Contradiction 1997 Eau de Parfum

Contradiction (Eau de Parfum) by Calvin Klein
Bottle Design Fabien Baron
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Contradiction (Eau de Parfum) is a perfume by Calvin Klein for women and was released in 1997. The scent is floral-spicy. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Floral
Spicy
Woody
Fresh
Oriental

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Top Notes Top Notes
PeonyPeony LilyLily Lily of the valleyLily of the valley OrchidOrchid RoseRose Mock-orangeMock-orange
Heart Notes Heart Notes
EucalyptusEucalyptus JasmineJasmine BlackberryBlackberry LilacLilac PearPear
Base Notes Base Notes
Tonka beanTonka bean SandalwoodSandalwood MuskMusk

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Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 09.11.2023.

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MrsGuerlain

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Not the typical CK fragrance
Eucalyptus… it really makes a difference. First time smelling I was intrigued by this unknown and very strange note. It made the whole scent smell like watermelon. I must say that I found it so interesting that I bought it. I have not worn it a lot of times since but this does not mean that it is a bad fragrance. It is close to your skin, and it lasts for 4-5 hours. And the scent is lovely. I think it is a great contribution to the perfume world.
The top is a softly smelling bouquet of flowers. Very understated and delicate. It takes you gently into this strangely smelling eucalyptus note which is accompanied by jasmine and blackberries. We stay there for a couple of hours and finally we hit the base - lovely sandalwood and tonka bean with a whiff of musk. All in all a well composed fragrance. Beautifully done by Ann Gottlieb.
The bottle is somewhat in the same spirit as a lot of other CK scents - but this has more character. I adore the minimalistic metal cylinder, which adds attitude to this - almost male impression - and the colour of the juice is so well fitted to this product. This is not a winner - it is an outsider with loads of potential.
52/365
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Missk

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Missk
Missk
Very helpful Review 5  
Contradictory to the mass market; check this one out.
You don't hear too much about Calvin Klein's Contradiction these days, as it is often overshadowed by newer releases like Euphoria, CK IN2U and CK One. While I don't find it to be anything overly amazing, I fear that it may be the first fragrance to be discontinued in Calvin Klein's current collection, which would be such a shame.

Contradiction is a pleasant enough blend of delectable florals and powdery woods. The eucalyptus note in the heart, is possibly what causes some to refer to this fragrance as being metallic. I quite like the uniqueness of the eucalyptus note. I'm an Australian, from the country, so this particular note reminds me of home and the bush, which perhaps in turn makes me a fan. Escape for Men also gives me the same nostalgic feeling.

There is a definite powderiness to this fragrance, which is a good or bad thing depending on each person's personal taste. One review of this fragrance on MakeupAlley, likened Contradiction to the scent of a warm photo-copied sheet. I quite like that description, I think it is very apt and truthful.

I'm on the fence with Contradiction, while I like certain aspects of it, particularly the floral powderiness, the woodsy notes just don't work for me, neither does the lasting power which is relatively poor.

After a while, Contradiction becomes tiring and somewhat generic. The eucalyptus and the odd paper smell, is what keeps this fragrance alive and different. Every now and then it shows some similarities to Armani She.
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Sherapop

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Sherapop
Sherapop
Very helpful Review 5  
Nuages Verts-Grisâtres
It has taken me about, let's see, fourteen years to figure out Calvin Klein CONTRADICTION, but I do believe that I just had a breakthrough: this perfume is an aromatic pseudo-chypre! This evening I decided to pull out from the back of my armoire the long languishing cylinder hiding quietly in its sleek matte aluminum sheath, having been reminded of its existence by a soothing eucalyptus-spearmint bath courtesy of the BBW Aromatherapy line. Since I even used the eucalyptus hair conditioner, which remains fragrant long after rinsing, my compatible perfume choices were severely limited. But then it popped into my mind: Calvin Klein CONTRADICTION, the only perfume in my collection with a significant eucalyptus component.

There's probably a reason why perfumers do not often reach for eucalyptus, and the mixed reception to this creation, the sole member of the classic CK collection to have been discontinued (at least to my knowledge...), may have a lot to do with it. CONTRADICTION is so unexpected and just plain weird that I strongly suspect that were it poured into a Serge Lutens bottle with a new label slapped on, say, NUAGES VERTS-GRISATRES, it would be sought out and perhaps even worshipped by countless niche-ees (no, not Nietzsche, though my understanding is that he did spend some time in Eze, along a path that I myself walked to Grasse—so who knows? Perhaps he, too, really loved perfume and his pilgrimage to the environs of Eze led to the perfume capital of the world as well? On ne sait jamais.) But I digress...

While coming to terms once again with CONTRADICTION, the donning of which is always an event in itself because it is so very ODD, it dawned on my that the extreme eccentricity of this composition reminds me very much of SJP COVET. No, not the notes or even the structure of the compositions: the two are completely different. But they are united in their extreme, obstinate refusal to respect the orthodox genres of perfume, in addition to their fundamentally "challenging" demeanor. It takes some time to come to an appreciation of these perfumes. Those who are looking for instant gratification need not apply, because these creations are really quite demanding. I have no doubt that many a sniffer gave them a quick whiff and then summarily dismissed them, relegating them forever to their own private dustbin of olfactory history. In the case of CONTRADICTION, the orchid, lily, eucalyptus, and about a million other notes together produce an utterly unique creation, like nothing else I've ever smelled. Yet it's not the perfumic equivalent to a garbage pizza. No, not at all. An appealing chypre texture and strangely harmonic effect ultimately arise out of what might at first seem to be sheer cacophony.

Surprise: I was delighted to discover just now (after having compared the two C's in my mind...) that the perfumer who produced this radically other perfume is none other than...drum roll...Ann Gottlieb: the creator of COVET! Brava, cara! I am truly impressed!

Ordinarily, according to my own explicitly stated evaluation criteria (in my profile at Creednotes), I would only be able to give a thumbs up to a perfume in my collection which I had every intention of replenishing, but my 100ml bottle of CONTRADICTION remains one-third full after, well, fourteen years. No matter: I'm going to contradict my own evaluation scheme in honor of this splendidly original perfume.
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PurpleKatPurpleKat 4 months ago
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Revisiting this. I wore it as a teen 20+ yrs ago. Perfect name. Unusual well blended spicy-green-floral. Unisex by today's standards.
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ElysiumElysium 3 years ago
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Unsolicited compliments. I wore it at 8am to go to the office. At 3pm, a guard passing by asked what the dainty scent was. Not bad, right?
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