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
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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Credits: https://www.perfume.com/article-a-guide-to-perfume-types

 

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