This is not a secret. I'm a total sucker for the 90's nostalgia happening right now. I have lots of psychological theories as to why, but what's important is: I'm here for it.
As such, starting last summer I decided to embark on finding the perfect 90's perfume. For me, the criteria were:
- Smells nostalgic/reminds me of my childhood
- Is wearable for an adult person in this century
To these ends, I tried a LOT of perfumes. Here's what I found.
It smells nice, just not on me. I had a little mini bottle of it as a kid and used it LIBERALLY, so there's definite scent-association, but it smells weird and chemical-y on me now. Would not use, but would recommend for other people to try.
I put this on and wanted to die. It smells SO STRONG and putrid. The only thing I can really compare it to is Axe body spray for men. It's just so strong.
This doesn't smell particularly nostalgic for me, but it does smell good. It literally smells grassy. It smells like how I imagine cool seniors or college kids would have smelled in the 90's. If I had to describe it, I'd say it smells "like green"-- just fresh and nice. It leans towards being unisex, too, which was popular in the 90's. I do like it, especially in Spring/Summer when I don't want something heavy. Would recommend to try.
This was the most "meh" for me. I don't hate it, I don't love it. It doesn't smell very 90's-ish to me, other than the fact that we were all obsessed with smelling like soap and water back then. It doesn't last particularly long, either. I can take it or leave it. If I'm going for clean aquatics, I'd rather wear Inis every day of the week.
For whatever reason, this is almost certaintly the hands-down winner of the "smells like the 90's" category (probably because the ads are the 90's-est things to exist ever). Maybe my mom or a teacher or someone wore it. It smells like flowers and sunshine, and is surprisingly okay to wear now. It's not POWDERY, which is good. Just floral without being too old lady-like. Do like.
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I think this one has stood up the best through time. It's a unisex, clean, ozone-y, woodsy fragrance and I think it would still work really well for today's person. It's not super nostalgic for me, but it smells nice. Again, cannot compete with Inis for my favorite aquatic unisex fragrance, but it's pretty close.
This was EVERYWHERE for a time in my life leading up to Y2K, so the smell brings back a lot of memories. It's very nice, spicy, and warm, but a little strong so I'm cautious of using it. That being said, I still routinely keep Origins Ginger perfume and lotion in my bathroom, year-round, all the time. I do love this stuff.
Nostalgia: 10 BILLION
Story time. My elementary school had a silent auction once as a fundraiser, and my mother won a gift basket FULL of B&BW Cucumber Melon products. We split up the basket between us and then for the next 5 years smelled like this. I
secretly LOVE IT. It's the ultimate clean, fresh, summer smell. That being said, it's hard to wear now, at least for me, because it seems so dated. I feel like everyone in my acquaintance either smelled like this or Country Apple for like, a 6 year period in the 90's. It's pretty recognizable, but I snapped up a bottle of the lotion from when B&BW did their 90's re-release a while back. I use it sometimes when I want to smell like 5th grade me.
I really like this smell. It smells like everything I ever sprayed on my body during the 90's all put into one bottle and balanced out. It's kind of fruity, kind of floral, kind of oriental...actually, a pretty complex mixture for such a cheap perfume. That being said, it has zero staying power, which is a shame because this is the one I would probably have worn the most frequently. If you could tell I had put it on, that is.
Again, Elizabeth Arden wins for "scent that reminds me of the 90's." I think either a teacher or a friend's mom or SOMEONE I knew must have worn this, it just smells so familiar. And it's a pleasant smell, too: green, fresh, kind of ozonic. Apparently a lot of people smell citrus in this, but I personally don't. As for wearability, I'm still trying to decide. The dry down is a little strange on me--it smells more musky and warm than I'd prefer, and I can't tell if this is a good thing or not. The jury's still out on this one.
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I remember when this came out, and it was suddenly a MUST-HAVE thing. And everyone smelled like it, and to be fair, that's not a bad thing. It's sparkly, citrusy, and fresh, and did smell very optimistic. But on me, this smells like melted plastic. I'm not even kidding. Which is a shame. If it was cheaper, maybe I'd buy a bottle and use it as air freshener/sheet mist. But on my body with my chemistry, it is abysmal. Which is the opposite of Happy.
(Actually, the irony of Happy perfume smelling like Sadness on me is not lost on me.)
So there you go. If you have suggestions or comments, please let me know! I love fragrances and I'm always willing to try new (or old) stuff.