Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Fragrance
Launched in 1976, Z-14 is a fragrance that contains every note in the universe. It’s loud and it throws. Because of this, it’s a polarizing fragrance. You either love or hate it. Or love it 50% of the time and hate it the rest of the time. I’m in the “love” team of Z-14. It’s a wonderful manly scent, very Boogie Nights, a perfume on the prowl in a discotheque.
BAM! That’s Z-14. This is some loud stuff. It’s an “evergreen and citrus thunderstorm”. I also get something that reminds me of Thai basil. It’s green with a hint of licorice. This opening is a refreshing blast of herbs and citrus. With time the fragrance gets grassier with a dry vetiver and dried lemongrass. This compliments the Christmas tree farm of Z-14 very nicely. Under all of this, is a slightly unusual cinnamon incense and a Jägerbomb. The dry-down of Z-14 is my favorite. It’s a smoky, manly-man leather with tons of dry moss and woods. It’s so dark and mysterious. And manly.
Like I said, Z-14 throws. It lasts and lasts on the skin. If this was an EDP concentration, one could smell it from around the world. I’m certain of that.
Notes listed include bergamot, lemon, basil, cypress, gardenia, vetiver, jasmine, patchouli, coriander, cedarwood, cinnamon, geranium, amber, leather, olibanum, benzoin, moss, musk, and tonka. PERFUMERS – Vincent Marcello and Max Gavary
After smelling Z-14 again, I realized that this fragrance has been copied. And how couldn’t it be? It used to be so popular and it has such a wonderful “retro” feel. A few of the Tom Ford Private Blends remind me of Halston Z-14, in particular Italian Cypress and Arabian Wood. So if you like those, then try Z-14. It’s so much cheaper! Give Z-14 a try if you like old-school masculines or mossy/leather scents. And for one of the few times in my life, I’m going to admit that this fragrance is too masculine for me to wear. I’m going to declare this one as a masculine.
Halston Z-14 comes in some large sizes considering its massive strength: 2.5 oz and 4.2 oz. It’s a “lifestyle” of a fragrance. Check out Fragrancenet, Drugstore.com and Perfume Worldwide for bottles under $30. Buy it while you can. It seems all the good stuff gets discontinued.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A super masculine fragrance that conjures up a sweaty disco playboy at Studio 54 with a Giorgio Moroder mustache. You decide if that is a good or a bad thing.
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