What Are the Many Different Types of Fragrances That Exist Today?

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Did you know that the first perfumes are more than 4,000 years old? The ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians were the first to learn how to perfume with smoke and herbal scents for sacred ceremonies & types of fragrances. 

Since the first perfumes, our ability to craft scents has only improved. Now, there are so many fragrances on the market that you could wear a different one every day for years! 

It can be overwhelming to sort through the different types of fragrances. To make it easier for you to pick your next signature scent, we put together this brief overview of the different types of perfumes on the market today. Read on to learn more! 


Of all the types of fragrances, parfum has the highest concentration of scented oils. This makes it heavier, stronger, and more oily. It can also be more expensive. 

However, a little can go far. A few drops will give you a light fragrance without being overwhelming. And, it’ll last all day! 

Eau de Parfum 

Eau de parfum is very similar to parfum. It’s less concentrated than parfum, meaning it has slightly less oil and a bit more water and alcohol to balance it out. 

A few drops can last up to 8 hours, so it’s also very long-lasting without being overwhelming. 

Eau de Toilette

Eau de toilette is lighter still than eau de parfme. It has a relatively low oil concentration, meaning the scent will last between 2 to 4 hours. Generally, this means you’ll have to reapply during the day.

The scent is also generally lighter, which makes it a bit more subtle for office wear. 

Eau de Cologne 

Eau de cologne originated as a lighter fragrance for people who don’t want to go too overpowering. However, now it’s become the standard male fragrance. There are several types of cologne available for female fragrances as well, but expect a light and fresh scent.

This option is one of the cheaper types of scents, but you will have to reapply it during the day. 

Eau de Fraiche

Eau de fraiche translates to fragrance water, which encapsulates this ultra-light scent. Eau de fraiche has a very low oil concentration and will dissipate quickly. It’s best for a quick and light scent touch-up.

Different Types of Perfumes

In addition to oil concentration, perfumes can also be categorized by scent. First, there are the top notes of the fragrance. These are the scent that hits you immediately after spraying the perfume.

After they dissipate, the middle notes take over. The middle notes are the main body of the scent and are more well-rounded and longer-lasting.

For example, if you’ve ever sprayed a floral perfume you’ll notice the immediate strong scent of flowers. But, when you walk around with that scent you don’t always smell exactly like a garden. Instead, you’ll have a lasting lighter, fresh, and crisp scent. 

You can also find sustainable perfume brands that provide you with some of the best scents while still protecting the environment. These Clean Beauty products are a great example. 

Pick the Best Types of Fragrances for Yourself

The best fragrances are the ones that make you feel confident and appeal to your senses. Picking a perfume for yourself is a matter of personal preference not to mention budget. It helps to have an understanding of the different types of fragrances to pick the right one for your lifestyle and finances.

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