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What’s the difference between Parfum and Eau de Parfum?


Parfum and Eau de Parfum (EDP) are some of the most expensive, strongest and intense fragrances that you can find at a department store or perfume counter. They tend to last longer than other perfumes. Here we will show you how they’re different from each other and what kind of scents each one is classified under.

What is Parfum?

Parfum, or pure perfume, also called the “real thing” by some, comes in a bottle that holds anywhere from 30ml to 90ml. Parfum is the purest concentration of fragrance oil, so it has the strongest scent.

Parfume, in the context of fragrance, refers to a 30 percent concentration perfume oil in an alcohol solution applied through a spraying mechanism. The most common size is usually 1 oz., but you can find them in smaller sizes that are about 0.5 oz. Parfume and parfum extrait will smell stronger than EDPs but they won’t last as long because the alcohol evaporates quickly.

What is Eau de Parfum?

Eau de parfum, or eau for short, refers to cologne or perfume that has a higher concentration of oils than your average cologne/perfume. There are no of liquid. It’s designed to be dabbed on pulse points. An entire industry has grown up around parfums and independent niche designers. These perfumes are the purest and most concentrated form of fragrance. A little bit truly goes a long way.

Eau de parfum (EDP) contains anywhere from 3 to 15 percent perfume concentrate, according to International Fragrance Association standards. The rest of the formula may be made up of water, alcohol and essential oils. Usually the perfume is diluted with up to 50 percent alcohol. EDPs are less expensive than parfums, but still more concentrated than regular fragrances.

Parfum or Eau de Parfum?

So it comes down to this: if you want a stronger, longer-lasting scent, go with parfum or parfume. If you’re looking for a lighter fragrance that won’t linger as long but still provides a pleasing aroma, choose an eau de parfum.Β 

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