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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    I think Valentino Vendetta is the closest thing I've smelled to Italian Cypress. It's slightly sharper (touch of aldehydes?) and has a dab of what I think is iris (slightly soapy edge). V's not quite as natural as IC, but it's also 1/6th the price. I would say V is 90% as good as IC.

    The new Z-14 (still haven't tried vintage) smells 100% synthetic and has tons of coumarin and much more cinnamon than those other two, while having much less conifer. Vastly inferior in every way IMO.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    I'm giving Z-14 a full wearing today and it smells more like Italian Cypress than I initially thought. It smells a LOT like it when you smell it straight from the bottle. The top notes don't smell like it b/c of the lemon, but after it dries down it smells like IC.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Ok so I've worn Z-14 for a little over 11 hours so far. The inital smell doesn't remind me of Italian Cypress, but after 2 hours or so it's drydown is VERY close. The opening lemon note in Z-14 seperates the two initally, however they smell similar once Z-14 has been on for a few hours. It's the reverse of the GIT and CW similarity in a few ways. This time, the more expensive one (IC) smells like the cheaper one (Z-14), but instead of the top notes being similar, it's the drydown. It also lasts a loooong time for an Eau De Cologne. I can still smell it easily on my wrist after 11 hours. Also it projected like a monster this morning. I put on 7 sprays (thinking it would be safe b/c it's an EDC) and it was STRONG! It truly is a good substitute for Italian Cypress once you get past the top notes. I now see where all the comparisons come from. This was a very good buy for $16.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    I've never been particularly struck by any similarity between the two - indeed to my nose Z-14 dries down to be a lot more similar to Lagerfeld KL than IC.

    And to whoever it was who said they were enjoying the new Halston Man - yes, I tried this the other day too and liked it a lot.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    I`ve been thinking of a purchase of Z-14 for a long time, but after reading this post I`m not sure anymore. I own a Italian Cypress bottle, which I like very much (my favorit from the Private Blend). The question is: Is it necessary to own Z-14 when I already own Italian Cypress ?

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    The question is: Is it necessary to own Z-14 when I already own Italian Cypress ?
    IMO Not really.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    IMO Not really.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    I`ve been thinking of a purchase of Z-14 for a long time, but after reading this post I`m not sure anymore. I own a Italian Cypress bottle, which I like very much (my favorit from the Private Blend). The question is: Is it necessary to own Z-14 when I already own Italian Cypress ?
    I think it's an absolutely great idea, since even the old formulation is so cheap. That way when you want to get a similar feel to IT but want to save your expensive juice, just douse the Z-14. I mean come on, you can get it for like $15. No-brainer if you already like IT.

    Just make sure you get the stuff with oakmoss listed as detailed in this thread:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/287...ew-formulation)

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    I don't smell the connection. Love IC, could do without Z-14
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    The question is: Is it necessary to own Z-14 when I already own Italian Cypress ?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    IMO Not really.

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    Think you got that backwards.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by MOONB View Post
    Think you got that backwards.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Z-14 cheapened Italian Cypress for me. I wanted to buy IC but whenever I smell it, it reminds me too much of the much cheaper Z-14. It's not a bad scent or anything, but paying $195 for something that smells like a $15 fragrance doesn't appeal to me.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    It really does smell almost the same.

    I thought that Arabian Wood curiously smelled very similar to vintage Cabochard as well.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by mesaboogie View Post
    Z-14 cheapened Italian Cypress for me. I wanted to buy IC but whenever I smell it, it reminds me too much of the much cheaper Z-14. It's not a bad scent or anything, but paying $195 for something that smells like a $15 fragrance doesn't appeal to me.
    How is the longevity of Z-14?

    When you say similar is it a watered down version of italian cypress or more of synthetic version of it?

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by DAX View Post
    How is the longevity of Z-14?

