110+ Best Perfume Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Perfume is the story of a murderer is a 1985 literary historical fantasy novel by German writer Patrick Süskind. The novel explores the sense of smell and its relationship with the emotional meanings that scents may have. Profoundly inspirational Perfume quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous Perfume Quotes

Personality is to a man what perfume is to a flower. Charles M. Schwab

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

I’m a beer man. I tried to drink whiskey and Scotch, but I don’t get it. It smells like a girl who didn’t shower and just splashed a lot of perfume on. Mads Mikkelsen

Perfume was first created to mask the stench of foul and offensive odors. Spices and bold flavorings were created to mask the taste of putrid and rotting meat. What then was music created for? Was it to drown out the voices of others, or the voices within ourselves? I think I know. Emilie Autumn

Can anyone remember love? It’s like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume. Arthur Miller

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup. H.L. Mencken

Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not. John Dewey

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

I’m very intelligent. I’m capable of doing everything put to me. I’ve launched a perfume and want my own hotel chain. I’m living proof blondes are not stupid. Paris Hilton

Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it. Patrick Süskind

Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all. W. Somerset Maugham

It’s not very easy to grow up into a woman. We are always taught, almost bombarded, with ideals of what we should be at every age in our lives This is what you should wear at age twenty, That is what you must act like at age twenty five, This is what you should be doing when you are seventeen. But amidst all the many voices that bark all these orders and set all of these ideals for girls today, there lacks the voice of assurance. There is no comfort and assurance. I want to be able to say, that there are four things admirable for a woman to be, at any age! Whether you are four or forty four or nineteen! It’s always wonderful to be elegant, it’s always fashionable to have grace, it’s always glamorous to be brave, and it’s always important to own a delectable perfume! Yes, wearing a beautiful fragrance is in style at any age! C. JoyBell C.

I’ve been using the same hair wax for as long as I can remember. I’m not a gel guy, I’m not a perfume guy, not really into any of that. Guy Fieri

In that moment, as he saw and smelled how irresistible its effect was and how with lightning speed it spread and made captives of the people all around him in that moment his whole disgust for humankind rose up again within him and completely soured his triumph, so that he felt not only no joy, but not even the least bit of satisfaction. What he had always longed for that other people should love him became at the moment of his achievement unbearable, because he did not love them himself, he hated them. And suddenly he knew that he had never found gratification in love, but always only in hatred in hating and in being hated. Patrick Süskind

Before every show, I have to put perfume on. I know the crowd’s not necessarily going to smell me, but when I smell good, I feel like I can dominate the room. Rita Ora

Women waste so much time wearing no perfume. As for me, in every step that I have taken in life, I have been accompanied by an exquisite perfume! C. JoyBell C.

My friends think it’s weird that I spray perfume on my feet. Chantal Sutherland

The unnatural and the strange have a perfume of their own. Fernando Pessoa

Until I was a teenager, I used red pokeberries for lipstick and a burnt matchstick for eyeliner. I used honeysuckle for perfume. Dolly Parton

Outbreaks of unvarnished truths in the backyard of our true self can be very precious and inspiring, even though we might inconsistently be tempted to give in to the exhilarating perfume of fables and fairy tales or to flattering praise and fiction. Erik Pevernagie

Being stuck in airports, you always end up buying perfume and sunglasses. Lexa Doig

You are never fully dressed without perfume! C. JoyBell C.

My everyday scent is a unisex perfume by Le Labo. Madison Beer

Silent as a flower, her face fell in dismay, aware that the ghost of lust ate and left, sensing that there was a different scent of perfume consuming the room, and that she had numbered and counted the he loves me, he loves me not of each petal, where the lifeless dust had settle. Anthony Liccione

Wrap fish fillets, sliced veggies, and other quick cooking items inside foil packets with bundles of fresh herbs and throw them directly on the grill; the steam will release the herb’s perfume and flavor anything contained inside the pouch. Emeril Lagasse

The question that women casually shopping for perfume ask more than any other is this What scent drives men wild? After years of intense research, we know the definitive answer. It is bacon. Now, on to the far more interesting subject of perfume. Tania Sanchez

As a little girl growing up in Southside Jamaica Queens, if anyone would’ve told me I’d have my own perfume one day, and be able to inspire young black girls everywhere, to go into Macy’s or Nordstrom’s and see their face staring back at them I wouldn’t believe them. Nicki Minaj

He would be able to create a scent that was not merely human, but super human, an angels scent, so indescribably good and vital that who ever smelt it would be enchanted and with his whole heart would have to love him. Patrick Süskind

