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f I am ever going out anywhere for a special evening out, I always love to wear one of my favourite scents, such as Calvin Kelin, Secret Obsession. This is an EDP rather than the more subtle EDT and as such, it lasts for ages and it quite a powerful smelling perfume, especially when first applied. I have the 50ml bottle and this cost me just over £30 which isn’t one of the most expensive scents, I’ve ever used, but it does smell gorgeous and I love to wear it.
The bottle is quite a nice shape and design. It’s born in colour with the glass cut away in segments to reveal flatter square shapes. The top never fitted well on this bottle, even when it was new, and it kept on falling off until one day I just couldn’t find it anywhere – ever since then I’ve just used this scent as it is – without the top. It’s a bit of a pain but it makes no difference to the gorgeous smell so I don’t mind too much.
I love the smell of this perfume. It’s really powerful and quite an intoxicating mix and blend of notes. When initially sprayed I always can detect a really floral and fruity mix of fragrances with a woody amber kind of background smell. Although it’s very strong when it is first sprayed, it settles down very quickly and leaves a gorgeous aroma on the skin. It’s still strong smelling, but the initial blast of fruitiness mixed with floral notes quickly wears off to leave a much more subtle and sultry fragrance behind. I love it.
The floral notes are, I think, rose, orange flower, jasmine, then I can smell, amber, vanilla and sandal wood. This fragrance lasts for ages on my skin, it really does last for hours and hours and if I apply it to go out at night I can still detect it the following morning. It also clings to clothing, especially cotton fabrics, but it is not a sickly cloying scent, it’s too gorgeous for that. It still smells fresh and wonderful the following day and you really cannot say that amount too many fragrances.
Overall, I really can’t say anything negative about this fragrance. I love the design of the bottle, the smell is to die for and the price is reasonable too, so as far as I’m concerned I give it full marks.
Obsession Calvin Kline Eau de Parfum
Sizes 100ml & 30ml
I remember when I first smelt Obsession, I was out shopping with a girlfriend and she raved about and sprayed me with it from the counter in the department store. I said "hmm quite nice", she said "buy it buy it!" I being a very wise (ha ha) young woman who read a lot (all wise young women read a lot) replied something along the lines of, "not now I am going to see how it develops on my skin, just because it suits you does not mean it will suit me". Well, I decided I quite liked it, but was not really hooked or decided on it either way, but when I met my chap later that day he obviously loved it, because a few days later when he was paid I was presented with a bottle of Obsession.
As far as perfumes are concerned I am what Martin Lewis would call a "tart" I have no loyalty to one brand or one fragrance, I know what I like and I go for it. I have over the years been given lots of different perfumes that I would not have bought myself, some I have grown to love, others still lay in the bottom a drawer, because the bottles are so beautiful I cannot bare to throw them away.
Not so Obsession, I rarely buy it, but when I do, I use it, I use it a lot, I am complemented on the smell and I really love it. So why don't I buy it and wear it more? Well I don't know? Perhaps it is a female foible, whereas a man will buy something like Old Spice forever, many of us like to chop and change our perfume almost as often as our underwear, I guess that is another thing where we differ from men too (the frequency in which we tend to change our underwear).
Anyway, enough personal experience, you shout - what about the perfume? What does it smell like? Well today I am wearing a different scent (currently wet dog following a muddy country walk and dog baths) - so I am not going to put some on to tell you, but thinking back to that first smell of it and the following weeks of young love, I can recall a scent as free and spirited as I was. I remember the first fragrance was vanilla and citrus and yes fresh freedom. Levelling out to the wonderful jasmine and floral rose scents I seek in most perfumes most of the time, with a hint of something that I now know as a soap maker as sandalwood, clean, sexy and warm, reminiscent of clean sheets and breezy days. The finishing notes of the perfume several hours after application returns to the original vanilla and citrus tang thus reminding me to reapply. This is a long lasting, mid priced perfume that is today, wonderfully classic.
The bottle is oval, but a slightly squashed oval and clear so that you can see the amber nectar inside with a lovely gold coloured spray mist sprayer covered by a brown plastic lid. As a chicken keeper it reminds me of an egg and it is understated and elegant, so much so that it is not one of the bottles I keep on display.
Conclusion & Stars:
I recommend Obsession by Calvin Kline if you like a floral yet heady scent with good longevity. This is a sexy perfume, sophisticated yet young with its floral and citrus blended with vanilla and sandalwood.
I'm not obsessed, but it is one of the choices I return to.
