A few years ago my mother and I were discussing some popular perfumes. I mentioned Euphoria which was a fairly new release then (2005) and she commented that while Euphoria wasn't awful, it was "too much of this and not enough of that". I knew exactly what she was talking about, though I do think it has the potential of being godawful when over-applied (anything over two sprays is too overdoing it in this case).
The "too much of this" is easy enough to define- too much sugary synthetic red fruit with a Angelified patchouli edge. It gets very cloying very quickly and sucks all the air out of the room. The "not enough of that" part is more difficult to explain. Euphoria has some potential and on the odd winter day it can actually be oddly pleasant to wear and more than a little sexy in a red velvet way. But it's not dark enough, lacks some edge and mystery. It is supposed to have a mahogany wood note, but I can't say I get any. Some real wood with a masculine touch would have given the perfume some much-needed balance and save it from that poisonous synthetic territory.
It feels like someone at Calvin Klein perfumes (or rather at Coty Prestige that holds the license) was desperate to create a super sexy, irresistible tempting fragrance, or what some tend to interpret as such. The red fruity sweetness can make one want to bite into Euphoria and take it all in. But in reality, the poisoned apple can be hazardous to your health.
Euphoria by Calvin Klein is available everywhere under the sun, from Sephora to any self-respecting online discounter. Prices are around $45 for a 1.7 oz of EDP. I always have a sample or two around, so I've been testing it for years, feeling both fascinated and utterly repulsed. There's no way I'd wear it in public, though.