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    Default Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    No, they're not exactly the same. Halston Man Amber is not as spicy-aromatic or vibrant at the top, but these two are actually quite similar.

    HMA brings in a richer, sweeter base via amber, though its not overly sweet, and pretty mild in comparison to many ambers. As a result it's a softer and more lush in comparison to Royal Oud. If you like the overall smell of Royal Oud but find its edges too prickly or spicy for your liking, HMA would be a good alternative.

    That's not to say there's no spice to HMA--there is--just not to the degree that its found in Royal Oud. Royal Oud has a healthy dose of angelica and pink pepper, making it quite spicy up top in combination with the dry cedar, whereas HMA is more muted in comparison, apparently deriving its spiciness from a light dose of time and myrrh, and also working with a dry cedar note.

    And the oud is right there--easy to discern, leaning more toward the clean/fresh side than the animalic, although perhaps a bit synthetic. It's not an overpowering oud note--but it contributes to a significant portion of the composition. Overall HMA seems about 30% amber, 20% oud, 20% cedar, and 30% resins and spice.


    In the end, I prefer Royal Oud, as I think its a better quality scent overall, and love the vibrant, spicy top. However, HMA is very nice as well, and works when you want that Royal Oud feeling at a quieter, softer level--a bit muted--and with a cozier, more comforting base.

    I'm surprised HMA has flown under the radar for so long. It's really good and completely wearable. Are there any fans of this one around here? Did you get the Royal Oud association as well?

    Anybody dislike Halston Man Amber?

    I can see this as a go-to fall/winter option as it seems pretty versatile and easy to pull off.

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Interesting. Halston Man Amber has actually been on my "to try" list for quite some time. I love Royal Oud, so now I am even more interested in giving this one a try. Good write up!
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Still waiting for mines to arrive. Will give a short review when it does.

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Anybody dislike Halston Man Amber?
    Yes. Not a fan of this.
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    I like this frag a lot, wear it for even summer time.

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    I own Royal Oud and once again own Halston Amber Man. The only reason a Halston Amber Man isn't more popular is because it's so hard to find. If you can find it, buy it.


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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    I own it and love it.
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    I haven't tried either, but "super cheapo" Jovan Oud Intense seems to be getting the oud job done for me!

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    For those that want to purchase this they're getting down to the last sets. Here's a link http://www.basenotes.net/threads/380...t-Fragrancenet to where you can buy it.
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    I like this one a lot, although I don't get much oud from it. Which suits me fine.
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Yeah, this is a great one, and it's something I have recommended on here many times. Great stuff, and I prefer it to Royal Oud.

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    HMA is a good one. Light oud and amber that can be surprisingly worn in the summer. Yes, I said summer. Today is pretty warm (80 degrees) and it is not cloying at all. The oud seems more like a light cedar on my skin. Got this one on a humble (thanks silentrich). Pretty safe fragrance that wont clear a room. 8/10
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Just ordered a bottle yesterday - looking forward to giving this one a try!
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    I stumbled upon this myself over the weekend. I went to go post in the "internet deal" section because i knew it would be moved, and as i was doing it i'm thinking "sigh...no one will see this". Then i saw SilentRich's thread.

    I'vr been trying to find a bottle of this for a long time. Its not even that its expensive, you just never see it period!

    I have a large order from Fragrancenet coming tomorrow. I can't wait to smell this!

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Just received the first of two sets I ordered from fragrancenet today. The box is big and well done for a gift set. I'm sure it would cost $10 or more just to ship this. Did about 4 sprays hitting the pulse points and one on the chest. Just like I remembered it. Love the way this develops on the skin.
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    Just received the first of two sets I ordered from fragrancenet today. The box is big and well done for a gift set. I'm sure it would cost $10 or more just to ship this. Did about 4 sprays hitting the pulse points and one on the chest. Just like I remembered it. Love the way this develops on the skin.

    You're in FL? You can get away with wearing it there the summer?

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post
    I have a large order from Fragrancenet coming tomorrow. I can't wait to smell this!
    Did you pay for faster shipping? I ordered one as well, but I'm not expecting mine to arrive until Thursday of next week. I wonder how much longer it'll be available on Fragrancenet.
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Any idea on how this compares to 24 Gold, better/worse/similar?

