What's The Difference Between An Eau De Parfum & Eau De Toilette?

Choosing a fragrance is a very personal matter. When you’ve finally selected a new perfume scent that you like, there’s still often the decision between an Eau De Parfum (EDP), Eau De Toilette (EDT) and in some cases a Parfum or Intense variant as well. So many to choose from! Most scents will come in an EDP and EDT and here YSL explains the difference between these concentrations to help you decide which is the right one for you. 

Understanding the terms EDT and EDP is the perfect place to start as these are helpful hints when shopping to select the intensity of fragrance you’re after and also usually correspond to the price and longevity of the perfume. Eau De Toilette (EDT) and Eau De Parfum (EDP) describes the amount of fragrance oil in the scent.An Eau De Toillete typically contains around 8 to 15 %, lasting around 4-6 hours. An Eau De Parfum fragrances contain 15-30% of the fragrance oils and can last up to 8-10 hours. EDP fragrances will usually contain heavier molecules or fragrance notes to improve the silage and longevity of the scent. EDP fragrances are stronger than an EDT and more bolder, thus projecting the scent further and longer than an EDT will.


How To Make Your Perfume Last Longer?

Are you finding that your fragrance isn’t lasting long on your skin? Here are a few ways to improve longevity so you can keep smelling gorgeous all day long. 

It might come as a surprise but clothing can be key! Ever wondered why you can still smell your fragrance on a jacket you’ve picked up off the floor a few days later? A spritz or two on your scarf, jacket or any item of clothing will keep your fragrance with you for days. Fragrance molecules love to fix themselves to materials also! Hence why you will still smell those beautiful heart notes and base notes even after some time has passed. Applying fragrance to your hair (hello Black Opium Hair Mist!), shoulders and across the chest will project an aura of scent around you, and those in close company as you walk past them. In order to prevent any staining or damage to your clothes, be careful not to spray too close to the material. Also, remember it's better to be seen first than to be smelt first! So err on the side of caution when it comes to applying too much fragrance so depending on how much you have already applied to your skin, 2-3 spritzes on clothing should suffice.

Here are two more classic ways to make your perfume last longer:




The first step to improving the longevity of your fragrance is to layer your scent! Much like you would when it comes to layering your favourite wardrobe items, the same rule applies to your fragrance.

Start by using a matching or complimentary scented shower gel to build on - like Y Shower Gel. Once you’re out of the shower or bath, follow with body crème or lotion or hand cream such as Libre Hand Cream before a spritz or two of your favourite scent.

Fragrance will always last longer on skin that is hydrated so anything you can do prior to fragrance application will greatly improve the longevity of your fragrance. Those will an oiler skin type also benefit from longer fragrance application than those who have a drier skin type.





Perhaps the most obvious choice is to choose a fragrance with a stronger scent.

To do this, look for a higher percentage of oil or products with Intense or Parfum in their name - like our Libre Eau De Parfum Intense for her and L'Homme Le Parfum for him.

Depending on how you like to wear your fragrance, or the occasion it’s for, the general rule is the stronger the fragrance type, the longer it’s going to last. Use our guides below to shop our icon ranges of Libre, Black Opium, Mon Paris, Y For Men and L'Homme - or it may be helpful to shop by scent to uncover the perfume notes that match what you're looking for.




Helpful scent and strength guides for our male and female fragrances to help you choose the best match for you.