What is the Difference Between Perfume and Cologne?

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When shopping for a new scent, do you find yourself confused about whether to buy a perfume or a cologne? Well let’s address that confusion and examine the difference between perfume and cologne?

Each of these scents can create a beautiful fragrance for the wearer. So, where does the difference lie? Let’s see.

Perfume and Cologne – Which for You?

Because perfume (Eau de Parfum) tends to be stronger than cologne, you can expect it to be longer lasting after it is applied to the skin. For that reason, a perfume can be more suitable for that special evening. Also, because perfume is the more concentrated of the two, you’ll find that you can get away with applying less of it.

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For day wear, you might find that cologne (Eau de Cologne) is what you are looking for, if only because its scent is considered lighter and more subtle. Perhaps ‘gentle’ is an appropriate adjective. You will usually notice a cologne fading as the day progresses. Some describe colognes as more masculine than perfumes.

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Perfume and Cologne Manufacturing

When it comes to the manufacturing process, Perfume is synthetic based whereas cologne is made from natural ingredients and contains fewer essential oils. The synthetic nature of perfume, along with its concentration of oils, probably explains its lasting characteristic, mentioned above.

Because it is the stronger scent, perfume needs only small amounts strategically applied to key points such as the wrists or neck. With its lower alcohol content, perfume is less likely to cause a reaction in people with very sensitive skin.

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