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Quartz pour Homme (1994)
by Molyneux


Quartz pour Homme information

Year of Launch1994
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 38 votes)

People and companies

PackagingFederico Restrepo
Parent CompanyGroupe Berdoues
Parent Company at launchJean Philippe > Inter Parfums

About Quartz pour Homme

Quartz pour Homme is a masculine fragrance by Molyneux. The scent was launched in 1994 and the bottle was designed by Federico Restrepo

Quartz pour Homme fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Quartz pour Homme

Quartz pour Homme (1994) is a satisfying yet low-key fragrance, as many 1990's masculines often were if they didn't shoot for aquatic freshness, gourmand tones, or sterilized fougère accords, but is also a real litmus test among the perfume community to spot a hardline vintage fan. Now, let me start by saying that there is nothing wrong with deciding you only enjoy perfumes from a specific set of decades, or perfumes heavy with musks, oakmoss, and the like, I'm merely pointing out that this specific scent is good for parsing folks of that particular predilection from the larger perfume community. Why you might ask? Well the answer is simple: reputation. Molyneaux as a house doesn't have a huge catalog of masculine-market perfumes, but when they released Captain Molyneaux (1975), they set a precedent for sheer volume of oakmoss in a single fougère. Since a lot of vintage purists harp on about a perfume's oakmoss content as proof-of-quality, Captain Molyneaux is obviously held in high regard, and is a very good aromatic fougère to boot. Lord Molyneaux (1988) was the follow-up that focused more on a musky rose/geranium dandy chypre accord, as that style briefly came back into fashion for men right at the end of the 80's before fresh aquatics swept it all out to sea, but wasn't conventionally masculine for the time and thus misunderstood. Here comes Quartz pour Homme, the long-awaited men's version of the famed Quartz Molyneaux (1977), but had very little to do with the original, certainly nothing in common with the 1970's, and no detectable oakmoss. Fans of "the captain" were fooled again and having been burned twice in a row for a proper sequel, wrote off the house. Men not so hardened in their tastes or just simply younger had no issue with Quartz pour Homme, and it has been successful enough to spawn flankers and keep owners Group Berdoues from shuttering the label (since the actual house is gone), but the scent still has a bad rap even with newer "vintage guys" despite generally glowing reception otherwise. Once you parse away all the forum drama and histrionic reviews reminiscent of "old man yells at cloud", you'll find a pleasant, well-composed generalist in Quartz pour Homme, even if it isn't particularly engaging to the wearer.

Quartz pour Homme is a woody amber fragrance at its core, with chypre-like dryness and the use of both actual wood notes and actual amber notes, so it is a "real woody amber" as opposed to the norlimbanol nightmares we see in the 21st century labelled as such. Wear this as opposed to something like Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme (2006) and you can see the stark difference right away: both open with an apple note but the wood and the amber stand out separately in Quartz pour Homme, while the rest of the fragrance supports them rather than just congealing into a single olfactive portmanteau caused by blended aromachemical use like in YSL L'Homme. The opening of Quartz pour Homme begins with a very 90's tart take on apple and other fruity spicy notes over bergamot, including blackcurrant and clove. Judicious use of galbanum adds the right amount of green to the opening that leads us down to vetiver and cedar polished with a bit of hedione. There is no calone-fueled melon note here like many masculines from the era, which ironically dates Quartz pour Homme a bit as feeling older than it is, despite protests to the opposite by vintage gurus fuming over not getting their oakmoss fix. There is oakmoss/evernyl here as a part of the fixative, but it takes a backseat to dry earthy amber and rockrose/labdanum in the base, adding a late-stage chypre-like woodiness that supports the cedar and vetiver heart notes. There is a bit of generic white musk in the final skin feel of Quartz pour Homme, another telltale sign this is a creation of the 90's, but it acts mostly in the capacity of a thickening agent, so I wouldn't exactly call Quartz pour Homme musky. Wear time is about average at 8 hours max, and sillage is a bit below par, but you'll detect Quartz pour Homme to some degree throughout that wear time, so as with most apologetic semi-synthetic 90's scents, you'll want to reapply or apply heavily. Quartz pour Homme is no "chemical bomb" despite what some say, and can serve year-round as an office or casual scent, but can pull date or black tie duty in a pinch since it covers all the bases with fruit, woods, resins, and musk.

