Eau de Cologne vs Eau de Toilette

While both eau de colognes and eau de toilettes don’t have as much fragrance oil content as perfume and eau de parfum, the former two are superstars in their own rights.

Mystic Valley eau de cologne

According to The Telegraph’s Perfume Notes: what’s the difference between a cologne, eau de toilette and parfum? article by Josephine Fairley, co-founder of The Perfume Society, “Fragrances are essentially a mix of alcohol (ethanol), water and scented oils―or in some cases, just ethanol and those precious oils. The rule of thumb is that the higher the concentration of those oils, the longer a scent lasts on the skin. And the more expensive it’s likely to be, too.” The affordability of the variants is a big factor in drawing their fans in.

Secret Garden eau de cologne

Both eau de colognes and eau de toilettes are classified based on their oil composition level.

Hera eau de toilette

Eau de cologne is composed of 2% to 5% oil. These are, according to Fairley, are great for a wake-up splash in the morning or a cool-down in the day.

Athena eau de toilette

On the other hand, eau de toilettes have a 5% to 15% oil concentration that makes its fragrance last longer than eau de cologne’s. This variant is “ideal for work, for interviews, for when you want to wear scent for your personal pleasure, rather than to help get you ‘noticed’.”

Moment eau de toilette

There you have it! Keep that in mind the next time you’ll go fragrance shopping.

But endurance aside, we would want to know your favorite scent! Share it with us in the comments below!


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