There was nothing understated about the ’80s, and the scents of the decade—both designer and drugstore—definitely reflected its brashness. Big hair, boxy shoulder pads, and power suits had nothing on the big, powerful, and melodramatically potent perfumes that made a grand entrance long before their wearers. “The American woman has acquired a taste for eaux de toilettes and colognes that are unusually strong and lasting,” The New York Times reported in 1988. What the Times didn’t mention was that many men’s fragrances had become equally brazen.
It wasn’t only the robust odors themselves that gave shape to an era, but also the controversy of their names, the decadence of their ad campaigns, and their ability to spark rabid loyalty in consumers (so much so that one celebrity was even buried with a bottle of his favorite eau de ’80s.) Here are 11 bodacious scents that were the quintessence of the “Me” Decade.
Created by Coty, this was a very popular perfume in the early 90’s
2. GIORGIO BEVERLY HILLS
Still around today, this fragrance will take you right back!
3. MONSOON – WILD LAGOON
Such a beautiful perfume which was sadly discontinued!
4. DEWBERRY PERFUME
Body shop perfumes and oils were a must for any teen. Dewberry was one of the most popular ones!