With Kate Bush back in the charts and a Barbie movie in the works, it feels like we are all donning cycling shorts and heading back to the 1980s.
The same is true for perfume, with shoppers snapping up retro fragrances that had their heyday in the 1980s, according to retail experts.
Online retailer Perfume Direct revealed there has been a 125 per cent surge in sales of classic perfume from the decade in the last month.
Among the bestsellers are Calvin Klein Obsession, Estee Lauder Beautiful Eau de Parfum, and Cacharel Anais Anais Eau de Toilette.
The oldest favorite is YSL Opium Eau de Toilette, which was released in 1977 and proved itself as a big player in the 1980s.
There’s nothing like a scent to transport you back in time. One spritz of these classic scents and you’ll be reaching for your shoulder pads and stirrup leggings…
CALVIN KLEIN OBSESSION FOR HER EAU DE PARFUM
Launched in 1985
Opening with citrus and fruity notes including Mandarin orange, peach and lemon, Calvin Klein Obsession launched in 1985 is an intense spicy scent
Known for revolutionizing the world of fragrance, Calvin Klein Obsession is an intense spicy scent that typified the 80s.
Obsession for women is an oriental perfume, characterized by warm and intense notes to create a long-lasting fragrance.
It has been created through a combination of spicy, woody and floral notes balanced with a sweet base, offering a signature fragrance that has stood the test of time.
Opening with citrus and fruity notes including Mandarin orange, peach and lemon, Calvin Klein Obsession for women moves on to a spicy, oriental heart of coriander, jasmine, and orange blossom before giving way to amber, musk and vanilla.
top notes: Vanilla, Basil, Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, Green Notes, Peach, Lemon
Middle notes: Spices, Sandalwood, Coriander, Oakmoss, Cedar, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Rose
Base notes: Amber, Incense, Vanilla, Civet, Musk, Vetiver
YSL OPIUM EAU DE TOILETTE
The amber spicy fragrance opens with top notes of carnation, cinnamon and peppery. YSL Opium launched in 1977 more than 40 years ago and is making a massive comeback in 2022
YSL Opium Eau de Parfum (30ml) – £46.99
It may be more than 40 years old but Opium Eau de Toilette by Yves Saint Laurent is still going strong and is making a massive comeback in 2022.
The amber spicy fragrance for women opens with top notes of carnation, cinnamon and pepper, fusing with a heart of jasmine, rose and ylang-ylang, finally rounded off with a smooth base of vanilla, patchouli and opoponax.
The face of the fragrance is supermodel and singer-songwriter Karen Elson.
Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Bergamot, Lily-of-the-Valley
Middle Notes: Myrrh, Jasmine
Basic Notes: Opoponax, Amber, Patchouli, Vanilla
GUERLAIN SAMSARA EAU DE TOILETTE
Guerlain’s Samsara launched in 1989 and has a smooth base of sandalwood, tonka bean and amber. It is one of the first woody perfumes for women and used sandal for the first time in these quantities
Guerlain’s Samsara continued the trend of striking scents featuring exotic flowers and sensual woods; the oriental fragrance has stood the test of time.
Inspired by Jean-Paul Guerlain’s time in China and Tibet, the name Samsara is derived from Sanskrit, meaning eternal rebirth and is part of a religious reference to Tibetan Buddhism.
The fragrance has a smooth base of sandalwood, tonka bean and amber for a warming finish. It is one of the first woody perfumes for women and used sandalwood for the first time in these quantities in perfumery.
Opening with ylang-ylang, peach and bergamot, Guerlain Samsara has a heart of jasmine, iris and violet.
top notes: Peach, Ylang-Ylang, Bergamot
Middle notes: Iris, Violet, Jasmine
Base notes: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Amber
Estee Lauder’s Beautiful fragrance, launched in 1985, was an all-round fragrance from the 80s perfect for everyday wear, with a floral scent
ESTEE LAUDER BEAUTIFUL EAU DE PARFUM
The perfume became a big hit alongside the brand’s beauty products – and for an all-round fragrance from the 80s this is it.
This fragrance is perfect for everyday wear, with its true floral fragrance.
