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Teenagers and Fragrances

07/24/11 13:05:26 (144 comments)

by: Naheed Shoukat Ali



When life is just beautiful and full of colors, free of worries, when the day begins with a bright smile on face and life is just like a bed of roses. Well, we call this time "teenage" which seems too short but the most memorable at the same time. I am especially writing this article for all the teens out there who, along with this brightest period of their age, also love to sport fragrances. And also for those who've already kissed goodbye their teen years, it will be a trip down memory lane for sure. There might also be a lot of members who have teenage daughters and sons and hence it's a double experience of teenage for them.


The story of  association with fragrances begins from fragrance wardrobes of mums for both boys and girls. When these cute angels, aged between 5-10, start to squirt a tiny spray from a beautiful decorative bottle on the shelf containing heavenly- smelling juice inside.  And soon this develops into a habit and by the age 12, especially girls already become proud owners of body sprays and a couple of girly fragrances.


Girls start to use fragrance at age 10, with 12% starting below 10. However, boys are also not behind in this, they too start to take interest in fragrances at age 10 and also get into buying fragrances at an earlier age. Boys between the ages 9-12 also like to splash on a scent from their dads' fragrance wardrobes but provided that dads too love fragrances or most of the time they try to get their parents round to buy them one of their own. Their real love affair with fragrances begin from the age of 13 when they choose scents on their friends' recommendations, or like a fragrance on a friend and buy it or simply advertisements that play their part.



Young people like to experiment and why not? It's their right! This is probably the reason that perfume industry entered into the teen perfume market and has been successful. It is estimated that like teenage girls, teenage boys, too, like to begin their days or evenings with a good fragrance. And a criteria to choose a scent for both is ''a scent that makes a statement, gives them an identity and attract the opposite sex.'' Teens are primarily attracted to light, fresh scents and like to experiment with different fragrances. Teens between the ages of 13-15 don't possess a huge fragrance wardrobe, just a couple of fragrances are enough to happily go with. However, soon the mid-teen period shifts to the late teens, their choices begin to change as well and they like to have more fragrances on their shelves than just a couple of. Princess by Vera Wang is said to have earned popularity among the girls of this range.
 

Boys aged under 18 prefer clean, manly and citrus scents that are smelling fresh and their fragrances also come from friends' recommendations. Girls on the other hand tend to like citrus, floral, fruity and sweet fragrances. Fragrance choices for boys under 25 still remain the same for citrus and clean scents however, experimenting with some new notes does enter on their test list such as woody, aromatic, green, leathery and spicy.

Girls under 25 usually prefer now flowery and fruity notes but at this stage they don't mind to experiment with anything that makes a statement for them. They prefer to choose their fragrance on the basis that it makes them feel sexy and attractive and that others comment on that. It will be also interesting to learn that Female usage of fragrances is highest in the 15-19 and Male usage is highest in the 20-24 age range. How far is it true? Boys and Girls, I would love to know your answers.



Celebrity brands are driving market growth among younger fragrance users and the name that springs to my mind the most is Britney Spears. Her fragrances took the teen market by storm and five in 10 teenagers are seen talking about BS fragrances, and I,  too, am going to present my teenage sister one of the BS fragrances on her 18th birthday. Talking of celebrity fragrances in general, one in five 16-24 year olds, especially girls, claim to own at least one, compared with one in twenty over-45s.


Let's also have a look back at fragrances from 1911 to 2011 and see how many of them have managed to impress our fragrance users under 18 and under 25 now as well:

 
1911 - late 20s: Narcisse Noir 1911, L'Heure Bleu 1912, Chypre 1917, Mitsouoko 1919, Chanel No5 1921, Emeraude 1921,Nuit de Noel 1922, My Sin (Mon Peche) 1924, Shalimar 1925, Arpege 1927 reformed in 1993, Bellodgia 1927, Soir de Paris (Evening in Paris) 1928, Joy 1929.They were a huge success in the years they were released and were liked by young women of those times.

1930s: Tabu 1932, Je Reviens 1932 it was such a popular fragrance then which remained popular in the 50s and 60s, Fleurs de Rocaille 1934.

1940s: Muguet de Bois 1941, Chantilly 1941, Femme Rochas 1943 reformed in 1989, Woodhue1944, Miss Dior 1947, L'Air du Temps 1948

1950s: Youth Dew 1953, Tabac Maurer & Wirtz 1955, Diorissimo 1956, Eau Sauvage 1956, Topaze 1959, Cabochard 1959 and also remained famous in the 60s. 

1960s: Yves St. Laurent's Y 1964, Imprevu 1965, Fidji 1966,Estee 1968, Azuree Pure 1969, O de Lancome 1969, Rive Gauche 1970, Chanel N°19 1970

1970s: Aliage1972, Sweet Honesty 1973, Charlie 1973, Charlie Blue 1973, Paco Rabanne (male)1973, Grey Flennel 1975,Tea Rose 1975, Jontue 1976, Opium 1977, White Linen 1978, Cinnabar 1978, Magie Noire 1978, Anais Anais 1978 it was also adored by school girls then. Though launched in 70s but they also made their mark in the 80s. Yardley claimed its fame not only in 70s but also in the 80s as well as in the 90s. 

The 80s was all about heavy florals and rich scents. Nocturnes 1981, Vanderbilt 1982, Ysatis 1984, Obsession 1985, Poison 1985 is famous until now,  Lou Lou 1987, Eternity 1988 (women), Samsara 1989, Eternity 1990 (men) 

The decade of 90s brought a whole new range of cleaner sharper scents and it was also an important decade for teens as they were able choose fragrances which suited their respective age ranges. In the late 90s, notes like coffee, vanilla, fruits and chocolate emerged with prominance and gained popularity. Fragrances scented with vanilla continued to becaome favourites among teen girls and became the best selling ones, here I will particularly mention Vanilla fields 1993. Some more fragrances from the 1990s: Amarige 1991 (it was a global hit then), L'Eau d'Issey 1992, CK One the best unisex 1994, D&G (1997), Impulse body sprays and fragrances from Escada which are still popular.

2000 and onwards: this decade saw celebrity fragrances that opened the doors of more choices than ever for teens. Rather mentioning fragrances, I'd better mention the brands: Britney Spears, JLo, Victoria's Secret fragrances had already emerged on the market in the 90s but gained more popularity in this decade, Aquolina, Cristina Aguilera and teen sensation Justin Bieber whose fragrance Someday has been launched recently.
 



I asked my friends as what they liked in their teens. And asked the same question to teens of today that included my students and my teenage sister.

                     Here's what my friends said:

A female friend from Argentina: When I was a teenager I used to like citrus fragrances.

A male friend from Italy: I used to wear CK-one and Dolce&Gabbana perfume. My tastes have not changed a lot since my boyhood.

A female friend from Brazil: I used to wear a Natura perfum called Mamãe & Bebê. It's a baby's perfume but many grown ups wear it. The perfume has a very light floral touch.


And here's from today's teens

My student who is a 13 year old girl has no specific choice in fragrances but she loves sweet flowery scents and love to splash on a fragrance everyday. Whereas my 15 year old student (female) has some specific choices and mentions Romance by Ralph Lauren as her most favorite. She also likes sweet and fruity fragrances.

However, the male student who is 15 mentioned citrus woody scents as his favorite. My 17 year old male student turns out to be a rather picky about his fragrances and for him his fragrance should make a statement for him.

And my teenage sister, who will be 18 this year, loves to experiment with lots of fragrances and for her, what she wears should smell good. But, I have tried to scan through her choices and have come to a conclusion that she isn't a huge fan of citrus scents. She like light florals, powdery, sweet, a little fruity and clean scents.
 


Alright...it's time to ask questions:

To teens from the past: What fragrances did you like wearing in your under-18s and did your choices change when you were in the under-25s age range?

To our today's teens under 18: What fragrances did you like to wear the most?

For under-25s: What fragrances did you like when you were under-18s and how far has your fragrance choice changed since then?
 

 Photo: Fotolia


Author: Naheed Shoukat Ali  (naheed)
Fragrantica Writer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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RobbieX
RobbieX

Great article!

I started wearing perfumes when I was about 17. At first it was cheap ones like Hai Karate (remember that one?) Blue Stratos, Tabac (lovely), Monsieur Houbigant and Brut. My first serious and more expensive fragrances were L'Homme (Roger & Gallet), Kouros, Cacharel pour Homme and Gres Homme.

I've always be fascinated by scents and the way they can remind you of past places and events. Also the bottles can be really great too.

I'm now 60 and my interest in fragrances has never diminished. They are a lovely part of my life.

Jan
21
2014
PivoineRouge
PivoineRouge

Age 12: YSL Baby Doll, Anais Anais by Cacharel, Moonflower from Body Shop, DKNY for Women

Age 18: Juicy Couture by Juicy Couture, CLEAN, L'Eau Navigateur by L'Artisan, L'Haie Fleurie by the same, Mania for Women (new formula), The Vert by Bvlgari

Age 20 and up: Jardins de Bagatelle by Guerlain, L'Haie Fleurie, L'Eau Navigateur, Armani Code, Opium by YSL

One of my friends has progressed from Armani Mania for Men to Code when he reached mid-twenties. My guess is he'll go on with the Armani line.

Jan
21
2014
krlamev
krlamev

Hmmm nice post!!
I recall some of what I used and some I am still using! What I can remember well is that I've always been fan of acquatic, fresh fragrances.

Teen life: Freedom by Tommy Hilfiger, Cool Water Davidoff, Ralph by Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Polo Sport; then on the "non acquatic" I can recall: Tribu by Benetton.

In my 23 or some: Sicily by D&G and my beloved L'eau Par Kenzo (Ohhhh I'm still using L'eau!!! Love it)

And now on my 30's I think I still keep my nose like a teen (At least my nose lol): Dot by Marc Jacobs, Goutte de Rose by Cartier, Tribu, L'EAU!! Eau des Baux by L'Occitane.

BUT! I'm deff planning to make the change of my life... I'm going to prepare my nose for some big league perfume... something amaizing... I'm preparing myself for Ramón Monegal.

Jan
21
2014
blythespiritpurpleflower
blythespiritpurpleflower

My first perfume was Electric Youth by Debbie Gibson, I was like 10. When I was 12 I loved Parfums de Coeur Malibu Musk. I think I fell for the ads before I ever smelled it, it lived up to my expectations though. I had a Obesession knock off, and Vanilla Fields. Fell madly for Sun, Moon, Stars. and Chloe Narcisse. Sunflowers for a moment and then it was like ahhhh. everywhere, you couldn't get away from it. Gap Dream. Avon Far Away, the only one I still wear. Cool Water (womans) I loved the smell on other people not so much on me.

In college I wore a lot of the same still rotated them, and added Gap Om, and JPG Fragile. I absolutely loved Sugared Maple, a limited frag by B&BW.

Then I discovered Gres Cabotine at 24, is still my favorite. I own many Cabotine flankers. Gres Cabaret and Cabochard. I guess I've grown and matured in my own way, I know I would have never liked either Cabotine or Cabaret as a teen, and definitely not Cabochard.

Jan
20
2014
SorceressOfTheDark
SorceressOfTheDark

When life is just bleak and full of darkness, full of worries and bullies, when the day begins with a tear on your face and life is just like a bed of thorns...that is more the reality. Life for teens isn't as picturesque as it appears in your article, Naheed. Your words and photos painted a glowing portrait of an isolated population purchasing products with whose money? In reality, aren't most of us tainted by what we first embrace in our own homes, if it is available? Then, if and only if we have the money, we can afford to purchase some fragrances. But what teens can afford high-end? Most cannot. And to categorize them all into certain genres of fragrance labels is the same as saying mature women or men only wear certain types of perfumes because of their ages. That's simply not true. We choose a perfume because we enjoy wearing it, it pleases us, it melds with our bodies, our senses, our beings, it becomes one with us. There should never be an age factor to wearing a certain "type". As a teen in the '70's, my first love was Shalimar, from my mother's vanity. The first perfume I purchased was Tabu, I would also wear Jovan Musk Oil, and patchouli oil from head shops. That doesn't fit your profile of teens. Shalimar is still my signature scent while I still adore heady orientals and thick patchouli, but will wear others as I see fit. Now that you've asked the question, you have the answers. You cannot peg people with fragrances. Although most of the world is comprised of sheep, many wolves abound.

Jan
20
2014
Eirlys
Eirlys

This is an awesome article!

