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....
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.
This fragrance is spicy and woody and on my skin it lasts a long time.
After the initial citrus rind and root-beer blast (rather like Tabu), Obsession settles down into the warmest, most comforting sweet spicy amber. Friendlier than Shalimar, Youth Dew, or Opium, not as serious, it's the warm cuddly oriental perfume. As for me, this perfume is the Holy Mother of all oriental fragrances, so majestic, strong, intransigent... And I agree with you that the older version deeper in amber and vanilla tones, less green.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.In describing this scent, pretty much all has been said.Some find it dated, some too overwhelming or heavy, some even too manly, but for me this is warm, strong jet tender, alluring and sensual oriental, the one that can (in designers section) match with any of its competitors for the oriental throne.