Fragrance terminology can be confusing. The main difference is the amount of essential oils in the product. The more essential oils – the less fragrance you will need to apply; the longer the scent will linger on your skin; and the more expensive the product generally is. The following charts clarify fragrance terminology.
|Perfume||Most concentrated Apply pulse-points||4 – 5 hours||20 – 25% essential oils|
|Eau de Perfume||Concentrated Apply pulse-points||3 – 4 hours||Up to 15% essential oils|
|Eau de Toilette||Medium concentration Apply throat or pulse-points||2 – 3 hours||Up to 12% essential oils|
|Cologne||Weaker concentration Apply throat or pulse-points||1 – 2 hours||Up to 8% essential oils|
|Splash or Soft Cologne||Weak concentration Apply throat or pulse-points||Often||Less than 5% essential oils|
|Body lotion / cream||Weak concentration Apply on body||As needed||Varies|
|Shower gel||Weak concentration Use like soap||When bathing||Varies|
|Eau de Toilette||Most concentrated Apply throat and pulse-points||3 – 4 hours|
|Cologne||Concentrated Apply throat or pulse-points||2 – 3 hours|
|Aftershave||Acts as astringent and antiseptic after shaving||After shaving as needed|
|Aftershave Balm||Protects and sooths sensitive & dry skin after shaving||After shaving as needed|
|Shower gel||Weak concentration Use like soap||When bathing|
When applying Perfumes, Eau de Toilettes and Colognes use them sparingly and remember… a little goes a long way.
Find out more about fragrance and other grooming how-to`s in my eBook Personal Care from Feet to Hair.
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