My boss wore this for a while after finishing a whole bottle of Eternity that sat on his desk. A sweet, syrupy concoction with something vaguely spicy, smells cheap. His wife asked him to throw it in the bin a week after he had been clearing whole floors with it and she got him another bottle of Eternity. We were all releieved she got rid of this, but Eternity is not much of an improvement.
It reminds me a lot of the guys wearing a suit in the Wall Street area, somewhat formal. Very masculine and timeless.
The perfect powerhouse 1980s scent for men. Spicy, slick "oriental" cologne that is both professional and sophisticated. Forget the 80's, too- this one endures.
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.
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.