nothing smells natural here, yet this is nice smell! it smells as synthetic accord for a perfume made from lily-rose-musk combo, very simple, and not as a perfume! i was surprised to see the whole list of notes here, and in that sense it reminds me a lot of Tommy girl, the difference beeing this one is not aquatic, its more like full, dense, frsh, snythetic but smells like some nice hair shampoo :) i guess its the musk who gives the feeling, very intensive and longlasting.
Calyx by Prescriptives, 1986
Since I really didn't find this smell appealing when tried on a paper strip, I've never bothered to try it on. Then; bored in a mall a few months ago, I sprayed some on. That too sweet fruity-floral character so prominent on the paper, turned into something somewhat green on my skin. I find it very nice: to my nose this is not a scent trying to smell "real"; it's very artificial but doesn't deny it. And what I really like is that this (on my skin) is one of the very few clean-smelling fragrances that doesn't smell like soap or light florals. It's just artificially fresh.
An intense, screeching, nostril searing green concoction that smells like pulling weeds out of the garden. If you had to put this in a category, I guess it would be unholy sharp and green, with some horrid type of citrus. A sales associate one time accidentally sprayed this in my face and I have hated it ever since. Of all the 100+ reviews I have done, this is definitely the worst one of the bunch.
I imagine Prescriptives is what you'd get if you took a thin Mitsouko clone and ratcheted up the volume on the fake peach until it was a cheap-smelling fruity floral. More than anything, it reminds me of that Victoria's Secret peach scent that was so ubiquitous in the 90's, but with a sour dank green undertone that eventually blooms into a rather nice suede chypre base once that cheap, common-smelling peach finally shuts up and decides to play nice with the rest of the ingredients. This base is good enough to be a mitigating factor, but I just can't give a thumbs up to this, even if it was the first...
Opens as a grassy fruity with a light, non-indolic jasmine peeking through mucho tiptoe through the tulips so far. But as the grassiness fades, this increases in vagueness. Sure there's a bowlful of fruit in there but it's been blended to a smoothie, and then lightened by a chemical choir singing in Enya-tones of refreshing things. This one is rumoured to contain over 700 ingredients, which is entirely possible based on the olfactory experience. Where some shapeless perfumes increase their mysteriousness stakes by being elusive, this one fails to lift above 'nice'.
Calyx (1986) presaged the fruity floral era, and if considered as a fruity floral is among the most beautiful of the genre. But to my mind Calyx occupies a specific place in the evolution of the fruity-floral chypre. If Diorella is a certain distance further down the road from its predecessor Eau Sauvage (similar in distance to Cristalle from its predecessor Chanel pour Monsieur) then Calyx is further still on the same trajectory. It shares the gorgeous dissonance that makes both Diorella and Cristalle so beguiling. It gets there differently, though. Cristalle and especially Diorella find a fruit thats just a bit too ripe. Fruit thats at the point of jumping from sweet in taste to boozily aromatic in scent. Just a half step from turned Diorella smells of both lemon and melon. Calyx, true to its Big 80s origin creates a franken-fruit of bergamot-guava-mango. Grapefruit? It doesnt need to be over-ripe. It is simply effusive in the way ripe tropical fruit often is. Take the metafruit and add just the right rose, powdery but not too sweet. Then ground it in a bittersweet moss-labdanum chypre base and you have one of the most expansive fruity chypres youll ever smell. The fruit remains present at drydown and is dominant in both the top and heart notes. In this respect, Calyx is the fruitiest chypre youre likely to meet. Others have referred to the fruit note as synthetic. Im sure it is, but no more or less so than Diorellas melon or Femmes plum. Calyxs drydown is similar to Diorellas in that it is classically mossy and austere with the phantom-lushnesss of the fruit remaining. A little smart decadence to get you through the day.
I smelled this on a close friend of mine in the 1990's and loved it, then ten years later I smelled it again and I was "over it". Now smelling it again, I'm back to loving it. Calyx reminds me of a body shop perfumed oil (probably discontinued) called Juba. For me to objective about Calyx is hard because it was first non-headache perfume that I can remember, so I will always love it for that. It spawned a host of imitators (much like Angel) so there must be something special going on here. For me, this is a fun summer frangrance, that is fruity-sweet without being sickening, and fresh without being too aquatic. Maybe not for everyone but cool and wonderful for asummer day!
Screaming, high pitched, fruity floral, evocative of the late 80's, when you had stuff like Claiborne and Exclamation hitting the shelves. Calyx seems more complex than the to mentioned above. It doesn't seem as dated, either. It opens with a certain bitter green note, then later, smoothing out to a rounder sweetness that works for anytime of year. But, watch out!....it's really loud if you go heavy on the sprayer.
I tried Calyx at Macy's and I instantly loved it. Mind blowingly fruity-green and somewhat sweet. It's just incredibly likeable ,fresh and clean smelling. Memorable.
Theres an interesting green streak in the fruity opening of Calyx. The tropical fruits are kept in check by that slightly aromatic silver green note, giving the opening just a hint of the tropics. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoy the opening The floral middle turns into a soft fruity texture to me I dont really determine much of a floral accord a little marigold and freesia, perhaps, but not much more. In the middle and into the base the main fruit I find is raspberry, which provides the fragrances primary sweetness. Calyx, though quite fruity, does not seem strongly sweet to my nose. The drydown is mostly musk and raspberry, giving it a deserved reputation for lightness and freshness. This is a refreshing and fun fragrance with light sillage and adequate longevity.
Calyx by Prescriptives, 1986
|Top Notes||Tagetes, Apricot, Spearmint, Bergamot, Cassie, Peach|
|Middle Notes||Lily, Muguet, Jasmin, Melon, Rose, Cyclamen|
|Base Notes||Musk, Moss, Raspberry, Cedar|
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