Friday, July 18, 2014

Hot Weather Colognes by Dorothy Gray

 Dorothy Gray Hot Weather Cologne was launched in 1940 and over the years, came in several different scents:

  • Jasmine Bouquet 
  • Rose Geranium Bouquet 
  • Natural
  • Sweet Spice
  • June Bouquet
  • White Lilac
  • Summer Song
  • Elations
  • Floral Fantasy 


The bottles came in a large 6 ½ oz size and in 8 oz sizes, enough to last you all summer long. They retailed at $2.00, and in later years they would go on sale for $1.00.

Some advertisements had the tagline “The sale you wait for each summer! Play it cool…splash on refreshing Hot Weather Cologne by Dorothy Gray.”

Another ad advised you where to apply the fragrance: “Keep cool and collected throughout hot, sticky weather, active sports, travel. Swish Dorothy Gray Hot Weather Cologne on temples, wrists, nape of neck, all over you after shower. Wonderfully refreshing! Makes a delightful light summer perfume, body rub.

Other products were introduced by 1953, Purse Stick Cologne Cooler and Jumbo Stick Cologne Cooler in 2 ¼ oz glass containers. I think these were solid perfume sticks or they were just liquid in small vials. Scents available: Night Drums, White Lilac, Golden Orchid, Summer Song, Summer Bouquet, Mimosa, Love Song, Nosegay & Sweet Spice. These retailed for $1.00, $1.25, and $1.50, prices determined by scents and sizes.

Also a Cool Touch Cologne Gel Fragrance Stick, which may have been styled after the Cologne Coolers of earlier years, this time in a gel form. Other matching items were dusting powders, soaps, and a body moisturizer spray. This frosty spray was a delightful foam that cooled as it moisturized, leaving skin satin smooth, it was recommended as a refresher to be applied after a shower or bath.

Hot Weather Colognes were sold up until around 1966.


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