Fragrances are found in different strengths based on Alcohol - Water mix.
Parfum (or Perfume) - Lasts up to 6 hours (15-30%)
EDP - Eau de Parfum - Lasts 3 to 5 hours (8-15%)
EDT - Eau de Toilette - Lasts 2 to 4 hours (4-8%)
EDC - Eau de Cologne - Lasts up to 2 hours (3-5%)
What Types of Fragrances are there?
Fragrances are classified into types of Families (smell) and uses. The families are:
Fougre (Fern) - Warm and mossy, sweet and spicy, bit woody with citrus and lavender notes.
Citrus - Fresh and citrusy often combined with floral, fruity, spicy and woody notes.
Green - Fresh lush forests, green leaves and cut grass often combined with floral and fruity notes.
Aquatic- Fresh and sea breezy, mountain air notes.
Floral - Freshly cut flowers of different notes.
Modern Floral - Soft powdery abstract smelling flowers often with sharp, burnt or metallic notes.
Floriental - Soft flowery and sweet and spicy notes.
Soft Oriental - Somewhat sweet, spicy and incense notes.
Oriental - Sweet, heavy spicy and musky notes.
Woody Oriental - Spicy and woody notes.
Chypre - Woody, mossy and flowery or citrusy notes and not overly sweet.
Woody - Warm and dry woody notes.
Fragrance Facts and Tips
Keep fragrances away from heat and light, an unopened fragrance will be good for at least four years.
Avoid storing fragrances in bathrooms as the fluctuating temperatures and humidity will degrade the scent rapidly.
Exposure to the air should be kept to a minimum, as once opened, the ingredients will deteriorate, this applies to dab-on fragrances more so than sprays.
People who are sensitive to fragrances should apply the liquid to clothes as apposed to directly on the skin