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Obsessed for Men (2017)
by Calvin Klein

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Year of Launch2017
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
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People and companies

HouseCalvin Klein
PerfumerIlias Ermenidis
PerfumerChristophe Raynaud
SupplierFirmenich
Creative DirectorRaf Simons
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige

About Obsessed for Men

Obsessed for Men is a masculine fragrance by Calvin Klein. The scent was launched in 2017 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Christophe Raynaud and Ilias Ermenidis

Obsessed for Men fragrance notes

Reviews of Obsessed for Men

The concept both aesthetically and compositionally for either Obssessed scent is rather interesting: It isn't a reworking of Obsession for the relevant sex, but rather a deliberately nostalgic and "faded" recollection of the opposite sex wearing their version of Obsession. Each scent takes what is believed by Calvin Klein (and their perfumers) to be the most distinguishing accords of the final drydown found on the skin of somebody wearing Obsession for the opposite sex, and subverts it; in this instance, the rich vanilla accord of the feminine Obsession Calvin Klein (1985) is "blackened" to form the core of Obssessed for Men (2017). Christophe Raynaud of Paco Rabanne 1 Million (2008) and Ilias Ermenidis of Jay Z Gold (2013) were teamed, so that's a pretty strong indication of where this is going. Three times must also be a charm for Calvin Klein, as this is the first non-freshie masculine since they started making them again that actually smells well-thought and distinctive. I don't get focus group thinking here, just a drop of nostalgia and mostly conventional modernism. Yeah, the "Kleinisms" are in full force here, so the fragrance note pyramid is really just suggestive of the ingredients, but who cares? This is actually rather nice, but with a few caveats. This is an oriental, but more like the "blond" orientals the perfumers listed here are known for, so no heavy spices, fatty, or woody elements are really to be had here. Secondly, this is still much more generalist than the original Obsession, but by now we've guessed that CK has to please both a generalist audience and it's shareholder overlords so this is about as modern mid-tier designer as it gets.

Obsessed for Men starts with grapefruit and two kinds of pepper, being Sichuan and Black, but damn if I can tell. The opening is ironically not as piquant as that description makes it sound, with "cedar leaves" from CK fragrances past making a return with loads of labadum and "blonde leather". Whatever these captives are, they lend a semi-syrupy body that sits between the warm blood orange of 1 Million and the blueberry shimmer of Jay Z Gold. Obsessed for Men feels like an amalgam of what made those two gourmand scents distinguished in this mid phase, but in oriental form, for better or worse. A sort of strong juniper berry ghost note conjures in the transition to the base, where patchouli, the "blackened" vanilla, and a metric ton of ambroxan live, giving this the relevant tie-in to competitors like Dior Sauvage (2015), Gentleman Givenchy (2017), or even Bleu de Chanel (2010). Obsessed certainly dials in for the younger man that has never smelled nor would enjoy the rounded spice melange of Obsession, but at the same time, tries to pull the older CK fan of that scent into the future with something modern but more relatable; Obsessed is rich like Obsession, but it's sweetness comes from an entirely different place. Obsessed looks back on Obsession rather than trying to replace it, and is more of the "if we were to do this now" rather than "lets update this" like many things that share a name with an older legendary fragrance. Grapefruit, pepper, leathery synthetics, ghost juniper, and vanilla ambroxan is the core experience; this is a stark and sweet modern oriental that rightly gets called "Smarties" or "Sweet Tarts" by nay-sayers but ends up rounding out at the end. What I like most about Obsessed is it avoids the scratchy and dry woods finish that most ambroxan-fueled scents tend to have, and I feel this has a lot to do with the overall "sweet oriental" theme of the scent adding the vanilla, labadnum, and juniper-like ambiance in just the right places to avoid that end.

I see Obsessed itself as a pale ghost of Obsession, a "bleaching" of it's natural elements, calcification of it's synthetic elements, and sent back out into the world to haunt a new generation that will likely use this as a club scent. Old die-hard Obsession fans or staunch vintage hardliners will not take kindly to this, but it's not for them. This is for the folks who enjoy the current crop and folks without narrowly-defined tastes that might keep them from liking a scent that literally lists all of three natural notes amidst chemistry wonders. Evidently Obssessed did well enough to earn flankers already, and it's "pale oriental" composition is novel enough to earn a thumbs up from me, as I enjoy it's grapefruit/pepper/leather/aromachems cyber-bouquet. It's a lighter and less party-hard alternative to 1 Million, and just office-safe enough that it can be worn on casual Fridays, but definitely has no formal legs to stand on. If judged as the "Obsession as it would be if done today", it really is neither a success nor a failure, just an honest statement about the state of mainstream designer perfumery itself, but as a scent meant to wax nostalgia, it fails on most accounts except packaging and marketing. For a lighter sweet oriental that doesn't stifle in warmer air, this is as good as one is liable to find in this tier of perfumery, and a Hell of a sight better than most in this class, which is where it eventually succeeds to me. Fair warning: this is every bit as much of a sillage monster as Obsession and will last all day. The 80's glory days of Calvin Klein may never be seen again, but the motivational spirit behind Obssessed for Men shows promise for a house that has been too muddled for too long. I hope this is the path the line continues to take, or Calvin Klein moreover, because if it is, they still might have a shot at redemption among more-relaxed hobbyists. Well done.
31st May, 2018 (last edited: 30th June, 2018)
An interesting retake on the Obsession mystique, though smelling more like Eternity Now than the original Obsession.

Obsessed comes across as resembling Sweet Tarts candy and tangy floor cleaner. The list of notes are quite compelling to read, yet the result is a somewhat pedestrian aromatic citrus scent more fit for younger wearers.

A daring inclusion in the Calvin Klein collection, but a bit average and meh.
06th March, 2018
Sweet, harsh, fruity opening, reminds me a little of Eternity Now. Synthetic and mass-appealing. You've smelled it before and it probably didn't impress you then either. About an hour in, I start to get hints of cardamom even though that's not a listed note on BN. I enjoy the drydown way more than the opening, but both are very common in modern scents.

Projection seems at least average, maybe better than that. Lasts about 6-7 hours.
27th February, 2018
This was a thumbs down for me initially: did not smell like a modern, updated Obsession and it had a lifeless thin quality to it with a weak, feminine floral bent.

Then...I oversprayed and really let it come alive. This is essentially a poor man's Creed Royal Mayfair.
They ar enot the same, but hear me out: they are both new age masculine florals that really are feminine but through the magic of aromachems (ambrox super in this case) deepens and finally starts leaning masculine as it dries.

So, for the new type of man, millenial perhaps, but one that is less concerned about being labelled as masculine or feminine, Obsessed is your jus.
25th February, 2018
I was so excited to hear about this launch, as Obsession for Men is one of my all time favorites. Obsession for Men was a blockbuster in its day, and I thought that an update could be really interesting. Boy was I wrong. What a disappointment. Citrusy, fruity, yuck. Not one note in this resembles anything even remotely close to the original. It smells like every other cheap, mass produced, so called "prestige" fragrance on the market. It's no wonder all the better stores have dumped these brands in favor of niche brands. This should retail in a drug store for no more than $5.00. The creators should be ashamed of themselves. Sorry if I am harsh, it had to be said.
03rd August, 2017

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