Difference between eau de toilette and aftershave – Strength
There is a lot of misinterpretation when it comes to the various power of fragrances which I would like to clear up once and for all. After pure perfume, eau de parfum (which can certainly apply to male scents as well as female ones) is the strongest, typically containing between 8-15% of pure fragrance. This is trailed by eau de toilette (4-8%), eau de cologne (2-5%) and, lastly, aftershave – which generally contains just 1-3% pure perfume. Because the scent contains a higher perfume content, eau de toilette will tend to have increased longevity than aftershave, typically lasting for up to 8 hours, subject to skin type and body chemistry.
The fragrances available to gentlemen today are generally composed of a series of fragrance ‘notes’ (fragrance ingredients) that conglomerate to generate a larger aromatic image) if that isn’t mixing up the senses too much!). The aromas that hit your nose first are described as “top notes”, and these are often zingy and fresh mostly citrus notes. They just linger a matter of moments before they are overtaken and consumed by the middle (or ‘heart’) notes. These are followed in due course by the base notes which may appear up to 60 minutes later. These are the opulent, weightier elements that have more stamina and are comparable to the “finish” with a decent glass of red wine. It is these base notes that you smell long after applying your fragrance.
It is one thing to smell a fragrance on another individual or for someone to inform you about a particular fragrance. However, there is an excellent chance it will have an entirely different aroma when applied to yourself. This is because of our unique, individual skin chemistry. Believe it or not, our skin type can also affect the scent too. For example, scent will mostly last longer and deliver a more intense aroma on someone with a more oily complexion.
The right time
Obviously, if you which to sample a new fragrance it will necessitate a trip to a department store. If you are planning on doing this try and get there first thing in the morning if possible. Not only will your senses be much sharper the store will not of had a chance to fill up with a heady mixture of all the perfumes on offer (a headache inducing experience at the best of times). Try to make use of the blotter cards available to narrow down your search for the perfect fragrance and once you find a couple of likely candidates you can then try them out on your skin. Then, to give each fragrance time to dry down and ‘mature’ and develop on your skin, take a wander for an hour, preferably outside. Once you are delighted with the aroma afterwards, you can consider a purchase.
Difference between eau de toilette and aftershave?
It is worth considering the reasons why aftershave sales have declined somewhat over the past 20 years or so. It is probably a result of three things now affecting buying habits. Firstly an increasing number of gentlemen have become well disposed to soothing balms and moisturisers. Secondly, it has become apparent to many that, when compared to the more abundantly fragrant eau de toilette, aftershave does not actually represent the best value for money. Finally, it is true to say that today’s modern gentleman is a lot more health conscious than his predecessors. As a result, he has probably deduced that the application of a lotion that stings with searing pain probably isn’t doing a lot of good. A significant component of most aftershave is, in fact, alcohol which can dry out and irritate the skin (imagine what it is doing to our innards!) so my advice would be to avoid the application of aftershave to freshly shaved skin. If you’d rather just freshen up with a fragrance that is perhaps a little more gentle – perhaps something for after a gymnasium visit or while on holiday in the glorious sunshine – a light and fresh eau de cologne would be far more appropriate.
To ensure the longevity of your perfumes and cologne try to keep them from prolonged exposure to intense sunlight or extremes of temperature. Temprature fluctuations and direct sunlight may disturb its delicate balance and ultimately alter its scent. Always try to keep them in a cool, dry place (sadly bathrooms aren’t the best location which can be a bit bothersome). Try to maintain it in its original box if possible. Regarding an actual “shelf life,” it is safe to say that fragrances don’t have one chiefly because of the many varied ingredients. However, if opened, most will last for around two years while unopened and stored correctly, they can last for up to five years.