I remember Halston from a department store perfume section when I was about nine or so and my father was trying to pick out a Christmas gift for my mother. For some reason I had the impression that she liked Halston so my father bought her a bottle and wrapped it up thinking he had found a great present… When she opened it she was not exactly sure what to say because she certainly did not like Halston (I’m sure she brought it back and exchanged it). It stood out to me at that time because it smelled so sophisticated, complex and different than anything I was used to smelling in the early 1990’s.
I was taken by the opening note of mint, with a fresh melon and a lightly sweet peach. I was fascinated by the spicy carnation, the heady cedar, feisty vetyver, funky but sophisticated patchouli and incense. It was a sort of olfactory liberation. I never forgot it and it certainly paved the way for my future appreciation for older scents. Halston is still a rich, charming and slightly intoxicating scent…
Top notes: mint, melon, green leaves, peach and bergamot. Middle notes: carnation, orris root, jasmine, marigold, ylang-ylang, cedar and rose. Base notes: sandalwood, amber, patchouli, musk, oakmoss, vetyver and incense.
(this is vintage perfume sample)