It’s an exciting day! You have just spent some time at the store smelling all of the wonderful perfume options and have found one that you love. As you pick up the box to purchase the perfume and notice it says “Eau De Toilette”. 

Scratching your head in wonder, you start to ask yourself… what does that mean? Taking a look at other perfume boxes you notice some say Eau De Toilette while others say Perfume, Eau De Parfum, Eau De Cologne. Even the perfume you originally loved comes in EDT and EDP. 

Now utterly confused — just like us at Dossier when we first began studying perfume — which one are you supposed to buy? You begin to wonder if this is some sort of perfume maker “code”? Awww, maybe it’s a guide for where you are supposed to spray the perfume! Is EDT meant to be sprayed in the bathroom? Is EDP for women and EDC for men? 

Oh, the speculation! 

In reality, it does mean something. And, yes it is some sort of “code”. But, it’s not just a “code” from the manufactures. As a matter of fact, it is very important you understand the difference of EDT vs EDP and so on. 

So… Let’s get to the bottom of this.

First, to understand what EDT, EDP, and EDC all means, you must understand what all perfume is made of. 

In an article from Life Hacker, we begin to understand the word “fragrance” — it is “generally a unisex term for, well any smell that’s a certain amount of fragrance oil diluted in alcohol and water.” 

Meaning that all perfume is made of three things, 1 – alcohol, 2 – water, 3 – essential oil. Now that we know that, we can move on to that “code” you are so curious about. 

Straight to the point, “the differences among these are the amount of essential oils in the fragrance. The most potent type of fragrance that you can buy is the straight perfume. Next would be Eau de Parfum, then Eau de Toilette, and finally Eau de Cologne. The higher the percentage of essential oils the longer your fragrance will last, and the less you need to apply.”

Now you know the facts… it all boils down to how much fragrance is actually in the bottle. So, depending on how long you want the smell to last or how strong, you must buy the right Perfume, EDC, EDP, or EDT. 

Let’s take a deeper look into each type. 

Beginning with EDT or Eau de Toilette — this type is generally the most common. Boasting a “fragrance concentration of between 5% and 15%. It is offten less expensive than eau de parfum and is one of the most popular types of fragrance available. EDT fragrance will normally last for two to three hours. Considered by some to be for daywear while eau de parfum is considered nightwear, the term eau de toilette cames from the French term “faire sa toilette” which means getting ready.” So, back to our earlier speculations, yes and no… EDT is meant to be sprayed in the bathroom but not as an air freshener. It is a refreshing light perfume — actually at Dossier we make a select few EDT concentrations, many of our men fragrances and some female. 

On to EDP or Eau de Parfum — this type is heavier than EDT but “is lighter than Perfume, with a 15-20% concentration. It still has long lasting characteristics, from 4 to 7 hours and is less expensive than pure perfume.” Suitable for everyday wear yet strong enough to last through evening meals, this type is preferred by perfume lovers worldwide. “Historically genderless, EDP is the best term used to describe a fragrance.” This is the concentration of many designer perfumes as well as the concentration that Dossier uses when the perfume inspires it. 

A well known term for perfume EDC or Eau de Cologne — this type is the lightest of them all. Containing “a much lower concentration of fragrance than the above types of perfume. EDC generally has a 2% to 4% percent concentration of fragrance and a high concentration of alcohol. It is cheaper than other types of fragrance however the scent generally only lasts for up to two hours. EDC generally comes in bigger bottles and more of the fragrance needs to be used. Originally eau de cologne referred to a traditional recipe that used herb and citrus notes with little anchoring with base notes.” So, not just for men, however its origin is based on a more masculine aroma. 

Finally, the holy grail, Perfume itself — this type is the most expensive and “the strongest fragrance available. It consists of a 20-30% concentration of perfume essence. This means that not only do you need to use less, but also that the fragrance lasts longer, typically for up to 6 hours, depending on skin type.” Some people even say the scent lasts up to 24 hours, maybe even into the morning. A stronger smell, this concentration is generally advised for those with sensitive skin however those with sensitive noses may not enjoy how long it lasts. 

And, just like that you now understand the difference between EDT vs EDP vs EDC. 

Now, with your new knowledge of the “code”, you can buy perfume in confidence knowing exactly what you are getting and paying for.  

We at Dossier have worked to bring our customers EDP perfumes and some iconic EDT perfumes that will last just as long as and smell just as great as the designer brands. Offering you EDP perfume at a fraction of the price, our bottles only cost 29$ and have the concentration that you desire. 

Curious as to what scents we offer? Take a look at our top picks.