Reveal the Significance of Iconography on Fragrance and Makeup Packaging

Ever wondered what the symbols on bottles of perfume and cosmetics mean? Find out the secret stories behind them in this article.


Perfumes and cosmetic products often feature special symbols on the bottle. These symbols may not be familiar to everyone, but they carry important information about the product. Let’s explore the meanings of these symbols.

1. Information about perfume concentration

Information about perfume concentrationInformation about perfume concentration

One of the primary concerns for most people is the concentration of essential oils in a perfume. There are four different types of perfume concentration, but the most common ones are EDT (Eau De Toilette) and EDP (Eau De Parfum). Women’s perfumes usually have a higher concentration of EDP, while most men’s perfumes use EDT.

2. The meaning of the symbol “Fl.Oz” on the perfume bottle

The meaning of the symbol 'fl.oz' on the perfume bottleThe meaning of the symbol “Fl.Oz” on the perfume bottle

Fl. Oz. is an abbreviation of “Fluid Ounce” in English, which is a unit of liquid measurement. Although the unit “Oz.” is widely used worldwide, it may not be familiar to Vietnamese consumers who typically use milliliters as the unit of measurement.

1 Fl. Oz is equivalent to 29.57ml, so popular perfume volumes can be converted as follows:

  • 5ml = 0.17 Fl. Oz (or 0.16 Fl. Oz.)
  • 50ml = 1.7 Fl. Oz.
  • 100ml = 3.4 Fl. Oz (or 3.3 Fl. Oz.)

3. The meaning of the phrases “Natural spray” or “Vaporisatuer spray”

The meaning of the phrases 'Natural spray' or 'Vaporisatuer spray'The meaning of the phrases “Natural spray” or “Vaporisatuer spray”

Both the phrases “Natural spray” and “Vaporisatuer spray” refer to the spray form of perfume. If a perfume bottle does not have any of these phrases, it means that the perfume is used in a different application method, such as dabbing, rolling, or similar techniques. These alternative methods are usually applied to bottles with a capacity of 30ml or more, while mini bottles mainly use dabbing or rolling methods.

4. Expiration symbol of perfume

Expiration symbol of perfumeExpiration symbol of perfume

To determine the recommended use-by date of a perfume, look for the symbol “open circular box” accompanied by numbers like 24M or 36M on the perfume bottle packaging. For example, if the bottle is labeled with the number 36M, it means that the perfume should be used within 36 months from the first day of use.

However, the expiration date on perfume bottles does not function like the expiry date on food or beverages. Some perfumes can still maintain their fragrance for 7-10 years even after the indicated expiration date. When expired, the scent of the perfume may undergo slight changes, usually becoming slightly stronger, but it does not pose any health risks to the user.

5. Information about place of manufacture

Information about place of manufactureInformation about place of manufacture

The origin and place of manufacture of a perfume are two separate concepts. For example, Chanel perfume originates from France because Chanel is a French brand. However, the perfume may be manufactured in the USA if there is a factory located there.

Similarly, BVLGari perfume originates from Italy, but if there is a factory in Spain, it must be labeled as “Made in Spain”. The place of manufacture does not affect the authenticity or quality of the perfume.

6. The meaning of matching codes on the box and bottle of perfume

The meaning of matching codes on the box and bottle of perfumeThe meaning of matching codes on the box and bottle of perfume

Both the perfume bottle and the box may have matching codes, which are used to ensure the product has not been tampered with. These codes can be printed, engraved, or embossed on the bottle and box, depending on the manufacturer.

7. Barcode of perfume

Barcode of perfumeBarcode of perfume

The barcode on a perfume bottle is not a reliable indicator of its authenticity. The barcode is simply a representation of the product, indicating the brand, place of manufacture, fragrance information, ingredients, etc. Anyone can print any barcode, including fake ones. The barcode is also used for inventory management and pricing purposes.

Hopefully, this information about the meaning of symbols on perfume bottles will assist you in making informed decisions when selecting a perfume for yourself. Remember to purchase from reputable sources to ensure the quality and authenticity of the product.