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Halston Man Amber (2010)
by Halston

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Halston Man Amber information

Year of Launch2010
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 51 votes)

People and companies

HouseHalston
Parent CompanyRevlon Inc > Elizabeth Arden Inc
Parent Company at launchElizabeth Arden Inc

About Halston Man Amber

Halston Man Amber is a masculine fragrance by Halston. The scent was launched in 2010

Halston Man Amber fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Halston Man Amber

Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
This semisweet amber fragrance has a lot going for it—the herbal bite of geranium leaf and thyme, a rich ambered incense heart and the skank of musk and oud in the drydown. The sweetness is held in check by the same metallic note found in Halston Man; it is like licking buttercream frosting off of the steel blade of a Sabatier knife. Its lack of floral notes along with the woods in the base notes make this a very masculine scent, the driest of gourmands. The dry nature of this scent—rare among ambers—makes this a very discreet fragrance, suitable for the boardroom, the bedroom and all places in between.
12th September, 2017
I picked this one up for a scant thirteen dollars so I could get a feel of where Halston's line now stands in terms of quality. I was not expecting much, to be honest. However, the juice in C-3PO's flask here is surprisingly pleasant. It is a cross between two camps of fragrance I already own, so it is nothing new to me, but I do enjoy it for straddling this line and not teetering to far in either direction. The first camp is the spicy cedar and labdanums: Fever by Celine, Zirh by Ikon, etc. The second is myrrh-centric frags like CK Intense Euphoria and Prada Amber Intense. Halston Man Amber is neither as dark and inky as the first group nor as sweet as the latter; It is warm, spicy simplicity which dwindles in volume in lieu of changing over its lifespan. I think what I like most about it is that the initial blast smells of black pepper. Well, little flask, time to meet your new Halston family.
12th September, 2017
I was on Fragrantica looking around for high-rated Oud and Amber colognes to build out my budding collection, and stumbled onto this one. I saw it had a 4.6 and decided to searched around for it. First thing I learned is that at some point in the past it went for $100 or something. I found a NIB 100 ml bottle for ... $13. Considering that I've paid more than that for 5 ml samples of other ouds, I thought, "Why not?" I did think there was a 50+ percent chance I'd just throw it out after I got it. I've done that before.

It's really good! No, it isn't Tom Ford Oud Wood, and it doesn't have the personality of Royal Oud, not even remotely close. What it does do is provide a simple, rather linear Amber-mild Oud scent that lasts a middling amount of time and has middling silage. The scent is mild and inoffensive, and I cannot imagine a situation that it couldn't be worn in, or that someone would find it objectionable. The scent is pretty good quality, not synthetic smelling, not sharp or with any odd notes. I could go through the whole pyramid but why bother? Halston Man Amber is what it is: a simple and simply good, pleasant Amber-Oud cologne that fits any situation and offends no one, ever.

I put this on a section of the shelf where I keep colognes I use when I don't have any particularly good ideas about what to wear and just want a nice scent for a few hours.

Silage is OK. Longevity is OK. I don't do the whole "lasts for 4.75 hours" thing. Seems to me it provides a few hours of decent projection, after which it becomes a skin scent and then fades off into nothingness. Which for $13 is completely acceptable.

It hardly needs to be said that an Amber-Oud cologne is not a clubbing cologne. Perfectly fine for work or casual, and leans toward winter/fall like all other Ouds and Ambers. That said, it is mild enough to use on a warm day if desired.

I can't think of an exact comparison, but in my collection, one cologne that seems to share a bit of the DNA of this one is Mancera Aoud Vanille, of which I own a 4 oz bottle and use frequently. The Mancera is more refined and subtler, and I don't think too many people would have a problem identifying which one was the "higher quality" fragrance. I do like the Mancera more but I also think the slightly rougher Halston Man Amber has a place in the rotation, especially given the cost-effectivness.

At $40 or $50 I would still think this was a good cologne, though at that price point I'd be asking myself how and how well it competes with some alternatives. At $13 it's a ridiculous no brainer.
25th April, 2017
Trying this out right now. First impressions: smells really good and lacks performance. I can't see this lasting much more than 4-6 hrs at most. Linear too, if that makes any difference. Those are the bad parts. The scent itself though more than makes up for it. I get a quality oud note, that's surprising, since this cost next to nothing ($20 for 75ml). Ambery oud, with myrrh.

I'd recommend this one, given the excellent quality and the ridiculously low price (it should cost 3-4x this). Just spray liberally and enjoy.
10th October, 2016
A nice quality linear scent that has ok longevity and projection. For those looking for a SUPER safe Oud scent this is a great place to start for sure. As far as the juice it is a quality scent. It doesn't smell synthetic and for the price it is an amazing deal. Lots of sweet amber with just a hint of dirty oud. Enjoy!
13th September, 2016
Without hesitation, a thumbs up.

Ambery-Oud, that's about all I'm getting.

Just so nice and, to me, quite natural, not synthetic.

Sure it doesn't "evolve" over time but it is just a basic scent that gets the job done so well that I can't complain about it not having a great variation of notes.

Great projection and has a good life on my skin. This baby has just enough quality ingredients allowing it to compete with the big boys of the OUD/AOUD/AGARWOOD world.

This is serving me well here in the late fall/autumn going into the winter.
11th December, 2015

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