PERFUME MASTER CLASS
Essentially the difference between Perfume, Eau de Toilette, After Shave and Cologne is the strength of the perfume oil they contain. In general terms and traditionally speaking Perfume contains 100% concentrated perfume oil whereas Eau de Toillete contains 8-12%, After Shave 4-8% and Cologne 2-5%. Eau de Cologne originated from the town of Cologne in Germany 1709 when it contained Citrus notes like Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Clementine, Bergamot, Lime and Grapefruit; and was often mixed with Tobacco, Thyme or Rosemary. Nowadays however, as language and marketing has evolved, many people refer to Cologne as meaning a light Eau de Toilette irrespective of the ingredients. After Shave, on the other hand, is of similar strength to Cologne as it is intended to be applied directly to a man’s face after shaving. However it is formulated with skin care benefits (eg., antiseptics, anti-inflammatories and skin repair vitamins) and is often in a base of witch hazel, bay rum and/or alcohol. To summarise, Perfume (Fr. parfum or extrait) is the pure concentrated oil extract whereas other products (Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Cologne Intense, Cologne, After Shave, Body Spray, etc.) are alcohol derivatives at different strengths.