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.
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.
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
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.
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.