Halston 1-12 
Halston (1976)


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About Halston 1-12 by Halston

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Elsa Peretti
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The international roll-out for Halston fragrances in 1976 was masterminded by Michael Edwards, who told Basenotes why Halston chose to launch with two male fragrances:
"Halston couldn't make up his mind which one he preferred so he said, “Launch both”. The names, Z-14 and 1-12? Those were the perfumer's code numbers."
Basenotes visitor, Bryian Davis tells us "the bottles were inspired by the soft shapes fingers would make pinching the form, that's where the name 'pinch' bottle came from. "

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Reviews of Halston 1-12 by Halston

There are 60 reviews of Halston 1-12 by Halston.

The EA version still resembles the old formula but it is less sharp and more of a watered down version. I still find this wearable. I traded my vintage bottle of 1-12 bottle years back but no regrets as this EA bottle still holds memory of the original.
Oct 12, 2021

My friend complained when I put this on but I can barely smell it. To me, it's a musky brown blob.
Like beans bags, lava lamps and all the rest of that seventies crap, it's weak and shapeless.
Apr 18, 2021

Considering where we are at with reformulations of z-14 and 1-12, at least both are available ridiculously cheap. I paid $10 each which for 1-12 is a great buy. I'll leave z-14 for it's own review.
I really like 1-12, it is definitely understated with just a touch of the citrus in the opening drying down into a very pleasant musk glow. It definitely smells like the 1970s, but not in a macho way. For me there is a weird note resemblance to restaurant soda machine water 'funk' that you only pick up from fountain water and soda from say an A&W or other vintage restaurant with lots of orange and brown decor I know that's odd but I thought I would throw that in just in case someone else gets that. I like 1-12, though it's not worth a deep hunt for or a must have. Thumbs Up.
Nov 14, 2020

French Fragrances out of Miami,FL in the green glass bottle is a good source that still did the vintage formula.

This opens up with it's base of green mixture of what smells like laurel leaves with a hint of oakmoss refreshed with lemon. This part kind of reminds me of Agua Brava. You'd expect this to be coarse when paired but there's a modern lavender note that stands out and comes across the spectrum to smooth things out...reminds me of Ivory Original soap. 1-12 is very musky to me almost as hefty as Kouros...but without a fecal reminder of any kind. A little cedar in this though not too much. Floating around in this scent is a little amber that gives a little resin to the green side. There isn't a dry quality about Halston 1-12. This is a very fresh, wet, and slick smelling green barbershop scent. This isn't identical to Quorum but I would recommends to fans of that scent looking for an older sibling that holds it's head high.

The current formula EA Fragrances isn't a horrid fragrance. But the green side and amber has been removed from 1-12 hence why the glass color is no longer green. It's just a really lemony and musky scent now. EA doesn't usually butcher classic fragrances. I have a feeling they pitched the Halston fragrances to a millennial focus group and they found the bottles stylish for a younger group...but not the fragrance.

Thumbs up to the vintage formula of Halston 1-12.
Aug 20, 2019

Halston 1-12 (1976) may be the lesser of the "Halston Twins" to some, or just completely unheard-of to others; but I think the only real "problem" with 1-12 is it was the safer of two choices presented at launch, at a time when "safe" was no longer what guys wanted. The story behind the creation of 1-12 and its more-popular sibling Halston Z-14 (1976) is well-documented, so a quick recap is all you need here. Roy Halston Frowick, the larger-than-life celebrity designer from America who stormed the scene with his flowing lines, launched his eponymous women's fragrance Halston (1975) the year before. He wanted a matching men's fragrance, and the whole thing was orchestrated by Michael Edwards, who presented Halston with two "finalist" choices both co-composed by Max Gavarry and Vincent Marcello. Gavarry was the more low-key of the duo, and wouldn't see his name come to any considerable recognition in men's fragrance again until Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme (1994) came out. Marcello on the other hand, he was the nose for the now-notorious Caron Yatagan (1974), and is a name associated in general with the budding powerhouse style of men's fragrances. Halston ended up choosing to release both, and ultimately they were told apart by their perfumer's codes of Z-14 and 1-12 respectfully, reusing the single package design created by Elsa Peretti, who also designed the preceding women's launch. Initially you could tell 1-12's "pinch bottle" apart from Z-14's by the purple cap and green-tinted glass, but later on that was reduced to just a greener bottle, then finally the identical bottle as Z-14, truly making them twins.

