Have you ever been confused about the all the different names that are given to fragrances e.g. perfume, eau de toilette, cologne etc? Here at the Jersey Lavender Farm we grow, harvest and distil our own lavender and transform it into the most amazing fragrances including eau de toilettes and colognes. But what exactly is the difference between the two?
Eau de toilette can be translated as ‘toilet water’ – not the type to make the average 4 year old boy scream with delight and the rest of us recoil in horror, but ‘toilet’ referring to the process of washing / personal grooming. It has its origins in Hungary during the reign of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary (1305-1380) when she created a mix of fragrant oil with alcohol which evaporated slowly off her skin producing a longer lasting fragrance. This was called ‘eau de la reine de hongrie’ and was based on rosemary.
These days eau de toilette generally refers to fragrances that have between 5%-15% essential oils (or other aromatic compounds), making them perfect to provide a lovely lasting fragrance. We use our gorgeous velvety lavender essential oil to produce our best-selling Lavender Eau de Toilette (available in 15ml, 55ml and 110ml bottles). We use a higher than normal percentage of lavender essential oil to produce a gorgeous deep scent that is lightened with subtle citrus notes. It’s not a best seller for nothing!
We all use our lavender essential oil to produce 2 colognes; Lavender and Rosemary Cologne and our very own Gentleman’s Cologne. The term cologne originated in Germany, in the town of the same name, in 1709 when chemist Johann Farina created a fragrance blend of citrus and cedar. This is the still the original ‘Cologne’; although this term now tends to refer to fragrances with citrus characteristics that typically contain between 2% and 6% aroma compounds. The term cologne has also been adopted colloquially to refer to any masculine fragrance, which is how we use the term. Our colognes (although not exclusively male, the Lavender and Rosemary Cologne is equally suited to both men and women) use a much higher percentage of essential oils than the traditional colognes, again to give a deeper and longer lasting fragrance.