Parfum? Cologne? Eau Fraiche? What’s the Difference in Fragrance Concentrations?

Fragrance concentrations can be somewhat of a mystery for some people. Like what is the difference between Eau de Toilette and a Parfum?  Won’t a Extrait de parfum last longer then an edt? Aren’t all fragrances just variations of colognes? Fragrances come in a variety of styles, prices and concentrations. If you are wondering the differences between each of these variations maybe this little guide can help you out!

A single fragrance can vary in concentrations, the most popular usually being eau de toilette (edt) & eau de parfum (edp). Although the concentration of fragrance compounds is greater in eau de parfum it doesn’t always mean it will perform better or last longer. Truly that depends on the fragrance, it’s composition and most importantly how it reacts on your skin. Sometimes different concentrations might also have different notes as well! It’s always good to sample and research before you make any purchase.


Here is the run down of concentrations:

Extrait, Extrait de Parfum, Parfum–  (20%-50% aromatic compounds.)

This has the highest concentration of fragrance compounds therefore will likely last the longest and have the strongest projection. Can sometimes be out performed by EdP depending on the composition and formula.

Eau de Parfum- (15-20% aromatic compounds.)

One of the most common concentrations, second highest, and typically performs very well in the longevity and projection category.

Eau de Toilette- (5-15% aromatic compounds)

Another very common concentration and while it’s a step below in the fragrance oil concentration category, it can preform quite amazingly for a lot of people.

Eau de Cologne- (2-4% aromatic compounds.)

One of the weaker concentrations so it’s great for people with sensitivity to smell, and can be applied very liberally. Eau de Colognes work well for situations where you don’t want to overwhelm anyone – great for professional settings, like work or school.

Eau Fraiche, Aftershaves-  (1-3% aromatic compounds)

With the lowest concentration of fragrance compounds but is not to be underestimated! Great for layering scents, or for a more intimate and personal olifactive experience.


Just because a fragrance has a lower concentration doesn’t mean that it is worse, then one that has a higher concentration. It all matters how it smells, how it was formulated, and how it performs on your skin!


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A Watery Rosy Delight :: Maison Francis Kurkdjian L’eau A La Rose

Salutations Friends!

If you’re familiar with my  Youtube channel and reviews then you will be familiar with my love for the beautiful creations from perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. L’eau A La Rose is a newer fragrance from his house, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, that was released in 2019. I am an avid lover of A La Rose, and when I learned about this release I was terribly excited.

Now it is safe to say I adore rose fragrances in general. Some people abhor this note, and others just love and embrace its bold personality and sweet floral nature. No matter what the composition, I usually love a good rose fragrance. Give me your jammy roses, your watery garden variety, your strong and sophisticated rose musk combos, or the bold and brave rose ouds! I love em, and I wear em!

one red rose flower
Photo Credit: Meghan Schiereck

The beauty in A La Rose however is it’s silent sophistication. That tender sweet pea note with the violet leaf and musks really helps the beautifully romantic rose note sit on your skin and dance across the air as you wear it. Timeless is a word I would use to describe that fragrance, and also silently sophisticated yet playful and light. Its just beautiful.

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L’eau A La Rose definitely fits into that category of a timeless and sophisticated floral fragrance. Embracing the sparkly floral musks that Francis Kurkdjian is known for, it has a beautifully light and watery quality to it. Instead of gentle sweet pea and violet leaf you get a light sweetness from lychee and that beautiful peony that help add that watery, dew like quality to an already delicate and youthful scent. Lighter on the skin, more sparkly and youthful. L’eau A La Rose is a beautiful delight that smells crisp, sparkly, slightly sweet and floral. A perfect addition for a springtime and summer fragrance rotation that doesn’t sacrifice sophistication for hot weather wearability!


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Bright and Fantastic :: Moschino Cheap & Chic I Love Love Fragrance Review

Moschino Cheap and Chic  is a bright, fun, and perfect perfume for the summer months! Released by the designer house in 1995, it has long been considered an iconic fragrance from this brand. Moschino is not known to shy away from outrageous branding, unique but wearable compositions and fun scents, and Cheap and Chic I Love Love definitely encompasses the brands unique and fearless style. One only has to look at the iconic Olive Oyl inspired bottle to see its playful nature. And one whiff will win you over.

With its unique melange of notes its easy to see why some people are baffled by this scent, and others are so inspired. Among a long list of notes, the most pronounced ones are bergamot, petitgrain, yuzu, rose, jasmine, water lily, violet, orris, vanilla, musk, orchid, tonka bean, and ambergris. It opens strong, and startling with an unapologetic blast of citrus, which then melts into an aromatic woodsy notes with a feminine floral heart. The musk really cements it all together and adds a little bit of a dazzling finish.

The performance for this fragrance is exceptional as well. It has fantastic longevity even in the most humid of environments, so you don’t have to worry about this perfume fading away in the middle of the day. Its projection and sillage is fantastic as well, has a lovely aura to it that people near you will definitely be able to enjoy!

This scent is a wearable blend of a variety of conflicting notes, that come together to create something special. Cheap and Chic I Love Love is as unique as its designer house while still being wearable and enjoyable- especially in super duper hot weather. And I think that is pretty terrific!