The 14 Best Perfumes For Teenage Girls Ever
We’ve got you covered with age-appropriate fragrances young women will love
Girls love feeling all grown up (and often think they already are!). They see their mom spritzing perfume, and it’s only natural they want to emulate what they see. But finding a fragrance that’s appropriate for a teenage girl can be a challenge.
Teens and tweens are not ready for a sexy Tom Ford scent, but they’ve also outgrown their Disney Princess phase. Unfortunately, many of the available perfumes for teenagers are noxious-smelling blends with notes that are way too powerful for their own good.
Fragrance is such a big part of so many women’s identities. Picking a perfume for young girls marks a major milestone, so it’s important to do it right. We’ve made it easy by rounding up popular perfumes for teenage girls that are both mom and daughter approved.
Here’s a look at 14 of the best perfumes for teens.
Daisy is one of Marc Jacobs’ most popular scents, and it’s a particularly popular perfume for young girls. It’s youthful, but sophisticated with its blend of gardenia, jasmine, musk, strawberry, and vanilla. This is a perfect fragrance to make a young woman feel more grown-up, but it’s also a scent that a teenage girl can carry well into adulthood with sophistication and grace. There’s good reason it’s such a welcome gift option for all ages! It’s both timeless and inoffensive with its unique effervescent blend of notes, so it will work year-round, and can take a woman from school to a party seamlessly.
This amber vanilla scent is simple, clean, and perfect for girls and women at any age. In fact, it’s not only the best Victoria’s Secret vanilla perfume, it’s one of the best vanilla perfumes — period. This is a warm, fluffy scent that will make the teenager wearing it feel like she’s being wrapped in a big hug (and we all know teen girls need lots of hugs!). It also has great sillage and longevity, so it’ll carry your little girl throughout her morning and after school activities. Besides the vanilla note, expect some brown sugar and cashmeran to round out this comfy year-round scent.
When it comes to popular girls’ perfume options, this is one of the top contenders on the list. While teens may feel like they’re well past their Disney Princess love affair, they’re surely not past Vera Wang’s version of princess. After all, Vera Wang is known as the bridal designer to the stars. This fruity floral scent adds notes of vanilla too, making it a well-rounded scent with just the right amount of sweetness. It’s wholly appropriate for school, but teens will be happy to wear it well after their school years have wrapped. One of the best perfumes for teenage girls who like a mix of sweetness and sophistication.
When it comes to the best perfume for a teenage girl, we have to give Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP NYC fragrance some well-deserved consideration. Even though it’s been years since Sex and the City’s final curtain call, there’s no denying that it’s a perennial favorite of girls and women of every age. This floral fruity scent was created to reflect the show’s vivacious star. It works particularly well for the spring and summer months, with notes of strawberry, rose, gardenia, vanilla, and white musk.
Even teens who don’t love Ariana Grande’s music will love this fragrance and its playful packaging. Given its name, it’s no surprise that Sweet Like Candy is, well, sweet! But it’s not one of those cloyingly sweet perfumes for teenage girls. In fact, it’s perfectly well rounded with notes of blackberry, marshmallow, jasmine, honeysuckle, and vanilla. Teens will love displaying this fragrance in their room given the fun and girly design, even well after they’ve sprayed the last drop from the bottle.
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This floral, fruity, and mysteriously oriental scent is made from a blend of cranberry, tonka bean, and enticing floral accords. While it has a distinctly sweet scent, it’s modest enough to wear at any time of year. In fact, it’s very lightweight making it perfect for “freshening up” throughout the day. The slightly gourmand composition is youthful perfection and a wonderful perfume for tweens. It’s also an excellent perfume for teenage girls who like to keep things simple.
When it comes to popular girls’ perfumes, Rebecca Minkoff is a fantastic choice. The designer is all about female empowerment. She’s consistently outspoken about encouraging women of all ages to be fearless and pursue their dreams. There couldn’t be a better message for our teens. Her warm and spicy fragrance, just recently launched, is a spot-on embodiment of her philosophy. It’s a perfume for girls they’ll love wearing whether heading to school, to the mall, or to a friend’s exciting party.
