9 Discontinued 80’s Perfumes List | You Wish You Could Still Buy

What 80s scents are still in demand today?

The 1980s were all about being modest, and it was mirrored in the perfumes.

A decade of extravagance, the 1980s saw many flaunt their enormous wealth.

The decade was marked by consumption and the acquisition of money and things.

Big and bold was the style. Much more dominant and forceful than before, several fragrances were so strong that they were impossible to ignore.

The scale of the perfume business more than doubled in the 1980s. Compared to 197 in the 1970s, 77 in the 1960s, and 36 in the 1950s, there were 462 new perfumes released in the 1980s (281 for women and 181 for men).

Let’s quickly explore the scents in this article and their abolition in the 1990s, 1980s, and 1970s.

80s Perfumes

In the 1980s, designer scents were all the rage. In the 1980s, consumers preferred the loud, savory scents from Dallas, Falcon Crest, Knots Landing, and The Colbys. Even for Revlon Scoundrel, Joan Collins served as a model.

Giorgio was also published during this decade and had an immediate degree of popularity.

Giorgio is a powerful flower that is so alluring that some restaurants won’t let anyone wearing it sit down.

Only the early phases would turn out to be the last decade in which outstanding scents could still be employed to hide behind or add individuality.

Among the popular women’s fragrances were Dior Poison, YSL Opium, and Calvin Klein Obsession.

For guys, there are brands like Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir, Calvin Klein Obsession for Him, and Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur.

The scents were more well-liked because their names generated discussion and because of their lavish marketing.

The following list of popular women’s fragrances from the 1980s:

  • Calvin Klein Obsession
  • Givenchy Ysatis
  • Guy Laroche Fidji
  • Revlon Charlie Red
  • Christian Dior poison
  • Giorgio Beverly Hills
  • Estee Lauder Beautiful
  • Elizabeth Arden, Red Door
  • Cacharel Anais Anais
  • Coty Exclamation
  • Love’s Baby Soft (both 1970s and 1980s)
  • Revlon Electric Youth by Debbie Gibson

The following list of popular men’s fragrances from the 1980s:

  • Calvin Klein Obsession for Men
  • Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men
  • Bijan for Men
  • Faberge Brut
  • Guy Laroche, Drakkar Noir
  • Ralph Lauren Polo
  • Davidoff Cool Water
  • Yves Saint Laurent Kouros
  • Paco Rabanne Pour Homme
  • Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur
  • Aramis by Aramis
  • Antonio Puig Quorum
  • Jovan Oleg Cassini 

70s Perfumes

While it is corny and overused, the saying “old is gold” sometimes suits the situation well. In the 1970s, musk and woodsy fragrances were in vogue.

Since the late 1960s, single-note musk scents have been popular, reaching their apex in the 1970s. In the 1970s, the smell started to permeate daily life.

As opposed to 77 (46 women and 31 men) in the 1960s and just 36 (30 women and 6 men) in the 1950s, 197 scents (128 women and 69 men) were released in the 1970s.

In addition to the first Aveda natural and organic perfumes, the decade witnessed a growth in unisex scents.

Chypres and flowery aldehydes were the new scents for males, while in the 1970s, oak moss became popular in women’s perfumes.

In the 1970s, Avon and Jovan were well-known, and following the introduction of Revlon’s Charlie, lifestyle perfumes gained popularity.

The following are some well-known women’s fragrances from the 1970s:

  • Revlon Charlie
  • Yves Saint Laurent Opium
  • Prince Matchabelli Aviance Night Musk
  • Revlon Ciara
  • Nina Ricci, L’Air du Temps
  • Cacharel Anais Anais
  • Avon Sweet Honesty
  • Love’s Baby Soft
  • Faberge Babe
  • Goya Aqua Mandala

The following are some well-known men’s fragrances from the 1970s:

  • Shulton’s Old Spice
  • Paco Rabanne Pour Homme
  • Faberge Brut
  • Leeming Hai Karate
  • MEM English Leather
  • Shulton Pierre Cardin
  • Ralph Lauren Polo
  • Jovan Musk for men

90s Iconic perfumes

Since its introduction in 1994, the gender-neutral summer scent CK One by Calvin Klein has lasted over three decades. The summer months are no match for the aroma of pineapple, mandarin orange, freesia, and oakmoss.

The fragrance Fahrenheit by Dior debuted around the end of the 1980s. In the decade that followed, this gradient perfume bottle became a fashion staple.

The bergamot, hawthorn, and nutmeg accords blend well with the leather and tonka bean foundation notes, just as they did 34 years ago.

Issey Miyake’s woody aquatic fragrance L’eau d’Issey For Male is timeless. The brand’s trademark scent, designed by Jacques Cavallier, has maintained a cult following since it first appeared in 1994.

Versace’s Blue Jeans for Man is a 1990s cologne. Even after 28 years, we are still here to see it. With notes of warm vanilla, sage, and zesty lemon, Jean-Pierre Bethouart developed this fragrant Fougere that is reminiscent of the smell of the woods in the fall.

Annie Buzantian and Alberto Morillas’ Tommy has never been out of style.

Even decades later, the 1995 edit is pleasingly distinctive because of its explosion of mint, bergamot, lavender, Granny Smith apple, cotton flower, and cactus.

You would probably take Safari, a 1992 Woody Aromatic perfume, from your father. It still has that wonderful mature scent.

It has a surprising number of notes that are uncommon in men’s scents, including coriander, aldehydes, tarragon, and even the seldom utilized carnation flower note.

During the 2010s, the scandal dragged down the reputation of Pour Homme Vintage. These antique goods continue to be well-liked, nevertheless. An intriguing homage to old Fougeres is Pour Homme Vintage.

Mandarin orange, lavender, lemon, and neroli notes may be found in these products. Focusing on the aroma, they also offer a robust foundation of tobacco and tonka bean.

Estée Lauder’s Lovely distinguished out from the competition when it was originally introduced in 1985.

It provides a milder floral alternative to the decade’s stronger smells. The pleasant perfume of the romantic scent, which combines orange blossom, rose, lily, and tuberose, has made it a favorite among brides on their wedding day.

On the other side, Andy Warhol used it as a party favor so guests could claim they smelled lovely.


The label “Retired” appears next to discontinued brands on the website. The “Retired Fragrances” page on the Bath & Body Works website doesn’t say how long discontinued items will be on sale. Customers are however urged to “keep checking back” since new products are often introduced.

As the formula becomes too old, brands could decide to stop making the scent rather than change the process. There’s a chance that fragrances may stop being sold when a company’s ownership changes.


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