Have you ever wondered why the fragrance of some perfumes lasts longer than others? And have you wondered why the smell of some perfume changes from the time you apply them to few hours after that?
One of the popular ways to classify perfumes is through their concentration of fragrance which determines how lasting the fragrance will be. The fragrance concentration refers to the strength that a fragrance has.
The perfumes with a higher level of perfume oils and less alcohol are considered having higher fragrance concentration. In terms of fragrance concentration, there are five types of perfume.
Parfum is also popular as Extrait de Parfum or pure perfume. It has the highest fragrance concentration.
Parfum generally contains anywhere from 15% to 40% fragrance; nevertheless, concentration is in between 20% to 30% for most of the Parfums.
Because of the highest concentration, of all scents, Parfums last the longest; usually six to eight hours. A small amount of application is enough to give you sufficient smell.
In terms of prices, Parfums demand the highest price of all the fragrance types due to the high concentration of fragrance. They come in somewhat smaller bottles.
Parfums is suitable for people with sensitive skin as the alcohol content is very less as compared to other types of fragrances. This also prevents the skin from being dry.
It is generally preferred for travelling and picnic purposes as it lasts longer.
2. Eau de Parfum
Parfum is followed by Eau de Parfum (EDP) that has the next highest concentration of fragrance. Eau de Parfum consists of a fragrance concentration of between 15% and 20%.
Eau de Parfum (EDP) is the most common type of fragrance in terms of popularity and for its regular and daily use.
Typically, Eau de Parfum lasts for about four to five hours. Since it has low concentration than Parfum, the cost is also less expensive than, parfum.
Regardless of having a higher level of alcohol content as compared to parfum, the Eau de Parfum is suitable for sensitive skin than other types of fragrances.
It is preferred for daytime dates or even wedding parties.
3. Eau de Toilette
Eau de Toilette (EDT) comprises around 5 to 15% fragrance concentration and is cheaper than Eau de Parfum. The fragrance of EDT lasts up to 2 to 3 hours.
The term ‘Eau de Toilette’ comes from the French expression “faire sa toilette” which refers to getting ready.
People generally distinguish the use of EDT with Eau de Parfum based on when to wear. EDT is taken to be daywear while Eau de parfum is considered as nightwear.
It is used mostly during movies, dinners and meetings.
4. Eau de Cologne
As you might have already noticed, the level of fragrance concentration is reduced gradually. Eau de Cologne, or EDC, has a much lower concentration of fragrance than the other types of aromas that are described above.
Cologne generally has 2% to 4% of the concentration of fragrance and the level of alcohol is higher. The cologne is cheaper than those mentioned above and lasts for about two hours at the most.
EDCs come in larger bottles and need to be used in a higher amount for better fragrance. Eau de Cologne is fashionable to be used during casual outings and shopping.
Traditionally, EDC was referred for being a traditional recipe which used herb and citrus notes with modest anchoring with base notes.
5. Eau Fraiche
Eau Fraiche has a lesser concentration of fragrance oils as compared to EDC. Meanwhile, it is similar to eau de cologne such that the scent barely lasts for up to two hours.
Eau Fraiche has the fragrance concentration of typically only 1% to 3%. While Eau Fraiche has a low fragrance concentration, it does not contain a high amount of alcohol.
Eau Fraiche is widely used during beach walks and at home. Along with the fragrance, the remainder of Eau Fraiche is mostly water.