Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday's Fragrance

 Talking about perfumes, there are a variety of types; eau de parfum, eau de toilette, etc. How do you choose?

First, we have to know the difference between the products. Why does a 100mL of eau de perfum cost more than 100mL of eau de toilette? What's the difference?

The difference in price is due to the difference in concentration levels. Alcohol is used as a liquid base for perfume. The ratio of alcohol to scented perfume concentrate determines the final label. From the highest concentration to least, the different forms of perfume are:

  • Perfume, can include 15-40% perfume concentrates. As this is the purest form of scented product, it is also the most expensive. Also known as extract or extrait perfume. 
  • Eau de parfum, includes 7-15% perfume concentrates. This is the most popular and common form of perfume found. It provides a long-lasting fragrance and generally isn't as expensive as perfume.
  • Eau de toilette, includes 1-6% perfume concentrates. Originally intented to be a body splash, the scent doesn't linger as long as the more intense versions.
  • Eau de cologne is sometimes used interchangeably with eau de toilette. This is also a light, fresh fragrance.
Today's pick would be:

Ralph Lauren Romance
Eau de Parfum
1.7 oz HK $480
3.4 oz HK $610

This has the sensual elements of velvety woods, extravagent florals and seductive musk. Although it was released in 1998, it remains as my favorite perfume. It has a spring-like feel to it and lasts long. It's not too sweet or fruity, and gives an intense refreshing fragrance - got to love it!

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