threesome of peppercorns, while the scent’s heart is wrapped with primal masculine woods. The base is a distinctly hypnotic and sensual benzoin resin meld with vetyver, white moss, and patchouli. The layers combine to create a uniquely powerful and alluring aroma.

Even the bottle design is energized and remarkably original. Heavy in weight, the bottle is powerful and masculine to hold. It’s elegant silver and black color codes exude sophistication and class.  It’s sudden sharp, asymmetric angles add the BANG with sudden drama and impact. This bottle looks exactly how a man will feel wearing Marc Jacob’s newest fragrance.

I must warn, this one can be a little overwhelming with its spicy and peppery nature on first spray. Allow it to settle into your skin and blend naturally for a few minutes before judging it too harshly. Once all the tones have a chance to meld and compliment one another, the effect is quite something else.  But be aware, there is nothing subtle about this fragrance.

Bang’s sizes, 50 ml and 100 ml, retail for $69.00 and $95.00.

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Hunter Hudsan
Nov 25 2010

Great review.