Well, your description of Reaction sounds like something I would like at least if you removed the green apples... But having tested other Kenneth Cole scents I find it hard to believe that I would appreciate anything they do
Anyway, I'm a bit like that with my Himalaya. I think it is nice and all (I used to love it to bits) but after I've had it on for a while it reminds me of that unspecified 'cologne smell', the generic ones you know... But my girlfriend absolutely loves it, one of her favorites on me (Daim Blond and Odeur 53 works good on her as well), so I continue to use it at work and around her, but I always feel a liiitle but awkward when doing it, not entirely relaxed.
What make me think other people appreciate these synthetic or generic smelling frags is that they are a twist to something they already know, and the familiar is always appreciated by most, just look at how many seem to die for Aqua di Gio or common Boss frags... It is just like when people go to a club and dance. They don't really want to hear the freshest electro house track Tweak from Felix da Housecat, but something they are familiar with and recognize (say Hey Boy Hey Girl with Chemical Brothers).