I have long wanted to finish up writing this post but it never happened till now just because my best Perfume list keeps updating all the time.
My interest in perfume must have kicked in during high school probably due to the fact I am hyperosmic and just maybe because I sweat alot plus I could throw up if I inhaled unpleasant smell.
Overtime, I have come to realise everyone isn’t hyperosmic Chimnaza and have adjusted to the point I don’t throw up anymore but I walk away quietly or give some distance if I can’t talk to you about it.
Because of my huge interest and love for perfume, I can tell the ones that can last long and the ones that are “chere were”. Over the years, I have got a collection that I look out for anytime I am in for perfume shopping.
Oh yes! You read right, beside the fact I love travelling which I haven’t done much justice in blogging about except for my 2019 Birthday and Kiev Vacation I enjoy perfume shopping. (Just incase my parents and the stakeholders in my life see this post, laughs out loud and ends with the excuse that smelling good is good living and errm that’s where the bulk of my money is spent. Don’t blame the girl *winks*)
While I talk about my collections and favourite perfume list which you have to believe me is the best, let me explain the difference between each type of fragrance.
The first step is to know that the difference lies in the concentration of essential oils in the fragrance’s water and alcohol base. Perfumes contain higher concentration of oils, typically around 20 to 30 percent, while the oil concentration in cologne is around 2 to 4 percent. Other types of fragrances such as eau de toilette and eau fraiche fall on the same oil-concentration spectrum. This concentration determines how long the scent lasts and when to use it.
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Perfume is the most intense fragrance commonly used, with oil concentration of 20 to 30 percent. Also referred to as parfum, it can last as long as 24 hours after a single application.
This right here is my favourite fragrance and I apply it mostly during important occasions. I mean someone at this stage of my life (collecting mama thank you) can’t spend a fortune and be spraying it daily for classes.
Maka why should I do that? Sure when I blow this blow that is in my head, ehe I don’t mind spending hundreds of dollars to get a bottle of perfume no matter the size but for now it’s for special occasions.
My favourite perfume for now is 1 million.
Eau De Parfum
Eau de Parfum is often called perfume though it’s a misnomer. Eau de parfum, with a fragrant oil concentration of 15 to 20 percent, contains less oil than perfume, and it lasts for five to eight hours. With a dry-down period that lasts up to seven hours, the final scent is greatly affected by body chemistry, which in turn can change dramatically over the course of an evening, depending on one’s activity.
Be observant to the way your scent changes during the course of the day to be sure you like the scent as much at the end of the day as you did at the beginning.
My favourite Eau de Parfum are
Eau De Toilette
For Eau de toilette, the concentration of fragrant oil is about 5 to 15 percent, and the scent wears off in about three hours. This final scent is determined by a variety of factors, such as your skin type, diet, hormone levels, other products used, sweat, and even the climate.
Eau De Toilette is the most common fragrance easily available and quite affordable. Ehe this is the fragrance you can wear daily especially for fellas like me who have no serious job yet.
The down side to it is, it doesn’t last no matter the quantity you spray especially if you have long days.
My favourites which change easily based on accessibility are
Eau De Cologne
Eau de cologne or cologne, contains oil concentration of 2 to 4 percent. The term is commonly reserved for light and fresh masculine scents, which are often fruity or musky and typically last a few hours. During the first hour, the middle notes that are the heart of the fragrance prevail. During the second hour, the base notes that comprise a fragrance’s body take over. This is called the dry-down period, and it’s when your body chemistry interacts with long-lasting fixatives to produce the true or final scent. Since eau de cologne has a lower concentration, the scent does not last as long, so you may need to reapply if you go out for after-work drinks or dinner.
I have no favourites in this fragrance but here are recommendations
Eau fraiche has the lowest concentration of fragrant oils, typically about 1 to 3 percent. Many aftershaves fall into this category. Once applied, the scent wears off in about an hour.
When you spray or dab on a fragrance, you first smell its top notes, the scents will diminish quickly, typically within minutes. Because eau fraiches wear off quickly, your body chemistry doesn’t have much time to interact with the oils in a way that notably alters the scent, for good or bad, the way that they do with more intense fragrances.
I want to believe I was able to exhaust the difference between each and I would like to know your fragrance and open to suggestions.
Till my next post please use fragrance this summer admist the virus chaos and save someone’s nose….
Thanks for such a great article..
You are welcome
I don’t wear perfume often, just for special occasions but this was an educational and interesting article. Now I know for the next time I go shopping. Thanks for the great insight.
Glad to be of help.
This is so informative. I am very particular about scents although I do not know much about the technicalities.
Glad you found it informative.
I love wearing perfumes and can’t wait to do so this summer!
I love wearing them all the time.
Nice to E-meet another perfume lover.
Thank you for explaining this, I often find myself wondering when I am wanting to purchase what the differences are and why the prices are different if the scent is the same and the size is the same. Very helpful.
Happy to be of help. Happy shopping next time.
Thanks for this great article!! I love perfume and wear it every day!!
Happy to e-meet another perfume lover
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