Nothing brings back a flood of memories like catching a hint of a long-forgotten fragrance. Let's take a trip down memory lane and remember some of the scents we obsessively sprayed in high school halls and beyond.
Love's Baby Soft
First introduced in 1974, Baby Soft was an overload of powder-fresh innocence, with popularity that lingered well into '80s. The scent still makes me think of my old babysitter, Dawn, who watched Dirty Dancing a hundred times, wrote on her L.A. Gear sneakers with a Sharpie marker -- and wore the fragrance daily.
Exclamation! by Cody
Exclaimation!, the sharp, exotic fragrance which debuted in 1988, had hints of apricots, amber and sandalwood -- and a memorable marketing campaign. The tagline, "Make a statement without saying a word," earned the perfume instant popularity, and in 1989, a FIFI award for Best National Advertising TV Campaign for a Women's Fragrance. When my mom finally bought me the must-have black-and-white bottle, it was only because it came with a free umbrella.
Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden
This designer scent capitalized on the carefree, feel-good spirit of 1993, the time of Sheryl Crow, Meg Ryan movies and belly-button rings. The following year, it went on to win a FIFI award for Women's Fragrance of the Year. Every girl in my middle school smelled of the warm, energizing scent that graduated us from drugstore colognes to designer eau de toilettes.
Bath and Body Works Sun-Ripened Raspberry
Remember the "buy-two-get-one-free" deal continuously hawked at Bath and Body Works in the '90s? I sure do -- my after-school job was selling "flavors" of the fruity sprays, lotions and shower gels to scent-obsessed women at the mall. Thanks to the mass appeal of the brand, sales came easy. Women of all ages had a jewel-toned bottle of sticky-sweet Sun-Ripened Raspberry body splash in their purse. The affordable fragrance volleyed with Country Apple and Cucumber Melon for most-popular at my south Florida High School.
Surely you recall the aluminum packaging of Gap fragrances Day, Earth, Grass and Heaven, first released in 1994. They became the fresh, must-have scents for all the "It" girls. (I wore Heaven continuously until my boyfriend admitted he was allergic to the crisp floral scent.) The second wave of Gap perfumes, released a year later, were also stars. Dream, with its pleasing notes of freesia, orange blossom and jasmine, is still popular today -- but it was the sensually musky, now-discontinued Om that received a FIFI award for Women's Fragrance of the Year in 1997.
Calvin Klein ck1
Few fragrances become as iconic as the streetwise unisex scent of ck1, first released to the world in 1994. Calvin Klein's historic ad campaign shot by Steven Meisel captured fashion-forward youth, and its modern, twist-top bottle designed by Fabien Baron, earned it a FIFI award for Women's Best Packaging of the Year. Personally, my obsession with ck1 faded when I dropped a bottle of the generation-defining fragrance on the bathroom floor. The frosted glass shattered, filled the air with its bergamot-cardamom-pineapple scent and gave me a dull headache for weeks.
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