Do you know the difference between Eau De Parfum and Eau De Toilette?

By Maddy Zollo
September 27, 2017
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There are fragrance enthusiasts, and then there are fragrance lovers. While an enthusiast may have more bottles gracing her vanity than the number of shoes in her closet, a true lover has them all over her vanity, in the bathroom and stashed away in countless drawers (many of which are being saved simply for posterity's sake). No matter what category you fall in, we bet there are some perfume terms that still have you scratching your head about what they actually mean. We chatted with Yvan Jacqueline, one of the creative directors behind the niche luxury brand PARFUMS de MARLY, to compile a glossary of words that every fragrance-addicted lady should be familiar with. Now this is a type of studying we can get behind.

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Essential oils that are more concentrated.


A scent made up of several perfume notes.


A synthetic reproduction of an accord. Fun fact: Chanel No. 5 is one of the most famous perfumes with aldehydes.


The raw ingredient used to create amber.


Resinous exudate which forms on certain kind of trees and can be used in perfumery.


A fragrance citrus fruit (the size of an orange) used for fresh top note.


The name of an olfactive family of perfumes that are characterized by an accord composed of citrus top-notes, a middle centered on cistus labdanum, and a mossy-animalistic base note.

Dry Down

The settled scent of the perfume once as it reaches the base notes.

Eau de Cologne

Perfume concentration of approximately 8% to 10%.

Eau de Parfum

Perfume concentration of approximately 16% to 20%.

Eau de Toilette

Perfume concentration of approximately 12% to 15%.


Perfume concentration of above 20%.


A fragrance which primarily consists of edible notes such as honey or vanilla for instance.


A name given to a substance with a penetrating odor obtained from a gland of the male musk deer.


The perfume creator.


The description of a scent.


An olfactive family considered one of the most intense and long-lasting.


It is one of the most expensive ingredients in the world.


The perfume trail left behind after someone passes by.


A fragrance that is dominated by a scent from one particular flower.

Top Note, Middle Note, and Bottom Note

The olfactive evolution of a fragrance from its start to it final settled scent.


It is from these roots that the essential oil of the plant, used widely in perfumery and incense production, is derive