I’m almost certain I’m not alone when I say that my personal fragrance journey began in tween-hood as a spin-off to my all-consuming early 2000s celebrity obsession.
It started with the Spice Girls aerosol body mists I sprayed so incessantly, there’s a chance I’m partially responsible for the hole in the ozone. Then came my first real bottle of perfume: Britney Spears’ bedazzled gourmand, ‘Fantasy’.
I smelt like a vanilla cupcake with a maraschino cherry on top. Though almost two decades later my tastes have changed – and the closest I get to buttercream is Diptyque’s Eau Duelle EDP, a deep, patchouli-spiked vanilla – it tickles me pink to see the return of the gourmand fragrance, and a new wave of tweens falling in love with saccharine scents in a time of Barbie reign, Taylor Swift supremacy and Matildas cheer.
Body mist mania
Lighter in concentration, wear and cost, body mists are the perfect introduction to scent for first-timers. A huddle of tweenagers is a regular installation at the Sol de Janeiro shelf during school holidays, and according to Evie, who wears the Brazilian Crush Cheirosa 62 Perfume Mist “all day every day”, the pink-bottled, floral-leaning Cheirosa 68 varietal is the most-wanted gift at every birthday bash.
Also on the rotation are Soap & Glory’s Smoothie Star and Call of Fruity mists, which make for the perfect pocket money splurge. Or for something a little fresher and more ‘grown-up’ (less cupcake, more fruit punch), my picks would have to be Ellis Brooklyn’s summer-inspired ‘Sea’ and ‘Sun’ mists.