A Guide to Perfume Types

A Guide to Perfume Types

It is quite obvious that by now you have come across various terms all pertaining to fragrances. Every magazine you have come across may have alluded to the importance of cologne to a man. Some may have also alluded to how a lady should not be caught out in the open without a favorite eau de parfum.

A keen observer would note that there is something different about these words. No, they are not just fancy words used to refer to the fragrance that one wears. Well, they are, but they do indicate the type of fragrance that one has on. Here are the 5 common types of fragrance you will come across.


Also known as Extrait de Parfum - you have probably come across this at a store. The first thing you may have remarked to yourself is why does it cost so much? This is because of the ratios in which it has been mixed vary from the others with those in the parfum being the richest.

The parfum is concocted with the fragrance taking up anywhere from 15 to 40 percent of the content. The concentration can range anywhere from 20 to 30 percent. This in turn means that when applied, the fragrance of a parfum will last anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. No need to have touch-ups in the middle of your day.

Extraits represent a pafumer's purest expression of what he envisions for a scent. As such, the creation of this type of perfume is limited to only the highest skilled of craftspeople. Amir Oud's very own and popular Malaki Oud perfume is a fine representative of this high level of artisinal perfumery.

Eau De Parfum

This is the second best in terms of concentration of the fragrance. With a reduced fragrance percentage of 15 to 20 percent, the remainder is taken up by alcohol. The fragrance lasts anywhere from 6 to 8 hours.

If you are looking for something that will comfortably last you an entire work day without having to reapply, and not be overwhelming to the senses, this would work best for you. The eau de parfum is also great for wearing at night.

Eau De Toilette

This is a development from the French phrase, “faire sa toilette” which loosely translates to grooming yourself. It is customary to have a fragrance to accompany you after a visit to the showers and what better one is there than the eau de toilette?

This is the most popular form of perfume as it is affordable to many, and still has an air of exclusivity to it. It has a fragrance ranging from 5 to 15 percent of the formulation. This fragrance will last anywhere from one to three hours.

Eau De Cologne

 Probably the most misused word when it comes to fragrances. Many people will use cologne to indicate a premium fragrance which actually is not the case. However, the cologne is known for having a mild fragrance that is easy on people with a sensitive nose.

At a fragrance concentration of 2 to 4 percent, the cologne is the perfect perfume for making a statement of style without attempting to burn away the olfactory systems of the people around you.

Eau Fraiche

At the bottom of the pile is this eau fraiche which is best known for being the mildest. It is a great option for those who don’t like the strong fragrances of the other types, but still want to set themselves apart. 

With a concentration of one to three percent, the eau fraiche will usually be noticeable for up to three hours after application.

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