Concentration of fragrance
Every perfume bottle has the concentration of fragrance underneath its name. The concentration level is directly proportional to the strength of the perfume. i.e., higher the concentration, stronger the smell. Higher fragrance perfumes have more concentration of perfume oils and less amount of alcohol.
Types of perfumes
Perfumes are broken down into Parfum, Eau De Parfum, Eau De Toilette, Eau De Cologne, and Eau Fraiche. Given below are the detailed description about each of them.
Parfum is also widely known as extrait de parfum and has the highest concertino of fragrance. Compared to all the perfumes, Parfumes last the longest which is normally around 6 to 8 hours! This is due to its concentration of fragrance, which is between 15% and 40%. Most if the Parfumes have 20% to 30% of fragrance concentration. This high concentration and its long-lasting effects attract a very high price. In fact,Parfumes have the highest price amongst all the other perfumes. As mentioned above, a higher concentration of fragrance means lesser amount if alcohol. This is why Parfumes is a hit amongst those with sensitive skins as it is less likely to dry out the skin due to the less concentration of alcohol.
Eau De Parfum:
Eau de parfum for women and menor EDP is one of the common perfumes found around the globe. This has the highest fragrance concentration after Parfum. The range of concentration level is between 15% and 20%. Eau de perfume for women and men last for about 4 to 5 hours. Though it has a higher alcohol concentration level than Parfum, it is better for sensitive skin than the other perfumes and cheaper than Parfumes as well. This makes it ideal for everyday wear (famous for nightwear)and is thus very popular. One can buy eau de perfume and gift it to their loved ones.
Eau De Toilette:
EDT or Eau De Toilette is cheaper than Eau de perfume for men and women and has the fragrance concentration between 5% and 15%. It comes from the French term translated as ‘getting ready’and lasts for 2 to 3 hours. It is considered by many as daywear.
Eau De Cologne:
Eau de cologne has a lower fragrance concentration than all the types mentioned above of perfumes and is also cheaper than them. It has 2% to 4% fragrance concentration and thus, a high amount of alcohol. The scent lasts for about 2 hours. These perfumes come in big bottles since more fragrance needs to be used.
Eau Fraiche is similar to eau de colognewith respect to how long the scent lasts. It lasts for up to 2 hours and has a fragrance concentration of 1% to 3%. Although it contains a low concentration of fragrance, EauFraichedoes not have a high amount of alcohol.
These were the different categories of fragrances in descending order of their concentration level and the decreasing order of their prices. One should understand the sensitivity of the skin and what concentration is most suitable to them before purchasing any perfume.