In the beauty world, you’d be hard pushed to find a single product that comes in so many variations as perfume. Not only do you have all the fragrance families to choose from, but there are perfume concentration levels to think about too.
Now while you may not see the term ’perfume concentration’ on the packaging or our shelves, you will have seen the different options. The most popular include Eau de Toilette (EDT), Eau de Parfum (EDP) and Parfum.
So, to help you find a fragrance that’s perfectly suited to you, we’re here to explain the difference between Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette and explain what a Parfum is too!
How are perfume concentrations categorised?
The level of concentrated oils in its formula determines how a fragrance is categorised. The more oil it contains, the more potent the aroma and longer lasting it will be. Fragrance categories are broken down into (from highest perfume concentration level to the lowest) Parfum, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, and Eau de Cologne and Eau Fraiche.
Infographic: Perfume Concentration Guide.
What is Eau de Toilette (EDT)
The perfect choice for everyday wear, such as going to work, lunch with friends, or popping to the shops, an Eau de Toilette is incredibly popular amongst men and women. With an average oil concentration of around 5-12%, Eau de Toilette often offers a light, refreshing aroma that will linger on the skin for 2-4 hours. As a result, they’re perfect options for your ’signature scent’ as they can be worn confidently every day, for any occasion.
What is Eau de Parfum (EDP)
Eau de Parfums are the second most potent fragrance in terms of concentration. Thanks to its staying power and impressive projection, many people consider them their ‘go-to’ dilution. They feature around 12-18% of oil, and on a good day, an Eau de Parfum should last for 4-5 hours. At The Perfume Shop, we recommend wearing an Eau de Parfum on dates, a night out with friends or anywhere you want to make a lasting impression!
What is Parfum?
Often considered the crème de la creme of fragrances, Parfum sits at the top of the perfume concentration list. It is also known as Extrait de Parfum or Pure Parfum and can contain up to 30% concentrated oils; however, you are more likely to find them with around 20%. With this high oil level, you can expect your Parfum to last for at least 6-8 hours on the skin, without the need for mid-day top-ups! As you would expect, the impressive longevity comes with the highest price tag of most fragrances.
If you already love a particular Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette but want to experience a more intense version, be sure to see if it has a Parfum counterpart. It will magnify everything you already adore about the lighter concentrated version, and then some!
Points to remember
The main difference between Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette and Parfum is:
• The levels of concentrated fragrance
• Its longevity on the skin
• Price point