EDT, EDP, Perfume, Cologne - What is What?
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Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2006
by Denise Hayes
You are surfing the internet or at your local big chain discount store searching for your favorite perfume.
You come across a wonderful deal on your favorite fragrance and wonder why it is so much cheaper than what you usually pay. You are so elated that as soon as you get home, you spritz it on yourself, only to find that scent fades much quicker than your last bottle of the same scent. Why?
The % by volume that you see on the bottles is the amount of alcohol that is in the fragrance blend. Basically perfume companies 'pad out' their fragrances with alcohol, firstly to make them go further, and also because otherwise they would be incredibly strong to wear! A perfume with strong smelling essence ingredients will have more alcohol with it than one which is more delicate.
So exactly what is the difference between eau de toilette, eau de parfum, and the other fragrance forms? Here is a generalized list of the different concentrations available:
This consists of a 15-30% concentration of perfume essence and is the strongest fragrance available. This means that not only do you need to use less, but also that the fragrance lasts longer, typically for up to 6 hours, depending on skin type.
Parfum De Toilette
This is usually between a perfume and an EDP in strength but a few companies use the term to describe an EDT.
Eau De Parfum (EDP)
This is lighter than Perfume, with an 8-15% concentration, and so is less expensive but still has long lasting characteristics, from 3 to 5 hours.
Eau De Toilette (EDT)
This is a lighter more delicate fragrance, with a 4-8% concentration of the essence, and is therefore most suited to everyday use. It is normally less expensive than Eau de Parfum, and lasts for 2 to 4 hours.
Eau De Cologne (EDC)
This is often referred to just as Cologne and has the greatest dilution of fragrances with a 3-5% concentration of perfume essence, lasting up to 2 hours.
For Men Eau De Toilette (EDT)
This has the greatest concentration of essence generally available for men and hence lasts the longest, up to 5 hours. It is often available in either a splash or a spray.
Less strong, it is the most popular choice and lasts for 2 to 3 hours. Aftershaves are kinder to the skin than EDT's. Those with very sensitive skin should use aftershave balms.
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» left by eddie from Malaysia 4 years 142 days ago.
So informative, no more headache... Thanks bro.... :)
» left by DP 3 years 197 days ago.
This is realy a useful information.
» left by Hans 3 years 152 days ago.
thanks for the info! i've always been wondering about my EDT, and now I understand!
» left by Cynnamon from Wildomar, CA 3 years 52 days ago.
Very insightful. I love the in-depth description of the various fragrance consistencies and wear times(in hours)
» left by Mansoor 2 years 239 days ago.
Thanks for a such a useful info
» left by Anonymous 2 years 237 days ago.
Very helpful thanks very much
» left by tina from NZ 1 year 188 days ago.
This is fantastic information so you know what you are buying and why the prices are the way they are. Plus it makes sure you as the consumer dont get ripped off!
Thank you very much!
» left by syam from india 1 year 166 days ago.
» left by Anonymous from India 1 year 44 days ago.
A very helpful article and a must read before purchase of your desired fragrances..
» left by Soma from Noida 1 year 36 days ago.