Different Perfume Classifications

Different Perfume Classifications

There is such a variety of perfume classifications available on the market, deciding which to buy can feel a little overwhelming. These various fragrance concentrations refer to the amount of perfume oil in the mix. These can be broken into categories, namely parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne and eau fraiche.


This category contains the highest perfume oil concentration, usually this can fall anywhere between 15%-40%. Pafum is also known as extrait de parfum or pure perfume, and is generally the most expensive out of all the classifications due to the high concentration of fragrance.

In ancient times, many cultures did not believe in taking frequent baths. Parfum was developed as a masking agent for body odour. Overall, parfum has been, and still is associated with wealth, style and charm.

Eau de Parfum

After parfum, eau de parfum (EDP) has the next highest concentration of fragrance, the concentration generally falls between 15% and 20%. Eau de parfum is generally less expensive than parfum. This is one of the most common fragrance types and is suitable for everyday wear.

Some people prefer to combine their use of the heavier and lighter perfume options throughout the day. Perhaps a woman might spray an eau de parfum in the morning, but later during the day she might refresh it with an eau de toilette. She may choose this so as not to have the fragrance strength irritate any of her colleagues and customers.

Eau de Toilette

Eau de toilette (EDT) is the middle-of-the-road classification, as it has a fragrance concentration of between 5% and 15%. It is cheaper than eau de parfum and is one of the most popular types of fragrance variants available. Eau de toilette is considered by some to be a good option for day-time application, while eau de parfum is considered to be more for night-time application.

The term eau de toilette actually comes from the French term “faire sa toilette”, which translates to “getting ready”.

The most common places to apply this perfume variation include the wrists, the pulse points at the base of the throat as well as behind the ears. Rubbing the wrists together is not advised, it is better to spray a small amount on each wrist instead.

Eau de Cologne

Eau de cologne, or EDC, has a much lower concentration of fragrance than the above types of perfume. EDC generally has a 2% to 4% percent concentration of fragrance oil only. It is cheaper than other types of fragrance, however the lowered perfume oil concentration means the quality is also lower. EDC generally comes in bigger bottles as more of the fragrance needs to be used. Originally eau de cologne was actually a traditional recipe which consisted of herbal and citrus notes, with little anchoring with base notes to the skin.

Even though it can be traced back to Cologne in Germany, the original inventor is actually an Italian man who was in search of success if the German city.

The Turkish used to offer people cologne, as it was believed to refresh a tired body.

Eau Fraiche

Eau fraiche is similar to eau de cologne, except it has an even lower concentration of fragrance oil, normally only featuring between 1% to 3%. While eau fraiche has a low fragrance concentration, it also has a low alcohol concentration, the remainder is mostly water.

The French term “eau fraiche” literally translates to “fresh water”.

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