The 7 Best Perfumes for Teens of 2023

Marc Jacobs Daisy is a light and sweet option

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It's not always easy to find the best perfume for teenagers, the reason being that most fragrances marketed for teens are overly saturated with tacky florals, fruity scents, or intense vanillas. Long story short: They’re usually way too strong for their own good. Couple that with a few too many spritzes and an already overpowering scent just gets that much worse.

With so many scent options out there, you'll want to narrow your selection down to fragrances that are age-appropriate, worth the money, smell great, and last a long time. To save you the trouble of doing so, we did the hard work for you. Whether you’re shopping with your teen or shopping for them, you'll want to keep reading.

Scroll to discover the best perfumes for teens.

Best Overall, Girls

Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy

Marc Jacobs Daisy, EDT Spray


What We Like
  • Not overpowering

  • Sweet notes

  • Layers well

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive per ounce

Originally designed in 2007, this fragrance is one of the most well-known fragrances for how pure, subtle, and sweet it is. As an eau de toilette, the fragrance only has 4-8% of pure fragrance, making it lighter and less pungent than other perfumes on the market.

The fragrance opens up with a fresh scent of violet leaves and wild strawberries, but the heart of the scent is jasmine, gardenia, and grapefruit. The base is a subtle musk, vanilla, and sandalwood. Because of how light, citrusy, and fresh the scent is, it’s one of the most appropriate fragrances for a teenage girl.

Price at time of publish: $153

Type: Floral | Top Notes: Strawberry, violet leaves, jasmine | Free of: Parabens | Size: 1.7 / 3.4 fl. oz | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Overall, Boys

Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Eau De Toilette

Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren for Men


What We Like
  • Fresh, clean scent

  • A little goes a long way

  • Light

What We Don't Like
  • Could be more long-lasting

A teenage boy should start off with something subtle, and this one is a great option. It not only is a classic, but it’s also light enough that it won’t overwhelm the senses of everyone around. Its main scent note is aquatic and ocean-like, mixed with notes like basil, sage, suede, moss, and musk. Ultimately, it's the perfect combo of fresh, mature, and inviting.

Price at time of publish: $72

Type: Earthy | Top Notes: Basil, clary sage, cucumber, patchouli | Free of: Parabens, BHT | Size: 0.3 / 2.5 / 4.2 fl. oz | Cruelty-Free: No

Best Budget

The Body Shop Mango Body Mist

The Body Shop Mango Body Mist


What We Like
  • Reasonably priced

  • Made with real mango

  • Formula is eco-conscious

What We Don't Like
  • Could be stronger

The Body Shop is a definite classic for fragrance. Because they’re inexpensive and also ethically pure—all products are cruelty-free, fairly traded, and 100% vegetarian—it’s great for any teen who wants to smell great and feel good about their purchase as well. This body mist is one of The Body Shop's top rated products, and with the mango essence, it has a sweet, tropical scent to freshen up with.

You don’t have to spray it in strategic places either. It can be spritzed all over without being overwhelming. On top of the scent, the mist is made with community trade sugarcane from Brazil and community trade alcohol from Ecuador. It’s 100% vegan, and free of parabens, gluten, and silicone, so it’s safe for everyone to use. At such an affordable price, it's great starter scent for a teenager who wants a signature smell to call their own.

Price at time of publish: $14

Type: Fruity | Top Notes: Mango essence | Free of: Parabens, BHT, dyes | Size: 3.3 fl. oz | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Fruity

Ariana Grande Sweet Like Candy Eau De Parfum

Ariana Grande Sweet Like Candy Eau de Parfum


What We Like
  • Sweet but not sickening

  • Includes pompom

  • Youthful scent

What We Don't Like
  • Fades quickly

You don't have to be an Ariana Grande fan to appreciate this perfume that is equal parts playful and sweet. As its name suggests, the notes on this one are definitely sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. The base is a combo of crème de cassis, marshmallow, cashmere woods, and vanilla, the middle is jasmine sambac, frangipani, and dewy honeysuckle, and lastly, the top is a burst of sparkling blackberry, Italian bergamot, and pear. When blended all together, the result is truly divine. Oh, and the girly girls in your life will totally appreciate the Millenial pink packaging and furry pompom.

