10 Most Nostalgic Smells From Your ’90s Childhood

Expert say memory is 80 percent smell; and so it comes as no surprise that some scents or aromas just take you back to your childhood or teen years. Here are ten smells that will surely remind you of the good old 90s. If you want to add more items to this list, feel free to leave a comment.

 1. Play Doh


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A quick whiff of this salty and sweet-smelling dough immediately takes you back to the days of rolling lopsided snakes, and mixing every color together to get a rainbow  brown messy lump.

2. Cucumber Melon from Bath & Body Works

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Cucumber Melon was THE Bath & Body Works scent of childhood. Something about this particular fruit and veggie combination just worked.

3. Scented Erasers

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Admit it: sometimes you spelled a spelling word incorrectly on purpose just to smell that sweet, sweet fruity odor.

4. CK One

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If Cucumber Melon body spray was a little too juvenile for your very dignified taste, there was only “One” perfume that you wanted to wear.

5. Herbal Essences Shampoo

Washing your hair with Herbal Essences left your hair smelling like beauty and magic for the whole day.

6. Crayola Crayons

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The waxy, papery smell of Crayola crayons is yet another quintessential scent of childhood, and every time you catch a whiff of them today you’re probably immediately transported back to your first day of Kindergarten.

7. Roll-On Body Glitter

Roll-on body glitter was huge in the ’90s and early 2000s, because obviously nothing says “beauty” like looking as though you got locked in an art supply closet.

8. My Little Pony Figurines

And who could forget that powdery and slightly sweet plastic scent of the original My Little Pony figurines?

9. McDonald’s Playplace

Although you still see these in some McDonald’s restaurants today, they’re definitely not as ubiquitous as they were during your childhood.

10. Teen Spirit

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Of course we had to put this on the list, otherwise we’d feel stupid and contagious.



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