Originally Posted by Indie_Guy
Interesting, Redneck Perfumisto, thanks for posting that. Still, I would have thought that if it was called "pure perfume" then there would be no alcohol at all. On the bottom of the box, it says "79% Vol." So, I assume that it's 79% alcohol and basically 21% parfum oils and water. I don't know what the percentages are for TdH EDT.
Not necessarily - any concentration of fragrance contains alcohol needed to dilute parfum oil (a.k.a. essential oil), otherwise an oily substance. Alcohol also helps the fragrance diffuse, marking its sillage/projection.
Whereas those tiny roll-on bottles sold mainly in Eastern countries come closest to a densest concentration of the essential oils, Parfum (Extrait de Parfum) has probably the highest concentration of the extract available in mainstream fragrance market, with somewhere between 15-40% volume, giving Terre d'Hermes the rightful claim of "pure parfum", with its 21% extract content. However, the confusion lies in the 78% alcohol volume of Terre d'Hermes Eau de Toilette. thus making its essential oils content 22%, higher than most of the "Eau de Parfums" (typically 15%) and even its own "parfum" version. While Terre d'Hermes Parfum still is a parfum, and I still love it despite anything, I expected something little more luxurious and different than TdH EdT, which has already set the standard. Maybe ingredients and alcohol content in the Parfum is different, lending it its more suave and sophisticated style, as opposed to rugged and bold character of the Eau de Toilette.