Throwback Thursday: Smells Like the 90s

Scent is often the sense that is tied the strongest to memory and there is one smell that, whenever I encounter it, immediately makes me feel like I’m back in the 90s: cucumber melon

Not that, Kurt Cobain.
Sorry, Kurt Cobain.

This is a signature scent of Bath & Body Works and was absurdly popular in the 90s. If you are unfamiliar with Bath & Body Works, it’s that store in the mall that you can smell from four stores down, often results in a headache, and is almost always inexplicably located right next to the food court.

Nothing like the smell of Sweet Pea and microwaved pizza to make you want to throw up in that tiny backpack you bought from Claire's Accessories.
Nothing like the smell of Sweet Pea and microwaved pizza to make you want to throw up in that tiny backpack you bought from Claire’s Accessories.

Why was cucumber melon so popular in the 90s? Who the hell knows? What I do know is that it was like crack for females who, for some reason, all wanted to smell like a summer salad.

Ladies, I know you can smell this just by looking at it.
Ladies, I know you can smell this just by looking at it.

It was available as a lotion, hand soap, shower gel, body spray, and perfume (because obviously a body spray and perfume are not the same freaking thing) and if you had one version, you probably had them all. Not that it smelled bad by any means–we just didn’t understand moderation.

Yup.
Yup.

If you want to check this out for yourself, Bath & Body Works still sells this as one of their signature scents. But if you don’t want to assault your nose by going to the store in person, you can just order it online here.

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