It was twenty years ago this week that the Berlin wall came down ushering in a new era of  democratic freedom and opportunity.  Being cosmetically minded, we wanted to find out what freedom smelt like back in the winter of 1989.

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Samsara meaning the cycle of birth and rebirth launched Guerlain a heavy, oriental perfume with top notes of Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, mid notes of Sandalwood and Narcissus and a base built on Iris, Tonka and Vanilla.

Eternity For Men by Calvin Klein was the must have male fragrance of the year with its fresh fruity top notes of mandarin, green botanicals and lavender.

Joop for men was also very popular for guys wanting something more sugar and spice. It delivers a whopping dose of cinnamon and bergamont before settling down to a more rounded orange blossom, honeysuckle and Jasmine middle. The base is  a heady mix of vanilla, Tonka, Amber, Sandalwood, Vertiver and Musk for staying power.

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Elizabeth Arden captured the power of the moment with her Red Door bursting in with top notes of Orange, Plumb, Peach and Anise before filling the room with its Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Honey, Orris and Muguet.

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