Difference between Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum

Nasib Shah

Posted on June 25 2020

Difference between Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum

What is the difference between eau de cologne, eau de toilette, eau de parfum and parfum?


Each perfume is classified according to the concentration of essences or aromatic oils they contain.


Let us demystify this!  


  • Eau de Cologne :  Tends to be 7% essence dissolved in alcohol of 60° or 70°. The least concentrated of all. Great for hot weather and tend to be marketed in large sizes up to 200 ml and if often applied by spray.  



  • Eau de Toilette :  One of the most popular forms in which fragrances are sold. Patricularly appropriate for the summer, Eau de Toilette evaporates and fades away slowly. It contains up to around 10% aromatic essence. The top notes are dominant.  



  • Eau de Parfum :  The concentration of oils is over 15% sometimes reaching as high as 20%. It is less intense than perfume extract, but lasts well and is sold in various sizes. The middle notes or heart notes of an Eau de Parfum is noticeable.  



  • Parfum :  The most expensive version of any fragrance, this perfume extract has a high concentration of essence – as much as 40% by volume. It is directly applied to the wrist, behind the ears, and at the throat. It is the longest lasting of all scent categories.  


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