Ever been in a situation where you’re out picking a fragrance for yourself or someone, and you don’t know why three different bottles with very similar smells are called different names, like Body Mist, Cologne, and Perfume. Does it matter? Are they actually different?
Well yes, they definitely are. There are many factors that distinguish various types of fragrances from each other, and smell is just one of them. These factors include essential oils’ concentrations, alcohol and water content, and the duration these fragrances last on your skin. And to help you pick the fragrance that suits you and your body, we’ve broken down the major features of body mists, cologne, and perfume that make them distinct from each other.Body Mist
Body mist is the lightest form of fragrance you’ll find in the market. And just like its name, its concentration is like an airy mist when you spritz it on your body. The water content is higher compared to the fragrance oils in it, and as a result, the fragrance lasts only a couple of hours after application and requires a reapplication every few hours.
Body mists are priced lower in comparison to colognes and perfumes. Due to the need for regular re-application, these tend to come in larger bottles. It is ideal for fragrance layering when you use multiple body care products like lotions and body washes of the same fragrance and want the scent to linger but not overpower.
If you’re looking for an airy refreshing fragrance, might we suggest the Secret Escape Body Mist by Victoria’s Secret.
One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to fragrance is that cologne is for men and that is what makes it different from body mists and perfumes. But what really separates a cologne from other types of fragrances is the concentration of essential oils in it, which is just around 5%. Cologne is available and can be worn by both men and women in fragrances that are usually light and peppy, ideal for daytime wear when stepping out for a couple of hours.
The amount of alcohol is high in colognes, which is why it evaporates layer by layer as time passes. Colognes usually come with a strong base, a moderate scent in the heart, and a pleasant opening note, which wears on as the day passes. When it comes to cologne, our favourite pick for women is Tabu by Dana and for men, the evergreen classic Jovan Musk.
Perfumes are the longest lasting fragrances among all, with essential oil concentration anywhere between 20-40% and comparatively low alcohol content. As a result, perfumes smell denser and have a wider sillage compared to a cologne or body mist. Even a dab of perfume on the wrist or neck can be identified, while body sprays require multiple spritzes.
Perfumes are considered serious business when it comes to fragrances, and as a result, they also come with a hefty price tag and in smaller, swankier packaging. Perfumes have to be chosen carefully, as per the occasion for it can make or break the mood of the people around the wearer.
One of our favourite masculine fragrances in perfumes is the Intenso Pour Homme by Dolce & Gabbana, while for women, it’s the Poison Girl by Christian Dior.
So dear reader, now that you are aware of the distinction between body mist, cologne and perfume, and have recommendations for each, what are you waiting for, unleash your personality and style with style and smell this month!