I am in the mood for green today (please, please let winter end soon!), so I am wearing Comme des Garçons Calamus. Calamus is one of the fragrances in Series 1: Leaves, and was created by Bertrand Duchaufour. The notes are young bamboo leaf, celery grains, angelica root, and rose berries.
The top notes are earthy and slightly peppery from the celery seeds. The peppery notes fade gradually to a very green, slightly bitter smell of crushed leaves and stems. Farther on, it gets very soft and pretty, and takes on the slightly sweet smell of plant sap.
Calamus is an unconventional fragrance, like many in the Comme des Garçons line — Garage, anyone? There is nothing particularly masculine or feminine about it. I don’t experiment very often with fragrance layering, but have played around with using Calamus to add a green background to relatively simple floral scents. It works nicely with Comme des Garçons Lily and Borsari Violetta di Parma.
It is not terribly long lasting. Just in case you were curious: the word Calamus refers to the plant Acorus calamus, aka sweet flag.
Comme des Garçons Calamus is available in 50 ml Eau de Toilette. For buying information, see the listing for Comme des Garçons under Perfume Houses.
Note: image is Acorus calamus, photo J.F. Gaffard, Autoreille, France, mai 2004, via Wikimedia.