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    Question What is "extrait" in this context?

    In the context of a fragrance listed as "Vintage Lanvin Arpege Extrait"---what does the word extrait mean? (I assume it has connotations of extract) but how does it work in this perfume's title? I don't think I've run across this typification of a perfume as the "extrait". Thanks, BB
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    Default Re: What is "extrait" in this context?

    Extrait is the smoothest and purest form of a fragrance. The extrait will contain the highest concentration (or perfume oil) of the fragrance.

    Of course, if you are wearing the oil version of the fragrance, that will be the strongest.

    Perhaps a clearer explanation is here: http://www.nstperfume.com/perfume-faq/

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    Default Re: What is "extrait" in this context?

    Oh, I forgot to mention. 'Extrait' is french for 'extract'. Think of it like that

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    Default Re: What is "extrait" in this context?

    It is another word for the perfume form of the fragrance.


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    Default Re: What is "extrait" in this context?

    Thank you both!
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    Default Re: What is "extrait" in this context?

    so just confirming, "extrait" is the french for "extract" and basically it just connotes pure Parfum strength?

    what's the rough percentage of oil that corresponds to? (I've seen very varied figures)


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    Default Re: What is "extrait" in this context?

    I found this from an eBay guide, so I hope it is relatively accurate:

    These terms refer to the strength of the fragrance, or more specifically, to how much high grade alcohol and/or water that has been added to the fragrance oils. Parfum (generally the most concentrated form you can buy) has 15-25% perfume oil dissolved in alcohol. Any mixture with a lower proportion of oil to alcohol is known as an Eau.

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    Eau Fraiche (Usually 3% or less perfume oil)
    Eau de cologne - EDC (2 - 5% perfume oil)
    Eau de toilette - EDT (4 - 10% perfume oil)
    Eau de parfum - EDP (8 - 15% perfume oil)
    Soie de Parfum (15 - 18% perfume oil)
    PARFUM (15 - 25% -- also sometimes referred to as Extract or Extrait)
    Perfume oil (15-30% perfume oil in an oil rather than alcohol base)

    You may also see the term Parfum de Toilette. Most companies use this term to describe a concentration that is either the same as Eau De Parfum, or between Eau De Parfum and Parfum.
    The 3 most common perfume fragrances you will purchase are:
    PARFUM - This is one of the strongest perfume fragrance available. This means that you need to use less and the fragrance will last much longer depending on skin type. Will last 6 to 8 hours.
    EAU DE PARFUM - EDP This is lighter than the Parfum and is less expensive, but still has long lasting fragrance smell. Will last from 3 to 5 hours.
    EAU DE TOILETTE - EDT This is a lighter fragrance and is therefore most used for the casual everyday use. It is less expensive than Eau de Parfum. Will lasts for 2 to 4 hours.
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