Price & Availability:
Prices vary enormously, the 30ml bottle of EDP is currently just £16.99 from Fragrance Direct and both sizes are available from many on-line and in-store retailers nationwide.
My teenage daughter wrinkled her nose when I asked for a replacement bottle of Obsession by Calvin Klein for Christmas. She admitted that to her it is a perfume for 'old'-er women - ie. me, apparently.
I was somewhat taken aback. I have been using this perfume since I was in my twenties and adore the rich blend of floral and spicy notes which underpin this fragrance. To me it's a classic. The very fact that it's been a favourite since 1985 speaks of its quality surely?
A disagreement ensued. One of my daughter's reservation's was that it is too strong. I had to admit that when you first spray it on it can be slightly heady for a moment if you've been over generous with it. However, it soon settles down( I find) to emit it's warm, spicy scent. The scent lasts for hours and the aroma gives me a sense of well-being. I just love the scent of this perfume. Didn't she?
My daughter agreed that she liked the scent on me - but it wasn't one she'd pick for herself. She prefers lighter, more floral fragrances which evoke 'fun,' she insisted. Admittedly, to me the scent does not evoke fun. I find Obsession is a great 'going out' perfume. It is enigmatic and rich - and has evoked many compliments over the years. I have fond memories of a man sitting behind me in the cinema who asked his girlfriend what 'the gorgeous perfume' was on the woman in front. It's a fragrance which likes to be noticed. It's a rich blend indeed:
Top notes: Mandarin orange, vanilla, peach, basil, bergamot, lemon
Middle notes: Spices, coriander, sandalwood, orange, jasmine, rose
Base notes: Amber, musk, civet, vanilla, and incense.
When I wear this perfume I feel special. It's as simple as that, I suppose. I love the scent, I love the simple, curved lines of the tear-shaped bottle it comes in, I love its longevity, my husband loves the scent on me - and it's within my price range. A 100ml bottle is currently £28.10 on Amazon. The perfume is widely available from all good department stores.
I was delighted when I received a bottle of it for Christmas and know a bottle of that size will probably last me through the coming year. I have not converted my daughter away from her penchant for light, floral fragrances - so if you share her preferences then this is not the perfume for you. If you like a perfume with depth, however, I would recommend you try this one. It's a classic worth trying and you may become obsessed.
Obsession by Calvin Klein is a classic well known perfume which has been around for years. I didn't buy this for myself my mum brought it back from her holiday. I see online it can be found for around £15 for 30ml. In boots the prices start at £20 for 30ml and go all the way up to £55 for 100ml.
The bottle I have is 50ml, it's oval shaped (a bit like an egg) with a brown lid. Underneath the lid is a good quality gold coloured spray nozzle which has never jammed or clogged up. The cream coloured box is understated, the back lists it's ingredients. The perfume itself is amber coloured.
I've looked online for it's 'notes' and this is what I found:
This perfume has top notes of mandarin, vanilla, peach, basil, bergamot and lemon
Heart notes of coriander, sandalwood, orange blossom, jasmine, oak moss, cedar and rose
Base notes of amber, musk, civet, vanilla, vetiver and incense
I can't smell anything other than a sickly musky, musty smell. Although I suppose now it comes to mention it, it does smell like sandal wood incense and vanilla. I find it quite a masculine fragrance, many would disagree but to me it smells like a sweet but spicy aftershave, it reminds me of Christmas spices. When the initial strong scent has died down a bit I just smell musk.
This is too strong and heavy for me, when I first received it I did wear it but can't stand much of it- infact last time I wore it and put too much on I had to change my clothes as it was overpowering. One description I found was to call this scent 'sexy' it did get my clothes off on that occasion but for the wrong reasons.......
Most perfumes you get used to and can't detect yourself after a few hours, but not this one I can smell it on me all day so I can't knock it on that score.
I wouldn't buy Obsession and am not keen on wearing it but it isn't overly expensive, has a classic scent, you don't need much so lasts ages and has longevity. Also people compliment me when wearing it and do recognise the scent as Obsession.
So an undecided 3 stars from me
Obsession is one of the many Eau de Parfum's available for women available in the Calvin Klein range.
I first encountered Calvin Kleins' Obsession on an evening out with friends and I caught a whiff of this scent and took an instant liking to it! After questioning my friend on what it was I decided that while it was very nice it has a high price tag of around the £50 mark which kind of put it out of my reach and to the back of my mind. It wasn't until last year when I was going to a lot of car boot sales and I caught sight of an almost full bottle of Obsession being offered by one of the sellers for a mere £5 and bought it instantly. At this price it was worth the risk of it being a fake! Thankfully it turned out to be genuine and my bargain of the year!
