Clinique makes a lot of really lovely and interesting scents. There was much rejoicing when the company relaunched Calyx, formerly by sister-brand Prescriptives; it’s a joyful green and citrusy blend that I could happily bathe in at this time of year.
The original Aromatics Elixir, first launched in 1971, is a heady, bold blend of florals, moss and woods– personally, I love the stuff, but some could find it a little overpowering. The new version is a fresh and contemporary reworking, which is reflected in the chic minimalism of the bottle.
Combining floral notes with amber, leather and patchouli, it’s lighter and more feminine than the original, while still being complex and interesting, and it warms and lingers on the skin with a comforting creaminess.
Everything is beautifully in balance; this really stands out against the recent crop of sweet, gourmand fragrances or fruity-florals, and makes a distinctive but totally wearable everyday scent. I included it in my Image piece on spring’s best scents, and find myself reaching for it on at least a weekly basis. It's €70 for 50 ml and, if you’re still searching for your signature scent, make sure you give this one a sniff. I’m liking it a lot.