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Calamity J (2009)
by Juliette Has a Gun


Calamity J information

Year of Launch2009
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 43 votes)

People and companies

HouseJuliette Has a Gun
PerfumerRomano Ricci

About Calamity J

Calamity J is a shared / unisex perfume by Juliette Has a Gun. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Romano Ricci

Calamity J fragrance notes

Reviews of Calamity J

A somewhat mediocre fragrance unfortunately. Juliette Has A Gun Calamity J smells rubbery and resinous. Supremely synthetic (Iso E super, ambroxan, galaxolide, linalool, eugenol) but never cloying, destructured but banally pleasant. The note of frankincense is literally creamy-rubbery, ambery and seasoned (like seasoned woods). The note of patchouli takes part to game but never becoming heady or distinguished. The scent seems something between By Kilian Incense Oud and Shalimar but with an its own (faint) individuality provided by smooth synthetic iris plus suede which gives me a touch of that (far more modern chic and refined) Dior Homme intense Parfum's vibe (with nuances conjuring me vaguely D600 Carner Barcelona too). The dry down is darker and finally barely more complex with several interesting nuances and a "twist" of prickliness. I find out in this phase an unexpected sort of metalling-citric more fluidy undertone with hints of saltiness.
25th October, 2014
The opening of Calamity J is modestly pleasant, not particularly deep or interesting but nice: iris, suede, amber, vanilla, a few cocoa beans, with a light floral breeze and perhaps a discreet woody undertone, which may be a vetiver note given a certain amount of salinity on the very base (which may be however simply due to the massive ratio of synthetics used here). Sweet but not sweetish, soft and cozy, effortlessly mellow and elegant. Desperately shallow and artificial though, but classy enough for a suburban dinner out. Like alfarom correctly notes, all this (which is not anyway particularly amazing) kind of vanishes and collapses sooner than expected, and you remain with a really basic and light amber-vanilla accord, clean and pale, nice but a bit boring after a while. In my opinion, a bright idea followed by a clumsy and poor execution.

17th August, 2014
To my nose Calamity J is a nice mix of amber, patchouli, a bit of iris and vanilla, with a nice musk note that's not very animalic/dirty.

It's sweeter than Citizen Queen and also less metallic. Also Calamity J doesnt have the huge aldehydes.

It's very well balanced and unisex in my opinion.

Great scent that's suitable for all year.

26th March, 2013
I am no fan of ambery scents, as well as patchouli-amber combination, this one pens up with nice earthy iris note, its simple triology, warm, woody, earthy , no flolars, makes it great unisex, but not my cup of tea, it turns sweeter and sweeter, and makes me a bit sick
24th March, 2013
Elzéard Show all reviews
United Kingdom
An excellent introduction into patchouli orientated fragrances, with the note never dominating but certainly acting as the soul. The easiest patchouli I have even worn.
24th August, 2012
Calamity J is a bit of an Ordinary Joe. Earthy, doughy, buttery sweet – all the attributes one would expect from a patchouli-iris combo. With a hint of the ambroxan that is the sole component of Not a Perfume, and a whiff of the kind of cardamom one gets from milky sweet chai. All very nice and wearable; would not cause offence in an enclosed space. Subsides into a skin musk.
However, my immediate response is: 'This smells soo familiar' (probably memories of Bois d'Iris), followed by: 'Where'd it go?'. So if weak déjà vu is your thing, look no further.

28th June, 2012

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