Perfume, toilette, cologne, etc, are the terms that are used to describe the scent that is mixed in a bottle. Most of the people have the misconception that each term describes the scent that is specially prepared for any particular gender such as perfumes for women, colognes for men, and so on.
The terms “fragrance” and “scent” is the unisex term, since both the terms describe the perfume, cologne or even toilette as one. Each fragrance type that is present in a bottle will be categorised into different kinds based on the concentration of a particular fragrance that will be used while preparing any particular scent. However, always remember that ‘Your Scent is Your Signature’.
How does One Categorise the Fragrance
Let’s see to which category your signature scent fits perfectly.
- Perfume (per-fumum)
The term Perfume is actually derived from the Latin phrase that says ‘per fumum’, also known as through smoke. The basic ingredient that defines the whole fragrance of the perfume will be used in excess concentration in this case, and hence perfumes will be comparatively costlier than the other fragrance types available in market, today.
The perfume will be prepared using almost 25 to 30% of the perfume essence. The liquid will be oilier and each application will guarantee to last more than a day.
Cologne is also known as the fragrance that is single-scented. Unlike perfumes, colognes will not be prepared using the strong concentration of the core essence. Colognes will be either splash application types or the spray application types. The commonly used fragrances while preparing cologne will be fruity, fresh, etc, and the concentration will be around 2 to 4%. Every application will not last longer than 3 hours.
- Eau de Toilette
Unlike perfumes or colognes, the concentration of the basic essence used, while preparing eau de toilette is very less. Every application might last for maximum of 2 hours. This is the most suggested perfume type for women, since they can carry the bottle around in their handbags and refresh their fragrance every now and then. People who love mild fragrance always prefer eau de toilette over all the available scent types.
- Eau de Parfum
Last, but not the least, eau de parfum is a type of fragrance that is prepared for both men and women. This unisex perfume will be prepared using around 15 to 20% of the basic essence, and hence each application will guarantee to last for more than 7 to 8 hours.