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

The world is at the moment plastered in pink for the discharge of Barbie the Film – identify a product, and it’s most likely been Barbie-fied, with totally 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 executed in earlier weblog sequence; I believed it will be extra fascinating to take a deep-dive on that nostalgia rating, matching traditional retro Barbies with scents I really feel exude their personalities in perfumed kind.


All of us have a favorite Barbie. Even in case you sneered at her all-American Woman-ness, preferring the way more grounded (and let’s face it, grumpily British) Sindy, there may have been a specific Barbie you lusted after, or admired with a side-eye from afar. Simply seeing the images of those dolls brings again waves of reminiscences, every of them garnering fervent followers from the eras they had been first launched in. There are entire 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 without doubt one of 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 previously few years – remains to be occurring, in the present day, 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, contemporary 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, in the present day…?



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

Shoutout to Matel for diversifying the so-white toy market method earlier than many others allowed youngsters 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, bought it caught, and needed to have it reduce 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 outside dwelling (having fun with a Barbie-perfect picnic, obvs). A photo voltaic brightness provides a twist to the bestseller, right here, through 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, in fact).

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 seems like sunshine and happiness, bottled. It swirls with the gauzy softness of the chiffon robe Barbie wears, right here. Shay & Blue excel at distinctive mixtures, this one unusually grounded with a gentle 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 Evening 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. Undoubtedly one to strive in case you clutched your (plastic) pearls and backed away from the unique. That is contemporary 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 up to date floral twist. Barbie broke by the glass ceiling on this 80s traditional look, and this scent carries her from govt desk to bop 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 the hours of darkness stars with matching equipment is up for a celebration, so this could possibly 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