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A look to the world of fragrances

A look to the world of fragrances

A look to the world of fragrances

Perfumes are essences for life. It’s overwhelming for some of us to shop for perfumes especially when all scents are available.

There are various fragrances concentration and it differs from one type to another. For example, perfumes with a higher fragrance concentration has a low percentage of alcohol and high percentage of oils. Therefore, fragrance concentrations are classified into five  main categories. Parfum, eau de parfum, eau do toilette, eau de cologne and eau fraiche classified according to their percentage of alcohol and perfume oils.

intensity of perfumes

parfum is also known as extrait de parfum or pure perfume. It’s the highest concentration of oils and normally the most long lasting type.

It ranges from 30% to 40% of the perfume concentration. it also has the highest price of all perfume types due to its highest concentration of fragrance. It rarely causes alcohol sensitivity as it has a very low percentage. Therefore, it is suitable for those who have skin sensitivity and it doesn’t dry your skin out.

  • Eau de Parfum

Eau de Parfum has the highest next concentration of fragrance. It usually has 20% of fragrance concentration. Generally, it is less expensive than parfum and has a higher concentration of alcohol when compared to that of parfum. It usually lasts for 8 to 10 hours according to the fragrance itself. It is usually used at winter nights.

  • Eau de toilette

Eau de toilette has a fragrance concentration of 5% to 10%. It is less costly than eau de parfum. It will normally last from 3 to 4 hours due to its high concentration of alcohol. It’s more suitable for day wear, office and for work generally.

  • Eau de cologne

Eau de cologne has much lower concentration of fragrance. its concentration ranges from 2% to 5% and obviously higher concentration of alcohol. It normally comes in large bottles. It has top notes of citrus, lemons and herbs. The scent doesn’t last for long, it usually stays for 1-hour maximum.

  • Eau fraiche

The term Eau fraiche is translated into fresh water. It has a very low concentration of fragrance. it ranges from 1% to 2% of the total volume, while the rest of it is not high concentration of alcohol, it is mostly water.

fragrance wheel

So what are the types of scents?


The floral fragrance is romantic and light and has a slightly sweet scent. It is an overwhelming blend of flowers such as lily, jasmine, rose violet and ylang ylang.


It is usually made of spices such as pepper, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and coffee. These fragrances are warm and sensual.


More favored by men, a light top note with a muskier base comes from sandal woods and patchouli.

It gives a very sophisticated and mysterious vibe. It is more appropriate for night wear and for winters.


Citrus and green notes are commonly using.

Derived from orange, lemon and bergamot that gives refreshing scent and suitable for spring and summer time for both men and women.

What is the perfume pyramid?

Top note

It is the first scent you smell when you spray your perfume. Citruses, powdery scents and light florals are the initial light smell of the fragrance it lasts around 5 to 10 minutes.

Heart note

Heavier florals are the main elements of the perfume. This note starts to show up after the top note clears.

Base note

Woods, sandal wood, leathery and musk scents are the main elements. It helps to fix the fragrance to the skin. This is the main note and it usually lasts longer than any other note.


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