Anonymous asked in Beauty & StyleSkin & BodyOther - Skin & Body · 1 decade ago

On an ingredients list, what is the difference between perfume/parfum/fragrance?

i notice that on cosmetic and body products, it often varies. is there a difference between the three?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Perfume types reflect the concentration of aromatic compounds in a solvent, which in fine fragrance is typically ethanol or a mix of water and ethanol. Various sources differ considerably in the definitions of perfume types. The concentration by percent/volume of perfume oil is as follows:

    * Perfume extract (Extrait): 15-40% (IFRA: typical 20%) aromatic compounds

    * Eau de Parfum (EdP), Parfum de Toilette (PdT): 10-20% (typical ~15%) aromatic compounds. Sometimes listed as "eau de perfume" or "millésime".

    * Eau de Toilette (EdT): 5-15% (typical ~10%) aromatic compounds

    * Eau de Cologne (EdC): Chypre citrus type perfumes with 3-8% (typical ~5%) aromatic compounds

    * Splash and After shave: 1-3% aromatic compounds

    Perfume oils are often diluted with a solvent, though this is not always the case, and its necessity is disputed. By far the most common solvent for perfume oil dilution is ethanol or a mixture of ethanol and water. Perfume oil can also be diluted by means of neutral-smelling oils such as fractionated coconut oil, or liquid waxes such as jojoba oil.

    The intensity and longevity of a perfume is based on the concentration, intensity and longevity of the aromatic compounds (natural essential oils / perfume oils) used: As the percentage of aromatic compounds increases, so does the intensity and longevity of the scent created. Different perfumeries or perfume houses assign different amounts of oils to each of their perfumes. Therefore, although the oil concentration of a perfume in Eau de Parfum (EdP) dilution will necessarily be higher than the same perfume in Eau de Toilette (EdT) from within the same range, the actual amounts can vary between perfume houses. An EdT from one house may be stronger than an EdP from another.

    Men's fragrances are rarely sold as EdP or perfume extracts. As well, women's fragrances are rarely sold in EdC concentrations. Although this gender specific naming trend is common for assigning fragrance concentrations, it does not directly have anything to do with whether a fragrance was intended for men or women.

    Furthermore, some fragrances with the same product name but having a different concentration name may not only differ in their dilutions, but actually use different perfume oil mixtures altogether. For instance, in order to make the EdT version of a fragrance brighter and fresher than its EdP, the EdT oil may be "tweaked" to contain slightly more top notes or fewer base notes. In some cases, words such as "extrême", "intense" or "concentrée", that might indicate aromatic concentration are sometimes completely different fragrances that relates only because of a similar perfume accord. An example of this would be Chanel‘s Pour Monsieur and Pour Monsieur Concentrée.

  • 1 decade ago

    I believe it deals with the concentration....

    From highest concentration to least, the different forms of perfume are:

    * Perfume, also called extract or extrait perfume, can include 15-40% perfume concentrates. This is the purest form of scented product and is the most expensive as a result.

    * Eau de parfum contains about 7-15% perfume concentrates. This is the most popular and common form of perfume. It provides a long-lasting fragrance and generally doesn't cost as much as extract perfume.

    * Eau de toilette has around 1-6% perfume concentrates. This makes for a light scent that doesn't linger as long as the more intense versions. It was originally intended to be a refreshing body splash to help people wake up in the morning.

    * Eau de cologne is sometimes used interchangeably with the term eau de toilette. However, the concoction began as the name of a light, fresh fragrance mixed with citrus oils and was made popular by Napoleon. Some perfumers today have a version of this called eau fraiche.

  • 5 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    A Fragrance is simply the scent.

    A Perfume is the scent mixed in some sort of oil, or solvent.

    Parfum usually refers to Eu de Parfum, which is generally a lighter scent (Like Eu de Toilette, only with a more appetising name.) That, or they're just trying to trick you, like saying 'Aqua' instead of 'Water'.

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    1 decade ago


  • 1 decade ago

    The difference in the past was the potency of the odor and what was used to make it. In today's business, they can mean the same thing.

    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    PERFUME IS eNGLISH, PARFUM IS fRENCH, and FRAGRANCE is just what it is. Thanks for the points !

  • 1 decade ago

    they're basically all the same.

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