As I bought my bargain bottle at a car boot sale I didn't have the original packaging box. The bottle however is reasonably nice, it is an oval clear glass bottle with thick brownish coloured plastic lid. Under the lid you will find a rather large spray pump nozzle which is gold in colour. The front of the bottle has both the Calvin Klein and Obsession logos printed on it in nice clear black lettering. The liquid inside the bottle is a quite nice dark orangey colour.
How Does It Smell?
In a word... Gorgeous!
Obsession has quite a strong scent which I find really appeals to me. When first sprayed it is very intense for a minute or so but once it has settled I find the scent to be very warm and woody with a certain spiciness to it. I have heard this scent as being described as quite floral, but in my opinion this scent is not very floral at all, I'm sure there are some floral notes in there but my sense of smell seems to pick up the woody and earthy scents above everything else and for me this is lovely and warm.
I don't wear this perfume often due to the fact that it has such a high price tag and I know I got a one off bargain with my purchase so I want to make this little luxury last as long as possible! I tend to wear Obsession mainly for special occasions more than anything and on the occasions where I have been wearing this I have received a few nice compliments about it.
I find that if I spray just a few squirts of Obsession on my neck and wrists when I get dressed for the special occasions when I wear it then it will easily last the whole evening or night with no need to re-apply at all. Quite often I can still smell it on my clothes the following day and it still smells just as good so this is a very long lasting scent.
I don't think there is a 'choke factor' to this scent and even though it is quite strong it is certainly not overpowering. I tend to enjoy wearing this scent more during the colder months of the year because of the warmth in the scent but it is still suitable for all year round really.
As I mentioned earlier I was extremely lucky and found my bottle of Obsession at a car boot sale for a bargain price of £5, however the usual RRP of this scent is a lot higher and a quick online search tells me that if I made a purchase from Boots I can expect to pay £55 for a 100ml bottle of Obsession! Personally this is slightly out of my price range hence the reason I want to make this bottle last!
Would I Recommend?
Despite the price I would still recommend Obsession. It is expensive but worth it! It is a gorgeous scent, very feminine and warm and one I really enjoy wearing or smelling when other people are wearing it. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for more bargains in the future and I would probably be tempted to fork out for the high price tag if I couldn't find a bargain as I really do like this scent!
4 out of 5 from me.
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I have used obsession since I was in my teens, It was the first perfume I actually bought so it always brings back fond memories for me and I always have a bottle of this on my shelf. I do now tend to use more modern fragrances as although this is a lovely smell, my mother in law has started to wear it too and she is a lot older than me, so it has kind of put me off a little.
I often buy this when I am going on holiday as it is always cheaper from duty free but otherwise I get it from boots as I can then get my advantage points too.
Obsession by Calvin Klein comes in a glass bottle with a bronze coloured lid and it is a orangy brown colour spray.
Obsession has an intoxicating blend of florals and spices with an earthly, warm base, it is very long-lasting as a couple of squirts will last most of the day and the perfume is intensely feminine, as I said in my heading it is a perfume to be noticed as I have had several comments made to me when wearing this perfume.
It is currently priced at £20.25 for a 30ml in Boots, however I always find better value for money if you get the larger bottle.
Calvin Klein is a premium fashion and beauty brand.
Obsession is a collection of fragrances for men and women. This collection is said to reveal the 'deeper, darker side' of Calvin Klein perfumes. For the ladies, there are three fragrances available - Obsession, Secret Obsession and Obsession Night.
'Who hasn't felt passion beyond reason?' - Calvin Klein.
Obsession was released in Spring 1985 and still popular 27 years on. Obsession is described as having 'powerful sensuality'. It is currently available to purchase in an eau de parfum. The complimenting body lotion can be sampled as part of the Obsession gift set but this set isn't widely available.
Fragrance family - oriental. Some websites state slightly different note combinations but I am led to believe the following notes make up the fragrance with, potential alterations.
Top notes - orange, vanilla and mandarin
Heart notes - jasmine, spices and sandalwood
Base notes - Musk, vetiver and amber
Obsession EDP is presented in a very old fashioned bottle which is tall and curvy. The bottom part of the bottle is clear glass which allows the golden perfume to be visible. The lid is a rather bland, boring affair of brown plastic. The design of the bottle definitely reflects the decade it was released and in my opinion, isn't very stylish or modern at all.
