I never smelt the original, so had no preconceived notions when giving this a go for the first time. But this flanker is actually very nice IMO.
Pear and suede with vanilla are mostly what I got when wearing it....longevity was surprisingly above average for me(especially so when sprayed on clothing)but projection was a bit lacking.
Scent is somewhat light/airy and transparent due to the pear note, but still maintains a slightly darker side because of the suede and patch base. Some say they get a "coconut" smell from this. I wished I did, but sadly not to me.:/ Still...it's a nice and unique discontinued scent, that can be found around $20-25 for a 4oz bottle as I type this.
The pear-cardamom opening is pleasant albeit very straightforward yet not without some originality. The drydown has hints of mild freshness, with a very soft patchouli evolving into a vanilla base. Synthetic but quite well done. Good silage, excellent projection and over twelve hours of longevity - this very good performance has it - just - achieve a positive rating.
Nothing like the original which I felt was too powdery. This is far better than the original IMO. It has some projection to it, just the right amount that I like, lasts around 6-8 hours on me before it really starts to fade away. A unique acquired scent. I wouldn't recommend buying this blind for this reason. I wouldn't pay more than 30 bucks for the 4.0 oz. bottle though.
Not a bad scent. Not a good one either. Longevity is very weak. Synthetic, generic explosion.
Ahh wel it was sold today for 15 euro! and its a big 4.2 bottle and well uhmmm i was like...can't let this one go..you can come into my fragrance cabinet as well buddy! :-)
I did always hesitated this one as i tested this sniffing it from the cap.
To my nose it was a very synthetic and cloying sweet combo (from the spraycap) but on skin this one enters in 10 minutes a smooth warm combo of pear and vanilla indeed almost smellig COCO-JAMBO-COCONUTTS.
Its not projecting hard? as i suspected and guessed this would be a sillage monster but i was wrong? this one enters the close to skin range very quick
But hey it smells so familiar?
You know what i smell?
Marc Jacobs men!
Its the toned down version!! i smell fig leaves.
If you like this you will def. appreciate Marc Jacobs Men!
I need both on my wrists to compare but im sure it has much in common!
Im happy i did buy it and i will dress up soon wearing this (20plus sprays to get my own sillage throughout the day/night)
Pros: unique sweet, distinct
Cons: Can be cloying"
The original Obsession is a classic. Some people don't like it, fair enough, but it's still a bona fide 80's classic.
This 2005 flanker... not so much.
The opening is a really quite cheap synthetic mess. Bad enough for me to almost write this one off as a terrible blind buy, even at the very reasonable ú19.50 I paid for a huge 125ml edt bottle.
Give it 45 mins or an hour though and it does improve. The main note is musk but there is a definite hint of fruit (the general consensus is pear) and vanilla. It's quite spicy as well and I can definitely pick out a hint of coconut.
I'd say that basically it's a mixture of Morgans Spiced Rum (or maybe Bacardi spice) mixed with some coconut sun-tan oil, a bit of pear and a lot of musk.
A thumbs up but only if you can get it for a decent price as to be honest it's quite average although the dry down is nice.