The Best Kids’ Perfumes
Parents might worry about spraying perfume on their children, but kids’ perfumes differ from adult perfumes and colognes in that many fragrances formulated for children don’t contain alcohol and won’t irritate kids’ soft, sensitive skin. Parents who are worried that alcohol-based perfumes will cause a rash or reaction on their child’s skin can avoid contact with the skin by spraying these formulas onto the child’s clothing. Many little girls enjoy playing dress-up to feel more grown-up, like their mothers, and with girls’ perfumes, moms don’t have to worry about their children borrowing, emptying, or breaking adult perfume bottles. Perfume for kids is a cute accessory and a novel way to introduce curious children to the adult world of perfume by providing them with scents of their own.
Instead of harsh, strong scents found in some colognes and perfumes, the best perfumes for girls contain calming, soft scents such as flowers, vanilla, berries, citrus fruit, chamomile, and the talc scent, characteristic of baby powder. Boys’ fragrances often contain energizing scents such as citrus fruits and spices to suit active boys.
While girls are the majority of young perfume users, children’s fragrances are marketed to boys as well. Packaging for these fragrances features designers such as Bvlgari and Versace, as well as recognizable animated characters and superheroes that kids love, like Beauty and the Beast, Spiderman, and Winnie the Pooh. Children’s perfumes are sometimes sold as a packaged set of fragrance spray and shower gel or lotion.
Most fragrances for children come in the form of an eau de toilette spray, which contains between 5 and 15 percent essential oils, a much lower concentration of oils than traditional perfume, which has between 15 and 40 percent. Eau de toilette is considered a weak perfume and is sometimes referred to as “flower water;” its weaker strength makes it more suitable for young children.