EDP vs. EDT: What's the difference?

EDP vs. EDT: What's the difference?

When you enter a fragrance store, you come across a lot of products like attar, body sprays, colognes, deodorants and perfumes. But perfumes have sub-categories like EDP and EDT. 
A rare fact about these two types of fragrances is that their names, Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette, originated in France during the 18th century. The term "Eau de Parfum" was used to describe a stronger concentration of fragrance, while "Eau de Toilette" referred to a lighter concentration of fragrance intended for daily use. Now, these terms may sound foreign but you, in all likelihood, have tried perfumes at least once in your life.

If you’re curious about finding out how they’re different from each other then keep reading.


Concentration of fragrance oil: The main difference between the two is the concentration of perfume oils in the fragrance. EDP has a higher concentration of perfume oils, usually around 15-20%, while EDT has a lower concentration, usually around 5-15%.


Longevity: Because EDP has a higher concentration of perfume oils, it tends to last longer on the skin and has a stronger scent. 

Price: EDP is also generally more expensive than EDT due to the higher concentration of perfume oils. However, some people prefer EDT because it's lighter and more suitable for everyday wear.


Application: Another difference between EDP and EDT is the way they're applied. EDP is typically applied to pulse points like the wrists, neck, and chest, while EDT can be applied more liberally to the body.

Occasion: EDP is a more intense fragrance so it’s worn during evenings while EDT is more appropriate for daytime wear or casual occasions.

EDP perfumes for men

                 Key differences between EDT and EDP


If you’re confused between the two and need a more concrete reason behind why you’d choose one over the other, then you can certainly take into account the longevity of the scent. Since, EDP tends to last up to 12 hours you don’t need to top them up like an EDT which does not stay longer than 2-4 hours. For a better understanding, let us take the example of sunscreen. A sunscreen with SPF 30 will not work as well as a sunscreen with an SPF 50 or above. So, if you want something that smells great and lasts long, you should be opting for an Eau De Parfum (EDP). 

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