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More Top Women’s Perfumes From The Year You Were Born: The ‘90s

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In our last blog post, we discussed some of the defining scents from the 1980s, showing our late Gen-Xers and early Millennials our favorite perfume from the year they were born. Well, now it’s time to do the same for 90’s babies. While there is an array of memes starting with “Only 90’s kids remember…” we are curious if any of you 90’s kids remember these popular scents. The 1990s was the decade of the “working woman,” and the popular fragrances of the time reflected strong professionalism. Women no longer needed the heady, sensual scents of the 1980s to show they were liberated and free. Instead, they turned to two main types of fragrance. The first is elegant, floral, and clean fragrances to wear to their 9-to-5, and the next are more outdoorsy and free fragrances to compensate for the new amount of time spent at a desk.

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1990: Safari by Ralph Lauren

As women spent more and more time in the office, perhaps they found themselves longing for a getaway. Safari gave them that. As one of the opening scents of the decade, Safari was designed to symbolize an adventure hinged on discovering something new. This is a clean floral fragrance with notes of grass, mandarin, narcissus, and galbanum. The base notes include moss, tonka bean, and styrax, a type of shrub that rounds out this outdoorsy fragrance.

1991: Dune by Dior

If you remember our blog from a few weeks ago about Royal perfumes, you’ll remember that Duchess Kate Middleton supposedly wears Dune. This is no surprise as Dune began to gain prominent popularity in Kate’s teenage years. Dune, like Safari, is a fragrance that is reminiscent of spending time outdoors. This fragrance is both floral and woody, with notes of jasmine, rose, lily, lichen, sandalwood, amber, moss, and musk.

1992: Angel by Thierry Mugler

Angel is an iconic fragrance that has been a staple in many people's’ homes since its release in the early 1990s. Angel, in its unmistakable blue star bottle, is a fruity scent consisting of berries and pineapple, with heart notes of nutmeg and caraway. The base is made up of vanilla, patchouli, praline, and sandalwood.

1993: Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier

As we move into the decade, you can tell that the bottle a perfume comes in is just as important as the scent itself. Classique is no different, coming in a pink, shapely bottle molded like a woman’s torso. This sweet, floral scent features top notes of rose, bergamot, pear, and anise. The heart of the fragrance is made up of iris, orchid, and ginger for a little extra flair. The base notes are warm and woody, with notes of amber, sandalwood, cinnamon, and musk.

1994: CK One by Calvin Klein

In the 1990s, women were rubbing elbows with men in the workplace, so it makes sense that Calvin Klein used this as an opportunity to create a unisex fragrance. This scent is as floral as it is woody, and as green as it is musky, making it the perfect androgynous perfume for everyone. CK One has top notes of citrus that include pineapple, mandarin orange, bergamot, papaya, lemon, and cardamom. The heart is made of nutmeg, violet, lily, rose, and jasmine, while the base includes moss, amber, sandalwood, musk, and cedar.

1995: 24, Faubourg by Hermes

We have talked about this perfume a few times because it is still today incredibly popular, and is probably Hermes’ signature defining scent. This top perfume for women is elegant and floral, and is reminiscent of time spent with the sun on your face. With notes of white flowers, violet, sandalwood, and amber, this is a timeless scent that every woman needs to try.

1996: Allure by Chanel

Chanel waited 12 years after Coco to release another woman's perfume - how could anything top their iconic fragrance, anyway? Allure does the trick. Rather than being “better” than Coco, it aims to be a different scent entirely. With white floral, citrus, woody, and sweet vanilla notes, this scent is soft, lingering, and mature.

1997: Lolita Lempicka

This signature scent from Lolita Lempicka features an uncommon note: licorice. This perfume is sugar, spice, and everything nice with notes of ivy, cherry, tonka bean, vanilla, musk, and praline. Its sweet scent made it popular with young girls and those who were young at heart.

1998: Noa by Cacharel

Noa is a fresh perfume for women that comes in a cute pearl-shaped bottle (with a faux pearl included inside). This velvety scent features notes of peach, peony, plum, white flowers, ylang-ylang, musk, coffee, incense, and vanilla. With a powdery finish, this top women’s fragrance is feminine and inviting.

1999: J’Adore by Christian Dior

Still one of the best-selling fragrances available, J’Adore is modern and glamorous while still being classic and feminine. It is a scent you can wear anytime, anywhere. With notes of white floral, citrus, plum, rose, blackberry, and musk, this scent is both sharp and soft at the same time.

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