I've tried to like this EDP, but apparently, it does not work with my body chemistry. The coriander and oakmoss drown out the rest of the fragrance. But I can't give it a terrible rating, because it often smells great on other women, especially when they do not apply it with a garden hose. Moderation, ladies....
I have an enduring love for Obsession and I think it's one of the best fragrances in the world. Many fragrances have been inspired by Obsession, but none have achieved its individuality. This fragrance is pointedly feminine, and indirectly sexy. It doesn't scream "sex" but, instead, seduces. I wore this in the late 80s and I clearly remember shrugging my shoulders to get whiffs of it. It got compliments all the time then, and it gets compliments all the time now. I've noticed that neither Obsession nor Lou Lou inspire the instant recognition they once did, and I'm glad about this. I like hearing that I smell good rather than "Are you wearing Obsession?" Obsession, like Shalimar and Chanel No. 5, is romantically classy, and so absolutely pretty that nearly everyone can wear it. It does need to be applied with a light hand, though, or the powdery freshness goes away and a strong cologne-type smell emerges causing migraines. Obsession can be worn year-round, but it's best in cool weather. It's as comfortable with a little black dress as it is with jeans and a sweater. Top Notes: Mandarin, Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose, Orange Blossom. Middle Notes: Coriander, Geranium, Sandal. Base Notes: Vanilla, Amber, Incense, Vetiver, Oakmoss.
LOVE this fragrance, and always get stopped by people to find out what I'm wearing. . . .Will always wear this - as I try other perfumes, but always come back to this one. . . . .Guys love this scent. . . . . .
YECH! I know it is my body chemistry that does this, but this smells like I sprayed a can of Raid bug spray on! I will never try this again, And it is a shame since someone bought me a large gift set for my birthday. Gave it away the next day.
My roommate in college one year Always wore this perfume. I liked it on her so I tried it myself one day. After an hour, I had such a headache I had to leave class and go home and shower. And that was just one spritz on my arm. Now the thought of this perfume makes me sick. I can't stand it.
I have been using Obsession since 1989. And no, I don't wear stonewashed jeans and listen to hair bands, heh heh. I keep using Obsession because it works really well with my body's chemistry. I've tried all the classics: Chanel no. 5 (I smelled like old ladies), Joy de Jean Patou (I smelled like wealthy old ladies), Shalimar (waay too powdery on me), and countless others. Obsession comes on strong in the first 10 minutes, but it fades to a light, warm and sexy scent which lasts all day. I think the scent attracts men, because I've had several men (strangers and lovers) tell me I smell great. Funny, my mother doesn't like the smell of Obsession. I just tell her that I don't wear this perfume to attract middle-aged women! The men love it, but most importantly, I adore it.
Though this fragrance is older (it actually launched one year after I was born) I feel that it is by no means outdated. So many of my college friends wear the same fragrances because they are popular right now. There is nothing wrong with that, but I rather wear something that is unique. I love it during the winter/fall months because it offsets the warm, musky smell of the perfume making it smell even more inviting. It is rather strong, so I reccomend one spray per wrist. On me, it lasts for quite some time and dries down to smell spicy and warm. I have been told by friends that this is one of those scents that does not work for everyone, so please try it a few times before you purchase.
I love Obsession, but sometimes it is too overpowering. Obsession use to be the favorite of both my daughter and myself. After spending one hot summer day at the mall, we stopped at the cosmetic counter as we were leaving and we both sprayed on Obession. We got in the hot stuffy car and started for home. The Obsession and the hot car just didn't go together. We both became nauseous. We didn't wear Obession for a long time. I agree with another reviewer that it is more of a cold weather cologne. I still love it and wear it, even in the summer. It is one of my very favorites. It definitely is a cologne that needs to be worn aparingly, which makes it last longer anyway. I may try the lighter version when I repurchase Obsession, then again, I may just buy the original again. The fragrance definitely is a keeper.
For the first hour I LOVED this. Strangely enough, I had never tried it before, nor smelled it on anybody I knew. And since my interest has turned from soft florals to orientals and floral-orientals lately, I thought I would give it a go. At first whiff I thought: "Oh my goodness, this could be an HG." I stuck my wrist under DH's nose, but he wasn't really impressed, even though I told him Obsession is supposed to be a man magnet... :) Anyway, for the first hour it was awesome, oriental with flowers and spice and orange in it and very soft. But then it turned flat. The flowers and the orange were gone, and I was left with a dry caramel smell. Not unpleasant, but not really a perfume kind of smell either! I put some Youth Dew on my other wrist for comparison, since I thought they were similar to one another. Not so in direct comparison. And YD is sooo much better on my skin. So I'll pass on this one...
I think most women are "too trendy" with their taste in fragrances. They bash scents that are "70-80's" which is ridiculous because they themselves were once enamored with these scents. So you decided to change your direction, good for you, but don't criticize others who still enjoy and appreciate a sexy and unique scent. Obession isn't the best but it certainly isn't deserving of the "yuck factor" either. To me, Obession is alot sexier and attractive than smelling like a bowl of fruit, cotton candy, stepping out of a shower, or dryer. That's just my opinion...