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?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Check out Bella Sugar’s exclusive interview with Eva Mendes, the lovely spokesmodel for Secret Obsession!