The nostalgic fragrances that will take your back to your teens
Britney Spears’ Fantasy is just the beginning
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / July 12 2018
Let us take you back for a second - Britney Spears was still wearing pigtails, chokers were an outfit essential, low-rise jeans were standard attire and mood rings were all the rage – ahh, weren’t the late ‘90s and early 2000s a great time to be alive?
We certainly think so. That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 of the best perfumes that stole our teenage hearts. From Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy to Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue, here are our favourite perfumes guaranteed to take you back to your awkward-yet-immeasurably-happy youth.
Davidoff Cool Water Woman EDT
Everything about this fragrance – from the bottle to the name and the blend of woody notes mixed with sea spray – felt impossibly cool. It was a bit more grown-up and sexier than many perfumes you may have owned in the past, and a firm favourite among ‘90s club-goers (paired with flatforms, boob tubes and sparkly nail polish, of course).
Britney Spears Sunset Fantasy EDT
The best way to emulate the idol that was, and is, Britney Spears? Wear her perfume. Reminiscent of low-rise jeans, scrunchies and So Fresh CDs, Sunset Fantasy features a memorable blend of grapefruit, apple, sandalwood and vanilla that made us feel like the pop star herself.
Calvin Klein CK One EDT
Fronted by Kate Moss in a spaghetti strap top and roomy jeans, this gender-bending fragrance transformed the way we thought of scent and was the first hugely successful unisex cologne. If the ‘90s grunge-chic era could be bottled up, this is what it would smell like.
JLo Glow EDT
One of the most successful celebrity perfumes of all time, JLo’s fruity and floral Glow was the signature scent of any tween who wanted to be a bit sexy, but was ultimately, still ‘Jenny’ from the block.
Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl EDT
The sporty girl’s perfume of choice, Tommy Girl — another fruity floral – encapsulated the perfect mix of spontaneity and luxury. It felt chic and accessible, and so, appealed to any girl, even those most comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt.
Marc Jacobs Daisy EDT
While Marc Jacob’s Daisy hasn’t been around for as long as others on this list (it only celebrated its 10th birthday last year), chances are this was a favourite of yours and the scent that took pride of place on your vanity (the bottles are too pretty not to, after all). Although you may have moved on from the raspberry, grapefruit, musk and cedarwood cocktail, there’s no doubt it will always hold a special place in your heart.
DKNY Be Delicious for Women EDP
For many, this scent marked your first foray into the olfactory world. Probably because you wanted to graduate from your much-loved (and over-spritzed) Impulse body sprays and DKNY’s Be Delicious was the perfect age-appropriate scent that still left you feeling sophisticated.
Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue EDT
Somehow Light Blue’s surprising blend of citrus, green apple, jasmine and amber managed to be both light and sexy at the same time. It also tended to be the go-to scent of girls who somehow oozed cool without needing to put in any effort to do so.
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy EDP
There’s nothing subtle about this sweet and fruity scent. In fact, the initial hit of wild berries and mandarin are so potent, you could smell anyone wearing it from several metres away. But that’s why Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy was so popular. After all, why else would a 13-year-old girl who’s just discovered kitten heels and glittery lip gloss wear perfume? She wants to be noticed.
Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Baby Doll EDT
If this gallery is anything to go by, grapefruit fragrances reigned supreme throughout the late ‘90s and early 2000s, which may be why Yves Saint Laurent Beauté’s Baby Doll was such a big hit. With a blend of citrus, freesia, lily of the valley and rose to complement the zesty grapefruit notes, this oh-so-girly scent was often worn by Supré mini skirt and butterfly hairclip lovers.
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What were your favourite fragrances when you were growing up? Let us know in the comments below.
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Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.