The perfume's name means "They Say..." in French, the suggestion is of juicy gossip among Arden's salon patrons and shown as a literal interpretation in the bottle's design of two ladies, one has her hand held discreetly over her mouth as she whispers into the ear of her companion. The top of the bottle represents the curling hairdos of the women and forms an over cap covering an inner glass stopper.
So what does it smell like? It was classified as a floral chypre fragrance for women with woody, mossy and leafy notes. Similar to Mitsouko by Guerlain but without the peach effect.
- Top notes: bergamot, galbanum, aldehydes
- Middle notes: rose and jasmine
- Base notes: vetiver, vanilla, labdanum, patchouli, oakmoss, sandalwood, cedar, ambergris, musk
Bottles:On Dit was housed in various bottles over the years from a luxurious frosted bottle molded with ladies heads to a limited edition ovoid shape molded with wavy lines to lesser expensive bottles.
Harper's Bazaar, 1946:
"Elizabeth Arden's new French perfume, " It says ", in a baroque bottle, 1 oz, $ 37.50."
Modern Packaging, 1947:
"Elizabeth Arden's On Dit "Carousel" perfume uses a fragile, frosted French bottle with bas-relief profiles of lovely ladies whispering to one another set on a die-cut platform."
"Elizabeth Arden encloses her Blue Grass, Night and Day and It's You perfumes in heart-shaped, jeweled boxes at $2.25 and $3.25. She also puts a golden flacon of On Dit on a vermillion cushion in a transparent, heart-shaped box. $12."
"His jeweled coronet is the top of a Perfumair, obtainable in any of Miss Arden's fine fragrances. $ 2.75. Or you might prefer her charming little paper weight in all which a bottle of " On Dit "perfume nestles in violet flowers inside a transparent ball."
The New Yorker, 1950:
"Here, in a precious little jewel of a bottle, Elizabeth Arden presents a new way of carrying her lovely perfumes. Perfumair... My Love, It's You, On Dit, Night and Day , White Orchid, Blue Grass."
The New Yorker, 1952:
"Elizabeth Arden does up On Dit perfume (we're off rose scents for the moment) in giant female torso swathed in drapery— a Lalique job — for $78."
Soap, Cosmetics, Chemical Specialties, Volume 29, 1953:
"On Dit," a new bath set of "Jasmin" hard milled bath soap, bath salts and bath powder has been introduced by Elizabeth Arden, Inc., New York, in a solid bottom box with transparent acetate cover. Plastic cover made by Plax Corp.."
Fate of the Fragrance:
Discontinued, date unknown.
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The goal of this website is to show the present owners of the Elizabeth Arden company how much we miss the discontinued classics such as On Dit and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back the perfume!
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