I'm turning 19 this year, and I had my first "serious" perfume when I was 12. My parents bought Cacharel Promesse for me for my birthday. I treasured it so much I only used it in special occasions. There was a few times when I brought a blanket to school and I sprayed Promesse on it. The boys in my class just kept hogging the blanket, saying that the smell was divine. After that I tried AE Aerie (which is discontinued now) and also Victoria's Secret's Cashmere Vanilla Jasmine. That perfume is perfect for winter, and it was my signature scent for more than a year. When I was 16-17, I used Vera Wang Princess, Taylor Swift's Enchanted, and also Kenzo Amor I Love U and Coleur Rose-Pink, so I guessed I liked fruity floral scents the most. For my high school graduation my parents gave me Chloe Eau de Parfum and Chanel Chance Eau Tendre, which were my most high-end perfumes then. My latest perfume is Dior J`Adore, which is totally heavenly. Maybe I am slowly starting to change my taste a little bit. I love experimenting with new perfumes although I have too many now that could last me 5 years.

Jan
19
2014
DresdenDoll
DresdenDoll

In the 'Under 25s' group -
When I was young I knew I liked the smell of vanilla and also decided somewhere along the line that I liked roses and that roses were my thing. My very first scent was a typical slightly fruity, slightly vanillic drug store scent, So..? Kiss Me. Afterwards, just before I turned 15 and wanted a more grown up scent, I found my rose love in Lancome's Miracle So Magic. I wore that for a few years before wanting something new again and was on the cusp of buying Givenchy's fresh lemony rose Very Irresistible when my head was turned by Hilary Duff's With Love. I had never even wanted a celeb scent, but the amber and woody goodness was my first taste of the oriental group and I was hooked. I wore With Love out of my teens.
Funny enough, though I do love orientals, rose and vanilla have remained my enduring loves scent wise.

Jan
19
2014
Pusteblumchen
Pusteblumchen

12 - I've bought my first real bottle of perfume. It was a magical unforgettable fragrance with Mango as basis scent. First time I tried I was bewitched. Until today I can recall the scent... Sadly at that time I could only use it for 2 or 3 threes since they didn't produce it anymore.

15 - Quasar. A male perfume from Boticario. And a second one from the same company did the mango perfume but with Strawberry this time since they stopped to produce the mango one.

18 - I've bought Tresor from Lancôme. I still use it.

Today I have lots of perfumes which I use as it pleases my mood. My favourites are Opium, N.5, Miss Dior, Jasmin Noir EdP, Alien and Angel.

From the male fragrances I wear Egoïste and Blue de Chanel.

Perfume was always an important form of expression for me. It gives you an Aura and express what you are (at the moment) in scented language. Choose wisely.

Jan
18
2014
ecerusen
ecerusen

at 12 - dkny, paco rabanne xs, burberry weekend

at 18 - pink sugar, chocolovers, gucci rush

at 21 - lolita lempicka, carolina herrera ch

and now, at 25, i have a collection which made of good ones. some of them doesnt suitable for everyone, but i like to discover new things.

the article is true. when you are at your mid adolescence, with your hormones' effect, you like more sugary and attractive perfumes. but then your nose has been trained and seek new victims lol

Jan
18
2014
TRACTATUS
TRACTATUS

I'm 23 and only start wearing perfume about 2 years ago and my signature was Obsession. I'm still drawn to the loud and spicy kind of perfume but recently I have developed an interest in soft amber.

When I was a teen I wore body mist most of the time. Managed to finish two bottles in like... 5 years I guess? because I had to use whatever that comes in hand, mostly the fruity and citrus ones which meh, wish I didn't have wear them. I was super selfconcious at the time and only wore them to make sure that I don't smell like soy sauce from my mom's kitchen.

Jan
18
2014
Ladydebra
Ladydebra

What a wonderful article - it has filled me with nostalgia this evening!

I wore a perfume called Tribe when I was about 12/13.... I bought it on my very first unescorted trip to the shopping centre with my friend. We both bought a bottle or tribe and a bottle of 'au naturale' deodorant - the one with the blue cap, which smelled of vanilla.
I can't really remember what tribe smelled of- it was really strong and pungent and I used to douse myself in it!! I also loved Eden by cacharel (i hate it mow!) My best friend wore Vanilla fields and Blue Grass.
I also had a bottle of Citrus Must by Addiction. I loved it, and it was super fashionable at the time (mid nineties). I wore Dewberry body spray by boots naturals collection, and also White musk - I'm sure every girl wore white musk then! ( along with heather shimmer lipstick).
Most of my fragrances were a bit cheaper then, but I loved some of my mums perfumes.

She gave me a bottle of Cachet which I adored, I also loved Dune by Dior (which I still love) and loved YSL's Paris. My mum owned Paris, and I used to sneak into her room and steal a spay of it.

In the early nineties perfumes that were trendy were Giorgio Beveryly Hills, Ysatis, Samsara (which I hated!), Poison, Opium.

Later, Calvin Klein took over with CK one, Eternity and escape etc, and Versace yellow jeans was trendy.

It's funny because back then, I was into BIG, spicy, floral, rich musky frags and now, my heart lies with light, citrus, floral and aquatic scents. I have recently been sampling with more rich frags, but I wish I had the nose I had back then!

Thanks again for an amazing article

Jan
17
2014
Thee Arabian Knight
Thee Arabian Knight

I'm sure you were a teenager yourself, Naheed, and I can assure you that your life wasn't exactly the 'bed of roses' you are referring to. Even if it was, you can't make a statement which generalizes that all teenagers live a care-free and happy life. Most of us go through things like depression, social anxiety, and even a school related stress. I suffer from depression from time to time and let me tell you, it isn't exactly a bed of roses. With all due respect, but your perception of teenagers is not realistic.

Back on topic though, I enjoy every type of fragrances, but mostly oriental woody fragrances. Take a look at my wardrobe. I've got stuff from every genre.

Jan
17
2014
EmiliM
EmiliM

"When life is just beautiful and full of colors, free of worries, when the day begins with a bright smile on face and life is just like a bed of roses."

This sentence bother me more than it should.
I'm 15 and I know that the problems my friends and I may have may seem ridiculous and pointless and unimportant to grown up people who have lived, but being a teenager is horrible.
I can understand loving the idea of being a teenager but the colourful, carefree image we see on sitcoms is the furthest thing from reality. I know too many peers of mine fighting depression and serious insecurities, self-harm even. I don't really know why I'm writing this, I guess I just want to raise awareness a bit and shatter this idea that life of a teen is bed of roses. For most of us, it's not.

To answer the original question, I'm 15 and I don't limit my taste to only certain olfactory groups. I guess I prefer some over the others. I don't care much for citruses or fruits. I guess I'm a bit too young to have a collection this big or expensive, but perfumes make me happy.

Jan
17
2014
luna rebel
luna rebel

"When life is just beautiful and full of colors, free of worries, when the day begins with a bright smile on face and life is just like a bed of roses. Well, we call this time 'teenage'"

I beg to differ. Some people weren't/aren't so lucky. Despite this, there were some good times and those I associate with the fragrances I wore, which were Cabaret and J'Adore.

Jan
17
2014
senpai
senpai

from my childhood i remembered and liked Fahrenheit ...

from that time i tested and smelled over 200 fragrances, but could not smell something better...

the smell itself is very memorable...

Jan
17
2014
ms.katiejackson
ms.katiejackson

I'm 25 now and when I look back at my taste when I was 18 (and younger)... Well, it's changed. I used to loooove Escada's limited editions. I had a couple of Avon scents, the fruity-florals that made no sense.
I remember that when I was a teenager I always thought that Very Irresistible by Givenchy was the ultimate grown up scent. I wanted to get it so much. Now I dont find it so great. Maybe I wanted to get it because of the Liv Tyler in the ad? I was pretty much obsessed with Lord of the rings at the time ;P

Jan
17
2014
bebekesasar
bebekesasar

Currently 13 and as you may have noticed, I develop a liking towards balmy, spicy, gourmands, and jasmine.

Jan
17
2014
JakePowell
JakePowell

16 right now and I love all kinds. Kudos to me.
Building that collection!

Jan
17
2014
KVM
KVM

in my teens i used to wear impulse body spray's and so.... body sprays, i think i was about 17 when i first had a proper fragrance, i remember i got them for christmas and they were celebrity scents, which is why i wanted them, Britney Spears curious and jlo glow, i own those scents now and they bring back good memories for me (i'm 25 btw).

Jan
17
2014
mail.comclarion
mail.comclarion

عطر هدیه ای از بهشت

Jan
16
2014
dmaw
dmaw

In my teens, I wore mostly Love's Baby Soft, Love's Lemon, and Love's Rain, although, I felt really grown up wearing WindSong.
In my 20's I graduated to Giorgio Red.
Now,in my 50s I have a collection of dozens of fragrances. So many great scents, so little time. My most current favorite is Red Door Aura.

Jan
16
2014
Aafridi
Aafridi

Great article by great woman. which reminds me my teen age and sweet memories of my parents, relatives and friends.
When I was teen, I wore the following fragrances:
Chanel # 5
Antaeus
Old Spice
Tabac
Aramis
Charlie
Brut
Opium
and others........... which I do not remember.

Jan
16
2014
Emilia88
Emilia88

I am 25 now and just recently (the last 2 years) started wearing perfume.
I never even gave it a thought when I was a teenager; My mom wore perfume and so I thought "perfume is for moms".
I do however remember a body splash from H&M with Betty Boop on the bottle that smelled just lovely, and I wore it sometimes after school, if I was going somewhere where there would be boys. :D
I don't know how to quite describe the smell other than "strawberries in the rain". It was very light, aquatic and a little bit sweet but not sickly so.
I wish it was still available at H&M because I know smelling it would take me back instantly.

Jan
16
2014
odie
odie

In my teens I did not really wear perfume, but I can remember buying/or being gifted with "Vanilla Fields" by Coty, an appropriate scent for teens. Otherwise, perfumes were an adult affair at my house with daddy buying "Madame" by Jean Paul Gaultier, "Poison" "Boucheron" "Escada" and "Miami Glow" and "Paloma Picasso" just to name a few for mom. Loved heavy hitters like "Amarige" perfume by Givenchy (also with the cream in the heavy white circular tub) and "273 Rodeo Drive" by Fred Hayden but I only spritzed them at home being aware that they were such adult smelling fragrance, I thought they'd add a wordliness to me that I did not need at the time.

My tastes haven't changed too much, I still love these but I am adventurous, having bought Kim Kadashian "Pure Honey" and Liz Claiborne's "Bora Bora" this year. I think "Pleasures" is appropriate for a young woman,twas my first real scent given to me as a gift by my mother. Now I've come into my olfactory own and I am searching for true signature scents, not those dictated by my parents purchases, and how exciting that journey is turning out to be. I've outgrown "Vanilla Fields" so my tastes have definitely evolved....definitely.

Jan
16
2014
Rosey8821
Rosey8821

I've always loved perfume since I was fairly young. Its not until my teens that I had money to buy perfume or reasons to wear them. By that I mean trying to impress boys in high school or social gathering with friends. The perfumes which I really loved during my early teens were jdore, tommy girl, dolly girl, escada island kiss and baby doll. I couldn't afford to buy these perfumes as I was on minimum wage working part time at a supermarket. Also perfume in australia back then was so insanely expensive. There was no discount perfume stores and they were only sold by high end department stores like Myer and david jones.The only way I could afford to indulge in my perfume obession was to buy the imitation perfume sold in priceline for $10. It did the job until I could afford the real deal later on.

