Halston Z-14 1976 Cologne

Halston Z-14 (Cologne) by Halston
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Halston Z-14 (Cologne) is a popular perfume by Halston for men and was released in 1976. The scent is spicy-woody. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBasilBasil
BergamotBergamot
GardeniaGardenia
LemonLemon
CypressCypress
Heart Notes Heart NotesGeraniumGeranium
JasmineJasmine
CorianderCoriander
PatchouliPatchouli
VetiverVetiver
CedarwoodCedarwood
CinnamonCinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber
BenzoinBenzoin
LeatherLeather
MossMoss
MuskMusk
Tonka beanTonka bean
FrankincenseFrankincense

Ratings

Scent

7.8237 Ratings

Longevity

7.5175 Ratings

Sillage

7.0173 Ratings

Bottle

7.5187 Ratings

Value for money

9.427 Ratings
Submitted by TVC15, last update on 24.08.2021.
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ChicoRoch1

49 Reviews
ChicoRoch1
ChicoRoch1
   5  
Cinnamon oakmoss 80s masterpiece
Whatever you do, if you plan on buying a bottle of Halston Z-14 please make sure it's a vintage bottle. The current version is nothing short of embarrassing. Thank you IFRA. I hope your building burns to the ground for what you people are doing to perfumery. Anywho i just picked up a vintage bottle of Z-14 and it's simply a masterpiece with that sharp cinnamony spicy opening. Lots of notes in this one and they all compliment each other beautifully. The sillage and longevity are fabulous. I swear i could rock this every day. I fondly remember my dad splashing this on back in the late 1970s and i fell in love right there. I really can not say enough about it except that the price for the vintage juice is well under $50!! Definitely a steal. If you are interested in anything made in the 60s 70s 80s and 90s, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS go the vintage route. IFRA be damned!!
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Nwhite

31 Reviews
Nwhite
Nwhite
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Halston Z-14
Vintage Halston Z-14 (Jeff Gordon Edition) -

Tom Ford's Italian Cypress is discontinued, while it's prototype - Halston Z-14 - lives on! (Sort of...)

Nothing dated here, with an amazingly green opening, which is very bright and not synthetic at all floating over a heart of very well done cinnamon, cedar and geranium.

UNLIKE THE CURRENT VERSION, the Jeff Gordon Edition has oakmoss in the base to anchor Z-14's long list of ingredients together and is thankfully still widely available online for less than $20.

Extremely versatile, Z-14 can be worn year round.

4 stars
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Jarmara7th
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Jarmara7th
Jarmara7th
   8  
Cini Minnis
CINI MINIS is a delicious cereal children's breakfast with an irresistible cinnamon taste...
So it says in the description of these breakfast cereals,
Wait...
Wrong forum...
Or not??
It's about Halston Z-14 Eau de Cologne, current version.
Well I must say, the neck tone beats quite a lot at the beginning, but quickly becomes calmer and finally lies down quite gently to fade away.
It begins pungent citric and very extreme after being sprayed on. It is loud. Very loud. First thought: Eugh, wash it off immediately.
But I pulled myself together and behold, the lemon butterfly unfolds for 5 long minutes and cinnamon appears. Bombastic loads of Cini Minnies rain from oversized cereal keys into my olfactory center. It also reminds me of Christmas and this fragrance lamp in our kitchen, which smells so good of blood orange-cinnamon scented oil during the Advent season. So the throat tone first swishes through the area, becomes rounder, the sting from the beginning is gone and you almost feel like a refreshing Big Red chewing gum. Although the cinnamon never tastes sweet but remains warm and spicy.
2 hours have passed, the charm of the 70s floats through the apartment. Spicy, incensey and discreetly it hangs in the air and on me. It is no longer loud but still present. The lemon still flashes through here and there, and I feel like a walking cinnamon stick in herbs and light incense Towards the end it gets a little mossy and minimally soapy and the lemon-cinnamon fun rises to the finale and leaves the stage.
Conclusion: You can indulge yourself and do a little time travel, somehow you waddle with Halston through a few nice hours and for the price, which is called on various online pages for the current version, you can access without hesitation. If you like cinnamon as the main scent, you'll get your money's worth here, too.
Finally I would like to mention the fancy bottle the neck tone is filled in. It is mMn so ugly and retro that I have to give 9 points for the bottle for this extravagance in the bathroom cabinet alone ;)

