Apparently Calyx (which was originally produced by Prescriptives) was a huge hit back in the '80's.
It launched back in 1986 so it is a little before my time but it is nice to see a scent experience a rival without the need of a make over (the notes and bottle remain the same) despite a new brand taking over the reigns. What do I have to say about Clinique Calyx?
"Calyx. An exhilarating scent that is sparkling and fresh. Energizing and audacious, it uplifts the mood and is ideal for the fragrance connoisseur who appreciates the fresh distinction of this unique and highly acclaimed scent."
Truthfully it is not for me, now don't get me wrong it is bright, uplifting fruity and despite being a product of the '80's it is not at all dated but it does strongly feature Grapefruit. As mentioned it is fruity with top notes of Passionfruit, mint, mandarin orange, cassia, peach, mango, bergamot, grapefruit, papaya and guava. The middle notes are also fruit based: cyclamen, lily, melon, freesia, orris root, jasmine, neroli, marigold, lily-of-the-valley and rose. However to ensure that it does linger on the skin the base notes feature musk, oakmoss, cedar, sandalwood and vetiver.
As you can imagine Clinique Calyx is a sharp, bitter and strong scent that reminds me a lot of the Body Shop's Pink Grapefruit fragrance and sometimes of the original DKNY scent. I personally feel that Calyx will leave testers divided - you will either love it or hate it. For me it is just too overwhelming but if you like grapefruit heavy fragrances this may be what you have been searching for.
You can find Clinique Calyx via Clinique £46-£66 - link.
- This post contains a press sample.