The '90s Revival Continues...With A Much Beloved Fragrance

And I kind of never want it to stop.
Publish date:
November 19, 2013
clinique, Prescriptives, Calyx, 90s nostalgia, Reality Bites, Smashing Pumpkins, My So-Called Life

I loved the '90s -- the decade of my high school, college, and early NYC years -- in a the biggest way possible. So obviously the wave of '90s nostalgia happening in fashion and pop culture of late has made me immensely happy. Layers, plaids, babydoll silhouettes, beanies, random Buzzfeed lists, Vulture's weeklong coverage of fame in 1998...I'm all in.

In fact, I realized after putting together my outfit this morning that I had basically dressed like Rayanne Graff.

If you don't know who that is, you need to immediately stop reading this post and plant yourself in front of a television until you've watched the entirety (a single season) of one of the most brilliant shows of our time "My So-Called Life". Also, you should maybe yell at your friends for not making sure this happened sooner.

It was like my '90s style version of a Spidey sense was spot-on because I also had a fragrance delivery awaiting me when I got in. That little bottle in my hand is filled with a scent gives me total flashbacks to high school and college.

It's Calyx and I'm sure you knew a million people who wore it too. The fragrance was actually released by Prescriptives in 1986 but it takes me back to my teens and early 20s so completely instantly it's scary.

It was that perfect blend of citrus and floral and fruit that was distinct but not overpowering. The halls of North Central High School in Indianapolis were often a mix of Calyx and CK One when that launched in 1994. Even my mom wore it and that somehow didn't make it uncool.

In 2009 the Prescriptives cosmetics line was discontinued, but Calyx stayed around in a limited way, only available online. And actually many people I knew thought it had fully disappeared too. But now it's for reals back in a BIG way, this time under the Clinique label and widely available for $52 at counters and online.

As I sit here smelling it in the office, I feel like I should be quoting Troy Dyer or going to the record store to try to score tickets to Smashing Pumpkins (because that's sometimes what we did before Internet times) or being really really mad at Kelly and Dylan because obviously...Brenda and Dylan 4EVA.

Momentary sidebar: What's your favorite Troy Dyer (Ethan Hawke) quote in "Reality Bites"? He will forever be one of my favorite fictional boyfriends. It's hard for me to choose between these two gems: "There's no secret handshake. There's an IQ prerequisite, but there's no secret handshake" or "Did he dazzle you with his extensive knowledge of mineral water or was it his in-depth analysis of Marky Mark that reeled you in?" I must also give a shout-out to my favorite Winona line at the end of that awesome scene in the diner, spoken in an awesome deadpan: "Melrose Place is a really good show."

Seriously, I will never not be amazed at how instantly a smell can make your mind travel to such a specific period of time or an exact moment in your mind. I'm considering wearing Calyx for the sole purpose of bringing this sort of nostalgic joy to others in the world. I'm such a thoughtful person that way.

Does anyone else want this '90s moment to go on forever? I want to revisit almost ALL my old style moments from the decade, though I might update a few with a more modern touch. What about you? Are there styles/products/scents you wish would make a comeback? What do you never ever want to see again?

PS: Here's the full Rayanne in case anyone cares. (And yes, that's the Isabel Marant for H&M skirt I fought so valiantly for. It turned out to be my favorite thing I bought.)