How does it work exactly? The scent of one perfume lingers much longer than the scent of another. You may have heard the names Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette in passing. But what are the differences between these two? The difference has to do with the concentration of a perfume. We are happy to explain what exactly is meant by this.



Real perfume, also known as "extrait de parfum" or "elixir", is the most prestigious and luxurious perfume with the highest concentration. A perfume can contain 15-40% aromatic ingredients. Such a concentration offers a long gestation period, but can also be enormously overwhelming. The "less is more" rule therefore certainly applies here.


Eau de Parfum (EDP)

This class is more suitable for everyday use, because it is not as lavish, heavy and expensive as real perfume. In addition, the skin is still provided with a wonderful scent for more than 8 hours. You will find between 20-25% aromatic ingredients in Eau de Parfum.


Eau de Toilette (EDT)

This class contains between 15-20% aromatic components. Usually it is a diluted version of Eau de Parfum, which makes it a lot cheaper and stays in place for around 4 hours.


Eau de cologne (EDC)

Eau de Cologne was originally a perfume called "Kölnisch Wasser", created in 1709 in Cologne, Germany by Giovanni Maria Farina. The term "Cologne" was also used later to refer to fragrances from a perfume line with the lowest concentrations. These days, the term is also used misleadingly to describe men's scents. Nevertheless, Eau de Cologne has become an industry standard and refers to scents with a concentration between 3-8%.


Eau Fraiche

These are called "mists" and include less than 3% aromatic constituents and are diluted in water. This makes them different from a traditional aftershave for men, because they are diluted in alcohol to clean wounds.


Reference: Beauty by Babs

05 August 2019