Thanks for reading
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KimJong

63 Reviews
KimJong
KimJong
Helpful Review    1  
Still newest, young and elegant
Z-14 is moderately sweet. A very gentle and clean lemon scent flows out of the scent of sinking moss. As time goes by, cinnamon powder becomes noticeable, but at the same time it keeps feeling fresh like soap. Very classy and elegant. This report was written by a recent, inexpensive version, not vintage.
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Pullmoll
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Pullmoll
Pullmoll
Less helpful Review    2  
What a sur(price) !
Stumbled across H.Z-14 and bought 125 ml for little money (< 20 Euronen). No monster smell, but for the small money nevertheless amazing concerning smell in addition, durability concerns. Of course there are better things, but for me as a newcomer a very pleasant citric component at the beginning.
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Carlitos01

320 Reviews
Carlitos01
Carlitos01
Very helpful Review    8  
Evergreen Italian cypress
Do you want to remove a hint of sadness? And clean old wounds trapped in your subconscious?
Nothing is more appropriate than experiencing an astringent, refreshing and invigorating forest aroma to open horizons, reveal your wisdom and endure your personality. For this purpose, I always pick up a scent with a strong cypress note. The cypress aroma is fresh, persistent, pine-like, resinous, smoky, slightly sweet, and balsamic. Encourages introspection, inner silence, meditation, and self-assessment. It is a tonic that reveals a sense of freedom and detachment. It acts as an oppressor and facilitates the path to a moment of happiness.

I remember using this scent as a teenager, but I almost forgot about its dark green scent. I only rediscovered this wonderful forest scent a few years ago.
The bottle doesn't look like a Tom Ford bottle, but it really smells like a Tom Ford, it holds like a Tom Ford and projects like a Tom Ford. Is it a perfume by Tom Ford?
- No! It's Halston Z-14!... and yes, Tom Ford's much newer Italian Cypress is a lot like it.
This is a timeless fragrance. Male woody, leathery and mossy "old schools" were the reaction of the fragrance community of the 70s to the citric, musky flowers of the 60s. Back then, this perfume went very well with short haircut young men who wore leather jackets, blue jeans, and Converse sneakers. These were the days of the garage dance parties where Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath vinyl were heard. And the scent was Halston Z-14.

Let's look at my rating for this evergreen milestone:
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Opening: 8.5 (earthy cypress and somewhat fresh citrus notes in anticipation of a warm cinnamon accord)
Drydown: 9.0 (some remaining dark green cypress and spicy cinnamon amid seductive heavy moss and leather)
Longevity: 9.0 (above average; it takes 9 hours with 3 sprays)
Sillage: 8.0 (5-foot radius with 2-hour projection)
Versatility: 6.5 (good for home use, open-air activities, and little else)
Portability: 7.5 (use it in winter as well in spring and fall colder days)
Exclusivity: 9.5 (this fragrance is still unique and has some similarities with its contemporary but no longer available Balafre Eau de Toilette. Italian Cypress undoubtedly looks similar, but is 34 years younger and much more expensive)
Praise: 8.0 (masculine, classy, and catching)
Quality: 8.5 (above average)
Presentation: 7.5 (the flask has an innovative design but with its vulgar dark glass without labels, it looks a bit boring.)
Price: 10.0 (I felt like King Kong after paying € 11.00 plus tax for my 125ml bottle)
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Overall rating: 8.36 / 10.00
between 7 and 8 = above average;
between 8 and 9 = recommended;
greater than 9 = don't miss it;

Opinion: I recommend this fragrance.
It is advisable for men who are looking for a woody masculine scent. In my opinion it goes very well with Encre Noire Eau de Toilette.
Is it worth buying blindly? I should flag it with the "Try before you buy" flag but buy it blindly because of its cheap price. It deserves to be part of a collector's shelf.

Music: Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"
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Krmarich

24 Reviews
Krmarich
Krmarich
Very helpful Review    9  
Time capsule...
This was the first fragrance I remember wearing in 1977. I was only 13 and surprisingly fragrance saavy. This was so urban. Growing up in the 70s let ones character develope freely. Halston ideal for me. I had no clue what was in it. I only knew it was perfect on my young body. I am shocked when others call this "old mens". It was "Teenage Wasteland"! I recognized herbs, spices and woods. Little did I know that oakmoss would be my companion for life, even after the ban in 2000.

I wore it to the roller skating rink, leaving behind my incredible wake, my feathered hair blowing in the breeze! Then I would hang out with friends at the mall. I wore it to see Star Wars. Indeed, wearing it now brings back vivid memories of that age of innocence. I was inspired and empowered. One thing led to another and soon my allowance money was shared between the record store and perfume counter. My botttle lasted until 1984 and I moved on to bigger things.

