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I have maybe 15 ml left of pre-reformulated / vintage Obsession, and also the new one (batch says: 2015).The contemporary version is a bit lighter and greener in the opening, the central stage of developent is a little less dark, the smoke is less thick and dense (but it is still very much here), and deep ambery-vanilla drydown is as strikingly beautiful as in the vintage version, maybe just a little more descrete.Some of them are watery nothings, but Obsession, that was a hit. It belongs up there with the blockbusters of the 80's and early 90's: Opium, Poison, Giorgio, Rumba. regardless of the reason, this is my new Fall favorite... To my nose this is warm freshly baked cinnamon rolls with, inexplicably, aromas of rose and oud.I layered this with a rose oud body butter and was in heaven! it also reminds me of Alien Essence Absolue, but is strong where Absolue was weak on my skin.I bought this again a few days ago and I must say I don't understand the complaints about the reforrmulation... I think I wore it because my best friend did, and she wore it because her older sister did. Then I spent many years with NO PERFUME (the horror) and out of the blue I asked for Fantasy for Xmas. ) Fantasy snow-balled into a full on, gourmand obsession... (not always a vintage concentration, but perfumes that have been around forever and smell like a different era) After buying Youth Dew and Tabu (both of which I wrote off and regret now. Hate it, and I hate that many never got to smell the original and call this atrocity wonderful. Unbeatable in sillage and longevity for me, Obsession, I spray on my bathrobe and I can still smell it 2 weeks later, I love the scent, but if you don't...would be very trying....the green note disappears after five minutes and the Obsession DNA is still strong and powerful, but also sweet and warm, exactly as I remember it... I became obsessed with candy, sweet, foodie, yummy gourmands. Both scents need WINTER to come alive/get sweet/smooth... This is a spicy sweet chai masala, its Christmasy and also like a hot cross bun! First time I smelled obsession was on my aunt back in 1986.I get compliments on Obsession all the time, it lasts from morning until evening, and it's very inexpensive. ) It was thick and sweet, but spicy, musky, and incensey. The original was a deep,rich, luscious, creamy vanilla caramel clove and lasted for days.
I am almost sure that younger Fragranticians, or those who missed the opportunity to get acquainted with Obsession at the peak of its popularity will find this version full and really rich. I wear it from deep autumn until the end of the winter. Its a sex bomb, but it can also be as comforting as a chai tea and smells like Christmas. I think it always will be, not because I am sentimental about it, but because it's good. I love it too but the reformulation rather ruined it.
I found that in small amounts, it blooms into a really nice, powdery vanilla amber that is not at all the monster I turned it into that day. This is Calvin Klein's darling muse, his oriental masterpiece which rubs shoulders with Habinata, Coco, Opium and Ambre Fetiche and is a queen in her own right.
Thankyou Obessession for the most blissfull olfactory experience.
I picked up and continuously sprayed a copious amount of nearby Obsession in the air, enough to create a veritable mushroom cloud of heavy-hitting perfume, and strolled through it. A part of me felt like a real *lady*, another part of me was quite nauseous. I bought a vintage splash bottle last year and I have never regretted it.
I have avoided Obsession since then, the sight of it always brought waves of phantom nausea and tremors of embarrassment. Recently, ever so delicately, I have revisited Obsession. Obession is so beautiful, timeless and intoxicating, that I loook foward to the cooler weather where I can experience it's ambery, powdery, woody, spicyness all over again.