Yes, you are reading that right. Halston Z-14. A blast from the past.
It was introduced in 1976 but I didn’t become aware of it until the early 80’s. This is not to be confused with Halston 1-12 men’s cologne. That one was introduced the same year and is the more popular of the two. In fact, it won the FiFi Award for best men’s fragrance in the Luxe category in 1977 but we’re not here to talk about that one.
I am wearing Z-14 right now and I have to say it is quite different. Straight from the bottle, it smells very sweet with a hint of spice but once on (after about an hour) the sweetness fades but doesn’t disappear. It transforms more to a ‘Fall’ scent and by ‘Fall’ I mean it tends to smell like well, Fall, as in the season. It smells cinnamon-ly(?), warm and woodsy with that touch of sweetness and possibly some vanilla lingering in there somewhere. I’m guessing it’s the amber that smells ‘Fall-ish’ to me. It is a good mature (meaning it would be out of place for a teenager to where this one), casual cologne that retains it’s scent quite well. It’s good for the office or school and for the evening but if I had to choose, I would say this was more an an evening cologne. It is not an overpowering scent but do be careful when applying. It does have a decent amount of sillage (French for ‘wake’ like how a boat leaves a wake in the water), meaning that the scent tends to leave a wake in the air when you walk. If too much is applied, it can be sickening so again, be careful when applying. I have received several comments from people here in the office and out in public. There have only been two other colognes on me that have garnered more (positive) comments but those do not fall into the under $25 range we are trying to stay within. Speaking of cost, I bought this one online for $23 and change (that number includes the shipping) and so it falls close to our limit but well worth it. This is a nice cologne that has been around for a long time. There was a time when it was not available in stores and in fact, still may not be but it is certainly available over the web. I would encourage you strongly to try this one. Yes, it is old but like I have said before, these old ones that are still around are still around for a reason. They’re good, this one is good.