Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dante Cologne & Aftershave c1965

Dante gentleman's cologne, a popular scent amongst men of all ages during the 1960s and into the 1970s. It was produced by Dante NY Distributors, a division of Shields. All of the Dante fragrances have been discontinued since the early 1980s.

The fragrances of Dante:
  • 1965 - Dante Original 
  • 1965 - Dante Gentleman Cologne 
  • 1965 - Dante Centurian
  • 1967 - Dante Leather 
  • 1967 - Dante Lime 
  • 1967 - Dante Tangerine
  • 1967 - Dante Lemon
  • 1970 - Anisetto?

Dante Original:

Dante was a line of toiletries which included everything a man needed to smell sexy and enticing. Shields/Dante also supplied cuff links, tie bars, tie tacs, hot brushes and wallets. Dante advertisements said that "He'll tingle to the exhilarating bracing action of Dante. You'll love the clean, masculine fragrance."

So what does it smell like?

  • Top notes: bergamot, mint
  • Middle notes: iris, honeysuckle, patchouli, rose, orris, cedarwood, opoponax
  • Base notes: benzoin, tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood, musk, tobacco, ambergris, oakmoss

Click HERE to find Dante Cologne


In a Dec 11, 1965 advertisement in the Milwaukee Sentinel, Dante Toiletries were advertised for the Christmas season "Dante Toiletries. Christmas Gifts Definitely Not  For The Man You Can Put On A Shelf...If you really want to start something, Give him Dante:
  • Dante Cologne  & Shower Soap Set..........$5.00
  • Dante Cologne 4 oz size.............................. $2.95
  • Dante Aftershave 40 oz..................................$2.50
  • Dante Travel Pack Refresher.......................$2.95
  • Dante Deodorant Stick.......................... ........$1.75
  • Dante Centurian Aftershave in blue flask...$4.50
  • Dante Centurian Cologne in 6 oz red flask......: .$4.95
  • Dante shower soap........................................$2.00
  • Dante Cologne, aftershave and shower soap set ..$7.50
  • Dante Cologne & Aftershave Set..................$5.00"

Centurian:

Usually, you will find that Dante Centurian Cologne is in a red glass bottle and the Centurian aftershave is in a blue bottle.


Centurian Cologne came out in 1965.  According to a Nov 30, 1965 ad in the Times Daily newspaper...
"For Men Who Know How to Handle Women. ..New Centurian Cologne and after-shave by Dante Its a lasting scent with subtle power. A unique combination of rare essential oils including Italian bergamot, Cananga from Java, Petitgrain from the bitter orange trees of Paraguay, Patchouli from  Singapore, Oak Moss Absolute from Algeria, natural civet from Ethiopia, and many more. Available in a new broad shouldered 6 oz flask. If you really want to start something, start with new Centurian. Aftershave $4.50. Cologne $5.00"

So what does it smell like?
  • Top notes: Italian bergamot, Paraguayan petitgrain
  • Middle notes: Javan ylang ylang, Singaporean Patchouli
  • Base notes: sandalwood, ambergris, Algerian oakmoss absolute, Ethiopian civet




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