Different Types Of Perfumes Every Girl Needs to Know

Perfume shopping? Confused about the difference between perfume, cologne and what not? Here are ALL the different types of perfumes and how to select one for every occasion!

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Hey gorgeous! Shopping for a new perfume but puzzled about which one to select for the special occasion? Scent shopping can be overwhelming with all so many options available. Ranging from highly concentrated long lasting perfumes to low concentration colognes, there’s so much to choose from!

That’s why we’ve done some research on the different types of perfumes to help you select just the right one for yourself!

Types of Perfumes

To understand how perfumes are classified, one first needs to understand what exactly goes in perfumes. A perfume is basically a mixture of essential oils (aroma compounds), fixatives and solvents. The fragrance concentration, which refers to the strength a perfume, makes all the difference. Each perfume factory uses its own technology and categories to classify their perfumes. Overall, based on the fragrance concentration, women’s perfumes has been classified into five types – parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne, eau fraiche.


This is a pure form of women’s  perfume and it has a fragrance concentration of 15%-40%. Due to the highest concentration, parfums are the costliest, and make great collectibles. Parfum gives a long lasting fragrance and hence can be used for all-day activities (like office), traveling or parties where you want to smell great for longer time periods.

Eau de Parfum

This is a best known as “night perfume”. It has a concentration of 15%-20%. It is less expensive compared to parfum and the fragrance lasts for 4-5 hours, owing to which it is more commonly used and is pretty versatile. This is great for special occasions like dinner dates, parties and weddings.

Eau de Toilette

This one of my favorites in women’s perfume types. If you’re looking for a fragrance that freshens you up or lets you change your mood, then this is a great option. Perhaps you want to transition from your subtle work perfume to a sexy date night perfume, this is the one you can opt for. With less concentration of about 5%-15% and also less pricey than the above one, this one is great for casual occasions because it lasts for 2-3 hours. They are great for when you need something to wear to a brunch. They also work for movie dates, lunches, and casual outings with friends.

Eau de Cologne

It has a fragrance concentration of 2%-4%. Its fragrance lasts for 1-2 hours, and so it’s also cheaper than the above types. It’s a great idea in women’s perfume to wear this when you just want a pick-me-up while traveling, or when you want to feel fresh in the morning before going out but don’t want something to long-lasting.

Eau Fraiche

The category with least concentration of about 1%-3% and hence fades off quickly – in about less than an hour. So avoid this for special occasions like weddings and dates.

So, this is all about the different types of perfumes. Hope this was helpful in understanding how women’s perfumes are categorized and which one to go for according to the occasion. Choosing a perfume is not just about the concentration level, but also about mood and personality, so I’ll be back with more info on perfumes, and how to choose perfumes based on their notes. So stay tuned!!

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