Friday, June 19, 2015

Lesson II: Fragrance Concentrations

The concentration of a fragrance refers to the amount of perfume oil that is mixed with a solvent (the solvent most commonly being alcohol). The higher the perfume oil content, the stronger the fragrance  concentration will be. Conversely, the higher the solvent content, the weaker the fragrance concentration will be. With this in mind, we'll explore the most common concentrations of fragrance on the market.

  • Parfum: 20-30% 
  • Eau de Parfum (EDP): 15-20%
  • Eau de Toilette (EDT): 10-15%
  • Eau de Cologne (EDC): 2-4%
  • Eau Fraiche: 1-3%

As I'm sure you can guess, the fragrances which contain the highest perfume oil content will be the strongest and longest lasting (as well as the most expensive!). Many times, individuals will favor Parfum and EDP in the cooler months, and reach for EDT, EDC, and Eau Fraiche in the warmer months. This is simply because the more highly concentrated fragrances can feel a bit stuffy and heavy in the hot summer air (and warm, sweaty skin tends to amplify scent). Of course, there is no rule, and this choice is usually made dependent upon the specific fragrance. For example, wearing an EDP with primarily floral or citrus notes will often register as lighter, airier, and fresher, versus an EDP with heavy oriental or vanilla notes.

Thanks for reading!

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