I was browsing online t'other day looking for presents, when I did a double-take...Babe perfume is back! Cue online order being immediately placed.
Apparently it was reissued last year, so I'm late on the catch-up.
Babe has to be one of the scents that brings childhood memories and those of my teens back to me; along with my Mum's Jontue perfume and my first bottle of patchouli oil brought by Dad for my 13th birthday (I was into heavy metal by then, so a canvas school bag adorned with biro'd band logos of Iron Maiden and the like, had to be liberally doused in patchouli).
My Auntie used to wear Babe and I can remember seeing a whole range of it in her bathroom; from those round cardboard tubs of talc to deodorant. Having a hug from her invariably meant me breathing in the heady scent of Babe and connecting it to be loved.
The ads for it used to pop up in Mum's magazines too, with the face of Babe being the stunningly beautiful Margaux Hemingway with her razor-sharp cheekbones.
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At the time my pocket money didn't stretch to a bottle of Babe, but it was a scent that I coveted. But thirty-odd years later, I now have my own bottle! And yes, Babe does smell how I vaguely remember it and ever since it arrived, I've been daily spritzing myself with it!
Now Babe's back, I'm hoping that Limara bodyspray will also make a welcome return.
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This used to be a staple in school/college/work bags and getting ready to go out involved spraying myself in a cloud of 'American Dream' (the pale yellow can), which was my favourite.
It also had one of the best ever animated tv ads, with a Blondie-esque woman spraying gusts of Limara over herself before kissing awake a sleeping man in a gothic castle - a female take on Sleeping Beauty.
The ad's soundtrack was exceptional though, as it used an earlier 1981 recording of Remember My Name by singer Stevie Lange. If I could have chosen a singing voice, it would have been Stevie's without a doubt -she really belts it out.