What's The Difference Between EDP, EDT & Perfume Oils?

If you’ve been around perfumery for any length of time, you have likely stumbled upon some of the perfume world’s many acronyms, like EDT and EDP. However, if you’re just starting out, we understand that it can be hard to make sense of it all.

In this article, we’ll lay out the different types of perfume strengths, what sets them apart, and the occasions each is suitable for.

Fragrance Oils
To understand the difference between an Eau de Toilette (EDT) and an Eau de Parfum (EDP), we must first cover the foundational component of each — the coveted perfume oil. Perfume oils offer the purest form of fragrance on the market, consisting of a highly potent blend of fragrant oils.

These oils, either naturally sourced or synthetically produced, are then paired with alcohol carriers in a fine balance to provide the right aromatic base for an EDP or EDT. Worn on their own, however, their rich, alcohol-free formulas are especially attractive for their punchy allure and long-wear – a few drops on your pulse points will suffice for unremitting drama!

Eau de Toilette
For those looking to make their first foray into the world of perfumery, Eau de Toilettes — or EDTs — are a great starting point. With a composition of 5-15% perfume oil, they offer a light and refreshing scent that can be worn solo or layered with other fragrances.

These perfumes are particularly ideal for warmer weather, where the sun’s heat softly activates your body’s natural oil production, enhancing the fragrance oils of your EDT.

With a lower concentration of perfume oil than their stronger counterparts, EDTs have a lighter olfactory presence, heralded for their subtle, yet versatile daily wear. Whether gracing the halls of the office, indulging in a leisurely lunch with friends, or captivating the room at a sophisticated dinner party, EDTs are the pièce de résistance that will undoubtedly make a lasting impression.

Eau de Parfum
A step up from the delicate hum of an EDT, Eau de Parfums — or EDPs — are defined by their higher concentration of perfume oils. An EDP, with between 15%-20% perfume oil, offers a powerful scent and is, therefore, a popular choice due to its longevity and strength. Even with a single spray, it is bound to make a statement!

As the chill of winter sets in and the winds grow fiercer, EDPs are the perfect companion, thanks to their bolder fragrance profiles, and are ideal for anyone looking to add a touch of luxury to their winter wardrobe.

At Lusso Collective, our curated selection of niche fragrances is predominantly comprised of EDPs. With a more potent formula, their ample range for experimentation and artistry enables the interplay of unlikely note pairings for scents that mesmerise.

Although indulging in an EDP may require a slightly larger initial investment, trust us, it's worth every penny! With a higher concentration of fragrance oils than that of an EDT, its richer scent lingers longer, requires fewer sprays upon first application, and minimises the necessity for frequent touch-ups, ultimately yielding a formula that is more cost-effective in the long run.

By considering the strength, concentration, and longevity of each fragrance option – as well as keeping to your personal preferences, above all! – we’re sure that staying on top of these perfume types will help you find the perfect scent for each and every moment.


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