Calvin Klein's first fragrance was my first perfume love. As a little perfume-obsessed tween, I distinctly remember falling for Calvin Klein among the dozens of perfumes I'd spray on myself before I left the mall. I loved the simple oblong, squat bottle, the perfume's golden amber hue, and what I concluded (as a child with no reference points for perfume notes) was its apple scent.
I am pleased to say that even as a child, I had good taste. I recently won this on eBay after months of trying to hunt it down, and although it took me a moment after applying it, everything came back to me. Thanks to a new-found understanding of perfume and years of sniffing around, I can expand on the childlike olfactory apprehension of "apple."
Top Notes: Aldehyde Complex, Hyacinth, Gardenia, Peach, Raspberry
Middle Notes: Carnation, Jasmine, Muguet (Lily of the Valley), Rose, Orris
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Oakmoss, Musk, Amber
I think I smelled "apple" because of the fruity top notes, and I must have sensed it was no ordinary perfume because of the depth and warmth the spicy/musky basenotes gave to the fruit and flowers. Calvin Klein perfume seemed autumnal and sophisticated.
I'm going to hunt down a fashion magazine from '78 so I can see how this was advertised.
There's something both alarming and marvelous about being old enough to consider some of the perfumes of your youth as, technically, vintage. But I am too happy about having won this gorgeous and hard-to-track-down scent to linger too long on the fact that Calvin Klein came out 31 years ago!
I'm going to be chained to eBay for the next few months trying to get my hands on another bottle of this. I can tell it's one of the few vintage perfumes I want to wear all the time.