Words: Emily Venables
Guys, how many times have you been asked what you wanted for your birthday or for Father's Day and you’ve replied, ‘a new aftershave’? Or how often have you heard this reply? A fragrance is always a popular choice as a gift, but the term ‘aftershave’ may not necessarily be what he really wants! Today, we’re answering all the important questions – when is an aftershave actually an aftershave? What is cologne? And what’s the difference between them all? Let’s find out…
Men’s fragrances: the low-down
The main difference between all male fragrance terms, such as aftershave, cologne, eau de toilette and parfum is the level of essential oils (or aromatic compounds) used in the fragrance. It ranges from as little as 1% up to 40% in some cases. This level of essential oil will alter the scents longevity, price and overall performance.
What is aftershave?
The clue is in the name with this one! An aftershave is to be used on the face after shaving to disinfect the skin, refresh, tone and to leave the face lightly scented.
With only 1-3% essential oils used, an aftershave is your weakest option.
What is cologne?
Unlike an aftershave, a cologne is specifically designed to make you smell good! Still relatively low on the strength scale, a cologne (or eau de cologne, to give it its full name) is ideal for everyday use, although it may require top ups during the day.
Typically, 7% aromatic compound
What is Eau de Toilette?
An eau de toilette is one of the most popular options when it comes to fragrances due to its higher level of essential oil and accessible price point. Spray your eau de eoilette on your pulse points to benefit most from the scent.
Around 4-8% oil
What other options are there?
Eau de Parfum and Parfum
These are less common for men, but that doesn’t mean they are not out there, and they are certainly worth a mention. With the highest concentration of oils they are the strongest fragrances you can get. If you love your EDT version, but want something to last a little longer, it’s worth checking if they have an EDP version too.
An EDP will usually have between 10 and 20%, while a parfum can have anywhere between 20 and 40% concentrated oils.
Your EDP will last on your skin for around 6-8 hours where a parfum can last up to 12 hours, or more!
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