Imagine a world where social media barely exists; everyone is wearing low-rise jeans, and baby blue eyeshadow is so hot. We are, of course, talking about the Y2K era, aka the late ‘90s/ early-mid noughties.
Now, while we have this era to thank for a range of cute and playful beauty trends, there were some unforgettable perfume releases too. From must-have celebrity fragrances to scents that are still bestsellers, check out the most popular perfumes from the 2000s that we still love today.
Popular perfumes of the 2000s
1. Curious by Britney Spears
In the late 90s, early noughties, you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing a hit from the princess of pop, Britney Spears. So, it’s no wonder her first fragrance, Curious, was a smash hit! Created with enchanting Louisiana magnolia (in celebration of her hometown) and vanilla-infused musk, this nostalgic 2000s perfume is sure to have you singing Spritz Me Baby, One More Time!
2. Princess by Vera Wang
A must-have for any teenager in the early 2000s, Vera Wang’s Princess was all the rage thanks to its instantly recognisable purple heart bottle and sweet yet powdery, amber scent with hints of apple and apricot. If you weren’t spritzing this all over yourself back in the day, you were missing out! Fast forward to the present day, and Princess makes a great everyday scent for yourself or gift for a fan of feminine fragrances.
3. Happy by Clinique
With just one spray of Happy by Clinique and all the feels of the early 2000s will come flooding back! Light, bright and breezy – it has all the makings of the Y2K aesthetic, and we, for one, are more than happy to keep on wearing this scent no matter the decade!
4. Daisy by Marc Jacobs
Whether you grew up in the 2000s or not, anyone into perfume will instantly recognise Daisy by Marc Jacobs. From its whimsical daisy capped top to its ‘summer in a bottle’ scent with notes of wild berries, soft white violet and velvety jasmine, it is every bit addictive today as it was in 2007. A must-have for fans of playful and radiant perfume!
5. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne
With more than ten years under its belt as a bestselling male fragrance, 1 Million by Paco Rabanne is nothing short of a phenomenon! Deliciously addictive with top citrus notes and a sensual woody base, you’d be hard-pushed to find a scent as recognisable as this – from the Y2K era or the present day!
6. Be Delicious by DKNY
An O.G. of fruity, summer fragrances, the combo of tart apple and fresh cucumber in DKNY’s brilliant Be Delicious feels cool, sparkling and wholesome in so many ways. We do not doubt that anyone who wore this classic 2000s perfume when it was first released will be transported back to their school days with just one spritz!
7. Euphoria for Women by Calvin Klein
Not all perfumes from the Y2K era were sweet like candy or light and breezy. Euphoria by Calvin Klein has a deep, rich vibe that wears well all year round. Looking for a new signature scent that’s stood the test of time? Calvin Klein has got you!
8. Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana
In the early 2000s, Dolce & Gabbana bought a touch of sunshine to the fragrance world with their renowned Light Blue fragrance. The popular, uplifting scent combines Sicilian lemon and sparkling apple with a feminine bouquet of jasmine and white rose to transport wearers to the sun-soaked shores of the Med. It’s modern, it’s timeless, it makes us want to book a holiday ASAP!
9. Coco Mademoiselle by CHANEL
CHANEL may have released Coco Mademoiselle for their younger audience, but you best believe it still oozes class and elegance with its sophisticated blend of powdery, floral and woody notes. An absolute classic that you can’t help but fall in love with.
10. Ghost by Ghost
Warm, comforting and sexy (in an understated way), Ghost is still as relevant today as it was when released. With powdery rose, creamy vanilla and notes of juicy peaches, there’s only one word to describe this signature 2000s perfume. And that is beautiful!