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By Danielle DesRosiers
Calone does not originate from a fresh flower, nor even the resin of a tropical tree. It doesn’t even come from freshly cut grass in a newly sprouted meadow. It’s a chemical compound that was produced unintentionally rather than organically, and it continues to gain recognition as it pops up in fresh fragrances today.
Story has it that calone was produced unintentionally by pharmacy giant Pfizer in 1966. The haphazard, but fruitful, laboratory discovery is known by its scientific name, methlbenzodioxepinone, and was trademarked Calone 1951 by Pfizer and has been used in fragrances ever since.
In fact, calone’s structure is similar to the pheromone compound produced by brown algae, which is thought to give it its salty, oceanic personality. The Pfizer molecule is credited with kickstarting the marine-inspired trend so popular in the minimalist-loving 1990s.
Calone is easily recognizable by those coming of age in that final 20th-century decade as it was spritzed on every New Kids On The Block-loving teen in the form of Davidoff’s Cool Water, an aromatic toilette that mixed calone with mint, lavender, jasmine and musk. A quick trip to the company website declares the spritz—25 years after its launch—as “The quintessential ocean fragrance…”
To experience the light and airy essence enabled by Pfizer’s trendsetting molecule, try calone as rendered in some of today’s popular scents, from Issey Miyake’s iconic L’Eau d’Issey to Giorgio Armani’s Mediterranean beach-inspired Acqua di Gio and Gucci’s Gucci Pour Homme.
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