British Sterling (1965)
    by Dana (orig. by Mem Company)



    British Sterling Fragrance Notes

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    Mysticman
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    The original formula of British Sterling was subtle, classy, yet not overly formal, and it sill holds up today. I can't speak for any of the reformulations, but the original had a fresh lavender/citrus opening that included some floral notes (lilac?), transitioning into a spicy middle that undoubtedly includes carnation as well as clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. It is a sweet-spicy oriental in the mode of Zizanie, Old Spice or Evyan's The Baron (though I'll take British Sterling over the Baron any time!)

    Originally distributed by Speidel, the watchband maker, it was touted as "so fine a gift, it's sold in jewelry stores," and one could get a set of initials engraved onto the metal top of the bottle. It wasn't until years later that it was downmarketed to turn up in drugstores.

    10th March, 2014

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    kwitcherbitchen
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    British Sterling was once a true gem in MEM's strong line-up, then Dana got hold of it.

    This iconic and truly classic cologne/after-shave has been a staple in many men's rotation for over 40 years...however it was a much more "true to form" fragrance when MEM produced it.

    When Dana bought and revived the brand, it was reformulated into a shadow of its former glory and has never been the same since. It's got a strong witch hazel and burnt rubber opening note that is a real head scratcher...what's the point?

    To me, it dries down to a scent quite similar to that of Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve but not quite as balanced. It's not an overtly offensive scent by any means nor is it the suave, classy, masculine fragrance it used to be.

    Don't expect the British Sterling of the past...this is a ghostly reincarnation of an original...in name only.

    10th March, 2014

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    cologne65
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    british sterling is another classic of the drugstore colognes but not as strong as english leather. I use to own a bottle of british sterling and I remember liking it. over the years some of the classic brands changed such as brut and old spice. I am happy that a lot are still available in stores even if some are not like they once were.

    06 January, 2014

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    PerfumeCollector
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    It may be a "classic", it may be very "masculine", it may be "inexpensive", but this horrible stuff has no place in the skin of any individual.
    It screams "CHEAP" so loud your next door neighbor wil know when you are spraying it on yourself, it doesn't last for too long (fortunately) and it smells like rotten cabbage.
    Do yourself a favor and stay away from this monstruosity.

    09 June, 2012 (Last Edited: 10th June, 2012)

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    bFlay
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    Ahh...British Sterling! My grandmother bought this for me a few times when I was a teenager. That says a lot. It is a very inexpensive cologne and the quality reflects that. It is a neutral hodgepodge of classic male fragrance points, Musk, citrus, mint, maybe a vague note of tobacco? This is a peppy and cheap cologne that's very mild and has little longevity. Perfect for teens starting out, utterly inoffensive. Unsophisticated. Might serve well for a work place where one doesn't want to stand out or offend anyone.

    20th October, 2011

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    Swanky
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    British Sterling (1965) is another quintessential 60s-era masculine that is still chugging along. Aramis, The Baron, Kanon are all teammates in his old school class. Kanon, Pierre Cardin and Jovan's Sex Appeal have a similar character to British Sterling so one's feelings about those oldtimers will probably apply to Dana's stalwart.

    I get fine longevity and sillage from this. It's not quite a classic. There are many like it that are a bit better but as an affordable option it's well worth a look. It's a drugstore fragrance that has been around for decades for a reason.

    18 August, 2011 (Last Edited: 05 September, 2011)

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