Miu Miu is the “little sister” brand to Prada, so it’s fitting that they make a wonderful perfume for young girls. L’Eau Rosée is a fresh citrus scent that works particularly well for summer or vacation mode. Notes of lemon, lime, rose, peach, pear, vanilla, white musk, and sandalwood make this a popular perfume for tweens, as well as an excellent perfume for teenage girls.
Every mother knows Sophie La Girafe. It’s literally a toy that nearly every young child loves. It’s beautifully crafted to fit little hands, made in France from safe materials and, most notably, it smells amazing. Yes, a toy that smells amazing! Now the brand has branched out too many other areas since the smash success of their original giraffe. Brilliantly, it launched a fragrance that smells equally delicious. This is one that babies, girls, and women of all ages will love. Though we all know getting kids to share isn’t easy, it’s beautiful to have a scent the whole family can enjoy. Sophie La Girafe is made with natural ingredients and notes of peach, lemon, musk, jasmine, orange blossom, and vanilla. Note that the ring you see around the bottle is actually a teether toy. Talk about scent memory!
The invigorating scent of fresh laundry is always a great pick-me-up, and Clean Fresh Laundry is a soothing scent to help calm stressed-out teens. It’s at once floral, fruity, and powdery, making it approachable and great for use year-round. Notes like grass, orange, jasmine, rose, and heliotrope work to help ease a racing mind. This is one of the best perfumes for teens in AP classes.
Clinique is a beauty brand beloved by young women. Their Happy Heart fragrance is a particularly popular perfume for teenage girls. Its aquatic scent has notes of cucumber, mandarin orange, carrot, white woods, and sandalwood, so it’s a welcome starter when your teen is waking up for a long day at school. Wonderfully uplifting, invigorating, and refreshing, its lingering sillage will last throughout the day.
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Like Rebecca Minkoff, Dianne Von Furstenberg is a strong proponent of female empowerment. In fact, she’s one of the originals in the space, well before it was “a trend.” This scent, released over a decade ago, is said to be “an interpretation of women’s power through scent.” That’s a wonderful message to give our little girls. They’ll love this perfume’s delicate blend of mandarin orange, violet, sea water, and musk.
What’s not to love about the floral fruity elegance of Crystal Absolu? Just look at the bottle! For the girly teen, things won’t get much better than this sweet but energetic option from Versace. It’s a girly, frilly scent, with notes of pomegranate, yuzu, peony, raspberry, lotus, magnolia, musk, and amber. This is an ideal spring and summer perfume for teenage girls.
Vintage Bloom from Jessica Simpson scent is a popular girls perfume for those who love a dose of old-world mystique. True to its name it has a vintage feel, but don’t worry — no grandma-style potpourri scent here! Instead, this floral fragrance — heavy on peony — is balanced by notes like raspberry, musk, lemon, lime, and sandalwood. This reassuring fragrance can best be described as “pretty.” It’s perfect for a special occasion like a school dance, with an attractive feel and lasting power on the skin.
Best Fragrances for Teen Girls – In Summary
When it comes to describing often-awkward teenage years, Britney Spears said it best: “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman […] I’m just tryin’ to find the woman in me.” One of the most memorable moments of that in-between stage is spritzing on a fragrance for the first time. Scent memory is powerful, and one of the greatest gifts we can give a young woman is a beautiful fragrance to remember. The best perfumes for teenagers are both age-appropriate and represent their growing personality. You can’t go wrong with the selections on this list, which may well transition from teenage scent to adult signature fragrance.
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Sharon Feiereisen is a freelance writer who specializes in fragrance, makeup, wellness, health, skincare, and general lifestyle topics. Her work has been published in Time Out, Newsday, The Knot, Teen Vogue, Business Insider, Real Simple, and Hamptons Magazine among many other print and online outlets. When she’s not writing about new, exciting fragrances, you can usually find her on an airplane or at a boutique fitness studio.
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