The difference between the types of fragrances can be quite confusing. At first glance, they all seem to be relatively similar, which makes it frustrating for many that their prices are so widely varied. Rest assured, they aren’t just distinguished by deceitful fancy French words, or fancy brand names, or sophisticated glass bottles. The main gist of it is that fragrances are formulated with a mix of a potent base perfume essence that is diluted with water and alcohol. They tend to be cheaper when the formula is more diluted. Eau de Toilette is a mid-range, lightly scented liquid aroma. Translating to “aromatic waters”, it is no wonder that it is high in alcohol content with only 10% perfume essence, so it doesn’t last as long or smell as strong as the eau de parfum. It is typically sold in medium or large sized spray bottles. Upon first application, the top notes, the first aromas released, are quite dominant. They are bright, refreshing, and quite thin, so they are not overwhelming or smothering.
Men’s Cologne is quite common and relatively cheap, but because of its rather weak formulation, it does not last very long. It is meant to be sprayed liberally over the body, and reapplied multiple times a day. It is best applied to the skin after bathing and on the cheeks after shaving. It can safely be sprayed on the skin and clothing because the water and alcohol content will not leave stain marks. The aromas are quite easy on the nose and lighten up swiftly, so they are suitable for everyday use.
This type of men’s cologne is highly favored in the Philippines because the light yet noticeable scent is ideal for warm weather and summer time. The musk is not cloying or suffocating when one is found in crowded areas, and evaporates before it can mix with sweat and other odors. Because they are quite affordable, one can stock up on several types and brands of fragrances that will suit different moods. Choose colognes that will make a statement about your personality. Light earthy scents will give the impression of openness, friendliness, and calmness. On the other hand, bright electric smells will give the impression of professionalism, responsibility, and stability. Some colognes are suited to formal events, but most are tailor fit for casual affairs.