Teenage girls seem to discover fragrances before teenage boys. I don’t know why that might be – however with so many different types of fragrance available and targeted to this particular demographic, it can be very difficult to find the right type of perfume for her.
There are many things to look out for and it would be easy to just fall back onto the more popular brands. This is an all too common mistake though and there are many fantastic fragrances available to teenage girls from slightly less-known brands. Another advantage to this is that they are the vast majority of times a lot cheaper also!
To help you understand some of the terminology (it’s not hard):
- Top Notes – this is what you smell when you first apply the fragrance. These are sometimes known as ‘head notes’ and will consist of the strongest, freshest scents.
- Middle Notes – also referred to as ‘heart notes’ – these are usually scents that are more rounded than the top notes and usually replace the top notes after 15 to 20 minutes.
- Base Notes – this is what’s left once the heart note dissipates. It is common not to be aware of the base notes until around 30 minutes after applying the perfume.
So, sit back, and let me do the work for you. Here, are the 10 best fragrances for teenage girls for 2020 – enjoy!
10) Jessica McClintock
Whereas some fragrances are obviously designed to be shared between guys and girls, Jessica McClintock is most definitely a fragrance designed for girls. It is floral, sensual and warming.
Initially, after spraying, you are greeted with a citrus scent in the form of bergamot, tart, blackcurrant, cassia (the spice made from the bark of East Asian evergreen trees) and basil.
The top notes are nice but can’t compete with the heart notes. Jasmine, rose and lily provide a floral explosion just when you thought it was fading. These transform after 20 minutes or so with the bass notes which are musky and earthy. A lovely balance of woody-flora scents will then stay with you for many hours after.
This isn’t a particularly new fragrance on the block. It’s established and well-received, as you will see by the reviews if you click on the link below.
9) Light Blue (Dolce & Gabbana)
When you buy something from Dolce & Gabbana, you expect quality. You also expect to pay a high price but that’s not the case with Light Blue. I wouldn’t say it was exactly cheap, but it’s also not exactly high-end expensive! For what you are getting here, this is actually quite good value for money.
The initial top notes are apple and cedar, a combination that seems to work really well. Just as you’ve become familiar with it, you’ll start to get hints of jasmine and white rose. This is followed up with the base notes that consist of musk, amber and citronwood. This will stay with you for several hours.
Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue is a lovely scent for the teenage girl. It’s relatively cheap, has a great name and a great fragrance. Check out the reviews and you’ll see how happy other buyers are with this!
8) Cool Water (Zino Davidoff)
Zino Davidoff’s Cool Water is for those girls that love something fresh. You’re initially hit with a fruity, fresh blast of pineapple and watermelon. This will linger for some time but certainly not in an offensive, overpowering manner.
The top notes are eventually replaced with more delicate floral hints with definite lily hints. Later still, a deeper woody smell is complemented with blackcurrant notes.
This is another one of those fragrances that have been around for over two decades and still smells as fresh now as it did then. Another big positive Cool Water has is that it does not cost a lot! You have to wonder how such a great scent could be sold for such a great price!
7) Calvin Klein Contradiction
Not the only CK perfume I’ve included in this list but I couldn’t leave it out just because I have another one here!
Calvin Klein’s Contradiction is a feminine scent, which is convenient as this is, after all, an article about the best fragrances for teenage girls!
After you spray on your neck or wrists you will love the immediate fragrances of rose, jasmine and lily which are replaced with more floral heart notes a short time later. You may also notice pear blossom, orchid and eucalyptus which fades into sandalwood and tonka (a raisin-like legume).
This is a wonderful smelling fragrance so see what other people think of it by clicking on the link below or grabbing yourself a sample next time you pass a fragrance store!
6) Calvin Klein CK One
It would almost be a crime to not include CK One in a list like this. Although, I have to say I was a little tempted to ignore it considering it’s on the more expensive side of the scale.
Calvin Klein’s CK One is one of the most recognizable fragrances available and this is simply because so many people use it. So many people use it because it smells so good!
CK One has an unmistakenly fresh smell. Its top notes consist of mandarin orange, pineapple, papaya, bergamot, cardamom and a hint of lemon.
The middle notes will hit you around 15 minutes after application and if you know what you’re looking for (err smelling for) you’ll get orris root (this is a name for the roots of Iris germanica and Iris pallida), jasmine, lily, rose and nutmeg. If you can pick out all of those then you’re in the wrong occupation!
The base notes, which will stay with you for several hours after application are musk, cedar, oakmoss, amber and sandalwood.
You won’t be disappointed. Well, you won’t be disappointed with the fragrance. It’s certainly a long way from one of the cheapest fragrances but you get what you pay for with this – highly recommended.
