Calyx

Calyx begins with a sparkling fruit and citrus blend (Clinique 2013).  The honeyed mango, guava and papaya are fresh and succulent.  A bright, ebullient freesia is enshrined in a bouquet of other classic floral notes that are delicate without every being prim or cloying.  A warm but pleasingly sharp base adds depth and character to…

Aromatics Elixir

Warm, comforting, enchantingly green, a bit powdery and very balsamic, Clinique’s Aromatics Elixir is a unique floral-chypre (Clinique 1975).  It reminds me of a burning candle (the sort made totally of real beeswax), a glass of hot apple cider (although it’s not a fruity scent) and a good book.   Except, it’s also somehow clean…