‘Barbiecore’ Fragrances: What Would [Retro] Barbies Put on?

The world is presently plastered in pink for the discharge of Barbie the Film – identify a product, and it’s in all probability been Barbie-fied, with absolutely grown adults frothing with real enthusiasm for this really feel good nostalgia fest. Clearly, my first ideas had been fragrance-led, with the query ‘what would Barbie put on?’ however as a substitute of scenting the characters of the movie, as I’ve finished in earlier weblog collection; I believed it might be extra fascinating to take a deep-dive on that nostalgia rating, matching basic retro Barbies with scents I really feel exude their personalities in perfumed type.


All of us have a favorite Barbie. Even should you sneered at her all-American Lady-ness, preferring the much more grounded (and let’s face it, grumpily British) Sindy, there could have been a specific Barbie you lusted after, or admired with a side-eye from afar. Simply seeing the photographs of those dolls brings again waves of recollections, every of them garnering fervent followers from the eras they had been first launched in. There are complete Instagram accounts devoted to wallowing knee-deep within the pink reverence of remembering these Barbies, with tens of millions of misty-eyed recollections and true pleasure abounding in every reminiscence recounted.



This is among the causes The Barbie Film went viral from the primary peek at photos from the units, I feel. After the whole lot that’s occurred up to now few years – continues to be taking place, right this moment, with everybody exhausted on the ‘oh God, what now?’ information – we’re heartily sick of actuality and lengthy to plunge into the consolation of a pink, plastic, Barbie-perfect world. Allow us to, for a second then, recall the enjoyment of smelling doll’s heads, recent out the field [you did this too, right?] and permit ourselves the pleasure of exploring the next fragrances, with every Barbie’s character in thoughts.

Which Barbie would you wish to be, right this moment…?



Twirly Curls Barbie (1982/1983) / Parfums de Marly Oriana 

Shoutout to Matel for diversifying the so-white toy market approach earlier than many others allowed kids to play with dolls that that had their pores and skin color. One other shoutout to all of those that, like me, tried the ‘hair twirler’ in their very own locks, received it caught, and needed to have it lower out. Ah effectively. This Barbie deserves the va-va-voom velvety fruitiness that abounds on this perfume (and to show the magnificent bottle on her dressing desk) Passionate flowers unfurl frilly blooms to the skin-like scent of ambrette, which billows beguilingly for hours.

£130 for 30ml eau de parfum harrods.com




Crystal Barbie (1983) / Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal

How we love seeing soleil within the identify of a perfume: a glimmer of sunlit hope and guarantees of out of doors residing (having fun with a Barbie-perfect picnic, obvs). A photo voltaic brightness provides a twist to the bestseller, right here, by way of radiant mandarin, extravagant white flowers and a path of Madagascan vanilla and patchouli, from Bali. And oh, the bottle’s spectacular, with a shimmering, nearly holographic end that echoes the luminosity of the scent inside (and Barbie’s glamorous robe, after all).

From £73.60 for 50ml eau de parfum boots.co.uk




Peaches ‘N Cream Barbie (1984) / Shay & Blue White Peaches

Neglect overly candy peach-smell scents, there’s a floral delicacy that exudes from the flesh of white peaches, swirled by with an elderflower granita for a freshness that appears like sunshine and happiness, bottled. It swirls with the gauzy softness of the chiffon robe Barbie wears, right here. Shay & Blue excel at distinctive combos, this one unusually grounded with a delicate wisp of silver birch for the woody base. It’s a sorbet of a scent to quench your thirst for one thing pleasant to put on.

From £25 for 10ml eau de parfum shayandblue.com




Day to Night time Barbie (1985) / Mugler Angel Nova

This iteration ripples ripe raspberry and succulent lychee with damask rose atop a softly smouldering base of Akigalawood and resinous benzoin. Positively one to strive should you clutched your (plastic) pearls and backed away from the unique. That is recent with a touch of pink petals, however the actual energy lies in its steely spine – the distinctive energy of Mugler’s energy femme world with a recent floral twist. Barbie broke by the glass ceiling on this 80s basic look, and this scent carries her from govt desk to bounce ground.

From £60 for 30ml eau de parfum theperfumeshop.com


[P.S: Huge props to Margot Robbie and her stylists – she TOTALLY NAILS these looks in the film premieres she’s been attending!]





Dream Glow Barbie (1985/1986) / Jimmy Choo Rose Ardour

A gal who pops out  for an eve in a robe that includes glow at midnight stars with matching equipment is up for a celebration, so this might be her signature scent. Stuffed with the Jimmy Choo strut, it merely glows with confidence from first spritz. Coconut water delivers thirst-quenching freshness, earlier than extra unique notes rise to an opulent crescendo: orchid, jasmine, candy vanilla, and creamy sandalwood. Tapping into into the renewed yearning for dressed-up perfumes (and ‘dopamine dressing’ usually), we are saying: come on Barbie, let’s go celebration!

From £50 for 40ml eau de parfum theperfumeshop.com


Written by Suzy Nightingale