Eau de Toilette vs Eau de Parfum, What’s the Difference ?

Eau de Toilette vs Eau de Parfum : Finding Your Perfect Scent

The perfect fragrance reflects your spirit, surroundings and beautifies each day. Some prefer a signature and others evolve their notes throughout the day. The ritual you choose is as unique as the fragrance direction: Parfum, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette or Eau de Cologne? How does one know the difference? Understanding the distinctive qualities of each fragrance direction makes all the difference to your sensory journey.

What’s the difference between Eau de Toillette, Eau de Parfum and Eau de Cologne ?

All of our fragrances are blended with pure oils that vary in potency depending on the concentration of oil used in the blend: The highest concentration is Parfum and the lightest is Eau de Cologne, with the vibrantly balanced varieties of Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette in-between.

The first note to address: what kind of fragrance brings you pleasure? A light scent that fades with the day, or one that remains through the evening? Perhaps you’ve only experienced one scent direction, something light and airy that fades a few hours, or scents that are simply too strong.


Parfum is the grand dame of fragrance, with the highest concentration of oils and a strong scent that lasts all day and beyond. The top heart and base notes unfold with everlasting power. It’s the distinct aroma of a woman or man walking by, whose signature scent leaves a trail behind and transfers onto those around them. It’s so pure and strong that only the smallest amount is needed. To wear Parfum is to enjoy others wearing your Parfum, too.

Eau de Parfum

Eau de Parfum is a bit lighter and led by middle notes while maintaining a high oil concentration (above 15%) that leaves you and your skin smelling beautiful all day long. For those who desire a potent scent without the everlasting trail of Parfum, Eau de Parfum is an ideal choice, perfect for day or night. Many Carolina Herrera signature fragrances come in this balanced edition: bold Good Girl and Good Girl Légère, elegant Carolina Herrera, intriguing Herrera Confidential, rich CH Privée, and the energetic 212 VIP range.

Eau de Toilette

Eau de Toilette is a wonderfully light fragrance direction that wears gently and gracefully through all seasons: a hint of pleasure under the sunshine during the daytime, or anytime, that instantly refreshes your day. Top notes guide the scent and fade through the day, calling for a ceremonial reapplication every few hours to maintain its presence, unlike the longer-lasting Eau de Parfum. Enjoy the rebellious notes of Bad Boy, classic Herrera for Men, floral EDT Confidential, elegant CH Woman and CH L’Eau, CH Men and CH Men Privé or the Manhattan spirit of 212 NYC and 212 NYC Men in their breezy Eau de Toilette editions.

Eau de Cologne

Eau de Cologne is a delightfully airy fragrance direction with the lightest concentration of oil. Similar to Eau de Toilette, however even lighter, it can be applied throughout the day as much as desired to maintain its luminous appeal without overpowering.