Code of Conduct
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 30 of 40
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Pennsyl-tuckey
    Posts
    1,768
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Keep in mind; I'm 18. The past 3 years trying to find myself in this big world of fragrances and really look out for the things that truly satisfy me has been one hell of a ride.

    I always ignored fragrances like Polo and Halston Z-14 from the get-go because I thought they smelled "old" and banal, and that every dad and uncle wore them - even though I'd never actually worn them before.

    I was contradicting myself, though, seeking out (and in some cases buying blind) rare fragrances like Balenciaga Pour Homme and Patou Pour Homme because the best reviewers on here said they were amazing (granted, they were).

    So, after this long ride where things are finally starting to settle down, I realize just exactly what it is that makes Polo and Halston Z-14 so popular:

    They smell good. They really do. Polo is an enjoyable fresh pine scent, and Z-14 is a very underrated (in my opinion) citrus chypre. Neither of them have really been fucked up yet by the reformulation bug.

    All these years I spent trying to get fragrances that were unique, or rare, or had good structure or good raw materials, I forgot the main reason why we like fragrances.

    They smell good. And that's always what matters the most.
    SEEKING BOTTLES OF:

    Aramis New West (preferably old bottle)
    Patrick by Fragrances of Ireland
    Azzaro Aqua
    Gloria by Cacharel

    PM me if you have bottles that you're willing to sell or trade!

  2. #2
    hednic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Reside in McLean, Va. Manhattan NYC, Manuel Antonio Costa Rica & Bzios Brasil
    Posts
    220,213

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Wise beyond your years.

  3. #3

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Wise beyond your years.
    They smell good. And that's always what matters the most.
    I love these posts. I am also a fan of both Polo and Z-14, some of the best buys out there. They just smell good.
    Please visit my SALES thread! HERE
    Currently wearing: Antaeus by Chanel

  4. #4

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    All these years I spent trying to get fragrances that were unique, or rare, or had good structure or good raw materials, I forgot the main reason why we like fragrances.

    They smell good. And that's always what matters the most.


    I like this thread
    Last edited by xjeromex; 2nd October 2011 at 06:19 AM.

  5. #5

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    You're 18?!!!??! Reading your posts before I pictured you as a thirty something with a wife and three kids. Yep, because they smell good, that's what it's all about. Good on you Grottola.
    La vita breve, la morte vien.


    Wanted!!! Rectoverso Tea Tobacco by Ulric de Varens. PM Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. #6
    noggs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    6,558

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    They smell good. And that's always what matters the most.
    Agree completely. I think that sometimes we Basenoters get too hung up on originality or the latest trend or rarity or exclusivity or some other facet of fragrances and neglect the basic joy of enjoying something that just smells good.

    It is so refreshing to have a young person get beyond the blinkered (and ultimately meaningless) "old man" syndrome.

  7. #7

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Both are stylish, understated and timeless
    Currently wearing: Ungaro III by Ungaro

  8. #8
    Champion Thread Killer

    kbe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    The Big Blue Marble
    Posts
    24,925
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    They smell good. And that's always what matters the most.
    Well said young man!
    we have seen the enemy...and he is us.-Pogo
    Currently wearing: Cuba Gold by Cuba Paris

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Pennsyl-tuckey
    Posts
    1,768
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    It's a beautiful world when you know who you are
    SEEKING BOTTLES OF:

    Aramis New West (preferably old bottle)
    Patrick by Fragrances of Ireland
    Azzaro Aqua
    Gloria by Cacharel

    PM me if you have bottles that you're willing to sell or trade!

  10. #10
    Basenotes Junkie PEARL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    GA, ATL
    Posts
    627

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    [B]



    So, after this long ride where things are finally starting to settle down, I realize just exactly what it is that makes Polo and Halston Z-14 so popular:

    They smell good. They really do. Polo is an enjoyable fresh pine scent, and Z-14 is a very underrated (in my opinion) citrus chypre. Neither of them have really been fucked up yet by the reformulation bug.
    They smell good. And that's always what matters the most.
    I haven't worn Polo in many moons, but because of your post my friend, I think I just may have to go out and grab a bottle, because it is really good, my wallet thanks you.

