Many of us buy fragrance for ourselves – whether a long-standing favourite or something new and fresh to mix things up a little – but how many of us actually know the difference between an Eau de Parfum (EDP) and an Eau de Toilette (EDT)?

The smell of a scent itself will of course be a huge decision-making factor when buying perfume, as maybe the bottle it’s homed in, the packaging, the reviews, the ‘face’ of the brand etc. There are many factors that could come in to play when making that ultimate decision to purchase fragrance, but do you ever think about the distinction between it being and EDP and an EDT?

As it turns out, the distinction between EDP and EDT formulas are clear and simple – the concentration.

Generally, an EDT concentration is lower, between 8% and 12%, while an EDP concentration is between 12% and 18%. And although this concentrations of EDT versus EDP can vary from brand to brand, or between products, an EDP will always be more concentrated than and EDT.

But what does ‘concentration’ mean? Well, in a nutshell, the strength of the fragrance. Perfumes with a higher concentration contain more perfume oils and less alcohol, therefore links to the longevity of the scent.

Eau de Parfum

One of the most common fragrance types and between 12% and 18% concentration, EDP will last for around four to five hours making it the perfect scent come evening. Although EDP fragrances contain a higher concentration of alcohol, it’s actually better for sensitive skin than other fragrance types.

Here are some of our bestselling Eau de Parfum’s if you’re in need of some inspo…

Eau de Toilette

Cheaper than an EDP due to its typically lower concentration (between 8% and 12%), EDT is another very popular type of fragrance available. Lasting normally between two to three hours, EDT is commonly synonymous with daywear whereas EDP would be considered a ‘nightwear’ fragrance. Fun fact: Eau de Toilette hails from the French term “faire sa toilette” which means getting ready.

Fancy trying out a new Eau de Toilette? Take a look at our bestsellers:

*Prices correct at time of publish