Parfum, De Parfum, De Toilette… What does it all mean???

So I have been meaning to write about this topic for the longest amount of time, school got so crazy but I finally submitted my final thesis and I have a little time before exam hecticness starts up again.

I love perfume, or rather I love great fragrances. I remember from early on in my life my mom would always always make sure I had a great smelling perfume because in her books that is a complete must. As I got older my love for fragrances grew and unfortunately so did my taste for perfume. We all know, the best fragrances well are always a bit on the pricey side but every now and then a girl must splurge.

In my moments of splurging I have often been confused as to what the real difference is between a Parfum, Eau de parfum and an Eau de toilette. Mind you my pronunciation of these terms is horrific! Anyway I took it upon myself to delve into the world of fragrances.

So what it is, is essentially that perfumes are all really just a blend of oils that are diluted with alcohol (and probably some other stuff) to make them less potent and also put them in a format that allows them to be practically used. So all these different terms are essentially just different levels of the oil to alcohol ratio. 


This is the most concentrated and lasts the longest on the skin. As such it is clearly the most expensive, it usually contains anything from 15% to 30% of the essential fragrance.


Eau de Parfum (EdP)

This is the next most concentrated and it is also expensive. It contains between 8% to 15% of the essential fragrance. This is what most people consider to be be ‘perfume’ and is what you would find in most shops. It is sometimes known as Parfum de Toilette, of course not to be confuse with Eau de Toilette.


 Eau de Toilette

This is a much weaker concentration of essential fragrance, containing between 5% to 8% of the essential fragrance. As such it does not last as long on the skin and it is relatively less expensive than the other concentrations.


So that really is all there is to it, simple huh? Who woulda thought!

P.S. Did you know that Joy Perfume by Jean Patou is a true parfum and the world’s most expensive fragrance per ounce?



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