Childhood smells of perfume and brownies. David Leavitt

Many perfumes promise to lure men to women. None of them smell of motherhood. None of them proclaim the wearer to be tidy, thrifty, and sensible. Janette Rallison

I don’t always like to wear perfume I really like body smells, that’s the French in me but there’s something about putting perfume on before you go out that has intention. Camille Rowe

There was also something about the smell of bookshops that was strangely comforting to her. She wondered if it was the scent of ink and paper, or the perfume of binding, string, and glue. Maybe it was the scent of knowledge. Information. Thoughts and ideas. Poetry and love. All of it bound into one perfect, calm place. Alyson Richman

A group of scientists wanted to find the most effective mosquito repellents. So they tested 10 different substances, including campout standbys like deet, as well as a random choice Victoria’s Secret perfume Bombshell. Turns out the perfume is almost as good as deet. Annalee Newitz

I bought Jayne Mansfield’s mansion in L.A. after her death. I had met her in England and remembered her perfume. When I moved in, I could smell her, and I saw her apparition. Engelbert Humperdinck

Is a man satisfied, merely because he is perfumed himself, to mingle with a malodorous crowd? Edward Bellamy

A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future. Coco Chanel

Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets. Tom Robbins

Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass. John Steinbeck

Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us. Luca Turin

I love my fragrance like I love my records. My perfume is myself. Princess Stephanie of Monaco

And then I threw up from all the anesthesia and my teeth were still chattering and they were telling me not to vomit so hard, otherwise my stitches would bust open. I said, I don’t know how to vomit softly. That’s like telling someone to shit perfume. Ali Wong

Prince was outside his dressing room, shaking one of those little Easter egg maracas. His hair was straightened to a soft wave; his eyelashes were unfairly lovely. He smelled like the most expensive shelf in the Sephora perfume aisle. This man wearing eyeliner, heels and ladies perfume somehow managed to be more masculine than the burly bodyguard. Mayte Garcia

From his youth on, he had been accustomed to people’s passing him and taking no notice of him whatever, not out contempt as hehad once believed But because they were quite unaware of his existence. There was no space surrounding him, no waves broke from him into the atmosphere, as with other people; he had no shadow, so to speak, to cast across another’s face. Only if he ran right into someone in a crowd or in a Street corner collision would there be a brief moment of discernment; and th person en countered would bounce off and stare at him for a few seconds as if gazing at a creature that ought not even exist, a creature that, although undeniably there, in some way or other was not present and would take to his heels and have forgotten him, Grenouille, a moment later. Patrick Süskind

Perfume is like a personal signature, which is why I like to mix my own. For years I’ve paired Femme by Rochas with Shalimar and love the results. Danielle Steel

You cannot really not care about what other people think of you and still wear a perfume or cologne. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Taste and love are not the servants of the will. Love is and must be free. It rises from the heart like perfume from a flower. Robert Green Ingersoll

Fragrance is everything: it is the relationship between you and your mind, you and other people, you and this world. It is the life that you lead in your head. It is the life that you lead in the ways your skin feels. It is everything. C. JoyBell C.

To attract men, I wear a perfume called New Car Interior. Rita Rudner

The great hall was shimmering in light, sun streaming from the open windows, and ablaze with colour, the walls decorated with embroidered hangings in rich shades of gold and crimson. New rushes had been strewn about, fragrant with lavender, sweet woodruff, and balm the air was perfumed with honeysuckle and violet, their seductive scents luring in from the gardens butterflies as blue as the summer sky. Sharon Kay Penman

Desperation is the perfume of the young actor. It’s so satisfying to have gotten rid of it. If you keep smelling it, it can drive you crazy. In this business a lot of people go nuts, go eccentric, even end up dead from it. Not my plan. Uma Thurman

A man who wears a fragrant flower on his collar spreads a perfume wherever he goes. Prem Prakash

I don’t really wear perfume. I use Victoria’s Secret sometimes. They have this Coconut Passion spray. But fragrances can give me a bit of a headache. Kylie Jenner

A heavy smell of sour wine, candles and overripe fruit hung in the air. And something else, that bought to mind a mixture of the scents of lilac and gooseberries. Andrzej Sapkowski

Jitterbug Perfume is one of my favorite books. Kristin Gore

I cross the street and walk into the Printemps. I go to the counter with necklaces and bracelets and earrings, which dazzle me always. I stand like a fascinated savage. Glitter. Amethyst. Turquoise. Shell pink. Irish green. I would like to be naked and cover myself in cold crystal jewelry. Jewelry and perfume. Anaïs Nin

When I’m playing a character, I don’t wear perfume. Blake Lively

The cent you desire is hidden in the scent of a flower. Michael Bassey Johnson

I don’t wear perfume, and I rarely wear jewelry. Karina Lombard

My ability to mingle with men is tied into the security I feel in my perfume. I’m not even kidding. I could meet a perfect man but if I’m in between finding perfumes, I won’t bother with the guy. But with a truly precious bottle of perfume in hand, I’ll conquer any man. My sense of security lies in my fragrance, men are secondary. C. JoyBell C.

