Chances are you've already seen the terms "Eau de Parfum", "Eau de Toilette" and "Eau de Cologne". But what does it actually mean, and what's the difference? Why is one more expensive than the other, and which one evaporates the least quickly?
The difference between these variants lies in the concentration of perfume oil in the perfume. Here are the pros and cons of each of the variants.
Eau de Cologne
The word "cologne" is the oldest term used for perfume. It was used to denote a mixture of alcohol, water and perfume oil with a light and masculine scent. Today this is still the case, because a cologne contains only 2 to 5 percent perfume oils. This makes it a very light and refreshing scent that lingers for about 2 hours. Since perfume oil is the most expensive component of a perfume, an Eau de Cologne with its low concentration is often the cheapest option.
Eau de Toilette
This gives a light and refreshing touch to your appearance and is not too overpowering. It is a relatively affordable option, and can be applied several times throughout the day on different parts of the body. Eau de Toilette contains between 5 and 10% perfume oil and lasts about 3 to 4 hours.
Eau de Parfum
This is an intense and perceptible scent that leaves a clear impression. An Eau de Parfum contains 10 to 20 percent perfume oil and is noticeable for at least 5 hours. It is best to apply the fragrance to hydrated skin for a long-lasting effect. Due to the high concentration of perfume oil, an Eau de Parfum is often the most expensive option. Because you need to use relatively little of it, it will certainly be worth the investment.