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Fragrance Flashback to the '90s When Body Mists Were Cool

Apr 9 2014 - 5:00am

Remember the days when you spritzed your favorite body mist before heading to the high school dance? InStyle [1] captures that feeling in this nostalgic fragrance roundup.

There's no doubt about it: the '90s renaissance continues to go on strong! Thanks to the revival of grunge-inspired fashion and rumored reunion tours from our favorite '90s bands (here's looking at you, Backstreet Boys), we're almost tempted to break out the mood rings, frosted lip gloss, and power beads. Instead, how about a sniff down nostalgia lane? Fragrance has such close ties to memory and is one staple from the era that will translate better than a butterfly clip-adorned updo. That's why we're taking a scent-sational look back at our favorite '90s perfumes, from classics like Davidoff Cool Water and ck one, to flirty spritzers by Victoria's Secret and Juice Bar! While some of the fragrances exist only in our memory (we'll never let go!), many are still available now if you're eager to relive your "Teen Spirit" days. So pop open a can of Surge, crank up the Nirvana, and click through our gallery to see our 13 favorite fragrances from the '90s!

More from InStyle:
A Perfume That Smells Like Mermaids . . . Really [2]
Timeless Hairstyles That Are Forever "In" [3]
Petra Nemcova's In-Flight Beauty Routine [4]

Calgon Turquoise Seas

Just when we thought this iconic ocean scent [5] ($6, originally $7) was no more, Calgon said "As if!" and relaunched it, along with a hydrating body cream [6] ($5) to boot!

Gap Heaven, Grass, and Dream

The holy trinity of throwback scents, Gap Grass was worn by our cool older sisters, while we favored the airy elements in Heaven and Dream. While Grass is no longer available, we hear the latter two can still be found in Gap stores!

Beverly Hills 90210

The only thing that was on our wrists more often than a lime green scrunchie? The 90210 fragrance, of course! The mix of white flowers and green apple was seductive enough to catch the attention of Brandon Walsh, and flattered both confident Kelly Taylor and Donna Martin types alike.

Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers

Confession time: We've taken this energetic floral [7] ($24) from our mother's vanities more often than she realized. After all, it was the perfect complement to the printed sunflower dress we'd pair with combat boots!

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique

Weeks of saving up our allowance finally paid off when Jean Paul Gaultier's Classique [8] ($96) officially became our first "big girl" fragrance with its classy vanilla, rose, and tonka bean elements.

CK One

It's impossible to talk about '90s fragrances without mentioning this unisex staple [9] ($54), which features one-size-fits-all notes of bergamot, violet, nutmeg, and musk — a perfect complement to the ads featuring Kate Moss [10] that we once had taped onto our walls.

Tommy Girl

A must-have spritzer for cool girls everywhere, Tommy Girl [11] ($35) mixes notes of lemon, honeysuckle, and lily with a heady sandalwood base.

Angel by Thierry Mugler

Thierry Mugler's Angel [12] ($80) is one of those scents you can call out just by catching a passing whiff, thanks to its prominent gourmand notes like honey, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate.

Curve by Liz Claiborne

We've been spraying on Curve [13] ($36) since '96 and haven't looked back since! The floral mix of peony, yellow freesia, and lily of the valley is so sparkling, it almost challenges our roll-on body glitter.

Victoria's Secret Pear Glace

A predecessor to the now-infamous Love Spell scent, Pear Glace [14] ($12) proved to be just as iconic, blending fruity notes like sugared pear and casaba melon.

Davidoff Cool Water For Women

This aquatic blend [15] ($33) launched back in '96, and is as refreshing as a dip in the pool with its notes of pineapple, lotus, and ocean air.

Candies For Her

This late '90s gem may now be a distant memory, but we secretly hold out hope for the day that this sexy mix of amber, mandarin, and peach returns to store shelves.

Juice Bar Fragrances

Our favorite candies took on fragrance form with Juice Bar's sugary scents — namely the Gummi Bear and Cotton Candy versions, which made regular rotations in our Caboodles.

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