Sure, choosing a perfume can be a little tricky. Once you find a scent you like, you have to wade through all the forms it comes in. So what's the difference between perfume and parfum? Let's take a look:
- Perfume. Think of this as the big time. This is the strongest scent available on the market, so it usually comes in tiny bottles and is very expensive. That's because hundreds of ingredients have gone into making this one blend of scent, and its high concentration makes it more valuable. Apply perfume to your pulse points.
- Eau de parfum. This isn't as concentrated as perfume, but it's kind of like a perfume prep. Spray it all over your body before adding perfume, or wear it on its own. There's also eau de toilette -- this product is a little lighter than eau de parfum, and you can use it as a base before putting on perfume.
- Cologne. Cologne is a light, refreshing fragrance that you can splash all over your body. Since it's so light, don't expect it to linger.
- Body spray. Even lighter than cologne, spritz a body spray all over to add just a touch of fragrance.
Some people find a signature scent and prefer to stick with it. It's perfectly fine to wear one scent year-round, but you should be aware of how your perfume reacts with the season. If it's cooler, you'll want to layer it on in many forms so it's noticable. In warmer weather, you may want to back off on the perfume so that you're not competing with so many other scents. Some manufacturers even make variations of signature scents to match the season.
- Cosmetic Toiletry & Perfumery Association. "How do fragrances work?" (June 4, 2010) http://www.thefactsabout.co.uk/content.asp?menuid=26&submenuid=104&pageid=104&menuname=How+do+fragrances+work%3F&menu=sub
- International Fragrance Association. "Why we use fragrances." (June 4, 2010) http://www.ifraorg.org/public/index_ps/parentid/1/childid/15/leafid/18