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Understanding Perfume Terminology

EDP, EDT And Others: 

Eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne and other similar terms refer to the strength of the fragrance or the concentration of the fragrance in the bottle. The terms help you determine how much of the scented oils  are included in the container and how much is propellant, alcohol or other carriers of the scent.


Perfume is the most potent of fragrance products and also the most expensive. That’s because it contains from 15 to 40 percent of the scented oil. Since the perfume concentrate is available in abundance in a perfume, the fragrance lasts longer on the skin and can be used by customers in relatively small quantities.

Eau de parfum or EDP is less potent. About 7 to 15 percent perfume concentrate is in the container, and the product should be significantly less expensive than perfume. The scent still lasts a long time on the body, so it’s an intelligent and economical alternative to a more concentrated perfume product.

Eau de toilette or EDT is an even lighter and even more affordable alternative . With 1 to 6 percent of the perfume concentrate, the scent doesn’t last as long as the products above, but it still offers a noticeable fragrance while providing great value.

Eau de cologne or EDC is often confused with eau de toilette and is very similar, but this choice sometimes involves a perfume concentrate mixed with citrus oils. The term eau fraiche is sometimes used for a similar product. EDC and EDT are sometimes now used interchangeable, especially in men’s fragrances.

A body splash or an aftershave contains very little perfume juice and doesn’t last long after it’s applied, but one of these products is great for freshening up throughout the day and offers great economy as well. These choices also make a great first purchase in a fragrance line.

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