Perfume Terms

Fragrance is a general term that applies to any of the products listed below:

Parfum / Perfume

Parfum - also called extract or extrait perfume - is the most concentrated or purest form of a fragrance product, and is the longest-lasting on the skin. As such, it is alsothe most expensive. A true parfum (perfume) will contain 15 percent or more (typically up to 30 percent) of the essential fragrance.

Eau de Parfum

Only slightly less potent (and expensive) than parfum, an eau de parfum typically contains anywhere from 8 to 15 percent of the essential fragrance.

Eau de Toilette

With about 5 to 8 percent of the perfume essence, this is a light scent designed for shorter wear on the skin.

Eau Fraiche

This is the feminine term used for women's eau de cologne concentrations, containing 3 percent or less of perfume oil.

Eau de Cologne

A masculine scent composed of 2 to 5 percent of the essential scent.