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A Hint of Perfume Terminology

by Cendana
posted on January 29, 2013 at 5:15pm

A woman smelling perfume

 Previously we spoke about perfume notes – top, middle and base. Now we shall talk a little about the perfume history. I find it interesting that a lot of things in the modern days date back to the ancient times.

The word perfume itself originates from Latin per fumum, which means “through smoke”. It began with herbs and spices such as coriander, myrtle, bergamot, almond and even flowers. They crushed these herbs, spices and petals, which was then extracted by distillation.
There are different types of concentration. Which means it depends on how much of the mix of water and ethanol (alcohol) exists.  The intensity of perfume, how long it lasts, all depends on the concentration of the ingredients.
We have:

Extract – 15-40% aromatic compounds.

Esprit de Parfum (ESdP) – 15-30% aromatic compounds. This concentration is rarely used.

Eau de Parfum (EdP) – 10-20% (commonly about 15%) aromatic compounds.

Eau de Toilette (EdT) – 5-15% (commonly about 10%) aromatic compounds.

Eau de Cologne (EdC) – typically around 5% aromatic compounds.

Mist – 3-8% aromatic compounds.

Splash (EdS) and Aftershave – 1-3% aromatic compounds.

Generally the most common you see in the market are Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum for ladies, and Eau de Cologne for men. You may find Extract but they are not very abundant in the market. Mist and Splashes and Aftershave are generally available at a lower price, as they need to be reapplied more often than those with higher concentration of aromatic compounds.
For example, an Eau de Toilette may last for about 2 hours whilst an Eau de Parfum may last for 6 hours. Then you can just imagine an Extract may last the entire 10 hours.
The recommendation is that to apply the lighter products such as the Splash, Mist, Body Lotion and Aftershave for the morning. The Eau de Toilette is for the afternoon or perhaps during the day time. Lastly, the Eau de Parfum is to be applied only on specific points in the body (pulse points) for the evening time.

Speaking of pulse points, it may be behind the ears, the insides of your wrists, the nape of your neck, behind your knees, and even on your Achilles heels.  I suggest applying a hint on your shoulders too, because when you give hugs to people, I’d rather have a whiff on my shoulders than having a fragrant chest.

So where is your favourite spot to apply your perfume?  Do you prefer one type from another, perhaps an EdP than EdT or the other way round?  Let us know!




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