*~Price and Available~*
Obsession EDP is very reasonably priced and affordable to all. It is available in three sizes - 30ml, 50ml and 100ml. Stockists include www.escentual.com, Amazon, The Perfume Shop and Semi Chem. Prices range from £16 to £30.
Obsession is a fragrance that I have been aware of since my childhood. It was released 3yrs prior to me being born and was one of my Mums favourites when I was growing up. I have always loved it but it disappeared off my radar for many years. I have recently reconciled with Obsession after my sister handed me a few miniature bottles of CK fragrances recently and Obsession was amongst this little collection. My bottle is slightly different but still very dull looking.
I am a huge fan of Secret Obsession and the matching body lotion so I was disappointed to learn that the original Obsession complimenting products aren't readily available. I like to layer a scent but hey ho! The actual liquid in the bottle is a rich colour which reminds me of honey. It does go onto skin this colour but doesn't stain (thankfully) as it turns clear quickly. I find a dab of this EDP on my neck and wrist is more than enough for long lasting, noticeable fragrance.
Obsession EDP is definitely a classic scent but it certainly doesn't come across as being 'too' old fashioned. If you want something a bit more modern, go for Secret Obsession. I personally favour Secret Obsession a tiny bit more than the original but Obsession EDP is a gorgeous scent regardless. It is definitely too heavy for day time wear in my opinion and is more suited to wearing in the evening. It is quite sophisticated and rather sexy. To me, it is a beautiful, confident scent which makes me feel more mature and special.
As soon as I apply this fragrance, the scent is a tad overpowering. It quickly settles to a more favourable strength and smells absolutely gorgeous! I associate deep, dark coloured fragrances with being too heavy or musky but Obsession EDP opens up with a perfectly blended sweet aroma. The citrus notes are evident but the scent is far from being bright and fruity. The orange and mandarin combination forces a deep sweet aroma which is full of flavour.
The heart of Obsession starts to mingle with the citrus top notes shortly after application. I love the way this fragrance changes here as it becomes rich and very oriental. It certainly doesn't lack any strength as it is noticeable by myself and also those around me without being overpowering. The heart of Obsession offers fragrance notes one would normally expect of the base notes and it works very well as it allows the scent to be unique and special. The sandalwood and jasmine blend together to offer a warm, woody and romantic backdrop for the heart. The main focus is on the spices and whilst it isn't evident which spices are used, the overall scent is very rich, addictive and intense.
Around 6 hours or so after application, the spicy heart doesn't wish to disappear. It remains prominent on my skin but allows the musk and amber to flutter in albeit in small doses. The spicy aroma never quite leaves my skin - it is simply enhanced and altered by the other fragrance notes which gives off a deep, mysterious feel. The scent is still evident on my skin around 10 hours after application and much longer on my clothing.
Obsession EDP is a rich, unusual fragrance which is highly addictive and an absolute pleasure to wear. I find it too heavy for warmer days but it is perfect for colder days. I cannot imagine that younger girls will appreciate this scent as much as those who are a little older but having been around this fragrance since I was a little girl, I have adore it. If you favour rich and spicy fragrances then you may well like Obsession. It is of a high quality, lasts well and is very affordable so I cannot really fault it. Strangely enough, my Mum no longer wears this. I find it more appealing that a lot of the cheaper CK fragrances but still favour Euphoria and Secret Obsession a little more.
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Way back in 1985 when shoulder pads were adorned by big haired fashionista's, Obsession Perfume was launched by the design house of Calvin Klein - one of the fashion world's biggest names!
Packaged in a sleek, simple yet sexy magnolia coloured box with gold writing adorning the front, this perfume is one that would quickly become your signature fragrance and take pride of place in your collection. An oval shaped glass bottle inhibits the contents. I love the straight forward, minimal design of a transparent strong bottle because some perfumes have put more consideration into the blueprint rather than the scent itself! Having said that, the uniqueness of the shape does make this stand out from the rest - turning it into one of your 'go-to' fragrances. The 5oml bottle fits nicely into the palm of your hand at about roughly 3 inches - perfect size to have in your handbag for refreshment during the day if you feel you need it as Obsession is very long lasting and durable.
Obsession is classified as a 'refreshing, oriental fragrance.' This wonderful scent possesses a blend of vanilla, amber, orange blossom, oakmoss and many more oriental spices. My first impression of the essence was clean, fresh and sensual! On smelling it I was immediately reminded of a picturesque view on a gorgeous spring day, it is recommended for daytime wear as it is quite light and refreshing however I believe it would be lovely for special occasions and night wear to - a real all rounder which is a fantastic quality to have in a perfume.
