Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Halston Unbound (For Women)

The one intriguing aspect about Halston Unbound (the feminine version. I have yet to find the courage to try the pour homme one) is that someone actually thought it would be a good idea to make women smell like sad, wan flowers. Unbound is a pale aquatic floral. There is nothing in this chemical lily-of-the-valley/synthetic carnation blend that evokes the work of Roy Halston who dressed the Studio 54 crowd in sexy, perfectly draped dresses. I would bet good money that neither Liza Minnelli nor Joan Collins would be caught dead wearing Unbound.

Halston Unbound was created by perfumer Patricia Bilodeau for Elizabeth Arden. I suspect it is another victim of endless focus groups full of nameless and faceless people who supposedly want to smell "clean", "fresh" and remain nameless and faceless in a crowd of people who smell like nothing. Oddly enough, this nothing is quite persistent on my skin, leaving a drydown that is more like a floor cleaning solution than a feminine perfume.

Halston Unbound is available online. One can buy it by the bucket and still pay under $10.

Art: Pamela Sukhum- Crying For Van Gogh


  1. I'm STILL thrashing in fury about the re-formulation of the original Halston. Actually, it's not a re-formulation. They murdered the original great 80's green chypre & propped up some bland violet-y thing in its place, gussied up the bottle, and started selling it at Neiman's. FAH! I wore Halston exclusively for 20 years ad still do sometimes.

  2. Is that the stuf in the bottle that looks like a quicksilver teardrop? I smelled that recently and was very unimpressed. I only tried it because I remember the original Halson for men was the first perfume I smelled on a man that made me think "Mmmm Baby! Grrrrrrowl!"


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