    When you say similar is it a watered down version of italian cypress or more of synthetic version of it?
    Longevity was something like 11 hours on me...very impressive for an EDC. It came out first, so Italian Cypress is actually an upscale, high quality version of Z-14. Z-14 has a huge blast of lemon in the beginning. It's during the drydown that they smell similar.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    Thanks. Money saved!
    Hey you can get my Z-14 125 ml, 124 ml left for next to nothing if interested
    I hate Z-14 almost as much as I hate Dior Homme/Intense, Habit Rouge and Yatagan

    Jeg syntes Z-14 lugter som en medicinsk børneafdeling på et hospital....hæ....hæ.....

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by CHSeifert View Post
    Hey you can get my Z-14 125 ml, 124 ml left for next to nothing if interested
    I hate Z-14 almost as much as I hate Dior Homme/Intense, Habit Rouge and Yatagan

    Jeg syntes Z-14 lugter som en medicinsk børneafdeling på et hospital....hæ....hæ.....

    Claus fra København
    Thanks for your offer, but At the moment I think I`ll stick with my Italian Cypress.

    (jeg liker I-C veldig godt, så hvis Z-14 er så lik I-C folk påståer, så kanskje jeg melder min interesse en annen gang. Takk. :-)

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    I definitely prefer Italian Cypress.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    I wore the hell out of some Z-14 in the 80's and still have a couple bottles one old one new. I don't get that from Italian Cypress, some similarity but not that close to me.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Italian cypress was next on my list but after reading this thread I'm not sure if I wanna buy it anymore

    My sample is starting to smell like Azzaro for men! there goes another comparison that will downgrade IC even more.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    I can't smell IC and not think of Z-14 (vintage.) IC lasts longer and the drydown is nice but too similar to Z-14 at that price point.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Its funny, I was in Vegas a couple weeks ago with a girl that I like. We went into the Tom Ford store in City Center and her favorite from the private line was Italian Cypress. A couple days later we met for lunch and I wore Z-14 and she said " You wore my favorite one today didnt you ?" I just smiled. Only a BNer could notice the difference.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by Nersh View Post
    Its funny, I was in Vegas a couple weeks ago with a girl that I like. We went into the Tom Ford store in City Center and her favorite from the private line was Italian Cypress. A couple days later we met for lunch and I wore Z-14 and she said " You wore my favorite one today didnt you ?" I just smiled. Only a BNer could notice the difference.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by Nersh View Post
    Its funny, I was in Vegas a couple weeks ago with a girl that I like. We went into the Tom Ford store in City Center and her favorite from the private line was Italian Cypress. A couple days later we met for lunch and I wore Z-14 and she said " You wore my favorite one today didnt you ?" I just smiled. Only a BNer could notice the difference.
    Was it the new or vintage Z-14 edition you wore and own ?
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by DAX View Post
    How is the longevity of Z-14?

    When you say similar is it a watered down version of italian cypress or more of synthetic version of it?
    It lasts longer than almost any other fragrance I've owned.

    It smells just slightly less concentrated in the base. I use a little oakmoss absolute when I wear it to help it along and holy shit is it ever a great chypre fragrance.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    I wore Italian Cypress a few weeks ago, and I was immediately struck by its similarity to SOMETHING - but maybe it's that "powerhouse men's fragrance" scent that is shared by Z-14 and all the others mentioned in this thread. I don't regret getting it - like it quite a lot.


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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by CHSeifert View Post
    Was it the new or vintage Z-14 edition you wore and own ?
    I'm sure it was vintage. And I'm quite sure that everyone on this thread who detects "not much" resemblance between IC and Z-14 is comparing the horrible new version, which indeed bears little resemblance to IC.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    I looked for the vintage oakmoss version at TJ Maxx today at lunch, but alas, only the treemoss version could be found. I'll keep looking.
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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Quote Originally Posted by CHSeifert View Post
    Was it the new or vintage Z-14 edition you wore and own ?

    Just the current version.

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    Default Re: Tom Ford Italian Cypress = Halston Z-14

    Haha - I have to chime in. I bought a bottle of Z-14 and was immediately reminded of IC. The drydown in Z-14 is a bit "hotter", though, and IC has a lovely sweetness to it.

    I'm glad I'm not crazy.

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