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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Kali by Dana c1950

Kali by Dana: launched in 1950, some sources say 1933, but Dana trademarked the name in 1952 and claimed use since 1944.

The name Kali refers to a Hindu goddess with a long and complex history in Hinduism. Sometimes presented as dark and violent, killing demons, Kali is also portrayed as a benevolent mother-goddess.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was classified as an oriental fragrance for women. I would need a sample to tell you what it smells like.
  • Top notes:
  • Middle notes: spices, flowers
  • Base notes: sandalwood, patchouli, musk, vanilla, benzoin, amber


The perfume was housed inside of a rectangular black glass bottle with rounded shoulders, topped by a small, faceted cylindrical stopper, also of black glass. The black paper label is decorated with a dancing female figure wearing an ornate headdress and four arms in white.  The female figure is a figure from mythology. The base of the bottle is impressed "Dana Made in France".

Kali parfum was available in two sizes:

  • 1 oz 
  • 1 1/32 oz
Kali was also available in brilliantine.

Period Advertisements:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Aug 31, 1950:
"Less than a month old are Dana's Canoe and Kali, as haunting aromas as Dana's other perfumes."

Fate of the Fragrance:

Kali was probably discontinued by the 1960s.

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