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 this watery, elegant remake of the 1987 Calyx by Prescriptives.
Top notes: grapefruit, mandarin, passion fruit, mango, guava, green leaves and papaya. Middle notes: lily of the valley, freesia, neroli, lily, rose, marigold and jasmine. Base notes: oak moss, sandalwood, orris and vetiver.
Nose: Sophia Grojsman
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 and chic with citrus top notes. It epitomizes the long haired, flowy, “natural” look of the 70’s combined with a certain timeless sensibility.
While many hate Aromatics Elixir (just check out a list of most hated fragrances online and you’ll be sure to find it) others find it enchanting. I find it enchanting. I think it all comes down to skin chemistry and personal taste…
For starters, I rarely have a problem with sillage (how much people can smell your perfume). In fact, my husband has often been known to rely on asking whether or not I’m wearing something unless I douse myself in scent or he’s right next to me. So, the strength some people detest about Aromatics Elixir works for me quite well – I don’t have to drown myself just to “wear” the perfume. And, the sharpness, edge or medicinal quality of this fragrance seems more “elegant hippie” with my chemistry than organic cough syrup – I can smell the patchouli but it’s tempered by equally clear incense, wood and floral notes (especially rose). There are some fragrances that are destroyed with my chemistry but I can wear this one and I enjoy it… I feel like it’s something Farrah Fawcett (circa Charlie’s Angels) would have worn while skiing in the Swiss Alps.