Arden for Men - Sandalwood (1956) Eau de Cologne

Arden for Men - Sandalwood (Eau de Cologne) by Elizabeth Arden
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Arden for Men - Sandalwood (Eau de Cologne) is a popular perfume by Elizabeth Arden for men and was released in 1956. The scent is woody-spicy. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Lavender, Clary sage, Petitgrain, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesBasil, Geranium, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedar
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Oakmoss, Labdanum, Musk, Opoponax, Tonka bean



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Contradictory, but nevertheless consistent
Among the classic eau de colognes, most, including myself, still imagine light citrus-fresh scents.

All the more surprised I was with this flea market find, which I would have assigned both from the color and from the topic certainly first as normal EdT if not even EdP.

My Mini (see photo below) has a much darker colouring, as it would almost be usual for a sandalwood fragrance with a higher concentration. But he is clearly marked as Eau de Cologne and according to other sources no individual case. And sandalwood is also associated with heavy darker scents. So: rethink!

The second surprise followed immediately after the application. In fact, this EdC starts rather light and airy with a good shot of lavender and a good pinch of clary sage. There's hardly a trace of lemon. What surprises me more here is the temporal assignment, because I was mentally there rather with the 70s. However, I have to admit that I had less contact points with men's fragrances or EdCs from the 50s and comparisons are therefore somewhat difficult. But for this relatively prudish era, I think the scent is quite provocative.

Shortly afterwards, the main theme reveals itself to be sandalwood. Very present, yet not so brute and somewhat dry. In addition, earthy-soft patchouli and discreet basil also have something to report, with oak moss and resinous notes being added in the further course.

Nevertheless, sandalwood and lavender remain the main players in this EdC, so that the associated rusticity is softened. What remains is a still very masculine fragrance with a dark core and a soft shell. The durability and projection goes far beyond the expectations of an EdC. I would even say that it is the most durable cologne I have ever seen.

So far, so good. The brand Elizabeth Arden has created something quite interesting at that time, but I wonder whether this spicy-woody EdC has gone through one or the other reformulation over the years. The picture above right currently shows a bottle with quite bright contents and a white cap, as one would rather associate an Eau de Cologne. There are similar flacons on Ebay, so I suspect that this is the last version produced.
All the more interesting would be the original from the 50s, whether the approach was identical or even completely different. Contemporary witnesses are welcome to announce this.
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My father's sillage
I cannot write about this fragrance without mentioning my father, dead 22years ago.
Arden for men Sandalwood was his sillage and I remember as it was just Yesterday this fragrance so warm, Woody , strong but discrete and very classy at the same time. As classy as He was.
He wore with sporty or classic pulls , with shirts or with elegant outfits , expecially in autumn-winter and nowadays I think that this classic fragrance can be used by Young men too, for a classy, vintage touch!


Jazzy76 14 months ago
A great classic, aromatic, Woody and discrete. A perfect gentleman's cologne. It was my father's scent.+1

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