Words: Emily Venables
A fragrance can be identified by so many names, it can be tricky to figure out which one is right for you. You’ve got EDT’s, EDP’s and colognes to name just a few! Did you know that parfum and eau de parfum are two different things? We know, how confusing! But not to worry, we’re here today to explain the difference between the two.
Firstly, how is a fragrance classified?
Every fragrance has concentrated oils in the formula. It is the level or quantity of this which determines which category the fragrance sits in. The higher the concentration, the more perfume oil and less alcohol it will contain. Fragrance categories are broken down into parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne and eau fraiche.
Parfum and eau de parfum have the highest level of essential oils in them so if you’re stuck choosing between the two, it’s good to know the difference!
The crème de la crème of fragrances! Sitting at the top of the categories is parfum (otherwise known as extrait de parfum or pure perfume). Parfum can contain up to 40 percent fragrance, however you are more likely to find it around the 20 – 30 percent mark. With this level of concentration, you should get at least 6-8 hours of scent on your skin. No need for mid-day top ups! The impressive longevity, as you would expect, comes with a price and parfums will usually have the highest price tag of them all.
If you have a scent you love already and it’s available as a parfum, give it a go. It’ll magnify everything you adored about the EDP/EDT you have already tried.
Eau de Parfum
After parfum, you have eau de parfum to consider, the second best of the bunch in terms of concentration. This is what most people consider as the ‘go-to’ dilution for women’s perfumes and you will be treated to roughly 20 – 30 percent of oil. On average, an eau de parfum should last around 4-5 hours and we particularly recommend them for dates or girls’ nights out, but don’t be put off choosing one for every day wear too!
A quick recap…
The main differences between a parfum and an eau de parfum are:
- The levels of concentrated fragrance
- It’s longevity on the skin
- Price point
So, will be be Parfum or Eau De Parfum?
The choice is all yours at The Perfume Shop