  11. #11

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Yeah man Polo and Z-14 are both excellent fragrances. I'm 35 so most of my generation grew up on names like Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and other big designer houses. Hell even back in the day a Ralph Lauren polo shirt was $50 to $75 dollars. Having owned Polo cologne back then was a big deal because it was expensive, the selection of cologne was limited, and girls went crazy for this stuff. To this day there's a lot of older gentlemen that still wear this stuff and for good reason. Memories of youth and the fact it just plain smells good.
    Some day's you're the statue and some days you're the pigeon.

  12. #12

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    which polo are you guys referring to?

  13. #13

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    What a great post.Thanks for sharing your epiphany.

  14. #14

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Great post, I agree that a lot of older fragrances just smell awesome, even if some folks are conditioned to see them as "old smelling."

  15. #15

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    will have to try these, or try them again, based on your recommendation.

  16. #16
    Champion Thread Killer

    kbe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    The Big Blue Marble
    Posts
    24,925
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Quote Originally Posted by monsieur_sparkle View Post
    Great post, I agree that a lot of older fragrances just smell awesome, even if some folks are conditioned to see them as "old smelling."
    Mozart and Chopin were often considered 'old' and 'unsophisticated' in their expression of music by younger composers, players and critics. How egotistical and blatantly wrong.

    Somehow, the 'old' concept is not as readily tagged to 'older' great paintings, philosophers and leaders, among many others things.

    Why is it then that great fragrances often are labeled in a demeaning way 'old man' fragrances or the like? Perhaps the authors are so entranced with their own present day experience (narcissism?--and ironically many of their present day picks will be labeled in the same way by future generations) or, worse, unable to recognize and appreciate true art in scent produced prior to their..ahem..maturity?
    we have seen the enemy...and he is us.-Pogo
    Currently wearing: Cuba Gold by Cuba Paris

  17. #17
    Surfacing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    A Day Dream
    Posts
    5,914

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Quote Originally Posted by koala501 View Post
    ... I pictured you as a thirty something with a wife and three....
    Perhaps he does have a wife and three kids If he was living in my neighourhood he would ( minus the wife part).

    PS : I still have not sampled Z-14 I'm gonna give it a shot, but I may get mean looks from other shoppers.
    Seeking: Bottles/decants : of Pomegranate Noir, Midnight in Paris EDP, Feeling Man, Essence of John Galliano, Azzaro pour Homme (vintage),...etc.

    Seeking decant/sample of PdE Ambre Russe, Jil Sander Feeling Man, Comme des Garcons 2 Man, Giorgio VIP, ....etc. I have samples to swap.

    More HERE
    Please PM me !

  18. #18
    Banned
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    1,361
    Blog Entries
    7

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    If you like the Z, you should also try 1-12. Also a nice green chypre. Similar but greener.

    It's true, the old classics generally smell good. The same cannot be said for much of the dreck out nowadays.
    Last edited by socalwoman; 22nd November 2011 at 06:01 PM.

  19. #19
    Basenotes Plus

    Niles's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    3,055
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Quote Originally Posted by subutex View Post
    which polo are you guys referring to?
    The original (green bottle and gold cap).

    I love both of these fragrances.

  20. #20
    Guest 3
    Guest

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    I don't know Z-14, but I have always loved original Polo and still do. DH still has a couple of old bottles and I like to sniff them and take a dab once in a blue moon. I'll bet you smell nice, Grottola, and not like every other 18 year old. Good for you!

