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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, and smell great. 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 Daisy
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.
Best Overall, Boys: Ralph Lauren Polo Blue
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.
Best Budget: The Body Shop Mango Body Mist
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. The Body Shop’s body mist is one of their 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.
Best Girly: Ariana Grande Sweet Like Candy
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.
Best Girly, Runner-Up: Victoria's Secret Bombshell Seduction
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 must, and tuberose, making it a bit sassier, but still sweet and age-appropriate.
Best Mature: Kate Spade Walk On Air
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.
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