Halston Classic…Are You Classic Or Trendy In Your Perfumes? Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?



My sweet, sweet Halston Classic. How do I love thee. Let me count the ways.

This is a perfume that knows sweetness, but not sugar, that understands bitterness without a sour bite, that encompasses what the woods has to offer-in all that Mother Nature can produce, with the warmth and sweetness of the summer leaves, the cool crispness of Autumn bark with its lichen and mosses, the reverence of cold, crisp Winters still, and the dank, decrepitness of Springs thawing leaves, left-over and rotted remnants from seasons of past and now warmed by yet another season.

Halston is a gestation of cycles, of primal urges and tempered by societal banality and its’ demands, and that’s exactly what 1975 was all about, its inaugural year. The Primal Scream was uttered in metropolitan cities, bell bottoms scraped the floors with Frye boots and platforms danced the night away while shiny winged-back hair did the hustle at discos. Those years were a paradox of times and so is this perfume. One side is dark, damp and disquieting with its mosses while its counterpart of sweetness brings one back to better moments. America had come out of the war, and spirits, altho still dealing with adversity needed to get away. America needed a diversion. Disco was born.

Halston’s powerful sweetness overlies all of the notes in this timeless (now) classic. Perfumes address what society is feeling, what they may want or what they may need, Halston did just that and did it very successfully.

Today’s available versions are two. One is called an “alcohol-free spray cologne”, available in a spray version, same bottle with tree moss extract and oak moss extract. This Halston has an oily base that dries quickly and is excellent as a perfumed moisturizer. Longevity is shorter because of its composition. The bottle without or without the name, still produced within the last few months, also has the tree moss and oak moss extract is a natural spray cologne. (I’d suggest checking the batch number for the actual date produced.) Sillage is wonderful as is longevity.

The depths of todays’ reformulated version may not be as strong as one of yesteryear but they are still very good and smell absolutely wonderful. They are all just completely different animals and need to be appreciated as such. The oil is sweeter at first, the vintage is deeper, and the new formulation is lighter. They are still Halston. If you adore a strong vetiver mingled with sweet patchouli and the woods, this one’s for you. Halston Classic lasts for hours, but in comparison, I’d say the vintage will linger till the next day.

Vintage Halston begins deeper, not as sweet as the new version. You must wait for its wonderful drydown to appear. And when it does? You’re in true heaven.  Reviewers aren’t lying about people inhaling you. This is the one that makes others notice your perfume. It’s a true magnet. The vintage version begins as a drier perfume, darker, deeper with more mosses and cedar and takes time to warm. Halston, as a chypre floral, is a warm, inviting perfume that transcends gender. It is for the person that is assertive and wears perfume well without wanting to trend their fragrances.

Halston also developed Halston Couture, a woody chypre, in 1988, Halston Sheer, a a floral fruity in 1998, Halston Woman, an oriental floral,  in 2009 and Woman Amber, an oriental,  in 2010, which are encased in the similarly familiar Halston shaped bottles shown as depicted above.

Halston is available at major department stores, discounted department stores, and online through auction sites.

Top Notes: Mint, Melon, Green Leaves, Peach, Bergamot.

Middle Notes: Carnation, Orris Root, Jasmine, Marigold, Ylang-Ylang, Cedar, Rose.

Base Notes: Cedarwood, Amber, Patchouli, Musk, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Incense.

Halston was well known for his fashion creativity and designs. He designed the pill box hat for Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of President John Kennedy, which became a style icon in the 1960’s.

Jackie Kennedy wearing Halston's pill box hat.

Jackie Kennedy wearing Halston’s pill box hat.

For more information about the man behind this perfume , many more perfumes and incredible creativity, meet Roy Halston Frowick, an innovator of fashion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Halston_Frowick.



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