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What Are The Different Levels Of Perfume Concentration?


Many of our customers ask us:

  • What are the different levels of perfume oil concentration?
  • Why do you offer an Eau de Parfum Intense? What does it actually mean?
  • How much perfume is in an Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum, Parfum, Eau de Cologne?

Perfume has been an essential part of human culture for centuries. From ancient civilizations to modern times, the art of perfumery has evolved, offering a wide array of fragrance concentrations to suit various preferences and occasions.

Understanding the different levels of perfume concentration is crucial when selecting the right fragrance to match your personality, style and needs.

In this article, we will delve into the various levels of fragrance, from the most concentrated to the lightest, exploring their characteristics, uses, popularity and offer advice from our perfumer.

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Parfum (Perfume Extract)

At the pinnacle of fragrance concentration is Parfum, also known as Perfume Extract. It contains the highest concentration of aromatic compounds, typically ranging from 20% to 30%. As you can see, this still creates different Parfum levels and you should always enquire about the exact level of perfume oil within the parfum you are trying.

A Parfum is crafted with a large and complex blend of fragrance oils, absolutes, distillates and other fragrant substances, ensuring a long-lasting and most potent scent. Due to its richness, a small amount of Parfum may be expected to last for an entire day, making it an exquisite luxury for special occasions.

Given its intensity, Parfum is typically applied sparingly on pulse points, like the wrists, neck, and behind the ears. Consequently, don’t be surprised when the Parfum will be the most expensive type within the product range of a perfumery house due to the high concentration of fragrance oils.

Extrait de Parfum

Extrait de Parfum, or simply Extrait, is similar to Parfum in terms of fragrance concentration, often ranging from 15% to 25%. It is crafted using the same essential oils and aromatic compounds as Parfum, but it may have a slightly different composition. For some brands, Parfum and Extrait de Parfum mean the same, i.e. the same concentration.

As a more concentrated fragrance, compared with the levels we outline below, Extrait de Parfum provides a luxurious experience that can be expected to last throughout the day.

There is another reason why Pairfum and Extrait de Parfum last the longest. Unlike the types and levels we outline below, these two are typically oil based. The absence of alcohol reduces the initial lift of perfume when you apply a fragrance, which in turn allows the perfume to last longer. In this they are similar to Attars. All three offer a unique and intimate scent experience, where the scent evolves subtly over time with the wearer’s body heat and chemistry.

Parfums, Extrait de Parfums and Attars are typically sold in small bottles, and they are applied to the skin with a drop or two. As they are entirely oil based, they cannot be sprayed.

Perfumer’s Tip: the small bottle size makes them ideal for travelling by air.


Attars are a type of fragrance that was traditionally made by steam distillation of flowers, herbs and spices (a time consuming process). They are typically more concentrated than the types of perfume listed below, with an fragrance oil concentration of 15-30%. This is mixed with a base oil, e.g. sandalwood, jojoba, etc. As a consequence, attars are known for their long-lasting fragrance, and depending on the fragrance, can last for up to 24 hours, e.g. oud.

Attars have a long history in the Middle East and South Asia, and they are still popular in these regions today. Often they are used for religious and cultural purposes, and they are also enjoyed as personal fragrances.

Here is some additional information about attars:

  • The word “attar” comes from the Arabic word “itr,” which means “perfume”. Attars are also known as Ittar.
  • Traditionally, attars were often aged for several months or even years to improve their fragrance.
  • They can also be used to scent the air and they are sometimes added to food and drink.

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Eau de Parfum, often abbreviated as EDP, is a widely popular choice among perfume enthusiasts. It contains a lower concentration of aromatic compounds, typically ranging from 15% to 20%. EDP strikes a delicate balance between intensity and longevity, making it suitable for everyday wear and special occasions.

The fragrance of Eau de Parfum can last for several hours (they typically last for 4-6 hours), and it usually projects well without being overwhelming. Due to its moderate concentration, EDP is more accessible in terms of pricing compared to Parfum and Extrait de Parfum.

Intense, Intensité or Extreme

Intense variations of fragrances have become increasingly popular in recent years, driven by consumers in the USA and Arabic countries. They often feature a higher concentration of aromatic compounds than standard Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette, making them more robust and long-lasting. For example, our company’s Eau de Parfum Intense last typically 8-12 hours.

Intense versions provide a bolder olfactory experience, with deeper and richer notes that linger on the skin for an extended period.

An Eau de Parfum Intense or Extreme approach the concentration levels of a Parfum, Extrait de Parfum or Attar but with an alcohol base. They combine the freshness of an EDP with the longevity of a Parfum, Extrait or Attar.

When our customers ask “What is the strongest perfume?” and “Which type of perfume lasts the longest?”, the answer is always ‘Parfum’, ‘Extrait de Parfum’ and ‘Attar’ are the strongest and last the longest. However, the modern Eau de Parfums Intense come very close.

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Eau de Toilette (EDT)

Eau de Toilette, or EDT, is a lighter version of a fragrance with a concentration ranging from 5% to 15%. As a result, EDT offers a more subtle and refreshing scent compared to its higher concentration counterparts. It is perfect for daytime use or warmer weather when a lighter fragrance is preferred.

