We all have those family members who are a bit awkward to buy for – like the teens, who are only really interested in their understanding the complexities of teenager land. Instead, if you’re looking for a gift that won’t result in an unreadable facial expression (is side eye ironic in a good way now?), we’ve rounded up the best perfumes for teens that will hit all the right notes. And we know, because well, they told us.
Amazing Grace Ballet Rose by Philosophy
A delicate blend of soft florals and berries, it’s no surprise this refreshing scent by Philosophy tops their bestsellers list. Described as ‘uncomplicated’ and bottling the ‘quiet strength of a ballerina’, it’s a crowd-pleasing scent that offers up sophistication over sickly sweet for the teen with refined style.
Sport by Police
Opening with a burst of citrus, before settling to a woody base, this scent by Police is on the right side of musk for your wants-to-be-taken-seriously lad. They’ll love how it makes them feel – empowered and ready to take on the day. You’ll love that for under £15 you’ve got a scent that’ll go the distance (thanks to its generous 100ml size).
Princess by Vera Wang
For the teen who rules the roost – and would welcome a sparkly crown to prove it – look to Princess by Vera Wang. A firm favourite since the noughties, the playful scent features delicious notes of vanilla, pink guava and dark chocolate. And the heart-shaped bottle doubles up as a cute, Insta-worthy accessory for their #shelfie too. Win-win.
Daisy by Marc Jacobs
A fresh take on floral, Daisy by Marc Jacobs takes pretty petals and amps up the playfulness. Blending notes of wild berries, white violet, and jasmine, it conjures up memories of blue skies and outdoor adventures – the perfect scent for your free-spirited teen.
Wood Pour Home by Dsquared2
Looking for a more sophisticated scent for your teen? This woody concoction from Dsquared2, was made for the young ‘zeitgeist’ with a mature sensibility. With top notes of bergamot, lemon and mandarin, it starts strong and continues to make an impression with warming notes of cardamon, ginger, and vetiver.
Cloud by Ariana Grande
Whether she’s a self-confessed Arianator (that’s code for super-fan status) or loves staying ahead of the pop culture trends, you can’t go wrong with this fragrance. From the unique cloud-shaped design to the sweet blend of pear, crème de coconut, and praline, it’s a chart-topping, statement-making scent – surely Ariana wouldn’t want it any other way?
Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren
If ‘Ralph Lauren Polo’ is bringing back memories of stealing your dad’s heady aftershave back in the day (you know the one in the green bottle), then you’ll understand the teenage appeal of this fragrance. The good news is, it’s not as musky as you remember, as the brand revisited the original scent in the early noughties and bought it bang up to date with this refreshing rendition. Think notes of melon and cucumber, balanced with suede accord and patchouli.
Coconut Passion by Victoria’s Secret
If it’s their first scent, or something they’ll likely to spritz from top-to-toe after PE, then choosing a body mist over a perfume makes more sense. And no brand does body mists, more deliciously addictive than Victoria’s Secret. Prepare for them to be o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with this coconut-rich scent, conjuring up all the feel-good beach day vibes.
Fantasy by Britney Spears
No round up of perfumes for teens would be complete without an appearance from pop sensation Britney Spears. And Fantasy is the OG scent. Loved for its deliciously-sweet profile and Swarovski crystal-adorned bottle, it’s reached number one in the perfume charts more than the queen of pop herself.
Eros by Versace
With a formula inspired by Eros – that’s the God of love if your Greek mythology is a little rusty – this scent was made for “*gasp* what ARE you wearing?” moments. Formulated with notes of refreshing mint, zesty lemon and intriguing tonka bean, it’s sure to give your teen a confidence boost with all the compliments headed his way.
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