5) Lucky You
‘Lucky You’ is a fragrance you may not have heard of but I would really recommend you give this one a go. There’s a good reason that I rated this so high and that’s simply because it smells so good!
This is a fragrance that is popular in the summer but I’m not sure why it’s not fashionable all year round. Initially, after spraying, you’re greeted with a light grapefruit scent with green leaves and hyacinth to make it a fresh and floral (but subtle) experience.
The middle notes won’t hit you for some time but when they do you’ll be rewarded with poppy, jasmine and other floral notes. Considering the price, none of these scents will give you any reason to not believe this is a more expensive fragrance.
The base notes (otherwise known as dry notes) will provide you with long-lasting sandalwood, musk and amber.
This is a fragrance that doesn’t have to be just used for nights out. Its long-lasting scent will keep the teenage girl smelling great for most of the day without requiring frequent top-ups!
4) Fantasy Britney Spears
We may not hear as much of Britney as we did 20 years ago but don’t write off this fabulous construction of hers. Well, when I say ‘hers’ I can’t really imagine her in a lab somewhere experimenting with different fragrances in test tubes! Whoever created it though – they did a good job.
Once sprayed, you’ll find it opens with a fruity scent of kiwi, golden quince and lychee. If you like this then enjoy it until it diminishes after around 15 minutes and is replaced with a heart of white chocolate and jasmine. This gently mellows into woody, musky notes combined with orris root.
Considering how some ‘celebrity’ perfumes seem to have over-inflated prices, Fantasy Britney Spears is remarkably good value for money. Its recommended use is during the evenings rather than during the day – save it for special occasions!
3) Jimmy Choo
Certainly not one of the cheapest fragrances available but I can’t leave this one out, despite that. It’s that good.
Jimmy Choo is quite a rich fragrance that will give you a lovely warming feeling inside after application. Immediately after you spray it behind your ears or on your wrists (recommended spray-on points) you will smell orange (apparently sweet Italian orange but I’m not sure I could distinguish Italian orange against French orange).
The top notes are complemented with Pear nectar. Again, if I didn’t know what it was I’m not sure I would have said, ‘oh, that smells like pear nectar!’ – no, but it does have hints of pear, which is nice.
The top notes are followed around 10 minutes later with the heart notes – definitely a hint of orchid here but it’s a very subtle blend. After an hour or so, smell the base notes and you won’t be disappointed – the longevity of this perfume is maintained via a gentle toffee and Patchouli (if you didn’t know, this is a rather bushy herb).
Jimmy Choo has been around for around 25 years now but certainly hasn’t aged badly!
2) Tommy Girl (Tommy Hilfiger)
Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger is an extremely popular fragrance for young women. Unless it smelt great and didn’t cost a lot then it wouldn’t be so popular, simple as that. Launched back in 1996, it’s almost 25 years old now but still retains a fresh, modern appeal to many.
After application, the first scents to hit those nostrils will be blackcurrant, orange, camelia (a flower) and apple tree blossom. As soon as you’ve absorbed this, the heart notes will start to take effect (well, 15 minutes or so later). Honeysuckle, mint, grapefruit, lily, lemon and some rose.
A cacophony of scents will inject your sciences with warmth and sensuality, you won’t be disappointed.
It doesn’t end there though. The base notes, the ones that linger for the longest amount of time are leather, sandalwood, cedar, jasmine and magnolia.
Don’t be put off by the name. This is a very popular fragrance and as I said earlier, there’s a good reason for that. This is a great perfume, check out the reviews and take a look yourself below.
1) Beyonce Heat Rush
Beyonce’s Heat Rush is another one of those celebrity perfumes that you wouldn’t be surprised to discover was pretty average. Not so the case with this one, Heat Rush has gone down very well in the market since it was introduced back in 2010. So much so that I couldn’t resist putting it at number 1 on my list of best fragrances for teenage girls!
There’s no mistaking the femininity of this scent. It’s also been described many times as warming and you definitely get that impression straight away.
When you first spray Heat Rush on your neck, you will discover top notes of a distinct fresh nature. Passion Fruit Sorbet, cherry and orange hit you hard but in no way overpower your nose. After 10 to 15 minutes you’ll start to sense the heart notes. Orchid, hibiscus and mango are the identifiable scents and are followed up with some deep base notes. These consist of teak wood, musk and honey amber.
This is a fragrance that can be used during the day or in the evening, it’s very versatile and incredibly good value.
I hope you’ve found some new fragrances in the list above. I know not all of you will agree with the number one spot but it would be pretty boring if we were all wearing the same fragrance, right?
At the end of the day, there are hundreds and hundreds of fragrances out there that might work with teenage girls but I’m pretty confident that after a considerable amount of research – these are the best 10! You can’t go wrong with any of them!