More often than not, while selecting our perfume, the terms Parfum, EDP, EDT or even EDC can confuse us, and cause us to just solely focus on whichever scent we like. However, these terms are not just for display purposes, but tells us important information about the long-lastingness of our perfumes.
The French word Eau de just means water in English, and perfumes with this phrase will mean it has a lighter concentration as it has been diluted with water.
More importantly, the essence to differentiating them is their concentration. The highest concentration is Parfum, followed by EDP and then EDT and lastly EDC; meaning Parfum is the one which last the longest, and EDC has the least lasting power.
Parfum is worded in French, which just means perfume in English, and as compared to the rest of the perfume group, it has the highest perfume concentration of about 20 - 30%.
This perfume can last up to a heaping period of 24 hours. Not only does it have a stronger gripping power, but also smells denser and more intense as compared to the other perfumes as well.
Due to its higher concentration, it also has a thicker viscosity which may cause discomfort when applied in summer, or for people who has oily skins. It is also typically packaged in dropper bottles, to contain its oily consistency and are more expensive to purchase as well
Eau de Parfum (EDP)
This is a diluted version of Parfum and also mean Perfume Water in English. It usually carries a concentration of about 15 to 20% concentration and can last for about 5 - 8 hours. As compared to parfum, it also has a mellower fragrance strength.
However, despite all these, EDP remains the most popular go-to for perfumes. This is because, EDP perfumes still lasts relatively long, has a lighter consistency on our skin and even cost lesser than parfum.
Eau de Toilette (EDT)
The term Toilette means grooming and EDT is also known as grooming water. It has a concentration of about 10 - 15%, and can generally last for about 2 - 3 hours.
Consequently, EDT will have gentler scent than Parfum and EDP and an even lighter consistency as well.
Mornings and daytimes are usually the best time to don EDT due to its light intensity.
Eadu de Cologne (EDC)
The word Cologne in EDC, just refers to the city of Cologne in Germany which symbolises the first EDC being made in this city of Germany.
Amongst the previous perfumes discussed, EDC has the lowest concentration of about 2 – 4% and last the least long (1 – 2 hours) as compared to the other mentioned perfumes.
Colognes are popular among the males due to its marketing and branding lines. However, the reason why it has been branded this way is because males are labelled as individuals who wouldn’t like perfumes with high intensity.
Since EDC has the mildest intensity, it also usually consists of the highest volatile scents such as citrus, fresh and some fruity tones. Hence, even women can opt to buy this if they prefer a milder perfume strength.
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In 1994, the first genderless perfume was introduced by Calvin Klein. Yet, do you know that perfumes used in the ancient past are not separated by genders?
Historically, perfumes have been formulated by age-old pharmacists who mixes up different ratios of botanical aromatic plant parts. If the formulation is pleasant smelling, they can be immediately made into fragrance pouches and used.
It is only later when technology advances, that media launched the idea of gender separation in perfumes and thus, perfume lines continued this branding approach.
Feminine V.S. Masculine Perfumes
Being exposed to such a fixed idea for decades, it has likely influenced many people on what is socially correct to wear for perfumes base on our genders.
I am sure that we can often associate how feminine perfumes are more floral scented, and possesses sweeter facets to it.
While, on the other hand, masculine colognes usually take on notes that are heavier on the spicy and woody scent.
After unisex perfumes are launched and broke the concept of gender separated perfumes, perfume lines have also followed suit and steered from the usual stereotypes, including perfumes with a balanced moderation ratio of both worlds – which we now known as unisex perfumes.
Fresh, citrusy or musky scents are the common fragrance notes you may find in unisex perfumes, as these scents does not fall heavily to feminine nor masculine.
It is now not uncommon for some females who prefer colognes and men who do favours sweeter and floral scented perfumes. These gender barriers towards perfume preference have long since been broken.
Men can definitely also don ladies’ perfumes and still be charismatic gentlemen, while a lady can use a men’s cologne and look and smell beautiful and strong as well!
Just recognize that our image is shaped by our own perception, and sticking to our preferences is usually the best choice; be it for us, or for others as well!
Perfume Personalization to Instil your Personality
Want a unique perfume of your very own? Come down to our perfume workshop and create your very own perfume that defines your personality now!
We offer a wide range of both Men’s and Women’s fragrance lines and if you wish you can swap and make one of your desired gender!
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Need some help to boost positive impression you can make at your workplace? Try Perfumes! This method has helped many individuals to bolster not only their self-esteem but also work more effectively as well!
I will now reveal to you the benefits of perfumes below and what perfumes can help you with to effectively give you an edge over the others!
Improve Work Competency
Research has proven that fragrances can improve our cognitive memory. Take for example, can you recall a certain part of your memory with the help of fragrances. It could be the memory of your youth with the detergent your mum always uses to do your laundry or scent of your father who often uses a certain kind of cologne.
In addition, our focus can also be bolstered as well. Have you seen people applying medicated oils to their temples or smearing a little just below their noses with scents that smells refreshingly sharp? These are the one of the types of fragrances that can effectively perk up your senses and helping you to pull through the day better, and feeling more energized.
Scents that helps to energize and improve focus: Bergamot, Mints, Rose Mary and Eucalyptus.
Increase Work Productivity
If you are working in an environment that has an unpleasant odour, productivity can be negatively affected, as it may cause discomfort to you senses, distracting you from doing work efficiently.
On the other hand, working in a room with a clean, sweet, refreshing and invigorating scent can help your mind clear of other distractions and improve your focus, thus increasing your productivity.
Scents that helps to improve productivity: Cinnamon, Orange, Geraniol, Musk and Grapefruit.
Fragrances have been extensively researched and shown to aid in our mental well-being. You may have also heard of psychologists making use of fragrances to soothe and calm their patients or for patients suffering from insomnia.
Likewise, our moods can be positively influenced with the use of fragrances. With the right fragrances, you can attain both soothing and relaxing effects which loosen the tension and stress. When tension is lost, and sleep is better, confidence can be more effortlessly exuded at work.
Some Fragrances that can soothe your mood & tension: Lavender, Chamomile and Ylang ylang.
Imagine with me, you are walking towards a person of great beauty but an unpleasant odour could be perceived when you pass by her, this would definitely decrease the good impression you held when you first saw her at a far distance.
Similarly, a person who smells good have better likability under the first impression and can create more positively influence to their image.
Furthermore, perfumes can be served as an outfit detail to create an air of professionalism as well.
Scents that enhance attractiveness: Lily of the Valley, Musk, Vanilla and Rose
With the right perfume, the only other things you will need is a smile, a set of clean and appropriate outfit and a clear voice!
If you desire to personalize your very own perfume to meet your needs, you can also attend a perfume workshop to create one!
If you would like to learn more or book a session, the links below can give you more information about the perfume workshop!
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