The word perfume is one of the broadest categories. Perfume refers to body scents and particular types of perfume. Scented creams, lotions and body washes do not come under the perfume category.
The word perfume specifically refers to the most strongest and long lasting scents of all the other terms, and are what are known as “layered” scents meaning they contain a combination of different scents. “Layered” scents are often called “notes” which is a word you have probably seen often when browsing websites online or shopping in department stores. “Notes” are not picked at random.
Perfume typically contains 3 notes. The first notes are of the strongest scents. They also last for the shortest time. These are the notes that you smell when you first apply a fragrance and the strength will last for 3-4 minutes, eventually wearing off within a couple of hours. After this you will smell the next layer.
The second layer is called a middle note and is a less volatile note. Middle notes will last until the middle of the day or the beginning of afternoon. You can smell the last layer of a perfume in the evening. It is a long lasting and the most subtle scent and will decrease as time goes on. This layering means that perfumes will change their scent throughout the day. Parfumiers in the industry will combine scents so that layers will compliment and smell good together as they slowly change, and are subtle and pleasing.
I used to think that colognes meant that it was a man’s perfume. But not true! It is a perfume, but a perfume that only has one scent. This means that Colognes are not as long lasting make my scent singapore but they are stronger than perfumes. The reasons for this apparent paradox are related
Because Colognes only have a single scent they will dissipate a lot faster than perfumes and that is why they are of a stronger scent so that they can last as long as possible. Colognes therefore are less subtle. It is very easy for a man to wear too much cologne and end up “over doing it”.
Back to my cologne misconception, though Cologne is not just for men, there is a lot of Cologne for women on the market today. But most men’s fragrances are called Colognes. Perhaps the word perfume sounds too feminine for men. So they are generally advertised under Cologne
Eau de parfum and Eau de toilette
The last two liquid scents are Eau de toilette and Eau de parfum. ‘Eau’ means that what you are buying is perfumed water or make up water. The word ‘Eau’ is a French word and means water. Toilette is a French word also and means getting oneself dressed and prepared. Eau de Parfum is the most popular scent out of the two.
Eau de parfum is cheaper than perfume and not as strong as cologne it is based on single scents. Women like to wear parfum on dates as it lasts through a date, though parfum tends not to last the full day. It is a scent that women like to dab on their necks and wrists using the glass jar stopper.
Another similar scent to eau de parfum is eau de toilette. Toilette is the weakest form of perfume and is also the cheapest. This scent lasts a couple of hours but the good side to eau de toilette is they are cheap and come in small bottles which is handy for a woman to carry in her bag and spray throughout the course of the day.