Consider the perfume you wore as a teenager. Are you reminded of sickly sweet florals and overpowering, cheap notes of vanilla? Yeah, us too. It goes without saying that fragrances intended for teens were (and still can be\) a headache in a bottle. Unless, of course, you know exactly what to look for.
So just the same as we’ve narrowed down the best natural perfumes, found the fragrances our favourite celebrities actually wear, and even sourced scents that can treat anxiety, we’ve also rounded up an impressive list of perfumes that are not only delicious but also age-appropriate for young adults.
Whether you’re taking your teenager shopping for their first fragrance or you’re looking for a new scent for a young member of your family, here are our top picks when it comes to the best perfumes for teenagers…
CLINIQUE Happy Perfume Spray
Described as a “sparkling floral”, CLINIQUE’s Happy Perfume Spray certainly lives up to its name. With its fresh, youthful and feminine scent, it incorporates the goodness of ruby red grapefruit, boysenberries and Hawaiian wedding flowers for an instant punch of joy.
“Happy is the perfect summer scent. It’s a lively citrus-floral that smells fresh, clean and vibrant. Now that it’s autumn, I find myself reaching for this one so I can sniff the cap in anticipation of next summer.” – Lucrecia629
$69 at Myer
The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Fragrance Mist
For teens with a travel bug, this perfume is the perfect way to transport themselves to the gardens of Tokyo. With a delicate, subtle, and floral scent, The Body Shop’s Japanese Cherry Blossom Strawberry Kiss Eau de Toilette is sweet without being overpowering. Ideal as a first-fragrance or a new addition to any teenage girl’s collection.
“The scent is not too strong or overpowering and lingers nicely. I like to spray it on before I leave the house or even sometimes when I’m at home because I love the scent so much. The scent doesn’t smell artificial and the 100ml is a large enough size to last you awhile” – Miss19
$32 at The Body Shop
Ouai Melrose Place Eau De Parfum
In a nod to the Hollywood hot spot, this velvety-rose scent from Ouai has been described as having hints of “a verified instagram account”, plus lychee, cedarwood, and white musk. Now if that doesn’t scream teenage girl…
$31 at Sephora
Glasshouse Fragrances Sunset in Capri – White Peach & Sea Breeze Eau De Parfum
Have a teen in your life who is happiest by the sea? Allow them to bring that comfort everywhere they go. As part of a limited edition collection, the Sunset in Capri – White Peach & Sea Breeze Eau De Parfum offers an energising, citrus scent infused with white peach, jasmine and mandarin for a fresh ocean-side scent.
$29.95 at Glasshouse
Ariana Grande R.E.M.
As is the case with most celebrity fragrances, you don’t have to be a fan to enjoy their scent. Despite this, it’s hard to find a teenager (or adult for that matter) that doesn’t like Ariana Grande. The R.E.M. perfume, which comes in a crystal bottle, features notes of pear, fig, and warm salted caramel, which are balanced against delicate lavender and sandalwood.
“The bottle is gorgeous and very unique, which suits the perfume, as I have definitely never smelt anything like it.” – Simone Gee
$49.95 at Chemist Warehouse
So…? Miss So…? Day Dream Eau de Toilette
Inspired by strong women, this is a scent that will instill confidence into teens on the cusp of adulthood. Infused with fruity notes, the So…? Miss So…? Day Dream Eau de Toilette is a multi-layered fragrance that gives hints of caramel and amber once it has settled on the skin.
$18.99 at Pharmacy Direct
Vera Wang Princess of Hearts
If the hand-drawn heart adorned bottle alone is not enough to convince you, the bright, whimsical and floral fragrance inside will. As an added bonus, the jeweled crown lid can be worn as a statement ring.
“It comes in the most beautiful bottle that looks beautiful on any vanity. While I would say it is probably a younger scent, it was my go to perfume most days (until I ran out). I got so many compliments on it as well. I need another bottle already, I am in love!” – Thelifeoflaura
$42.39 at Perfume Company
Chanel CHANCE Perfume Pencils
For teens who are new to fragrances or who need an application that can withstand being on the move, this pack of four perfume pencils are a great alternative to spray-on perfume.
$145 at David Jones
Do you know any other great fragrances for teenagers? If so, what are they?
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