Vintage Perfumes make a British Comeback

Nostalgic Perfumes Collection

If there’s something we have longed for at Vintage Hair Lounge it’s the revival of British vintage beauty products, and we are delighted to now be working closely with Beauty Brand Development who have recently launched a Nostalgic Perfumes Collection of iconic scents from the 1950s to the 1990s all made in England.

Scent can be so infused with memory that the resurrection of the originals can evoke a time in people’s lives that connects them back to the eras they feel most nostalgia for, whether it be from their own youth, significant times in their lives, or the fond memories of family members who loved and wore the scents that can now be enjoyed once again.


So let’s give you a quick run down of the collection and its history.

We start with Goya Black Rose from 1955 which became Goya’s most famous and most popular perfume it ever made. Goya began making perfumes in 1936 but the boom time for its perfume and cosmetics was the 1950s when post-war austerity gave way to a consumer led boom in luxury and fashion items that shaped the glamour of the era. Whilst Douglas Collins was the man behind the Goya collection, it was his son Christopher Collins that was able to advise Beauty Brand Development in their quest to revive the perfume to its original scent and packaging and introduce the perfume once again to a whole new generation of perfume and vintage enthusiasts. The original Goya Black Rose famously took four years to develop.

Although Goya began in London, by 1946 the brand began its move to premises in Amersham, where over 100 women worked on the factory floor, packing and checking the products by hand. The Amersham Museum still holds an impressive archive from the brand’s extraordinary past.


Another iconic perfume borne of the Goya enterprise was Aqua Manda, first launched in 1947 but most famously associated with the 1960s and 1970s reflected in its accolade of the top selling perfume between 1969 and 1975. Its sister perfume Aqua Citra made an appearance between 1973 and 1975.


So now we move to the later part of the 1970s and 1980s and an other iconic perfume, this time from Fabergé, Babe. Babe first appears in 1976, and quickly found its place in the hearts of women, as it became Fabergé’s largest selling women’s fragrance in its first year of issue. The perfume went on to receive two prestigious awards from the Fragrance Foundation in 1977 – Most Successful Introduction of a Women’s Fragrance in Popular Distribution and Best Advertising Campaign for Women’s Fragrance.

Babe Poster

And finally to the 1990s and another Women’s Fragrance of the Year (1992), Tribe. Launched in 1991, Tribe famously sponsored Take That’s first world tour in 1992, making it synonymous with “Cool Britannia” and the revival of a boy-band fan base of sassy young women.

Tribe Poster

We commend Beauty Brand Development for painstakingly restoring these iconic British perfumes and thoroughly support their commitment to exploring our own British vintage beauty past. We are confident there are more gems in our past to bring back! Watch this space!

All images kindly provided by and reproduced with the permission of Beauty Brand Development.

Stockist enquiries, particularly vintage stockists interested in all or any of the perfumes and their associated products should in the first instance contact Sharon Holloway at VHL Distribution