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I think Calyx is really a green floral chypre, with fruity notes. Sophia Grossman described Calyx in a September 9, 1992 article in Women’s Wear Daily:
"It was very crazy, very wild and it opened a whole new category of fragrances," she said. "The company requested something sparkling, exhilarating and new...Calyx is my most expressive fragrance," she said. "It showed another side of me. Sometimes when I feel lousy I spray it on and I perk up immediately."
To achieve that exhilarating new feeling, Grossman used a brand new fruity compound from IFF, which created an accord of ripeness that just teeters on the border of boozy when mixed with the yellow citrus, the green, and the orange tropical notes she included in the opening. This lush accord is almost sharp with a metallic edge at the beginning but mostly it’s tart and citrusy, green, sweet and juicy – and definitely tropical. I can smell the humidity, the steamy .
Calyx softens as it dries down and merges with a floral bouquet - powdery rose, saturated headiness of white flowers, earthy iris and marigold. The fruit accord remains throughout the dry-down but becomes fainter, and finally settles comfortably among the grasses, woods, moss and musk, the bittersweet notes of the classic chypre base.
Calyx is very special. A lot of years have passed since 1986 and there is still nothing else quite like it. Now sold under the Clinique label, it’s been re-formulated to be slightly greener and less sweet than the original Prescriptives version that I own. Does it really smell like guava? Not really. It’s an abstract of tropical notes and other scents, created like a modern painting or a dissonant jazz chord. On the right person, in the right place and time, it connects with the psyche and creates a feeling of pure bliss.
Calyx smells grassy green, exotically fruity, ripe and boozy sweet, earthy, woody, mossy, and musky, and is just wonderful.
Notes: apricot, passionfruit, mint, mandarin orange, cassia, peach, mango, bergamot, grapefruit, papaya and guava, cyclamen, lily, melon, freesia, orris root, jasmine, neroli, marigold, lily-of-the-valley and rose, musk, oakmoss, cedar, sandalwood and vetiver.
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Sophia Grojsman

Price: $5.00