’80s Fragrances are the Best

Dior Poison: I remember my mother drenching herself with this fragrance before going out looking like a babe. So naturally for me this is the most sophisticated of the bunch. Sharp, dry, mysterious and feminine, it’s made with a delicious mix of notes such as coriander, berries, honey, and tuberose.

YSL Opium: I discovered this one without any help from my mother (who prefers YSL Paris). It was launched in ’77 but became popular in the next decade, and is one of the spiciest fragrances. With a blend of incense, sandalwood, jasmine, lily and rose, this is like a warm cloak in winter.

Coco by Chanel: Ok, so Coco Mademoiselle may be extremely popular but I have always preferred the original variant. It’s sharp, strong and unapologetic with rose, jasmine, civet, sandalwood, amber, and vanilla. It is also my all time favourite fragrance.

Estée Lauder Beautiful: A sweet, over-the-top floral (rose, lily, tuberose, marigold), this is elegant, classic, and works wonderfully to layer with citrus scents. A word of warning, just a couple of sprays are enough to last through the day.

Cacharel Anaïs Anaïs: Even though it was launched in ’78, this was one of the most popular floral fragrances of the ’80s. I wore this all through college, and I loved that despite being a floral it was quite dry. I think it’s because rose, jasmine and lily have been combined with the warmth of sandalwood, incense and amber.

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