Myth Busters One - Mr Hux

Myth Busters One

Perfume is for women. Cologne is for men.

Traditionally, we've been conditioned to associate cologne with men and perfume with women. However, this is a misconception rooted in marketing strategies. Colognes, often labeled as "after shaves," are packaged in robust, masculine bottles alongside imagery of male models and heterosexual couples. Perfume, on the other hand, exudes an aura of elegance and sophistication, showcased in extravagant bottles adorned with pink and purple hues.

But in reality, the disparity between them isn't substantial. Whether you call it perfume, eau de toilette, eau de parfum, or eau de cologne, it's essentially the same fragrance with varying levels of perfume oil and base liquid. Colognes are more diluted, while perfumes boast a higher concentration of perfume oil. The distinction isn't about how they smell; a floral scent can be a cologne, and a musky, woody fragrance can be a perfume. Surprising, isn't it?

As for their names, their origins trace back to the 1700s. Quite the journey and perhaps a future post on this.

So, remember, just because a fragrance is labeled as perfume doesn't mean it's exclusively for women.