The reason I say "safe" about 1-12 is that the scent was designed as a men's floral leather chypre, similar in tone to things like Royal Copenhagen by Swank (1970) and other musky floral things transitioning from the dapper 60's into the hairy 70's. Z-14 was a big, sweet, woody, spicy, musky, and bold aromatic chypre of significant heft. The epitome of hairy chests and T-top muscle cars driven by tanned guys in handlebar mustaches was Z-14, while 1-12 clearly wanted to stay in a smoker's jacket with slicked-back hair and penny loafers. I actually think 1-12 is the more refined and sophisticated of the two, and it doesn't need to curl a bicep or puff a smoke ring to let you know how manly it is, but that's just me. The opening of 1-12 shows off a rounded green feel using bergamot and galbanum with mandarin orange and a bit of basil. Juniper and carnation mix with a bit of lavender before a slightly indolic jasmine shows up to soften things more. By this point a bit of powderiness enters the picture. before a crisp oakmoss, leather, and labdanum musk base establish the chypre feel. If Z-14 is brown leather jacket, then 1-12 feels very much like a powder-blue blazer by comparison. Cedar and what feels like a bit of sandalwood (unlisted) also shows up, before a rounded tonka gives 1-12 a little intertextuality with Z-14, showing that they are indeed blood relatives. Wear time is equally long, but projection is not of the same enormous levels as Z-14, so expect sillage arms length away that lasts all day. Best use would be as a throwback office scent, while the "cologne guy" in the office wears Z-14 instead. 1-12 is also a bit more year-round versatile in my opinion as well.

Halston 1-12 doesn't get celebrated quite like Z-14 and also doesn't get stocked as openly either, with many places having just Z-14 if they have any Halston at all. At least 1-12 remains in production, and is the only other men's fragrance from the house Elizabeth Arden still produces, although there is a caveat to that. The Halston fragrance portfolio was acquired by French Fragrances from Miami, FL sometime in the 90's after the brand finally collapsed posthumously. Roy Halston Frowick himself had long been shoo'd off his own brand after the failed collaboration with JC Penny to bring the ready-to-wear mainstream, and passed away in 1990. He lived fast in general, with notorious drug habits and excessive libations in Studio 54 with celebrities, and very much carried himself like a Hollywood actor at a time when traditionally fashion designers were more humble (or at least faux humble). French Fragrances removed the purple caps but kept the green glass of 1-12 for time, then eventually housed both "Halston Twins" in identical "pinch bottles" anyway. Elizabeth Arden made few changes when they acquired the fragrances other than heavily promote Z-14 with NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, then reformulate per IFRA rullings in 2001 to cut the oakmoss with treemoss. Bottles from this 2000's period are still good however, it's just post-2011 bottles removing oakmoss altogether that are suspect. Some people say 1-12 fared better than Z-14 in this second alteration, but I've never smelled the newest formula. Anyway you slice it, the soft-spoken floral brother to the embodiment of the 70's is worth checking out in my opinion. Thumbs up
Mar 28, 2018

There are light, sublime touches of lemon, basil, juniper, carnation, and jasmine that show through the cedarwood and mossy base. This smells like laying beneath a large oak while each note appears like sunlight shining through the leaves above you. Distinctly masculine, green, and powerful. One of the very few 80s masterpieces that still smells the same now as it did back then.
Nov 5, 2017

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