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40+ Titillating Perfume Quotes to Make You Feel the Magic of Scent


Sarah Barthet


There is something quite magical about fragrance and scent, and perfume is about so much more than smelling good. Our choice of fragrance shares a little bit of our inner self with the world, from light, floral and joyful, to intense, rich and seductive, our perfume contributes to leaving a first impression on people never met before, and that’s quite amazing. To think that something so simple as a scent, can share such intimate details about a person’s inner thoughts without uttering a single word.

As famous perfumer Olivier Creed once said, your handbag may not be remembered, but your perfume will. There’s even a word for it. Sillage (pronounced see-yazh) refers to the trail of scent left behind from a perfume, and it’s a pretty incredible thought – that one can still have a presence in a room without even being present, almost like hearing a beautiful aria without any words being spoken. And with such a fascinating concept, how could we not pull together some of our favourite perfume quotes to get you thinking, and make you feel the magic of fragrance – the most luxurious simple pleasure.

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Classy Short Perfume Quotes

Perfume is like a new dress, it makes you quite simply marvellous.

– Estee Lauder

Perfume is a story in odour, sometimes poetry in memory.

– Jean-Claude Ellena

Jean Claude Ellena Perfume Quote

Fragrance makes us dream.

– Francois Nars

I love a scent that can make memories come alive.

– unknown

Her dress was her canvas, her perfume was the ink in which she wrote her story…

– unknown

Smell is a word, perfume is literature.

– Jean-Claude Ellena

There are no women who do not like perfume, there are women who have not found their scent.

– Marilyn Monroe 

Perfume is the art that makes memory speak.

– Francis Kurkdjian

I never face the day without perfume.

– Elizabeth Taylor

Beauty is an exquisite flower, and its perfume is virtue.

– Giovanni Ruffini

Two things make women unforgettable, their tears & their perfume. 

-Sacha Guitry

Your fragrance is your message, your scented slogan.

– Maurice Roucel

Just like men, perfume is never perfect right away you have to let it seduce you.

– Jean Patou

I wear perfume even when I’m alone.

– Elizabeth Taylor

Nothing brings to life again a forgotten memory like fragrance.

– Christopher Poindexter

Fragrances fill the senses with the mysterious.

– Diana Vreeland

Fragrance is the voice of inanimate things.

– Mary Webb

Perfume is like music that you wear.

– Mathilde Thomas

Perfumery is a symphony, it has a beginning, middle and an end.

– Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone

You are never fully dressed without perfume.

– C. Joybell C.

Perfume: a cocktail of memories and emotion.

– Jeffrey Stepakoff

Want something fresh and new? A perfume is the best way to do that.

– Unknown

Fashion Designer Quotes About Perfume

Some of the most iconic fragrances to grace dressing tables around the world are the fragrances curated by some of the most well-known ateliers. The creative geniuses behind these legendary fashion houses have not only shared their visions for exquisite garments, but have also gone on to create perfumes and scents that are equally as pleasing to the nose as the garments are to the eyes. It should come as no surprise therefore, that some of the most memorable quotes about perfume were phrases uttered by the designers themselves – some of which have become as infamous as the designers that coined them.

Christian Dior Perfume Quotes

Perfume is a mark of female identity and the final touch of her style.

Make me a fragrance that smells like love.

A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.

Long after one has forgotten what a woman wore, the memory of her perfume lingers.

Perfume is a mark of female identity and the final touch of her style.

Perfume is the indispensable complement to the personality of woman, the finishing touch on a dress.

Coco Chanel Perfume Quotes

A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.

No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.

“’Where should one use perfume?’ a young woman asked. ‘Wherever one wants to be kissed,’ I said.”

Perfume heralds a woman’s arrival and prolongs her departure.

Coco Chanel Perfume Quote

Other Designer Quotes About Perfume

Perfume puts the finishing touch to elegance.

– Gianni Versace 

A perfume is more than an extract it is a presence in abstraction. A perfume, for me, is a mystique.

– Giorgio Armani

A perfume is an intimate object, it is the reflector of the heart.

– Emanuel Ungaro

Fragrance is the first layer of dressing a woman’s invisible body suit.

– Donna Karan

A fragrance is like a signature, so that even after a woman leaves the room, her fragrance should reveal she’s been there.

– Oscar de la Renta

Perfume Captions for Instagram

Have a cute beauty shot lined up for Instagram yet struggling to come up with a caption? Perfume quotes are great for this, and make a pleasant change to the often overused inspirational quotes.

Love is a perfume you cannot pour onto others without getting a few drops on yourself.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

A perfume is like a piece of clothing, a message, a way of presenting oneself, a costume that differs according to the woman who wears it.

– Paloma Picasso

The freshness of a smile and the fragrance of a perfume often define the personality of a woman.

– Debasish Mridha

Scent is our most primitive sense, it’s the closest thing to the emotional brain. It penetrates you. You love it, and you want to be part of it.

– Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone

Scent is our greatest, most potent form of time travel, like an arrow. It tears through layers. It finds the centre.

– Victoria Erickson

Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.

– Mark Twain

Ideas for the Perfect Perfume Gift Message *BONUS*

Perfume makes a great gift for your better half – for both men and women. If you’re looking to put a lovely message inside a card to accompany the scent, a message that’s a little more interesting that plain old love quotes, why not consider one of these five perfume quotes that are sure to warm any heart.

All you need is love… and a new perfume!

– Unknown

I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume.

– Jacques Guerlain

Guerlain Perfume Quote

Nothing in the world smells as good as the person you love.

– unknown

A woman wears both jewellery and fragrance and both recall happy moments of her life.

– Alain Boucheron

Perfume is the key to our memories.

– Kate Lord Brown

If you’ve been reading Dukes Avenue for a while, you’ll know that we have our own little love affair with fragrances and scents. If you can relate, be sure to check out other perfume-related content published on the blog, such as Why Perfume is So Expensive and the Best Vanilla Perfumes for the autumn/fall season.

And if you loved our selection of fragrance quotes, you may also want to check out our collection of skincare and beauty quotes, as well as our motivational quotes on luxury.

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