Which Lasts Longer: Eau de Toilette or Eau de Parfum?

Which Lasts Longer: Eau de Toilette or Eau de Parfum?

If you’re new to the world of fragrances (or you’ve just never had this question answered before), you’ve probably noticed that there are two main types of perfumes/colognes: eau de toilette and eau de parfum. As you’ve encountered these two types more and more frequently, you may have come to ask yourself, “Which lasts longer?” or, “Which is more potent?”

We’re here to answer those questions, break down the differences between the types of fragrance, and help you decide which you prefer in the battle of eau de toilette vs. parfum. We’ll break down the concentrations of each and how that affects their potency and duration, then give a rundown of when you should wear each.

Eau de Toilette

Eau de toilette tends to be 5-15% concentration (which is to say, 5-15% of the fragrance is the essential oils and extracts and such that give it its scent) and 80-90% alcohol, with a small percentage of water. Eau de toilette fragrances usually last between two and four hours.

Eau de Parfum

Eau de parfum has a higher concentration of fragrance than eau de toilette, coming in between 15-20%, usually. It thus has less alcohol and water, and EDP fragrances usually last four to six hours.


As you can see, eau de parfum and eau de toilette differ based on the percentage of concentration they have. While the exact percentages and durations can vary between brands and even environmental situations, eau de parfum will always be stronger and longer-lasting than eau de toilette.

When Should You Wear Each?

You may be wondering, “Why would I ever wear an EDT fragrance, then?” Well, eau de parfums and eau de toilettes are actually better geared for certain situations. 

Because eau de toilettes are lighter and evaporate faster, they are better for warm months and daily wear. Also, since they have less concentration of fragrance, they tend to be cheaper than their eau de parfum counterparts. From a price point perspective, eau de toilettes will almost always be more affordable. Eau de parfums, on the other hand, are stronger and longer-lasting, making them better for cooler months and nightly wear. Also, the lower alcohol content can be easier on sensitive skin.

Now, if you’re looking to experiment with some eau de toilettes or parfums, check out our online store!


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