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Comme des Garçons Series 1: Leaves: Calamus


Calamus is a really different perfume.
Launched in 2000, it was part of Comme des Garçons Series 1: Leaves, which included Mint, Lily, Shiso, and Tea and it’s by Bertrand Duchaufour. According to Denyse Beaulieu at Grain de Musc, it’s the scent that Duchaufour “pinpoints as the first to truly bear his signature."

Calamus is a tall grassy plant found around the world, called “sweet flag” in North America – it’s a type of wetland bamboo whose leaves and roots have been used for centuries around the world as building material for thatched roofs, as medicine, as a flavour, even as an aphrodisiac.

Comme des Garçon’s Calamus is green, but an unconventional green. The notes are bamboo leaf, celery grains, angelica root, rose berries. It’s fresh, opening slightly dry and slightly citrusy, but soon softening to a milky green scent that smells like crushed leaves, mixed with mud and wet stones. Mud morphs into iris, with that haunting dry, vegetal scent that’s like no other, with a hint of bitter chocolate. The scent remains milky and soft and - green.

That’s what I love about Calamus – it is linear, uncontrived, minimalist. It’s the smell of the outdoors - not sweet, but savoury with sweet, not super-grassy, but milky, not sharp and intrusive, but soft and contemplative - Nature in a bottle.
Notes: bamboo leaf, celery grains, angelica, rose berries
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Bertrand Duchaufour


Price: $5.00