It looks like I'm going to spend this week wearing department store fragrances, which isn't a bad thing.
All too often I am in search of the next great little fragrance from the heretofore unknown little perfumer that I forget to sniff around at my local department store. One of the fragrances that has been a mainstay at my department store counter for over 30 years is Halston Z-14. I’ve always thought it to be an average fragrance that for the right guy would be above average but not this guy.
When I heard Carlos Benaim was taking the original Halston Z-14 and giving it a reworking and releasing it as Halston Man in 2009 I can’t say that I was rushing right out to try it. My local department store SA gave me a healthy sample of it and there it sat until it started to leak a bit. As I kept working around my sample drawer I kept getting a nice whiff of something. It wasn’t until days later that I picked up the leaking bottle and realized that the source was Halston Man. I was now a little more excited to wear it. When I realized how much I like M. Benaim’s re-interpretation of Polo in Polo Modern Reserve I decided I was a lot more excited to wear it.
The top of Halston Man starts fairly fruity with a mix of citrus and passion fruit. What keeps it from getting out of control, and too fruity for my taste, is the addition of artemisia as that note adds an herbal woody edge that counterbalances the fruit. The heart is a masculine lavender added to the cool zing of cardamom. I loved M. Benaim’s use of cardamom in Polo Modern Reserve and here, again, in Halston Man it adds a needed bit of spice to the lavender and allows the development to turn away from the fruit and toward the lavender. The base is a standard mix of patchouli, musk, and labdanum but while commonplace it is appropriate in balance to what has come before and well executed.
Halston Man has excellent longevity and above average sillage.
Halston Man is by no means a ground-breaking fragrance but it a competently composed designer fragrance and as these things go Carlos Benaim is proving to be quite the shrewd engineer when it comes to taking the familiar and making them interesting, again.
Have a Twinkly Tuesday everyone