I think teenagers are easily able to afford the real perfume these days thanks to the strong australian dollar and competitive prices offered by various chemists warehouses and the internet. Myer and david jones no longer have the monopoly on the perfume market. This is also the reason I am able to expand my perfume collection to include new scents like euphoria, miss dior cherie, jesus del polo, fragonard as well as buy the scents I loved during my teenage yrs

Jan
15
2014
Mando
Mando

In my late teens/early 20's, I recall loving the heavier types of scents from the 80's such as Obsession for Men, Antaeus Chanel, Giorgio Beverly Hills For Men the most. And I loved the women's scents: Poision C. Dior and Giorgio Beverly Hills (my mom wore it) and my sister wore Lauren by R Lauren. I remember when the 1st wave of fresh men's scents came out with New West Skinscent by Aramis, I did love it and wore it when I had a bottle of it. But I must admit as the 90's went on, I didn't care for all the cool, fresh watery scents that were de rigeur of the times: Cool Water (I loved it for a minute and then got tired of it), CK One (hated it, made me think of a female hygiene aid like Summer's Eve), Escape for Men CK (wore it but got tired of it really fast. The women's version was nice for 1 minute and then it got old really fast. I smell it occasionally and it makes me want to gag now). Well, continuing on, the 90's went on and I really loved the heavier scents still, I liked Versace's Versus Homme, Versace L'Homme (from the 80's), Romeo Gigli (the 1st men's scent from them), Tsar Van Cleef & Arpels (the 1st incarnation), etc.... I know "the kids" now love what I consider "bland scents" akin to a fussy child that only likes food that's very bland in nature. I noticed, depending on the individual, that you acquire a taste as you grow older, some of us gain a very sophisticated palate or keep the same hum drum palate. Even though I have seen the many changes that have occurred in the fragrance landscape from the throes of the gourmands (ANGEL - THIERRY MUGLER - Which I still love today both men's and women's), even the gourmands got old. One thing about the gourmands that I loved most was their "throwback" feeling to an older time circa the early to late teens of the 20th Century (meaning from the years of 1910 to 1919) - the age when fruity notes were becoming very popular in fragrance, they were innovative. In the late 20th century when Angel T. Mugler came out, it was like "What the hell is that?!" You either were repelled or smitten by the scent. I admit I didn't care at all for Angel in the mid 90's but it grew on me. What this particular part of scent-evolution was lacking was the "oomph" factor of the animalics which were missing. But of course, that was yet to come, when Serge Lutens reintroduced us to musk with his legendary Musc Koublai Khan! I wonder what it would've been had Angel been melded to a scent like Musc Koublai Khan, "Would've it brought back the skanky and naughty days of the early 20th century?" Maybe?..... hard to say since honestly, the clean watery scents continued coming at us like gangbusters on a really bad gang bang of sorts! I long for the day when a scent with both gourmand/chypre and animalic origins would again become a hit because the scents that "the youth of today" love, IMO, are BORING. They love bland food, they have yet to discover there is more to tatertots and fish sticks! There is a really wonderful old world to rediscover! But then we have that damned IFRA that has thrown in the proverbial monkey wrench into the party, the really boring, dullard grandparents that grew up in the Victorian Age that really need to GET LAID! I swear, IFRA needs to get some and fast; they are making the world into a bland, boring smorgasbord of water, tatter tots, fish sticks and mac & cheese!

Jan
15
2014
Emilym1992
Emilym1992

Since I am 21 I'm barely out of those teenage years (which teenage years certainly are not always "beautiful and full of colors", mine was acne filled and lonely, lol). Any who, I was always found of fruity sweet body sprays, just like a majority of my peers. I even remember thinking that "real perfume" was for older people and had no interest in it.

Jan
15
2014
Majja67
Majja67

I was born 1967 and my first impressions from perfumes are my maternal grandmothers Nina Riccis L´air du Temps, i used to get her almost empty bottles and i was also given the soap, in a beautiful beautiful box, with the same scent, i didnt really liked it but it was grannys... My moms scents, wich i often was seen nicking of where YSL Rive Gauche, Hermés Caleche and Madame Rochas so they were very aldehydic scents, would never wear them today but as well, they where moms and i wanted to smell like here when i was up till about 10! These where of course al to grown up scents for a little girl but i loved them then! Also i used to steal a drop of my aunts Youth Dew! At that time there was no real teenage scents, Britneys Fantasy was not even a fantasy at the late 70ths-early 80ths! My first "young" scent was given to me from a older cousin and that was Lancomes O de Lancome, and wow i loved that one, bright and fresh with lots of citrus in the top and i still love citrus! The first scent i really bought myself at age 14-15 was Shalimar and that scent has since then followed me trough the decades, and i can tell you that al roumours about reformulation has destroyed and changed Shalimar, they are not true, it still smells the same and it still smells like heaven to me, fresh in the top, spicy heart and lovely gulinard vanilic drydown! But now the latest decade, much thanks to forums like Fragrantica and bloggs on the net, a new world of scents has opend for me and everybody else, you can get what you want from whereever you find it on the web! My taste of fragrances has expanded from my teens almost only wearing Shalimar and trying a lot of some very miserable Yves Rochers, too todays explosion of Thierry Mugler Angel and flankers, loving Christina Aguilera, Pink Sugar, Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan and many others, Fantasy,Bvlgari Jasmin Noir, Katy Perry Purr,Vera Wang Princess and many many others! Scents has no age, wear what you like and love and that suits your stile,dont care about advertisment or gender or other peoples opinons! Now there is so much to explore and our sense of smelling are our oldest sense, USE IT!!! And LOVE IT!!!

Jan
15
2014
CathieH
CathieH

My love of perfume didn't start until I met my husband at 23. He gave me my first serious bottle of perfume Chanel No.5. Also at that time and not quite married I had bit of money I remember buying Obsession, Ralph Lauren Safari & Samsara, I didn't stray much from that. My mother did have an Avon Lady in my late teens whilst she purchased mainly lipsticks I think.... from memory...I always looked in wide-eyed amazement of the perfume even the cream ones in the cute little jars I think Mum did buy me some cream perfumes from time to time there may not have been the money to spend of things maybe thought as frivolous.

So not early like some but now in my later years (a baby boomer) and loving perfume and if I had had a daughter and in hindsight I would have introduced her to fragrance at I guess 12-13 years old why not introduce her to the things that make girls feel feminine and beautiful and perhaps give some confidence at a difficult but fun loving age. A great article by Naheed!!

Jan
15
2014
TheTomFordEnthusiast
TheTomFordEnthusiast

My taste in fragrances hasn't changed at all. I'm 18 now, and I continue to be a huge Tom Ford nut. I started off with Hugo Boss In Motion, then expanded to Armani Code and Chanel Allure Homme, then I can't remember which came first either the Ermenegildo Zegna Z and Terre d'Hermes or Tom Ford Arabian Wood (MY FAVORITE). I know Arabian Wood isn't something you'd expect a 13+ year old teen to wear, but its a great frag and I love it!! You can check my profile to see what else I've gotten over the years. But some of my favorites now are Tom Ford Arabian Wood, Tom Ford Noir de Noir, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille (signature scent), Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, Tom Ford Oud Wood, Chanel Allure Homme, Chez Bond by Bond No. 9 (keep the GIT away from me haha, way too mossy for my taste), Bleecker Street by Bond No. 9, at times Mont Blanc Legend, just the opening of Hanae Mori HM (the dry down gets pretty weird), and Acqua di Parma Intensa Oud. And for whatever reason for girls, if I ever meet a girl wearing Tom Ford White Suede, I'd probably have to marry her.... but I'm still 18, so lucky for me I haven't met one yet, hopefully in a couple years haha.

Jan
15
2014
vonwinklestine
vonwinklestine

I'm not sure where i got my love of perfumes from. My mum only occasionally wore perfume and only ever in the form of oils not alcohol based ones. Strangly, i don't like dabbing on an oil, i much prefer spray fragrances.

I first starting wearing a "scent" of such when i was 12 and still in primary school, this was in the form of a deodrant body spray. Then i bought my first perfume aged around 12-13. It was a little bottle of cheap roll on perfume from a drug store. It was very grown up smelling, but i liked it. Then i starting buying charlie perfumes,I tried charlie, charlie sunshine, charlie red and charlie instinct. and then i guess i kept loving and using perfumes and still love them today :)

Today, in my 20's i'd say i prefer lighter and sweeter scents. I acutally think i prefer the scents that are aimed at teenagers today!

May
13
2012
trinitytest
trinitytest

I didn't start using perfumes until about 16 and I'm 17 now (recently). My first perfume, which and still use and probably will continue to use, was CB I Hate Perfume In The Library. I love how eccentric the scent is and I love books so it's very comforting as well.

May
12
2012
SparrowLight1
SparrowLight1

When I was in middle and high school, I only wore really soft vanilla scents with the occasional sweet oriental (Avon's Far Far Away). Now that I have begun my 20's, I have started to prefer much heavier scents, like Yves St. Laurent Opium or Calvin Klein Obsession. Nowadays, I even find myself preferring men's colognes to women's perfumes...like I overdosed on sweet scents as a kid.

May
11
2012
hispanicman1
hispanicman1

I'm a 16 year old boy, the most recent colognes i bought are: diesel only the brave(probably one of my favorites), Burberry london, ck, and Inner realm for men. But my diesel and inner realm got stolen D: i like fresh, fruity, and clean scents.

May
11
2012
diego.cubillo
diego.cubillo

I am a 14 year old boy with a love for fragrances :) started experimenting like you said since I was 10 and started with the cheap drug store fragrances, then when I was 13 moved on to curve, and started really developing love for the hobby, and I would say around my 14 birthday it really exploded when I got Chanel's platinum Egoiste, it's been around a year since I started sampling everything and every time I have money I like to buy something nice :) lately I have got into even higher end fragrances and have been experimenting with the Hermessence line, and fell in love with Ambre Narguile, I have money to buy the 2oz gift pack but I'll wait like 2 month more and probably proudly buy a bottle with my savings :). at the beginning my parents where disproving of the hobby but when they saw this is more than just wanting to smell nice they became more open arms with it, I would even love to learn the most i can and work as a perfumer if possible, i enjoy quite mature scents for my age and if girls like it that's nice but it's in a second tier for me. Some of my favorites include DHI, A*men and obviously now Ambre Narguile :)

May
11
2012
laura.fopiano
laura.fopiano

Naheed, thank you so much for the fun article!

My hubby kinda pokes fun at me because I spend so much time on this site reading. He's used to me being online a lot as we are boa and python breeders and spend a lot of time online do reading up on our species and what not.

This place is my guilty pleasure, my little world that I do not share with him. (only the fragrances that I have now acquired and wear)

I was a teenager in the 70's back then my grandmother was an avid shopper at high end dept. stores. In 1974 she brought me home a bottle of Estee Lauders private collection! I loved that little bottle and wore it my freshman year of high school. Like most of my friends I also loved and wore Coty's Rare Earth, Jungle Gardenia, and of course Charlie.

Now that I'm in my early 50's I am trying new things that I never thought I would try. Who knew that I would love tobacco in a fragrance.

As an older woman, I look back on those days with nostalgic love and wonder. We were leaving Vietnam, burning our bra's and reinventing ourselves.

Life is precious and should be savored and explored, always stop and smell the flowers (and the fragrance counters)

May
11
2012
BAGreat
BAGreat

Im a 16 year old cologne reviewer on youtube (BAGreat01) and I wear almost everything. Vintage D&G Pour Homme, Vintage Fahrenheit, Vintage Joop!, Allure Homme, Back to Black, The Dreamer, Body Kouros, Musc Ravaguer, By Man
(sparingly), anyway im just ahead of my time I'm guess.

May
10
2012
naheed
naheed

Yes, Zul, I agree with your last lines.Teenage years are a mixture of both happiness and pain but, what is most expected of this time of age is happiness and the list of responsibilities is also smaller than what it becomes when we step into twenties.

I am so glad to see readers' responses and their share. In my teens, I didn't have much perfumes what allowed me more in a rather smaller budget, was body sprays and a couple of perfumes. I still don't have a big collection but now I want to try all fragrances and then choose my favourites from them.

May
09
2012
zulukline
zulukline

I'd like to add that while the stereotypical teenage years, especially in suburban America, are categorized as being "perfect" and "fairy-tale-like" for me, honestly, it wasn't. I won't get into personal details or share my life-story, but being young does not exclude you from trauma and pain.

May
09
2012
zulukline
zulukline

I'm 17, my favorite fragrances are: Escada (Moon Sparkle and Sunset Heat) Roxy by Roxy, Bombshell and Gorgeous by Victoria's Secret, and Poppy by Coach. I guess they all fall under fruity type scents, I enjoy fruit-oriented scents. On a rare occasion, I do find some woodsy scents to smell good like Angel by Theirry Mugler and Twilight Woods by BBW. But as a whole I avoid cloying, musky, "grandmother" type scents that smell very mature, and if I like a floral, then it usually has some fruity-fresh accords in it. As far as body sprays, well I have a ton of those. Mostly from BBW and VS, a few from Calgon as well. But I'm not the average teenager and my perfume collection is...vast to say the least. I'm forturnate to in the sense that I don't have any expenses right now so I can use my allowance to buy high end and low end fragrances and am constantly looking for the perfect scent.

May
09
2012
Fragrancelover2012
Fragrancelover2012

When I was a teen (I'm 23 now) I wore the typical colognes from Hollister and American Eagle. Towards the middle/end of my teen years I got into the designer fragrances from;Armani,Burberry,Ralph Lauren,etc. I don't shop or use any fragrances from Hollister or any of those teen stores anymore! I like designer fragrances only now.

May
09
2012
hunterblu
hunterblu

As a teen in the mid to late 90's I guess I was fairly typical. I can't recall which was first but I consistently lived with three bottles thru most of my teens. CK One, Clinique Happy for Men and L'eau d'Issey pour Homme.

