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parfums*PARFUMS Series 1 Leaves: Calamus (2000)
by Comme des Garçons

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parfums*PARFUMS Series 1 Leaves: Calamus information

Year of Launch2000
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 88 votes)

People and companies

HouseComme des Garçons
PerfumerBertrand Duchaufour
PackagingRei Kawakubo
PackagingMarc Atlan

About parfums*PARFUMS Series 1 Leaves: Calamus

Leaves' is the first in a series of fragrance collections by Commes des Garcons.

parfums*PARFUMS Series 1 Leaves: Calamus fragrance notes

Reviews of parfums*PARFUMS Series 1 Leaves: Calamus

Calamus is one of the more unconventional green scents. There’s no galbanum present - this is more of a damp leaves and grass, bamboo-type scent where the green is enveloped in a noticeably milky, slightly sappy accord that is quite unique. It stays relatively linear, and it’s a light fragrance but the composition is different and interesting enough that is doesn’t bore or disappoint. Easily unisex.

A green fragrance for people who don’t normally like green scents. It was composed by Bertrand Duchaufour, who has done a few quirky green scents but probably isn’t known for these as much as some of his other fragrances.
20th February, 2021
Cool, green, delicate but not weak. Somber fragrance that positively sings in cooler weather (winter/early spring.)
05th December, 2020 (last edited: 25th December, 2020)
This is such a light fragrance - not your typical green scent at all. All told, it smells fresh and clean and new in a very natural way. You won’t bowl anyone over by your smell as it’s too light. However, people will want to be close to you because you smell so, well, fresh and clean and new. Absolutely lovely.

Next day update: I was eager to try this again as I was surprised at how long it lasted yesterday. I didn’t expect a long duration. Today, I get very few green notes. Mostly, a floral iris powdery smell. Still lovely but totally different.
04th November, 2020 (last edited: 05th November, 2020)
This is fresh, green, wet leaves, along with the scent in the air while the lawn is being mowed.

Maybe it's the bamboo leaves that I'm mostly queuing in to... Not sure, but I really enjoy this scent.

And to me, it's so very similar to L'Artisan Premier Figuier edt.

03rd October, 2019
Others have commented on the particular and distinctive type of greenness displayed by this perfume. I would add that it also has a 'plasterboard' note similar to what you notice in your house if the water tank has leaked. other fragrances with this plaster or stone effect include CdeG Concrete and an artisanal blend from the USA called Limestone.
Postscript: Violet leaf absolute comes to mind. Calamus is much milder, sweeter and drier of course, but you might start with this material if you were trying to make something similar
05th August, 2018 (last edited: 28th July, 2020)
Comme des Garcons Calamus is a "bamboo based" green (or better...musky) concoction with a plain vegetal fleeting aura, a central mild-floral synthetic muskiness and a touch of soapiness. Frankly I dont find at all this juice refreshing (celery grains and angelica root fail in order to provide a veritable freshly botanic vibe) and on the contrary it seems to miss on my skin a really green-fresh or woodsy aromatic feel. I catch by soon the bamboo's "languid" influence (somewhat mineral, suave, mild, vaguely ozonic, floral, fluidy, "peaceful") which smells delicate, musky, vaguely lacteous-lymphatic and rosey. The greeness is just initial and it seems by soon floral and vaguely edible-culinary. My perception (after the ephemeral green opening) is by soon the one to catch anyway a typically synthetic/chic soapy-musky-rosey "atmosphere" (vaguely a la Eliee Saab Le Parfum) on my skin and a combination of synthetic ethereal (somewhat rosey) balmy notes, a touch of vegetal undiscerned "syrup" and patchouli. Is pretty perfect what rogalal writes before which I'm respectfully going to quote " It's naturalistic but doesn't smell like anything in nature. It's chemical but still smells like something alive". The dry down is flat and with a poor structure despite still suave and deliciously soapy-floral (a water-lily's presence?). Calamus seems a fragrance heralding a pure platonic love in the futuristic age of soul perdition, its aroma is evocative about left back diaphanous instants of purity emerging up from your fairy babyhood. Poor longevity on my skin.
23rd May, 2015

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