the process of washing oneself, dressing, and attending to one's appearance. Eau de toilette literally translated as toilet water is a lightly scented cologne used as a skin freshener. Eau de toilette is a lightly scented fragrance with a lower concentration of fragrant oils than pure perfume. What Are Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne, and Eau de Parfum? (Basic #5). Eau de toilette (French: [o d(ə) twalɛt]) literally translated as toilet water (but more appropriately described as "grooming water") is a lightly scented cologne used as a skin freshener. Eau de toilette: This is lighter still and usually sold in spray bottles.