The magic of perfume is in the rejuvenating, soul awakening notes of something that we can not see or touch. It tickles our deepest fantasies and desires, as the smell of a perfectly mixed perfume is meant to evoke memories and dreams that are uniquely ours.

Truly a scientific art — master perfumers are like chemists in the fact that the concentration of perfume signifies its type and generally how it will be used. “A fragrance concentration refers to the strength that a fragrance has. Perfumes with a higher fragrance concentration contain more perfume oils and less alcohol.” Therefore, there is a great difference between each type of perfume.

The 5 main types of perfume and when they are designed to be worn. 

Perfume – The purest of all, perfume — parfum — has a concentration of 20 – 30% fragrance oil. Ideal to be worn when you wish to make your presence known, “parfum generally also commands the highest price of all the fragrance types due to the high concentration of fragrance. People with sensitive skin may do better with parfums as they have far less alcohol than other fragrance types and therefore are not as likely to dry out the skin.”

Eau De Parfum – One of the most common fragrance types, this is the next highest concentration with 15 – 20%. A wonderful day to evening type, when you spray yourself in the morning hints of EDP will give you confidence in a late evening meeting or dinner date. This type is also better for those with sensitive.

Eau De Toilette – A very popular type of perfume, the 5 – 15% concentration offers a subtle hint of fragrance that is perfect for the office or out during the day with friends. Never overpowering, this type mixes perfectly with your natural body aroma to create a scent that is solely and uniquely yours. 

Eau De Cologne – Originally designed to complement an individual’s lifestyle not mask it with a scent, EDC boasts a much lower contraction of 2 – 4% fragrance oil. Thought to be ideal for men, it is now more common for both genders to enjoy cologne as a refreshing splash throughout the day. 

Eau Fraiche – The lowest concentration level of them all, Eau Fraiche have 1 – 3% fragrance oil. Like EDC is also intended to provide an air of aroma to one’s life, however “while eau fraiche has a low fragrance concentration, it does not contain a high amount of alcohol. Along with the fragrance, the remainder of eau fraiche is mostly water.” Making this also a lovely choice for sensitive skin.

A type for everyone.

With a variety of concentrations, lasting power, and strength — shopping for a perfume with the types in mind will help you find the perfect fragrance for you. 

Understanding that not everyone has the same nose for a perfume, we at Dossier have created a selection of both Eau De Parfum and Eau De Toilette, inspired by your favorite branded perfumes. Also, to help you along your perfume journey, Dossier has included a tester with every bottle. If you test and it is too strong or too weak, you can simply return the unopened bottle for a full refund. 

Making buying perfume online effortless — Dossier is your home for enjoying and experimenting with perfumes until you find the scent and concentration that perfectly matches your personality.

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