I am probably the most blazing Antaeus torch in my big city and after connections between Quorum and Antaeus were made here as well as on other sites, my interest was aroused. There is also a fundamental love of 'the good old things' and an innate reluctance to mainstream and wimpy behaviour. Scents are allowed to be odd and striking for me and I read about Powerhouse everywhere. My interest was now wide awake. I also found Quorum's unbroken popularity exciting, and the fact that in the 80s it was said to have been smelling on every corner in Spain, which, by the way, suggested that it was suitable for summer. And with the price I could not resist.
Whoever gets jittery like me when the words Antaeus or Powerhouse are mentioned in fragrance descriptions should read on. The scents and their course have long since been perfectly dissected by finer noses before me. Only tobacco and leather I perceive less strongly and the moss is clearly there, but not as intense.
(A word about the packaging: I found boxes in the same design in the pictures, sometimes without, sometimes with 'Puig' on the front. I ordered for a little more money 'with', I got it without, the manufacturer is on the bottom of the box. All good, don't be irritated ;-)
All right, here we go: The prelude is not a refreshing citrus kick, as you might expect from lemon, grapefruit and bergamot, but rather massive and heavy and slightly muggy, as if someone were to lay a warm, wet towel on your face. And before you can still breathe out, do it directly *BAM*, because there is already plenty of pointed cumin and the tart Artemisia
But this flattens out almost every second and after ten minutes at the latest the first flowers of the heart note are already blooming on the caraway bed, the force of the top notes disappears and it becomes magnificently piquant floral.
After about half an hour - the top notes are not yet completely gone, the heart notes are still orientating, this Spanish brew actually whispers 'Hello Antaeus! Even if the scents are different, these upright pan-fried flowers with lots of spice create a certain olfactory similarity.
Here's a story: I had worn Antaeus for about four or five hours on a warm day and then on the right lower leg, which I had released in anticipation of the delivery of Quorum (I always have to spray directly with new scents), I had just added Quorum. After an hour a neighbour ran into me and we chatted a bit and I thought "You ask her", held out her quorum arm and said "Smell it! And she smelled and she said, "Mmm, yummy, very nice!" And then I gave her my Antaeus arm. "Nice too!" And then I said "Which do you like better" and she tapped my quorum hand
I must have grinned so mischievously that she smelled a trap, and without being asked she smelled it several times alternately, and then asked: "Is it the same scent, right?" In the end we agreed that both "are somehow similar".
But not really: For me, the similarity is roughly rather sufficient for association. Antaeus is different, more powerful and headstrong at all times, his beguiling dark rose is absent here and Quorum never has its spicy, deep blackness. On the contrary, there is a very light sweet but charming soap in Quorum, which Antaeus would only turn up his nose at, before he continues to bubble away cool. And the further Quorum goes into the drydown, the more friendly he becomes. Leather and tobacco are the foundation on which the amber motivated sweet incense falls into mossy arms.
Those who seek Antaeus here will not find him. But those who love Antaeus will love Quorum. But one thing is clear: Antaeus has more fragrance class, that's a different league.
A word on the subject 'Powerhouse': In this house there are now energy saving lamps and in some rooms they are dimmed. Quorum is also a victim of the great reformulation that brought new versions of old fragrances from 2013. In this respect, the descriptions up to this time and a transitional period during which old stocks were still being sold are certainly accurate. But the sledgehammer described by recent comments was not delivered to me. A perfume-loving neighbour could not smell me before the end of the first hour, when I had been sprayed with Quorumler at less than 1 meter, and after the second hour I myself could no longer perceive my own scent cloud. Quorum on the skin lasts for a long time, of course, but at the end of a working day it's time to press nose on skin to be able to remember what you'd put on in the morning.
Quorum and powerhouse - for me that's only possible because he comes from a time when fragrances didn't care about discretion and yes, you can smell it on him - he was probably one of those once. And he also smells unfashionable, but that's what makes him so charming for me
Should my comment have sounded rather reserved up to this point, folks, listen up: Quorum is a great scent!
I've received several compliments for him. There was once said neighbor. Then the mentioned neighbour I asked to get an impression of the projection. This elderly gentleman, like his wife, is a lifelong perfume lover with a large collection of the finest drops, Guerlain's favourite scent being vetiver. When I asked him to smell my arm, he said: "Oh, a good scent!"
And then there's my mid-fifties neighbor, to whom I handed over packages I had accepted on his behalf, a few minutes after I had scented myself lavishly with Quorum. He has style and taste and he likes it eccentric, he is a Black Afgano fan himself. Then he spontaneously said to me "You smell good! What is that?"
Quorum has a firm, strong and warm temperament, pleasant and inviting. You can't smell its price, I would always recommend it to a friend who would like to smell good and who would always give class and character to the world. Super! Br />