The difference between Perfume, Cologne and Eau De Toilette

Perfume is for women – and Cologne is for men, right? Well actually no but it’s an easy mistake to make. Infact, the gender has nothing to do with these variants of fragrances, the only difference is the concentration and the amount of perfume oil mixed with alcohol. Sounds complicated doesn’t it? It’s not. Let us break it down further……

With more than 20% oil concentration, and also called extract or extrait perfume, perfume is the most concentrated or purest form of a fragrance product and is known to be the longest-lasting on the skin. You can expect perfumes to last around six to eight hours, which is why they are great for an evening out and more expensive than the likes of Eau de parfum or Eau de Toilette.

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Eau de parfum 
Or also known as EDP usually has an oil concentration of between 15 to 20%. On average, you’ll get a solid four to five hours of wear plus it’s relatively less expensive than perfume.

Eau de Toilette
Eau de toilette (EDT) tends to have a fragrance concentration of between 5% to 15%. It’s cheaper than the EDP and is one of the most popular types of fragrance available. It will normally last two to three hours and is considered by some as everyday fragrance thanks to its spritzer effect and lightness on the skin. 

Cologne, has a much lower fragrance concentration (about 2% to 4%) than the Eau de toilette but has a high alcohol content. This makes it generally cheaper to buy than the others because it doesn’t match the stronger aroma of perfume.                                              You can expect around two hours wear out of it which is why they mostly come in bigger bottles. It’s also applied by dabbing onto the skin rather than spraying.

Eau Fraiche
Eau fraiche has a super low fragrance concentration of only 1% to 3%, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. In fact it’s mostly water with a very limited amount of alcohol, so be warned it probably won’t last for much longer than an hour!

So there you have it, we truly hope this general breakdown of fragrances has helped you to figure out what to wear and when. There are a few more that we could mention like mists and body sprays, but here at Rosa Salas, we tend to stick to the higher concentrations – after all, we’re renown for our long lasting scents which are made only using high quality oils and organic ingredients; because there’s nothing worst than having to reapply your perfume over and over again. There’s far more important things to worry about, don’t you think?

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