Looking for just the right scent for just the right occasion can seem like a daunting task to the untrained eye. With modern perfumeries containing several different types of scents and fragrances, it can seem tough to identify the right perfume to compliment who you are as a person. Different types of perfumes have different concentrations and components, so figuring out exactly what you need for the right occasion can seem difficult at first, but with a little knowhow on the subject at hand, you'll be picking perfume like a connoisseur!
Every scent can be grouped in to a few very similar yet very distinct categories. From parfum to cologne, let's go over the different kinds of perfume so you know exactly what you're getting when you read the label.
Parfum contains the highest concentration of extract when it comes to fragrances. Most of the scents in this category will have around 15 to 40 percent fragrance concentration. Out of all the different kinds of scents, parfum will last the longest but will also have the most obvious smell, and as such will likely be the most expensive fragrances on the market, not usually used on a day to day basis.
Eau de parfum, or commonly known in the industry as EDP, is the natural extension to the previously explored parfum. This potent blend usually contains about 15 to 20 percent perfume essence and is a little lighter on the nose. Lasting for hours on end, eau de parfum is normally much cheaper than parfum and can be used pretty much every day, so you can have the confidence in knowing that the scent won't be too overbearing on whomever is in your vicinity. As EDP has a higher percentage of alcohol than parfum, it's much easier on the skin and can be worn every day with no hassle.
Eau de toilette, or EDT as the savants say, is the next level from parfum and eau de parfum. It's generally cheaper than the previous two as it contains less pure extract, and will usually last a little less longer but what it has in turn is the flexibility to be used at anytime of day or night. Some even consider EDT to be the daytime equivalent of EDP’s night, but that's up to you to decide for yourself. Fun fact, the name eau de toilette heralds from the French phrase "faire sa toilette", roughly translating "to wash" or to "get groomed".
Along side all the scent types, there are still mists, after shaves, talcum powder, and many others that take the hot seat when it comes to building a complex scent. Doing a little homework beforehand (or even having this handy cheat sheet) when you go shopping for fragrances can really make all the difference and make life a little easier.
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Check out our blog on Fragrance notes where we go into a little more detail on the makeup of a fragrance: Perfume Notes - What are they? And what do they do?