FRAGRANCE: BEAUTY BUZZ

ASK AN EXPERT:

What's the difference between EDT, EDP and Absolue?
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When it comes to shopping for fragrance, the sheer number of perfumes available can be overwhelming, as can the variations on offer. We asked fragrance writer Ainslie Walker @scentsmith (she runs private workshops across Australia) to help figure it all out.

EAU DE TOILETTE

Also known as EDT, this "has the lower percentage of fragrance, around 3-5 percent, so it tends to evaporate faster," explains Walker. Don't be afraid to mist an EDT, like the fresh, floral Philosophy Amazing Grace Spray Fragrance EDT, or the bright, floral-citrus Versace Yellow Diamond EDT, with abandonment, and top up regularly throughout the day.

EAU DE PARFUM

Along with EDT, this is the most popular type of fragrance. "Eau de parfum, or EDP, is parfum strength, and usually has around 10 -15 percent fragrance," she says. We recommend: Paco Rabanne Pure XS for Her EDP, an intense oriental-woody, and Jean Paul Gaultier Classique EDP, a heady, sexy orchid blossom based juice.

THE REST

Some other terms you might come across: parfum, or extrait de parfum, has the highest fragrance concentration (between 20-40%), fraiche has around 1-3 percent fragrance concentration, and cologne has the lowest concentration of fragrance, and is usually reserved for citrus scents and come in bigger bottles (to encourage splashing them on).