The vintage I discovered this summer was a splash and everything I remember. EA Fragrance is no friend of mine. The reformulation is peculiar. Its like a ghost of itself. Most of the ingredients are replaced by aromachemicals and the most obvious substitute is the lack of oakmoss, jasmine and sandalwood. Its sort of like Star Wars remastered. I am a purist and refuse changes of this sort. Its tricky but there are some bottles left floating around on e-bay, even cheaper than the imposter.
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Drseid

797 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    5  
Cinnamon, Spice And All Things Nice (Including The Price)...
Major thumbs up on vintage version of Z-14 from me. This is an excellent scent that belongs right beside the greats out of the mid 70s through the 80s. I get a very nice citrus and cinnamon opening, then the heart is a sublime herbal blend including basil and coriander (among others), mixing with jasmine, patchouli and more cinnamon (albeit a very subtle presentation of the cinnamon at this point), ending with a nice oak moss and leather base. Great stuff that is potent but quite smooth at the same time. I find Z-14 to have earned its superior reputation and it is an absolute classic. The other positive about vintage Z-14 is it is oh so inexpensive at about $20 for a large bottle... To me, this is blind buy worthy for sure (as long as you get vintage version that contains oak moss in its ingredients list on the box). I give this amazing smelling classic a strong 4 to 4.5 star rating out of 5.
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Very helpful Review    2  
Fetching, but not a raving beauty. Could you live with said beauty every day? Very coherent for an inexpensive fragrance.
Another in the field of high-quality, dirt-cheap fragrances.

Z-14 is a classic example of hybrid vigor. It is a thunderously harmonious chypre/oriental that shows its dual heritage more as Janus than Jekyll and Hyde. The spicy, ambery ground common to the two genres ties the top and bottom notes, and Z-14 has a church pipe-organ range of harmonies, rumbling lows to keen highs. While it doesn’t smell like Guerlain’s Heritage, Z-14 has a similar feel of a musical chord made up of dozens of notes rather than 4 or 5. (To be fair, if Z-14 plays a church organ, Heritage plays one sized for a cathedral.)

Z-14 starts with a bone-dry citrus/cinnamon/herbal quality. The herbal tone in the top notes feels like dried culinary herbs, as much dusty as savory. As the citrus and herbs recede a hint of wood, particularly cedar, comes to the fore. What’s left by drydown is arguably better than the pipe-organ opening. A harmonious albeit more compact, accord remains: wood, moss, amber. The lemon is gone. The herbs are gone. What’s left, a woody, sweet chypre? A dry oriental? Whatever you call it, it is simultaneously conventionally pretty and handsome. My box of Z-14 lists both oakmoss and treemoss. Maybe the vintage version, with its hybrid chypre/oriental heritage simply never held as large a dose of oakmoss as the grim, green, lovely chypres from the 70s and 80s we mourn. Z-14 smells to me today just as I remember it (though I didn’t wear it) in the 80s and 90s.
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Greysolon

74 Reviews
Greysolon
Greysolon
Top Review    8  
Heading for middle age and still smelling good
How weird is this statement?Without lemon and cinnamon Z-14 would be just another overblown mess of a 1970's macho cologne.

Now, you may well ask, "Are you serious? Isn't the combination of lemon and cinnamon just begging to be an overblown mess in the first place?"

Surprisingly, each note plays a role in keeping the all the colors of Z-14 from mixing together into a dull amalgam of brown.

Lemon may be the top note but, surprisingly, it lasts through the life of Z-14 and gives necessary brightness to this otherwise dark, leathery fragrance. And the cinnamon note works in a very interesting way. While it matches so well with the leather accord it also acts like an aromatic element keeping the otherwise blended fragrance from becoming too dense. Its slight spiciness helps airs things out a bit.

The leather accord in Z-14 is dark and burnished, yet not at all harsh. No over the top birch tar or smokiness. I think it's this well balanced leather accord that has made Z-14 such a classic, popular fragrance.

Many reviewers have written about the similarities of Z-14 and Tom Ford Italian Cypress. While they share some general similarities the differences are substantial. Even though Z-14 has a reputation as a big scent it's actually the lighter and brighter of the two. Frankly, Italian Cypress has a depth and quality that Z-14 can't match. However, Z-14 still has a place in my wardrobe when I want to wear a leather fragrance that's lighter and has less edge. Besides, for the price of a 3 ml decant of Italian Cypress you can own a full bottle of a classic.

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Finerthings8Finerthings8 5 months ago
7.5
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To my surprise this smell very modern,elegant&natural.it has nice lemony opening&flowery heart.performance is not good (for modern version )
Carlitos01Carlitos01 4 years ago
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Classic, outstanding, inexpensive, "old school" foresty masterpiece.
Halston does make some fantastic fragrances.

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