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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