Available in three different sizes;
Small 30ml = £16.95 / $26.10 / Euro20.82
Medium 50ml = £26.00 / $40.03 / Euro31.94
Large 100ml = £28.00 / $43.11 / Euro34.39
A great alternative to forking out a lot of your hard earned money on perfume is to buy a tester, it's a smaller version, maybe about 10ml or so but it will mean you do not have to go without your favourite aroma but you don't have to break the bank either!
Calvin Klein's Obsession, Eau de Parfum is one of my favourite perfumes and I've been buying it for around 20 years or so. I think it's one of those perfumes that, with time, has become a little old fashioned to buy, but I do remember when it first came out and it was one of the most popular fragrances - but I believe that classic fragrances are timeless and if it works then it just works period. One of the great things about this fragrance going slightly out of fashion is the fact that it has come down remarkably in price an amy most recent 100ml bottle of Calvin Klein's Obsession, Eau de Parfum was just £18.00 from the www.direct.asda.com website. I think this cost is fantastic and I'm more than willing to pay this amount.
The perfume comes in a glass bottle that is slightly curved into a solid oblongated oval shape. The main part of the bottle is made of transparent glass and so it's possible to see the perfume through the glass so you can see just how much perfume is in the bottle. The design is very simple, but it's classically elegant and while it doesn't have bells and whistles that makes the bottle jump out at you and get over-excited, it equally wouldn't look out of place in anyones perfume collection. The perfume is sprayed out with a traditionally nozzle design and one squirt delivers a generous spray of the perfume. I tend to find that two squirts is more than enough and so the perfume lasts quite a long time as a little goes a long way.
The fragrance is actually very strong and some might say overpowering, but I find that once the perfume has been sprayed on it settles down after a few minutes and really melds in wonderfully. The fragrance is very rich and the way that I would mostly describe it is that it is very spicy and oriental. It's quite woody and I can sense jasmine and citrusy notes within it as well. It's an unusual fragrance that is quite difficult to describe - which I feel is a testament to it's uniqueness.
The fragrance does last a long time once it's been put on. If I apply it in the morning then it will last through until the evening - and although the strength will diminish a little, the fragrance is still very evident. I think it mostly suits formal occasions rather than the type of fragrance I would want to wear if I was sat in the beer garden on a summery afternoon.
I recommend this fragrance to anyone who likes to stand out from the crowd.
CK Obsession for women is another of my new perfumes I got for Christmas this year. The bottle I have is eau de parfume and is quite a small bottle, I am not sure if it is 30ml or 50 ml as it doesn't say on the bottle itself.
If you are looking for this on the shelves in the shops then it comes in a white box which is quite plain with the name of the perfume on the front. The bottle inside is quite dinky, it is a sort of bullet shape that has been flattened a bit. It is just a nice size to fit in your hand and would be ideal for sticking in your hand bag, even a small one for the evening. The bottle is clear and the liquid inside is a deep golden yellowy colour.
Now to what it smells like. The smell is quite strong and more fruity than flowery really. It is quite a sweet smell too. On looking this perfume up to find out the notes it has mandarin, bergamot and peach with lemon, jasmine and oakmoss added to it. A lot of my perfumes seem to have bergamot in it but I don't know what this smells like as I have no idea what it is. As for the mandarin and peach, I suppose I can smell the mandarin a bit after letting the perfume settle for a few minutes but I can't smell peaches at all. Neither can I smell lemons or jasmine and who knows what oakmoss smells like?? Still, what counts is that it is quite a pleasant smell which seems to get better as it wears. The first squirt is a bit powerful but it mellows out after about 10 minutes and then it lasts on your skin for a good 4 hours at least. It also smells nice on your clothes if you put something on again a few days later.
You can currently buy this perfume in Boots for £20.25 for the 30ml bottle and £25.33 for the 50ml bottle. If you want the 100ml bottle then it will set you back £55 also in Boots.
I would recommend this perfume for special occasions like a night out. It is a lot more expensive buying perfume than eau de toilette but you do not need to spray on as much so a little goes a long way.
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~A little about the fragrance~
Calvin Klein first produced the Obsession fragrance for women to wear in 1985 and as I recall soon afterwards it swept across the fragrance counters of the land like a wildfire, as women everywhere turned towards this sharp and pungent fragrance in their droves. As one of those who was swept along by the hype, I too duly purchased my bottle of Obsession hoping that the fragrance would be one that I would enjoy wearing. As everyone else I knew seemed to be raving about the fragrance I felt almost compelled to get along with it at all costs.
