Current Top Favorites:
1) DAVIDOFF Silver Shadow Private Blend
2) BOND No.9 New York Oud
3) LUBIN Idole de Lubin (eau de parfum)
4) MONT BLANC Legend Intense
5) CHARRIOL Eau de Parfum pour Homme
6) YSL L'Homme Parfum Intense
7) DIOR La Collection Privée - Ambre Nuit
8) SCENTSTORY 24 Gold
9) HERMES Voyage d'Hermès Parfum
10) LATTAFA Ameer Al Oudh
i have owned and enjoyed both but find them on a completely different scale...if i was pressed, i would pick varvatos...its a spicy,full, sexy scent that will garner many compliments...i like the fruit, spice, booze smell. Canali is leathery at the top and then smells just like canali otherwise...nice but nothing rave worthy..hope this helps!
Current Top 5:
Tabac, Cardinal, Brookes Brothers, Musc Kublai Khan, Andron
I have both, and consider them a bit different. Canali Black Diamond is sweeter and more powdery (its also an EDP), whereas varvatos is spicier. Both share the common fruit-leather-booze vein, like a bunch of george clooney's at a party. Black Diamond lasts a good while, though it is radically different at drydown than it is at first spray (at drydown it only retains a sweet, slight powderyness that resembles more of a skin scent)
. Canali Black Diamond is sweeter and more powdery (its also an EDP)
That is if the bottle you get is an EDP. It is also available as an EDT ( I'm pretty sure) and more common as EDT.
I have tried both and do own JV. I do not feel JV lasts very long on the skin. Mind you, I do have dry skin. CBD lasts longer on skin, has a nice Cool Water-esque opening and has a very nice dry down. Longevity is about 5 hours. Not good enough for me. JV on skin is less than that.
However, if you are able to wear JV on your clothing, like say an undershirt ( beneath a shirt), then the longevity is much better and I do get "wiffs" of it during my day. Very enjoyable that way.
JV is not perfect, sometimes ( when I over apply) it gets too sweet. But in moderation ( 3 or 4 sprays max) it is very nice. Opening of JV has a very nice creaminess to it and a date fruit note.
I'd go with JV, especially considering you like Obsession Night Men. But try both