Fragrance Purchases See An Uptick On TikTok

Fragrance Purchases See An Uptick On TikTok

TikTok’s algorithm often gives perfume enthusiasts a front-row view into the evolution of the PerfumeTok hashtag. 


Over the last two years TikTok, and subsequently PerfumeTok, expanded and progressed in terms of content, consumer impact and the ways brands are engaging with their target audiences, according to beauty analysts with the NPD Group.

A Nose for Purchasing Power 


At its inception, the PerfumeTok community was primarily comprised of creators talking about their favorite scents. Fragrances inspired by premium brands soon became a hot topic, and nearly one out of every 10 Gen Z consumers have been influenced to purchase a scent because it mimics a pricier fragrance.


As fragrances continue to capture consumer interest, their presence on TikTok continues to expand. Beauty influencers who typically focus on makeup or skincare products are now dipping into the fragrance market with genuine reviews and even some brand partnerships. Some of TikTok’s most popular beauty influencers, including Addison Rae and Charli D’Amelio, have each launched their own fragrance lines within the past year. Several fragrance-specific influencers have also capitalized on their TikTok successes and launched their own product lines. Meanwhile, all types of fragrance brands including direct-to-consumer (DTC), designer, celebrity and artisanal, have elevated their social media strategies around launching new products or reinvigorating excitement for older ones.


While TikTok continues to steer consumers towards purchasing fragrances, in-app fragrance purchasing through social media has been adopted by only 2% of US consumers. Most consumers still want to physically try on scents before buying them, so most fragrance purchasing continues to take place in stores.


Beauty industry analysts from The NPD Group encourage brands to continue to prioritize and tailor their TikTok strategies to inspire consumers to try new scents, whether in-store or with a sample.