Understanding your perfume can be an on-going battle, particularly when the label is foreign. This article aims to break down the language barrier between the consumer and the beauty industry, transforming you into a scent specialist. If your scouring the web for an answer to ‘Eau de toilette, eau de parfum … What’s the difference?’ then you’ve stumbled across the right blog where you’ll learn about fragrances uncovered.
The major classification, in order of potency:
Eau de toilette (EDT) is a delicately fragranced perfume, typically the least expensive version as it contains the lowest concentration between 1 percent and 7 percent of perfume concentrate. Eau de toilette, also known as “aromatic waters” is made up of alcohol, water and colour and can be applied liberally, the scent will not last as long as Eau de Parfum.
Eau de perfume (EDP) typically hold 15 percent of actual perfume oils, sometimes referred to as “eau de parfum” or “millésime.” This class of fragrance is stronger and longer lasting in comparison to eau de toilette, therefore being slightly more expensive.
Parfum, Extract, or Extrait is the purest and smoothest form of fragrance since it has the highest concentration of aromatic compound. It contains from approximately 15 percent to 40 percent of perfume oils, this will explain the expensive price tag, as it has less water or alcohol to other fragrance classes. These perfumes are great for people with dry skin and find perfumes harsh; extract is generally applied by dabbing as opposed to spraying.