Difference between Eau de Parfum & Eau de Toilette

Looking for a new fragrance, but don’t know if you should choose an Eau de perfume, eau de toilette or eau de cologne? We explain the difference so that you will soon know exactly what smell yours will be.

What is the biggest difference between Eau de perfume and eau de toilette?

Are you going to pick out a new fragrance? Of course, the smell itself is important – everyone wants to smell good! – but also whether it is an eau de toilette, Eau de perfume or eau de cologne. The difference between those types of fragrance is simple: it all comes down to the perfume oil concentration. The concentration levels of a fragrance determine the strength and service life. The higher the oil level, the more powerful the smell and the longer you continue to smell it after spraying. Simple, right?



If you are looking for the perfect fragrance to wear during a date or walk your next night, add an Eau de perfume to your wish list. Eau de perfume smells delicious and offers more depth and content than an eau de toilette or eau de cologne. They are luxurious to wear and have a concentration of about 12-18%, so you should smell the fragrance notes that remain on your skin for about 5 hours. The combination of perfume oils, long service life,e and a sumptuous touch make Eau de perfumes a trendy choice.



An eau de toilette is ideal if you start to explore the world of scents or prefer to keep it more subtle. With a concentration of about 8-12%, they are lighter than an Eau de perfume, but you can still enjoy everything your fragrance has to offer for about 4 hours. Due to its subtler character, an eau de toilette is perfect for daily use, for example, for the office or even for a job interview. We recommend that you put it in your bag to spray something later in the day. This way, you can enjoy the smell from morning to evening. An ideal light fragrance for the day is Rose Tangerine from Chloé, a feminine fragrance with roses, mandarin and cedar wood.

Tip: if you don’t want to go out with a vial of perfume in your bag, you can do a bit of your eau de toilette in the traveller’s handy perfume diffuser High Definition for an easy touch-up. On the go!



Of the three most well-known types of perfumes, an eau de cologne has the lowest concentration, but with an oil level of 2-5%, the fragrance remains on your skin for about 2 hours. With this, the eau de cologne is a great option if you go out in the evening for a quick bite or a spontaneous drink with a friend.

Many people associate the word ‘cologne’ with men’s scents, but actually, that is not the case. Of course, there are many delicious Eau de colognes made for men, such as the ultrafine Gentleman Cologne from Givenchy. But there are also many colognes for women, such as Eau de Mandarine Ambrée van Hermès, a cheerful fragrance with mandarin, passion fruit and amber. In the store, you will also find many unisex fragrances that you can share with your partner. Fine smell for colder days: Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne by Jo Malone London.


From eau fraîche to perfume

Although Eau de perfume, eau de toilette and eau de cologne are the three most popular perfumes, there are two other options: one at each end of the dish. Perfume goes a step further than Eauperfumefume and has the highest concentration with about 22% perfume oil. This formula is insanely powerful. Even though only a small amount is needed on the skin, its lifespan is incredibly impressive! There is a perfume by a popular hunger: 1 Million Perfume by Paco Rabanne, an extravagant fragrance with flowers, leather and pine tree.

At the other end of the spectrum, you will find the Eau fraîche. A fairly rare used fragrance that contains the least amount of oil at only 1-3% compared to other odours. Ideal if you like a very subtle scent veil. Try it out: Man Eau Fraîche from Versace, who takes you into a Mediterranean world with fragrant woodcuts.


So: what kind of perfume suits me?

Now that you know the difference between Eau de perfume, eau de toilette, and eau de cologne comes the exciting part – decide what is best for you! If you want a luxurious fragrance that lasts for hours, you choose an Eau de perfume or perfume. Try an eau de toilette if you want a fragrance that you can wear with full confidence every day or in the office. And finally, go for an eau de cologne if you want a whiff of a scent that is not too overwhelming.