May
09
2012
jennifer60656
jennifer60656

When I was a girl, I think the first "grown-up" perfume I had was Chloe. It was given to me by a male friend of my mother's. I vaguely remember having a little Avon bottle, it had a soft floral fragrance, the bottle was great, if I remember correctly it was of a lamb or poodle dressed as a bride (if anyone knows of this please PM me) as I've been thinking about the fragrances I had when I was young. Of course, I had the de riguer Love's Baby Soft and Heaven Sent as a "tween".

When I was a teenager, I wore Giorgio Beverly Hills by the buckets (God Forbid!), Anais Anais,and Muguet de Bois.

In my later teens and early twenties I wore Halston and Opium - then came the vanillas and musks. I had Vanilla Fields, Vanilla Musk, Love's Baby Soft Musk (used to get me TONS of complements).
For a while in my late twenties and early thirties I had an assortment of Bath & Body Works sprays, mostly fruity/floral varieties and I really liked freesia scents but I don't really care too much for freesia anymore.

Since my late teens and early twenties and to this day I really like Yardley's Lavender Soap.

Lately, I've been repurchasing some of the ones from when I was younger (Muguet de Bois, Love's Baby Soft, Anais Anais, Vanilla Fields, Heaven Sent) and they're still making me as happy as ever. No doubt I've matured but I think those fragrances have really stood the test of time and they're still working really nicely.

I've been really getting into the REALLY grown-up scents that I never appreciated as a kid - like Bal a Versailles, Cabochard, Emeraude, Shalimar, Tabu, Arpege, Chantilly, Bellodgia, Toujours Moi. I still can't wrap my nose around Chanel No. 5 or Youth Dew.

Nowadays they also have the niche scents that are loads of fun. I like the crazy smelling Demeters like Stable, Funeral Home, Whiskey Tobacco, and Earthworm. I also found a little company called Possets that makes really incredible scents. One of my most favorite perfumes is Epices by Outremere which as far as I know is only sold at one store.

Lately, I've discovered the perfume oils and colognes often used in Santeria. They're wildly inexpensive and great. I bought a good luck type oil that smells like Drakkar Noir without the B.O. Lanman & Kemp's Florida Water is a grand old colonge that is, to me, way better than 4711 (and cheaper!). I am also the proud owner of L.T. Piver's Lotion Pompeia.

I think that is one of the reasons I can't discuss many of the more mainstream fragrances is because I've always found stuff off the beaten track, you know the kinds of fragrances I mean, ones that are sold in Wiccan stores, or grocery stores that sell mostly imported foods and goods from the Middle East or Far East, Mexico/Central America or natural food stores.

Update: The little Avon bottle I was talking about is a MOUSE bride it's called Church Mouse Bride: Delicate Daisies Cologne, I also found the Mouse and Cheese perfume by Avon. I had that as a little girl too. I forgot about that one. They were sooo cute!

May
08
2012
mademoiselle-c
mademoiselle-c

Hmm, I was wearing Chance at 12 (It has recently been launched). At 16, I wore Coco Mademoiselle, and got No. 5 when I went off to university as a parting gift. Now that I am in my 20s, I am still wearing Coco Mad, No. 5 and am looking to some more spicy frags - no more sweet, flowery, sugar-coated goodness. However, I was in to citrusy frags when I was younger. Aside from the Chance, I wore Nina Ricci (the apple), and Juicy Couture. Cheers!

May
08
2012
wee98
wee98

i am a 14 year old boy and i basically like anything that smells sweet and youthful. my favorite to wear in the fall and winter is paco rabanne black xs. i also love le male and a*men for that time of the year, but i don't own those yet. my favorite for the spring and summer is versace man eau fraiche. i also really like diesel's fuel for life and i plan on purchasing that soon. i used to own abercrombie and fitch fierce which i LOVE but almost every guy in my school wears that stuff and i don't like wearing fragrances that are really popular.

May
08
2012
thejennysaurus
thejennysaurus

I'm currently 19 and let's be honest here, I didn't even own any perfume until February of 2012. I've "worn" some of my mom's scents a few times, but never enjoyed them. Through all of high school I was a body spray lover, in particular I loved (still love) Bath and Body Works body sprays.
Now it's May, and I turn 20 in a few weeks. I have a small collection of my personal favorite perfumes; Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture, Hippie Chic by True Religion, Malaia by Hollister, and Ed Hardy Women EDP. I'm sure that my collection will expand by the end of this year, but as of now, I'm just sitting with my happy 4.

May
07
2012
jeca
jeca

Last week I forgot boiling beets on the plate.... I did not switch it off. We went to the Zoo. Our house smelled so 'smoky' when we came back in the evening, luckily there was no fire. Few days later the smell of smoke was less bitter, it reminded me of my childhood (my grandpa was a smoker), I enjoyed it very very much, because of good memories of my grandpa, I miss him very much.

Jan
14
2012
Demoiselle
Demoiselle

Wow, very interesting article and responses!

What fragrances did you like when you were under-18s and how far has your fragrance choice changed since then?

Ha! Funny days .. When I was 14 I loved Miss Dior Cherie but figured I'd buy it when I was older as it was too expensive. I wish I'd bought it then .. I hate the new version and now that I have the money I find it a bit too young! I loved Maybe Baby by Benefit and everything that smelt strongly of roses - Valentino Rock and Rose, L'Occitane Rose.

Now I definitely prefer more sexy and 'statement' scents; Dolce Vita, Shalimar Initial, Yvresse, Coco Chanel. Cinnamon is my absolute favourite note of all. I still tend to avoid what the crowd is wearing; back then it was Curious, now its Coco Mademoiselle. But if my 15 year old self met me, she'd say I smelt like an old lady ... what a brat she was.

Jan
14
2012
Nenalata
Nenalata

I know this article is about teenagers, but as a child, I wanted a bottle of Hypnotic Poison. Then as a teenager, I loved J'adore. Now, at almost 23, I love Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, Chanel no 5, and, my current favourite, Lubin Black Jade.

Jan
13
2012
babybash44
babybash44

Ironically enough, my first real fragrance I got was Kenneth Cole Signature when I was thirteen, which is woody and sexy. My fragrance wardrobe grew to include Hollister Socal, then Antonio Banderas Blue Seduction, and Nautica Regatta. This started an obsession with buying and trying fragrances, and now at fifteen I have fifteen! The most daring and not-teenagery scent I have is Citrus and Wood by Yardley, which is earthy and spicy. Most of my summer colognes are aquatic, and I have Dolce&Gabanna The One, Kenneth Cole, Tim McGraw, Citrus and Wood, and Daddy Yankee (Which could be used for Summer nights I guess) for Winter scents. I like pretty much all fragrances, and if they have a celebrity label I don't care- as long as it smells good! I have refined tastes yet low standards- which makes me happy

Jan
13
2012
cosminsolomon
cosminsolomon

I actually like a little bit of tobacco fragrances... I also like fruity aromatics (even if they are not common for boys...)


15 year old boy

Jan
13
2012
Kharnak
Kharnak

individual exposure History is a huge influence on taste. It's funny when people say Chanel No.5 smells like "mom", or old lady. To me, comments like that just highlight one's age, and sheltered history.
Growing up, i was fascinated at these seductive liquids in mom's shelf. Cartier, Chanel, Annick Goutal, Guerlain. And dad's OldSpice, English Leather, Polo.
My first was Perry Ellis Reserve for Men, Through highschool, which intrigued me for it's complexity, and ability to highlight, but not cover. It doesn't fight me, but comforts.
Most of us growing up don't get a chance to exercise our senses. And olfaction is one sense that's Neglected, or we feel ambivalent to it, since there can be bad experiences connected with them. Scent is an instant route to Emotions and memories.
I'm not at all fond of the Fresh, Sport, Marine, Aqua, "polite" trend I've seen in the last couple decades. To me, it just shows a sense of shame, and Fear. Fear of criticism.
I'm that one guy who wears Polo, Lapidus, and Kouros, and really really not care about disapproval. It's about what I like. that in itself tells personality.
There will always be offbeat, Niche perfumes for people like me. There's very few things i find genuinely "bad", but at least "interesting". Nature, grass, wood, hay, cats, horses, sweat, leather, soil. It all depends on Context and history, but i find it all interesting.

Jan
13
2012
Lobster2010
Lobster2010

Well written and interesting article. Thanks a lot

Jan
13
2012
alyaa
alyaa

Thanks Naheed for the great article.
Before I was 12, I would wear cologne splash to school or at home and sometimes some of my mother's perfume or some of my father's Brut. We always had 4711 cologne on my father's shelf but didnt have my own bottle till I was 12 when my mother bought me my first perfume and it was Anais Anais by Cacherel. That was in 1984 and I wore this till I was 14 and bought Opium by YSL and wore that for a long time then I started wearing Scherer 2, Ysatis by Givenchy, Purple Fantasy by Guerlain, Roma by Laura Biogotti, Fendi by fendi, Coco by Chanel, Le must de Cartier and Quelque Fleur by Houbigant. At 19 I went to university and was wearing Dune by Christian Dior, cabotine by Gres and Rumba by Balenciaga. I can still wear all those perfumes, well except for Rumba and Opium. I guess we didnt have many fruity florals back in the 80's. In the 90's, I was in my 20's and wore CK One, Issey Miyake then got bored with the clean smelling citruses and started wearing Fendi, Roma, Choas, Cerrutti 1881, Body Shop White Musk, Eden and so many more.
My 13 year old boy would wear any of his dad's perfume with no particular preference. He doesnt seem to be interested in perfume yet. But my ten year old daughter has three bottles: A Scent by Issey Miyake, Miss Boucheron by Boucheron and some strawberry body mist.She wears perfume when going out on special occasions only but seems to love perfume and perfumed soap.
My 7 year old son has recently demanded to wear perfume but I give him colognes like Au the Vert by Bvlgari or the unisex light perfumes like CK one and Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil.

Jan
13
2012
fath1ma
fath1ma

When I was 16-19 years old my own fragrants are Versace Red Jeans (my father gave it), Moon by Oriflame, from Amway (forgot the name) by Avon (sweet honesty, butterfly, etc) and Jean Paul Gaultier Classique EDT and splash colognes for hot daily in tropical country

Jan
13
2012
white_
white_

In my teenage years I used Moschino Cheap&Chic. I still like it. Brings back great memmories.

Jan
13
2012
ellebelle84
ellebelle84

I really appreciate all the research shown by the favorites of the past decades. How fascinating and interesting to also hear feedback from people all over the world. So cool. I was a teenager in the late 90s thru early 2000s. I remember one of my first fragrances being Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden, and that was when I was around 12. When I was around 14, I loved CK One. My next favorite I can vividly remember was at 19, at was Time for Pleasure by Versace. Now, today at 27, I have many scents I enjoy. More specifically: Curious- Britney Spears, Circus Fantasy- Britney Spears, Provocative Woman- Elizabeth Arden, Cotton Candy- Gayle Hayman, Chocolate- Gayle Hayman, Lolita Lempicka- Lolita Lempicka, Can Can- Paris Hilton and some uber cheapy Avon sprays I got for discount. I love variety and I love fruity-floral gourmands. Lifes too short to not experiment with new scents!

Jan
13
2012
Gabriela
Gabriela

Great article, Naheed!

My first fragrances as a teenager were: Tuscany Per Donna by Estee Lauder, Pleasures by Estee Lauder too and Alien by Thierry Mugler..

Before getting to my 20's I wore Deep Red by Hugo Boss, Tommy Girl, and Still by JLo...

I grew out of most of them, but I still love and would definitely wear again Deep Red, but it is sadly discontinued...

Jan
12
2012
chanelnumerocinq
chanelnumerocinq

I started when I was thirteen with Revlon Ciara
I rotated a bunch of scents in high school
I had Daisy, Close by Gap, Armani Mania, Velvet Tuberose by Bath and Body Works, Fancy Love, and Curve Kicks. I had a few other odd ones I wasn't into and gave away like Curve Crush by Liz Claiborne, Exclamation by Coty, and 5th Avenue by Elizabeth Arden (the bottle of 5th ave was too big or else I would have kept it).

My favorite of the bunch was Armani Mania. I smelled it in a magazine "lift this to experience" thing and I thought it smelled amazing. Got it for Christmas and I still love it. I was fifteen then I believe.

I loved perfume. Most girls my age only wore body spray, and for my birthdays and Christmas I received lots of body sprays and lotions, I used the lotions but not the body sprays.

Technically since I don't turn twenty for another month I'm still a teenager. My favorites since high school have been Prada Infusion d'Iris, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, and I have Armani Mania again. Currently I'm wearing Chantilly.

I love powdery florals, soapy scents, vanilla scents, and aquatics.