  21. #21

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    -You should also try Tom Ford Italian Cypress

  22. #22
    Basenotes Junkie PEARL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    GA, ATL
    Posts
    627

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Quote Originally Posted by kbe View Post
    Why is it then that great fragrances often are labeled in a demeaning way 'old man' fragrances or the like? Perhaps the authors are so entranced with their own present day experience (narcissism?--and ironically many of their present day picks will be labeled in the same way by future generations) or, worse, unable to recognize and appreciate true art in scent produced prior to their..ahem..maturity?
    My theory is that defining a fragrance as 'old' my an individual is based on scent memory. Before I had my first frag, I smelled my father, uncles, and their friends frags, and at one time any frag that was reminiscent of what I smelled on them, I labelled 'old', fortunately I have gotten over that. Imagine in 10-15 years when our own sons are teenagers, they may perceive some of the scents we wear now as old.

  23. #23
    Champion Thread Killer

    kbe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    The Big Blue Marble
    Posts
    24,925
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    ...(wrong Thread!!)
    we have seen the enemy...and he is us.-Pogo
    Currently wearing: Cuba Gold by Cuba Paris

  24. #24
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    220

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Unfortunately, I don't quite care for Z-14. I also echo the "old" sentiment, but when I first smelled it I liked it. A few wears later, and quite a few sniffs later, I just dont like it anymore. Unfortunately selling it is almost a waste of time, as it goes for like 7 bucks on ebay.

  25. #25
    Dependent thatmakesscents's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Left Coast , USA
    Posts
    2,551

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Quote Originally Posted by alexjustdoit View Post
    Unfortunately selling it is almost a waste of time, as it goes for like 7 bucks on ebay.
    Only because the juice isn't made from quality ingredients anymore. It pisses me off because I fell for Z-14 recently but yet again I was disappointed with longevity. It lasted on me for a cool hour. I would gladly spend $70/100 for a 3.4oz of this stuff made with quality ingredients.

  26. #26

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Quote Originally Posted by PEARL View Post
    I haven't worn Polo in many moons, but because of your post my friend, I think I just may have to go out and grab a bottle, because it is really good, my wallet thanks you.
    I sold my bottle of Modern Reserve and bought a bottle of the original a while back. I held off on wearing it because it is simply so easily recognizable. I finally broke down and wore it today, and Im kicking myself in the ass for holding off. One of the best ever, period.

    Z-14, however, I could never get used to. I love the fragrance, but it just never wore well on me. I'll pick up a bottle once every few years and try again, but always wind up letting it go. Great stuff, but unfortunately not for me.

  27. #27

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    I will always have a soft spot for 1-12 (my high school/college cologne), and liked Z-14 quite a bit, too. But I really do think they've been reformulated since their heydey in the 1980s -- having worn them quite often back then and having tried them recently, they now smell much more synthetic (which befits their current dirt cheap price points).

    Polo, on the other hand, still smells the same to me -- just as good as ever.
    Current Top Five:

    1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    5. Creed Original Vetiver

  28. #28
    Basenotes Junkie
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    557

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    I think Polo is great for a rugged man 45+. Under 30? I think he'd be a bit nuts. (Nothing wrong with that though)

  29. #29

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Thats exactly what I was wearing when I was your age, congratulations!!
    After many years and many different fragrances Z-14 is the only bottle I repeated back then. Even now I found one for 16 dollars and bought it right there, Maybe because of the price and the memories (many of them very intimate) But the fascination and enjoyment is still there!
    Like you, I just like the smell.
    I'm 43 now, and the other day after extending my wrist for our young (20) receptionist to smell, she said "what the heck? It smells like a sweet tree or something!" Lol!
    Who knows, maybe thats where T. Ford got his inspiration for Italian Cypress?
    Please don't shoot me.
    Currently wearing: Journey Man by Amouage

  30. #30

    Default Re: I now understand why Polo and Halston Z-14 are so popular

    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    It's a beautiful world when you know who you are


    I wanna say something. Im gonna put it out there. If you like it, you can take it, if you dont, send it right back."

Similar Threads

  1. Halston versus Halston Couture
    By Aiona in forum Female Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 9th March 2011, 08:58 PM
  2. I think I finally understand Polo Double Black, but...
    By Bigsly in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 19th November 2009, 07:08 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  



Loving perfume on the Internet since 2000