Not So Secretly Obsessed with Calvin Klein Secret Obsession Perfume

Published in: Fragrance, Product Reviews

Remember how in the 90s you couldn’t escape Beavis and Butthead? For the better part of a decade those two animated idiots were everywhere — MTV, late-night talk shows, t-shirts, TV commercials and Superbowl halftime shows. Well, somewhere along the path of my life I learned how to talk like Butthead, with his trademark lisp and laugh (“UH-huh-huh-huh”). Lucky me!


Now, whenever I say Secret Obsession, the name of Calvin Klein’s latest perfume, outside forces compel me to speak in Butthead’s voice: “Thee-cret ob-theshon.”

Alas, I fear I’m the only person alive who does this (please tell me I’m not).

But even if I am, I’m pretty sure I’m *not* the only person who likes this scent.

I was never a fan of old school Obsession for Her (too strong for me), but I ended up really liking Secret Obsession.

Like the name implies, the fragrance hides a secret. I detect several interesting and tasteful (tasty?), food-scented layers (WARNING: Avoid trying Secret Obsession on an empty stomach).

Warm and Spicy

On me, Secret Obsession starts off with a huge burst of cinnamon and clove. It hits like a ton of bricks but soon settles into a lovely baked amber that reminds me of a Parisian boulangerie. I feel like cocooning myself in a room with women baking bread early on a cold morning.

Hungry for More

Before long the top notes mellow, and a strong brown sugar emerges — not sickeningly sweet, though, because the spice keeps it in check. Later still, an unexpected twist as the brown sugar morphs into a scent that I can only describe as root beer hard candy — root beer in a good way, not like a walking can of Barq’s.

Flowers for the Lady

The food layers aren’t the only surprises Secret Obsession hides. Over the course of a few hours, the scent opens to reveal notes of rose, like my beloved Givenchy Very Irresistible.

What a great way to end this fragrance, and I love how the finale lingers for hours.

Calvin Klein Secret Obsession Eau de Parfum

Price: $55 for a 1.7-oz bottle
Use: A complex spicy floral fragrance
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A


I really dig the caramel glass bottle. Isn’t she cute? She makes me sort of wish a genie would pop out and make a few of my not-so-secret obsessions (hello, C. Bale) come true, LOL!

Ladies, I’m so glad this week is half over. Work has been kicking my ass. How are things going with you? Got any new thee-cret ob-theshons? πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Check out Bella Sugar’s exclusive interview with Eva Mendes, the lovely spokesmodel for Secret Obsession!

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So far, 26 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Asta says:

    I’m strictly in love with CK Euphoria right now, but I’ll check this out next time I’m at the mall.

  2. Karen says:

    Hi Asta,

    I like Euphoria, too, especially the lotion. Tis an excellent fall scent. πŸ™‚

  3. Marisol says:

    Get ready for this statement — I have never seen that perfume before. Gah!

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  4. BeautyTalk says:

    I’m having a CK moment! I just bought an adorable pair of CK booties today and here I thought Calvin Klein’s brand was totally dead.

    I’ve been MIA lately on my own blog and commenting on yours, but I definitely read everyday!

    I missed the blogging world πŸ™ and I’m so happy to be back!

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  5. Glosslizard says:

    Wow, seeing that in print, it’s a small step from Beavis to Sylvester the cat! “Thufferin’ thuccotash! It’s Thecret Obth-th-th-hethion!” πŸ˜€

    Haven’t tried that scent yet, but I’ll check it out soon, it sounds intriguing! I’ve been bringing out all my fave cool-weather scents (Vol de Nuit, Coco Mademoiselle, Spiriteuse Double Vanille…) but the weather keeps turning warm and foiling me! Curses! πŸ˜‰

  6. Eru says:

    Lol! My friends and I have been watching Beavis and Butthead lately, and we even spent a month talking like them πŸ˜€ so fun.
    My favorite CK fragrance will always be CK1, but I’ll check Secret Obsesion!

    Erus last blog post..Shiseido Perfect Smoothing Compact Foundation Review

  7. Dao says:

    You’re so funny! I want to hear your version of Butthead. Calvin Klein perfumes and I don’t mesh, they just smell really horrible on me. Euphoria smelled really stinky and I tried it once just to scrub it off as fast as I can. So I really don’t know about this one.

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  8. Almira says:

    Wow! Sounds like a delightfully dynamic sent.

    NO, you’re not the only one! Hahaha I loooved Beavis and Butthead (still pull out the DVDs). Mike Judge was a genius.

    But anyway, sometimes I talk like Butthead, too. Haha!

