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Just one spritz of Bath & Body Works’ Cucumber Melon spray can transport us straight back to the girls’ locker room in high school. It was an era when the air was thick with a mist of Clinique Happy and ck One, the fragrances we fell in love with from samples in issues of YM and Seventeen. While we’ve certainly matured in other aspects of our beauty routines, sometimes we still pine for those nostalgic scents. In that spirit, we paired a few of our old go-to perfumes with their grown-up equivalents:
The Teen Scent Obsession: CK one
Through its bold ad campaigns, ck ONE was the fragrance arbiter of ‘90s cool. A mix of bergamot, cardamom, jasmine, and musk made for a smart-yet-sexy unisex scent.
The Adult Update: Atelier Cologne’s Cedrat Enivrant Cologne Absolue
This cologne relies on a mix of Calabrian bergamot, lime, and Haitian vetiver to create a tart-yet-sweet smell. With earthy bass notes of Haitian vetiver, it’s ck One’s older, more mature sister scent.
The Teen Scent Obsession: Clinique Happy
Like the fragrance embodiment of Pharrell’s runaway hit song, Clinique Happy brightened up our after school hangouts with citrusy notes of ruby red grapefruit and spring mimosa.
The Adult Update: Harvey Prince Ageless
In Harvey Prince’s grin-inducing perfume, notes of pink grapefruit and mango blend together to fend off the “scent of aging” (seriously.). Is there anything that could make us happier?
The Teen Scent Obsession: Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon Body Spray
Was there anything more ubiquitous in lockers rooms than the subtle scent of cucumber melon? A sweet-clean mix of cucumber and honeydew rounded out with a base of soft musk, it pervaded most of our post-gym class prepping.
The Adult Update: English Laundry No. 7 Eau de Parfum for Her
A mix of fruity top notes (think: melon, pear, and apricot) mix with sandalwood, vanilla, and musk to create a sophisticated alternative to your high school favorite. Serious cucumber addicts can also turn to Yes To™ Cucumbers Soothing Body Wash.
The Teen Scent Obsession: Gap Heaven
As one of Gap’s three most popular fragrances—including Grass and Dream—this scent added a fresh, flirty mix of jasmine and musk to our high school style. Remember those tiny metal spray bottles?
The Adult Update: Joie Folle de Joie
The chic fashion brand’s signature scent combines the summery jasmine you loved in Heaven and pairs it with notes of rose, wood, and leather to create a flirty, alluring scent worthy of its name, which means “crazy with joy.”
The Teen Scent Obsession: Tommy Girl
Sporty, tart, and decidedly all-American, Tommy Girl was the go-to choice for the tomboys back in the day.
The Adult Update: Harvey Prince Hello
When teenage jocks grow up to be yogis and marathoners, they turn to this bright and fruity mix of lemon, mandarin. It evokes the outdoors while summery floral notes like plumeria and forsythia add a feminine flair.