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The Difference Between Eau de Toilette, Cologne, Eau de Parfum, and Extrait de Parfum and More

08 Feb 2024
The Difference Between Eau de Toilette, Cologne, Eau de Parfum, and Extrait de Parfum and More
We often come across terms like Parfum, Eau De Parfum (EDP), Eau De Cologne(EDC) and Eau De Toilette(EDT) on our fragrance bottles. But what exactly do they mean? In this article, we'll break down these fragrance terms and explain the differences between them, helping you level up your scent game.

Fragrances consist of a blend of various "raw materials" or perfume oils, which can be either natural or synthetic. These materials are combined with a solvent, typically alcohol, to preserve and dilute the scent.

The concentration of these "raw materials" in your fragrance affects its longevity when worn. Generally, more diluted fragrances are more affordable, while those with higher concentrations last longer and offer a more intense scent.

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Cologne (Eau de Cologne): Characterised by its light and fresh nature, containing only a 2%–3% concentration of perfume oils. While initially marketed towards men, these fragrances are now considered unisex and are among the most affordable options available. These usually last for up to 2 hours.

Toilette (Eau de Toilette): An EDT contains 4%–10% concentration of perfume oils and usually lasts for up to 3 hours. EDTs are known for their fresh, subtle nature, and their emphasis on top notes sets them apart from Eau de Parfums (EDPs). They are generally priced similarly to EDPs, or may be slightly more affordable.

Perfume (Eau de Parfum): EDPs are generally the most popular type of fragrance and are more budget-friendly compared to parfum. With a fragrance concentration of 10%–20%, they can last up to 5 hours.

Parfum (Extrait de Parfum): Known for its high concentration of fragrance oils, Parfum contains 15%–40% perfume oils, making it the most expensive option typically available in smaller quantities. Each spray can last up to 8 hours.

We hope we have helped you demystify the fragrance jargon and the differences of the types of perfumes.

Read More: Mastering the Art of Perfume Application

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