In the previous post on Floral Mind, I said I was going to talk about this topic later. So here we are. We would be exploring the nature of Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne and Perfume extract, also known as perfume. Perfume oil is the major component that distinguishes them.

Perfume oil is which is like a perfume in the raw form which is usually diluted with a solvent, commonly alcohol (sometimes alcohol and water) because undiluted oils are likely to contain high concentrations of components will likely result in allergic reactions and possibly injury when its applied directly to skin or clothing.

The concentration by percent of perfume oil is as follows:

Perfume extract or pure perfume or parfum contains 20%-40% of perfume oil. It is known as the strongest and one thing that makes it stand out is its level of tenacity, it lasts for over 8 hours with just a few spritz. This quality makes it really expensive.
Guerlain – Shalimar


Eau de Parfum is next in line. With concentration level of 10-30%, and being slightly below in its tenacious capacity, EDP stands out too. It lasts between 6- 8hours.
Tom Ford – Neroli Portofino


Eau de Toilette which has about 5-20% aromatic concentration of perfume oil it tends to be lighter in longevity and intensity than EDP and Perfume. It lasts between 4 – 6 hours.
Oscar- Oscar Violet


Eau de Cologne is a very light fragrance, with concentration of 2 – 5% generally simple and for both women and men, that we wear in summer or to make sport. It last generally for 2hours.
Chanel – Eau de Cologne


Most importantly, the basic truth about perfumes and its longevity varies from skin to skin, the quantity sprayed and even its components, that is, what it’s made of. Also, the price of each is determined by the percentage of aromatic concentration and not necessarily the size, and of course the brand, niche or designer. This helps to know which to use per time and season, like you mostly won’t be comfortable wearing Parfum in summer or dry season as it would create a really strong and choking effect.

I hope this was helpful to you, now the differnce is crystal clear. Which do you use? Which have you used?

With Scented Love,
The Perfumier 🌸


4 thoughts on “EDP, EDT, EDC… WHICH ONE?

  1. The solute/solvent and percentages almost gave me that feeling chemistry class gives me. LOL
    Thank you, The Perfumier for this piece. In response to your question, I think I’ve used the notorious “Hausa perfume” and from the write-up above those are prolly “Hausa” perfume extracts. On a more serious note, I prefer EDT n EDC, I’m not a fan of “loud” perfumes. Once again, thanks for the info.


  2. My mum and I were discussing about this recently, we were both clueless. We always assumed that perfume is perfume is perfume.

    Very informative post, thank you for sharing. 🙂


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