Eau de toilette vs Eau de parfum: How to tell them apart

Eau de toilette vs Eau de parfum: How to tell them apart

Have you ever been told how good you smell and felt an instant boost of confidence? Fragrance has a powerful effect on the way we are perceived by others and on how  we perceive others. It is no wonder why choosing the right one can be a tough task, it’s not only about smelling good, it’s about making a memorable impression and expressing yourself,  it’s crazy to think how many memories an scent can trigger!

There are different families of scent to consider -woody, floral, spicy, fresh- but also different types of fragrances available, from eau de toilette to eau de parfum, so many options that choosing the right one can be an overwhelming task. But, what are the differences between these types of fragrances? Which one is better? Which one lasts longer?

In this post, we will give you all the answers you need to know to help you make the right choice.  So get ready to dive -nose first👃- into the wonderful world of fragrances!

Eau de Parfum vs Eau de Toilette: What is the main difference?

The main distinction between these two types of fragrances lies in the concentration of fragrance oils. While eau de toilette tends to contain 8-15% fragrance oils, eau de parfum contains higher concentration of 15-20%.

Because of this concentration difference, the intensity and price are also factors that are going to differ and help us tell them apart. Eau de toilette -with lower concentration- is usually lighter, more subtle and cheaper. On the other hand, eau de parfum, because of its higher concentration of fragrance oils tends to be more intense and long-lasting, and also more expensive. 

Depending on this percentage of concentration we can find other types of fragrances, on the lower side of the spectrum, cologne (with 5-8% of fragrance oils) is the lighter option, while parfum tends to contain higher concentration between 20-30%, being a more intense and long lasting choice. 

Some brands also offer extrait de parfum or elixir, the more concentrated version of the fragrance (containing up to 40% of fragrance oils), of which you’ll only need a few drops. 

Which one should I choose?

When it comes to choosing a fragrance, it's as personal as picking the perfect outfit, some prefer a classic fit , while others go for a more bold one. The key is always reflecting your personal style. 

However, there are a few factors you should consider when choosing. For example, the kind of occasion you are wearing the fragrance for. Eau de toilette is generally considered more suitable for casual or daytime wear as it is lighter and more subtle it won't overpower your senses, while eau de parfum is more appropriate for formal or evening occasions. 

Another aspect you should consider is your skin type, as eau de toilette has lower levels of fragrance oil it might be a better choice if you have sensitive skin, as it is less likely to  cause irritation. 

How do I wear it?

Regardless of which type of fragrance you choose, it’s essential to apply it properly and in moderation. The well-known motto in the world of fashion and beauty "less is more" can be certainly applied to the world of fragrance. Using too much can be overwhelming and overpowering, while a subtle application can be alluring and captivating. 

While applying the fragrance, you’ll have to consider the concentration. The more concentration the less quantity you need to apply, remember the iconic answer of Merlyin Monroe “just a few drops of Chanel No 5”?

You can apply eau de toilette directly to the skin, focusing on pulse points like wrists, neck and chest, feel free to also spray on your clothing or hair, as the finish will be a little lighter. But for the eau de parfum it’s recommended to apply only one or two sprays on the neck and wrist area (that would be enough!).

Our picks for the season

Fragrance is undoubtedly one of the most personal beauty products you can purchase, with a sea of options and scents, the choice can be overwhelming. Overall, you have to find the fragrance that works for you and makes you feel confident and comfortable, so don’t be afraid to explore and experiment with different types of fragrances!

Here we bring you some ideas, our favorite picks for the season, from fresh scent family fragrances to a more floral one!

From Goutal Paris you can choose Eau D'Hadrien Eau De Toilette for a light and fresh fragrance. A fresh and elegant signature that has become legendary. For special occasions you can go for the Rose Pompon Eau De Parfum, with a fresh and delicately fruity floral scent it will be the perfect pick.


The brand Parfums de Marly-Paris has a wide range of fragrances so you can find your signature trail. From the iconic Valaya Eau de Parfum, an elegant floral-musky-woody fragrance to Delina Eau de Parfum, a charming and firmly modern floral bouquet. 

Lastly, one of the last just in brands in our website AMOUAGE, with its Odyssey Collection, including four new fragrances inspired by faraway lands of Oman and the mystic aroma of Frankincense, revealing hidden and unexplored facets of the precious treasure of the Sultanate.

In conclusion, fragrances can have a powerful impact on our senses and emotions. Whether you prefer a bold and captivating scent or a soft and delicate aroma, there is a fragrance out there for you! Discover our fragrances now, a wide range for him and for her!

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