Words: Emily Venables
The world of perfume can be a tricky place to navigate, with so many abbreviations flying around how do you know what you're actually buying? If you need help deciphering between an EDT (Eau de Toilette) and an EDP (Eau de Parfum) then you're in the right place!
The main difference between the various types of fragrance is the ratio of essential oil and alcohol/ water. The more essential oil present, the more potent the scent and the longer it will last on the skin. Easy, right?
So now you know the basics, let's break down the three main options for you...
Eau de Toilette (EDT)
If you're searching for a new scent, then an Eau de Toilette is always a great place to start. The perfect entry point into the world of fragrances, an EDT usually contains around 8-12% essential oil and is ideal for everyday use. The lighter, uncomplicated scent will usually last on the skin for around 4 hours, so make sure you pop your EDT into your bag for a mid-afternoon top up!
Eau de Parfum (EDP)
With a higher concentration of essential oils (totting up to around 12%-18%) an Eau de Parfum provides a richer, deeper scent than an Eau de Toilette. 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% essential oils present. These incredible fragrances pack a real punch, and will often come with a matching price tag, due to their pure essential oil content.
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