Varon Dandi Varon Dandy 1924 Eau de Cologne

Varon Dandi / Varon Dandy (Eau de Cologne) by Parera
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Varon Dandi is a popular perfume by Parera for men and was released in 1924. The scent is spicy-woody. It is still available to purchase.
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7.940 Ratings

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6.636 Ratings

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6.436 Ratings

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6.635 Ratings
Submitted by Ironheart, last update on 05.01.2022.
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KimJong

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Old school but sweet, almost oriental
Three respectable commentators below left very impressive reviews here, and after reading them I felt intense curiosity about Varon Dandy. I could easily find this on Amazon, and I blind bought a set of a EDT and a aftershave as if possessed by something. And I'm really glad to add this to my collection. This review I wrote here is about EDT.

Varon Dandy consists of a muddy scent the day after the rain, an incredibly intense spices, and a soft soapy sandalwood-like dry old wood scent. The muddy scent works just as well as Mitsouko does as a skin aroma, Varon Dandy's way is much bolder and rougher than Mitsouko. Spices are hard to tell exactly what the ingredients are, but they seem to be almost oriental. The woody scent reminds me of Old Spice or Tabac, but it's much spicier than them, and probably combined with a sweet thing like cinnamon or tonka bean, but it's not creamy though.

And there are old-fashioned red flowers, the type common in many old school male perfumes. I don't like this part very much because it gives me such a mature look, but it goes smoothly with the old-fashioned talkum powder, and eventually leaves the impression of a vivid red pocket chief in a black suit. Interestingly, Varon Dandy has a scent similar to Old Spice, but there is no 'working class' vibe compared to that, instead, there is a vibe like a gentleman from the past. - Gentleman of an age when the tradition of duel still lingers.

I would like to mention that this perfume is quite far from the image of Spain I had in mind. It is not an exaggerated macho scent, nor is it a fairy tale thing like Gaudi's architectures. Contrary to Carlitos01's view, I didn't get glamorous feeling in this, but rather a warm and mild-mannered feeling, like the eccentric father of Penélope Cruz in the film Belle Époque. This is my subjective impression of course.
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Carlitos01

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Carlitos01
Carlitos01
Helpful Review    6  
Spanish masculinity
[short review]
In 1924 ...
- Vladimir Lenin dies and Joseph Stalin begins his climb to power.
- Benito Mussolini confirms the occupation of power "after elections". This was the last multi-party election in Italy until 1946.
- Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin is played for the first time.
- Jimmy Carter, Doris Day, and Marlon Brando were born.
- IBM is founded.
- At the Olympics, American swimmer "Tarzan" Johnny Weissmuller wins three gold medals. Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, who inspired the movie "Chariots of Fire", run the 400m and 100m respectively to win gold medals.
- Montblanc launches the legendary 'Meisterstuck' pen.
- The luxury fragrance, 'Dans La Nuit' from Worth, is launched in collaboration with the famous glass manufacturer René Lalique.
- Coco Chanel makes an agreement with the brothers Pierre and Paul Wertheimer, directors of the perfume house Bourjois, creating a new corporate entity, Parfums Chanel.
- Lanvin launches the provocative and dangerously seductive perfume 'My Sin' (Mon Peché) created by a mysterious Russian lady named “Madame Zed”.
- Knize Ten is launched. The fragrance was created by perfumers François Coty and Vincent Roubert.
- The 'Varon Dandy' fragrance is launched in Spain for gentlemen only.

