Perfumes, EDT, EDP - Do You Know The Differences?

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Ebay buyers have a real problem in the Listing terms used in the Fragrances section. I would prefer better clarification - the Term Fragrance - To be used for all products but PERFUME/PARFUM should be used sparingly. Some sellers list their items as a Perfume Fragrance or a EDT Perfume.  Its all very confusing for the purchaser. In fact The French literally means Water Of Eau  so that should explain a lot?  EAU De Toilette - Eau De Parfum!!  )

HERE are the basic Differences for you to consider when purchasing

PARFUM (perfume) vs EDT AND EDP

The difference is the AMOUNT of natural Oils used in the fragrance. The Highest is in PARFUM, then Eau de Parfum then Eau de Toilette. The amount of the oil the longer it will last also affects the Price...Perfume should be the most expensive, then EDP and then EDT  as the latter two have higher levels of synthetics less natural oils and last less time than a PARFUM...Perfume. Lightness,Texture and colour can be affected too.

EDT can be quite tangy, it all depends on your own personal body chemistry, thats why testers are around.   EDT is the lightest. Perfume can really stain clothes with the amount of oils in it so be careful where it goes. Perfume can last SIX hours or more

 Handy Tip

You can always buy the expensive Parfum and use the EDT or EDP to refresh the scented area later on . It makes the bottle of Parfum last a lot longer. Little tip from the Givenchy lady


Cool,Dry AWAY from Direct sunlight.  Needless to say keep the cap on at all times.  BEWARE even Parfum will go 'off' after lengthy storage and lose some of its strength.  IE Amarige ceased manufacture 2005 so what is now available is AT least one year old?


These are made to Promote the fragrance at the High street Parfumery Counters so you can try before you buy. Its the opportunity for you to get to KNOW what the genuine article smells like - at the  Manufacturers counter.  Because these are usually small bottles some come without a box or a sealed cap.  They can therefore be easily "refilled" !  Buyer beware


Its safest to Buy where ever possible UNUSED and BOXED sealed products. Know the  fragrance you want to buy, do some research on it. What sizes have been brought out for the various qualities. What does the packing look like  are there any special seals for any one year of production. Always remember to ask questions of the seller - a PARFUM should always be  more expensive than an EDT or EDP thats a handy clue. And lastly .... If in doubt leave it out  and make a report to EBAY. I got this guide off someone else, but the more times it is submitted the more people will see it.

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