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Fragrance - Canoe by Dana

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rated 4.7(3 reviews)

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 3/7/2011 9:42:00 AM More reviews by elfriede

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

Picked up a 1/2 ounce splash of cologne dirt cheap. The box (navy blue with yachting flags) says it's made in the USA by New Dana Perfumes in Mountaintop, PA. It's a sweet, powdery fougere similar to Avon - New Country and Pinaud - Clubman--i.e., an old-school barbershop men's scent. Jean Carles (the nose behind Tabu and Ma Griffe!) composed this in 1936. Naturally this scent was cheapened on its way downmarket, but although it may be 100% synthetic today, it still wears well, is unlikely to offend anyone, and seems like it would appeal to both sexes and all age groups. I've never smelled Ambush (this is often compared to vintage Ambush), but to me, this is reminiscent of Heaven Sent (the classic formula, not the dreaded remake), another sweet, aromatic fougere. Canoe is less floral than Heaven Sent (no roses here), but shares the clean lavender-lemon top notes and light powdery-vanillic-ambery base. It dries down quickly to a wisp of powdery tonka bean (it is a cologne, after all)--try putting some on your shirt if you want the scent to last longer.
This seems like a good date perfume for a teenage boy (unless he's trying to come across as a "bad boy"--this is a "good guy" scent). Hey, kid...forget Axe--this will make you smell embraceably clean. And it will send the right message to the girl's parents.
Top Notes
Lavender, Clary Sage, Lemon

Middle Notes
Geranium, Carnation, Cedarwood, Patchouli

Base Notes
Vanilla, Tonka, Heliotrope, Oakmoss

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 3/31/2010 1:06:00 AM More reviews by jann8

Age: 44-55 Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure Hair: Other, Other, Other Eyes: Other

Smells like vintage Ambush, not the reformulated Ambush version that smells horrible and cheap.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 2/4/2009 2:00:00 PM More reviews by marshmello

Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Dark, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

This is part of my top 5 favorites in the retro mens cologne category. There's something about this clean scent that's soooo intoxicatiing. It kinda smells like a mixture of Brut and Love's Baby Soft. I'm almost embarrased to admit this, but...I used to drench myself in this everytime I hit the cologne counter at the mall (in the mid 80's). I couldn't help it! I no longer wear it, but still use the body spray as an air freshner. I love it!

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