What are fragrance concentrations?
Fragrances are broken down into various concentrations which can tell you a lot about the quality of a fragrance and how long it will last on your skin. Let's explore those categories below.
Parfum (20-30% concentration):
Most concentrated and expensive of all the fragrance options. Slightly oilier then others. A single application can last up to 24 hours. A little goes a long way so go easy on this application.
Eau de Parfum (EDP)
EDP (15-20% concentration)
Historically these are genderless and are second in strength to parfum. Princess Diana's favourite fragrance was eau de parfum "Herémes 24 Faubourg". This contains 15-20% pure perfume essence and can last up to 8 hours on the skin. (See EDJ ladies fragrance #032)
Eau de Toilette
EDT (5-15% Concentration)
This lies in the middle of the fragrance range with a light spray of pure perfume essence dissolved in alcohol. These will last for about 3 hours on the skin.
Eau de Cologne (EDC)
EDC (2-4% Concentration)
Often masculine fragrances but don't let their association with men fool you. They are often light; fresh and fruity. These last up to 2 hours on the skin.
Eau Fraiche (1-3% concentration)
This is the most diluted of the fragrances, containing 1-3% of perfume oil. These only last for an hour or less on the skin. They are mostly sold by informal traders, however some brand houses are known to sell them.