The Best Women's Fragrances of the 80s - that are Still Amazing Today!
By Jane Duncan, freelance writer
May 11 2022
Chanel Coco advert from 1985
Everyone knows about Chanel No.5, as it is considered to be the most iconic fragrance from the House of Chanel. However, most women find it too dated to wear nowadays. This is why Chanel Coco has a place in the hearts of most perfume enthusiasts since it had a lighter, somewhat fresher take on oriental perfumes, which was all the rage back in the 80s, so it's easier to wear today.
Launched in 1984, Coco is described as a spicy, warm amber fragrance. The top notes are composed of Bulgarian rose, peach, Mandarin orange, and jasmine, the middle notes are mimosa, orange blossom and cloves, while the base notes are tonka bean, amber, vanilla, civet, and sandalwood.
Although it smells rich and spicy, it's still modern and sexy enough to be worn as a signature scent throughout the year. However, if this is your first time trying a warm amber scent, it's a good idea to reserve this fragrance for the winter season, since it truly smells beautiful and comforting on a cold day. Since it contains vanilla, which most people associate with comfort, relaxation, and joy, you may find that this fragrance can positively impact your mood, especially on dark and dreary days.
Estee Lauder Beautiful
Estee Lauder Beautiful advert from 1988
Ptisenbon Tartine et Chocolat
Not a huge fan of florals and orientals? Then Ptisenbon Tartine et Chocolat may be your cup of tea. This fragrance, which was launched in 1988, was created by the House of Givenchy and was marketed as a children's perfume, but grown women were buying this clean and bright scent for themselves. It was particularly in demand in tropical countries, since this light citrus floral scent made women feel fresh and clean on a sweltering day.
The top notes are orange, lemon, and galbanum, the middle notes are lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, and honeysuckle, and the base notes are composed of Brazilian rosewood, musk, oakmoss, and amber. The scent doesn't last throughout the day, so you may need to reapply after every five hours or so, but it's still a good, fresh, non-cloying fragrance that's appropriate for any occasion.
Some of the best fragrances of the 80s can evoke memories of a simpler, happier time, so even if you don't wear perfume, why not buy a bottle or two for nostalgia's sake?