Fruity celebrity scents are ok, not my favorite thing but they are pleasant. The only celebrity fragrance I ever had was Fancy Love by Jessica Simpson. It had nice vanilla. One celeb fragrance I've ALWAYS wanted was Still by Jennifer Lopez.

Jan
12
2012
ANGELICA07
ANGELICA07

No, ALL teenagers don't love fruity-floral scents : it's like to say that every girl loves rose and every boy loves blue. It's wrong.
If SOME teenagers do like fruity-florals, the others like other fragrances.

Wanting to categorize the fruity-florals as "teenagers perfume" is WRONG : you can like it at any age !!

Remember : the perfume does not ake the perfume, the wearer makes the perfume.
There is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with wearing fruity-sweet fragrances while being more than 20 or 30 years old : it's just a matter of taste !!
I'd rather "Pink Sugar" on a 50 years-old lady who wears it well than "N°5" just because it is pretended to be a fragrance for older people (which I strongly disagree too : fragrances are NOT a matter of age but simply a matter of TASTE !! ).

I have always loved the fragrances I discovered being a teenager and my tastes were well-developped since the beginning fo my fragrances discovering journey so they haven't change : I'm true to myself.

So, as said here above as an example, "Pink Sugar" or "N°5", it doesn't matter because fragrances are never to be a matter of age but a matter of TASTE.
You love a fragrance ? Then wear it and make it YOURS !! :)






P.s. :
I strongly agree with some reviewers here under : teenage is ALL but a fairy tale or a dreamful time. While some may have had that kind of experience, don't forget about the others for which teenage has been a very hard and painful time.

Jan
12
2012
rhianna.roberts
rhianna.roberts

I'm 19 and will be 20 next month and my favourite scent around 15 or 16 was Pacco Rabanne's Black XS still is today.

My other favourite perfume is D&G Anthology: L'Imperatrice 3 which I bought when I was 18.

I tend to be attracted to fruity and vanillar scents. not a major fan of floral ones though.

Jan
12
2012
trenchlove1
trenchlove1

ill be 18 soon n i just love swwet fruit scents(: halle berry n vera wang princess r my top pics <3

Jan
12
2012
AMDs44
AMDs44

Well, I'm 16 and i wear some strong and heavy scents like :
A*men, Alien, Hypnotic poison, One million
all of these are strong and a bit older than my age

The scents that i think they suit my age more :
Fahrenheit 32, Bleu de chanel, D&G l'imperatrice (feminine)

Jan
12
2012
GreyMan
GreyMan

It's funny that I haven't changed much, though I have learned a lot and expanded. But the essentials have remained the same. I believe I started using perfume at 17.

I always admired heavy spicy orientals on others. I still love them, but being sporty rather than glamorous, I only indulge in them occasionally. It's relatively recent that I developed a liking for comfort scents in bad weather. But I see that as an extension of the Oriental theme.
I've always loved and used, and still do, fresh aromatic men's fragrances. There's an energy about them that nothing marketed to women can match. In the 90s I loved those Adidas aftershaves. I'm also faithful to my lifelong love of cedar/pine scents.
And nothing has changed about my dislike for sharp florals like Anais Anais. I hated it and anything remotely similar from the first sniff when I was little.

Jan
12
2012
TinyTaupeTint
TinyTaupeTint

I was a late 90s Teen and yep I fit right in. My first fragrance though was Muelhens' "My melody dreams", which I used until 1994, when I've got my first bottle of CK one. I loved this fragrance to death, even though you could smell it practically everywhere back then. I tried L'eau d'Issey, of course some Impulse's (I admired the Spice Girl version!) and Escada's but CK one was still my "one and only". Later on, in my early 20s, I fell in love with "Romance" and stuck to it for a very long time. Only recently (the last 3 years) I began to experiment and I try whatever seems interesting. I'm 29 now and I don't feel too old for that, especially since nowadays I've got the money to actually buy whatever I like :-).

Jan
12
2012
auror
auror

Lovely article :)
I am 18 now and I love floral-fruity scents. Mostly I use Chanel Chance Eau Tendre. Other scents I loved are
Marc Jacobs Daisy, Daisy Eau So Fresh, Moschino Light Clouds,Miss Dior Cherie

Jan
12
2012
Turtledove
Turtledove

I loved bath and body works! I still love wild honeysuckle. I didn't really have a well-defined preference when I was a teenager, most of my fragrances were gifts, but maybe sweet florals(12-15), and later light musky florals(16-19?), and anything light, breezy and inoffensive after that (20-22). I loved sweet pea and cherryblossom back in the day, and endless love from victoria's secret. Can't stand the super sweet stuff anymore though.

I'm 23 now and I've just begun to experiment a bit more, which is still possible on a shoestring budget thanks to ebay and sample vials/miniatures. The first "real" fragrance I got was L'eau par kenzo, and while it isn't daring, it's a little unusual with its garden freshness, compared to anything I or my friends had before, and I feel like it suits me well. The process of picking it really got me interested in perfumes, partly because I couldn't really explain what I liked or didn't like about the fragrances I was trying. I'm also trying out things I would have dismissed as "too perfumey" before, giving them a chance to wear past the top notes, and it's been enlightening.

Also, I agree with rdemates, I don't see my teenage years as all that rosy and pleasant, they were more angsty, rebellious and confused. I can appreciate the nostalgia though. This was a great article!

Sep
11
2011
ineverwas
ineverwas

Loved the article, Naheed! :)

In my teens (end of 90s - beginning of 00s) I used to love stuff like Vanilla Fields (my first love, at 13), Angel Innocent, Donna Karan DKNY, Givenchy Extravagance d'Amarige and Gloria Vanderbilt.

Sep
11
2011
gemmachen
gemmachen

I'm 18 years old

At first I prefered something sweet and fruitly, Moschino, Miss Dior, Anna Sui..

But my taste changed a lot,now I love stella, Eau des Merveilles, for her by NR and so sick of sweet scents.

I'm pretty interested in old fragrances by guerlain and lanvin now, but I won't wear them.

Sep
11
2011
EK
EK

I'm surprised to see that so many started wearing perfumes even in elementary school. When I was a teen, hardly anybody started until the age of around 14, maybe even older. Things like baby perfumes are acomplete no-go here in Denmark to this day as there is a huge risk of it causing serious life-long allergy. I remember when scented diapers were marketed, and they were quickly discontinued. Nobody wanted that.
Well, that was slightly off-topic. When I was a teen, I remeber i used loads of Opium, Magie Noire, Rive Gauche and Anais Anais (which i didn't really like because it seemed to "cute"). All inappropiate for a 14-15 yr-old, especially since I always wore jeans, t-shirts and sneakers :)
I'm still mostly into oriental florals and floral woody musk scents, but not as heavy as back then..
Oh! i remeber i was totally crazy about one called "Maderas de Oriente"! Can't remeber the brand, but It was only to be found in Spain and was extremely heavy, powdered and very sweet. I bought several bottles on every holiday. Probably it was neauseating, lol!

Sep
10
2011
Alexis Von Winternacht
Alexis Von Winternacht

"When I was that age, my perfumes were Poison and Midnight Poison by Dior and my first perfume was Classique Eau de perfume by Jean Paul Gaultier. Perfumes for Women and are not suitable for teenagers!!!" :-)

Sep
10
2011
lisliasm
lisliasm

When I was about 13-15 I used to wear a lot of Bath and Body Works fragrances, especially cucumber melon or cool citrus basil. I also had Gap Dream, both the spray and the lotion, and a knockoff I bought from a drugstore called "party" or something that reminds me of Lucky You by Liz Claiborne.

From 15-21 or so I only liked essential oils, because I thought perfumes were too "artificial" or "old" smelling. I wore either rosemary, bergamot, or sandalwood essential oil in my hair.

Now (24) I've gotten back into wearing more complex fragrances, but I'm having a hard time finding something that doesn't still smell too "old!" I usually gravitate toward floral woody musk, but I have some fruitier scents for fun/casual wear. Since I never got too into really fruity gourmand scents when I was younger, I think I might be trying to recapture my teenage years!

Sep
10
2011
Wilde
Wilde

I am somewhat of a classicist and my friends tell me I am a perfume snob being only 19. I have only ever had designer fragrances (from older established maisons de couture) and I intend on staying on that path. As a kid my very first fragrance (given to me by mummy dearest) was a Versace one I believe. I liked it a lot but don't remember too much from it, I should look it up actually.

However things started getting really serious for me in the perfume department around the age of 13. My very first perfume was Dior J'adore!, limited edition Tellement Dior. I'd wear it to school and get compliments from my friends. To this day it is one of the two fragrances that suits me best. I find it is perfect for partying/clubbing because it is so "shiny". It reminds me of gold, flashing lights, artificial music and fun. It is glamourous. Not very long after that my mother bought me Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel. I would wear it for evening soirées and dinners or when she would drag me to film premieres and red carpet events. It is a lot heavier and somewhat sweet, definitely wasn't appropriate as every day wear for a mid-teen girl. My next fragrance wasn't really a perfume, it was a silky oil body spray, Chance Chanel, which I took to wearing every day. I believe this was around the age of 15 A wonderful daytime/every day feminine wear. I also loved what it did for my skin.

But where I really fell in love was Ange ou Démon. During the summer of my 16th birthday I encountered it for the first time and it instantly became my signature fragrance. It compliments my looks and suits my personality both in name and notes. It is a somewhat capricious fragrance and seems to change with my mood (perhaps having to do with my body's temperature and the rate at which it evaporates). It reflects well my ability to appear well groomed and at ease amongst adults and at formal evenings, all the while hinting at the fact there is something a bit wild beneath the surface, giving me a distinctive mysterious shroud. Inversely, when I am out in town having fun amongst my peers it gives me that flat out feral edge. I also don't know why but it seems to just meld with my skin and natural scent in a harmonious way. I love what it does on me and I've gotten so many compliments about it from peers and adults alike. This one is definitely staying with me for a while. I agree it wouldn't be appropriate for a lot of younger girls, but it is perfect for those who are daring, have nerve and usually have a lasting impression on people.

I was even after that, gifted Chanel n°5 and I must say... I really don't like it. Especially on me. It doesn't suit me at all in anyway and is slightly sickening to me. Too bad :|

I have kind of been intrigued by Escada's Desire Me, so I might try that sometime soon. I've never been particularly impressed by or attracted to celebrity fragrances, admittedly snubbing them for more established designers.

When looking for a fragrance my primary concern is whether it suits me. Does it suit my skin/natural scent? Does it suit my looks? Does it suit my personality? Ange ou Démon answers yes to all three entirely. I don't mind however having a few peripheral fragrances as previously mentioned for specific occasions. (Coco Mademoiselle for very formal occasions, Dior for glamourous parties and clubbing, though I sometimes substitute them for AoD anyway. It isn't a Signature fragrance for nothing.)

Sep
04
2011
Christy2198
Christy2198

My first perfume memory was Charlie lotion. My mom wouldnt let me have the fragance. Since I was under ten that may have been a good idea. I would have used it all up in a week!
After that I was crazy about dark vanilla by coty. I was not allowed to wear it during the day until I was in middle school but I could spray it on at night and on my pillow. Later I also had a very small bottle of chanel #5 but once again I could only spray it on my pillow at night. I think my mom was right, I was only in jr high and it would have been way too mature for me.
My first fragrance that I bought myself was a bottle of CK ONE. I used it but it smelled terrible on me. That was the first time I realized I needed to choose a sent for ME not something based on popularity.
I think I went back to Dark Vanilla after that until my early 20's

Sep
04
2011
KasiaS
KasiaS

My usage of fragrances increased after 25 or even later (quite lately), for financial reasons.
But I remember that I was very interested in perfume around my 19-20. I used Le Monde est Beau by Kenzo (floral, fruity, green, very sparkling) and Tresor by Lancome, but also experimented with my mom's heavier perfumes: Dolce&Gabbana Red Cap and Samsara. But I was much more into lighter scents.
Your article make it more clear to me why there are so many ligh and fruity frags on the market. I always thought that adult, financially independent women were the main target, and now you explained it to me it was teenagers. Thanks!

Sep
04
2011
Aredore
Aredore

When I was a teen I hardly wore fragrance. I thought most of the fragrances given to me as "appropriate" to me were "gross."

I had several B&BW body sprays - I thought all were "gross" and "too sweet" except for a spray called "Juniper Breeze" which I wore from time to time. I preferred the herbal.

My tastes have expanded since then. Turns out I have diverse tastes but strongly favor the traditional oriental. Teenage girls usually can't get away with wearing '85 Coco to school.

(24 BTW)

Sep
03
2011
tank94
tank94

I'm only 17, but I remember wearing CK One, True Star, Obsession, Tommy, Spongebob Squarepants, and Cool Water in my pre-teens(11-12 years old). Those were my very first fragrances.

