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    Question A question about Calvin Klein Obsession

    Hi there,

    Does anyone happen to know how many reformulations there have been of this fragrance?


    Also, how vintage would you say this bottle is? It certainly seems to have some differences from the current version.

    Any help would be greatly appreciatted.


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    Default Re: A question about Calvin Klein Obsession

    Looks 90s or early 00s.
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    Default Re: A question about Calvin Klein Obsession

    I have read that the gold band on the cap indicates an earlier formulation. Later ones don't have that.

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    Default Re: A question about Calvin Klein Obsession

    Quote Originally Posted by donna255 View Post
    Looks 90s or early 00s.
    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    I have read that the gold band on the cap indicates an earlier formulation. Later ones don't have that.
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    Default Re: A question about Calvin Klein Obsession

    It's definitely an older, pre-reformulated bottle

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    the vintage is in capitals.

    the reformulations are lower case.

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    Default Re: A question about Calvin Klein Obsession

    Quote Originally Posted by tiffingirl View Post
    It's definitely an older, pre-reformulated bottle
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by caj View Post
    the vintage is in capitals.

    the reformulations are lower case.
    That's a good tip to know! Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by morrison74 View Post
    That's a good tip to know! Thank you!
    it works on other CK brands, like Eternity for Men, etc.

    but some reformulations (I believe there have been several) are good as well. I tend to hit the Obsession for men vintage juice heavy, then throw some reformulated on top to get the missing top notes from the old bottle I have, it's a working solution...

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    Quote Originally Posted by caj View Post
    the vintage is in capitals.

    the reformulations are lower case.
    I'm not so sure about this, at least I've never seen a bottle with lower-case lettering. Do you have a pic? Here's a pic of the current stuff with the same lettering as the vintage. The gold band on the cap is the only tried-and-true method I know of spotting the old stuff, but I'd really like to know how to spot an older one by looking at just the box.

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    Default Re: A question about Calvin Klein Obsession

    A really good fragrance btw - one of CK's finest. I bought one for my then gf in the mid 90s. It looked exactly like the one in your pic.

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    Default Re: A question about Calvin Klein Obsession

    I loved Obsession then, and I love it now. I have both old and new, for men and women. I carry a mini in my purse as a mood lifter. I tend to use it on my wrists in the Jeep driving home from work, well when I did that. Now I just spritz it anytime I need a lift. I have so many scents, but Obsession is on my list of must always haves. I almost forgot about it for years, then refound it a couple of years ago and bought up more vintage and got out my old stuff, and bought some new. Also found 2 bottles for men at a thrift store. I love them all.

    That bottle looks mid 90's to me? But I am still just starting the research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    I'm not so sure about this, at least I've never seen a bottle with lower-case lettering. Do you have a pic? Here's a pic of the current stuff with the same lettering as the vintage. The gold band on the cap is the only tried-and-true method I know of spotting the old stuff, but I'd really like to know how to spot an older one by looking at just the box.
    the men's vintage has the "for men" displayed on bottle and box in this manner: "FOR MEN" under the OBSESSION name. The words, COLOGNE SPRAY, is in capitals. Newer iterations have "for men" under the name.

    the women's version, has "Perfume" instead of "eau de parfum" for the OG (original gangsta) juice.

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    Default Re: A question about Calvin Klein Obsession

    Found an even older looking bottle. Does anyone have any info about this one?


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    I had a little mini of that. I think it was a gift with purchase or something that my mother received, and she didn't care for it so I took it off her hands. I think mine was parfum, but I see your label is eau de parfum. It was really, reeeeaally good...that one, if it is the one that I had back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    I had a little mini of that. I think it was a gift with purchase or something that my mother received, and she didn't care for it so I took it off her hands. I think mine was parfum, but I see your label is eau de parfum. It was really, reeeeaally good...that one, if it is the one that I had back then.
    Thanks lilybelle! What year would that have been (approx)?
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    The lettering on the box changed sometime between 1992 and 1994. By '94, it had changed to lower case on the bottles.

    This doesn't necessarily mean it received a reformulation at that time but maybe they took as a chance to mess with the ingredients.

    I cannot imagine it was reformulated before then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caj View Post
    the vintage is in capitals.

    the reformulations are lower case.
    Slightly off topic but dis this also follow for Eternity for Men too?
    I've never seen a bottle or box with 'FOR MEN' written on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jason_newton View Post
    The lettering on the box changed sometime between 1992 and 1994. By '94, it had changed to lower case on the bottles.

    This doesn't necessarily mean it received a reformulation at that time but maybe they took as a chance to mess with the ingredients.

    I cannot imagine it was reformulated before then.

    Regards

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    Slightly off topic but dis this also follow for Eternity for Men too?
    I've never seen a bottle or box with 'FOR MEN' written on it.

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    just an observation of mine, it may be that the reformulations took place well after the lettering changes on the packaging, but it gives a rough and ready answer as to what is the prima facie au jus, over the doctored for complacency later on, lowered sandalwood and oak, whatever..

    there is a limit to how long the unkempt original sauce can last, my old bottle of first run is markedly different now, the bergamot or citrusy top all but lost in the time of unrefrigerated stowage.

    good luck in all travels

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