When it comes to fragrance, there are many different terms used to categorise the formulations and if you’re not familiar with these terms, it can be pretty confusing trying to figure out what’s what and what would work best for you.
So in this post, we’re going to break down the five main types of fragrance – eau de toilette, eau de parfum, extrait de parfum, eau de cologne, and eau fraiche – and explain what distinguishes each one.
At Salle Privée, we only have two types of fragrance, Eau de Parfum and Extrait de Parfum; keep reading to discover why these formulations lend themselves to supremely intoxicating, luxury fragrance.
Eau fraiche is the lightest type of fragrance, containing 1-3% perfume oil. It is very similar to eau de cologne but is usually even lighter and more refreshing. Eau fraiche is often used as a body splash or refresher.
Eau de cologne
Contrary to popular belief, Eau de cologne is not a type of fragrance that only men wear. It is actually a very light type of fragrance that contains between 2-5% perfume oil.
Eau de cologne was originally created in Cologne, Germany (hence the name) and was used as a refreshing body splash. Today, eau de cologne is still used as a light body splash or refresher but can also be worn as a standalone fragrance, however it is not long lasting.
Eau de Toilette
Eau de toilette is one the lightest and most common type of fragrance and contains between 5-15% perfume oil dissolved in alcohol and water.
Because it has a relatively low concentration of perfume oil, it doesn’t last as long on the skin as other types of fragrance.
Eau de toilette is typically used for daytime wear and is a good choice for summertime when you don’t want something that’s too heavy or overpowering.
Eau de Parfum
Eau de parfum has a slightly higher concentration of perfume oil – usually between 10-20%. As a result, it lasts longer on the skin than eau de toilette and is a good choice for everyday wear.
All Salle Privée fragrances, with the exception of one, are Eau de Parfum. With such a high concentration of perfume oil, they last a very long time and need only a few sprays to be enjoyed for hours.
Extrait de Parfum
Extrait de parfum, also sometimes called pure perfume or simply perfume, has the highest concentration of perfume oil – typically between 20-40%. It is very concentrated and long-lasting, and a little goes a long way. Extrait de parfum is usually reserved for special occasions and that's why we reserved this for one of our most special fragrances, Illegal.
Illegal is our premier Extrait de parfum. It's a strong scent with top notes of ginger, cardamom and absinth; a heart of CBD, vetiver, guaiac wood and ambrette seed and finally a base of smooth cashmere woods, geranium, leather on the dark side.
Illegal’s criminal record is as long as its longevity, for the well-groomed, the bold and the confident, the individual renegade who doesn’t give a damn. Illegal is sexy, boozy and smokey but the type of smoke that dials 420, not 911.
So there you have it – a rundown of the five main types of fragrances. Now that you know the difference, you can choose the right type of fragrance for your needs, and we encourage you to discover a new world of fragrance here at Salle Privée.