Clinique // Calyx Perfume


Clinique is an umbrella brand within the Estee Lauder family, back in the eighties a brand called Prescriptives was also within this umbrella but sadly is no longer running. Back in 1987 Prescriptives launched Calyx which then went on to become iconic, I'm not sure why they stopped making it but long story short with Prescriptives not being a viable option for a relaunch; good old Clinique stepped up and relaunched Calyx. 

I of course was only a little baby when this hit iconic status so never got the chance to sniff the original but today's Calyx is a gorgeous floral, fruity fragrance that's targeted towards women but honestly men could absolutely wear this. Apparently they also use the exact same notes in the relaunch that Prescriptives used in the original too.  

The bottle has a heavy nod to it's original eighties sister and while it's quite plain, the deep lined ridging across the body of the bottle does make me think of aftershaves and perfumes my mum and dad had when I was growing up. 


The words 'Calyx' comes from the part of the flower that holds everything together. Those underside green leaves near the stem. I can see why this would be called Calyx as it's very much created with a ton of notes that are held together firmly with a fresh, floral and natural fragrance. 


Notes include apricot, passion fruit, mint, mandarin orange, cassia, peach, mango, bergamot, grapefruit, papaya and guava; middle notes are cyclamen, lily, melon, freesia, orris root, jasmine, neroli, marigold, lily-of-the-valley and rose; base notes include musk, oakmoss, cedar, sandalwood and vetiver. 

It's a completely different sort of scent for me, I tend to go for female woodsy, warm, spicy and oriental fragrances. I do like a good sound floral fragrance but this is out of this world - it's not like anything I've ever sniffed before and I don't feel it could fit into one of the generic perfume categories such as floral, fruity, spicy, aquatic etc. It's the perfect balance of fruity, floral and fresh for sure. 

It's olfactory magic! 

You can pick up Calyx from your local Clinique counter or also on the Clinique website. If you're looking for something new and fresh for spring-summer then definitely check this out, you'll be surprised at how unique it is. 

* PR Sample *

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