23 Vintage Perfumes Set For A Comeback

Some fragrances from yesteryear never go out of style. Once a fragrance achieves that iconic perfume status, chances are that it’ll remain a favourite for life – these fragrances were beloved by thousands in their heyday, so why shouldn’t they have a comeback on our dressing tables? Ready and waiting to be discovered by a new generation, here’s 23 scents from the 30s to the 90s that we think are set for a comeback, all available here at Beauty Base! 

Famous 1930s Perfumes

We start our vintage perfume journey in the 1930s. The decade had some real highs and lows; while Old Spice may have endured, not many can say that they fondly remember the scent. Ralph Lauren’s Polo, however, continues to be popular with new generations of fragrance fans.

1. Shulton, Old Spice

2. Paco Rabanne, Pour Homme

3. Ralph Lauren, Polo

Famous 1950s Perfumes

Wartime made the production and circulation of luxury products such as perfume difficult, so it wasn’t until the 1950s that fragrances saw enough of a boom to be able to identify the most popular scents from the era. Two in particular stand out, from perfumiers that are still producing new fragrances today, Nina Ricci and Estee Lauder.

4. Nina Ricci, L’Air du Temps

5. Estee Lauder, Youth Dew

Famous 1960s Perfumes

As if Old Spice wasn’t enough of a gift to the world of men’s fragrances, the 1960s saw the arrival of Brut. Worn by men everywhere at the time, Brut is an overwhelmingly 1960s scent that you’ll either love or hate to reminisce over in these modern times. The 60s also saw the arrival of one of Givenchy’s most daring scents, L’Interdit, which was specially designed for Audrey Hepburn.

6. Faberge, Brut

7. Givenchy, L’Interdit

Famous 1970s Perfumes

A boon decade for popular perfumes, the 1970s were particularly kind to Yves Saint Laurent who produced three perfumes which would go on to line the dressing tables of many for years to come. Other notable perfumes from the era include Revlon’s Charlie which would continue to be popular with young women in perfume and body spray form throughout the 90s also.

8. Revlon, Charlie

9. Yves Saint Laurent, Opium

10. Cacharel, Anais Anais

11. Jovan Musk for Men

12. Issey Miyake

13. Davidoff, Cool Water

14. Yves Saint Laurent, Jazz

15. Yves Saint Laurent, Rive Gauche

Famous 1980s Perfumes

In the 1980s, Yves Saint Laurent continued their success of the 70s with another fragrance, Kouros, while designers such as Calvin Klein made their big splash on the fragrance scene. Smaller names such as Pierre Cardin and the boutique Giorgio Beverly Hills started to break into the world of fragrance in the 1980s too as perfumes became increasingly commercial instead of an exclusive, luxury item.

16. Calvin Klein, Obsession

17. Yves Saint Laurent, Kouros

18. Pierre Cardin

19. Giorgio Beverly Hills

20. Cacharel, Lou Lou

Famous 1990s Perfumes

By the 1990s, many perfumes were being replaced with fast fragrances such as body sprays, but fashion houses from Calvin Klein to Tommy Hilfiger were still producing beloved scents for a generation that wanted high-end fragrances from designers they could also wear.

21. Calvin Klein, One

22. Issey Miyake, L’eau d’Issey

23. Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy

So, with so many vintage scents primed for a comeback, what’s next for fragrances? The fashion world continually points back to decades past for inspiration, and the fragrance world is poised to do the same, but with new scents being created all the time will we find as many iconic, decade defining perfumes? Even the noughties produced fragrances such as Marc Jacobs’ Daisy that could be making their way into the history books, only time will tell!

For a full selection of classic fragrances, discover our ranges of women’s classic fragrances and men’s classic fragrances here at Beauty Base. 

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