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 £19.50 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.
Obsession Night For Men by Calvin Klein, 2005
Rated #445 in Fragrances
A dry dusty sweet smell. fairly pleasant - it's OK only.
Yet another sub-Armani Code fragrance for the fellas. I also think it's better than much of Calvin Klein's current roster, but that isn't saying much. If you liked Code and Attitude but not their prices, this presents a more affordable alternative.
I didn't like at all original Obsession so that's probably why I didn't try this Night version until this autumn. An interesting, modern & gentle fragrance that starts off with a sweat pear/cardamom blast and a dash of bitter-herbal feel (grapefruit/artemisia) that dives slowly in the next 20-30min. in an oriental combination of woody-spicy notes...nutmeg, vanilla and patchouli all reported present here...very nice, perfect for a night out in the summer-fall or a cold rainy day. Good longevity (5-8 hrs.), average projection. Glad I didn't pass by it. My rank 8.5/10.
The samples that i've used were sharp and spicy. Very masculine, peppery. When I bought a big bottle it started to feel really synthetic, especially the leather in it. Don't know why the original samples seemed to work so well. This fragrance had a big potential. The female version is actually better! It's not bad, still kinda unique.
I agree, it reminds a bit Tom Ford Black Orchid, a moody, melancholy and less boaster kind of it i mean, and is another scent comparatively with the Classic Obsession, more romantic and distinguished. It's dark and a bit mystic. It features mainly the suade-pear spicy accord . The fruity starting reminds a bit the flavour of cooked spicy pears, a taste coming back from the abysses of my childhood. It's a dry fruity accord which joins itself with the strange heart of Black suade exuding a sort of mellow kind of smell of violet leaves. The earthy, smooth, vanilla, woody base surrounds with warmth the fruity-leathery spicy accord. It's an interesting fragrance which projects mystery and a sense of pain in the air.
Ive been trying to figure out Obsession Night. I keep looking for some reason why it would be named Obsession. The original Obsessions were creative and trend setting fragrances. They held sway for years and are still popular still respected classics. Obsession Night for Men is a generic, uninspired, fragrance- by- formula. Thats not to say that this is a bad scent: it isnt; its quite good in its generic way. Its probably the best fragrance that Calvin Klein has come out with in a decade. Its opening fruit / spice accords are quite well balanced none of the syrupy sweet, not of the synthetics of the usual run of CK scents of recent years. The accords have balance and a bit of dramatic tension. The middle notes are so attractive they are close to being enchanting: That black suede (whatever that is) note along with the discreet nutmeg and the smooth musk is an ingenious accord I love it. And the dry down is adequate + +. But its no Obsession its not even related to Obsession; it is simply the product extension of the popular Obsession name in name only. This scent, as generic as it is, is good enough in the mass market to have been given its own name, without the misplaced desperation of product extension. I can see somewhat of a relation of Obsession Night to Tom Ford's Black Orchid. I don't find the relationship very strong because I like this one very much and I find Black Orchid quite annoying. But I don't think Obsession Night should be criticized because of the relationship: after all, Obsession Night was introduced a year before Black Orchid was.
Tom Ford Black Orchid
Even tough i usually cannot stand CK fragrances with the exception of the superb all-time classic Eternity for men, being more a fan of much more classical, basic or dandified scents, there is something about Obsession Night that fascinates me. It has style, smoothness and a certain combination between mainstream appeal and sophistication- something highly unlikely like someone trying to be original and still fitting into contemporary fashion trends. Besides the notes listed before i seem to sense even a slight note of blue cedar in this one, quite similar to Eau de cedre bleu by Yves Rocher, which is more affordable than this, but shares the same unusual and exquisite woody note. Of course, the suede element is also pleasant as there are watery notes, the latter exhaling a crisp and mellow smell which suits almost any age group and even both genders of wearers. Besides Eau de cedre bleu, I'd compare this one to Joop Nightflight, even the more precious Endymion or some aquatic Boss scents, in particular Elements Aqua, for reasons which i feel very intensely yet cannot express very logically and properly a this moment, as the memory and the associations of scents are often very nondescript.
As many others have stated, this has nothing to do with Obsession for Men (other than the fact that they are both oily orientals). It's a completely different fragrance, and different concept and end-result. As SirSlarty stated, it shouldn't have been marketed as a flanker. Obsession Night opens with an oily coconut accord, and a hint of pear. It's smooth, subtle, and seems distinctly "wet" to me. The coconut accord becomes somewhat subdued in the base, however, and at this point I smell suede, vanilla, and an earthy patchouli. Unlike the original Obsession for Men, this one has almost non-existent sillage. Longevity is average to below average. Again, quite the opposite of the original Obsession. I have to admit this is a unique fragrance, even though it didn't do much for me.
Obsession Night For Men by Calvin Klein, 2005
By: Calvin Klein
|Top Notes||Pear, Cardamom|
|Middle Notes||Black Suede|
|Base Notes||Vetiver, Patchouli, Vanilla|
|Bottle Designer||Pierre Dinand|
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