Canoe 

Blue like a lake on a sunny summer day, lavender, clary sage and lemon create a cool, crispness in Canoe (Dana 1936). Then warm florals mix with musk and patchouli bringing a buttery, doughy, almond sugar-like charm.  And the drydown is refined and elegant.   Top notes are lavender, clary sage and lemon.  Middle notes…

Canoe 

Vintage Canoé (Dana 1936) is one of those classic “men’s fragrances” that is actually quite genderless. The original scent is sublime with a brilliantly unique freshness. Musky, and perhaps a slight bit louder than not on the lemon it’s really a very blended concoction so it’s a little difficult to pick each note apart… I’ll…

Bon Voyage 

Bon Voyage (Dana 1960) is one of those rare vintages that catch you by surprise. It’s extremely spicy… If a hot pepper found its way into a bottle of a labdanum and oakmoss drenched green chypre it might resemble Bon Voyage. Although, it’s important to note that this scent, while very vibrant, is also well…

20 Carats 

20 Carats (Dana 1933), another spicy scent by Dana, this carnation beauty is heavy on the amber with dash of nutmeg. 20 Carats is rich and sensual. It’s a very grownup fragrance indeed. 

Tyran 

Tyran (Dana possibly 1930’s – unknown) is spicy, fruity notes careen elegantly about eventually creating a powdery chypre. The few florals are lovely but dark and dense. This is a very intelligent and subversive scent perhaps best worn, as many of the scents in this vintage sampler, at night… 

Bolero 

Bolero (Dana 1932) is a musky, sweet and powdery chypre. The rich round notes have tremendous character and punch. Into the drydown Bolero is proudly smoky and wispy like willows of pipe tobacco. Quite nice for evening. 

Symbole 

Bright, beautiful tea-like green notes and gorgeous florals are flanked by truly smoky aldehydes and spice at the beginning of Symbole (Dana 1946).  It’s a robust chypre with definite styrax, rose, musk, and vetiver. The unique thing about Symbole however, is that it’s not particularly weighed down despite its depth. It’s an almost fun scent…

Platine 

Platine (Dana 1939) is extraordinarily earthy aldehydes. Intriguingly, the base notes of ambergris, patchouli, orris and eventually oak moss are bold, sensual and totally present from start to finish. The lily of the valley, vetiver and cypress emerge next, followed by ylang ylang, jasmine, and orange blossom. Truly, Platine is like an elegant vintage mink….

Emir

Emir (Dana 1936) is classified as an oriental fragrance.  It starts with a rich, warm aldehydic burst of unearthly powdery citrus, specifically citronella.  And, as it moves into an intense and vibrant floral heart it has an enormous but not overpowering presence.  Matter of fact, at times it is a bit like a good bottle…

Toujours Moi

Like a sparkling glass of root beer, Toujours Moi is soft, sweet and fizzy.  With a mix of warm sandalwood, musk and a combination of somewhat heady florals it’s jovial and pretty. Toujours Moi, a woody oriental, is sold in its reformulated state by Dana; the original was introduced by Corday in 1927 (Corday 1927).  The…