When I think of Obsession For Men, I think of the number "0", both because of the shape of its bottle and the fact that I get almost zero enjoyment out of this scent. I've owned a bottle for a couple of years now, and no matter how hard I try and how many times I wear it, I feel nothing for this fragrance. It's not terrible, but it's not particularly good either. I initially liked it, but I've grown indifferent to it over time.
Obsession For Men was a big hit in the Eighties, but even then it was nothing spectacular. I think it smells like a flat, watered down and sweet version of Opium or Cinnabar for women, both of which came before and are a lot better than this. It should be simply called "All-Purpose Oriental", because it smells like a boring, generic mishmash of every cinnamon and amber based perfume that's been popular since the release of Shalimar. Take Opium, Cinnabar, Shalimar, JHL and Catalyst For Men, pour them all into a barrel, add more amber, benzoin and vanilla, stir up the whole stew, and you've got Obsession For Men. It's less than the sum of its parts.
It's heavy, syrupy and sweet, with a very harsh, synthetic smelling cinnamon 'n spice opening. I like spicy fragrances, but this is just an annoying, heady mess. Once all the spices tone down, you get a yawn-inducing slog of vanilla/benzoin/amber in the drydown. It's a run-of-the-mill sweet oriental drydown you've smelled a million times before.
The overall fragrance is crude and poorly blended, adding to its annoying character. Crudeness can be a virtue in some powerhouse fragrances (e.g., Quorum, Arrogance Pour Homme, etc.), but not with orientals. A good oriental should be smooth, warm, sultry, alluring and exotic. Obsession For Men, on the other hand, smells cheap, heavy-handed and irritating. It's like the Gilbert Gottfried of oriental fragrances.
MY RATING: 5/10
Fragrance House: Calvin Klein