The real difference between an EAU DE TOILETTE and EAU DE PARFUM

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Many of us buy fragrance for ourselves – whether a long-standing favorite or something new and fresh to mix things up a little – but how many of us 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. Many factors could come into play when making that ultimate decision to purchase fragrance, but do you ever wonder what is the difference between Eau De Toilette and Eau De Parfum?

Difference between EDT and EDP?

People often get confused about whether they can use an EDT on themselves if it’s for the bathroom, and who knows what else. As it turns out, the distinction between EDP and EDT formulas is clear and simple – the concentration of perfume oil.

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 linking to the longevity of the scent.


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


What is an 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.

What does Eau de Toilette mean?

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, EDTs are commonly synonymous with daywear whereas EDP would be considered a ‘nightwear’ fragrance. Fun fact: EDT hails from the French term “faire sa toilette” which means getting ready.