Today, somehow my mind drifted to the disgustor perfumes I used to rock before I knew better. I got to thinking about how spritzing myself with a spray of a CAN of Malibu Musk just seemed to be the height of sophistication when I was 11. Chances are, if you invited me to your sleepover party or bat mitzvah, I celebrated by dousing myself in the eau de ew before showing up. I decided to ask my Twitter friends (twiends?) and Facebook peeps who weighed in. Some answers are hilarious. Especially Patrice Grell Yursik, who grew up in Trinidad and told me all about a British brand’s fragrance she wore called Black Velvet by Yardley. Which naturally made me think of one of my favorite drugstore jamz, Black Velvet by Alannah Myles. Dolls, you’ll want to do yourself a favor and read on…
Story time! Do you KNOW the wild goose chase I went on in 1998 to secure that tune on CD, as it wasn’t produced after the early 90s? I finally ordered it on a mail-order compilation ’90s Style album of particularly hilar ’90s songs (also included was Snow by Informer and Walk on the Ocean by Toad the Wet Sprocket). Anyway! What was I talking about? RIGHT. The hilar list of scents of yore. Here they are, broken down by beauty editor/blogger/friend/Twitter name (if it’s someone I don’t know).
I used to rock CG Navy! I can’t stand the way it smells now! But I did like the bottle shape
Scratch that. Most embarrassing was Revlon Ciara which made me smell like a seasoned stripper so obviously I bathed in it.
OMG! Almost forgot: CAMP BEVERLY HILLS PERFUME!! Wore it with my rugby. #80s
I think it was called Tribe sold in drugstores
Not Love’s Baby Soft, but the weird blue one that came with it . [I pointed out it was Rain Scent, which, naturally, smelled not one thing like rain.]
I’d almost have to say Benneton “Colors”, but “Tabu” is up there, too.
Besides Incognito, Exclamation, and Navy – I’d have to say Heaven Sent. Or… Hello Kitty from this past year at Sephora!!
And let us not forget exclamation. My fancy fragrance at that time was Red by Giorgio. NOT the Imposter, thank you very much!
ELECTRIC YOUTH by Debbie Gibson. Carried that shit to school in a denim purse, too!
Actually how could I forget the bottle of Yo Rap Musk I bought at the grocery store because of the ridiculous name & packaging. The cap was a tilted hot pink baseball cap. And yes I wore it. Like Karen Walker I smelled of gin & regret.
Ha! Tie between Love’s Fresh Lemon and Heaven Scent (Colleen! We are scent sister soul mates….LOL)
Oh, and mine is definitely Electric Youth, which I didn’t buy for myself, but borrowed from a friend and “forgot” to return.
I think I’ve worn every scent mentioned here, including Yo Rap Musk, which I lovingly called Rat Musk (and still wore). I also went through an old-lady-perfume phase during which I wore old Coty scents like Emeraude. I was 11.
Love’s Baby Soft. A sickly sweet, powdery concoction in an oddly phallic bottle. It was gross.
Nothing embarrassing about Love’s Baby Soft, Chrissy! Ha. I wore mine proudly…
Jen from MonkeyPosh
I think I have worn all of these too. Don’t forget those horrid spray cans of fake Georgio (I forget what it is called) and Vanderbilt. I also wore Zany by Avon and a splash called Babe. I looked Babe up a few years ago and it was going for like $190.00 a bottle. It used to be about $3.00 when I was little. Another embarrassing one from recently was (shudder) Cumming by Alan Cumming. EEEKS!
I also had a HEINOUS bottle of Colors d’Benetton. It smelled like disinfectant.
Patrice Grell Yursik
OK. I love that this is a space of no judgment or shame! Trinidad being a former British colony, imported lots of pop culture, food and cosmetics items from the UK and not the US. So I grew up reading books that many of my American friends have never heard of (for example, anything by Enid Blyton: http://en.wikipedia.org/wi
Ob. Sessed. I feel so much better, now that I shared that!
debbie gibson’s electric youth! and i wore it for YEARS
Electric Youth (dating myself)
Hilarious! And tell me: What’s your most embarrassing scent of the 80s or 90s?
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I used to wear Exclamation! When I was a tween. My personal fave from the 80’s was Coty’s Wild Musk. Sunflower actually smells awesome, very cheerful.
Sand and Sable and Liz Claiborn in the triangle bottle. Loved them both.
Jovan Musk! I loved it because it’s what my art teacher wore, I thought she smelled so good. But when I bought it didn’t smell the same. I realized years later it’s because she was a smoker, LOL
Thanks for sharing information, but i love CK one , one of the best and fabulous fragrance, i m fan of CK.
I’m with you Amber – i used to douse myself in Malibu Musk – ewww! And my mom’s bottle of Jean Nate.
It’s a tie between Malibu Musk and Petite Nate–anyone remember that stuff???
CK One… Happy makes the list too tho
Definitely RAP MUSK! TLC did the commercials, and they were the coolest 😉 hotsytotsybeauty.com