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Eau de parfum, eau de toilette and eau de cologne – the myths and reality3 min read

09/02/2016 3 min read

Eau de parfum, eau de toilette and eau de cologne – the myths and reality3 min read

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If you aren’t acquainted with the difference between eau de parfum, eau de toilette, and eau de cologne, shopping away in that fragrance department can be both confusing and misleading. We have put this little guide for you so you can make informed decisions from now on.

Eau de parfum, eau de toilette and eau de cologne

The diluted difference between eau de parfum and eau de toilette

The logic here is pretty simple: the higher the percentage of the pure perfume oil, the more concentrated the perfume is. This automatically means that perfume will last longer and cost more than its diluted siblings. Although these French names sound confusing and you are tempted to pronounce parfum with a rolling rrr, you should know that the difference is rather simple:

Body sprays contain less than 5 % of perfume oil

Eau Fraiche contains 5%-7% of perfume oil

Eau de Cologne contain 5%-8% concentrated perfume oil

Eau de Toilette is 10% perfume oil

Eau de Parfum is 15%-17% pure perfume oil

Parfum (often is dubbed as extrait) is 25%-40% pure perfume oil

Parfum de Toilette: the scented centaur

If you think that you are out of the woods and fully trained in perfume at this point, just wait until you see a bottle labeled Parfum de Toilette. Labels like this one are generally a marketing move on the part of fragrance companies. This is only natural since designer houses are striving to appear relevant and innovative. In reality, parfum de toilette and eau de parfum are one and the same thing.

Why cannot they sell perfumes in their pure form?

This is a frequently asked question, mainly by women who either want to smell dazzling for a whole eternity or those who hope they can save money by applying less perfume. In some countries they do sell concentrated perfume oils, mostly in a wax form. The wax pure oil perfumes are dense, heavy and have somewhat of a greasy feel to them, although they have their fair share of fans who prefer to apply them behind the ears, on the wrists and in the cleavage area. Your average perfume is a much lighter concoction, it is generally comprised of at least 50 notes, each infused in a subtle manner to complement the whole.

The olfactory difference

Please make a note that there is always a slight change in your olfactory perception between an eau de toilette and an eau de parfum of the same fragrance. The fragrance houses tend to act cheap when it comes to eau de toilette compositions, so they leave some of the fancier ingredients out of the final products. Therefore, if you want your perfume to leave a true and long-lasting mark go for the eau de parfum.

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments. We would love to help out!

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9 Comments
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    Rachel

    So what does Scentbird send us for our monthly sample? I'm surpised no one has asked that yet. And thanks again by the way for the education. I enjoyed reading it.

    • Marina Ljubisavljevic

      Marina Ljubisavljevic

      Hello Rachel, Thank you for your interest in Scentbird. Each month you will receive an 8ml spray filled with the scent of your choice. It comes out to be 120 sprays, and this is enough fragrance to apply twice daily for 30 days. Included with your first shipment, you will get a sleek case, and a velvet pouch, FREE! If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to write them in the comment section. Have a nice scented day, Marina

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    Mandy

    I think she meant do you send us an aue de toilette or perfume? I would like to know as well.

    • Marina Ljubisavljevic

      Marina Ljubisavljevic

      Hi Mandy, thank you for the comment. Some of the fragrances in Scentbird's collection of scents are EDP and some are EDT. For instance, L'eau d'Issey EDT by Issey Miyake is an Eau de Toilette, which is clearly stated, however most of the perfumes are Eau de Parfum. If you have a particular scent in mind and you want to know if it is EDT or EDP, you can comment here or send an email to the Scentbird fairies at support@scentbird.com Have a nice scented day, Marina

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    Stephanie Garcia

    My question... we paying 14.95/mo to receive a 0.27 oz bottle of luxury fragrance, but is it EDT or is it EDP?

    • Marina Ljubisavljevic

      Marina Ljubisavljevic

      Hi Stephanie, thank you for your comment and interest in Scentbird. Whether the fragrance is EDP or EDT depends on the fragrance in question. You can browse through Scentbird's selection and see that the fragrances are labeled EDP or EDT accordingly. This is easiest way to know if the fragrance you are interested in is EDP or EDT. For instance Poppy EDP by Coach, So Nude EDP by CoSTUME NATIONAL, or L'eau d'Issey EDT by Issey Miyake. Please if you have any more questions, you can write them here or ask for a help from our scent fairies at support@scentbird.com Have a nice scented day, Marina

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    zerine

    Wow very nice. I am not like perfume savvy, but i like to smell good. I love concentrated perfume oil more than spray. I have my own reason for that, i think that is longer lasting perfumes, chemical free, non irritating .

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    Deon McCoy

    Does Scentbird dilute the fragrances at all?

    • Marina Ljubisavljevic

      Marina Ljubisavljevic

      Hi Deon, Thank you for your interest in Scentbird's services. To answer your question, no, Scentbird does not dilute the fragrances. Scentbird takes pride in only offering 100% authentic fragrances provided to us by authorized vendors or by the brands directly. We never carry fakes, knock-offs, or imitations -- a policy we take extremely seriously. We take great care that any fragrance we decant from its original large bottle into our sleek Scentbird vial is completely bona fide. That said, please note that Scentbird is not associated with the designer or the designer’s fragrance manufacturer in any way, and we have no agreement or arrangement authorizing us to repackage their fragrances.

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