The Difference Between Perfume, Parfum, Toilette Spray, Cologne, etc
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Fragrances come in a number of styles, prices and concentrations. If you are not a pro to the fragrance world and want to know what the different concentrations mean then read below to gain some knowledge!
The single fragrance can vary in concentrations, the most popular usually being either eau de toilette (edt) and eau de parfum (edp). Even the concentration is greater in eau de parfum but it does not always mean it will last longer. Read below in details:
Parfum, Extrait, Extrait de Parfum- This has the highest concentration of fragrance compounds and will likely last the longest and have the strongest projection, usually between 15 and 30 percent perfume oil to make it potent, enough to noticeable and last the longest usually six to eight hours.
Eau de Parfum(EDP)- One of the most common concentrations, second highest, and typically preforms very well in the longevity and projection category, and have concentration of perfume oils, between 15 and 20 percent. They are made to last on the skin all day long without giving the next person a headache, or transferring onto someone else’s neck after a hug. On average, eau de parfum will last for four to five hours
Eau de Toilette(EDT)- Another very common concentration and while it's a step below in the fragrance oil concentration category, it can preform quite well for most people. They have a lower concentration of perfume oils, usually 5 to 15 percent and are made to have a lighter wear on the skin, not necessarily lasting until the end of the evening. EDT fragrance usually last for two to three hours.
Eau de Cologne- Because of the weaker concentrations it's great for people with sensitivity to smell, and can be applied very liberally. Eau de Colognes, is actually the term for a very light concentration of perfume oils, usually 2 to 4 percent work well for situations where you don't want to overwhelm anyone while traveling in any kind of vehicle. Eau de Cologne generally only lasts for up to two hours.
Eau Fraiche, Aftershaves- This is the lowest concentration of fragrance oils sometimes 1 to 3 percent but is not to be underestimated! Great for layering scents and are mixed with mostly water and serve as a quick refresher without a long-lasting scent or for a nice little personal touch before turning in to relax for the night. Aftershaves scent will generally last for up to two hours.
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