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Catalyst (1993)
by Halston


Catalyst information

Year of Launch1993
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 29 votes)

People and companies

Parent CompanyRevlon Inc > Elizabeth Arden Inc
Parent Company at launchHalston Borghese

About Catalyst

Catalyst is a feminine perfume by Halston. The scent was launched in 1993

Reviews of Catalyst


A delicious magic potion.Though such Floral-Fruity smelling fragrances are usually very young and girlie but in my opinion this one can be worn by "grown-ups" without question of their maturity.CATALYST inspired by succulent fruits and precious flowers contrasted with sensual warm woods.Warm,Irresistible, Lovely,Enjoyable,Fresh,Floral and Expressive scent.

It opens with a blast of peach,bergamot and gardenia.middle notes bloom with a bouquet of rose, orchid,tuberose,jasmine,lily-of-the-valley and carnation.the dry down consist of sensual sandalwood, creamy amber and warm musk that makes you feel cuddly,like snuggling with your kids or your pet,or your loved one.

A day without CATALYST is a day without smelling lovely.It is not harsh,not overpowering,just right. This EDT is great for any time of the year from summer to winter.A perfect gift any ladies will enjoy. however it is hard to find in the perfumery but definitely worth trying.


Longevity?Nice on my skin.

29th May, 2015
I really am caught by surprise what i have everything read about this simply beautiful floral scent. This is no chypre, the base is smooth, elegant sandalwood, with its beautiful creamy sweetness, to my nose always pleasant, nothing bitter ,just easy sweet, and there are some green notes but they give the perfume airiness, not bitterness!
The main theme of this composition is tuberose, sweet elegant one that after maybe 45 minutes makes it resemble Chinatown from Bond no 9. Yes Chinatown:-) but greener and lighter version of it, lessened by the extra sweetness, the amber here is just touch sweet, everything is easy like a spring, airy, touch sweet touch green, no cacophony, no oak moss, no sharpness, very beautiful feminine scent. For lovers of tuberose!
23rd January, 2013
Seldom do I find a floral fruity fragrance that is easy to remember, and rarer still would be one that I would wear. But Catalyst is a stonking wall of indolic flowers sweetened with just a hint of peaches and some amber in the base. I've read many claims that there is no sweetness in Catalyst, but this is not true; there is just enough sweetness here to structurally support the towering bitter herbal green. This is basically an old-school chypre without the leather. That said, women under twenty-five would most likely find this unwearable. Men over twenty-five, give this a go.
08th March, 2011
Floral green with a bit of stinky herb's and stuff. A cacophony,yes....but it's fabulous. Most definitely unisex. If you can find it, you must try it.

A huge thumbs up - way, WAY up!
27th January, 2011
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United Kingdom
This is a beautiful scent, very grassy and slightly herbal. A beautful touch of sweetness too. Very unisex and doesn't smell dated at all. Love it! It can be had for less than £5 for a 100ml EDP at the moment, a steal!
30th July, 2010
I wear this EDT & the Parfum and I love it. It's smooth, rich, and confident. I think this is a wonderful fragrance for gentlemen.
27th February, 2009

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