What is the difference between EDT, EDP and Parfum ?

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What is the difference between EDT, EDP and Parfum ?

Everyone that started their perfume journey will eventually stumbled upon these words but what is the difference between EDT, EDP and Parfum?

Well, the short answer for it is the different amount of concentrated perfume oil in perfume as shown in our cover image but if you would like to know more about them in detailed, read on as we explain each of them in detailed, the right pronunciation as well as the role they play in perfume longevity.

Origin, Definition & Pronunciation

First of all we will start by understanding the very words of “Eau de Toilette”. The reason we chose this instead of the other four is because this the predecessor of all perfume types. This word as well as others originated from France as early as year 1380 and naturally it is pronounced in French.

The word “Eau” means water in French. It is pronounced as “ou” instead of “you”.

The word “De” means “from” and it is pronounced as “the”.

The word “Toilette” is often misunderstood by people as toilet or washroom but it is not.  “Toilette” means the process of washing, dressing, or simply said attending to one’s appearance for a special event. It is pronounced as “twa let” and not “toilet”

Now forming three of them in english would obviously be Water from Dressing, however in French, they actually mean “Water for attending to one’s appearance for a special event” which can be simplified with one word “perfume” and now you know the very meaning of “Eau de Toilette”.

Credits: Thanks to Issandre Bendjelloun’s answer explained the words clearly in Quora and making this post possible.
Credits: The awesome perfume bottle base in our image is provided Chandra Jayne @ Free images by pngtree.com

Eau de Toilette pronounced in French

Eau Fraiche

Eau Fraiche Concentration SingleThe word “Fraiche” means Fresh in english and pronouncing it as “Fresh” is correct. Naturally this type of perfume consists the lowest amount of concentrated perfume oil. Perfume with the tag “Eau Fraiche” normally are more affordable than it’s usual “EDT or EDP” version. This is because it only contains 1 ~ 3% of perfume oil resulting a lower cost for it.

Eau Fraiche tend to last up to 4 hours but spraying on clothes would certainly lasts longer. Now you must be wondering why would anyone want to buy this type of perfume. There is still a large demand for it mainly because Eau Fraiche perfume is the freshest among others.

Often times, one might find a liking to a perfume however find it to be overly strong and..

“Eau Fraiche is here to the rescue !”

Eau de Cologne (EDC)

Eau De Cologne Concentration SingleThe word “Cologne” simply means perfume. However “Eau de Cologne” or EDC means a lesser concentrated perfume than EDT. Eau de Cologne perfume is not as generic as the rest and often times EDC type perfumes are usually the classic ones.

Eau de Cologne contains is slightly more concentrated than Eau Fraiche. EDC perfumes are usually cheaper than EDT but not as cheap as Eau Fraiche ones.

One can expect up to 6 hours of perfume longevity out of this type perfume and of course perfumes tend to last longer on clothes and as usual perfume longevity may be affected by other factors as mentioned here.

Eau de Toilette (EDT)

Eau De Toilette Concentration SingleEau de Toilette or EDT has been explained earlier above so we will be skipping the explanation for it.

EDT is the most famous one among them simply because all the perfumes are resolved around Eau de Toilette as it stands in the middle between all of them and this also means the best cost per concentration of perfume oil.

EDT perfumes usually are more affordable than EDP, but one should never take lightly of an EDT perfume simply because the concentration is lower than EDP. During our review of Davidoff Champion for another post, it lasts an incredible 48 hours on clothes ! You can read about them here.

An Eau de Toilette perfumes typically lasts up to 8 hours and 12 hours on clothes, as usual perfume longevity may be affected by other factors as mentioned here.

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Eau De Parfum Concentration SingleEau de Parfum or EDP is the 2nd most concentrated among all.

EDP perfumes are naturally more expensive than EDT but the perfume typically tend to last much longer which is up to 10 hours and this certainly justify the price being higher than EDT.

A decade ago, Eau de Parfum tend to be only for the ladies perfume. However in this days, more and more EDP perfumes are made available for men and those who has jumped onto the EDP-wagon certainly never look back after !

so.. why would anyone still want an EDT perfume? The answer to this is the same as for Eau Fraiche. Eau de Parfum perfumes normally are much stronger and not everyone could stand the smell of a strong perfume and you certainly would not want to use an overly strong perfume on any tight spot like public bus, train etc.

One can expect EDP to lasts 10 hours on skin and 16 hours on clothes.

Take note however not all EDP perfumes smell overly strong, some can be just as soft as EDT.

Like we mentioned on “What is perfume sillage ?” post :

“Pick the right perfume for the right occasion”


Parfum Concentration SingleParfum contains from 15 ~ 40% concentrated perfume oil in it making it the most concentrated of all perfume types. This is also the reason it is the most pricey among all of them.

20 years ago, it’s already rare for one to see a pure perfume or Parfum. Owning one is another story as it is being sold at an absurd price. A small 5ml of Parfum could cost over RM 200 that time !

However ! The good days are here, just like Eau de Parfum has starting to made available for men at a fair price, the parfum too. These days, we can find 100ml Parfum at a fair price of around RM 400.

Parfum lasts up to 12 hours and of course having this perfume to last over a day on clothes is something to be expected.


The concentrated perfume oil is no doubt the mother of all perfumes and this family certainly got no fair love going around given parfum is the favorite kid in this family.

Jokes aside, we now have covered all perfume types and as usual if you find our post has been helpful to you, comment and let us know or share it to your friends so they too can learn about it !

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Thanks a lot. This will be helpful.

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mohd hafez mohd radz

very helpful ty


amazing,thanks for sharing. Glad I know the difference now.


Very much useful and informative…thank you