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Chemistry (1994)
by Clinique


Chemistry information

Year of Launch1994
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 61 votes)

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Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Chemistry

Clinique's second male fragrance. Packaged in a plain boring white box, with a boring cylindrical bottle. All a bit clinical for me: Reminds me of Chemisty lessons back at school! Hmmm! maybe that's the idea ;)

Chemistry fragrance notes

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Reviews of Chemistry

Chemistry gives the impression of doing the minimum work necessary to convey the 90s version of cliched masculinity. It reminds me of a number of things: the concoctions that my father used to wear post-shave; as well as any number of cleaning products. In fact, my neutral rating is closer to negative than it is to positive; Chemistry just doesn't make the effort to distinguish itself from substances not intended to make humans smell good. Is it safe for the office? Oh, you bet - it's so suitable for the risk-averse it's almost painful. It doesn't smell bad for all that, and I understand from the existing reviews that there are reasons to favour Clinique products other than the quality of the scent, so neutral it is. The scent itself? Linear, unconvincing spice from the ginger and an adequate musky amber drydown. Below average longevity and sillage.
25th October, 2016
Bought it blind and this blind buy went quite well!
I love the warm citric dry down.
The longevity is good. So is the sillage.
I also expect no allergy issues - Clinique is known for non-allergic products. Because of allergy all my grooming products are by Clinique - so the fragrance will complement the line.
05th September, 2015
Not a fan, I don't like the way this one smells on my skin or on the tester. It is very cheapie and synthetic to me. I like Happy for Men just fine, but this one is off the mark. I wouldn't pick it up if it was in a bargain bin.
23rd April, 2013
Chemistry is another fragrance I used upon its UK debut in 1994. I went through a couple of bottles and then completely forgot about it. I knew it had been discontinued, now only available on-line or at selected shops, but since joining Basenotes I've been revisiting fragrances from my past and was compelled to give Chemistry another try.

I was 21 when it first came out and simply put, Chemistry isn't a youth scent. I liked it very much, but those were the days of nightclubs and wild partying and Chemistry gets lost in loud, sweaty atmospheres; it simply isn't strong enough. (You could just spray on a lot more but Chemistry isn't a scent that lends itself kindly to over-application.) Also, as somebody who back then bathed in Antaeus and has always tended to favour more noticeable fragrances, to me Chemistry seemed...well, a bit throwaway.

I'm 36 now and rediscovering Chemistry has been a true pleasure. A very simple scent with no other aspirations than to make you smell fresh and clean, it's a real pleasure to wear. This is a fragrance to lend you a generally pleasant air, only revealing itself totally when somebody comes very, very's the perfect date or bedtime scent. And maybe it's because I'm older or maybe it's because Chemistry is no longer widely-available, but I certainly wouldn't label it throwaway now.

It won't go over with the CK crowd, of course, completing lacking frivolity. But I'm of the mind that it's how the individual wears a fragrance that's most important. If you can wear it deftly with confidence then any fragrance can be made suitable for any occasion - if it's a particularly strong fragrance one squirt on one wrist delicately applied to other areas can even make it suitable for work or a quiet dinner. I couldn't pull Chemistry off way back when but that shouldn't stop younger guys from giving it a try although, in fairness, most will probably find it a little too serious.

As it is, I spray one squirt of Chemistry on my heart before dressing, one each side of my neck and one on each wrist. The initial gingery blast suggests this may be too much but within minutes it significantly mellows. There is no pretension with Chemistry, you catch it occasionally throughout the day - a simple, warm and comforting fragrance which works its magic through subtlety.

As much as I love fragrance I'm horribly allergic to it. Unless I use a barrier cream, almost any fragrance brings me out in a disfiguring, maddeningly-itchy rash - something that I'm actually prepared to put up due to my love of fragrance. However, Chemistry does not cause my any reaction at all on my skin - probably due to Clinique's stringent anti-allergy policy - so it's ideal for anybody else who suffers with sensitive skin.

Give this forgotten little gem a try. Rewards may be plentiful.
06th October, 2010
Initial blast is a bit chemical and alcohol-y, but it dries down to a very simple, clean gingery amber melody, citrus in there somewhere. Lasted the better part of 2 hours on my skin. Very 90's, but not outdated by any means. Certainly pleasant.
05th October, 2010
Im really dissapointed with this blind buy (13$ for 30ml) , it was a decant so no big deal,
i like clinique happy so i thought this might fit the bil for spring/summer
its simple - true
it does not develop - true
its projection is zilch - true
is it bad? yes it is, a bit sweet, ambery-gingery with blast of rotten citrus that is synthetic and gives me a headache
the funny thing: the name is right! it strenghten (intensify ?) chemistry of your body ...smell
for entire 30min i smelled my dry skin much better :o
if you know what i mean

wow i did 180 on this! never expected
its still same perception but it does not give me headache anymore i need just HOT weather to reach for this
and it stays for a long time 6-7h but mostly skin scent
small thumbs up
28th May, 2010 (last edited: 12th October, 2011)

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