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post
    You're in FL? You can get away with wearing it there the summer?
    Have no problem wearing it in the heat. Matter of fact I think this performs better in warmer weather because it's the definition of a skin scent. You can overspray this and spray on clothes without fear of offending anyone.
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbz View Post
    Any idea on how this compares to 24 Gold, better/worse/similar?
    I don't see any comparison to 24 Gold. 24 Gold is a lot sweeter, quite a bit stronger, and I smell no myrrh or oud in it. Halston Amber Man is subtle and stays close to the skin.
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Did you pay for faster shipping? I ordered one as well, but I'm not expecting mine to arrive until Thursday of next week. I wonder how much longer it'll be available on Fragrancenet.
    Hell yes I did. It's like $3 extra to upgrade from free smartpost bullcrap to ups ground. I don't have the patience for smartpost lol.

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post
    Hell yes I did. It's like $3 extra to upgrade from free smartpost bullcrap to ups ground. I don't have the patience for smartpost lol.
    ...?!?!?!?!

    Yougottabekiddingme. I had no idea. I always assumed it'd be somewhere around $15, not $3, so I never even bothered looking. Oh well. There's nothing I can do about it now other than wait.
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    I don't see any comparison to 24 Gold. 24 Gold is a lot sweeter, quite a bit stronger, and I smell no myrrh or oud in it. Halston Amber Man is subtle and stays close to the skin.
    Thanks Rich, went ahead and pulled the trigger on this...worth a blind buy try at this price.(especially since it seems hard to find)

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbz View Post
    Any idea on how this compares to 24 Gold, better/worse/similar?

    Different. I find the oud in 24 gold has a bit of a rubbery, synthetic smell to it, the oud in HMA is better--it's fresher, woodier oud. 24 gold is a LOT sweeter. The amber is much thicker and sweeter. The amber in Halston is soft and lush, but it's not really sweet.

    HMA is spicier, much more reserved, and I think it's a little classier. I like 24 Gold, but appreciate the subtle class of HMA. It makes it a little more versatile. And yes, it works surprisingly well in the warm weather. It's really nice.

    Overall, they're fairly different frags. They probably get compared because they' re both in gold bottles...some kind of subliminal association maybe.


    Did you order it?

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbz View Post
    Thanks Rich, went ahead and pulled the trigger on this...worth a blind buy try at this price.(especially since it seems hard to find)
    It's well worth the $45. Some might find it a bit too light or fleeting, but I think the versatility of this is what makes it stand out. Enjoy!
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    ...?!?!?!?!

    Yougottabekiddingme. I had no idea. I always assumed it'd be somewhere around $15, not $3, so I never even bothered looking. Oh well. There's nothing I can do about it now other than wait.
    Yeah, same here. I hate that FedEx --> USPS switch. Takes forever. Mine should arrive Saturday - would have paid a few extra bucks to get it a little sooner.


    Just smelled 24 Gold for the first time, and fell in love with that - hope I like this one as much as that one.
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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Just smelled 24 Gold for the first time, and fell in love with that - hope I like this one as much as that one.
    Just ordered a bottle of 24 Gold myself last night, can't wait for it to arrive!!!

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    I got my 2 4 oz bottles last week. Come with a small bottle of HAM and a small bottle of Halston Man.

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Different. I find the oud in 24 gold has a bit of a rubbery, synthetic smell to it, the oud in HMA is better--it's fresher, woodier oud. 24 gold is a LOT sweeter. The amber is much thicker and sweeter. The amber in Halston is soft and lush, but it's not really sweet.

    HMA is spicier, much more reserved, and I think it's a little classier. I like 24 Gold, but appreciate the subtle class of HMA. It makes it a little more versatile. And yes, it works surprisingly well in the warm weather. It's really nice.

    Overall, they're fairly different frags. They probably get compared because they' re both in gold bottles...some kind of subliminal association maybe.


    Did you order it?
    Thanks for the break down BB! Yeah, I bought a bottle of each. I generally like sweet frags so I figure 24 Gold is a pretty safe blind buy, but taking a little step of faith with the Halston as I'm not normally a big oud/strong amber fan. Although Ferarri Silver Essence turned out to be a very good blind buy for me, so I'm having faith that I'm gonna keep the streak of successful blind buys alive!

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    Default Re: Halston Man Amber...Ever wonder what Royal Oud would smell like with amber...and oud?

    Quote Originally Posted by kontol View Post
    I got my 2 4 oz bottles last week. Come with a small bottle of HAM and a small bottle of Halston Man.
    How is Halston Man?

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