These Perfumes Are A Crazy Middle School Flashback

What does teen spirit smell like? If you consult our '90s fragrance wardrobe, then you can bet it has a top note of vanilla and sits firmly in the fruity-floral family. Whether it was a stolen spritz of the Body Shop's White Musk when we were shopping at the mall on a Saturday, or a dab of our precious first bottle of CK One on each wrist, just a whiff of those fragrant firsts is as close to time travel as we can get. (Sorry Marty McFly, scent memories are even more powerful than the DeLorean.)

Which is a long way of saying there’s nothing like a much-beloved teen perfume to bring back memories of yesteryear, and while some of our spritz decisions belong firmly in the past, why not break out a scrunchie, adorn your wrists with slap bracelets, and reacquaint your nostrils with these 10 cult classics?
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CK One
Splashing a little of Calvin Klein’s unisex '90s creation on each wrist officially transformed you into the effortlessly cool pinup of the decade (and beyond), Kate Moss. Or, so we thought at the time. The fresh, bergamot-and-musk fragrance made androgynous sexy — this was a perfume for the fashion-forward teen. We predict a comeback for this cult classic.

Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette, $58, available at Calvin Klein.
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Charlie Red
Launched in 1993, this super-sweet, fruity perfume was everything for many '90s teens. Nothing said, "I own perfume, therefore I'm a grown-up" like the orange-blossom, blackcurrant, and carnation concoction that was Charlie Red. Preps whipped it out of their Jansports between classes, and everyone else was forced to walk through suffocating clouds of Charlie Red, Charlie White, or Charlie Blue… It really all depended on what kind of "Charlie girl" just passed by.

Revlon Charlie Red Eau de Toilette, $8.09, available at Target.
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Tommy Girl
The sporty girl’s perfume of choice, Tommy Girl — another fruity floral, shocking — was that perfect mix of luxury and a casual vibe. It felt really all-American and therefore chic and accessible, and it appealed to girls most comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt.

Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl, $39.50, available at Tommy Hilfiger.
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Thierry Mugler Angel
Thierry Mugler’s spicy-sweet vanilla fragrance launched in 1992 and became an instant classic. The strong scent and striking ad campaigns meant it wasn’t for everyone, but if you were cool enough to get it, then you could stand the occasional teenage boy’s rebuttal. Jerry Hall’s 1995 campaign was achingly beautiful — and the brand relit its fire by hiring Hall’s daughter Georgia May Jagger for the role in 2014.

Thierry Mugler Angel Eau de Toilette, $80, available at Nordstrom.
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J.Lo Glow
Okay, so this one launched in 2002, but we were at the peak of our J.Lo obsession and still not ready to give up our rose and grapefruit fragrances. One of the most successful celebrity perfumes of all time, this was the signature scent of any girl who wanted to be a bit sexy but was, ultimately, just Jenny from the block.

J.Lo Glow Eau de Toilette, $49.50, available at Kohl's.
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J'Adore Dior
The evolved teen’s perfume of choice. This girl would have all the new season's styles in her wardrobe and would stack the latest copies of Vogue at the end of her bed to leaf through while waving a fluffy, pink pen à la Cher from Clueless. This blood-orange, vanilla, and rose scent is just as beautiful as its distinctive gold-topped bottle.

Dior J'Adore Eau de Parfum, $94, available at Sephora.
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JPG Classique
If you were mature enough to deal with the fact that owning a bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier’s signature scent meant having a pair of Madonna-esque boobs on your dressing table, you were cool enough to wear it. Another vanilla and rose concoction, this light, sweet scent is still in our fragrance arsenal — we felt sophisticated in it then, and we feel sophisticated in it now.

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Eau de Parfum, $86, available at Ulta Beauty.
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The Body Shop White Musk
You’d buy your mom a bottle of this every Mother’s Day, and she’d tell you she was thrilled as she gingerly placed it next to her bottle of Chanel on her dressing table. You’d then proceed to sneak into her room and use said White Musk every day, and feel mightily sophisticated as you breezed around school. The soft, powdery scent was incredibly pleasant — we imagine it's what Angela Chase smelled like.

The Body Shop White Musk Eau de Parfum, $12, available at The Body Shop.
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Versace Red Jeans
Yes, we loved the wearable, fruity-floral red-currant, peony, and vanilla concoction of Versace Red Jeans, but that distinguishable red bottle and corresponding tin was what our teenage hearts really desired. Another fashion maven’s fragrance of choice.

Versace Red Jeans Eau de Toilette, $41.99, available at Target.
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Impulse Spice Girls
How could we leave without giving the Spice Girls' Impulse a mention? Yes, it was a body spray, and yes, it cost a couple of bucks, and yes, sometimes we used a whole can after a particularly sweaty gym class, but it is an important part of our perfume past. And we loved it. "Wear nothing but Impulse Spice," the ads told us. How rude, how liberating, how Spice-tastic.

The scent was made up of a note for each girl (amber for Ginger and vanilla for Baby, preach) and represented their "feminine, funky, and unpredictable personalities." Please, oh please, bring it back.
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