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By us, and at large, fragrance is typically spoken to as seasonal by way of aroma—citrus in summer,
orientals in winter, and florals for spring (ground-breaking). What’s less spoken about on the note
of seasonality is a scent’s form and contents, which, come warmer, sunnier days—and a shift from
alcohol-based perfumes to water—could make all the difference.
Traditionally what varies between parfums, eau de parfums, eau de toilettes, and eau de colognes is their
concentration of essential oils, in that order. Parfum, also known as extrait de parfum, contains
20 to 30 percent fragrance, eau de parfum between 15 to 20 percent, eau de toilette between five and 15
percent, and, well… the pattern continues. What they all have in common, is that they’re then made to the
perfect strength and diffusion with denatured alcohol (which is similar to ethanol and definitely not
something you’d splash into a martini glass).
We’re not here to villainise alcohol in fragrance—it’s industry standard and in the majority of our
favourite scents—but we are here to let you know that thanks to 218-year-old Parisian beauty
dispensary L’Officine Universelle
Buly 1803, you have options.
Enter Buly 1803’s
one-of-a-kind Eau Triple, the first ever water-based perfume. Created to shake up the traditionally
alcohol-based industry, the brand’s trailblazing alternative delivers on scents that won’t irritate or
dehydrate the skin and hair. Plus, the lack of alcohol means that each scent’s intended fragrance is fully
realised upon spritzing and settling into the skin, rather than transforming into something you might not
have committed to at first whiff.
Perfect for summer, a water-based fragrance is kinder to sun-kissed skin and hair, ever so slightly more
refreshing, definitely more hydrating, and more delicate in its linger. If you’re chasing a fresh
summer scent, spritz on Eau Triple
Mexican Tuberose Perfume for a wash of white florals, Eau Triple Kiso Yuzu Pefume for a
citrus cocktail of yuzu and mint, Eau
Triple Al Kassir Perfume to transport yourself to exotic lands, or try Eau Triple Berkane Orange Blossom
Perfume for a burst of orange blossom and breeze of neroli.
As oil and water famously separate à la Brangelina, the key is to shake before spritzing, reintroducing the
perfumes’ perfectly balanced water emulsion. As for wear time, you can expect similar to that of an eau de
Come winter—and further exploration into fragrance form—the rise of the perfume oil may very well
be on the cards. But more on that then.
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