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Halston (1975)
by Halston


Halston information

Year of Launch1975
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 115 votes)

People and companies

PackagingElsa Peretti
Parent CompanyRevlon Inc > Elizabeth Arden Inc
Parent Company at launchNorton Simon > Max Factor

About Halston

When the juice was approved and the bottle had been designed, the manufacturers were not able to fill the bottles, as the top of the Peretti bottle is curved at an angle. The manufacturer tried to convince Halston to bottle his fragrance in what the industry calls a "Chanel Flask". The name coming from the square linear bottle Chanel used for Number 5, when a non frilly bottle were considered and oddity. Halston refused to have his bottle change for the sake of the manufacturing problem and in the end invested $50,000 dollars of his own money to create an adapter that met with the angled neck of the bottle. It was a good move, the demand for the fragrance was so strong stores couldn't keep it in stock for almost a year. [Thank you Bryian Davis for this information]

Reviews of Halston

I wore Halston every day of my life from fall 1982 through sometime in 1983, when I turned to antique tuberose scents like Pavlova--mostly because every other girl in my junior high carpool and the rest of the school smelled like Halston (at least until Giorgio came to Dallas . . . .) We must have all nicked it from our moms; I'm sure I did. Wherever we got it, a cloud of it hovered over my early adolescence--so much so that just the sight of the bottle brings back the aroma.

I remember a warm, rich, fruity top that smelled indelibly like fresh bananas to my 12-year-old nose. I don't know how I would pry it apart now, but it was probably peach, lactones, moss and amber. I also remember the hamster-cage smell at the heart--cedar shavings with a little funk. But mostly I remember the projection and the long life. You could smell Halston from at least five lockers over, and one spritz on your coat would last all winter long.

All in all, this was a good fragrance on which to cut one's teeth. Good design, sophisticated juice, and very much of its time.
18th February, 2016
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
This green, floral, moss-rich Chypre was hugely influential and popular when it came out. It was the bridge between classic, old school fragrances and the Charlies of the world that were so popular at the time. Halston has all of the hallmarks of a classic fruity Chypre, along the lines of Femme and Mitsouko, but with a brisk, modern green note found in Norell and others. Old meets new, couture meets pret-a-porter, disco meets Billie Holiday, all wrapped up in a 70s sensability. A woman could smell modern and chic, as pared down and classic as a Halston dress worn with Elsa Peretti jewelry. This, along with Z-14 and 1-12, were the perfect embodiment of a designer's brand, in sync with the times. After Halston's death, the brand seemed to drift and then the reformulations began.... I have not smelled it recently, but in its time, this was one of the great designer scents, perhaps the best that America has ever produced.
13th October, 2015
Obtained what was reported to be manufacturer's sample vials of the original formula of the famous Halston. I remember older girls in school swooning over the spritzes they'd snuck from their mom's bottle - it was seen as the ultimate in adult sophistication, like sneaking a cigarette or keeping a pair of 3-inch heels in your locker that your parents didn't know about. I have no actual memory of sniffing it tho, and picked up these samples with hopes of catching the "real deal".

The first thing to hit me was a powerfully metallic aroma, followed by some medicinal notes, along with a tiny hint of that 'stale old bottle of perfume at the thrift store' unhappiness, but thankfully, not a lot of that. It's a loud number, tho - almost big 80's.

About an hour in, things have settled just a bit, and a soapy, herbaceous complexity comes through, riding on a wafer of fresh hewn cedar. To me this seems quite masculine, enough to make me wonder if I wasn't sold the men's version. Will have to investigate, as the vial is printed "Halston Cologne," with no gender mentioned. It doesn't take much imagination to picture this as the seed for later, more audacious unisex herbal frags, like L'artisans Timbuktu.

Five hours in, the base has worn down to that same initial sharp metallic note, now only much fainter, and that complicated herbaceous matrix continues to convey a certain type of affluence; Spearmint, vetiver and patchouli, definitely, perhaps a hint of musk under it all. Not one for my permanent collection, not really melding well with my own chemistry, but glad I gave it a whirl. It does make it's unique statement, even now.

11th November, 2014
Barbara Herman got it right again - a green, mossy chypre. "Bitter herbaceous green with mint balancing woods and oak moss and a floral heart."

However, I find it hard to believe this was once the second best selling scent in the world, next to Chanel #5. It seems quite tame, albeit quite pleasant.

Top notes: Tagetes (Marigold), Spearmint, Peach, Bergamot
Heart notes: Jasmine, Cedarwood, Rose, Carnation, Orris, Ylang
Base notes: Moss, Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Olibanum, Musk, Amber

This is just tame on me, nothing extraordinary, and I am experiencing a vintage bottle.

Another sacrifice to an over-educated nose, I am afraid.

By all means, do try it.
05th August, 2014
I own a vintage bottle of Halston from the early 80s gifted to me by my mother (who also loves this scent). I am convinced that there is a strong genetic component to the way a fragrance wears on the skin. Original Halston smells delicious on both me and my mom. My mom wore this when it first was released in the mid 70s.As a kid, I remember my mom smelling of Halston the morning after a night out with my dad.

We are both strong but feminine women so the fact that this one starts off girly and floral and gradually developes into a more traditionally masculine fragrance is very appealing. I don't seem at all drawn to the more modern fragrances that smell like soap or fruit. I would rather have vintage Halston with all of the dirt and drama.
12th May, 2012
This is for the current, drugstore version. After all the bad press, I was wary of this one, but really liked it on the tester card and had to give it a whirl. I wish the notes were here to give me a jumping off point. I'll have to rely on my own novice smeller...

At the top I mainly got powdery flowers with a strong mossy, woody undertone. The moss kept it from being too "girly" which I liked. Then the spices came out! I got cinnamon, clove and dare I say, curry? A note of sweetness has crept in, smoothing everything to an overall "warm" scent, without real distinctive notes.

Don't anybody throw anything, but it reminds me a little of Coco, which I adore.

Unfortunatelly, there's the sillage issue. I really enjoy a moderate amount of sillage, and this isn't load per se, but I find it "skreetchy". The skin scent is lovely, but the sillage is uncomfortable harsh.

26th October, 2011 (last edited: 27th October, 2011)

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