Identifying various fragrances, also known as perfume, can be challenging at times. There are various types of perfume with uncommon terms.
Have you ever read a perfume box description and not understood what it meant? Do you still have trouble distinguishing between the terms “Eau de Parfum” and “Eau de Toilette”? If so, don’t worry! This article will fully discuss the types of perfume and how to choose the right perfume according to its use.
Types of Perfume or Fragrances
Many people buy perfume based solely on the scent rather than the type. In fact, the type of perfume is crucial. Especially if you’re looking for a perfume that lasts a long time. To avoid purchasing the wrong perfume, here are five types of perfume or fragrances you should be aware of based on their scent resistance.
Perfume is a component of one type of fragrance. This type of fragrance, also known as Extrait de Parfum, contains the highest fragrance, with a concentration ranging from 15% to 30%, which can last up to 6-8 hours.
Because perfume contains less alcohol than other fragrances, it is ideal for sensitive skin. Perfume should be applied at pulse points to give the scent more leverage.
2. Eau de Parfum (EDP)
Eau de Parfum (EDP) is a fragrance with a scent concentration ranging from 15% to 20%. The scent can last for up to 4-6 hours. EDP can be applied to hair and clothing (avoid using on delicate fabrics).
This fragrance is similar to perfume but has a softer scent that makes it suitable for everyday use. EDP is much cheaper than perfume in terms of price, but the alcohol concentration is much higher. So, it is not suitable for those who have sensitive skin.
3. Eau de Toilette
Eau de Toilette (EDT) has a fragrance concentration ranging from 8% to 15%, so it has a higher alcohol content but is less expensive than EDP. EDT scent can last for up to 2-4 hours. This fragrance is perfect for everyday use and ideal for hot/warm weather. This is because EDT tends to be refreshing and evaporates quickly.
4. Eau de Cologne
Eau de Cologne (EDC) has a fragrance concentration ranging from 2% to 8%, with a high alcohol concentration. EDC is much less expensive than other fragrances, but the scent only lasts for about 2 hours.
This fragrance is the lightest, making it ideal for use in hot weather. Unfortunately, EDC is not suitable for people with sensitive skin, as it can cause dryness.
5. Eau Fraiche
The last type of body fragrance is Eau Fraiche. This fragrance is similar to EDC in that it only lasts up to 2 hours. Eau Fraiche has a lower concentration than Eau de cologne, which is between 1% and 3%. Although it has a low concentration of fragrance, the alcohol content of Eau Fraiche is also low but contains a lot of water.
How to Choose the Right Fragrance for Use
After you’ve learned about the different types of fragrances, it’s time to learn how to select the best fragrance for your needs. Apply the methods listed below.
1. Do Fragrance Research
Do some simple research on what scents you like. Take a look around you; what scent or scents dominate the house? Perhaps it’s the scent you prefer. In fact, choosing the right perfume does not have to be influenced by trends or friends, because everyone is unique. Finding the scent you like can be your starting point for finding the right perfume later.
2. Try First
So that you don’t choose the wrong scent or type of perfume, be sure to try it first. If you buy perfume at an offline store, you can try it directly at the store. However, if you buy perfume online, it never hurts to buy perfume in travel size or trial kit perfume first.
To try it, spray on pulse points and wait for the scent to warm up and reveal itself over time. Don’t buy perfume based solely on your first impression. Because the essence of the scent takes time, wait for at least 15-30 minutes.
3. Adjust to Skin Conditions
Make sure you choose the right fragrance according to your skin type. Although not dangerous, fragrance can still create allergies or skin irritation, especially for those who have sensitive skin. That’s why you need to try it first.
4. Select the Type of Fragrance
The last way of choosing a fragrance is to select the appropriate type. Adjust according to the scent you like, the condition of your skin, and the resistance of the scent you want.
Also, ensure the price of the fragrance you choose fits your budget. For example, if you want a fragrance that is long-lasting, suitable for everyday use, and much less expensive than perfume, you can choose an EDP type fragrance (Extrait de Parfum).