Shopping for new perfume can be overwhelming with all of the scents available. Not only are there numerous scents available, there are also different perfume concentrations. All fragrances are largely the same, but they’re given a name based on the concentration of oil in alcohol and water. Here’s the rundown:
• Pure Perfume: Also called perfume extract or extrait, this is the most concentrated and expensive version of any fragrance. Slightly oilier, perfume is composed of 20 to 40 percent pure perfume essence. Gives 12-24 hours wear.
• Eau de Parfum: It is one of the most common fragrance types and is suitable for everyday wear. It contains 15-20 percent perfume essence concentration in its formulation. Gives 5-8 hours wear.
• Eau de Toilette: It is ideal for those that may find EDP or perfumes too strong. With 4 to 15 percent perfume essence dissolved in alcohol, it usually lasts for about 3 hours. Its quick dissipation is why many people use it only for day-to-day use.
• Eau de Cologne: It’s one of the most diluted perfume version and contains anywhere from 2-5 percent perfume essence concentration in its formulation which makes it inexpensive. Usually lasts for about 2 hours.
• Eau Fraiche: The term translates to fresh water. Like cologne, it also has 1-3 percent of perfume essence in its formulation and is incredibly light. The main difference is that colognes are mixed with alcohol, and Eau Fraiches are mixed with mostly water and serve as a quick refresh. It’s a great option for creating a subtle, delicate fragrance. Usually lasts for 1-2 hours.
What types of fragrances do you prefer? We’d be happy to hear from you in the comments below.