Its the year 2005. Girls are wearing distressed jean skirts and crimping their hair while guys are wearing puka shells and cargo shorts and amazingly no one is up in arms about this manner statement. Mischa Barton still has a career and Destiny’s Child was finally letting Beyonc live her best life disbanding. Ah, what a time to be alive. And you cant mention the early 00 s, an era that gave us bedazzled jeans, without likewise mentioning fragrances from the time period that made us who we are today. You know exactly what Im talk about this. The torso sprays you used to expend all of Daddy’s fund your allowance on? The ones that you swore made you reek V ripen and seductive but your mama swore made you reek more like a newborn prostitute? Good times.

From the ages of 13 -1 7 you were no one unless you were at the mall with your best betches eating your weight in shitty Sbarro pizza and checking out bros beneath your all-the-rage pageboy cap.

ANYWAY, if by the end of your mall excursion you and your friends werent a walking Abercrombie& Fitch perfume exam strip then you were doing something wrong. Tbh I’m astounded anyone wanted to stand within a 10 foot radius of me back then much less date me chat me on AIM. But then again this is also the year that Brad Pitt cheated on Jennifer Aniston so I guess we were never supposed to have nice things.

So because it’s Friday and I need to take a break from googling Mischa Barton and her career drug problem, let’s take a stroll down memory lane, shall we? Here are just a few of our fav fragrances from our childhood that, for the public’s security, we never should have been allowed to wear in public:

1. Vanilla Lace by Victoria’s Secret

If you went to the mall you sure as hell were making an appearance at Victorias Secret, arguably the place that made every girl a woman. You were, like, so badass if you bought not one but SEVEN brightly-colored, animal print thongs for the price of one decent pair of underwear. And because of told thongs, this place was the source of 90% of my combats with my mother. It was also the place that I doused myself in vanilla scented toxic gas while waiting to pay for a bra with more cushion in it than my wintertime windbreaker. There were many bomb-ass fragrances to choose from, but Vanilla Lace was my JAM. You might feel differently about this option, but you’d be wrong because nothing makes off the I’m-half-a-virgin vibe quite like the words “vanilla” and “lace.”

2. Heiress by Paris Hilton

The girl who single-handedly kept Juicy Couture in business gave us Heiress aka the perfume of the 99 percentage. Maintain in head that Paris was at her prime back then and Kim Kardashian was just a lesser member of her friend group that she forced to clean her wardrobe. Ah, this organization is the working day. One spritz from Heiress had you feeling some type of behavior. Specifically, this type of behavior:

3. Princess by Vera Wang

This was for classy betches merely. A step up from torso spraying but a step down from actual incense you should wear out in public, you merely wore this shit on special occasions. Like to the prom or your six month anniversary a date with your boyfriend in the back of his truck.

4. Curious by Britney Spears

Tbh the success of this incense had very little to do with the actual smell of the product and had everything to do with the bottle it came in. First of all, it had one of those fancy wring spraying applicators which only called high class. But my favorite portion was the random bejeweled chain that may or may not have been designed after one of Brits infamous belly resounds. Because nothing tells luxury like visible torso jewelry.

5. Abercrombie 8

And just in case you didnt know where the Abercrombie& Fitch was located in you local mall, you could smelt it out via this incense. It was typically accompanied by half-naked apparel models and 14 -year-olds wearing shirts that told things like my eyes are up here on them. This perfume was iconic and was probably likewise the reason why I have olfactory nerve injury. Ah, to be young again.

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