Halston Z-14 (1976) Cologne

Halston Z-14 (Cologne) by Halston
Bottle Design: Elsa Peretti
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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 NotesBasil, Bergamot, Gardenia, Lemon, Cypress
Heart Notes Heart NotesGeranium, Jasmine, Coriander, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Cinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Benzoin, Leather, Moss, Musk, Tonka bean, Frankincense

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Scent

7.7 (195 Ratings)

Longevity

7.5 (137 Ratings)

Sillage

7.1 (134 Ratings)

Bottle

7.3 (145 Ratings)
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Pullmoll

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Pullmoll
Pullmoll
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

213 Reviews
Carlitos01
Carlitos01
Helpful Review    3
My name is Strong.... Halston Strong
It does not look like Tom Ford but...
Smells like Tom Ford
Lasts like Tom Ford
Projects like Tom Ford
Is it Tom Ford?
No.... It's Halston Z-14 (although it ressembles to the far more recent Tom Ford Cypress).
This is a timeless fragrance. This scent (and some others) were the Fragrance comunity 70s response to the flowers and Indian patchouli of the 60s. This fitted well on short hair cutted young men with leather jackets, jeans and Converse sneakers. Those were the days of garage dance parties liestening to Deep Purple, Yes, ELP, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.
And the scent was Halston Z-14.

Ratings for Halston Z-14:
Scent:..........................................................8.5
Longevity:...................................................9.0
Sillage:........................................................8.0
Versatility:..................................................6.5
Uniqueness:...............................................9.5
Quality:.......................................................8.5
Presentation:.............................................7.0
Feel like King Kong after 4 sprays,
having paid €11.00+taxes
for a 125 ml bottle:...................................10.0
Average:......................................................8.38/ 10,00
I recomend this fragrance. It should be a "buy after trying" but due to its inexpensive price just blind buy it. It deserves to be in any colectors shelf.
Krmarich

24 Reviews
Krmarich
Krmarich
Very helpful Review    8
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

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Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    4
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
Helpful Review    1
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.
7.0/10
Greysolon

88 Reviews
Greysolon
Greysolon
Very helpful Review    7
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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Carlitos01 15 months ago
Classic-fantastic-outstanding-inexpensive-powerhouse masterpiece.
Halston does make some fantastic fragrances.+3
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