The 4th “lady” in the edgy Juliette Has A Gun family is Calamity J., a slightly masculine but feminine amber fragrance inspired by American Wild West badass, Calamity Jane. Calamity J. is the “masculine” fragrance from the luxury perfume house. Oh, I love Calamity J. This is a powdery, woods perfume that is rough around the edges but completely glamorous.
I fell in love with Calamity J. at first spritz. I got rich patchouli and buttery ambergris. Calamity J. is animalic, buttery with leather and lots of amber. I get a slightly plastic oud in all of this, have no idea where that is coming from. This is the “roughness”, I suppose. Oh, how I love Calamity J! There’s peppery bergamot on top of all of these wondrous notes. No top notes are listed in Calamity J. but I would say that this oriental, spicy bergamot is it. It fades very quickly. I do get the iris. It’s very dry, powdery, and earthy. This iris is what makes Calamity J “feminine”. What you’re most likely to get from Calamity J. is a “clean” patchouli, musk, and a sweetened vanilla-amber. This is how it wears on me 90% of the time. It’s creamy, woodsy, musky, and sweet. It wears like this on me for hours and hours, until I wash it off.
Calamity J. is simple, a powdery oriental amber, but I like it. I like it in the way that I like Tom Ford Oud Wood. Calamity J. gives me a certain confidence because it is sexy and easy for me to wear. Here’s another fragrance that I get compliments on. It’s one that must really be “me”. Personally, I think the real Calamity Jane would of endorsed something much more rugged and less feminine.
Notes listed include patchouli, iris, amber, musk, and vanilla infusion. No top notes are listed.
Give Juliette Has A Gun Calamity J. a try if you like woodsy amber fragrances or powdery amber fragrances or perfumes like Tom Ford White Patchouli, Trish McEvoy Precious Oud, Prada L’Eau Ambrée, Michael Marcus Indulge, Chanel Allure, Annick Goutal Ambre Fetiche, and/or Michele Bergman Black Amber. I really do see Calamity Jane as unisex, but leaning closer to the feminine end of the spectrum. My husband complains that it is too “powdery” for his tastes but he loves it on me.
Calamity J retails for $105 for the 1.7 oz. and $135 for the 3.4 oz. Juliette Has A Gun perfumes are available at Beautyhabit. Samples are also available for purchase. And sometimes you can find it at discounters like FragranceX.com.
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