Men's Cologne

What's the difference between a cologne, eau de toilette and parfum?

Although Cologne is a common used to describe men's fragrances, Cologne is actually a reference to the longevity of the scent and there are both men's and women's colognes on the market.

Perfume, or parfum – also sometimes referred to as ‘pure perfume’,  ‘perfume extract’ or ‘extrait de parfum’ – features somewhere between 20-30 per cent of scented perfume ingredients, along with alcohol and/or water, which explains why the ‘perfume’ version of any fragrance is always the most expensive, within a range. ‘Perfumes’/parfums are generally the longest-lasting on the skin – up to six or eight hours (and sometimes well into the next day and beyond). These true perfumes often available in glass-stoppered bottles for dabbing, rather than the sprays and spritzers which lower concentrations tend to come in.

Eau de Parfum (also referred to as EDP) offers a 10-20 per cent concentration of oils (typically somewhere around 15 per cent). These tend to have plenty of ‘waft’;  staying power of anywhere from four to five hours is a fairly common expectation depending on the dominant fragrance notes (top, middle or base notes). Top fragrance notes are lighter and last a much shorter time frame.

Eau de Toilette (a.k.a. EDT) offers somewhere between 5-15 per cent of aromatic ingredients, in that water/alcohol base. Ideal for work, for interviews, for when you want to wear scent for your personal pleasure, rather than to help get you ‘noticed’.  One to two hours of wear is all you can reasonably expect before the last traces drift away.

Eau de Colognes or cologne (a.k.a EDC) are the lightest concentration at 2-5% – and generally feature more light flowery or fruity top notes with ‘volatile’ ingredients like citrus and herbs in the blend. Eaux de Colognes are great for a wake-up splash, in the morning – or a cool-down in the day – but don’t expect this strength of scent to hang around for long:  you’ll be lucky to get two hours out of an eau de cologne.

 

 

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Creed Viking - 15ml Decant Tester

VENDOR: Creed

Bold, fearless and determined, the house of Creed introduces the masterfully crafted Viking eau de parfum – a valiant fragrance that bottles the fearless spirit of the modern man. Enthused by longships, a masterpiece of the Viking age and one...

£24.95
Parfums de Marly Percival - 15ml Decant Tester

VENDOR: Parfums de Marly

The fresh, sensual and refined scent of a great aromatic fragrance, sublimated by musk and woody spices. A fresh fragrance but one with a strong character, Percival plays on aromatic notes through the bergamot and mandarin scents on a woody...

£26.95
Gucci Guilty Intense for Him - 15ml Decant Tester

VENDOR: Gucci

Gucci Guilty Intense For Him is an arresting eau de toilette; a contemporary fougère that provokes as it seduces. The scent entices the senses with a heady blend of bracing Italian lemon and invigorating lavender, undercut with a tang of...

£19.95£14.50
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud - 15ml Decant Tester

VENDOR: Maison Francis Kurkdjian

A fragrance story sketched between the fine-grained sand of the desert dunes, the fragrant harmattan wind and the star-studded night - an opulent Arabian perfume born from a western sensitivity. * The bottle is colored dark. The perfume does not...

£34.75
Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka - 15ml Decant Tester

VENDOR: Jo Malone London

Rich, hand-harvested sap of the Namibian myrrh tree, mingling with the warm almond and lush vanilla notes of the tonka bean. Noble and intoxicating. Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka (Intense) eau de parfum Note: Lavender, Omumbiri Myrrh, Tonka Bean...

£24.95
Montale Black Aoud (Intense) - 15ml Decant Tester

VENDOR: Montale

Montale Black Aoud Intense Eau de Parfum is the embodiment of luxury and exclusivity. Treat yourself to a fragrance that will make you absolutely unique wherever you are. Unisex fragrance – for men and women for both everyday wear and...

£15.50
MEMO Moroccan Leather - 15ml Decant Tester

VENDOR: MEMO

Memo Paris’ Moroccan Leather Eau De Parfum evokes memories of slender palm trees swaying in the musky wind as oil of vetiver stirs under a canopy of white flowers. With notes of iris butter, vetiver fraction oil and leather accord,...

£24.95
Creed Spice and Wood - 15ml Decant Tester

VENDOR: Creed

Created for a cultivated, cosmopolitan man of wit and elegance, Creed’s Spice and Wood blends some of the most precious oils in perfumery in a new classic. Sparkling top notes of bergamot, lemon and Italian apple bombard the nose with...

£36.50
Creed Original Vetiver - 15ml Decant Tester

VENDOR: Creed

Unlike other vetiver offerings, The House of Creed uses both the leaves and the roots, providing a new and unique interpretation of this mythical ingredient. A green and fresh masculine scent, Original Vetiver Eau de Parfum also retains the earthy...

£24.95
Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 - 15ml Decant Tester

VENDOR: Escentric Molecules

Molecule 01 consists of the molecule Iso E Super pure and singular.Iso E Super is not an actual scent in itself but a molecule that hovers close to the skin to create an indefinable subtle aura round the wearer. A...

£14.50
Creed Neroli Sauvage - 15ml Decant Tester

VENDOR: Creed

Creed’s Neroli Sauvage Eau de Parfum is bright, confident and uplifting it is suitable to all ages - giving the wearer charm and elegance with its relaxed and stylish floral-citrus notes. Using many of the most ancient and well-loved ingredients...

£24.95
Creed Green Irish Tweed - 15ml Decant Tester

VENDOR: Creed

A classic, as the old adage tells us, never goes out of style. Like a perfectly tailored suit, Green Irish Tweed has been and continues to be worn by confident men at the peak of their field. Evoking the lush...

£24.95