Difference Between EDP and EDT


EDP and EDT are different labels for fragrances that we use daily. People all over the world make use of fragrances to keep and feel fresh for a long period of time. For this purpose they buy many kinds of perfumes but are often confused when they see different labels on the products and also different price ranges. The words like EDP, EDT, and EDC seem to be outlandish and make things very confusing. However, it is very simple indeed when you know the definitions of these words.

The prefix ED in all there abbreviations is actually Eau De which is French word for perfume. Now perfumes are mixtures of many compounds, oils, aromatic compounds, solvents and fixatives. EDP, EDT and EDC refer to eau de perfume, eau de toilette, and eau de cologne respectively. There are fragrant products in this chain also that are perfume extracts and after shave lotions. What these abbreviations imply is the concentration or percentage aromatic compounds to solvents in a solution.

Perfume extract-15-40%

Eau de perfume-10-20%

Eau de toilette-5-15%

Eau de cologne-3-8%


The intensity of the fragrance and how long it will last after application depends upon the concentration of aromatic compounds in relation to the solvents. The larger this percentage, the stronger the fragrance, and longer its effect on skin be felt. Thus it is clear that EDP having 10-20% of aromatic compounds will obviously be stronger than EDT which has lesser amount of aromatic compounds. Thus EDP is considered to be stronger of the two and also lasts longer on the body part you have applied it. But since there are no industry standards regarding the percentage of aromatic compounds used in a product, there can be EDT that are stronger than EDP. Now you know why a perfume smells differently after a few hours of application.


• EDP is eau de perfume, while EDT is eau de toilette

• EDP has a higher percentage of aromatic compounds in it than EDT

• EDT is cheaper than EDP