Monday, March 19, 2012

Aqua Quorum

I remember back in the Nineties when sports fragrances were all the rage.  Most of them smelled like Aqua Quorum.  I hated sports fragrances because they all smelled the same to me, and they were boring.  Basically, 1990’s styled sports fragrances were heavy on lavender, synthetic citrus notes, and green mossy base notes.

It’s interesting to sniff Aqua Quorum today, 18 years after its release.  Sports fragrances are still popular, but what pass for them nowadays don’t smell like Aqua Quorum.  What was a trendy formula back in 1994 now smells almost old fashioned, or even dated.  I never thought I’d see the day when that would happen.

I like Aqua Quorum.  It’s both fresh and aromatic, in a sweet herbal fashion.  This is an aromatic fougere, done Nineties style.  This is not a so-called "aquatic" fragrance.  A gigantic whomp of fortified lavender starts the scent off, and the lemon and grapefruit notes keep everything starting off bright and cheerful.  Once the citrus fades, you can smell green notes from geranium and oakmoss start to come forward, fleshing out the fragrance and keeping it fresh and clean smelling. 

The real core of Aqua Quorum, however, is a synthetic note, dihydromyrcenol, which is essentially a greyish smelling man-made citrus note.  Trust me, you’ve smelled it a million times, as it’s the backbone of stuff like Cool Water, Eternity For Men, Green Irish Tweed, and countless other so-called "fresh" fragrances.  It doesn't have much of a smell on its own, but when it's blended with other smells, dihydromyrcenol gives a fragrance a long lasting citric glow.  It's what keeps Aqua Quorum smelling cheerful and bright for hours on end, even into the drydown.  It's a good example of how synthetic materials can be used to enhance a fragrance.

Like its brother Quorum Silver, Aqua Quorum shares little if anything in common with Quorum.  The only similarity I smell is that both fragrances have herbal facets, even though they contain very different herbal accords.  The herbs in Quorum are heavy, dark, bitter and powerful.  The herbals in Aqua Quorum are light, breezy, and grassy.

No, Aqua Quorum isn't unique.  In fact, it smells like a cross between Polo Sport and Eternity For Men.  The reason I like it is threefold: 1. I don't own many fragrances like this, 2. it balances both fresh and herbal qualities very well, and 3. it has an invigorating, uplifting smell.  If you're like me and don't like or own many sports fragrances, but want to add a good one to round out your collection, then Aqua Quorum is a good choice.

MY RATING:  7.5/10

Fragrance House:  Antonio Puig

1 comment:

  1. Just got this for a summer scent to replace Nautica Voyage (Voyage has been reformulated, now has a cheap plastic cap vs the heavy metal cap, and has crap longevity). The old stuff was great.
    So far so good with the AQ. Wife likes it too. And it was $11 shipped! You can't beat that with a big ole stick. :-)