Today, I want to take a closer look at and compare two hit unisex fragrances from the 1990s, CK One and CK Be. These Calvin Klein perfumes were best sellers of their time and are still going strong two decades later. The question begs however, which of these scents is better? Which has the best scent? Lasts longer? Is the better buy? Please continue below as I break down this head to head match up of the Calvin Klein family of fragrances.
CK Be Tale of the Tape
Notes include: magnolia, peach, lavender, musk, sandalwood, bergamot, mint, vanilla
Read my original CK Be Review
Click here to try: Ck Be by Calvin Klein for Women, Eau De Toilette, 3.4 Ounce
CK One Tale of the Tape
Notes: papaya,pineapple and jasmine. green tea and amber
Read my CK One Review
Try CK One: Ck One by Calvin Klein for Men and Women, Eau De Toilette, 1.7 Ounce
The opening of CK Be is a fresh blend of mostly lavender and sandalwood notes, which feels very familiar and clean. CK One is also very fresh and clean but instead utilizes the citrus, pineapple, and green floral notes to create a light yet quite attractive aroma. It depends on your tastes but I think One is the winner.
Neither one of these scents is a monster in terms of how it projects. These are light, casual fragrances, meant to be inoffensive and universally enjoyed. That being said, CK One is the stronger scent of the two. Be can be a very light almost skin type of fragrance.
CK Be has longevity issues. Like, it will last around 4-5 hours…I’m pretty sure that reformulations took away some of its staying power from how it used to be. CK One gives decent longevity, again, it’s not a beast by any means but it gets the job done fairly well.
Both of these fragrances are casual wears, that seem to work best in warmer weather. Neither is a nighttime or date night type of scent. Really no difference in this regard.
I like how both of these fragrances smell. They are both unisex and as such they enjoy a wide appeal from a great number of people. CK Be, while smelling quite nice, has some pretty noticeable longevity issues which only serves to undermine its case here. CK One on the other hand, is still a classic, and while you won’t be unique in wearing it…One gets the job done as a solid casual fragrance.
Winner: CK One