Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne: names you have probably seen in perfumery. But what is the difference between an Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum? We are happy to explain!

Difference in intensity

In short, the difference comes from the intensity of a fragrance, or the concentrations of the pure perfume. A perfumer sometimes mixes more than 100 differently scented ingredients. This “mixture” is called a pure perfume or the perfume oil.

In order to determine the correct strength of the perfume and to ensure safety on the skin, the perfume oil is mixed with a solvent. A perfumer usually uses alcohol (ethanol) for this, but this can also be, for example, unscented oil or wax. Alcohol is most commonly used as a solvent and is often mixed with a small amount of water.

Why is perfume mixed with alcohol?

Alcohol is the perfect means of transport for perfume substances. It makes the total product easy to spray, the alcohol evaporates quickly and leaves the fragrant components nicely spread on the skin or clothing. Furthermore, alcohol has relatively little scent of its own and gives a cooling refreshing effect.

The difference between Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum

By means of percentages of the amount of pure perfume oil, we can determine the name of a perfume. For example, an Eeau Fraiche contains the lowest concentration of perfume oil, followed by Eau de Cologne. A traditional Eau de Cologne is made up of many citrus ingredients, such as bergamot and lemon and contains an average of 2-4% perfume oil. You also have an Extrait de Parfum; this contains the highest concentration of perfume oil, namely between 20 and 40%. The most common formulas in the perfume industry are Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum.

Eau de Toilette

Eau de Toilette has been the most common strength for fragrances for years. An Eau de Toilette is nice for daily use, because this formula is often lighter. Depending on the quality and structure of the fragrance, you can still enjoy it for hours. On average, an Eau de Toilette contains between 5 and 10% perfume oil.

Eau de Parfum

If you choose an Eau de Parfum, you choose a fragrance that is a bit more intense, luxurious and fuller than an Eau de Toilette. As a result, you often enjoy an Eau de Parfum all day, evening or even night! Most Eau de Parfums contain on average between 10 and 20% perfume oil. Our collection only consists of Eau de Parfums with an perfume concentration of 15%.

The main difference is therefore the amount of perfume oil in the formula: an Eau de Toilette contains less perfume oil and more water and alcohol than an Eau de Parfum. Depending on what you like in terms of the intensity of a fragrance, you can choose an Eau de Toilette or Eau de Parfum.

Is there a difference in fragrance with the different formulas?

When you see both an Eau de Toilette and an Eau de Parfum of a fragrance, it is possible that the formulas are identical and therefore only differ in concentration. It is also possible that the perfumer changed the formula. For example, the perfumer can place more emphasis on the light-footed and transparent character of the fragrance in the Eau de Toilette, while at the Eau de Parfum, the deeper and sensual elements of the fragrance are more exposed.

The Otentic perfume collection

The Otentic perfume collection consists of 73 unique and refined Eau de Parfums, spread over 9 fragrance styles and our specialty ANNO 1785. From fresh ocean notes to floral, powdery compositions, and from juicy green scents to woody oriental perfumes. Thanks to our extensive collection, you will always find one or more perfumes that truly suit you and that reflect your personality.