What Is the Difference Between
Perfume, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette & Colognes....
Shopping for fragrances can be very overwhelming at times. Especially when it comes to top notes, middle notes, bottom notes, and different classes of scents.
With many different fragrances available in Perfume, Eau de Parfum, Eau de toilette, and Cologne form. The differentiating factor of these is the concentration of aromatic compounds in a solvent. Which is, how much fragrance is in the formula’s composition.
The more perfume concentrate it contains, the longer the scent will last on your skin, and of course the more expensive the product will be. We will breakdown these categories, so you will have a better understanding.
Perfume, also referred to as perfume extract, is the most concentrated formulation, and is usually the most expensive. It contains 20-50% aromatic compounds. Due to its high number of aromatic compounds, it also tends to last the longest when applied to the skin. It is usually sold in small bottles of 1 ounce or less.
Eau de Parfum
Eau de parfum, is the next most concentrated formula, also one of the most popular in purchases. It contains 10-30% aromatic compounds.
Eau de Toilette
Eau de toilette another popular choice in fragrances and is less expensive than the perfume or parfum formulations, although its scent will not last as long when applied to the skin. Eau de toilette contains 5-20% aromatic compounds.
Cologne or Eau de Cologne
Eau de Cologne, created in Cologne, Germany as a weak concentration and is a generic term that defines a class of scented formulations by its typical concentration of about 2-5%.
Cologne products are available for either men or women, and are sometimes mistaken for aftershave, which is actually a formula containing moisturizer, an antiseptic agent, and perfume. In addition, aftershave can be a gel, lotion, or liquid.
A little FYI: As the percentage of aromatic compounds decreases, so does the intensity and longevity of the scent.
Want to make your scent last longer?
Lets first start off with this! Never store your fragrances in a bathrooms, damp or humid places. unfortunately these conditions will break down the fragrance and lessen the quality. Store all fragrances in a nice cool dry place to keep it's longevity.
If you have very dry skin, try applying perfume more frequently. the oils the . Also try applying petroleum jelly to the areas where you will be applying perfume. It will give the scent something to cling to.
Applying your fragrance to the lower parts of the body will allow the scent to rise and won’t wear off as fast.
Try applying your fragrances after you shower, while the skin is still wet, and your pores are open. It will allow your body to soak up the scent, when using a moisturizer soap rather than deodorant.
When you layer your scents, it can help it last much longer. Try using a matching shower gel, lotions, powders, and aftershaves. Those should be applied before the fragrance. Allowing the scents to mix really well together.
Keep in mind the older we get our body chemistry changes. A scent that use to be your all-time favorite may smell slightly different if you haven’t worn it in a while.
Also, our sense of smell can drastically change as well. Making it hard to determine if we are wearing a little too much fragrance. Keep in mind a little can go a long way and sometimes less is more.