It came out in 1977-78, and following the much-loved Chanel’s Cristalle in 1974 and Estee Lauder’s Aliage in 1972, it fully cemented my love of the bright, crisp chypre genre. Quartz was a little softer and more approachable than Cristalle, and not quite as lean and green as Aliage, and I wound up going through a honkin’ spray bottle of it at one point.
Jan Moran’s “Fabulous Fragrances” gives these ingredients: peach, hyacinth, cassie, jasmine, rose, carnation, orris, melon, sandalwood, musk amber, moss, benzoin, and cedarwood.
Quartz had fallen off my radar and I wasn’t even sure this was even in production anymore, and if it was, what its reformulation status was, but just had to satisfy my curiosity.
Anyhoo, with bated breath I applied. Whooo-eeh!! Don’t remember it being quite this potent right out of the gate! Seems like it was a bit softer and subtler back in the day, or perhaps that’s just my faulty memory. One of the first things that popped into my head was, “Wow! This could be Eau Sauvage’s little (or not so little) brother!” It also brought to mind O de Lancome, and something else that I can’t think of right now. But it definitely seems much more unisex now than it was way back when. I’m not getting a lot of the peach, hyacinth or jasmine, etc., and it lacked the softer undercurrents that I loved back in the day.
I’d read others comparing vintage Quartz to Diorella, but honestly, I probably haven’t smelled enough of that Dior in my perfume life to have any clue.
A week or two later, I got a bit of older Quartz (not sure the age but it looked like original-ish packaging at least) and tried it out with the newer formulation in a wrist to wrist comparison.
My older mini was closer to what I remember, but still had a bit more kick than I had thought. Or maybe my nose back then was so used to those heavy-hitters that it didn’t register the way it does now. And I guess it must be the more potent ingredients they used back then, but it definitely had more presence in the drydown.
Now I’m not going to worry about getting a full bottle, but I will be enjoying them both on warm-ish days. And DH and I now know where we can get a reasonable facsimile of Eau Sauvage whenever we’re craving a hit of that.
Also with my STC order, I got a sample of Molyneux’s Quartz Pure Red, which I completely missed when it came out in 2008.
It containst fruity notes (apple, peach, mandarin) and I seem to detect a hint of cherry, cushioned by a gently floral (jasmine, violet) background, and a slightly powdery feel. It was a bit sweeter than I like, but it did remind me a bit of something vintage, but I can’t think of what.
Anyway, did any of you wear Quartz back in the day? Or have any ‘70s or ‘80s scents been floating your boat lately?