The light bouquet of a thousand flowers combines fresh citrus notes, with a wood base.
top notes: Bergamot, Lily, Galbanum, Mandarin Orange, Cassia, Rose, Lemon, Blackcurrant
Middle notes: Geranium, Lily-of-the Valley, Ylang-Ylang, Marigold, Neroli, Sage, Pink Violet, Jasmine, Lilac, Freesia, Narcissus, Chamomile, Orange Blossom, Tuberose, Carnation, Magnolia, Mimosa
Base notes: Amber, Cedar, Vetiver, Vanilla, Musk, Sandalwood
ELIZABETH ARDEN RED DOOR EAU DE TOILETTE
Released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Elizabeth Arden house in 1989, the Red Door perfume is truly feminine with a classic, long-lasting scent
Red Door has a romantic sophistication about it, created with a beautiful combination of rich and rare floral scents.
Released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Elizabeth Arden house, the Red Door perfume is truly feminine with a classic, long-lasting scent.
Combining a unique blend of floral, sweet and woody notes, Elizabeth Arden Red Door awakens your senses and provides a go-to fragrance for everyday wear.
Opening with lily of the valley, freesia and wild violets, Red Door moves into a heart of red roses, orange flower, jasmine and ylang-ylang for a unique twist. The fragrance then finishes with a lingering essence of honey, oak moss and sandalwood.
top notes: Lily-of-the-Valley, Violet, Freesia
Middle notes: Red Rose, Jasmine, African Orange Flower, Ylang-Ylang
Base notes: Honey, Oak Moss, Sandalwood
MOSCHINO FEMME EAU DE TOILETTE
Moschino Femme is an amber fragrance for women. Launched in 1987 it opens with aromatic oregano, coriander and galbanum
Bursting with the 80s vibe of spicy florals, Moschino Femme is an amber fragrance for women. Just like Moschino’s attitude to fashion this fragrance is fun, quirky and distinctive.
A flamboyant and extravagant fragrance with a touch of spice and sultriness. The citrus, amber and sweet oriental tones making this an exciting scent.
The fragrance opens with aromatic oregano, coriander and galbanum with nutmeg, carnation, sandalwood, gardenia, patchouli, pepper, ylang-ylang and rose. The base features an elegant combination of amber, musk and vanilla.
top notes: Galbanum, Marigold, Plum, Honeysuckle, Freesia
Middle notes: Nutmeg, Carnation, Pepper, Ylang-Ylang, Gardenia, Rose
Base notes: Amber, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Vanilla, Musk
CACHAREL ANAIS ANAIS EAU DE TOILETTE
Anais Anais by Cacharel is a fruity-floral fragrance for women. Launched in 1978 it is an 80s predecessor to the strong oriental scents that came out in the mid-80s
This 80s classic was a predecessor to the strong oriental scents that came out in the mid-80s, and is feminine and fresh, but still rich in composition.
Anais Anais by Cacharel is a fruity-floral fragrance for women. Inspired by the lily, a flower that shows purity. It is a fresh yet distinctive fragrance.
top notes: Honeysuckle, Bergamot, Blackcurrant, White Lily
Middle notes: Moroccan Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Ylang-Ylang
Basic Notes: Leather, Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli
TIFFANY & CO EAU DE PARFUM
Following the success of other top designer names Tiffany & Co. launched its signature fragrance in 1987. It features note of fruity blackcurrant, delicate blue rose and ambrette seed
This classic 80s fragrance was launched by the brand following the success of other top designer names.
Inspired by ‘diamond cuts and luminous metals’, this fragrance features notes of fruity blackcurrant, delicate blue rose and a warm finish of ambrette seed.
Tiffany & Co embodies glamor and femininity in this signature scent.
Vibrant, citrus top notes of mandarin orange, lemon and bergamot open the scent. Tiffany’s signature ingredient of Iris sits at the heart. Patchouli and musk create a warm and sensual finish to the fragrance.
top notes: Mandarin Orange, Bergamot, Lemon
Middle notes: Iris, Black Currant, Peach, Rose
Base notes: Patchouli, Musk