Obsession by Calvin Klein Cologne Review

For this installment of my reviews of Calvin Klein colognes for men, we are going to hit the way back machine and take a look at Obsession, the classic CK scent from the 1980s. This is one of the scents which helped to put the designer’s fragrance line on the map and has been a very good seller ever since its release. Let’s take an opportunity to give this now classic fragrance an overview of what makes it so.

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Notes include: mandarin and spice, with low tones of musk, sandalwood and amber

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One of the first things that I have always noticed about Obsession is its warmth and  notes of spice. It is a rather complex and rich fragrance and unlike a scent such as Opium Pour Homme, its spice is less Oriental and more of a fragrant cinnamon bouquet. This scent is really interesting because it also has some fruity top notes like tangerine along with some more subdued floral notes which lend it an earthy or woodsy quality.

The warmth and the blend of herbal spice and florals lend credence to the fact that Obsession is a very nice cologne for the winter months. I think that anyone who says it doesn’t project well might be wearing it in the wrong climate, as I think that it hangs beautifully in the crisp and cold air. Its longevity is average in my opinion, though, it can become overpowering when over-sprayed and have a tendency to permeate from clothing or skin. It is a moderate cologne to the extent that it is used in moderation.

Overall, I still think that this is one of the top fragrances by Calvin Klein and is simply a classic. There does seem to be a different formulation though with newer bottles versus the older version, like its become a bit weaker. I don’t know what the deal with that is but this can still be a good pick up for the right guy. It is a mature fragrance for everyday wear and is also inexpensive, so those are some definite pluses that Obsession has going for it. On the other hand, some will feel that this cologne is strictly for the older set or has a dated vibe to it. I enjoy it quite a bit but it definitely isn’t a favorite.