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  • Halston Z14 (vintage)

    2 14.29%
  • Yatagan

    12 85.71%
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    Default Perfume Factoid battle Round One: Vincent Marcello

    Vincent Marcello was the nose behind two incredibly impactful men's fragrances that were both released in 1976: Yatagan and Halston Z-14. Both have a similar dark, savory mossy accord, and both are tremendously potent and rich fragrances. Comparing the official lists for the two:

    Halston Z14:
    cypress, gardenia, green notes, basil, bergamot and lemon
    coriander, patchouli, cinnamon, jasmine, vetiver, cedar and geranium
    leather, tonka bean, amber, musk, benzoin and oakmoss

    Yatagan:
    Lavender, Wormwood, Petitgrain, Artemisia
    Geranium, Pine Needles, Vetiver, Patchouli
    Leather, Castoreum, Styrax

    They obviously have quite a bit in common! Halston is slightly sweeter and has a chypre structure compared to Yatagan's more strictly savory demeanor with absolutely no citrus. The beautiful accord present in both is to me vaguely reminiscent of the flavor of pure crystalline MSG, which sadly has absolutely no aroma. Its flavor can be most easily accessed in the "Chicken flavor" variety of Ramen Noodles. It is this accord that gives Z14 its crystalline depth and gives Yatagan its foody shock value. Simply, the base accord in Z14 is present as both itself and as the base of the chypre structure, while in Yatagan it is in full view as the star of the show. They are like comparing two paintings done entirely with real blood: One a picture of a rose; the other a picture of a bloody corpse. They are both blood on paper; one just gives the impression of a rose, while the other stays true to the material.

    Wonderfully, they are both completely successful in my opinion and some of the best fragrances ever created for men.

    So, which do you favor?

    (as a side note, while gathering information about Z14, I discovered that EA no longer carries Z14 anywhere. It could be discontinued, so I recommend trying to grab a vintage Jeff Gordon bottle soon if you want to experience this gem!)

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    Default Re: Perfume Factoid battle Round One: Vincent Marcello

    Yatagan

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    Default Re: Perfume Factoid battle Round One: Vincent Marcello

    I voted yatagan also. I like its vulgarity.

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    Default Re: Perfume Factoid battle Round One: Vincent Marcello

    it has to be Yatagan


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    Default Re: Perfume Factoid battle Round One: Vincent Marcello

    Yatagan

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    Default Re: Perfume Factoid battle Round One: Vincent Marcello

    Vintage Z-14 by far.....
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    Default Re: Perfume Factoid battle Round One: Vincent Marcello

    I prefer the vintage Z-14.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)

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    Default Re: Perfume Factoid battle Round One: Vincent Marcello

    My vote goes to the ottoman sabre.
    The Dreamer from Versace: what does this scent have that is so alluring and enticing towards the opposite sex ?

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    Default Re: Perfume Factoid battle Round One: Vincent Marcello

    Yatagan actually has a solid dose of bergamot, a citrus fruit rind. Yatagan is a masterpiece. Z-14 is excellent and more accessible, but the Yat has to win out. They are both timeless.

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    Default Re: Perfume Factoid battle Round One: Vincent Marcello

    But Why did he create just two! Why in the same year? What happened to such a genius?

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    Default Re: Perfume Factoid battle Round One: Vincent Marcello

    I'm under the impression he had several hits for men and women around that same time. I think he did Estee Lauder's Private Collection...

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    Default Re: Perfume Factoid battle Round One: Vincent Marcello

    I'm even more impressed, if he created one more masterpiece is one of the more productive genius in the nose services sector! What happened with him?? I googled that name and found about a guy who allegedly is in the mob. Who knows...


    By the way, Z-14 is great, Yatagan is sublime!
    Last edited by Papi Le Bon; 16th September 2012 at 09:15 PM.

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