You've probably asked yourself this question a few times before! Perfumes can be quite confusing sometimes…
So what's the difference eau de toilette vs eau de parfum?
First of all, a perfume is developed from raw materials transformed into a concentrate (an oil in fact) which will be later diluted in a mixture of water and alcohol. It is the percentage of concentration of fragrances used that will determine the "category" or the type of perfume. We will then speak of eau de parfum, eau de toilette or even eau de cologne... Indeed, the concentration of fragrance will depend on the proportion of odorous molecules, also called oils, present in a composition. Therefore, the higher the concentration of a perfume, the greater its performance (trail and longevity) will be. It's important to note that the holding of a perfume also depends on your skin. Learn more about perfumes and skin types in the section How to choose your perfume.
When a perfume is developed from a concentrate of more than 20%, it is called perfume extract and will last the longest. It is the noblest and most intense version that exists in the world of perfumery. The perfume extract is the only form of perfume which makes it possible to reveal all its notes. A few drops are enough to perfume oneself with perfume extract. The trail is extremely powerful and at Bon Parfumeur we advise you not to abuse it! The perfume extract is relatively rare in perfumery because it is not practical to use.
The more modern version is the eaux de parfum. These are perfumes which use a concentrate of raw materials located between 13% and 20%. This level of higher concentration than eaux de toilette but lower concentration than perfume extract, allows for an optimal holding of the perfume in any circumstances and offers a controlled scent trail. At Bon Parfumeur we have chosen to work only with eaux de parfum. Why only eaux de parfum? It is contemporary and noble. We offer you a wide range of 28 eaux de parfum to modulate according to your desires. All our perfumers are free to work on the eaux de parfum thanks to the concept of carte blanche that is left to them, encouraging them to explore their creative desires.
Even our colognes - developed by Carla Chabert and Karine Dubreuil - are highly concentrated eaux de parfums. Therefore, you don't need to use a lot of cologne to smell good! The word cologne refers to the eponymous fragrance family but not to its concentration!
In addition to the perfume extract and our favorite eau de parfum, there are also eaux de toilettes and eaux de colognes. The concentration of raw materials is less than 12% for the former and 6% for the eaux de cologne. Less concentrated than Eau de Parfum, eau de toilette is fresh and light and the fragrance lasts for two to three hours and mostly include citrus notes. No wonder Dad's cologne is disappearing fast!
On the other hand, our eaux de parfum - which are available in 15ml, 30ml or 100ml - last all day long and can be worn both in winter and summer, which is why we love them so much.
Generally speaking, the concentration of a perfume shows its intensity. But at Bon Parfumeur this is not quite true. Among our eaux de parfum we distinguish between fresh eaux de parfum and intense eaux de parfum. However, in addition to the quality of the perfume that will make the happiness last longer or shorter, other factors must be taken into account, such as the way you perfume yourself! So, how do you apply perfume?
At Bon Parfumeur, you have the choice. We have developed a range of 28 fragrances among 10 different olfactory families, which adapt to your skin type and your desires! Whether amber, hesperidic, musky or woody notes, discover all the fragrance families here.