Perfume Oils vs. Sprays : What's the Difference

Alcohol-based vsoil-based perfumes, which is better? You’ll see all sorts of names in the fragrance section: perfume, eau de toilette, parfum, cologne. What makes them different — and in many cases, more expensive?

Both the oil, the spray and the mist versions are created with the same fragrance formula, at the same high concentration, so in theory, they should smell the same.

However, the alcohol in the sprays does make certain ingredients “pop” more or seem sharper, while the grapeseed oil in our perfume oils softens certain ingredients.

Perfume Spray

Alcohol brings a fragrance to life and exposes the top, middle and base layers, so it's like fireworks. Perfume sprays provide a mist of scent with fantastic staying power. Expect a slight alcohol scent at first, which will quickly evaporate, leaving only fragrance. This one ounce, glass bottle is good for about 180-200 sprays.

Perfume Oil Roll On
The rollerball applicator is catching on fast in fine fragrance. It's neat, travel friendly and ideal for post-gym or on the go applications. It offers more control than a spray, over exactly how much you roll on and where. Like conventional perfumes, roll-ons have the most oomph when applied wherever the body releases heat – inside the wrists, creases of the elbows, the neck. Perfume oils are light, quickly absorbed. They’re a discrete way to reapply without irritating your neighbors.

Perfume Mist
A multitasking aromatherapy mist for hair, body and spaces that’s perfect for those on the go. Alcohol-free and non-drying, our refreshing Fragrance Mist instantly revitalizes in one spritz. The packaging is small enough to stick in your car, your gym bag or your purse for easy access. It’s great for a quick pick-me-up in the middle of the day.