Buy it: Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia
Remember when Bath & Body Works first opened in the ’90s? This blog post does a good job of taking you down memory lane—the chain came around at just the right time, when Bill Clinton became our president, political correctness was a way of life, and, moving on from excessively overwhelming ’80s fragrances like Poison and Obsession, we were all wearing “natural” scents like Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers and Gap Grass, because it was a new decade and we were earnest. B&BW had a “country” theme, with items stocked in baskets and salespeople wearing gingham aprons, and the products had a very farm-fresh feel, which was perhaps ahead of its time, considering the craze for farm-to-table everything now. B&BW’s scents were clean, fresh, fruity, and simple—think Sun-Ripened Raspberry and Cucumber Melon—and you’d get a shower gel, lotion, and body spray. (Another way B&BW was ahead of its time: It’s where I was introduced to layering my fragrance.) My favorite scent was Freesia, and if I ever smell it again, I think I’ll be instantly transported back to my bedroom circa 1993, where I was likely pining over the captain of the basketball team (he didn’t know I existed) and listening to Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814.