The history of European perfume tends to be very Gallic. Exceptions are rare but I may mention some milestone examples such as Wilhelm Muelhens' "KölnischWasser" and the English tradition of William Penhaligon Hammam. The olfactory culture is essentially understood as a French business, but the history of perfume is actually a transnational theme. In addition to the French superpower, it is worth looking at and smelling other fragrance cultures in order to explore other reasons, other causes, and their consequent effects.
It is in this regard that it is worth mentioning the national masculine fragrance of Spain: Varón Dandy. It was launched by Parera in 1924. This was one of the two men's perfumes of the 1920s listed in the H&R Genealogia do Perfume (1989 version) - the other is Knize Ten. Parera was acquired by the German corporate empire Benckiser / Coty in 1990, famous for its mid-range and low-end products, even though many were once luxury items.
Joan Parera Casanovas pursued the objective of providing Spaniards with the possibility of smelling as distinct as any French citizen, but at a more affordable price than that of imported French perfume. In 1912 he started his perfume company - Parera - in Badalona, ​​Catalonia, and the business really took off in the 1920s. Perfumes became part of a middle-class consumer and leisure culture but projecting a desirable exclusivity of the upper classes. To this day, the brand iconic man in a top hat and the emblem of Varón Dandy's gloves still appear on the packaging. The aspiring male consumers wanted to see themselves in that elegant and stylish figure. A wide range of products placed Varon Dandy in the context of a culture of male hygiene. For many years this scent reigned with the promotional phrase "Varón Dandy brings together all the articles of perfumery that are essential to the comfort of modern man".
In a Latin paddle with a macho, conservative, and patriarchal culture, this position avoided suspicions that the use of a male perfume meant femininity or homosexuality. The name of Varón Dandy itself bridged the gap between Spanish masculinity (varón means 'firstborn male') and the cosmopolitan sophistication of the stylish and fashionable Anglo-French "dandy". Even in the less urbanized and industrialized southern Europe, this expression of consumerist metrosexuality spread like wildfire, and Parera's product reached record sales in Spanish society. Varón Dandy quickly became the emblematic scent of the Spanish machismo. It wouldn't be long before the civil war started. After the fascist victory, Joan Parera Casanovas adapted to the new order. Varón Dandy inevitably became part of the Spanish olfactory landscape of the Franco era.
Varón Dandy, like many Spanish products, was widespread in the Hispanic markets of the old empire. And from Latin America, it migrated to the United States. In the Spanish Harlem of the 1950s, the Mambo was danced. 'Los hombres' was sprayed with Old Spice aftershave lotion, but on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays - days of dancing the Mambo - they used 'Varon Dandy'. This was the fragrance for dancing, not the gringo perfume, but the emblem of Spanish masculinity.

Nowadays Varón Dandy is still available online, and in fact always at a low price. It hasn't changed much since its early days. It is a barbershop full of glamor, with hot spices, oakmoss, woods, and a slight oriental chord. I recommend that you at least try this piece of Iberian fragrance history.

Music: Lou Bega - Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of...)
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CoViD comments, fifth piece: tabaco misterioso
In times like these, when in Spain, the home of this ancient fragrance, people die like flies, are we allowed to enjoy fragrances? I don't think it's any different from the questions of whether one can joke with friends or listen to a wonderful music recording in these times: The joy of beauty should not be an escape. Not before the deed: If duty now requires us to look after our old parents or to do our job as a doctor or policeman, there is no time for games. And not an escape of the heart: Closing our doors and eyes, silencing our compassion (perhaps prayer) for others in order to enjoy undisturbed, is not real joy. This is put in such a way: one may and one should even. The joy in the pause of fighting (and fighting is always) is very good. It can save the heart from stiffening.

Varon Dandy is a fragrance full of mystery, and in researching this comment I could not really solve any of them. Most likely that of the name: Varón is Spanish for "guy, man, boy", and apparently "Varón Dandy" then means something like "the dandy type". A dictionary research results for Spanish "Dandi" German "Salonlöwe". So we can assume that the English "Dandy" was Hispanized at some point in the past, and that the very first edition of this fragrance was perhaps still written with an i, although the very old bottles shown here all already have the "y". I like the name, it gets eight points from me.

Things are already becoming more difficult at the manufacturing company Parera. Oddly enough, the company has no website, which suggests that it no longer exists. In fact, in the Catalan (!) Wikipedia edition (Viquipèdia), which I was able to understand quite well thanks to my knowledge of Latin (Latin helps in the jungle, too!), I found the hint that Parera was founded in 1911/1912 by Joan Parera i Casanovas (in Spanish probably Juan Parera y Casanovas) in or near Barcelona as a family perfume company and in 1940 it was converted into a public limited company, which was swallowed by the international consumer goods multinational Reckitt-Benckiser in 1990. Then, however, its trail gets lost for me. The Reckitt-Benckiser website does not show a "Parera" under "OUR BRANDS", and I can't get anywhere else. This raises the question who produces this scent here at all. Any soldier of fortune in the end who has secured the bare trademark rights (or even manages without them) and just sells some juice that has nothing whatsoever to do with the original dandy from 1924 under this name? No idea. What I do know is that there are traces on the Internet of a square 100 ml bottle of "Varon Dandy Eau de Cologne" and a round cylindrical litre bottle of "Varon Dandy Colonia", which are or were available on various not at all dubious portals for about 8 Euros each. Why 1 litre of "Colonia" costs the same as 1/10 litre of "Cologne" and whether it is the same product, no answer. The fragrance discussed here is the "Cologne" that the noble Consálico adored me.

