I wore a bit of Calyx when I was in high school. At the time, it was a revelation to me - zesty, fresh, completely atypical to what everyone else wore (mostly B&BB - this was pre-internet after all. these kids don't even know how we all looked before youtube tutorials). I received a full bottle for Christmas one year and cherished it to the last drop. I remember asking a male friend which of two perfumes I was wearing (one on each wrist) was the sexier one. He chose the non-Calyx, and like a pubescent idiot, his opinion tarnished my Calyx love.
Well, hate to break it to you, but he was wrong. In my humble opinion, Clinique Calyx smells exactly how I remember Prescriptives era Calyx smelling. Tart-sweet, with something under all its layers I can't get enough of. An ephemeral quality hiding in such a strong fragrance - you have to sniff around to catch it before it runs away.
It warms up and mellows on my skin beautifully. It's strong, with throw, and for-real lasting power. It's a nice little monster of a fragrance. In a strange way, it does smell a little dated, but its presence is also somewhat of a sensory surprise. It has a bit of a startling vibe to it. I'm really glad the scent and bottle are both the same. I think whoever made the decision over at Clinique to snap this up was a huge fan and just wanted Calyx to stick around and never change.