Price at time of publish: $65

Type: Fruity | Top Notes: Sparkling blackberry, Italian bergamot, pear | Free of: Parabens, BHT, dyes | Size: 1.7 / 3.4 fl. oz | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Trendy

Glossier You

Glossier You


What We Like
  • Minimal, unisex scent

  • Difficult to overdo

  • Smells different on everyone

What We Don't Like
  • Iris note can be unappealing to some

Any internet-savvy teen knows Glossier for their adorable, on-trend beauty products and dewy, flawless aesthetic. Enter their trademark fragrance, Glossier You, which features hints of iris root, pink peppercorn, musk, and ambrette, which blend together to create an inviting, yet understated scent. The perfume blends with each person's scent differently and leaves off a scent that is unique to you. Perfect for any trendsetting teen, this perfume comes in an adorable glossy pink bottle with a red top, for a perfume that is both intoxicating and aesthetically pleasing.

Price at time of publish: $110

Type: Woodsy | Top Notes: Pink pepper | Free of: Parabens, BHT, dyes | Size: 1.7 fl. oz | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Floral

Victoria's Secret Bombshell Seduction Eau de Parfum

FINE FRAGRANCE Bombshell Seduction Eau de Parfum

Victoria's secret

What We Like
  • A bit more grown-up than Bombshell

  • Attractive packaging

  • Light scent

What We Don't Like
  • Not very long-lasting

Victoria’s Secret positioned this perfume to be the sister to their best-seller Bombshell. Both are girly and fun, but this one is less fruity and more mature. As a floral oriental scent, this one exudes notes of sage, velvet musk, and tuberose, making it a bit sassier, but still sweet and age-appropriate.

Price at time of publish: $55

Type: Floral/musk | Top Notes: White peony, sage, velvet musk | Size: 1.7 fl. oz | Cruelty-Free: No

Runner-Up, Best Floral

Kate Spade Walk On Air

Kate Spade Walk On Air Eau De Parfum Spray


What We Like
  • Chic packaging

  • Sophisticated scent

  • Good value

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy on florals

For the girl who’s sophisticated, a Kate Spade fragrance could be a nice addition to her beauty routine or a nice surprise gift. The bottle is decorated with an adorable bow and charming, almost Tiffany-esque blue that we love.

Because it is an eau de parfum, there’s a higher concentration of pure fragrance (about 8 to 15%), making it stronger than most other perfumes. It’s meant to exude the grace and confidence of the wearer with layers of magnolia, lily of the valley, jasmine, and crinum lily. Even though this is a more sophisticated fragrance, it still has a youthful, fresh flare great for teens.

Price at time of publish: $38

Type: Floral | Top Notes: Linden blossom, maiden's hair fern, solomon's seal, calabrese bergamot, tunisian neroli | Size: 1.7 fl. oz | Cruelty-Free: No

What to Look For in Perfumes for Teens

Method of Application

Perfumes can be gently poured or spritzed onto your skin or sprayed across your entire body. Ultimately, a perfume’s method of application is a matter of your personal preference. If you find perfume equipped with nozzles to be the best fit for you, be sure to check the bottle before purchasing so you can apply it as you’d like.

Scent Longevity

Depending on potency, perfume scents will last for different periods of time. If you prefer a lighter scent or aren’t concerned with the scent fading, this isn’t a factor to heavily consider. But if you want a long-lasting fragrance, be sure you opt for a perfume that’s noted to be stronger.

Eau de Parfum vs. Eau de Toilette

Eau de parfum and eau de toilette differ by the concentration of oil blended with alcohol. Eau de parfum is more concentrated than eau de toilette, and a higher concentration of oils translates to a longer-lasting fragrance.  

  • How do you pick a perfume for a teen?

    First, consider what type of scents they like in general. Do they gravitate towards florals or more fruity fragrances? Woodsy scents or ones that are clean and fresh? Pin-pointing one primary scent category will greatly help you narrow down the selection of perfumes to pick from. Next, consider the budget. This is a good time to opt for more affordable perfumes; you can also consider smaller sizes and/or ancillary products, think travel-size roll-ons or scented body lotions, sprays or washes. Celeb fragrances can be a good way to go, too, especially if the teen you’re shopping for has a celebrity they love who happens to have a fragrance line.

  • How do you apply perfume?

    Focus on spritzing it onto your pulse points: the inside of your wrists, inner crook of your elbow, behind your ears, on the back of your knees. All of these spots emit body heat, which will help heighten the scent. But don’t rub your skin, as this can break down the fragrance components. Instead, spritz on the perfume then gently dab it in with your fingertips. Alternately, mist a few spritzes into the air, then walk through the fragrance cloud for a more diffuse, all-over application.

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