Words: Emily Venables
The world of perfume can be a tricky place to navigate. With all its jargons and abbreviations, such as the popular EDP and EDT. So, what exactly do they mean? Simply put, the difference between an Eau de Toilette (EDT) and an Eau de Parfum (EDP) is the ratio of aromatic oil to alcohol/ and or water in the fragrance. Meaning the more fragrant oil present, the more potent the scent and the longer it lasts on the skin… easy, right?
So, before you splash out (or splash on) let’s break down the options for you…
Eau de Toilette (EDT)
Looking for a great entry point into discovering a new favourite scent? Then an EDT is a pretty good place to start. Usually containing less than 10% essential oil you’ll find an EDT has a lower price point yet is simply perfect for everyday use. The lighter, uncomplicated scent will usually last on your skin for up to 4 hours - so make sure you pop your EDT in your bag for a mid-day top up!
Eau de Parfum (EDP)
With a higher concentration of essential oils (totting up to around 15% to 20%) an EDP provides a richer, deeper scent than an EDT. This makes it a very popular choice amongst those who want a perfume with longevity and you should be able to enjoy the scent on your skin for around 5-6 hours. So, if you’re looking for something that is more ‘date night’ then ‘everyday wear’ opt for a luxurious Eau de Parfum.
What else is available?
For a real touch of decadence, a ‘parfum’ has a higher concentration of essential oils than both an EDT and an EDP with over 15% aromatic compounds present. These incredible scents pack a real punch, and will often come with a matching price tag, due to their pure essential oil content.
Ready to find out more?
Discover your new favourite EDT, EDP or Parfum at The Perfume Shop