Back in middle school, the coolest thing I owned—besides my Doc Martens—was my beloved frosted glass bottle of ck one. The fresh unisex scent made me feel fabulously grown-up and in-the-know.
While I haven’t worn ck one since the ’90s, I am newly enamored with the brand. It all started when makeup artist Rob Harmon showed up at the Birchbox office with a tote bag full of Calvin Klein’s recently launched line, ck one color. I was majorly jealous. So I did what any rational adult would do—I immediately got my own stash.
I’ve been testing out the products and narrowed the line down to a few must-try items—I’m predicting obsession status.
Lately, I’ve been dying to take a break from the standard floral perfumes that populate the fragrance world and spritz on something a little different. Since Birchbox HQ is full of discerning noses, I asked my co-workers to recommend a non-sweet, non-cloying scent, and they had one suggestion across the board: BLK DNM’s Perfume 11. This spicy blend of musk, incense, and black pepper smells equally great on guys and girls, and it doesn’t come across as too cologne-y. It also has plenty of cosmopolitan street cred. The line is the brainchild of Johan Lindeberg, the Swedish fashion designer whose hip-hugging denim line is beloved by hip kids from New York to Stockholm, and launched at Art Basel Miami last December to much fanfare.