When I turned 13, I wore Curve Crush, Candies, and Claiborne, which were very youthful fragrances, in my opinion.

At 15-16, I wore Curve Chill, Unforgiveable, A*Men, Lacoste Essential and Happy. I love A*Men, even though alot of people consider it to be too sweet.

Now, I wear 212 Men, Be Delicious, and Happy. Like I said before, I love citrusy scents. So, I tend to stick with those types of fragrances.

Aug
05
2011
kpw
kpw

I`m 28 years old, my first fragrance was Acqua di Gio, when I was 15, then I had Eau de Edén and Tommy Girl.

Aug
05
2011
renujean
renujean

The very first bottle of perfume that had my name on was Marc Jacobs' Daisy.
I was 16 and I was obsessed with it.

I've then moved onto a few disappointments which I hastily purchased between the age of 16 to 17: Bouquet by Vera Wang, Kelly Caleche EDP which I had enjoyed for a bried period of time simply to justify my spendings.

I started using Coco Mademoiselle EDP when I was 17, amongst other things, and am still loving every single drop of it.

When I turned 18, the ad campaign for YSL Parisienne lured me into buying a 30 mL. It played a love/hate tug-of-war on my skin, sometimes it was sexy, but most of the times it was just too overwhelming.

I'm 20 now, and currently alternating between Balenciaga Paris and Coco Mlle, I'm looking forward to my first SL - Daim Blond.

Though I'd like to think that my taste has progressed (in a positive way) throughout the past four years, I'm still not big on orientals yet.

Aug
04
2011
kokiri64
kokiri64

Aha, my mom has a bottle of Anais Anais and I can't imagine myself using it.

As a "tween", I had a thing for artificially sweet and fruity scents... The first scent I remember buying was Secret body spray in green apple. What really got me obsessed with fragrances, though, was Escada Moon Sparkle (which I still adore)--I sniffed a sample and I just had to buy it!

I've had a point where I experimented with fresh/citrus-type scents (only to find that I don't like them), and I've also had a "vanilla" period (I used to wear the Body Shop's Vanilla a lot).

At eighteen, I still like my fruity/gourmand fragrances, but I've been trying out more florals, and I've also grown fond of musk. I recently tried Ralph, and while it smells nice (like candy and summer), it's probably something I would have worn in grade nine, not so much now... Same thing with the Victoria's Secret body mists. On the other hand, I'm currently in love with Innocent by Thierry Mugler... Warm, cozy, sweet, somewhat musky, not too childish, but not too grown-up. And I like some of the Chanel perfumes, but I feel that I'm too young for them right now. :P

Aug
03
2011
sugaraddict
sugaraddict

For under-25s: What fragrances did you like when you were under-18s and how far has your fragrance choice changed since then?
I'm a big fan of citrus, I used to wear a very citrussy colonge, but they're not always on my top notes. But I never recalled my self as a fruity floral or gourmand perfume fan, they're too sweet for my taste.
Lately, I wear Kate from Kate Moss, which is not citrussy at all, It was powdery and light an very much suitable for my daily activities. On special occasion I prefer Burberry The Beat because of it's long lasting nature, the longer you wear it the more pleasant it smelled.
And excellent article, great job! :D

Aug
03
2011
Saintkitty
Saintkitty

Under 18: In 15 I liked only one fragrance - Deep Red! It was hot and sweet in a sexy way. Also I dreamed about Deep Night. In 17 my signature scent was Femme Individuelle by Mont Blanc. And I still love it nowadays!
I am 22 years old (my bday was yesterday) and I'm searching for fragrances that make me feel like a lady. I madly love chypres and aldehydes. And I studied a lot about niche perfumery. And I hate sweet fruity scents. Will never buy celebrity fragrance.

Aug
03
2011
beedo
beedo

I hate citrics and im 15
sweet scents are the best
see my other comment down ;)

Aug
02
2011
mademoiselle-c
mademoiselle-c

For under-25s: What fragrances did you like when you were under-18s and how far has your fragrance choice changed since then?

I am 20. In my under 18's - let's go back to 15's - I wore Lacoste, Amor Amor, Britney Spears (age 12 - lord forgive me), the WHOLE Juicy Couture Line and just generally light, fresh florals. I bought my first Chanel (Chance) at 11 and starting wearing No.5 and Amarige at 5. When I hit 16, I bought my own No.5 and a bottle of Allure Sensuelle. I have to say, since then, my tastes have matured. I no longer covet fruity sweet smells. If I am going to do a floral, it is going to be a soft lily of the valley or an aldehyde.

I like a smell that is strong, powerful with just a hint sexy. I do not want to smell like everyone else so I tend to avoid fragrances by celebrities or ones that I find just too main stream.

My tastes have developed from Curious to Shalimar and No. 5. I used to find Coco and Angel gross - they are now my go to scents - the heavy smokiness is what I look for in a fragrance. Also, my wardrobe is my larger now than it was; it contains a broader selection that will take me between and into new seasons. I am now more of an addict as opposed to a casual spritzer.

C xx

Aug
02
2011
lucifera
lucifera

i loved gabriella sabatini's bolero, naf naf graffity

Aug
02
2011
leenie1989
leenie1989

I'm 22. As a teen my favourites were Amor Amor and Britney Spears Curious, they were nice and cheap for me, and not too overpowering! I also loved Vera Wang's Princess for it's vanilla scent, but never owned any.

Today my tastes haven't changed too much, I'm still a massive fan of Amor Amor, and love it's fruitiness! My other favourite is 212 VIP, reminds me of a more expensive smelling, fresher Amor Amor! I like more sweet scents now than I used to however, I never would have thought I'd like scents such as Hypnose Senses, but that's another must have in my perfume wardrobe! I've totally grown out of Vera Wang Princess too, it reminds me of the cheap vanilla body sprays I often favoured as a teen!

Aug
01
2011
zombie
zombie

I'm 18 so i guess i fit in the second topic :)
Eventhough everybody says that young men like fresh and citric fragances, i just LOVE sweet and overwhalming fragances :P.
The first fragance i got, when i was 15, was Black XS, and from then on I fell in love with the world of parfumes. Now the ones I own are:

A*man
Lolita Lempicka au Masculin (the first one)
Animale Animale
Angel (yeah, i know it's for women, but i just can't deny its charm, besides I think it's pretty unisex, and it's actualy my favourite one)

And also have Red Delicious and Dior Homme, but these are a bit more fresh :P

Good arcticle BTW :)

Aug
01
2011
syarashin
syarashin

I am 21 now. I remember when I was 9-11 years old I loved my mother's perfume which she didn't like that much which was Sunflower by Elizabeth Arden. As time goes by, I don't think I hated that smell but I think I became bored with it.

When I was 13 or so, I'm pretty sure I was all crazy about L'eau d'Issey by Issey Miyake because of the scent which at that age I know nothing about notes whatsoever. But it is the same as Sunflower. I got tired with the fragrance. Oh, and also Oceanus by The Body Shop! I just couldn't get enough of that.

Maybe at the age of 16, I started to like something citrusy when my friend wore Happy by Clinique. But my liking towards sweet smelling perfumes hasn't changed since then. Another friend wore Escada Tropical Punch and Tommy Girl (I think) and it was a pleasant smell for me until now.

I bought DKNY Be Delicious and YSL Baby Doll at the age of 19 but now, I don't think I love them as much as I did before.

What I'm 100% is, I don't like musky, vanilla nor woodsy smell at all! (But their presence as the base note is not that bad) It is like something that will not change but who knows? Maybe it will be my favourite in my 30's? :)

Aug
01
2011
Kleirsc
Kleirsc

normally teens love to wear sweet fruity type for girls and citrus fresh for boys.

Aug
01
2011
danaynay
danaynay

I really like light, fruity floral sweet scents, just like you said in the article :) Scents like Secret Wonderland from Bath and Body Works or Aqualina Pink Sugar are the kinds that I like, although I'm starting to grow out of Pink Sugar. My all-time favorite scent though is Burberry Brit....it's fresh and sweet, I really love that one :)

Jul
31
2011
nora elia
nora elia

Great article Naheed! I still wear Happy clinique since my twenties and brings me a lot of nice memories. Now I am on my thirties and I want to create some more memories with new perfumes. My taste has changed and now enjoy more oriental and gourmand essences I am open to try new perfumes and collect more bottles of perfumes than used to.

Jul
31
2011
Tigerlillian
Tigerlillian

Great article Naheed.. thanks =)

My daughter is 15 and she likes Victoria's Secret, Britney and Paris. She also like Nolie available at PacSun and has also bought Aeropostale. She bought a Hollister fragrance for her boyfriend. I guess for the most part, she likes fragrances from the clothing lines she buys.

I used to like the Impulse line (I think there was one called Incense in a black can I bought regularly... funny how basic preference hasn't changed) in Australia and Revlon (Ciara, Fire and Ice when I was a bit older), and also Avon. Mostly though, it was body sprays. Oh, and The Body Shop Ananya and Faberge Tigress (!!).

Jul
31
2011
formula1fan
formula1fan

I'm 15 and have worn many different fragrances such as Drakkar Noir, Adidas, Cool Water, Tommy and Eternity but when I smelled JPG Le Male, I threw the rest away!

Jul
30
2011
DarkViolet
DarkViolet

Great article, Naheed :)

This subject reminds me of the song "Smells like teen spirit" by Nirvana as first, which I used to listen as a teenager... I think many people have sweet-sour memories connected to that time of life and I am not an ecception.
During the teen age I've been passing through many kind of scents: from Poivre to CK One, from Naf Naf to Tendre Poison until Pleasures and Eden.. and so many others I can't even remember now (many graceful Pupa's too, OcchiVerdi and so on). I must admit at the beginning I wasn't aware of what fragrances I really liked, and most of times I was carried by trends and popular choices.
I think Tendre Poison kinda put me in the right way when I was 16, as since then I've been choosing what I really liked.

Sometimes I think a part of me has not definitely grown (I guess a 30 years old should be kind of a well-grown person eheheheh) because now I seem to love oriental floral, oriental vanilla and gourmand (I have a sweet tooth, yes). Vanilla and "edible" scents weren't so popular when I was younger, and I wish I was born later to enjoy the latest celebrity fragrances as a teenager :)

Jul
30
2011
raraavis
raraavis

I'll be 32 next month. I didn't start wearing perfume daily unitl I turned 12. I used Coty's L'Effleur and Avon's Odyssey. I remember buying Parfums de Coeur Malibu Musk and Confession (knock off of Obsession). In high school (14-17) I still wore L'Effleur and TBS Vanilla oil (the orginal, straight up vanilla one). By my senior yr of HS (1996-1997), I could no longer find L'Effleur. I think I had TBS Raspberry oil too, and a little later BBW Sun-Ripened Rasberry. As a HS grad gift I received a Dune gift set, and I alternated that with the TBS Vanilla (which was soon discontinued as well). Oh, I used the BBW Creamy Coconut too.
Under 25, after teenage years- I bought myself a couple more bottles of Dune, and a couple bottles of Gucci Rush. Started to favor floral-chypres.
I'm back to my first love - green florals.

Jul
30
2011
beedo
beedo

Im a teen 15 years old
I love wearing sweet scents to use for casual use in winter e.g: 1 Million.
& I love wearing aquatics for casual use at summer e.g: Allure homme sport ,Cool water .
& I love wearing unique scents that no one else wear at formal events like weddings , funerals ...
and sometimes I just wear axe and adidas body sprays.
But If you are teen and looking for something very good with good price just buy avon and oriflame but they have bad longtevity and sillage.

Jul
30
2011
naheed
naheed

Wow! I am really glad to see everyone's responses. The best part is those sweet memories of which I can make picture in my mind.

Talking of celebrity fragrances, of course they don't create them but they do are a part of it in its making. I think there should be celebrity fragrances on the market as there are many diehard fans out there who love to buy things that have the names of their favourite celebrities. Secondly, their fragrances have been successful.

I am also very glad to read responses from our teens and their fragrance choices.

