What are Fragrance Abbreviations and Their Meanings


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What Are the Most Common Fragrance Types?

Fragrance type depends on the concentration of the oil used in making that fragrance. The higher the concentration of the oil used, the more it cost and the longer the fragrance will last on your body and the less you need to apply.


Perfume or Parfum: Perfume or parfum has the highest oil concentration, therefore, will last longer on you.
Eau De Parfum (EDP): Next in oil concentration is found in Eau de Parfum. Eau de Parfum is lighter compared to perfume or parfum.
Eau de Toilette (EDT): Sequentially, Eau de Toilette scent is lighter than Eau de Parfum, apparently, you can apply this one liberally.
Eau de Cologne and Eau de Toilette (EDC or EDT): The subtlest version of fragrances is Eau de cologne. You will find that Eau de Toilette and Eau de Cologne are generally interchangeable. In men’s fragrances, after shaves has the least amount of oil.

Common Questions About Fragrance

Why do some fragrances seem to last much longer than others?

Apparently, fragrance with higher concentration will last longer. However, other factors, such as skin type can affect how long a fragrance last. Oily skins tend to retain fragrance scent longer. In addition, your skin PH can equally affect the length of time a fragrance scent is retained and smells on you.

Why do fragrances smell different on different people?

It’s advisable to use fragrance on your skin and not on your attire/clothes. Therefore, each person has a unique body chemistry that may affect how a fragrance note reacts on that person. In addition, other things that affect a fragrance note on a person include hormonal changes, stress, the type of food that person eats and some  medication.

How can I make my fragrance last longer?

You can effectively, make your fragrance last longer, on you if you do the following. Taking into consideration that oily skin retains fragrance note longer than dry skin, you will need to do the following. If available in your fragrance of choice, use the fragrance bath or gel, then the moisturizer or powder before applying  your fragrance of choice. Use your fragrance, on your skin, after shower. A few spritz of your fragrance of choice, onto your hair, can do the magic.

What is the difference between a splash and a spray?

Appearance may indicate that spray looks better than splash, however, it’s a matter of choice. Spray may have a longer shelf life because of the ways is packaged, however, there are no differences, other than a personal choice.

Why do some men wear Cologne and others prefer to wear After Shave?

This question indicates complexity in personal choices. Some men may prefer cologne because it has higher concentration of fragrance oil compared to after shave, therefore its scent will last longer. Others may prefer after shave because of the added ingredient that cools and soothes the skin. Nevertheless, some men wear both for added effect of cooling, smoothing and lasting longer

Why do most fragrances contain alcohol?

Alcohol may be used to blend the fragrance ingredients. It also makes your fragrance scent easily available so that you and someone else can smell the fragrance note.

What are the differences between types of after shave such as after shave Lotion, After Shave Gel, and After Shave Balm?

The stinging feeling you get when you apply after shave is because some of them contain antiseptic to help reduce skin irritation. It helps close pores after shaving, including it moisturizes the shaved area of your face. After shave Balms is creamier than the lotion and its soothes the skin as well. In addition to cooling and soothing the skin, after shave Gel, also helps to relieves razor burns.

What is Shower Gel?

Shower gel is soap made in liquid form. It’s available in both female and male brands. The use of shower gel of your fragrance of choice helps to make that fragrance last longer on your skin.

What is a Fragrance note?

Fragrance note is how quickly the scent evaporates. Therefore, there are three (3) type of notes, based on the volatility of the ingredient use for the scent. The 3 notes are Top, Middle and Base. Top notes evaporate quicker and you can smell the scent immediately. Middle note takes a little longer to evaporate, therefore, to get the full flavor of this scent, you will need to wait between 10 to 15 minutes before smelling it to get it’s flavor. The base note is that scent that stays on your skin for several hours. Therefore, if you really want to know how your fragrance will smell after about an hours, when you apply it, do not smell it immediately; wait for about 30 to 1 hr. before you smell it on your skin to get the real flavor of the base note.

How can I keep my fragrance from going bad?

Most fragrances contain alcohol that is used to blend the fragrance ingredients, therefore, to prevent it from going bag, keep it in a cool, dry area and away from window or direct sunlight. In addition, once the fragrance is open, keeping it in a box or something similar may prevent it from going bag. Doing the above recommendation will prevent ingredients used in making the fragrance from becoming imbalanced.

What is fragrance tester?

Testers are 100% original, manufactured by the brand name that are used by department stores to promote a fragrance brand. Testers are new, unused and may not be packaged as the boxed fragrances of the same brand and size. Testers generally, cost less than the boxed ones of the same brand and size.

What does “unboxed” fragrance mean?

Sometimes during transit from the manufacturer, some products boxes may become damaged. Therefore, such products are sold unboxed. Unboxed products are original and 100% authentic and are 100% genuine as the boxed counterparts. Unboxed items cost less than boxed ones, therefore, the saving is passed onto you.