Fragrance Guide

Perfume Source Limited has prepared this guide so when shopping on our website ( you can make informed decisions and choose the right fragrance.


Fragrance Concentrations

Fragrances vary in strength, a factor that directly influences its prices. The main ingredient is perfume oil in a solvent an alcoholic water solution. It is the percentage of perfume relative to the water that determines its strength.


For Women

Parfum is the strongest concentration and is compiled to provide exceptionally long lasting fragrance from very little liquid. Parfum is the most expensive variant of the fragrance range and can retail in excess of £100.00. It strength is about 20- 30% concentration and can last for up to 6-8 hours.

Eau de Parfum (EDP) is the next strongest version and is intended to give a more enduring scent for a more reasonable price. It strength is about 15-20 % concentration and can last for up to 4-5 hours.

Eau de Toilette (EDT) is the most popular and affordable concentration. Containing a higher percentage of water and fewer essential oils, EDT is nearly always presented in a spray. It strength is about 5-15% concentration and can last for up to 2-3 hours.

Eau de Cologne (EDC) is weaker than EDT with a lower concentration of essential oils. It strength is about 2- 4% concentration and can last for up to 2 hours.

Eau Fraiche has very low fragrance content and is sometimes called 'Perfumed Mist'. Often alcohol free, this concentration proves popular in the summer months. It strength is about 1- 3% concentration and can last for up to 2 hours.


For Men

Eau de Toilette Spray is generally the strongest concentration available and can be used on the body and on clothing but should not be used as an aftershave as it may cause irritation if you have sensitive skin.

Aftershave is weaker than EDT so that it can be used on the face

Aftershave Balm is a perfumed lotion or cream of similar concentration


Fragrance Notes

Fragrances develop in three stages, Top Note, Heart or Middle Note and Base Note. The aromas are released as the stages develop.

Top Note

Top note is the initial lighter smell of the fragrance which lasts around 8-15 minutes. Examples of these notes include citruses, powdery scents and light floral.

Heart or Middle Note

Heart or Middle note is the main elements of the fragrance; these notes develop after the top note clears, usually around 30 minutes after being sprayed. Heart notes most often include heavier floral scents.

Base Note

Base note is the last to develop and help fix the fragrance to the skin. This is where you will smell the bolder notes of the scent, such as smokes and leathers which become more noticeable when the fragrance has been on the skin for a while.

Fragrance Categories

The different types of fragrance are described by their scent and ingredients that have been used to make up a particular scent. There are divided into four main categories:-

  •   Floral Fragrances: Floral Oriental, Soft Floral, and Floral.
  •   Oriental Fragrances: Oriental, Woody Oriental,
  •   Woody Fragrances: Woods, Mossy Woods, Dry Woods, Aromatic.
  •   Fresh Fragrances: Citrus, Water, Green, Fruity.


Fragrance Hints & Tips

Keep away from heat and light, an unopened fragrance will be good for at least four years.

Identical fragrances will not only smell differently also last longer when applied to some people than others. The balance and chemical make-up of your skin is why this is the case.

Fragrances also give different notes at different stages. Test fragrances by wearing them all day and you will notice the way the smell develops and the notes it releases over a few hours.

Avoid storing fragrances in bathrooms as the fluctuating temperatures and humidity will degrade the scent rapidly.

Exposure to the air should be kept to a minimum, as once opened, the ingredients will deteriorate - this mainly applies to dab-on fragrances more so than sprays.

People who are sensitive to fragrance should apply the liquid to clothes as opposed to directly on the skin