I haven't left even a single comment unread. Great responses!
Naheed

Jul
30
2011
agnetedjupvik
agnetedjupvik

I am fifteen years old and I absolutely cannot stand these tropical, fruity floral sweet fragrances that are so popular, and I find it so hard to understand why. If I had to go with something floral I would go with something like Jardin sur le Toit (Hermês) or Jardin Clos (Diptyque). It's one thing that I honestly hate, and it is these "celebrity fragrances" that have neither been composed by the celebrity, nor is it a well-composed fragrance. They all smell the same to me; over-sweet, almost nauseating.
When it comes to what I do like, I am the biggest fan of vetiver and fig, also I'm kind of into amber scents. Some examples could be Philosykos, PG 16, Egoïste, YSL L'homme or Vetyverio (Diptyque). On the more spicy side i love Eau Lente and Bulgari Black whom both are spicy but not sweet at all.
Although I must confess I have been loving perfume since I was just a little girl. I think I bought my first Versace at age nine or something. My taste has developed quite a bit, but in my opinion - now at least, is that celebrity fragrances should not be around. =)

Jul
30
2011
gigiletta
gigiletta

@dina :)) i wore masumi too,but i think nobody knows masumi,whem i saw your list i feel very good :))
at 15-16 i like samba,17-20 anais(for days),enrico coveri(at nites ).after twenties eternity and the other populer brands of 90's. but i always poison,joy and chloe,but i never wear at last years.

Jul
28
2011
Parfumista2010
Parfumista2010

I am now in my mid30s and like going back down on memory lane :-)
When I was teenager I already liked Poison and Opium, Obsession, Coco and Loulou which was not what others liked much at that age. I was a perfume "weirdo". I wanted to feel exotic and so I guess my choice of perfumes transported this state of mind.
Later on, in my twen-years I preferred floral and fruity-fresh, "sporty" scents, light and inoffensive.
Now, in my 30s I have a strong desire for heavy and spicy orientals and chypres...basically I have somehow returned to my olfactory roots :-) However, thinking back, I must admit that Opium and Coco suit an older woman much better. These scents project a certain maturity and life experience which you cannot quite pull off as a teenager :-)
That being said I am very curious of reading what others contribute to this interesting topic.

Jul
28
2011
tuoksu
tuoksu

As a teen I liked quite a variety of things! I remember asking for and getting opium for Christmas one year. I think the term "oriental" had attracted me, since I was fascinated with Asia.

I had Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth, Exclamation, I got a hand-me-down bottle of Obsession too.

I remember when all the girls were into Liz Claiborne.

Drakkar Noir was the big thing for boys in my high school.

My first under 25 but after teen splurges were Chanel Cristalle and Gucci Rush.

I'm 35 now!

Jul
28
2011
LunaPearl
LunaPearl

HA! I am such a late bloomer. I liked to experiment with fragrances as a child (my mother kept Rumba by Balenciaga and Anais Anais by Cacharel on her vanity table) but I didn't start using fragrances seriously until I was 19.

I remember I started off with clean, ethereal (Aquatic/Green) scents. I gradually moved onto Gourmand fragrances and soon went crazy for countless Fruity florals.

I am now 22 and find myself drawn to refined musk and oriental florals.

Jul
27
2011
megank4
megank4

I loved Navy by Cover Girl, some of the bath & body works scents, Strawberries & Champagne by Victoria's Secret

Jul
26
2011
Jomoves
Jomoves

WRITTEN BY A FRIEND OF MINE...

As a young man in the 70s my first fragrance was the ubiquitous Brut 33, which I still rather like today. The second one was YSL’s Kouros which I bought duty free on a holiday when I was 18. I thought it was the height of sophistication and I fell in love for the first time wearing that fragrance in another country. Although loads of guys were into Dior’s Fahrenheit, I was an bit of an Aramis lover in my 20s. But one of my all time favorites at the time was Lanvin for Men, now long discontinued. It had a soapy green scent and I received many compliments. I still have a half used bottle today, and just can’t bring myself to throw it away. As I grew older I moved into Aveda territory with Eros, which I thought was so different and unusual at the time, and Elizabeth Taylor's Passion for Men, which was a workday staple.

I’ve kept only a few on my old fragrances and recently gave them a test run again and asked the opinion of some young girls in their 20s that I now work with. Here are their comments:

Aramis: “You smell like an old man - and not just any old man, a sleazy old man”

Aveda Eros: “Smells like a dead hippie”

ET Passion for Men “Smells kinda old and musty, but nice”

I was also silly enough in my 30s to throw away that first bottle of Korous. Feeling nostalgic, I recently went to a department store to buy it again. I took one sniff and put the bottle back on the shelf. It smelled, dare I say it, like an old man.

I really wish I hadn’t sampled it again. We were both so young and fresh all those years ago, and now we are indeed old men.

Jul
26
2011
TankGirl
TankGirl

Great Article!
I was a perfume addicted since an early age so here is the list of perfumes of my adolescence:

- Anais Anais (1996)
- CK One (2000)
- Ralph Lauren Ralph, Tommy Girl (2000-2003)

Jul
26
2011
piluna
piluna

(I'm under 25). The first one I remember was a big hit that all the girls had was Tommy Girl and Escada perfumes. I enjoyed J.Lo Glow and Ralph Lauren Ralph (the blue one). Laura Biagiotti Laura, Hugo Boss woman was also popular.

Jul
26
2011
pure
pure

Naheed,

Thank you for the article. I'm not too much interested in the topic, but that was really well-written. Keep up good work!

I recently found my teenage love - Adidas 3 for women - in Malta. I thought I'd never smell it again. I bought 2 bottles and am the happiest girl on earth :D

Jul
26
2011
O_o
O_o

in 17 I wore Chanson D'Eau by Coty, now (22) - Eclat d'Arpege, Cinema, Truth

Jul
26
2011
fragaholic79
fragaholic79

Great read Naheed. I still enjoy some of the strictly teenage stuff with embarrassing bottles and names :)You have hit spot on with what kind of scents teenage girls expect from their perfumes:) This article was also nostalgic taking me back to the days when I was little and used to steal little spritzes of ami's Madame Rochas. Thanks for sharing.

Jul
26
2011
Zwiebel
Zwiebel

some of my favourites of the past years (i'm still in my teens) were Emporio Armani Diamonds, Dior's Pure Poison, Armani Code, Sarah Jessica Parker Covet, ..and so on.

Jul
26
2011
bobblehead
bobblehead

Superb article! I can very much relate to it.

Anyway, yes, I think I started showing my fond of perfume at the age of 10-12. My first bottle was a body spray sold by a very popular local clothing line in the Philippines.

When I was in high school, there came a time when I realized how many bottles of perfumes my parents own displayed in the vanity table. I would spray some on me before going to school. Then, I'd constantly ask them if they can buy me some, too. My desire to own signature perfumes started at this age. Since my parents didn't buy me any signature perfumes, I'd always request them to give me their unused, old, or almost empty fragrances and collect them in my closet.

I'm currently 19, and I've started collecting signature perfumes. The first bottle I had was CK One Summer 2010. Now, I have Burberry Summer for Men 2011, Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce, and Thierry Mugler A*Men, and some of my parents' unused perfumes, and a few free samples from fragrance boutiques.

To answer your question, I think I'm still learning towards the clean, manly, citrus scents (CK One Summer and Burberry Summer). Although I've recently discovered the very alluring woody and spicy sides which I really adore. Right now, I'm on the search for my signature scent, and I'm thinking of woody aromatic/citrus kind of scent.

Jul
26
2011
duskangel101
duskangel101

i am 14 this year and i don't quite fit what is described in this article, although it is very well-written and it applies to many of my peers. while my friends wore celebrity perfumes and gourmand scents, some of my favorites are Narciso Rodriguez For Her and Theirry Muglier's creations.

Jul
25
2011
karloppenheimer
karloppenheimer

I do agree an excellent article. When I was a teenager in the late eighties and early nineties I wore Liz Claiborne for men, Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene, and my favorite back then was Chanel Pour Monsieur. Most of the guys were wearing Drakkar Noir. You could just see the clouds of the stuff in the high school hallways, like a dense fragrance fog.

Jul
25
2011
PivoineRouge
PivoineRouge

Interesting article. I wonder what the kids who wear gourmand fragrances today end up wearing 30 years from now.

As for me, I started off wearing Peach from Woods of Windsor (I was a toddler). I then moved onto Ptisenbon and continued well into my teens, as I sprayed it onto my school uniform and it lingered for a very long time (I also wore DKNY, Anais Anais, and Baby Doll). I am now twenty-one, and I think I'm set with Jardins de Bagatelle from Guerlain; I suppose I'll be wearing this for a very very long time. I recently began wearing men's colognes as well, as they tend to have more leather and tobacco in them.

I've always loved floral fragrances, and never liked gourmands (it reminded me too strongly of Calgon series with things like bubblegum). This has continued on to this day. Tea, bergamot, jasmine, rose, muguet and peonies are usually in fragrances that I prefer.

Jul
25
2011
riotgrrl
riotgrrl

lovely article! i'm still a teenager (i'm 17), and my favorite scents are lolita lempicka, hanae mori & pink sugar, so i suppose gourmands are my favorite. i'm not a huge fan of celebrity perfumes, though: they seem a bit tacky to me. oh, and i LOVED bath & body works body sprays when i was in middle school! warm vanilla sugar was my absolute favorite.

Jul
25
2011
rainydays
rainydays

Fun article! I started wearing perfume when I was around 15... I basically went for what all of my friends were wearing, which was mostly Juicy Couture, but something also drew me to Burberry original for women. I wore those two all the time :) I'm 18 now and definitely like more mature scents (Armani Code, TM Alien, etc.) but I still have a fondness for sweet ones like Britney Spears Fantasy and the VS secret garden collection. My girl-friends like light fruity or citrusy fragrances, like Light Blue. A lot of my guy-friends still wear old spice (which I find interesting and a little funny), but a few of them are into the YSL line.

Jul
25
2011
eilismaireg
eilismaireg

Lovely topic.
I wore:

13-16 - Body Shop White Musk (1985-88)
16-20 - Ysatis (1988-1992) and Patchouli oil
20-24 - XS Pour Elle, Angel (1992-1996)

And what do I wear now? Ysatis is probably my most precious scent from youth - reminds me of wonderful, exciting and innocent times in the 80's!
I'm a bit disappointed that so many teens only wear celebrity and sugary scents at the moment. My best friend when I was 13-16 wore Cachet, which she loved! We always wore musks or chypres and later a bit of patchouli oil when I was a goth. Girls seem to want to toe the fashion and perfume line too much these days and all be like 'princesses' which isn't healthy from my point of view. I love a bit of sugary scent now and again but I do believe as Luca Turin said, that scent is a form of portable intelligence - use it girls!!

Jul
25
2011
Christie171
Christie171

I'ma teenager right now. My 1st real fragrance was Eclat D'Arpege from Lanvin. I loved it so much that I bought another bottle. My taste is more refined than alot of teenager girls that I know.

Jul
25
2011
dina
dina

Thank you Naheed, as usual, great article !

I see that everyone is listing their teens fragrances, so here's mine:

- Charlie
- Panache
- Masumi
- Calèche
- Magie Noire
- Et bien sûr, Anaïs Anaïs...

Good old days :)

Jul
25
2011
gingergirl60
gingergirl60

What a super article and lovely to read members choices.
I'm 62 now so was young in the austere 50's and fabulous 60's and fragrance was not really part of my life then.my first perfume was called June by Saville, I think I sent for it from my weekly comic book, I can't remember which one, possibly Bunty.I remember my mum loving Black Rose by Goya and floral or ferny stuff by yardly or Morny.My Aunt had some treasured Tweed and Pagan. I remember buying a bottle of something bright blue (jasmine maybe) from Woolworths which seemed to sell everything!
I can't remember buying much when an older teen (students were poor and scruffy then!)but one friend always had Youth Dew and another (girl) always liked to wear Brut!
Before my first ever flight to a job in Germany in 1971 I bought some Ma Griffe in duty free and thought it the height of sophistication!Others in my 20's...Aqua Manda, Rapport, Sweet Honesty,Le Jardin,Topaze and a Spanish one which I adored, Flor de Blason, brought back from holiday.
Kids followed and no spare money for treats, though my husband gave me some Gloria Vanderbilt at some point! These days I try as many as I can, and am catching up with ones I missed out on before.
There is certainly something out there for everyone.Whether it is Impulse body spray as I rush half asleep to work at 5am,one or other Calvin Klein for a day in town or Opium or smoky Sikkim for a special date,it's all part of feeling special.

Jul
25
2011
Kristal
Kristal

My first fragrance was Amarige. I got it in a mini, from someone who came from France and gifted it to me. I fell in love. I was 18 and until then I had worn ocasionally a no-name called Nirvana who used to smoke a bit like Samsara, only more vanilic and smoother. I was faithful to Amarige for a few years, and even used it as my wedding day scent! After Amarige I bought myself Samasara (vintage EDT) which became my signature until I got 30! THAT Samsara was way better the present formulation.I used to wear it every single day and people would know me as the Samsara-girl and I stopped wearing it when they first reformulated. I never return to wearing it because it does not smell the same anymore. Amarige, though still lovely and full of memories to me feels now a bit dated, old-ladish and inapropriate. I like it in an emotional,sentimental way but I wouldn't ever wear it again !

