When shopping for fragrances, do you understand the difference between the various types of fragrance? For example, what is the difference between a bottle marked “perfume” and a bottle marked “eau de perfume?” It may seem like the label on the second bottle is just a fancier, French version of the first bottle, but there are real differences between fragrances marked with these labels.
Fragrances that are marked with the word “perfume” in the title or on the packaging will contain 22% essential oils. These are the oils that deliver the fragrance, so these products will produce a more powerful aroma than fragrances listed with other labels.
Perfumes are typically more expensive than other types of fragrances because they contain more of those essential oils. You can save money by purchasing the same scents or brand names but with some of the less-fragrant labels featured below.
Eau de Perfume
This label signifies a fragrance that is composed of at least 15% essential oils. Some products with this label may have close to 22% essential oils, so they aren’t that much different from more expensive perfumes. You can still get a rather strong aroma from fragrances marked with this label.
Eau de Toilette
You can expect around 10% essential oils with these fragrances, but some brands may go as low as 8% or as high as 15%. While it may seem that these perfumes are less valuable as true perfumes, they are actually the most commonly worn fragrances for those who work in office settings.
You never know when someone else may react negatively to a fragrance, so it is good to use this more diluted form to ensure that you keep your scent to yourself when in a confined space with others. You will find these fragrances still offer enough scent that others may notice you smell nice, but they should not knock anyone over when you walk into a room.
Eau de Cologne
With less than 5% essential oils, these fragrances are the weakest on the market. They are perfect for light splashes of scent when you don’t want an obvious perfume smell, and they are often used by pre-teens and teenagers. Some people simply prefer these fragrances because they are the most economical options and never overpower others.
When you shop fragrances offered at a discount, you may come across more “eau de” products than genuine perfumes. This doesn’t mean the fragrances are less valuable than more expensive perfumes. It just means the strength of the scent may not match that of a perfume.
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