Eau De Parfum vs. Eau De Toilette: How to choose the right perfume for you
Perfume-lovers have one big question, each time they want to shop for fragrances, especially when it’s online shopping as there are no store managers present who can answer this question: “What’s the difference between an ‘eau de parfum’ and an ‘eau de toilette?”. Before you turn to google search while buying your next fragrance, we’re breaking down the difference between eau de parfum and eau de toilette for you to make the right choice for yourself.
For the basics, fragrances are essentially a mix of alcohol, water, and scented oils – or in some concentrated ones it’s just ethanol and precious oils. An easy way to remember the strength of scent is that the higher the concentration of oils added to the fragrance, the longer the scent lasts on the skin. And for obvious reasons, the longer the scent, the more expensive it’s likely to be. Next, learning the fragrance types and lingo will help make you understand your options. There are mainly 5 types of fragrances: Parfum, EDP, EDT, EDC and EF. These are not just abbreviations of fancy French words, these fragrances offer a huge difference in terms of intensity, price and longevity of the scent.
Eau Fraiche or EF is similar to EDC or Eau de Cologne. These scents usually last for up to two-three hours. The main difference is that EF has an even lower concentration of fragrance than EDC, normally only 1% to 3% and it does not contain a high amount of alcohol as it’s mostly water based. Eau de cologne or EDC generally has a 2-4 percent concentration of fragrance oils and a high concentration of alcohol. EF and EDC usually come in big bottles and are cheaper than other types of fragrance.
Other than the types of fragrances mentioned above, next you have are mists, aftershaves, and other types of fragrances available. With all of the types and scents available, shopping for perfume is not always easy and especially when it comes to picking EDP vs. EDT. Let’s understand these two in depth.
Eau de toilette a.k.a. EDT
EDT offers somewhere between 5-15 percent concentration of ingredients i.e. smaller dose of the fragrance oils and they come in both water/alcohol base. These perfumes are ideal for work or when you want to wear scent for your personal pleasure at bedtime. If you want noses to follow your trail, wherever you go, EDT is not the one to go for as this one will not help you get ‘noticed’. Offering 3-4 hours of wear at the maximum, you will need to wear this one at least twice a day to stay fresh. Nevertheless, eau de toilette is the best selling scent across the world and you should have at least 1-2 of these on your shelf.
A dab of EDT on your wrists or behind your ears can make the fragrance linger around you for up to 24 hours later if you haven’t taken a bath. As the alcohol content in the perfume evaporates from the skin, the scent also starts to fade away.
RANCÉ Eau De France Unisex Eau De Toilette 50ml
THE DIFFERENT COMPANY Osmanthus Unisex Eau De Toilette 100ml
Eau de Parfum a.k.a. EDP
Eau de parfum offers a typically 15 percent concentration of oils and these tend to have a staying power of anywhere from 4-6 hours. EDPs are supposed to be applied lightly for daytime and more generously for a night out because of their high scent concentration. If you want a bang for your buck and make an entry to be remembered, this most noticeable type is your go-to. There fairly decent staying power makes the scent last longer and can easily take you through the day without needing re-application. This more intense than EDT perfume is a great option for a night out as well.
CREED Silver Mountain Water Unisex Eau De Parfum 100ml
LES PARFUMS DE ROSINE Rose D'ete For Women Eau De Parfum 100ml
The important thing to remember here is you can’t confuse EDP with pure perfume, or parfum or ‘extrait de parfum’, which is a common mistake to do. A pure perfume has around 20-40 percent of scented perfume ingredients, which explains why the ‘perfume’ version of any fragrance is always the most expensive even though they belong to the same range and fragrance notes. Pure perfume is ideally suited for after-dark occasions and they often come in glass nozzle bottles for easy dabbing rather than spraying. This one is a pricey juice that you would only want to invest in after understanding what truly works for you the best!
So, now that you’ve taken mental notes and you can finally rest that debate in your head about what should be your new fragrance, shop away!