Perfumes are an essential part when it comes to completing your look for any occasion. But it can be pretty confusing to choose and buy the right scent that suits you. There are a variety of perfumes available in the market and most are pretty expensive so you don’t want to feel stuck with a particular scent that you don’t like after buying it. You obviously do smell, test and minutely scrutinize every scent before you make a purchase that takes a lot of time and almost all the perfumes you try are so good that picking one out of those numerous choices becomes a dilemma. Fret not that is why we are here.
Before you go out and buy a perfume it would be great to understand the kinds of perfumes available in the market and how they differ from each other. This would make shopping for one really easy as you not go around trying every sample and wasting time, well unless you enjoy that. *wink*
All perfumes can be categories roughly into a few categories based on their concentration. The ones with a higher concentration usually last longer and are usually more expensive.
Perfumes or Parfum are the strongest variety and the most popular of the lot. They theoretically consist of 15%-40% of perfume oils in them. But most top brands stick to 20%-30%. The higher concentration results in a stronger aroma that lasts long. Thus, you would require less spays for the fragrance to last for typically for 6 to 8 hours. The low alcohol concentration makes it perfect for people with sensitive skin as it doesn’t dry your skin out and also causes less skin burn.
EDP or Eau de Parfum is much lighter than the general perfume having only an oil concentration of 15-20% making it a much lighter solution with comparison to the standard perfumes. EDPs are the most common types of perfumes that you would find in stores and usually less expensive than standards perfumes. It is perfect as a night wear if you are a fan of strong fragrances. The scent lasts roughly for 4-5 hours and thus requires more sprays and doesn’t tend to last as long.
EDT or Eau de Toilette falls under the category of colognes which automatically means it has a lower concentration of oils and a weaker scent by extension. Most EDTs in the market contain 5-15% oils and extracts which makes them last for only 2-4 hours. It is the most commonly used form of scent and for a good reason. The light fragrance and affordable prices make them perfect for choice for everyday wear for most people. The high alcohol concentration make EDTs a bit harsh on your skin and we recommend you avoid applying it directly on your skin.
EDC or Eau de Cologne are the general cologne body sprays you find the most. It is the lightest version of any perfume and have only 2-6% of extracts in it. The scent only lasts for about 2 hours and requires more sprays. Thus, most light deodorants and body sprays fall under this category and usually come in larger bottles or spray cans and are way les expensive than your regular perfume. Although EDCs are also considered by many as a standard choice for daily use, we suggest you avoid it if you have a sensitive skin as the high alcohol content might cause mild burns.
Eau Frainche literally translates to Fresh water in French. It typically contains 1-2% concentration and lasts for only 1 to 2 hours. The specialty of this kind of perfume is that it with low levels of oil extracts it also contains almost no alcohol and is mostly water. This justifies the name. These are usually more expensive than colognes but not as much as perfumes. Being mostly water it is harmless to any kind of skin and also features a distinct subtle scent that tends to linger.
Now that we have gone through the types of fragrances you can choose from in the market, we believe all that left to do is for you to make up your mind and choose the kind of perfume you want for yourself, research a bit and head out. But if you’re still confused about which perfume might suit you. Check out our blog on hoe to find the perfume that suits you.