What are Extrait de Parfums?

25th Apr 2022

Did you ever wonder why some perfumes are considerably more expensive than others? Even the smaller bottle is more than reasonably priced!? Well, it could be that it is an "Extrait de Parfum". Extrait de Parfums are what are known as "pure perfumes". These were the original perfumes that consisted of 40% pure and natural aromatic oils. These rich and luxurious creations gradually fell out of fashion as perfumes were created with lesser aromatic concentrations which were also considerably cheaper. However, in the last 40 years, Extrait de Parfums are making a comeback and enjoying popularity once again.

"Are Extrait de Parfums worth all that money?" Lets go through some points to demonstrate:

  • Pure perfumes are created with the finest raw and natural ingredients
  • Made with the greatest concentration of aromatic oils and less alcohol
  • Have more heart/middle notes
  • Approximately 50% of the aromatic compounds are base notes
  • Base notes provide the richest and deepest elements of the fragrance
  • Thus the fragrance will have immense staying power
  • These are strong unique niche scents
  • Opening may be overwhelming temporarily due to the greater concentration of natural oils
  • As fragrance settles on the skin, its complexity and beauty reveals itself 
  • Only a little is needed
  • The perfume will last a long time (6-8hrs+) and you will notice your clothes hold the scent even longer
  • Great for people with sensitive skin as the alcohol content is less than other categories

What are the other perfume categories and why are they cheaper?

  • Aftershave is the weakest and has a predominantly high alcohol composition which explains why it lasts only 1-2hrs
  • Next is Eau de Cologne which boasts wonderful top notes but again won't last more than 2-3hrs
  • Eau de Toilette is a good affordable perfume which focuses primarily on the quick disappearing top notes but you will experience greater heart and base notes and lasts approximately 4hrs
  • Eau de Parfum is very popular in both men's and women's fragrances with stronger concentration of aromatic oils (15-20%) of which most are vibrant top notes with an equal contribution of beautiful sumptuous heart and base notes which gives the fragrance great longevity of around 6hrs

Perfume Concentration Categories

Often times people will be more drawn to the fragrance of Eau de Parfum because they love the refreshing qualities of the top and heart notes. Other people love the strength, luxury and richness of the deep base notes that leave such a lasting impression. 

Why not try out Attar Mist's selection of Exotic Extrait de Parfums and find your signature scent.