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Catalyst for Men (1994)
by Halston


Catalyst for Men information

Year of Launch1994
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 115 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerIlias Ermenidis
PerfumerHarry Fremont
PackagingMarc Rosen
Parent CompanyRevlon Inc > Elizabeth Arden Inc
Parent Company at launchHalston Borghese

About Catalyst for Men

Catalyst for Men is a masculine fragrance by Halston. The scent was launched in 1994 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Harry Fremont and Ilias Ermenidis. The bottle was designed by Marc Rosen

Catalyst for Men fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Catalyst for Men

Yes, nutmeg & cloves. Cloves & nutmeg. So many of the ones I like most have either or both these notes. I perceive Edition far better for this type scent re quality and performance however Catalyst is great when the flannels come out and the schedule involves less formality than say office work. Like a cudgel flanker. A good value at around $5/oz and the moisture providing quircky green after shave is great. I suggest going old. It's a favorite dumb reach.
08th January, 2018
Stardate 20161209:
Vintage Version.

This is a powerful masculine fragrance that lasts more than a day. Spices and SW.

The citrus,spice and SW makes it a cousin of Vintage Dunhill Edition.
Or more like a bastard child of Dunhill Edition and Aramis Havana.
It may be redundant if you have vintage Dunhill Edition (which is smoother).
But it is a cheapie so why not indulge.
09th December, 2016
An underrated, overlooked scent to add to one's collection! A surprisingly mature fragrance that is at once simple, then very rich and satisfying. The bottle is quite interesting, too. ;^>
12th November, 2016
Genre: Woody Oriental
Catalyst’s spiced apple pie top notes are at once foody and a mite chemical in a car air freshener/cheap scented candle sort of way. The fruit component bows out quickly, leaving the stage to a straightforward nutmeg and clove accord. Clove, being clove, (which is to say loathe to share the spotlight,) soon dominates, so how you feel about Catalyst will depend mostly upon how much you like clove. Woe betide you if you don’t, because Catalyst is extremely potent, and even a dab is enough to fill the room.

Catalyst ultimately winds up smelling like part of a fragrance. More precisely, it smells like part of Michel Roudnitska’s Noir Epices for Frédéric Malle. I realize it must seem both unfair and elitist to compare a bargain-priced scent like Catalyst with an expensive, limited distribution niche fragrance, but Noir Epices is so apt a demonstration of what Catalyst could have been that I can’t help myself. The Malle smells like US $135 retail, and Catalyst smells like every one of its fifteen dollars. Do I sound churlish? Just remember, a bottle of McCormick’s clove extract costs even less.
11th June, 2014
In my nose only Nutmeg and Cloves...but very good fragrance super long-lasting and overwhelming... Smells in every time and every situation, Warm and comfortable scent ( Like Aromatherapy)... A improvement version of Jacomo by Jocomo...CATALYST Loved n´ Recomended.
09th February, 2014
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United States
Sage, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Very spicy (to the point of harshness), but also musky/woody in the dry down and with some nice orange peel/apple in the opening. A good Thanksgiving frag to go along with the savory fixin's and spicy pumpkin and apple pies.
28th November, 2013

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Halston Catalyst For Men edt 100ml

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