20 Smells From The 90s That Will Take You Right Back To The Good Ol' Days

It's amazing how your sense of smell can rehash memories from your past.

Just like photos, sometimes you come across a scent that makes you feel like you've been transported right back to a specific time and place during your childhood. In many cases, this feeling of nostalgia is wonderful.

Here are 20 memorable smells from the 90s that will take you right back to your younger days:

1. Play-Doh

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I can't be the only one who loved the smell of Play-Doh so much that I wanted to gobble it up, right?

2. Mr. Sketch Scented Markers


Ah, sniffing markers. Good times.

3. Gak


There's really nothing else that smelled like brand new Gak, but did anyone else think they smelled just a teeny weeny bit fishy?

4. Lip Smackers

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It was impossible not to lick your lips when they're covered with flavors like Strawberry, Cotton Candy, or Coca-Cola.

5. Chlorine

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You just knew that summer fun was about to begin when you started to smell chlorine in the air.

6. New toys


There were very few things that got us as excited as the nauseating smell of plastic whenever we got a new toy.

7. Old Textbooks

How could we forget the mix of dust and decomposing paper that greeted us on the first day back to school?

8. Crayons


No matter how old you are, crayons will always remind you of being young and thinking you were good at art.

9. CK One

Fragrance Net

The go-to scent for every first date.

10. Vicks Vapor Rub

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Your parents rubbed this super minty ointment all over your chest whenever you got a cold.

11. Scratch 'N Sniff Stickers


I used to get so happy whenever I got a test back and there was a scented sticker on it.

12. Bouncy Balls

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Fresh out of the vending machines, rubbery bouncy balls always left your hands smelling funky afterwards.

13. Juice Bar


The sweet-smelling Juice Bar perfumes made you feel so girly it hurt.

14. Cap Guns


I don't know who thought it was a good idea to create a gun that allowed us to inhale a dose of sulfur every time we played with it.

15. Strawberry Shortcake

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I still wonder how my doll continued to smell like fake strawberry for years.

16. Teen Spirit Deodorant

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Juice Bar alone wasn't enough, so a little bit of Teen Spirit deodorant was needed to make you feel even more cute and girly.

17. Bath & Body Works


I get transported right back to the days when I was obsessed with Cucumber Melon every time I enter a Bath & Body Works store these days.

18. Cough Medicine


There were so many different flavors from different brands, but I think we can all agree on the fact that Robitussin smelled and tasted like death.  

19. Gap Dream scents


I was all about Dream, but I still remember how the rest, Heaven, Earth, Grass, Day and Om, smelled.

20. VHS Tape Cases


This list would be incomplete if the VHS tape cases weren't included. Nothing compared to the excitement that washed over you whenever you took a whiff of the plastic-scented air that hits you when you opened the case of your favorite movie.