What's the Difference Between Eau De Parfum vs Eau De Toilette?

If you’re wondering where to begin with your quest to find a new perfume for women or men's cologne, then look no further. Choosing a fragrance is a very personal matter, one that involves establishing a new signature scent, followed by the decryption of Eau De Parfum (EDP) vs Eau De Toilette (EDT), and sometimes even Parfum and Intense variants too. But what's the difference?

Understanding the terms EDT and EDP is the perfect place to start when on the hunt for a new fragrance, as they provide helpful hints to the intensity, price, and longevity of a perfume or cologne. The main difference between an EDP and EDT is the concentration of fragrance oil present, which plays a huge part in how long a perfume’s scent can last. An Eau De Toilette typically contains around 8-15% fragrance oil which lasts around 4-6 hours, in comparison to an Eau De Parfum which typically contains 15-30% and can last up to 8-10 hours. EDP fragrances will usually contain heavier molecules or perfume notes which are stronger and bolder to the nose, improving the silage and longevity of the scent. 


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 perfume and cologne on a jacket you wore multiple days ago? A spritz or two of an irresistible musky essence on your scarf, jacket or any item of clothing will keep your signature scent with you for days. Fragrance molecules pride themselves on fixing onto materials, hence why you will still smell those beautiful heart and base perfume notes even after some time has passed.

Applying women’s and men’s fragrance to your hair (hello Mon Paris Hair Mist!), shoulders and across the chest will project an aura of luxurious 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 of your favourite fragrance. 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 perfume and cologne.

Start by using a matching or complementary-scent shower gel to build on such as the iconic fragrance of our Y Shower Gel. Once you’re out of the shower or bath, follow with a matching body crème, 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 for long lasting fragrance is to choose a perfume or cologne 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 women’s fragrance and L'Homme Le Parfum men's fragrance.

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 shop by scent to uncover the perfume notes that match what you're looking for.




Helpful perfume scent and strength guides for men's and women's fragrances to help you choose the best match for you.