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

The world is at present plastered in pink for the discharge of Barbie the Film – title a product, and it’s most likely been Barbie-fied, with absolutely grown adults frothing with real enthusiasm for this really feel good nostalgia fest. Clearly, my first ideas have 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 sequence; I believed it will 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 kind.


All of us have a favorite Barbie. Even should you sneered at her all-American Woman-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 reminiscences, every of them garnering fervent followers from the eras they have 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 likely one of the causes The Barbie Film went viral from the primary peek at pictures from the units, I believe. After all the things that’s occurred previously few years – remains to be taking place, immediately, 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 prefer to be, immediately…?



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, obtained 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 title of a perfume: a glimmer of sunlit hope and guarantees of out of doors dwelling (having fun with a Barbie-perfect picnic, obvs). A photo voltaic brightness offers 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, after all).

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




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

Overlook overly candy peach-smell scents, there’s a floral delicacy that exudes from the flesh of white peaches, swirled by way of with an elderflower granita for a freshness that looks 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 tender 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. Positively one to attempt should 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 way of the glass ceiling on this 80s basic look, and this scent carries her from govt desk to bounce flooring.

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 in the dead of night stars with matching equipment is up for a celebration, so this may very well be her signature scent. Filled 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’ typically), we are saying: come on Barbie, let’s go social gathering!

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


Written by Suzy Nightingale