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    Default Eau De Toilet, Eau De Cologne or Eau De Parfum

    I am just starting out in this area and have tried a few Colognes, some are good and some ar bad. I have never tried a Eau De Toilet or Parfum. Which do you preferr to wear and why? I am attempting to decide which catagory I want to select for myself. Also Pinaud is a rather strong scent, would that one be classified as a Cologne or a Eau De Toilet? I belive that its an Eau De Toilet.

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    Default Re: Eau De Toilet, Eau De Cologne or Eau De Parfum

    I think it really depends upon the use and the strength of the underlying scent.

    Most male scents are Eau de Cologne or Eau de Toilette and the sillage and lasting powers vary wildly. I have some Eau de Parfums as well, and some have nearly *no* sillage and some Eau de Toilettes will be able to be smelt strongly 4-5' away with the lightest application.
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    Default Re: Eau De Toilet, Eau De Cologne or Eau De Parfum

    What I am looking for is something in the moderate sillage and a strong lasting power. Could you please name a few brand names.
    How about Pinaud Clubman. I think this is technically a cologne but has the strong lasting power of the Eau de Toilet.
    Last edited by jbc; 6th February 2008 at 02:35 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Default Re: Eau De Toilet, Eau De Cologne or Eau De Parfum

    "Eau de Cologne," "Eau de Toilette," and "Eau de Parfum" refer to the concentration of perfume oil in a given scent, not to the way it smells. Eau de Cologne (EdC)concentrations generally run about 3% - 5% or less, Eau de Toilette (EdT) fall roughly in the 5% - 15% range, and Eau de Parfum at 15% or 20% and higher. Even higher concentrations are typically labeled "Parfum Extract."

    There are some serious complications to this system. First of all, the percent concentration boundaries are not firm and differ depending upon whom you ask. Often they'll be listed as overlapping ranges. More importatntly, the quality and potency of raw ingredients varies widely, so that some EdTs smell much stronger than other scents marketed as EdPs. For example, the EdT A*men smells much more potent than the EdP version of Boucheron's Jaipur Homme. You'll also find that many people (some of whom should know better,) refer to all male scents as "colognes," whether or not they're actually EdC concentration. I believe that most men's fragrances on the market today actually fall into th EdT concentration range.

    Perfume oil concentration impacts longevity as well as potency, so that the EdP version of a given scent will usually outlast the EdC or EdT. Some scents are produced in multiple concentrations, and in many cases the concentrations smell different, not just stronger or weaker. Guerlain's Jicky is a classic example of this phenomenon. You'll find that many Basenoters have distinct preferences among the different concentrations of such scents.

    There are hundreds, if not thousands of scents with "moderate sillage and long lasting power" on the market - so many that naming a specific brand is not going to do you much good. In any case, sillage and longevity can vary widely within a brand. When choosing a scent, concentration is much less important than how much you like the way it smells and how comfortable you are wearing it. If a scent you like is sold in multiple concentrations, you can try each and decide which suits you best. The trick is to test as many scants as possible (on your skin - cardboard stips are useless) until you find one you like. The reviews in the Basenotes directory can help you decide which fragrances might be the most appealing.

    Hope that's a help!

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    Default Re: Eau De Toilet, Eau De Cologne or Eau De Parfum

    Excellent post, Vibert. It explains everything beautifully. For long lasting power, Jbc, I'd run a search with those terms and see what threads come up.

    Welcome to Basenotes, Jbc, and thanks Vibert!
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    Default Re: Eau De Toilet, Eau De Cologne or Eau De Parfum

    Been using Helen of Troy's Brut for sometime now and would like something a bit more concentrated then a cologne. Perhaps I will pay a visit to L'Octaine or Brooks Brothers and see what they have or Bath and Body Works.

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