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Fragrances for teenage girls

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Quote Originally Posted by hectorhoraciootero View Post
Hi everyone!

I have a 13 years old daughter. She loves fragrances but has almost no experience with them. And I am interested in the topic, but I only have a little experience about men fragrances.

Last year I gave her as a gift her first eau de toilette, "Wild" by Ralph Lauren (it was a recommendation given to me by a saleswoman in a shop). I was lucky that she liked it very much -or at least she told me so-, specially that strawberry scent. But she really doesn´t know what she really prefers and I don´t know how to start giving her the opportunity to find it out.

I think that getting samples is not option for us. We live in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and usually at the shops they give you a random small sample just when you purchase another fragrance. Or they give you that small piece of paper with the fragrance that they are promoting in the street when you pass by the shop. You need to enter the shop and ask for a specific fragance in order to test them on paper, and you know what happens after two or three of them, you dont know what are you smelling any longer...

So I will thank any suggestions about widely available -remember were we live-fragrances appropriate for a 13 year old girl that would like to find her own way in this wonderful fragances world.

Thanks in advance,

Tags: girls, teenagers


  1. mr. reasonable's Avatar
    I have a niece in her mid teens and I'm thinking of giving her Comme de Garcons 2. But that's just me - have a look at the reviews and see what you think. Or maybe Guerlain Idylle? Not a bad place to start
    Updated 2nd April 2011 at 09:15 AM by mr. reasonable
  2. Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
    I agree that Comme des Garçons 2 is an excellent scent for a teen. It's just sweet enough to appeal to modern girls, but will stand out as both classy and new-school. Good choice! I think that's a great recommendation. Hard to find, but a good one.

    Idylle is nice - a bit more dressy than Wild, and that is probably a good thing to add dimension to her wardrobe. It's very feminine in character. I have not smelled the new Idylle Duet, but that has more rose I think, and could be nice if the store has it.

    If your daughter is especially fond of fruity scents (which sound like a good bet), then I am wondering if she would like either of the two Guerlains, La Petite Robe Noire (LPRN) or LPRN 2. These are aimed at younger ladies. Both are respectable scents. They may be harder to find, however.

    Do you know our fellow Basenoter who goes by the user name Pollux? He lives in Buenos Aires, and has an excellent sense of both what's available in the local market, and what would answer the question. You might send him a PM - I'm sure he'd be delighted to offer some good suggestions.

    Finally, I noted on your thread with the same question that petruccijc suggested the Harajuku Lovers scents. Although these scents are almost humorously stereotypical and clearly marketed at teenage girls, I have to say two things: (1) they're not bad at all, and (2) they are *terribly* popular with teenage girls. I was watching a fellow father in Sephora, who was letting his daughters and their friends pick out some fragrances, and they were all very seriously choosing from the Harajuku Lovers series. I really had to smile. Future perfumistas!!!
  3. seaofghosts's Avatar
    I think Vera Wang Princess would be perfect.
  4. pearlfingering's Avatar
    Sorry, double post!
  5. pearlfingering's Avatar
    If she likes strawberry, maybe Miss Dior Cherie. It's not over-the-top fruity-floral, but it's gourmand and has a nice musky drydown that is still not too grown up. The commercial by Sophia Coppola is very effective in portraying the classy, light-hearted, elegant perfume Dior was striving for. Comments on this site compared it to "Patou Colony, a beautiful vintage fruity chypre with a pineapple effect, from the 30's..."
  6. Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by seaofghosts
    I think Vera Wang Princess would be perfect.
    I think you're right - she's very likely to enjoy that one. I personally like Rock Princess the best, but that's because it's less fruity. I also think that Preppy Princess is very fruity, and would do nicely.

    And +1 on the Dior. I like one of those Cherie scents (I think it's the Eau) - it's fairly guy-friendly, too.
  7. pearlfingering's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto

    And +1 on the Dior. I like one of those Cherie scents (I think it's the Eau) - it's fairly guy-friendly, too.
    White florals are always safe unisex choices, and I agree that the L'Eau is like a simpler Eau Sauvage (which was so popular with the ladies, they made Diorella, and everyone has been switching them ever since!) It takes me back to the hit when I was in school, Anais Anais, named for Anais Nin, and Blur's song Girls & Boys...

    Girls who are boys / Who like boys to be girls / Who do boys like they're girls / Who do girls like they're boys / Always should be someone, you really love

    Like Christian Dior himself used to say, "Faites-moi un parfum qui sente l'amour" -- I love musky white florals. (But I always wear green myself.)


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