Ah, yes, I never liked sweet fruities as a teenager. I developped a better taste for such " youngish" scents after 30!

Jul
25
2011
Lujza
Lujza

HI,NAHEED:)Thank you, for great article-BRAVO!
-my minde is stile in my teen years...(IT was nice time in 90's when WE use:birthday presents from ouer relatives...NAF-NAF,VERSACE-BlueJEANSE, or WE borrow ouer mothers F: Charlie;chanel No5,Opium:)or a lot of local names lake company KRKA:MIRAGE,
FOR 2,SHERRY,Tricia:or little 15ml Sara;afcorse SARANTIS-B.U WILD-my first love in high school...and in thise jolly years We drime to have DIOR Addict:
ps.today I stille don't have gold 'Addict; but I even now comfort with B.U Wild and B.U Happy;)

Jul
25
2011
DiBonD
DiBonD

I'm 21 right now. I have never liked any of my mother's fragrances because they are always too spicy and strong. I prefer something clean and fresh, but without too much citrus.

My first fragrances were Paco Rabanne Black XS and Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet Summer Pop. I still wear them now because they remind me of my rebelious teenage years :D

Jul
25
2011
ezdravkova
ezdravkova

as a teen I loved CK Escape, Kenzo L'Eau par Kenzo (and even more so the men's version LOL)and Acqua di Gio (the men's version again).. so yes, I liked watery, citrus-y, light clean scents..
as far as quantity goes, I have to disagree, I am now using a lot more perfume than when I was a teenager.. back then I could go with only a spray/stick/roll-on for days, now that is unthinkable.. even going to the gym, beach, the supermarket has to be accompanied by a fragrant trail - I would be less uncomfortable going out in my underwear than without a perfume on LOL :))
diversity is clear - I now like many scents that were unthinkable just 5 years ago - hence, my wardrobe seems to have swelled some :)

Jul
25
2011
tommy_girl
tommy_girl

like my username says,my signature perfume as a teenager was tommy girl.I loved most of cool floral fruity perfumes and aquatic ones like O OUI lancome.
my taste hasn't changed much.still I fall for this group and I'm using my third tommy girl bottle,still loving it.(I'm 29 now)the only difference is that I like to add some variety to my wardrobe by trying the other perfumes too.
thanks for the article.it was great

Jul
25
2011
naheed
naheed

@RosaMilena: Thanks for sharing a slice from your early years! That's true not every teen thinks at this stage that life is like a bed of roses but on the whole, most teens find it the most blessed time of their lives despite having those academic pressures, financial instability or any kind of issues. So I have tried to gather a general thought about this period in my article. Well, my own adolescent years didn't pass in all facilities and affluence but I was the happiest girl in fact.

As per your question:"Only thing I would question is that all adolescents prefer sugary sweet things or light fruity citrics. I certainly did not." I would say this is again what generally people like but definitely it tends to vary according to one's own choices and preferences, and also it depends a lot on one's skin type as well.

Thank you all for your interesting share.

@Vetiver, your sharing about the school years really gave me chuckles:)

Jul
24
2011
RosaMilena
RosaMilena

My adolescence was very protected and safe. I did generally wake up with a smile, confident in that little bubble of parental love and security. While I don’t think that adolescence is a worry free time in anyone’s life, in comparison to the adult years, the percentage of carefree, youthful fun is generally much greater. Thinking back to adolescence, academic pressures were certainly there, but they pale in comparison to bottom line financial and psychological pressures in the adult world. I have to admit I never cared about popularity so peer pressure was never a factor for me. I did think I was the most pressured person in the world when I was expected to be a straight A student with honors. However, that pressure served as good preparation for facing the eventual adult pressure of not having a financial safety net in parents and family. When you yourself become the safety net of others, and you yourself find that YOU are where the buck stops literally, suddenly a grade percentage on an academic test seems a miniscule and ridiculous worry. When you are forced into the position of making life and death decisions FOR your parents and take care of them instead of the other way around, you find out who you are very quickly whether you like it or not. Whether you are ready or not, suddenly, peer pressure, popularity, and “rebellion” become unimportant and rather ridiculous issues to consider. I thought this was a very nice article by the way. Only thing I would question is that all adolescents prefer sugary sweet things or light fruity citrics. I certainly did not. I prefer light fruity citrics and florals NOW. Cheers to all and Happy Sniffing!

Jul
24
2011
servana
servana

I never owned a fragrance until I was 16, which I am now.. I like floral oriental & citrus fragrances. I do not like overly floral fragrances or sweet fragrances.

I like Versace Crystal Noir, Calvin Klein Eternity Moment, Alien EDT, CK IN2U, etc.

I also disagree that this is a time free of worries/a bed of roses.. Lol. Like many others I am very stressed & constantly worrying due to academic pressures.. This is the time that dictates the rest of your life!

Jul
24
2011
xstitchalanna
xstitchalanna

I really didn't get into fragrances when I was a teen. I was very ill and got headaches from any smell. I am 23 and tend to like oriental fragrances the most. I do have some fruity fragrances but I tend to dislike the perfumes marketed toward my age group. I like more womanly perfumes that are not to sweet. Favorites being Must Du Cartier, Lucky Number 6, Fath de Fath, Tea Rose, Absolu Rochas, Covet SJP, and Agent Provacatour. I think the only favorite that that is fruity is Orange Sapphire. I do own several body sprays but more because of my budget.

Jul
24
2011
RosaMilena
RosaMilena

In elementary school I wore Avon Sweet Honesty and Feberge's Babe.

In junior high and high school I wore: My Sin, Chloe Narcisse, Magie Noire, Tabu, Ysatis, Bal a Versailles, Volupte, White Shoulders, and Oscar. My carefree, youthful self reveled in heavy-animalic florals in their vintage version. I would have been repelled by sugary sweet gourmands. I still am.

Jul
24
2011
blomst
blomst

The first couple of sentences of this article made me sad. Adolescence certainly hasn't been a bed of roses for me. I'm hoping the last 5 years will have been the worst of my life!

When I was 13 I bought Princess because it was popular and I liked the ads! I got tired of it before long and quickly discovered that I love green floral, chypre(esque) and woody scents. Now I am 18 and I recently started expanding my collection. After just a few months learning about perfume, I'm mostly just interested in niche brands and traditional perfumery. Too bad I can't really afford to be interested in those things! lol

What I'm loving at the moment is Bond No. 9 Astor Place. Definitely the most sweet or floral thing I would ever wear though.

Jul
24
2011
Miss_J
Miss_J

Well in my teens,age 12-15 I wore CKone, Versace Red Jeans and some Bath & Body works stuffs--All that 90s scent, lol. 18 to early 20s: Escada's summer frag. Especially Rockin' Rio & Pacific Paradise,DKNY, and now: Chanel Cristalle,Givenchy Organza for night & some BBW frag for everyday wear. I was always fond of citrusy fragrance. Floral fruity was fine for me too,but lately I've been venturing into heady floral type. I guess I'm getting old.XD.

Jul
24
2011
jovejove
jovejove

Gucci Pour Homme
Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger
Black XS from Paco Rabanne
Chanel Platinum Egoiste
Alfred Sung Hei
Armani Acqua Di Gio
Chanel Allure Sport
Estee Lauder Pleasures for men

Jul
24
2011
rdemates
rdemates

Pff! I disagree that teenage years "are the lightest happiest and most carefree years of your life." Those are the awkward years of fights with friends, rebellion, and struggle to figure out who you are in this world. When the times are great they are euphoric, when times are bad they are horrible and bleak. It's a very turbulent time in a young person's life.

Anyway I didn't fit in with the norms in the stats. When I was 12-15 years old I had around twenty different scents :-D at a time. None of them were fancy foo-foo's but i did have some eau de parfum but it was mostly splashes. When I was 12 I could have told you which bath and bodyworks scent was which with my eyes blindfolded.

Jul
24
2011
pablOSO
pablOSO

mm lets see....when i was 14-16 , CK one was the hit , Tommy , Cool water , Animale was still a favorite... jeje i remember using the Bod sprays too!!

Jul
24
2011
TheGorgon
TheGorgon

ok..i'll turn 25 in a month. When I was under 18 my fav fragrances were White Musk by The Body Shop, Ginger and Vanilla by L' Erbolario, and Pink Sugar by L' Acquolina, I somehow liked Opium too when i smelled it on other people although I couldn't afford it of course. I still like those fragrances nowadays but now i have broadened my horizons a lot!For instance I happen to absolutely love Chypre and Floral Aldehides now.. and back then i could not stomach them at all! I always though they smelled like someone's Great-grandma! :D

Jul
24
2011
DuckTape
DuckTape

14 year old male, Favorite is Playboy HollyWood and Davidoff Cool Water

Jul
24
2011
paulina
paulina

Amazing article! :)

I'm 24, female. Back then on my teen years I used of course CK One, Tommy Girl, Hot and Cold by Benetton, Victoria's Secret and other brands' body sprays and what was given to me as a gift, such as Eternity and Carolina Herrera's 212 On Ice (2003).

Later, when I was 18 years old I started to choose my own perfumes and I loved Deep Red by Hugo Boss (Love it!), The Spirit of Moonflower from The Body Shop, Moschino Couture! and Dior J'adore. My limited student budged led me to try more economic alternatives, such as the Adidas fragrances (which I still love) and nowadays I will try all kinds of scents :)

Jul
24
2011
marietita
marietita

I remember i'd LOVE RHALP by rhalp lauren.. was my fauvorite till my 15 . . then i start to experiment and try different fragances.. CK IN2U .. Rhalp Lauren Blue.. Miss Bouchron.. In the summer alwys wear Agatha Ruiz de la Prada fagances, Flor, Corazon, Beso, Agua. Nina by Nina Ricci.. I Love Love.. now im wearing miss dior cherie :) and when I finish that I already have parisienne YSL

Jul
24
2011
NebraskaLovesScent
NebraskaLovesScent

Great article, Naheed!

I wore Anais Anais, Magie Noire and LouLou in my teens. I can't imagine the teens of today wearing any of those scents. :-) In my 20s, I gravitated toward Ck One, Carolina Herrera 212 and other fresh scents. In my 30s and 40s, I now wear and appreciate scents from almost every category.

My niece recently turned 21 and has loved Vera Wang's Princess since her teens, and in general prefers sweet scents or floral woody musks. Funny thing is, many of my co-workers in their 30s also liked and wore Princess when it came out, even though they are much older than the targeted demographic.

My 17-year-old nephew will try anything but definitely prefers fresh, clean citrus/ocean-y scents.

Jul
24
2011
Mushroomfat
Mushroomfat

In my teens (1996-2001)I wore Lynx and Grahpite body sprays. I HATED Africa, the popularity infuriated me, but now I think it'sgreat! If I wore cologne, I nicked some of dad's English Blazer, which grabed my mates' attention, and in '98 there I nick some of my brother's Emporio Armani He, which I liked but I even noticed then that it didnt last.
My teen years werent so much about how good I smelt, just making sure I didnt smell bad, like BO. It wants til i hit 17 that I started using Brut, and wore that til I was 20, when I was introduced to Boss In Motion.

Jul
24
2011
ocean.lake
ocean.lake

This article has brought me back to the past and made me feel too old now. :) Good article Naheed.

When I still a kid, I often stole one or two sprays of Brut from my dad's wardrobe back then. There were also times when I sprayed my mom's Inuoi.

I used cheap splash cologne and Axe deodorant spray bought from nearest drugstore. I prefer a clean, green/grassy scent for high school. When I went to college, I usually wore a loud arabian perfume oil (fruity, musky, floral, safran and aoud).

Btw, my first designer perfume was CK Eternity.

Jul
24
2011
vetiver
vetiver

I am 30 now...and still enjoy "teenager" scents like sweet pea from Bath and Body works!
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that..when i was 10 i started wearing my mom´s perfumes...like Coco..Paloma Picasso..Obsession.. she would leave to work..i would steal some drops of perfume before going to school..teachers looked at me with funny facial expressions..maybe i overapplied :)

I love your article Naheed! it made me remember nice times..and growing pains!

Jul
24
2011
jeca
jeca

Thank you, Naheed! I think teenage is the most fruitful and the most magical period of life, not only in fragrance impressions ;o)

My first fragrances were:

Chanel No 5 (I was captured by its popularity and mystery, I owned a miniature bottle of the sexiest fragrance in the world);

Creation by Ted Lapidus (I could afford only miniatures, it was the cheapest and I loved it for freshness (!);

I also loved Rush by Gucci in my 20s, Gucci Envy, and I have resisted to love the most popular fragrances ;o)))

Jul
24
2011

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