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Calvin Klein Eternity Moment: Eternity is Everywhere

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In the countdown to Valentine’s Day I thought I would look at some of the UK’s current best-sellers. I have already reviewed Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey, and today, I am reviewing Calvin Klein Eternity Moment.

Interestingly, both are made by prolific and legendary nose, Jacques Cavallier, who rather incongruously reminds me a little of the actor Jack Black.

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Jacques Cavallier (from Fragrantica.com)

I have been wearing Eternity Moment since this morning and I could see it being heavily promoted in both Superdrug and the Perfume Shop today. Unfortunately I am not impressed. It makes me think I have a been a little hard on Avon lately since this could easily pass for an Avon scent.  Either Calvin Klein is doing something wrong or Avon is getting it more right than I gave them credit for. It just smells low budget.

The first notes are all fruit: Lychee, Melon, Guava, Raspberry. Thankfully the sugar has been reduced so instead of this being a sickly fruit cocktail, it’s a lighter fruity scent without that whiff of novelty erasers you so often get.  After that the synthetic Jasmine and Passionflower become  a bit shrieky and are calmed down by some fake Amber.  On me, that’s about the dimension of it.

However the blurb says “Its fine and fresh floral aroma is invited to capture the eternal moment of two souls meeting, gazing at each other, touching for the first time

Longevity is good because I am still waiting for it to wear off four hours later. *sigh*

In a blind test, I would have called this a generic High Street fruity floral that has been tamed down on the sugar front and thankfully has no vanilla. That may sound like a lukewarm reception and that’s because it is.

As always, my reviews are purely subjective and you may feel differently.  There is no right and wrong in perfume.  Thousands of women buy and wear this, so I guess they outnumber this small voice of dissent. I saw this priced at 19.50GBP for 50ml, so maybe its affordability keeps it on those lists.

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Boucheron Trouble: Uh-Oh!

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Am I wearing Boucheron Trouble today? Or has somebody squished a Lemon Meringue Pie in my face and tried to wash it off with Dior Addict?  Trouble was created in 2004 by prolific nose Jacques Cavallier, also guilty of the iconic scent of the 90s L’Eau D’Issey, which turned a corner in the world of fragrance and turned our heads from the loud frenzy of In Your Face 80s scents and introduced a quieter 90s calm. I wouldn’t hesitate to call him a game changer, and he has my enormous respect. (Even though I don’t actually like L’Eau D’Issey on me at all)

Rumour has it Boucheron Trouble is discontinued. Die hard fans needn’t weep, however, since this is so similar to Dior’s Addict that apart from the aforementioned Lemon Meringue Pie,  there is very little difference between the two.  Sadly Dior Addict does not suit me. It smells like someone has licked me and I don’t like that. It’s an Oriental lite with some sort of dried pheromone smell that reminds me of saliva. Fragrantica lists the notes of Trouble as follows: Dyer’s Greenwood, Lemon, Jasmine, Cedar and Amber. Are you thinking the same as me? “What on earth is Dyer’s Greenwood?” I had to look it up. Dyer’s Greenwood is a cool, bracken like scent often used in healing tinctures. Sadly, despite it being a top note, I did not  smell it at all.

The opening notes are instead creamy, milky and lemony, hence the Lemon Meringue scent. Sillage is acceptable: you could wear it to the office. Longevity is not bad: around five hours.

Would I buy this? No. I would not. But I would buy a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie as it has given me a tremendous appetite for it. Sorry Trouble, you’re far too tame. I was hoping for something Wicked. Note: This is actually yesterday’s review but Gremlins in the machine forbade my posting.