Sadly try as I might to enjoy wearing Obsession, I feel that the fragrance never truly worked its magic for me and at times I found it so enveloping that I couldn't wear it at all and I certainly had to be in the right frame of mind to be able to enjoy this fragrance. I suspect that the Obsession fragrance was one of the longest lasting bottles of perfume that I have owned, as it most often sat unloved and unworn amongst my collection of more favoured fragrances only to be over looked time and time again as I sprayed on more wearable fragrances instead. On those rare occasions when the fragrance seemed right for me, I did get a sense of its brilliance which allowed me to see why so many people love to wear the fragrance.
When Obsession was created it is reported that Calvin Klein didn't want to create a fragrance using an 'old fashioned recipe', he strove to create a fragrance that offered 'something direct, sensuous and provocative' as he felt that was the way in which he wanted to represent the way he felt about the modern female fragrance buyer. I feel that the fragrance certainly does have a very individual feel about it that at the time was new and different, however for me it has fallen massively out of favour. I feel Obsession can be far too difficult to wear most of the time and as such it isn't a fragrance I have bought recently, yet I have at times caught a glimpse of the fragrance that I enjoyed which is reflected in the product rating I have given it.
~The fragrance notes~
The fresh top notes ~ mandarin, bergamot, vanilla
The middle notes ~ exotic jasmine, orange blossom, sandalwood, vetiver and a blend of exotic spices
The strength giving base notes ~ warm amber, oakmoss, incense and musk
The floral oriental blend gives off a very bold and spiced yet feminine air that is both intense and enveloping at the same time. The fragrance can be worn lightly for day wear and needs no fragrance layering to enable it to last all day on the skin. Obsession can be sprayed on with wild abandon if you want to experience the fullness of it for evening wear ~ if you dare! Although I would lay off the hairspray if spraying Obsession on full and thick, as the fragrance has that kind of influence in it already and the two together would be far too much. I feel it takes a very brave woman to douse herself in Obsession and get away with it, as it can be far too over powering for many fragrance wearers and also to other people who may come within close proximity to the wearer if worn in this way.
~ The fragrance in the flesh ~
The Obsession fragrance uses a strong mix of florals combined with spices and vanilla to give off an interesting if all too powerful and enveloping scent when worn on the skin. First impressions are that this has a sharp opening tone that is further boosted by the use of mandarin and bergamot. I cannot say that I can sense either as individual influences as they work here as a team in Obsession. Although both mandarin and bergamot are most certainly included, I feel that the pairing does not give off the usual classic fresh citrusy summer time feel that I enjoy in some fragrances. In the Obsession EDP they are merely the opener to a strong and pungent fragrance that follows swiftly on .
I feel that very often Obsession is associated with this sharp and intense opening, followed by a warm and sweet vanilla scent set over an earthy yet spiced and peppery base. The fragrance seems to give off a very spicy feel that could even include nutmeg, as I certainly can smell that within Obsession, although it is not listed as an individual element in the fragrance. The fragrance is certainly not a young fresh scent by any means and it feels more like something an older woman might want to drench herself in, instead of her usual dose of Opium or Youth Dew as the sharper tones within Obsession would be a way to ring the changes yet still allow a familiar heady oriental cocktail to continue on the skin.
The overwhelming sensation I had when wearing the fragrance was that I could have just as easily sprayed on a little Elnett hairspray mixed with some vanilla essence and a sprinkling of spices including nutmeg as that would have given off a very similar effect on my skin. I found the over sharp and strong opening notes often ended up making me want to cough and sneeze, although to be fair that did die down after a short time (even so its not a very desirable way to experience a fragrance). The warmer spiced tones in the fragrance which had a brown sugared slightly sweetened feel to them, only went a small way towards making up for what was a too intense and over the top opening gambit and as such I never felt the fragrance truly suited my tastes.
The oriental feel of the fragrance is one that will suit those who loved these types of fragrances yet will most certainly put off those who prefer the more recent pretty pink girly florals we seem to be drowning in these days. The musky influence in Obsession ensures that the fragrance sticks like glue to the skin or any piece of clothing that the fragrance comes into contact with when freshly applied and the staying power or longevity of the fragrance is immense. I found that even a very small amount of Obsession spritzed on with the lightest of touches would remain with me for the whole day and as such I never attempted to try layering the fragrance, as it seemed powerful enough on its own and didn't need any extra help at all.