EDTs are usually more affordable than EDPs or Parfums, making them a popular choice for everyday use or casual events. However, due to their lower concentration, they may need reapplication throughout the day to maintain the desired scent. They typically last for 2-4 hours.

Eau de Cologne (EDC)

Eau de Cologne, also known as EDC, is one of the oldest forms and levels of fragrance. It typically contains 2% to 4% aromatic compounds and is crafted with a blend of citrus, herbal, and floral notes. EDCs are incredibly refreshing and light, making them perfect for a quick pick-me-up or a post-shower splash. They typically last for 1-2 hours.

Originally, Eau de Cologne was intended as a tonic or aftershave, but today, it has evolved to become a gender-neutral fragrance option that can be worn by anyone.

Spritzer or Body Mist

Spritzers or Body Mists are one of the lightest levels of fragrance, containing a minimal concentration of aromatic compounds, typically around 1% to 3%. They are typically infused in water, along with a touch of alcohol, creating a gentle and refreshing fragrance experience.

Spritzers are popular for a quick and subtle fragrance touch-up during the day. They are a favourite for those who prefer a subtle fragrance or have a sensitivity to stronger scents.

In hot climates, e.g. the Middle East and Mediterranean, they are also commonly applied after a bath or shower to cool down.

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After Shave

After Shave is a product primarily intended for men, used post-shaving to soothe the skin and reduce irritation caused by shaving. Most after shaves contain only 1 – 3 % of fragrance, providing a pleasant scent for a short time, that complements the cologne or perfume a man chooses to wear.


The term is often used interchangeably with “Eau de Cologne”. However, in the USA “cologne” usually refers to a men’s after shave.

Eau Fraiche

Eau Fraiche is the lightest form of fragrance, with an aromatic compound concentration of only 1% to 3%.

It is composed of mostly water and a small amount of essential oils or aromatic substances, providing a subtle and fleeting scent. Eau Fraiche is perfect for those who prefer a delicate fragrance touch or live in hot and humid climates.

An Eau Fraiche is not designed to last long.

Deodorant and Antiperspirant

Deodorants and antiperspirants are not technically perfumes but are essential products used to control body odour and perspiration.

Deodorants neutralize odour-causing bacteria, while antiperspirants reduce sweat production. Many deodorants and antiperspirants come in scented versions, offering a light fragrance that complements personal hygiene. The fragrance concentration is rarely above 1%.

Body Spray

Body sprays, often mistaken for perfumes, are more closely related to body mists and spritzers. They have a very low concentration of aromatic compounds and are designed for a refreshing scent that can be sprayed all over the body.

Body sprays are popular among younger consumers due to their affordability and playful scents.

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Our Perfumer’s Advice On The Levels of Perfume

When selecting from the different parfum levels, it is important to consider your personal preferences and needs.

If you want a strong, long-lasting fragrance, then parfum or eau de parfum is a good choice. If you prefer a lighter, more refreshing fragrance, then an eau de toilette or eau de cologne is a better option. If you are looking for a product that will prevent or mask body odour, then a deodorant or body spray is the best choice.

No matter what type or level of fragrance you choose, be sure to apply it sparingly. Too much perfume can be overpowering and irritating to the skin.

A good rule of thumb is to apply perfume to pulse points, such as the neck, wrists, and behind the ears. This will help the fragrance to diffuse evenly beautifully. If you would like it to last longer, then apply it to areas that are covered, e.g. the arms, chest, you back.

With so many different types and levels of perfume available, there will be one that is perfect for you. So, … take some time to explore your options and find a fragrance that you love.


When considering the different levels of perfume, we encourage you to experiment with perfume:

  • wear different intensities of the same fragrance, e.g. ask a store to apply and Eau de Toilette on one of your arms and a Parfum to the other.
  • treat yourself to a Niche Perfume instead of sticking with the usual Fashion Designer Brands
  • try a Natural Perfume, you might be surprised how the perfume adjust to you personally.
  • Buy a Fragrance Library to sample many different fragrances in your own time, your own scent-neutral environment at home and over time. Take for example, our company’s Perfume Experience Box, it contains 12 x Eau de Parfum Intense and each tester vial contains enough perfume for 2 x weeks of daily wear.
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Additional Information

  • The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) has established standards for the concentration of levels of pure fragrance oils in perfumes. These standards are used by perfume manufacturers around the world.
  • IFRA also regulates the levels of fragrance oils and use of certain ingredients in perfumes. This ensures the safety of perfumes for everyone.
  • The longevity of a perfume depends on a number of factors, including the concentration of perfume oils, the type of skin (e.g. oily or dry), whether you are active, whether the skin area is exposed and/or the climate & wind.
  • We recommend that you store your perfumes in a cool, dark and dry place to prolong their lifespan. There is no difference in the lifespan between the different levels of perfume.


The world of perfumery offers a diverse range of fragrance concentrations to cater to various preferences and occasions. From the opulence of Parfum to the lightness of Eau Fraiche, each level of perfume provides a unique olfactory experience.

Understanding these different levels of perfume oil concentrations allows you to choose the perfect fragrance that complements your style, personality, and needs, whether it’s for everyday wear, special events, or simply to elevate your overall sense of well-being through the power of fragrance.

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