What is Difference Between Parfum, Eau de Parfum, Cologne and Aftershave?

Last month, we were excited to release a new addition to our most iconic fragrance range: No.88 50ml Eau de Parfum. If you saw the launch, and found yourself scratching your head at what exactly the term ‘EdP’ means… do not threat, as we’ve created a guide to help you distinguish between the varying fragrance types.

As a repercussion from marketing leaders campaigns, predominately stemming from the 80s, ‘cologne’ tends to be dubbed as a term for men’s fragrance while ‘perfume’ is thought to be feminine. This is misinformation – scent should be genderless. The difference in label in fact denotes the fragrance strength.

What is the difference between Parfum, EdP, EdC and Aftershave?


Parfum, also known as ‘Pure Perfume’ is the strongest concentration of fragrance available. The formula generally contains 20 – 30% of scented perfume ingredient in combination with alcohol and/or water. The perfume element is the most precious of the ingredients, therefore products branded with the ‘Parfum’ label are naturally the most expensive, but only a dab is needed to last.

Eau de Parfum (EdP)

Eau de Parfum contains a mildly lower percentage of fragrance, averaging at 15 – 20%. Despite this, it still has significant strength in scent and staying power, while being much more accessible to purchase. A single application of an EdP formula has the ability to last an entire working day, and at a lower price to Parfum, it is often considered to be the best value for money.

Discover our recent release, No.88 50ml Eau de Parfum.

Eau de Cologne (EdC)

Eau de Cologne, or more simply ‘Cologne’ contains a high grade of fragrance but at a lower percentage of up to 8%, making it a good option for everyday use. The allure of cologne comes from its simplicity, with focus on using fine ingredients derived from nature.

Discover Czech & Speake’s range of Eau de Cologne’s.


Aftershave contains the lowest concentration of aromatic essence at around 1 – 3%, with a proportionally higher percentage of alcohol. This is because it serves a different function; aftershave is designed for use after shaving, to disinfect cuts and nicks with the alcohol content, leaving skin disinfected, refreshed and lightly fragranced.

Discover Czech & Speake’s range of Aftershaves.


Find the fragrance category suited to you. Discover our Eau de Parfum, Eau de Cologne and Aftershave ranges.

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