The fragrance bottle and box are simple and understated and they let the fragrance do most of the talking as far as I am concerned. The fragrance bottle has rounded and sculptured lines to it with the over all look being designed by Pierre Dinand. The inspiration for the bottle design came from indian prayer stones and the curved and rounded bottle shape are the designers take on a more modern and up to date interpretation of these. I feel that the bottle is easy to pick up and handle and its shape is smooth and easy to use.
The lid sits on top of the bottle and completes the shape of it, taking up at least the top 1/3 of the bottle. The bottle I had used a spray applicator and I found this worked well to allow me to use as much or as little of the fragrance that I wanted or needed to use. I didn't have any issues with the spray head becoming clogged or stuck and it worked perfectly well when I sprayed on some of the fragrance. The box that the fragrance came in was very simply finished and was really nothing special to look at, although I feel the lightly tinted and coloured box did match in well with the rich amber coloured liquid fragrance that sat invitingly in the bottle.
~The Price/ who will it suit? ~
In terms of price you can expect to pay from £24 plus for a reasonably sized bottle of Obsession with a 50ml bottle being sold widely at £38 yet often discounted at online stores to nearer the lower price range. As with any fragrance shopping around will produce better prices and sale periods will bring up the odd bargain buy or two. A 50ml bottle of the fragrance should last for a long time as you need only a very small amount of Obsession on the skin for it to last all day, so when thought of in those terms value for money seems fairly good.
Whilst this fragrance didn't really suit my tastes I can see that it has plenty to offer those who favour this type of fragrance and as such my rating has to reflect this. I feel that this certainly has a stand out fragrance that has been copied since its inception, yet has never been completely beaten by the new comers for its crown. I feel the fragrance is very bold and strong and makes a statement about the wearer. Obsession is often a fragrance that you either love or hate to be around and those who like it will certainly rate it highly. The fragrance is not going to suit the girly girls of the fragrance buying world, nor will it appeal to younger fragrance buyers. I feel Obsession may have a much wider appeal to more mature fragrance wearers, as those who like this kind of oriental musky and spiced type of fragrance will be a little more open to wearing and enjoying the enveloping effect that Obsession has.
To be fair I feel that the fragrance has to merit a minimum of a 3 star rating, as it does have some very interesting influences to it and comes across as being well blended with a style that is all its own. Other similar fragrances that I have tried include Dune which is less uncomfortable to wear on those 'mm I think I may be getting a headache' kinds of days, so if you like Dune you may find Obsession is one you will enjoy wearing. There is also a touch of the Shalimar scent about this fragrance and I feel that it may be worth sampling Obsession, (as it may be a fragrance that will suit your tastes) if Shalimar is a fragrance you have enjoyed.
I feel that whilst the fragrance is very individual I cannot rate it more highly as it never really suited my fragrance tastes nor did it truly sit comfortably when I wore it, due to the vanilla spiced hairspray scent it gave off. I would suggest that this is most certainly a fragrance to try before you buy and as such a quick trip to the fragrance counter will ensure that you know it suits you before parting with your cash to buy it. I would never buy a fragrance such as this one as a gift and as Obsession gets such differing reactions I feel its one best left to the wearer to decide upon after having sampled the fragrance for themselves.
** Calvin Klein Obsession - Eau de Parfum **
Calvin Richard Klein was born on November 19, 1942 in the Bronx in New York. He is an American fashion designer of Jewish descent. His name is the brand name which he and his childhood friend and business partner Barry Schwartz launched in 1968. He studied in New York at the Fashion Institute of Technology and received his bull in 1964. His underwear brand was in the eighties a bit hit, which was also had ads featuring nearly-naked models in exotic poses. The ads made stars of several models, including Kate Moss, Mark Wahlberg and Christy Turlington. When Calvin Klein Obsession perfume came on the market in 1985 it was an instant success. Eventually the founders Barry Schwartz and Calvin Klein sold in 2003 the company to the U.S. multinational company Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation.
In the spring of 1985 Calvin Klein came with his own perfume on the market. This perfume called Obsession is classified as a warm, refreshing scent with a powerful sensuality, made of oriental flowers. They used the aromas of mandarin, bergamot, vanilla, green notes, jasmine, orange blossom, sandalwood, coriander, marigold, basil, amber, oak moss, incense and musk. The composition of this perfume is one of the oriental fresh fragrance with fresh flavors. According to the manufacturer it is the ideal fragrance for women who are full of passion and sensuality. It is advised to wear this fragrance at romantic occasions.
The perfume comes in a simple clear glass vial. On the front you will find the product name and brand and that this is the eau de parfum to do. The bottle is closed with a silver spray and a wood like cap. You can get these in the sizes 30, 50 and 100ml.
