Guide to Eau Fraiche

With our women's eau fraiche guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including what is Eau Fraiche and how long does Eau Fraiche last on the skin. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our eau fraiche page.

Top Eau Fraiche Brands

  • Caudalie
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Roger & Gallet
  • Nuxe
  • Revlon
  • Giorgio Armani Code

Eau Fraiche FAQs

What is Eau Fraiche?

Translated from French as 'fresh water', Eau Fraiche is similar to a regular perfume or Eau de Toilette, though with a few subtle differences. Instead of completely overwhelming your body with fruity or floral notes, Eau Fraiche is designed to enhance and complement your natural aroma. Most Eau Fraiche formulas contains 3% essential oils, a much lower essential oil percentage than perfume which contains around 22%, therefore the aromas are much lighter, understated and natural.

Perfect for every day wear in the office or for sitting outside on a summer afternoon, Eau Fraiche laces the skin with refreshing, uplifting aromas that suit any occasion. Eau Fraiche is typically worn alongside a deodorant or body spray, so make sure to tailor your purchase to your existing beauty selection to match the scents.

The lower scent percentage of an Eau Fraiche bottle means its the ideal option if you're just beginning to explore fragrances and you're searching for your signature scent. Whichever scent you choose won't be too overpowering so you can experiment until you find the fragrance for you.

How long does Eau Fraiche last on the skin?

How long does Eau Fraiche last on the skin?

Eau Fraiche is typically cheaper than an Eau de Toilette, cologne or perfume, and there is a reason for that - it doesn't last as long on the skin. Whereas a classic perfume has an essential oil percentage of around 22%, Eau Fraiche only contains around 3%, therefore the scent isn't as strong and doesn't last as long. That isn't always a bad thing though.

Whereas other fragrances dominate your body, an Eau Fraiche aroma isn't too domineering or overpowering, instead it perfectly complements your natural aroma. Instead of changing your natural scent, it enhances it. We all have a unique odour, and whilst we can mask that with a perfume, you can create a more natural, and oftentimes more pleasant scent if you enhance your unique odour.

Of course, if you're popping out for the day, having a fragrance which wears off after two hours isn't ideal. Fortunately, most Eau Fraiche bottles are compact enough to be placed in your handbag, so you can spritz up throughout the day.

Does Eau Fraiche go off?

Surprisingly, fragrances do expire, and Eau Fraiche is no exception. However, you don't have to panic too much, the average shelf life for a bottle of Eau Fraiche is around 3-5 years, so you should be able to get through it in that time period. There have been rare instances where fragrances have lasted longer or shorter than the average time frame, and that often depends on the base note composition: if the base notes of your perfume contain citrus or fruity notes then they're more prone to premature expiration, whereas woody and balsamic base notes tend to last longer.

If you've had that same bottle resting on your dressing table for years and you're beginning to question whether it's still usable, there are a few ways to test it. Firstly, and we know this may sound obvious, but check the scent; if it's beginning to omit a vinegar aroma, then it's time to be binned. Or even if the scent hasn't got the same potency and smells a little different, then maybe it's time to invest in another fragrance.

You can also test its validity through sight, though we appreciate this can be difficult if your bottle is opaque. However, if your bottle is transparent, look to see if the formula looks thicker and cloudier, this is often a good indication that it's past its expiration date. Some bottles do actually have an expiration date, though this is fairly uncommon.

What Eau Fraiche should I buy?

What Eau Fraiche should I buy?

As previously mentioned, an Eau Fraiche is designed to enhance your natural aroma, not mask it, so make sure to buy a fragrance the complements your unique scent and your lifestyle. If you're someone who's often out in the great outdoors, whether it's climbing mountains or swimming in the ocean, then an Eau Fraiche with outdoorsy notes suits you perfectly. Look for something with aquatic or woody tones to enhance your natural aroma and breathe exuberance into your body.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you're someone who likes quiet nights in or relaxing in pubs and cafes, then a more understated Eau Fraiche is probably what you're after. A fragrance with musky or floral tones often blends nicely into the natural scent and ambiance of cosy indoor spaces, and it won't be too overpowering for those around you either.

Luckily, Eau Fraiche is cheaper than other fragrances due to its lower scent percentages, so you can experiment with a couple of options until you settle on the right one. Brands such as Nuxe, Lacoste and Revlon offer gorgeous aromas for affordable prices.

If you're still stuck, find out how to choose perfume that suits you on our Beauty Hub.