While having a collection is what everyone wants, buying fragrances can be a task for many guys. Because most fragrances originate from European countries, their language and types become a problem to understand for people in our part of the world. You can only buy good fragrances if you know the correct terms and types available out there.
We normally think all fragrance terms like EDT/EDP/Cologne are interchangeable and do not really know the meaning of them. A fragrance is made up of largely three ingredients which are fragrance oils, alcohol and water. Generally, higher the fragrance oil, stronger the fragrance. The percentage of fragrance oil DOES NOT entirely determine whether a fragrance will last long or how strong it is. A lot of different factors like how your wear your fragrance (whether you spray it on the skin or clothes) and the quality of fragrance oils and notes used are taken into account to term a fragrance potent.
In order to make sure you know what you are buying, we get you all the possible terms you’ll come across while fragrance shopping.
1. Parfum – Made up of 15-25% Fragrance Oils
Do not confuse this with the word ‘Perfume’ which you most probably will but these are most concentrated fragrances because of the 15-25% oils present in them. Parfums definitely last the longest but do not have the strong scent trail which more dilute Eau De Parfums do.
2. Eau De Parfum/ Parfum De Toilette – Made up of 8-15% Fragrance Oils
You can definitely associate this with the ‘Perfume’ you have been buying since ages because it has the standard oil percentage which comes in perfumes nowadays. Most noticeable and evident amongst all, Eau De Parfums are worn by most of us. These smell the best on special occasions but not when you go out in the severe heat.
3. Eau De Toilette – Made up of 4-10% Fragrance Oils
Less concentrated fragrance for obvious reasons that it has 4-10% oils in it, Eau De Toilette is your everyday scent for warm weather. Not too strong, these are great for people who like breezy or lighter fragrance notes.
4. Eau De Cologne/ Cologne – Made Of 2-5% Fragrance Oils
The least concentrated, Eau De Cologne is usually associated with men because of their light citric fragrance notes. But this doesn’t mean that EDCs do not come for women, they definitely do in a lot of different scents.
5. Pour Homme/ Pour Femme – Homme is for men and Femme is for women
This is widely known to many but not all. Pour Homme and Femme are just male and female in French. So, if you come across these terms, you know which one to buy.
6. Antiperspirants Sprays/Roll Ons – Helps contain and reduce sweat through its aluminium chloride ingredients
Antiperspirant deodorants include aluminium chloride salts that dissolve into sweat, forming a gel that creates a mask on the sweat gland that helps reduce sweat.
7. Deodorants – Helps in containing body odour
Do not confuse deodorants with antiperspirants because deodorants play the substitute role of perfumes and just give out fragrance which helps contain body odour (Antiperspirants contain sweat which causes body odour).