UNDERSTANDING COLOGNE – A GUIDE
Different Types of Cologne
If you’re wearing a lot of it, or just looking to become a bit more stylish, you should become familiar with the different names around perfumes so you know exactly what you’re buying. Our handy guide will tell you all you need to know about cologne, and soon you’ll be swanky around in your RayBan sunglasses, the coolest man in town! These terms are what you will come across the most:
Eau Fraiche: These typically contain 1-3% perfume oils diluted in water and alcohol. The scent will last for approximately an hour and has a light strength.
Cologne/Eau de Cologne: The most popular type of fragrance and typically made for gentlemen. Light, fruity, and fresh notes are the average to expect. With 2-4% perfume oils they will for over 2 hours and are great for younger men.
Toilette/Eau de Toliette: 5-15% perfume oils makes these scents last upwards to 3 hours or more. They still usually will have a lighter spray and smell.
Perfume/Eau de Parfum: Most think of women when they hear the word perfume but it is actually a genderless type of fragrance. Containing 15-20% perfume oils, one of these scents are going to last you from 5 to 8 hours. This means all of the notes will have time to reveal them selves as you go out through your day.
Parfum: Not to be confused with the above, parfum is the most expensive and strongest fragrance you can get your hands on. These will last upwards to 24 hours since they are composed of 20-30% perfume oils.
Understanding Fragrance Notes
Every fragrance is composed of multiple different notes which are layered in base, middle, and top scents. Here is what you need to know about each of them:
Top notes: This is the first scent that you get right after applying it. Expect floral. citrus, fruity, aquatic and spicy tones to be present here. They should last from 20 minutes upwards to 2 hours depending on the exact fragrance you purchase.
Middles notes: Some times also called the heart notes, these tones will showcase the main elements of the fragrance. After the top notes have cleared, the middle notes will stay for 3 to 5 hours. They are made to build off one another and normally have heavier floral, spicy, green, and fruity scents.
Base notes: Often bolder and last to develop, base notes will become noticeable later throughout your day. These can stick around for 5 to 10 hours and commonly have sandalwood, tobacco, vanilla, and leather scents.