Another secret are the fragrances. Here at Parfumo it simply says "spices, woods" and even where this is taken from remains a mystery. However, I too consider the fragrance to be so dense, original and old-school that I can hardly imagine that it is a modern fantasy product that merely adorns itself with the old name; I really do suspect a traditional line here, although it is certainly not the original recipe from 1924. I am delighted with the fragrance. It is really big! And it can do something! A thoroughly brown fragrance, fresh yes, absolutely, but not a transparent citrus freshness, but a warm, full-bodied, somewhat heavy, spicy, and definitely sweetish, barbershop freshness. Sometimes astringent to the limit of the (the nose) penetrating. I can absolutely confirm Barcelona's proximity to Madrid (Floid), and to Vienna (Knize-Ten), to which consalics pointed out; but especially in the base, where I suspect carnation and musk and, moreover, would very urgently like to tap tonka, Cologne (Tabac Original) is almost closer for me. This condenses my impression that there is something like a "Habsburg" warm-scented men's sound. Such "brown" scents stand for Spain, Germany and Austria for me. To Italy, England and (despite exceptions: Bel Ami) France they do not fit.

I sprayed (not plashed) "Varon Dandy" - based on the consideration "it's just a cologne" - quite generously (mono-layer!) and was rewarded with a rich sillage and a shelf life of 8 hours. The stuff is really worth its money. However, I would have liked to dim the radiation down slowly after about three hours because of the already intense spicy aroma. Instead, this saloon lion kept on partying undaunted until he almost got on my nerves. When I turned around for a moment to get a drink, he was suddenly gone. Like that comment now.
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Konsalik
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Mr Knizes Spanish domestic servant
Four years ago, the previous speaker Cappellusman certified that Varon Dandy was a close relative of the old Austrian Grandseigneur fragrance par excellence, Knize Ten. Not only the fact that we are obviously dealing here with a variation of one of my favourite fragrances, but also the fact that this should not be a tired, late imitation (1924!) made a test inevitable. No, a blind buy! Almost eight euros for 100ml work in consideration of the promise like mockery, lower smell concentration back or forth.

Unfortunately, the old, roundish flacon design doesn't look too good for me anymore, but the reduced-edge version doesn't look bad either. The plastic cap reveals a classic splash device framed with a metal ring (imagine Old Spice with minimal opening). It's also an Eau de Cologne, so why not the cold punch in the hollow hand?

So is Varon Dandy really a fragrance twin to one of the great classics of the twentieth century? No, he might not be a twin. But indeed, a close relative. The substructure, the base, the two surrounding "air" is very similar, almost identical. But the decor - I don't want to talk about "top note", because it lasts almost to the end at Knize - is not. What with Knize the infinitely elegant, brandy rose together with stone fruit compote, is here an ethereal-alcoholic note, which reminds me, not only because of the origin of the house, of Spanish Hierbas: gentle, green-spicy background anise sweetness. Somewhat more angular, but also quite elegant (thanks to an indefinite, "serious flower", as Mrs Konsalik would like to add). Among them was the same, strict, slightly birch-tar-like leather association chord, with which the idea of leather was evoked at that time (and unfortunately hardly any more today). In the base, which begins on me already after about an hour, finally a soapy leather musk note emerges, which I also appreciate in other fragrances - see my comment to Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme. I can't put it any other way: I'm impressed! Bravo!

With all the nobility less exalted, somewhat more angular, "touching" and quite reserved in durability: Not quite the Privy Councillor, but perhaps his domestic servant. On weekends, they say, he even uses Varon Dandy as aftershave. After all, his salary is enough even for this wasteful use.
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Carlitos01Carlitos01 3 years ago
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Varon Dandi sells for peanuts and it's still the same juice for almost 100 years: A spicy woody old school barbershop potion for a nice day.

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