With hazy-eyed nostalgic vomit abounding as of late, over-sentimentality hovers as a threat to us all. However, in good fun—as we all remember nostalgia to be—I’d like to reflect on one strange popularity I believe to have simmered most fervently in the early ’00s: Cucumber Melon scent from Bath and Body Works.
To date myself, during my middle school years, this seemed to be the go-to scent for any and all girls on your Christmas list. It was the variety to purchase for any new friend’s birthday. It was, well, boring and neutral. It smelled enough like something to pass as a scent but not enough like anything to remind one of a specific individual. Therefore it was the everywhere scent of which each girl on the block owned in at least one medium (anti-bac to-go, anyone?). And as I recall, it was nobody’s favorite. How can the everyone scent be one girl’s signature? Or am I wrong did everyone love Cucumber Melon and I was a big dummy for favoring Sun-Ripened Raspberry? Clue me in!