These terms generally refer to the strength and potency of the fragrance, or more specifically, to how much grade alcohol and/ or water has been added to dilute/ stretch the fragrance oils.
Parfum (is the most concentrated form you can buy) it has about 15-25% perfume oil dissolved in alcohol. Any mixture with a lower proportion of oil to alcohol is known as Eau. Okay? Below are some keywords I think you should know:
Eau fraiche (Usually 3% or less perfume oil)
Eau de cologne- EDC (2-5% perfume oil)
Eau de toilette- EDT (4-10% perfume oil)
Eau de parfum- EDP (8-15% perfume oil)
Soie de parfum (15-18% perfume oil)
PARFUM (15- 25% also sometimes referred to as Extract or Extrait)
Perfume oil (15-30% perfume oil in an oil rather than alcohol base)
You may also find that some companies prefer to label their products as parfum de toilette to describe a concentration that is either the same as Eau De Parfum, or between Eau De Parfum and Parfum.
Generally speaking, the three(3) lists below are the commonest fragrances you are likely to purchase;
PARFUM: This is the one of the strongest perfume fragrances available. This means that you’ll need to use less so that the fragrance can last much longer depending on your skin type. It is estimated to last for about 6 – 8 hours (this should do for those working an 8- 4/9-5 style).
EAU DE PARFUM: For those looking for an inexpensive fragrance yet they want to smell nice, it is advisable to go for these ones. Bear in mind that they only can last for 3- 5 hours. Often times I’ve heard people complain how their fragrances aren’t long lasting. I hope with these unsolicited advices from me, you now can purchase your fragrances wisely.
EAU DE TOILETTE: This is the lightest of all 3, but if you are looking for a casual, everyday use, you might as well purchase this as it is also less expensive than Eau de Parfum .On an average, expect it to last for about 2 to 4
P.S If you know of anyone complaining of how their fragrances don’t last long. I hope with these unsolicited advices from me, you can advise them on purchasing their fragrances wisely. May be if I paraphrased, it would make much more sense....So, if you are reading this and would like to get me a nice fragrance, please get the EDP. Thank you in advance.
To be continued……..
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