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What is the difference between Eau De Toilette and Eau De Parfum?

What is the difference between Eau De Toilette and Eau De Parfum?
Hollie Bradbury
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It’s amazing how a single scent can transport you back to a particular time or place. A memorable perfume has the ability to evoke the senses and even transform your mood. Whether your preference is for musky, floral or spicy perfume, have you ever wondered what the difference is between Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum?

Here, we’ll be sharing the key differences between the two types of perfumery so next time you’re on the hunt for a new signature scent, you can make a more informed choice.

The difference between Eau De Toilette and Eau De Parfum?

Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum are the most common formulas of fragrance. The difference between Eau De Toilette and Eau De Parfum stems from the intensity of the fragrance and how concentrated the pure perfume oil is. Eau De Toilette is lighter in potency, while Eau De Parfum is richer and denser. Keep reading to discover the main facts and differences between the two.

What is Eau De Toilette?

Eau De Toilette is the most common strength of perfume as it is lighter in potency making it a great choice for daily wear. It is also cheaper to buy.

Facts about Eau De Toilette

  • Eau De Toilette contains between 5% and 10% perfume oil, with a higher alcohol and water concentration than Eau De Parfum.
  • Eau De Toilette has a lasting power of three to four hours which may mean you need to top up your scent throughout the day depending on how the formula wears.
  • Eau De Toilette also matures at a slower pace than Eau De Parfum due to the higher concentration of alcohol, which acts as a preservative.

What is Eau De Parfum?

Eau de Parfum typically contains on average between 10% and 20% of perfume oil. It is typically more expensive than its lighter counterpart.

Facts about Eau De Parfum

  • Eau de Parfum tends to be stronger and longer lasting than Eau De Toilette.
  • Eau de Parfum tends to linger on your skin longer than Eau de Toilette and makes for the perfect perfume for wearing for an evening out or a special occasion.

We recommend trying out both Eau de Parfum or Eau De Toilette to see the difference in how the perfume develops on your skin.

To maximise the usability of any fragrance of either an Eau de Parfum or an Eau De Toilette, store them in a cool, dry location away from bright, direct sunlight and heat.


Hollie Bradbury
Writer and expert
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I've been writing about hair and beauty for over 10 years. I am a collector of vintage perfume and my go-to look always includes a bold pink lip! For more, visit