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2005 at the North Sea
the following text will be more of a short narrative of my thoughts and feelings about Obsession and less of a detailed review - if you still feel like it, I hope you enjoy reading it!
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In the summer of 2005, my now 81-year-old grandma went on vacation with my sister and me for a week to Cuxhaven on the North Sea.
I was almost 11 at the time and my sister was almost 13. We shared a small holiday apartment near the sea with our grandma, my sister slept in bed with grandma, I slept on the sofa bed.
It was the last summer vacation before I started fifth grade - I was a little anxious the whole vacation due to the impending change of schools, but had lots of things planned with my friends beforehand during the vacation and also a birthday in a few days, which I was ever so excited about.
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My mother is a state-certified beautician and worked most of her life in a small, privately run perfumery - because of this profession (or vocation), it is not surprising that she used to bring fragrances for my father, and later for my stepfather, which she liked very much... found these with the present no favor, I was quickly on the spot and picked up the respective fragrance.
Shortly before the above-mentioned holiday, my mother brought home a small, 30ml bottle of "Obsession" (how this came at that time, I do not know - the fragrance liked (and liked) in any case neither my mother herself, nor my stepfather, so that this wandered pretty quickly to "the little Sebastian" in the nursery), and which I of course HAD to take on vacation - there was no way around it!
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With grandma on vacation we did many things together....
We went to the beach and in the water several times, of course, we went on a mudflat hike and rode in a horse-drawn carriage (with a smelly horse blanket over our legs) through the mudflats to a small island.
We went out to eat frequently and made dinner together at the apartment a few times. Of course, we also went into town once in a while, ate ice cream and strolled through the shops every now and then.
No matter what was planned for the day, I put 1... 2 spray Obsession on the neck and was accompanied all day by this sweet smell.
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To be honest, I have no idea what happened to that bottle after the holiday - I don't have a single memory of wearing the fragrance even once after that - but I always felt reminded when I saw the (to me, very beautiful) bottle with the golden contents sitting somewhere.
A few months ago I have looked through the offers of a perfumery and among other things this fragrance (and indeed a huge bottle at a ridiculous price) was advertised in it, which I then also bought directly for nostalgic reasons... and it will probably also remain with this aspect:
I have the fragrance in the colder months two... three times in my (work) everyday life applied and can not really make friends with him. Personally, I'm bothered by the strong tangerine-cinnamon combination, which wants to draw attention to itself directly after spraying (and which it also succeeds quite well).
However, I spray the fragrance still quite like times in the room or on my wrist - solely from the already described nostalgic aspects and my associated memories. Two things from our vacation at the time I remember directly when smelling this fragrance the strongest:
- several jars of seagull eggs (as a sweet in a screw-top jar with a little seagull figurine on it)
- my "Helmut Schmidt cap" (bought from grandma (and called so by her)), which I saw in the store at that time and absolutely wanted to have, because I was extremely fond of playing policeman and at that time the change from the green to the blue uniform was imminent.
For some years I live with in the house of my - now unfortunately quite ill and weakened - dear grandmother and I am very grateful for the wonderful time we had and have with her - but this fragrance will still be able to bring me to this time and to my grandmother, when this is no longer possible in reality - and so CK OBSESSION will probably forever be part of my personal "collection".
I'm going to venture into my mother's attic in a timely manner and see if I can find the hat and one of the empty seagull egg jars; maybe I'd put those somewhere along with the scent. ❤️
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Other, but also nostalgic, memories I associate with ZINO DAVIDOFF, COOL WATER and KTION MEN - maybe I'll write something about those sometime, too, maybe then with a decent review.
I hope I have nevertheless read with pleasure up to here and have not bored you thereby too much, then of course many thanks!