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Obsession for Men (1986)
by Calvin Klein

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Obsession for Men information

Year of Launch1986
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 737 votes)

People and companies

HouseCalvin Klein
PerfumerBob Slattery
PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchMinnetonka

About Obsession for Men

When Calvin Klein transformed his female Obsession into a unique fragrance for men, he created a popular classic. The fragrance is potent, powerful and intensely provocative with a blend of Bergamot, Lavender, Amber and Musk.

Obsession for Men fragrance notes

Reviews of Obsession for Men

Very nice. Spicy cinnamon, with a citrus freshness at the start that wears off after half an hour or so. The cinnamon stays the whole way through, with vanilla coming through later. Yes it's dated, but it's a good scent. I have Chanel Égoïste too, which is better (Chanel usually is) if you like cinnamon, but I still bought a bottle of Obsession and I can't imagine not owning it now. It's not "great" but it's very pleasant and one of those scents you end up wearing a lot, without really intending to. I'd wear this as a safe evening scent for any civilised social occasion. I can imagine an evening foursome, two smart forty or fifty somethings for drinks in a classy bar then a nice meal and warm, genuine conversation. If you spray it on at 7pm before you leave home, it'll still be going strong at 11 when you leave the restaurant and say your goodbyes to your friends. Not really warm-sexy for me like Égoïste is, but warm-friendly, and what's wrong with that? Nothing, that's why I bought it.
August 2015
29th August, 2015
When most successful scents for women engender a "for men" derivative, the formulas bear no resemblance one to the other.

With the creamy oriental, Obsession, this is not the case. It's version for men begins just as voluptuously as a fruity floral. It is given more weight however than the version for women, by the addition of spices (Coriander, Clove, Sage), resins (Patchouli, Myrrh) and a dry lavender/sage combination.

This grounds Obsession in a slightly darker, more sober take on the fruity floral. The dry down is a warm vanilla/amber/sandalwood combo that is as masculine as it is unisex.

A very nice take on the original that still manages to be true to it.
Both Obsession and Obsession for men are highly recommended.
17th June, 2015
Salutation.

If ladies,as per the classic ads for feminine OBSESSION,are addicted to CK,Gentleman needed the conterbalancing fragrance to make them as appetising and irresistible to the other sex as the female version did to the ladies.CK didn't turn them down as in 1986 this designer offered them a heady Oriental-Woody reminiscent of the east and its men,not afraid to venture into aromatic dens of dubious reputation.Seductive,Warm, Strong,Classic, Voloptuous,Glamorous,Rich,Erogenous, Magnetic and Intensely Oriental-Woody scent.

Clean bergamot,spicy cinanamon and soft jasmine over a rich base of vanilla,patchouli,vetiver,amber and musk makes an wonderful scent for the confident man who leaves a trail of his allure behind to the mesmerizing of anyone catching it,be it Night. OBSESSION with this formula is the sign of masculine elegance and strength and everything about it speaks of dignity and deep pleasure.it is one of the best male fragrances by CK indeed.

This EDT is very oriental,strong yet in a way that is not unpleasant.long lasting with superb dry down.A perfect blend to wear during special occasions or evening outings.This fragrance will separate you as a man among boys so only a child or a faint hearted are not impress with it.Suitable for Winter weather. Anyway if you are looking for a perfect oriental fragrance OBSESSION might be one of the best choices.

Sillage?Impressive.

Longevity?Great on my skin.

7.5/10
13th May, 2015
Ahhh, the memories.

1987, high school graduation, trying to impress girls and wanting to smell mature and sophisticated. Back then, that all added up to Obsession for Men.

A great scent then, and still smells just as I recall. I will spray this on when I see a open tester somewhere just for the memories. I can't see me wearing this one again now, but it's one that I may come back to later in life as it seems as ubiquitous as a gallon of milk at a grocery store.

To me, this is the original combination of scent notes that launched an army of copies in the 80's. A classic.
13th February, 2015
Is it perhaps dated? Certainly, but so is Old Spice and many others popular today.

Is it awesome? Absolutely.
09th February, 2015
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United States
Immortalized in song by The World's Greatest Entertainer: Doug E. Fresh
"My body tone is like a throne....wearing Calvin Klein Obsession cologne!"
22nd January, 2015 (last edited: 02nd February, 2015)

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