Not Just About the Scent...The Science of Colognes

Posted by Melanie Porter on

Colognes and Perfumes have played a key role in society for thousands of years. What used to be people crushing up flowers and other plants to make a distilled fragrance is now a science that uses fragrances from all around the world. Colognes can be the cherry on top of any outfit or look you are trying to achieve. Finding the perfect fragrance is the first step in any cologne-picking-process. But the next extremely under-rated step in choosing your perfect cologne is finding the formula that has the right amount of concentrated fragrance for you.

There are four main types of cologne; Parfum, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, and Eau de Cologne.

Parfum: Parfum is the strongest and most expensive type. It has 20-40% aromatic oils, which means that it won’t take a lot for you to smell good for the entire day. That being said, these are the priciest of all the colognes and are usually only used for special occasions. Since they’ve got a big price tag, most parfumes are put in extremely luxurious bottles and can be a statement piece in your bathroom or on a shelf. Don’t be fooled by the oftentimes tiny bottles that parfumes are put in. These have some serious punch!

Eau de Parfum (EDP): EDP’s are more common than parfums and also will last for the whole day. They have a concentrated fragrance of about 15-20%. Many people like to reserve EDP’s for a night fragrance, but, with a lighter scent, they can be perfect for a day-to-night transition. EDP’s are less luxurious than Parfum’s and therefore are less pricey. Many will come in a ‘spray’ bottle which makes application simple and easy. EDP’s are a good alternative to parfume’s if you are looking for a slightly less luxurious and less costly way to smell good all day.

Eau de Toilette (EDT): EDT’s are the most common form of colognes. They contain around 5-15% of aromatic oils and the fragrance will last for around three to five hours. With this in mind, EDT’s are ideal for a job interview, date night, or another important event. These can be less expensive, but many designers use EDT’s, and any designer label will carry a large price tag with it. If you want a large quantity of colognes and don’t necessarily care about the length of time the fragrance will stay with you, EDT’s are the perfect option for you.

Eau de Cologne: These are one of the weaker forms of colognes. They carry only about 2-5% of aromatic oils. These will only last for a couple of hours but are perfect for a quick refresher in the middle of the work day. Since the scent is so light, these will be the least expensive and also be sold in a large bottle. These are great for those who are just starting out in the fragrance world and want to just get their feet wet and for those who have sensitive skin.

Fragrances can be a great way to elevate your personal appearance to the next level. Before you invest in a cologne, make sure you like the fragrance and set yourself a budget. This way, you will be able to choose a formula that won’t break the bank. The more money you can invest into a cologne, the better quality it will be and the longer it will last.

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