Apologies here to you for writing about something you all have probably known about for months already. I guess I’ve been in somewhat of a retail vacuum for the past six or seven months, however, because it wasn’t until I was in Macy’s a few weeks ago exchanging some tennis shirts for my son, that I saw the familiar Calyx bottle, albeit stamped with the name Clinique above instead of Prescriptives, sitting proudly atop the spotless white counter, next to the line’s other fragrances.
Old news or not, it’s still pretty wonderful and worth jumping for joy over, in my book, that such a fabulous scent is now easily available for us to enjoy at our local store instead of having to order it online. And it’s still quite reasonably priced. At Macy’s, Nordstrom, and other department stores, it goes for $52 for a 1.7-ounce spray, $65 for 3.4 ounces, and $34 for a 6.76-ounce body lotion. And I’m fairly certain it’s available at the usual retail spots throughout the world.
No sign of the shower gel that I could see, but perhaps that will come later. I hope so, because I loved that stuff (as I think Musette and several others of you did as well): glossy green gel in a sleek plastic bottle that echoed the original fragrance container, although I think my last round of it was in a white tube with green writing (most likely from a gift set).
Calyx was among my post-college career loves and was long a warm-weather staple. I’ve enjoyed it on and off over the years since it was launched in 1986. In fact, it got me one of the best compliments ever that year:
I was wearing Prescriptives’s Calyx for the first time at work and walked into our small newspaper’s composing / paste-up room. One of the guys there had just put the story type on a page and it was running too long for the space allotted it. So after I had marked where it should be cut, he leaned in to trim it, sniffed once, looked over at me and said, “Wow! You smell absolutely delicious!” I think he liked it so much that he ended up buying some for his girlfriend.
And I’m happy to say it still smells every bit as delicious today and is just smashing in hot weather. So I’m delighted that many more folks now will get to experience the luscious, refreshing (and dare I say “exhilarating”?) hit of fragrance that is Calyx.
Having done right by Calyx, I think Clinique now ought to do the same with its glorious Wrappings — scrap the holiday-only (and limited store) exclusivity and roll it out for year-round availability at all its counters. (Hey — despite its holiday-leaning name, it’s just as good, if not better, in the heat.) If they could do that, I’d definitely be spending lots more time (and money) at their counter and I know some of you might as well. How about it, Clinique?
Are any of you Calyx fans? If not, what scents would you love to see brought back out, or which fragrances do you think might be good candidates to be re-launched?