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The 8 Most Iconic Men's Fragrances of the '90s

The '90s may be long gone, but the scents from back then still live on.
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They say a scent has the ability to activate a pathway in your memory, so much so that it can bring you back to a specific event in time. It's why fragrances play such an important role in our daily lives. Since '90s nostalgia is at a high point, it's only fitting that we unearth fragrances from the days of VHS, curtain-style hair, and flannel. Here, we look back at the most iconic men's fragrances of the decade.

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1| Calvin Klein CK One 100ml

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Though it was launched in the mid-'90s—1994 to be exact—CK One became a defining fragrance of the decade. Both men and women wore it everywhere, and it's been called a true classic for this exact reason. It's a mainstream favorite for a lot of things: a lot of citrus notes mixed with some hints of floral and wood.

2| Davidoff Cool Water 125ml

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The '80s capitalized on scents that seemingly reeked of gasoline and burnt rubber, while the '90s were all about a new kind of masculinity. It's something Davidoff was a part of, too, with Cool Water. Created by Pierre Bourdon, Cool Water is a simple mix of mint, lavender, and a lot of green notes. It was ultimately a fresh fragrance that worked all year round.

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3| Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio 100ml

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Acqua di Gio is one of those scents that's remained a mainstay in a lot of men's arsenal. It was launched in 1996, and was inspired by the sweet and salty notes of seawater and the Meditteranean sun. As a fresh fragrance, it can definitely still compete with the new releases out in the market today.

4| Calvin Klein Eternity for Men 50ml

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Calvin Klein never rested on its laurels as almost every scent the brand created during the '90s was a hit—Eternity for Men included. Created by Carlos Benaim, Eternity has notes of lavender, mandarin orange, bergamot, and lemon, as well as woody and floral accords.

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5| Tommy Tommy Hilfiger for Men

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A lot of American designers ruled trends in the '90s. And that includes fragrances, too. Tommy Hilfiger's Tommy for Men was a hit for its simple mix of greens, citrus, and spice. And it still holds well up to this day.

6| Versace Blue Jeans

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Versace Blue Jeans was always a lot stronger, more aromatic than most fragrances of that time. But it still managed to become a favorite, thanks to all the fresh notes: citrus, floral, spicy, woody, and sweet vanilla.

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7| Calvin Klein CK Be

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We weren't kidding when we said Calvin Klein almost had a scent for every year of the '90s. CK Be was released toward the end of the decade, but it still flew off the shelves. It opens as a sharp green, then gradually becomes a fresh, subtle fragrance.

8| Clinique Happy for Men

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You don't make a list about '90s fragrances without Clinique Happy. Yes, we know, it was released toward the end of the decade but it still managed to be spritzed enough during 1999 that it makes it on this list. We bet you can smell all the lime, mandarin orange, lemon, and sea notes in your head right now.

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