I never realized why I like some perfumes and not others. Some just seem so strong and heavy and to "stick" to my skin while others are lighter, disappeared after a few hours and do not give me that insta-headache. I thought my preferences just boiled down to just the scent!
Turns out, there is more to it.
Have you ever noticed that some perfumes say Eau de Toilette while others might read Eau de Cologne, Eau de Parfum or Parfum? I never paid attention to those phrases...maybe because I do not speak French! I simply sprayed the Eau de Whatever and if I liked it, then perhaps I would buy it.
Well, I decided to dive a little deeper into these mysterious perfume phrases and this is what I found...
The differences between these fragrances types is the concentration of perfume oils. The fragrance is diluted with water and alcohol to make the scent attractive and wearable.
Eau de Cologne or Eau Fraiche is the most diluted version of a perfume, using 2-5% perfume oil. This type of fragrance is usually found in body splashes. The scent disappears quickly and is usually targeted towards younger people.
Eau de Toilette is between 4-10% perfume oil. This is a light fragrance as well and the scent typically disappears within a few hours. This type of fragrance is my personal favorite and great for day to day wear.
Eau de Parfum is a stronger scented fragrance with a 8-15% perfume oil concentration. The scent lasts 4-5 hours. This type of fragrance is best applied with only one or two spritzes during the day and more generously for a big night out.
Parfum or Extrait de Parfum is the most expensive and concentrated of the fragrances options contains 15-20% perfume oil. This type of perfume is sold in a stopper bottle and applied directly on the pulse points.
Next time, I will dive deeper into perfume notes and explore the top notes, heart notes, and base notes of perfume. Stay tuned!
What is your favorite type of fragrance? Comment and let me know!