Ever got confused with perfume jargon? Here’s a guide to the fragrance glossary
EAU DE PARFUM: Eau De Parfums (EDPs) are usually more expensive than the rest owing to the concentration of perfume oils. EDP’s concentration of oils ranges from 8-12 per cent and tends to be longer lasting on the skin.
EAU DE TOILETTE: EDTs are cheaper than the EDP versions and more mass produced by brands. The concentration of oils is around 3-6 per cent and lasts only for a few hours.
EAU DE COLOGNE: EDC has the lowest concentration compared to EDPs and EDTs and is more alcohol-based than oils. The concentration is usually 2-4 per cent.
TOP NOTES: The minute you spray a perfume, you will be hit with certain scents – these are the top notes and the initial burst of fragrance. Usually the notes include floral or fresh.
HEART NOTES: These are the middle notes that appear once the perfume reacts with your skin and ‘settles’ on your skin. The heart or middle notes help compose the perfume.
BASE NOTES: The base notes are what add depth to your perfume and are often the last to leave the skin. Vanilla and amber are common base notes.
MUSK: Coming back to base notes – musk is a common base note. It used to be an animal derivative but now plant-based versions are also available.
OUDH: Said to be one of the most expensive ingredients in perfume, Oudh is derived from the Agar tree and gives a woody aroma.