The same fragrance may come in a variety of forms
Are you confused about the difference between perfume, eau de cologne, eau de toilette and the other forms your favorite scent comes in?
The word 'perfume' itself derives from the Latin per – through – and fumare – smoke – so perhaps it's not surprising the subject is a bit hazy.
With the arrival of the colder weather, you may be looking for something a little heavier than the scent you use during the hotter months.
Each perfume house uses their own terminology and categories to classify their perfumes according to the concentration of essences or aromatic oils they contain, but the following should give you a general idea of what you're buying:
Perfume, eau de parfum, or eau de toilette. There are many types of fragrances, but what exactly is the difference between one and another? And why is perfum not so cheap, while products like body splash are so affordable? The key difference is how much oil concentrate each contains.These oils are called "juice." The higher the percentage of concentrate "juice", the longer the scent lasts (and the higher the price). The highest concentration of "juice" is in perfume (or parfum). Next would be Eau de Parfum, then Eau de Toilette, and finally Eau de Cologne.
Perfumeis the most potent and most expensive of these products. It may also be called 'extract' or 'extrait perfume', and contains anywhere from 15 to 40% perfume concentrate. Because of the high potency, a perfume' fragrance will last longer and require less application than the other products.
Eau de parfum, or EDP, is the second most potent. It is very popular and common. Containing 7 to 15% concentrate, eau de parfum's scent lasts a long time and is less costly than perfume.
Eau de toilette, or EDT,is less potent with 1 to 6% concentrate. The scent is therefore light and does not last as long as the above mentioned fragrances. EDT is a "middle of the road" option, providing longer lasting scent than body splash, yet is more affordable than perfume.
Eau de cologne can be confused with eau de toilette; however, it is different. This product began as a fragrance combined with citrus oils. It was often used by Napoleon. A modern version of this eau de cologne is known as eau fraiche. Actually, Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne are generally interchangeable, particularly in Men's fragrances. After Shave has the least amount of oils. The higher the concentration of "juice" the longer your fragrance will last, and the less you need to apply.
Body splash has very little perfume concentrate. Because it is not very potent, the fragrance will not last very long, and may have to be applied several times a day. It is also the most affordable of the various fragrances.
What is the difference between a splash and a spray?
There is absolutely no difference in the fragrance. The difference is in the application only. However, a spray bottle, being ostensibly sealed all the time, may actually have a longer shelf life. Making the decision between spray and splash is entirely a matter of personal preference.
All of these products contain alcohol. The higher the perfume concentrate, the less the alcohol. Alcohol allows the fragrance to emanate, so that those around you can actually smell it.
Although potency greatly affects how long fragrance will last when worn, a person's own skin will play a role as well. Generally, dry skin does not hold fragrance very long. Conversely, oily skin holds fragrance very well. Also, one's PH level (acidity level) will slightly affect how skin interacts with fragrance.
Why do some fragrances seem to last much longer than others?
People with dry skin usually find their fragrance holding time shorter than those with oily skin because oily skin has more natural moisture to hold in the fragrance.
PH levels (amount of acidity in our skin) also varies slightly from person to person. Our individual levels of PH will determine how each ingredient in a fragrance will react.
How can I make my scent last longer?
Fragrance lasts longer on some people than on others because of differences in our skin (oily or dry) and in our PH levels. To achieve a longer effect, try layering your fragrance. Using the fragrance bath gel, (if the company offers one), then the moisturizer or powder, and then the Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum or Eau de Cologne, will usually have a longer lasting effect.
Also, apply your fragrance low on the body, as well as behind your ears and on your neck, so that the scent rises and you won't lose it as quickly. A light spray on the hair can last all day.
Here are some abbreviations for different fragrances
EDT: Eau de Toilette
EDP: Eau de Parfum
C/S: Cologne Spray
B/L: Body Lotion
B/P: Body Powder
D/P: Dusting Powder
B/C: Body Cream
B/G: Bath Gel
P/S: Purse Spray
So, there is a difference between perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, and body splash. This is one of those cases where you get what you pay for - perfume may be expensive but a little will go a longer way than the same amount of body splash.