Additional Resources on Fragrance Types. Common Sense: 6 Basic Fragrance Types – An article that discusses the different types of fragrance notes including floral, oriental, and citrus. Types of Perfume: Finding The Right Fragrance – Information on the different types of perfume and finding the right one to suit your needs.
Fragrance goes by so many different terms—perfume, parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette—that it can be confusing to figure out which one to buy. The key to choosing the right scent for you is knowing that the different terms refer to different concentrations of fragrance oils in the mix.
Perfume houses can add or increase an ingredient to the eau de toilette to enhance the fragrance, thus making, in my opinion, a new cologne altogether. Therefore if you buy the eau de toilette of your favorite eau de parfum, You may notice it smells different as compared to smelling stronger or lasting longer.
Originally Answered: Perfumes: What's the difference between eau de toilette, eau de parfum and eau de cologne? The main difference is in the concentration of fragrance oils. The highest concentration is in eau de parfum, then eau de toilette and lastly in eau de cologne.
Being the most budget-friendly option, an eau de toilette is usually the most accessible and best-selling iteration of a fragrance. The concentrations of an eau de toilette range from 5% to 15% but usually sit around the 10% mark. Usually, an eau de toilette is a watered-down eau de parfum.
Eau fraiche is a scented substance worn in a manner similar to perfumes and other fragrances. It is a very diluted product compared to other types of fragrances. The term eau fraiche, which comes from French, translates literally to "fresh water" in English.