Calvin Klein DEFY Eau de Toilette Review

Attention all Calvin Klein fans: there’s a new release you need to hear about. The effortlessly sexy fashion house has released a new fragrance for 2021; the aromatic-woody Eau de Toilette for men has an invigorating freshness of bergamot and lavender with the sensual warm woodiness of vetiver and amber in the dry down. Defy is the fragrance for the modern man in 2021.


This Fragrance Smells Like…

Defy Eau de Toilette starts with a breathtaking freshness that’s addictive and energising, but then quickly transitions to a seductive woody warmth with a hint of dry smokiness.

The hint of bergamot gives it a fresh sweet start, but the aromatic lavender provides a central herbaceous tone in the opening. The heart of vetiver – responsibly sourced from Haiti – gives an earthy edge to the fragrance that’s dry and woody, while the contrasting base moves into a more rich and alluring full-bodied scent as amber warms it through. The musky backdrop of amber provides a warm undertone that’s evident from the first spritz, contrasting with the masculine freshness in the start.


What’s The Story Behind This Scent?

Calvin Klein is renowned for not being afraid to break boundaries and start new trends within the fashion and fragrance world. Defy does this and more; it represents the duality of the modern man with its contrasting scent that brings together opposing notes that work. The CK scent is for the man who’s not afraid to be vulnerable and knows this is part of his courage. Who’s the face of this scent’s campaign? Richard Madden – as he embodies the story of this fragrance and living your own authentic truths.


You Will Love This If…

The freshness of this scent makes it perfect for those who love to be outdoors and are always effortlessly well-groomed. We think Defy is a universally appealing scent that would make a great blind-buy for anyone who likes woody-fresh and aromatic masculine scents.


This Perfume Smells Similar To:

CK Defy reminds us of some of our favourite men’s perfumes; it shares an aromatic freshness with Dior Sauvage, and a cool blue tone that we also get from YSL Y Eau de Toilette and Montblanc Explorer.

If you’re unfamiliar with these classic men’s scents, then just think of the cool vibe of classic Calvin Klein models; he’s effortlessly cool and laid back, wears denim jeans and a crisp white t-shirt, with his classic Calvin Klein boxers peeking out. Just like this scent, he’s fresh and sexy without even trying!


What’s The Longevity Like?

Like most classic Eau de Toilettes Defy lasts around 2 – 3 hours.


Calvin Klein DEFY Eau de Toilette Spray

What’s Special About The Bottle?

The glass bottle that houses the blue juice is sleek and cool; it’s got two rounded edges with two sharp pointed edges, reflecting the scent’s duality. The lid is a matte, textured navy blue that reminds us of Calvin Klein’s blue jeans, which the hue of the fragrance also reflects the blue denim feel.


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