What is a “Perfume Extract”?

What is a “Perfume Extract”?

The perfume extract is the true soul of the perfume.

It is to perfumery what luxury jewelery is to jewellery.

This is the noblest of concentrations, above “eau de parfum” and much more concentrated than a classic “eau de toilette” or an “eau de Cologne” which is much more volatile.

But it's not just about focus. Generally, extracts contain more precious and rare natural ingredients, their formulas can also be more complex.

Perfume extracts are now worn on the skin like a beautiful diamond, a soft oriental silk scarf, and above all for the love of the senses. Their power of seduction begins with the first sprays. Because, yes, voluptuous, carnal or romantic, perfume offers a sublimated version of oneself...

The perfume extract may feel a little heady at first due to its high concentration, but as the notes begin to open up on your skin, you will feel the delicate aroma of the accords spreading.

 

Does an Extrait de Parfum last longer on the skin than an Eau de Parfum or an Eau de Toilette?

 In recent years, it has become commonplace for some unscrupulous perfumery salespeople, in specialty boutiques and even very luxurious houses, to sell "perfume extracts" with certainty that they will perform better.

Perfume extracts have the reputation of having an incredible longevity and a powerful sillage, which is partially true.

This is due, in part, to their structure and formula.

They tend to outperform other strengths in staying power. However, it should be noted that they are not necessarily diffuse and strong.

These characteristics depend much more on the grades and raw materials used. Certain woody or leather-based notes, white musk or Oud will last longer on the skin than certain floral or fruity notes.

Many very great niche perfumes at prices that can reach 500 euros for 50ml, made with very noble raw materials, have a limited or even very intimate hold and sillage. If a perfume is subtle in “eau de toilette” or “eau de parfum”, it most certainly will be in an extract.

An Eau de Parfum concentrated at 15% from a perfumery house may have a lower hold and sillage than an Eau de Cologne from another perfume at 4% from the same house. It is therefore important not to jump to conclusions based on the concentration of a fragrance.