When I first saw this fragrance, I thought that it was going to be super boring. I didn’t like the name of it at all and I thought the bottle lacked pizzazz. Even though I typically love Calvin Klein fragrances, this one just didn’t do it for me as far as appearance goes.
I’ve have judged fragrance by the bottle plenty of times and lately I have been wrong about the fragrance inside. But for some reason, I keep judging. Maybe it’s just a habit, but I assume that if I’m proven wrong frequently enough, I will stop judging altogether.
I took my first sniff of Downtown, and I was surprised by what I smelled. The fragrance had so many pleasant notes that were jumping out to me all at once. It did not smell nearly as bland as I thought. Quite frankly, I thought it was going to smell like a blend if Versace Bright Crystal and Estee Lauder Pleasures. But Downtown had a balanced blend of sexy and sophisticated that I had not expected. I noticed floral notes that reminded me of jasmine mixed with soft white musk. It also had touches of vanilla and citrus—but not too much citrus. It was just enough to add some life to the fragrance. I loved how the vanilla gave the jasmine a delicate sweetness that smelled very wearable—and I’m not too thrilled about jasmine. But this smelled good.
I was surprised by how mature, yet youthful the fragrance was. I can definitely imagine women of all ages wearing this one. And even though it still has a name that sounds like a scruffy men’s fragrance, Downtown is very feminine and sexy. I can imagine myself wearing this one during the summer on a casual or romantic date. It’s really nice and I’m pleasantly surprised. I give Downtown 3 out of 5 stars.