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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fragrance Facts 101


With our recent manufacturing upgrade to allow high percentage of alcohol products, such as perfumes & astringent, it was important that we become more familiar with fragrance facts.

I’d like to share some of what we have learned, with the hope that you will find it interesting, informative or perhaps inspiring to contact us to manufacture a perfume type product for you!

First the basics, Perfume, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toillette, Eau de Cologne, Body Splash/Spray, After Shave—so many choices, what is the difference?

The most apparent differences are simply a matter of the concentration of the scent/oils in the finished product. 

Resulting in significant difference in quality, quantity and price.

The list below included the basic personal fragrance products in order of most concentrated to least concentrated.

  • Parfum aka Perfume:  Typically a small bottle, high price very concentrated scent, 40-50% fragrance oil.
  • Eau de Parfum:  Most common type of fragrance purchased, a little more $ than Eau de Toilette, a range of 7% to 15% fragrance concentrate
  • Eau de Toilette: Only contains 1% to 6% of the fragrance.  Least expensive, intended to be a light and short lasting scent.
  • Eau de Cologne:  Same as Eau de Toilette, this is the term used most often for men’s fragrance at this level.

One last fact for today:  Why does fragrance contain alcohol?

Alcohol dries faster than a water base and most importantly, the alcohol helps the scent emanate from your skin.

Next blog we will share information about men’s scented products and invite you to partake in a fragrance survey!

Lisa Swain- Director of New Business Development


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