Are you searching for your next stand out scent? Well, there’s no denying you’re spoilt for choice, especially at The Perfume Shop! But to ensure you’re choosing the right fragrance for the right occasion you need to know your body sprays and body mists from your perfumes. On the surface, they serve a similar purpose – to help you smell great, but there are differences you should know. So, before you start adding body sprays, mists or perfumes to your basket, here’s the low-down on what sets them apart from one another.
Body spray & perfume – what’s the difference?
The biggest difference between a body spray and a perfume is its formula or the ratio of concentrated oil to water and alcohol. Body sprays have a lower level of concentrated oil and more alcohol, while perfume in various forms will have a higher level of oil and less water or alcohol.
You can get body sprays for men and body sprays for women, which are both usually light and refreshing and can be applied on the skin or sprayed directly on clothes. However, their lower level of concentrated oil means they don’t have the longest staying power. Still, the generously sized sprays are often cheaper to buy, so you can top up throughout the day and enjoy it liberally, without worrying it will run out quickly!
In recent years, body sprays for men have had a bit of a makeover, with luxury perfume houses releasing decadent sprays that complement their fragrance line. Take a look at these from Tom Ford and CHANEL.
Perfumes come in various strengths and formulas, such as Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum, and each has an increasing level of concentrated oil in them. The more oil present in a fragrance, the more potent the aroma and the longer it will linger on the skin.
And what is body mist?
A body mist is a light, soft version of a fragrance that is often feminine with fruity, floral notes. They are very similar to a body spray because they contain a higher level of alcohol and water with a low level of concentrated oils.
In recent years, body mists have had a revival (largely thanks to Victoria’s Secret body mists) and have come a long way since their sickly-sweet ‘P.E school kit’ days! These lighter, brighter formulas are perfect for everyday wear and to layer with complimenting perfumes or body products, such as shower gel or body lotions.
For more reasons on why a body mist is a must-have in your fragrance wardrobe, check out our dedicated blog: What are body mists?
How to apply a body mist
Just like perfume, a body mist should be applied directly to the skin. To get the most out of the fragrance, you can spray it on to damp skin after a shower or bath or apply it directly to your pulse points, including your wrists, neck, or behind your ears.
When do I wear a body spray, mist or perfume?
Different occasions call for different fragrances, so which formulas work best for which situation?
As a body spray or a body mist is a lighter scent that lasts for a shorter period, we suggest wearing these for any casual activity, such as popping to the shops, seeing a friend for a low-key lunch, or doing the school run.
With perfumes, you’ll need to ask yourself how long you want your scent to last and what kind of impression you want to make.
An Eau de Toilette perfume is an excellent choice for work or days where you regularly see people face to face. Or, equally, they are the ideal option for when you want to make a great impression, but you don’t want your fragrance to be overpowering, such as at a job interview or on a first date.
If the aim of the game is to turn heads or to have people ask you, ‘what are you wearing, that smells amazing’, then an Eau de Parfum or even a Parfum is your best choice. They have incredible staying power with a more intense note profile. Looking for a fragrance that can keep up with your busy lifestyle? Then be sure to check out our top 10 long-lasting perfumes.
Want to know even more about different types of perfume, such as EDTs and EDPs?
Then read our blog: Everything you need to know about perfume oil concentration.