I think this is a great perfume because the oriental smells have for a great preference. I think it's a lovely warm scent and it stays with you for a long time. With just one spray you can smell it still after an hour or five. Although this perfume is more than twenty-five years on the market, it is still one of the best selling fragrances from Calvin Klein. Next to the fragrance is also an body lotion and eau de toilette for sale. I bought the 100 for 45 pounds, a bit expensive but worth it.
Calvin Klein Obsession was launched in 1985 and is still going strong today, so it must be doing something right.
It comes in in a clear glass bottle with a brown plastic lid with a gold rim, it is close to a cylinder in shape but curved up at the top, it is a simply designed bottle with the words Obsession written on the top of the bottle in brown and Calvin Klein in the middle in the same colour. The perfume itself is an orange colour.
Now to the smells, the top notes in this perfume are Green, Mandarin Orange, Vanilla, Peach, Basil, Bergamo and lemon. The middle or heart notes are Spices, Coriander, Sandalwood, Orange blossom, Jasmine, Oakmoss, Cedar and Rose. The base notes are Amber, Musk, Civet, Vetiver and Incense.
When I first spray this fragrance on I get a very strong smell of what I can only describe as something similar to a Christmas cake and looking at the list of top notes it's easy to see why with all of the fruity smells not to mention the spices in the middle notes, you can however also pick out the vanilla which helps to soften it down a bit, this soon settles down (you won't walk round smelling of cake all day) to give way to a very strong, musky, spicy and even sexy fragrance.
You really don't need to spray on much because it is very intense in fact I find one squirt is enough, it has such great staying power I find that that will last me all day, so you will find your bottle will last you for ages making it good value for money.
The prices vary from about £13 to £38 depending on the size of the bottle.
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Calvin Klein: Obsession, Eau de Parfum
This is just another one of my perfumes from the set that I got last summer and I have reviewed three of the other perfumes from the set already (The eternity, eternity moment and the euphoria ones - see my previous reviews for more information on them). I like floral, fruity, sweet smells and this perfume is not really any of these.
Firstly the bottle on the picture is a bit different to mine as I have the miniature 10ml bottle which looks the same but like the bottle has just been squished down. I really don't like the bottle design, to me it looks old fashioned and boring... and its brown, which I don't like and its not the prettiest colour. And the perfume is an orange colour, I mean could the designers pick a worse colour combination that orange and deep brown!
It is a very musky/earthy/woody scent that I really don't like, as I like more floral scents and I really don't understand why this is a female scent as it is really masculine - so I don't know why this scent is for women....
It reminds me of my dads woodspice that you can buy from marks and spencers and I guess it would be nice for a guy scent but not a female perfume! The scent stays for most of the day (to my disappointment) and I guess if you like musky/earthy masculine scents then you will like this but I really don't I prefer more feminine floral/sweet/fruity scents.
I got this from a set so I don't know how much the miniature bottles are but the 30ml spray of this is available from www.thefragranceshop.co.uk for £26.50. But you could probably buy it cheaper from ebay.
*Mini bottles of perfume available so you can buy a cheaper version to see if you like it or not
*It is such a masculine scent - not feminine at all
*Way too overpowering for me
*Orange and brown bottle and perfume... really!
*Very woody/earthy/musky/spicy scent which I really don't like
*I don't see why it is a female perfume as it is not feminine at all
Thank you for reading my review
Obsession was the first bottle of expensive perfume I ever bought and 20 years later is it still one of my favourites. My sister has been responsible for introducing me to most of my perfumes as we share the same tastes. Having borrowed this a couple of times from her I decided I should buy some before I pushed my luck too far. I am a fan of quite heavy scents and so this is perfect for me. There is something very luxurious about the smell of this perfume, someone once told me it smelled like chocolate and vanilla mixed together. The scent is not overpowering and is not the type of perfume that once you have sprayed it on you have to wait a couple of hours for it to settled down to the smell you recognise and like. Unlike a lot of perfumes I own, this one lasts for ages on your skin. In fact, I have often sprayed it on first thing in the morning and can still smell it when I get into bed at night. The price is a little bit expensive but if you shop around you can get some excellent deals. It might not be to everyone taste but if you like heavy, warming smells I would recommend having a try next time you are passing a perfume counter.
Calvin Klein Obsession EDP For Her; is a refreshing, oriental, fragrance / It's fragrant nature explores essences of mandarin, bergamot and peach / Blended with notes of lemon, jasmine and oak moss, Obsession is recommended as a evening fragrance.