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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Parfum, EDP, EDT and EDC

Fragrances can be divided into parfum, EDP, EDT and EDC based on their concentrations of perfume oil, diluted with solvents

Among all four of them Parfum, which is often called perfume extract, has the highest concentration of perfume oils, followed by Eau De Parfum (EDP)

Most of the fragrances for women that we can find in the market are Eau De Parfum, as most women prefer the scent of their fragrances to last longer and project better

Midnight Poison by Dior, an immensely famous EDP for women

Be Delicious by DKNY, a very popular EDP known for its fresh and crisp scent

Harajuku Lovers, a range of fruity EDP by Gwen Stefani which is an instant hit

Hypnose by Lancome, an EDP ispired by enigma and hypnotism

After that, we have EDT (pronounced ow-de-tua-let, not ow-de-toi-let) which is lower in concentration of perfume oils compared to EDP. Most fragrances for men are EDT, and it is very difficult to find an EDP for men

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani, a popular marine EDT for men

1 million by Paco Robanne, an EDT that has received a lot of compliments for its invigorating scent and unique bottle design.

Hugo Boss Bottled No. 6, an oriental woody EDT, also the most popular fragrance from Hugo Boss

A point I would like to add is that, there are no standards or regulations for fixing the amount of concentrations for classifying EDP, EDT and EDC in the market.

It is entirely up to the company to set their own standards. Therefore, you might notice that the scent of an EDT of a certain brand, might be stronger than the scent of an EDP of another brand.

Joop! Pour Homme (pronounced yoab) is an example of EDT that has such strong projectivity, it puts the concentration of an EDP to shame.

EDC (nothing to do with Esperit) stands for Eau De Cologne, which has the lowest concentration of perfume oils among the four. EDC's are generally not very popular, as their scent is very very mild, making them rather difficult to find in the market

Devin by Aramis, a green chypre scent, that was released in 1978

So that's the difference between Parfum, EDP, EDT and EDC. Some web sites may tell you that there are certain standard percentages differentiating the four in the market.
But trust me, it's not true. Or at least it's not true anymore, as companies have long started using their own unique standards to differentiate the four.

Thank you for Reading :D

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