Pfizer is the guilty party. In 1951 they patented a chemical which mimicked a breezy marine atmosphere, a molecule which paradoxically smelled like something you could also find on dry land namely melons. That was Calone which has been a bugaboo of mine in perfumes for as long as I can remember smelling the stuff.
I don’t think I’m unusual. As far back as a decade ago I remember a bunch of perfume bloggers being asked what they considered the single worst note in perfumery, the one they couldn’t get past and the answer was either “the artificial melon note” or else the “aquatic” note. Robin from Now Smell This was on record as really disliking the effect, and her opinion was not uncommon.
That didn’t change the fact that Calone had sparked the engines of a number of perfume Hummers especially in the 90’s when behemoth vehicles like Cool Water and its many knock offs dominated the male scent sales. Recently even such indie perfumers as Andy Tauer contemplated creating a perfume based on Calone, “… there are trends.” he wrote in his blog,” Like: Calone works for men. And women. Often. And hurray! Calone is cheap.” Continue reading