Did you know that a perfume is actually a liquid mixture of several aromatic oils or strong odorous organic compounds, fixatives and solvents? Perfume is used to give the human body, objects and even the living space a pleasant fragrance. There are various perfume types depending on their concentration, on their notes and other characteristics.
Perfume can be divided into more categories, depending on its different themes or notes. There are various types of perfumes, such as: floral, woody, citrus, aquatic, fresh and oriental. However, perfume can also be classified depending on its concentration.As so, there are the following categories of perfume: parfum (also known as pure perfume), eau de parfum (perfume water), eau de toilette (toilet water) and eau de cologne (colony water).
Although we often talk about perfumes, many of us don’t really know what these notions mean, which is the fundamental difference between perfumes. We don’t really know what their concentration means. The only thing that all perfume types have in common is that they contain various combinations of alcohol-soluble flavors of different concentrations.
Thus, the aromatic oils of the composition are diluted with an appropriate amount of solvent in order to make them easier to use. Dilution of oils is necessary because they are either synthetic or natural, they contain high concentrations of volatile compounds that can cause allergic reactions, or even cause injuries, when used on the skin.
The solvent that is the most commonly used to dilute the aromatic oils in a perfume is ethanol. Ideally, this dilution should be done in natural solvents such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, or wax. Therefore, the proportion of aromatic oils in a perfume determines its type. So let’s see which the perfume types depending on their concentration are.
Perfume types depending on their concentration
When the word perfume is written on the wrapping, it means that inside the bottle, there is a concentration of 16% to 30% fragrance.
When we talk about perfume water, also known as EDP (eau de parfum), things change, as the product contains a higher concentration of alcohol than perfume. In this case, we’re talking about a concentration of up to 8% to 16% mixture of flavors diluted in 85% alcohol solution. However, this is the most common type of fragrance that can be used for everyday wear.
Also known as EDT (eau de toilette), toilet water only has a fragrance concentration between 4% and 8% diluted in 80% alcohol solution.
Also known as EDC (eau de cologne), the colony water only features between 3% and 5% essential oils diluted in 70% alcohol solution.
So as you can see, before you buy a perfume, you should pay attention to what it is written on the wrapping of the bottle. This way, you can try to discover the concentration of fragrance and alcohol.
It is important to know that the higher the concentration of fragrance is, the longer the perfume will persist on your skin. However, there are people who can’t stand a too high concentration of active substance on their skin.
What type of perfume do you use?