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  9. Almira says:

    IS, a genius. I made it sound like Mike died xDDD

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  10. yadiQ says:

    i am not a fan of it but then again i was hounded for 4 months working on the retouching of those bottles you guys think are so darn cute <> for their launch party here in NYC

    i was surrounded by the bottles and i accidentally dropped a bottle in my office – so not good – it reeked of strong perfume for days

    all that work and producing huge graphics for their launch party here in NYC totally sucked
    it all went to waste – the party was cancelled as eva mendes and guests arrived because the party was being held at a residential building and noone in the production company cared to check these details out – BAD JOB CK lol lol

    it was crazy and i think i resent the perfume for that – sorry secret obsession ! i am not your biggest fan

    fyi karen – i am rocking the smoky chanel quad and exceptionnel today ! i have received numerous compliments and i never receive compliments on my makeup lol ( except for my sweet assistant who always love what i wear on my face no matter what !)

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    It’s pretty new. I smelled it a few weeks ago and there were samples all over the place at Passport last week. Eva Mendez is the spokes person for it and her half nekkid picture is all over the place…

  12. Karen says:

    Hi BeautyTalk,

    Welcome back!

    OoOooO, what do your shoes look like?

    I am also liking what CK’s been rolling out lately, especially their outerwear.

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Yeah, or Elmer J. Fudd! πŸ™‚

    Here is something fun to do when you’re bored: sing the song Eternal Flame by the Bangles and pretend you are Elmer J. Fudd. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Eru,

    Isn’t it a random show? My brother would force me to watch it, and in the beginning I totally hated it, but it grew on me after a while.

    CK1! I love that one… I rocked that in the early 90s!

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    My version of Butthead is pretty good, LOL. For some reason, I could never perfect Beavis…

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Almira,

    Yay! I am glad to know I am not the only one compelled to talk like Butthead. It *really* comes out when I talk to my little brother on the phone, LOL.

  17. Karen says:

    Hi YadiQ,

    Girrrrl… just be glad that the bottle that broke in your office wasn’t Jessica Simpson’s. That happened in my home office and even the cat refused to enter the room.

    And yay for your Chanel quad! I might bust that one out today if I can get it together soon, LOL. I am *not* a morning person.

  18. Yes, I too am loving the Secret Obsession. It’s my new favorite pushing aside Chanel #5.

    My husband doesn’t like it though…. says it’s “too dry”. ??? He’d like it if I smelled like a fruit salad. Raspberry, strawberry, melon, etc Weirdo… lol

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  19. lexi says:

    hi K,

    I was a huge fan of Obsession in the late 80’s – I couldn’t wear enough of it – like the guys that drowned themselves in Drakkar Noir – well that was me with Obsession. I haven’t taken a whiff of this yet but yes, I love the bottle. A few years back I was Obsessed with another favorite classic Calvin scent, Eternity. Like all the Pinays in high school in the early 90’s, I wore this hardcore – I wasn’t a fan of Liz Clairborne scents (the other tried and true Pinay scent). Thinking back I wore all of the Calvin scents in my past…Escape and also Contradiction.

    I’ll have to check this out because right now I’m not so secretly obsessed with Fresh scents – Fig and Apricot and Mangosteen lotion or Jo Malone’s Nectarine Blossom and Honey.

    Happy Thursday!

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Lexi,

    You just made me take a trip down memory lane! I swear all the guys in the East Bay practically bathed in Drakkar Noir every morning.

    During the early 90s I carried my Liz Clairborne purse with me everywhere. Dang that thing was impractical. It was round, like a plate, and I couldn’t fit anything of real use in it. I never wore LC perfume, but I can remember how right after lunch time, the classroom would reek of Liz Clairborne and aqua net hairspray, LOL!

  21. lexi says:

    ha – how could I forget Aqua Net? I remember being a fan of Finesse hairspray more for the scent vs. it’s staying power…ha, remember LA Looks hair gel?

  22. Glosslizard says:

    OMG! I need to host a Looney Tunes kareoke night! How ’bout Tweet singing “Devil With a Blue Dress On”?

  23. Glosslizard says:

    Ha, I mean Tweety, not “Tweet”! πŸ˜›

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Lexi,

    Oh yeah! You know, LA Looks is *good gel*! Especially for wavy hair. From what I recall it has no silicones.

    I loved Finesse hairspray. My favorite though, was St. Ives pump spray in the purple bottle.

    Now I have to go and listen to some Hammer and Salt n’ Pepa…

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Hee! That would be funny. I claim “Eternal Flame”.

  26. Nederland says:

    This has become my signature scent and everywhere I go I have both men AND women walking by me and saying “mmmm… you smell GOOD!” I swear I wonder if this has phermones in it? Some of the men are like little puppies with their tails wagging!
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