10 Totally Tubular Beauty Products That Smell Like the '90s
Many of us can attest to the power of scent when it comes to conjuring up old memories, especially when we're talking about the beauty products that helped define your youth. Just when you think everything is behind you, you get a whiff of that Rave Hair Spray and you're transported back to your school locker room, or maybe it was the Aussie Sprunch Mousse that got you this time (it's unmistakable!).
Whether you were in your early teens, coming into adulthood, or just want to know what it was like to experience the '90s, we present to you some of the products that helped define the decade. Read on as we travel back in time to the world of Love's Baby Soft (the sweet smell of powder!), Lip Smacker collections, Tommy Girl, and more. Bonus points if you put on some *Nsync or Britney Spears while you read.
Love’s Baby Soft
Back in the '90s, Love’s Baby Soft was like a rite of passage, serving as an introduction to perfume for many teen- (and especially tween-) age girls. The subtle, baby powder-like scent, captured in a signature pink-capped bottle, is still sold at most drugstores.
Love’s Baby Soft ($12)
Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger Cologne Spray
When many '90s girls were old enough, they graduated from Love’s Baby Soft to Tommy Girl, a crisp, subtly-citrusy scent that paired nicely with a baggy pair of Tommy Hilfiger jeans and a white tank top. Just looking at the bottle takes us back to the days when Britney and Justin were #couplegoals.
Aussie Flexible Hold Sprunch Mousse
Before there was an influx of surf sprays, there was this sprunch spray, and it was a gift to wavy and curly-haired girls everywhere, especially on warmer days. You would just work the foam through towel-dried strands, tousle with your fingers, and ta-da! The strong grape-like scent is so distinct that we can still spot (or shall we say sniff?) it from several feet away.
Lip Smacker Best Flavor Forever Lip Gloss
Just like Love’s Baby Soft served as many a '90s girl’s first perfume, Lip Smacker balms proved the gateway to lipstick. From watermelon to cotton candy (the cherry and strawberry flavors left behind a red tint!), collecting and proudly showcasing Lip Smackers was right up there with pogs.
Lip Smacker Best Flavor Forever Lip Gloss (three pieces for $10)
Curve Crush by Liz Claiborne Eau de Toilette
Curve Crush by Liz Claiborne, quickly identified by its bright purple packaging, was another fixture likely to be spotted on a '90s girl’s bureau. This complex blend of flirty florals and warm musks, along with its male Curve counterpart, are still sold widely today.
Herbal Essences Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner
The moan-filled advertisements. The flower-covered sheer (shampoo) and solid (conditioner) bottles. Herbal Essences’ botanical formulas proved sensory overload for '90s girls and have remained a shower staple for many since. The packaging for the brand’s Smooth collection bears the closes resemblance to the labels of yesteryear.
Gap Dream Body Mist
Clean. Crisp. This light freesia scent (lining every Gap checkout line in the mid/late '90s) was worn as easily and as often as a '90s girl’s favorite Gap logo tee. While it has since discontinued in stores, you can still get your fix thanks to various online perfume retailers who just get you.
Gap Dream Body Mist ($20)
Rave Mega Aerosol Hair Spray
In the '90s, the scent of Rave Hair Spray wafted throughout girls’ locker rooms everywhere. Beloved for its strong hold and allowance-friendly price tag, this product was hailed then (and continues to be used today) for creating and containing party-worthy curls in a pinch.
Victoria’s Secret Love Spell Fragrance Mist
OK, this scent was technically released in 2000, but we’re including it because it's still a staple in the '90s girl’s reservoir. With a cherry blossom- and peach-infused fragrance profile described as none other than sensual, it was the sign of the '90s girl coming into her sexuality and still tempts from checkout counters at Victoria’s Secret stores today.
Bath & Body Works Sun-Ripened Raspberry Shower Gel
Bath & Body Works revolutionized body care when it was founded in 1990, and was the start of many products and family rituals (chances are, you can remember shopping with or being gifted one of their products from a fellow female family member) to come. The brand has also developed a lot of scents over the years, so it’s nice to see some of our favorite throwbacks back on the scene. You can stock up on this sweet, fruity classic, along with additional favorites like Cucumber Melon and Country Apple, online right now for a limited time. Run.