Perfume: how to tell the difference

There are many types of perfume, and each has a specific way for wearing it.

Let’s explore the 4 main types of perfume. 

Parfum, also known as Parfum Extrait, has the highest concentration out of all of the perfumes. Parfum can have a range of concentration from 15 to 40%, but usually they have a fragrance of 20~30%. It lasts the longest; for about 6~8 hours. Parfum is well suited with people with sensitive skin, because it has much less alcohol and won’t dry out as quickly.


Eau de Parfum

Eau de Parfum(EDP) has the next highest concentration, after parfum. It lasts about 4~5 hours. EDP is less expensive than parfum(depends on the brand).  It has a higher concentration of alcohol than parfum, and is used as a common fragrance and everyday wear.


Eau de Toliette

Eau de Toliette(EDT) has the next fragrance concentration of 5~15%, and it lasts for about 2 to 3 hours. EDT is also considered as daywear. The term of “eau de toliette” comes from the French term “faire sa toliette” which means getting ready.


Eau de Cologne

Eau de Cologne(EDC) has a lower concentration of fragrance but a higher concentration of alcohol than all the other perfumes. EDC has a fragrance of 2~6%. It is cheaper than all the other perfumes, and lasts to up to around 2 hours. Since eau de cologne has less fragrance, that means that it comes in usually bigger bottles than the other perfumes.






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