Understanding Fragrance Types

Did you know that perfume can come in different concentrations? Perfume is a mixture of fragrance oils, water and alcohol. Perfume is categorized according to the concentration of fragrance oils in the mixture. Understanding fragrance concentration is crucial when selecting a perfume, as it determines the intensity and longevity of the scent. Here’s a breakdown of the different concentration levels commonly found in perfumes:

Eau de Cologne (EDC)

  • Perfume Oil Concentration: 2-4%
  • Characteristics: Light and refreshing.
  • Duration: Lasts up to 2 hours.
  • Best For: Hot weather, quick refreshment.

Eau de Toilette (EDT)

  • Perfume Oil Concentration: 5-15%
  • Characteristics: Moderately intense.
  • Duration: Lasts 2-4 hours.
  • Best For: Daytime wear, office settings.

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

  • Perfume Oil Concentration: 15-20%
  • Characteristics: Strong and long-lasting.
  • Duration: Lasts 4-6 hours or more.
  • Best For: Evening wear, special occasions.

Parfum or Extrait de Parfum

  • Perfume Oil Concentration: 20-30% or higher
  • Characteristics: Highly concentrated and intense.
  • Duration: Lasts 6-8 hours or more.
  • Best For: Formal events, those who prefer long-lasting scents.

At Gentil Scents, we carry exceptional niche fragrances made in Italy. We are available to answer your questions and help you choose a fragrance that’s just right for you. Call us at 416-214-0008 or email us at

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