If you were cognizant during the ’90s and early aughts, then there’s a decent chance you, at some point, slathered yourself in one of the many Bath & Body Works fragrances that were their signature at the time. (Perhaps the scent combo of Cucumber Melon rings a bell? ) Sadly, these fragrances eventually disappeared from the shelves as the company introduced new scents to the collection, and many of us were left to wonder if that portion of our childhood was gone forever.
Well, get out your old Bonne Bell Lip Smackers, fam, because those B&BW fragrances of yore are back in action — if only for a limited time.
As part of the Bath & Body Works semi-annual, month-long summer sale, the company is bringing back some of its retro fragrances at a significant discount.
Those classic scents include: Cucumber Melon (the one, the only, the legend), Country Apple (this one will always remind me of my cousin, for some reason), Sun-Ripened Raspberry (I know I smelled it at some point, but never owned it), Freesia (pretty sure I got this one in a gift basket at some point), Plumeria, Pearberry (never tried it, was always intrigued), Juniper Breeze (I stole this one from my mom!), Brown Sugar & Fig (this was probably my personal fave), Dark Kiss (okay, I don’t remember this one at all), and Sensual Amber (my best friend Amber literally felt obligated to wear this one).
This list doesn’t even include all of the retired fragrances that are coming back, but you can check out the full range here.
Scents have the rather powerful and unexpected ability to transport us (or at least our noses) back in time to surprisingly specific moments. For example, every time I smell the fragrance “Princess” by Vera Wang, I immediately experience the potent sense memory of being a sophomore in high school and still having horrible braces that required criss-crossing rubber bands all over the inside of my mouth.
So, here’s hoping that taking some whiffs of these adolescent Bath & Body Works faves will whisk you away to a happier and simpler time (even if it was more awkward and involved puberty).