Women is the latest perfume by American brand Calvin Klein know for their urban, multicultural approach to fashion and fresh, easy to wear perfumes, including one of the first unisex perfumes, the iconic CK One.  Woman’s perfumists are Honorine Blanc, known for her work on celebrity perfumes but also collaborations with haute perfume-making: Lancome (Tresor a la Folie) and Yves Saint Laurent (Black Opium) and Annick Menardo, a genial creator, one of my favorites. Both worked with CK before so they had experience when they got involved in this blatant copy paste project. But more on that later.

First, let’s see what Calvin Klein has to say about Women:

WOMEN denotes not one, but many – a group of individuals, each with their own distinct voice, their own unique self. Calvin Klein draws inspiration from the multifaceted identity of femininity today – from the empowered reality of modern women and their myriad interpretations – to invent a new scent, the first Calvin Klein fragrance developed under the vision of Chief Creative Officer, Raf Simons.

The message of Calvin Klein Women speaks to many. It speaks to women universally, a scent evocative of the multiple identities they present. Women have more than one persona within them, with the inherent freedom to reinvent themselves as and when they see fit. They are both one, and all – an individual who becomes part of a group. The legacy of creativity at the house of Calvin Klein is to not only reflect culture but to help define it. Calvin Klein Women reflects a dynamic and multifaceted femininity which mirrors the creative spirit of Raf Simons and a new era at Calvin Klein. The fragrance is woody floral.

A lot of words for something that can be said short and sweet: a literal copy of Light Blue perfume by Dolce & Gabbana. I was shocked when I tasted Woman, not because I have never encountered perfumes inspired by Light Blue. There are many such perfumes and that is not surprising having in mind the global success Light Blue had and still has despite appearing twenty years ago. What surprised me (unpleasantly) was the shocking similarity. I’m stopping short of saying the two were identical. If there is such a thing as copyrights in the perfume world, Calvin Klein would have to pay a hefty price for this. But alas…

Should I analyze the perfume composition of Women? I think there is no need. All those who know Light Blue will know how Women smell. The only thing I would add is that the citrus notes are a bit less “sparkly” in this edition. Everything else is CTRL+C. If there is justice, not one CK Woman would get sold. Enough.

[Scent notes] top notes: eucalyptus, bergamot; middle notes: orange blossom; base notes: cedar.

[Scent group] woody floral

Perfume creators are Honorine Blanc and Annick Menardo.