Calyx 1986Exhilarating Fragrance

Calyx (Exhilarating Fragrance) by Prescriptives
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Calyx (Exhilarating Fragrance) is a popular perfume by Prescriptives for women and was released in 1986. The scent is fresh-fruity. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Perfumer

Sophia Grojsman

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesApricot, Bergamot, Spearmint, Peach, Tagetes
Heart Notes Heart NotesCyclamen, Jasmine, Lily, Lily of the valley, Melon, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesRaspberry, Moss, Musk, Cedar

Ratings

Scent

7.5 | 89 Ratings

Longevity

6.7 | 57 Ratings

Sillage

5.9 | 52 Ratings

Bottle

6.2 | 53 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 08.09.2019.
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10
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
Fhaldara

60 Reviews
Fhaldara
Fhaldara
Helpful Review    2  
A joyous scent
I loved this perfume when it was released in 1986, and I still love it. It was so refreshingly different from everything else back then - citrusy, fruity and green. It was my signature scent for years, and my husband, who is maddeningly indifferent to almost everything in my large collection, loves it. My taste in fragrance has broadened over the years, and I don't wear Calyx exclusively, but I do wear it often, and it never fails to make me happy.
9
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
GothicHeart

87 Reviews
GothicHeart
GothicHeart
   7  
Where the fruits and flowers thrive...
I can't help but bow before Calyx, and this is already a contradiction. Because Calyx is not an austere or exacting scent that makes you wanna pay your dues to its cachet or eminence. "Then why?" one could ask. Well, those of you who have not lived the magnitude of the '80s try to imagine this. In an era of dominating femme-fatale heavy-hitters, like Poison in 1985 and Loulou in 1987, which were huge successes and still are, Calyx came flying under the radar in 1986, dropping a mega bomb loaded with bliss and joy of life. Oh, and inventing a whole new genre too. I'm not sure if it's the fruity-floral, the floral-green or the fruity-floral-green one, but Calyx is made in Heaven! So my bow pays respect to a pioneer that happens to be an unbelievably good perfume too. What now seems to be the rule, was the exception back then. The rule was that fruits were shot on sight without further explanation. How many grande dames of the '80s could claim they had any prominent fruity notes, other than the occasional apricot or plum, included in their prima-donna vocal ranges? But while most of them were the distant divas frequenting the opera houses, Calyx was the dish from next door playing merry songs on her guitar in a subway station. And while the vamps, bedecked with diamonds and pearls, are sipping champagne and picking at salmon in the foyer, the imp is happy with a slice of pizza and a beer, whose pull tab wears as a ring after opening it. To cut a long story short, there are only two scents which put a big silly smile on my face every single time I sniff them. And maybe because of my preference for subway stations over opera houses, Calyx is one of them. It's the happy girl hopping around and giving you a flirty kiss on your cheek, among a bunch of aloof ladies, who demand a contract signed with your blood to just deign having their eyes laid upon you. It's a silvery sexy giggle among a clamor of elaborate erotic sighs. The lovely brat that every august matron looks daggers at and shoos. But only to move just a couple of steps aside, before she returns with her dulcet laughter filling the room. Don't get me wrong, I find all these '80s perfumes simply stunning and Bastet knows how much I love them, but it's like Calyx outshines them all because of being so different and daring. And just because these two traits are not always considered merits, maybe this was the reason that Calyx never got the fame it deserved; not back in the days, and to an even lesser degree now. But you know what? Who cares? This cunning tart surely doesn't, since I think I can see her winking at our direction, while singing tunefully "Who needs fame when she's happy?..."
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10
Scent
Flavorite

240 Reviews
Flavorite
Flavorite
   3  
An Iconic Zesty Creamy Fruity Citrus Chiffon Swirl
Everybody knows that if you try to blend fresh zesty citrus fruits with foamy rich cream- you run the risk of a curdled mess. Well, Calyx is an unforgettable fragrance crafted by a Michelin Master Chef at work in the Perfumarie world. So bright, fresh, feminine and green fruity without the slightest hint of cloyness. Followed by and effortless and persistent creaminess that just melts into the skin, lingering at decent volume for about 6 hours and softening into a slightly woody note with a mossy very 1980s white musky base- this is easily one of my top 3 scent memory triggers from the mid-80s to 90s. This is a steadfast signature scent, that predates Issey Miyake in concept and wears well in Spring and Summer, although I've met several women who wear this year round and exclusively...it's that good.
Awesomeness

247 Reviews
Awesomeness
Awesomeness
   3  
The white flower power is just too much!
Calyx sure is PURDY. Feminine, quite sweet, a bit fruity and slightly green. I barely catch the rose in the heart. Very long lasting and quite a journey from top to bottom.

Calyx is another Sophia Grojsman that I have trouble wearing. If it wasn't for the white florals that dominate the composition, I might just be all over this one. I wear a lot of fruity florals and floral greens, but this ain't gonna be one of them.

A huge No-No for me. Sure wish I knew what was the irritant in these Sophia Grojsman that I can't wear. There's lots of them. :(

Top - apricot, passionfruit, mint, mandarin orange, cassia, peach, mango, bergamot
Heart - cyclamen, lily, melon, freesia, orris root, jasmine, neroli, marigold, lily-of-the-valley, rose
Base - musk, oakmoss, raspberry, cedar
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Helpful Review    5  
takes an honored place in the evolution of the fruity chypre
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 that’s just a bit too ripe. Fruit that’s 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 doesn’t 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 you’ll 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 you’re likely to meet. Others have referred to the fruit note as synthetic. I’m sure it is, but no more or less so than Diorella’s melon or Femme’s plum. Calyx’s drydown is similar to Diorella’s 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.

Statements

Jazzy76Jazzy76 3 years ago
A very particular scent; a mix which smells of NatureNature, a well balanced bouquet for a pleasant fragrance to wear mainly by day

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