Genre: Woody Oriental
Catalyst’s spiced apple pie top notes are at once foody and a mite chemical in a car air freshener/cheap scented candle sort of way. The fruit component bows out quickly, leaving the stage to a straightforward nutmeg and clove accord. Clove, being clove, (which is to say loathe to share the spotlight,) soon dominates, so how you feel about Catalyst will depend mostly upon how much you like clove. Woe betide you if you don’t, because Catalyst is extremely potent, and even a dab is enough to fill the room.
Catalyst ultimately winds up smelling like part of a fragrance. More precisely, it smells like part of Michel Roudnitska’s Noir Epices for Frédéric Malle. I realize it must seem both unfair and elitist to compare a bargain-priced scent like Catalyst with an expensive, limited distribution niche fragrance, but Noir Epices is so apt a demonstration of what Catalyst could have been that I can’t help myself. The Malle smells like US $135 retail, and Catalyst smells like every one of its fifteen dollars. Do I sound churlish? Just remember, a bottle of McCormick’s clove extract costs even less.
In my nose only Nutmeg and Cloves...but very good fragrance super long-lasting and overwhelming... Smells in every time and every situation, Warm and comfortable scent ( Like Aromatherapy)... A improvement version of Jacomo by Jocomo...CATALYST Loved n´ Recomended.
Sage, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Very spicy (to the point of harshness), but also musky/woody in the dry down and with some nice orange peel/apple in the opening. A good Thanksgiving frag to go along with the savory fixin's and spicy pumpkin and apple pies.
I think this is what a Cowboy would wear when they have a night on the town. The sandalwood and musk can be overpowering if your not easy on the trigger.
The poor man's Havana, or if you will, the poverty stricken man's Cacharel PH. A spicy fruity concoction that is ridiculously cheap.
Please recommend this to the next teenager that asks for an alternative to John Varvatos.
Even though this came out back in 1994, I still consider this a latter day Halston (who died in 1990). This is interesting because it is certainly the spice-centric scent that everyone comments on--there is NO missing the clove and nutmug in the middle notes. However, the spice is underscored by a clean musk that takes this away from being a heavy oriental and becomes more of a musky skin scent, especially in the drydown. I actually like it although I rarely wear it. This was a real departure for the brand as it was a high concept fragrance compared to the pared-down, typical Halston/Elsa Peretti offerings that came before it. In chemistry, catalyst referrs to a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected. This fanciful notion that this bright orange juice causes a chemical reaction--and is presented in test tubes and laboratory bottles--is a little precious for what was once a serious fashion brand. The aftershave, which I have, has the typical astringent lotion as well as a differently colored (green) emollient oil that separates until you shake it. A bit of a gimmick, but the product is actually very soothing to use. Overall, not from the great years of Halston offerings, but very nice to wear as a casual musky skin scent with a spicy heart. Just right for autumn, I think.