I can see why so many people like this, but also why so many hardcore vintage masculine collectors (especially fans of powerhouses) despise this so vehemently: Quartz pour Homme is a nimble and transparent woody amber fragrance that follows in the footsteps of its older sister from 1977 only in spirit, ignoring the heavy-handed (albeit delicious) applications of oakmoss and civet in the previous two masculine entries from the house, and feeling like a betrayal to those who were expecting more of that vibe. I suppose it's only normal to create a schism in a fan base when anything makes a sudden change in direction, but in this case the voices screaming "boo" are fewer in number but louder than those who enjoy the scent since the latter doesn't care enough to go jumping online to its defense, especially decades after it hit the market. The fact people are still bitching about this speaks greater volumes to the ability of Molyneaux perfumes to leave an impression than about the scent itself. Fans of Pasha de Cartier (1992) or Yves Saint Laurent Jazz Prestige (1993) might find Quartz pour Homme to be a woodier, airy, more discrete alternative for use when fougère or oriental tones come across too serious, plus I'd call Quartz pour Homme the midway between something like Pasha and the full freshly-cut vetiver and fig tree-blast of Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme (1999). One thing is for certain, considering what else stalked the shelves in the 1990's, Quartz pour Homme is actually a creative highlight from the decade and a masculine that smells mostly timeless once you get past the opening 10 minutes, which is something you cannot say about many things made for men from the era. Circling back, if you associate Molyneaux with mossy or musky powerhouses and can't see it any other way, this is your friendly warning to avoid Quartz pour Homme, and I love oakmoss too so I feel your pain, and I only poke fun at you with love. Otherwise, if you're looking for an uncommon display of unsweetened amber with some really nice green notes and clove on top, this may become a new under-the-radar favorite for you, and I encourage testing at the earliest convenience. Notorious or not, this one smells good to me. Thumbs up!
11th January, 2020
Opens as a brother to Jazz Prestige with a dose of Green. It changes direction to a drier Apple scented fruitiness. Dry Clove and Cedar woodiness. A musky unsweetened Amber becomes Leathery and is solidly Masculine
26th August, 2018
A nice fresh woody scent, although I enjoy Silver Quartz more than this one.
There is an apple note (olfactory illusion?) up top, but it's not the hissy crab apple note of Cool Water.
Here, everything is more understated.
Like Silver Quartz, this would make a great office scent.
30th August, 2014
drseid Show all reviews
United States
Not Good...

Quartz pour Homme opens with a pretty straightforward sour grapefruit. As the fragrance enters the heart phase some of the grapefruit remains, but a relatively sanitized jasmine starts to develop. As the linear progression of the fragrance continues through the dry-down the jasmine grows into the dominant note and stays that way through the late dry-down as the now supporting grapefruit continues to fade, supplemented by an underlying subtle cedar wood and amber tandem late. Projection is above average and longevity is outstanding at over 12 hours on skin.

What a disappointment. Quartz pour Homme was a blind buy that I based on my positive experience with the outstanding vintage Captain from the house and the commonly listed published notes to the composition that contained things like moss and vetiver among others. Let's just cut to the chase, this is a review of a current bottle (sold in a box with a navy top horizontal stripe) and I have to wonder if there was a reformulation along the way because this is a grapefruit and jasmine fragrance all the way with just hints of wood and amber. I detect no moss, no vetiver, no leather, not much spice, etc... Quartz pour Homme strikes me as an inferior jasmine spiked version of Bulgari pour Homme Extreme (and that release was far from any masterpiece to begin with). On the plus side, the performance metrics are quite strong, but that is not necessarily a good thing if you dislike the fragrance itself. The bottom line is Quartz pour Homme is relatively inexpensive at about $25 a 100ml bottle and it may have been a much better fragrance in a prior formulation containing the ingredients I expected to find, but I can only comment on the current formula bought and that earns a disappointing 2 star out of 5 "poor" rating. One to avoid for sure in its current formulation.

Pros: Excellent performance metrics.
Cons: The published list of notes seem to be largely MIA and the fragrance smells mundane and uninteresting.
20th July, 2013 (last edited: 13th December, 2013)
Bigsly Show all reviews
United States
Too much "fresh" aroma chemicals for me.

Let me say right up front that I can handle and even appreciate the "fresh" aroma chemicals in this one, but there is too much of them and not enough of the notes I was hoping to smell. I'm especially disappointed by the base, which is hardly present or being dominated by the "freshness." I'm thinking a reformulation was done and that I have the new one, because this doesn't seem like much of an effort. Moreover, there are so many other "fresh" ones I'd rather wear (even Baryshnikov Sport) that I don't see myself doing anything other than trying to swap off my 100 ml bottle of this one, especially consider I don't wear these kinds of fresh scent often in the first place!

Pros: Good for office/school type settings, especially in warm weather.
Cons: Too unbalanced for me."

09th July, 2013
Based on the reviews here, I got it from Ebay, and was I nice surprise.
Quartz PH has some Cacharel Pour Homme vibe in it, that's why I love it so much, but Quartz is more citrusy than CPH.
One of my favorites in the moment !
12th March, 2013

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