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Babe by Faberge

Splashing onto the drugstore circuit of 1977, Babe has become somewhat of a perfume urban legend. Some say it’s because it carved the path for the fruity florals of now due to the unusual raspberry note for the time. Others say for the iconic Margaux Hemingway advertisements that made you want to go tubing down a river donning a glamorous chartreuse ball gown.

Either way, this is one of those affordable pieces of opulence for the teen girl who shopped at Bradlees. She’s definitely also sporting Wella Balsam shampoo and a fresh pair of clogs. Her lips are so freshly lacquered in Bonne Bell gloss you can nearly make out your reflection. She’s clompin to the mailbox to drop off her college applications because she’s cute but not kept. Remember that Babe falls in the wake of Revlon’s 1973 classic, Charlie, and is in the women’s liberation roundup of fragrances.

Notes (there are reportedly 118) include aldehydes, raspberry, bergamot, jasmine, hyacinth, ylang-ylang, lily of the valley, honey, rose, orris root, carnation, citrus, coriander, oak moss, amber, vetiver, musk and celery seed. In real life you will smell like the fragrance strip insert in Ms. Magazine.



Bottled Emotions by Bonne Bell