A fragrance is usually a mix of a concentrate (containing fragrant oils) and an alcoholic base. Therefore, fragrances with a higher fragrance concentration contain more perfume oils and less alcohol, and vice-versa. Usually, a higher perfume oil concentration means an increased performance of the fragrance particularly a longer-lasting scent. Learn the difference between perfumes according to their concentration below:


1. Extrait de Parfum

Extrait de Parfum is the highest level of quality and fragrance concentration available on the market. The fragrance concentration ranging from 20% to 30%, therefore will likely last the longest (6-8 hours) and have the strongest projection. The nose is of strong, harmonious and rich in consistency. This concentration of perfume oil is found in both niche brands and luxury brands.

2. Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Eau de Parfum is one of the most common concentrations, second highest, and typically preforms very well in the longevity (4-5 hours) and projection category. The fragrance concentration of eau de parfum is about 15% in most cases, but there are exceptions where the concentration can reach 20%. The intensity and duration of the perception of eau de Parfum fragrances is about average. This type of perfume can be found in the more expensive segment of well-known brands.

3. Eau de Toilette (EDT)

Eau de Toilette is another very common concentration and while it’s a step below in the fragrance oil concentration category, it can preform quite well for most people, especially those with moisturized skin. Top notes are fresh and give a great experience to our olfactory senses immediately after application, but they are not long lasting (2-3 hours) and the intensity diminishes quickly. With a fragrance concentration of up to 10%, Eau de Toilette is a cheaper alternative.

4. Body Mist

In comparison to perfume (eau de parfum or eau de toilette), a body mist is lighter, with a concentration of up to 5%. Body mists offer a pleasant scent without being overpowering. Lasting up to 2 hours, the longevity of a body mist is shorter than that of perfume, so you’ll need to top up your body mist throughout the day to keep the beautiful scent lasting longer.