Sunday, May 14, 2006

Holy, Mother! Part V: Calvin Klein Obsession (1985)

#1) My favorite scent that Mom has worn in the last couple of decades is definitely a Calvin Klein oriental. Who knew it could smell so good? With rich velvety vanilla, creamy white petals, and sweet amber, this seemed to be a logical step after Shalimar and Must.

OBSESSION for Women by Calvin Klein

Notes: Mandarin, Bergamot, Vanillin, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Coriander, Tagette, Amber, Oakmoss.

Pros: Rich, sparkling, honeyed oriental.

Cons: May be a little too ambery and sweet for some.

Reminds me of: Patou Sublime; Must de Cartier

Where can I buy it? $35.89 for a 100ml edp tester spray at

The Bottom Line: Mom fell in love with this one in the late 90's, having admired it on other women. After Must came Obsession, and it's been nothing else since. Though I question the heaviness of a scent like Obsession being worn in 90F South Florida heat, Mom wears it and loves it and often complains that she can't smell it, "I wonder if this is a bad bottle...I can't smell it on me at all!" To which I have to reply, "You smell amazing, you always do."

Obsession - a groundbreaking ambery oriental with amazing longevity and sillage, though minimal development, interweaves white petals of jasmine and orange blossom with warm vanilla and sweet amber, and to me, this is the mother of all 80's power orientals, and my favorite of Mom's recent selections. Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

Rating (out of 10): 9

What is your favorite scent that Mom has worn through the years?


The Glitterati said...

My mom's signature scent is Chanel no. 19. I pick up testers of it in the stores and it reminds me so much of her! She also used to wear this Japanese scent... I have no idea what it was called. It came in a black satiny glass flacon that was reminescent of French mineral water bottles or potion flasks, and smelled green and woody and fruity.... ah well, I'm sure I'll recognize it if I smell it again one day!

Heather said...

I'm with Mom on this one Marlen - I couodn't keep a bottle for more than a month - I must have knocked people sideways I wore so much of it!


Justin said...

My mom has worn only one fragrance in the last 5 years, Vanilla Musk from Coty. And to be quite honest, it actually develops into a much richer scent for her than does Shalimar, Sensi or any other vanilla fragrance I have tried to get her to switch to. Hmmm, oddly, she gets more compliments on that fragrance than I have ever heard be given to a person. So, I figure, if it works, I might as well let her enjoy it. Besides, it wouldnt seem right having her smell like anything else now lol.

marlen said...

My mom got that bottle of Opium I reviewed earlier and wants to swap with me for some Must de Cartier pour Femme. She says she's ready to give up her Obsession and go back to her Must!