The range of perfumes in this world can only be defined as incredible. However, when you narrow it down, there are only a few particular types of formulations available. Perfumes can come in its original straight fragrance essence, the Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, and Eau de Cologne.
What are the particular formulations of perfumes available?
The main comparison between them is merely the concentrations of essential oils that are filled with them when they are developed. The larger the concentrations of essentials oils, the longer the fragrance will maintain the skin, hence less you have to apply. Perfume houses also develop tester formulations.
Perfume (Parfum): This is the heaviest formulation available in fragrances. It consists of fifteen to 30 percent concentration of its original essence. You only need to use a small amount on yourself to get a substantially long-lasting scent and depending on your skin chemistry, can last up to 6 hours after you use the original perfume itself.
It is a little lighter and only has 8 to fifteen percent in concentration. Nonetheless, it persists quite long, around three to five hours. The good advantage is that this formulation comes with a lower price tag than the original.
Eau De Toilette (EDT): This formulation is one that we can get quite typically now in online stores as it is considered to be quite cheap for a lot of people. The EDT comes with four to 8 percent of the original essence in each bottle and lasts around 2 to 4 hours when compared to the other formulations.
Eau De Cologne (EDC): Sometimes referred to as just colognes, is the most diluted formulation in the perfume world. it has only 3 to five percent of the essence, colognes usually lasts for two hours only and can very quickly dissipate after that.
Testers: Another form of perfumes available are testers. Even though is not developed for sale, testers are an awesome way for us to try the perfume. As a great promotional material, testers are usually available at retail establishments where perfumes are sold. Being a subjective product, testers are available so that we can have a smell of the fragrance to make a decision whether we like it before committing to buying it.
They regularly come in a white box and has the word “Tester” printed onto the bottle of the perfume itself. Although they are not made for sale, these days it has become a quite normal practice that outlets would sell their stock of testers to customers.
So how can we make our perfumes last longer?
There exists a skill called “fragrance layering”. Essentially, we can build up layers of related smell on the skin by applying various formulations available of similar perfume, for instance, soap, gel or bath oil, body lotion or cream, dusting powder or eau de toilette. Each of these can build up the scent of the other and in some cases, the effects can increase by four fold.
Make sure you keep your fragrance in a dry and cool place away from heat and sunlight. This is because extreme conditions can shock the delicate balance of the essential oils and may affect their scent.
If you like to use different fragrances at various seasons of the year, you can actually keep an unfinished bottle of fragrance in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf life so that it does not fade as quickly over time.