What’s the Difference Between Eau De Parfum and Eau De Toilette?

Buying fragrance can be pretty tricky thanks to the sheer amount of scents available. But that’s not the only thing making perfume shopping a little confusing. What about those three little words, Eau De Parfum (EDP) and Eau De Toilette (EDT), that are on each bottle?

Before you discount them as just more fancy French words, the two labels actually have very specific meanings and could be important in swaying your purchasing decision.

The difference between an EDP and EDT is the concentration of the fragrance ingredient in the formula. An EDP has a higher concentration of perfume oils than that of an EDT although the scents can be very similar.

So, what does this mean when wearing fragrances?

Well, the most obvious difference is the intensity of the scent. The higher concentration of perfume means that an EDP generally has a much bolder and more impactful scent and really creates a presence on your skin.

An EDP will often be more expensive however this is because it lasts longer on the skin and you can use less of it to be able to experience the smell when you wear it. The scents will often be more complex with secondary notes complementing the top notes or strongest scents of the fragrance. With an EDT, the top notes will typically be the most dominant.

But that doesn’t make an EDT a bad choice. Though the concentration and therefore intensity of perfume ingredients and oils is lesser, the lighter smell can actually be a good thing for day-to-day wear. You may also find that as someone who is new to wearing different scents you prefer the freshness of EDT’s. Or, if you’re looking to enter a new family of scents such as switching from green florals to smoky wooded scents, an EDT allows you to dip your toe in and experience the scent without diving in too intense.

You should note though that because the concentration of perfume oils is lower in an EDT, they won’t last as long on your skin as an EDP. They typically evaporate after about four hours so you’ll want to be reapplying if you want to keep your scent fresh.

And speaking of reapplying, perfume works best applied to bendy parts of the body such as wrists, your neck, inner elbows and even the back of your knees. This is because these frequently moving parts are warmer and therefore hold the scent better.

You should also never spray and then rub or pat your perfumed bits of skin together. This bruises the delicate notes of fragrance in the perfume and can change the scent. And lastly, never apply perfume directly to your chest. Most fragrance contain alcohol which doesn’t mix too well with your skin when exposed to the sun. You can cause excessive freckling and dryness so it’s best to avoid spraying your décolletage or sun-exposed areas.

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