If you walk through the store at any high end retailer you will likely see an array of perfume bottles somewhere near the makeup. Perfumes and colognes are a hot accessory for many people as they choose a specific brand or two and wear them every where they go. In fact, for some people, they even have a specific cologne or perfume that they wear for specific events. At work they may wear one brand, while out on the town they want a different one. They want to smell good at work, but they want to gather attention when they are out, hence the switch.

There Really Is a Difference

As people are travelling through the store, they look at these different perfumes and colognes but don’t really pay attention to two different terms that frequently appear – eau de Toilette (EDT) and eau de parfum (EDP). They see them but they don’t really think much about them.

This is a common thing that most consumers are ignorant of. In fact, it would not be surprising to find that most representatives at stores don’t really know the difference. This can make it hard to know which is the best one to get for yourself.

What is important to know is that they give off entirely different scents depending upon which one you buy. This is what is pointed out by many perfume makers and on sites dedicated to colognes and perfumes such as http://www.yourscentisyoursignature.com/eau-de-parfum-vs-eau-de-toilette/.

Eau de Parfum

In this type of perfume, at least 15 percent, if not 20 percent of the perfume is the fragrance itself. This is a very concentrated form of a perfume which has added benefits. First of all, the more concentrated amounts means that the amount that is needed to get the desired scent amount on yourself is much less than the other form. You will pay more but you can use a lot less. Also, the scent will last longer which is a great benefit as well.

Eau de Toillete

This literally means “from the toilet,” or toilet water. Don’t worry, no one scooped it out of the toilet and put it a bottle. This got its name from the origin but is not true today. This form has a much lower level of concentrate, usually around 10 percent, but costs much less. This means you usually have to use a little more and its scent lasts much shorter.