A Leprecaun without a pot of gold is like a rose without perfume, a bird without a wing, or an inside without an outside. James Stephens

The nose is idiosyncratically central not only to our sense of smell but to our sense of who we are, in our most primal appetites. For the idea of appetite pertains to food as well as to all the sensual and spiritual experiences that drive us, give us pleasure, make us feel more alive in the moment. Scent is a portal to these basic human appetites for the far off, the familiar, the transcendent, the strange, and the beautiful that have motivated us since the origins of our species. Mandy Afte

I have a lucky perfume. I love beautiful smells, but I save one of my favorite perfumes to wear only when I feel like I need some extra luck. Gretchen Rubin

Even the perfume free fragrance in your delightful bubble bath you were taking was from one of my first collections, Eau de Water. J.S. Mason

Every one of my products my lingerie, my perfume, and everything that I do beauty related with regard to building my burlesque shows is just me. Dita Von Teese

I draw a breath, comforting myself with her scent of coconut oil and lily flower. Abi Daré

There’s the psychotic ambitious side of myself that wants a fashion line and my own network and be like a combination of Oprah and Gwen Stefani. And have a perfume. Definitely a perfume. Mindy Kaling

Opening her handbag, she took out a small bottle of perfume and touched the stopper behind her ears. Its cool, glassy edge felt like her only point of contact with tangible reality. Eileen Chang

I was a Versace perfume girl at Saks Fifth Avenue, and Rihanna actually came up to the counter and asked for something. And she wouldn’t even take her sunglasses off! She was so mean to me. Not mean, but, like, guarded. I don’t blame her, though. Bebe Rexha

Nostalgia is where the past blurs into the present. That’s where all the best scents are to be found. Jarod Kintz

I detest heavy perfume and shrill voices. Renee Vivien

The fall of manhood begins from perfume. Mantaranjot Mangat

When I was a child, our summer days were spent swimming; chlorine in my hair was like perfume to me. Patti Davis

Mina let Valerie envelop her in silk and perfume. The smell was so pungent Mina could see it a sunset of whipped egg white clouds, a field of foxgloves, pink on pink on pink on pink. Victoria Hannan

Once I was done making my album Cry Baby, I knew I wanted to make a vintage inspired baby bottle perfume. Melanie Martinez

Smell is an invitation to a journey it allows us to leave the ordinary course of things and go on a trip, to absent ourselves. Mandy Aftel

Love is a competition. If you don’t think so, then you’re crazy, because why are you dressing up, why are you wearing those heels, why are you wearing that $400 perfume? Why are you shaving your chest and eating 40,000 egg whites? Chris Harrison

The gaudy landscape, the dazzling abrupt definition of sight hurt his eyes. He was delighted only by moonlight. Moonlight knew no colours and traced the contours of the terrain only very softly. It covered the land with a dirty gray, strangling life all not only. This world moulded in lead, where nothing moved by the wind that fell sometimes like a shadow over the gray forests, and where nothing lived but the scent of the naked earth, was the only world that he accepted, for it was much like the world of his soul. Patrick Süskind

My grandmother always used to wear this English perfume called Tuberose and then she died and then I dated this girl who wore the same thing. Every time I hung out with her, I could only think of my recently deceased grandmother. So sometimes a signature scent can be good and sometimes it can be bad. Mark Ronson

When all the laces are undone, when all the petticoats have fallen, the woman is dressed only in her perfume. Pierre Louÿs

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air. Georges Bernanos

When Giverny came out with a Gemina B. perfume advertised as with the slogan the fatal flower, I wondered if women should aspire to smell like a mutilated corpse. Rebecca Solnit

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

She reached for a bottle on the counter behind Eleanor and rubbed a drop of vanilla behind each of the girl’s ears. Rainbow Rowell

Hygiene is important. You gotta smell good. So ladies, please spray some perfume. Hair gotta be done. You gotta look nice. Omarion

I have lived pain, and my life can tell I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives. Ann Voskamp

Earl Grey, which tastes like old ladies underpants soaked in perfume. Kiersten White

The appeal of perfume is that it is at once ephemeral and empowering. It creates a shimmering invisible armor that lingers in a room long after its wearer has gone and infuses our imagination with a subtle power, hinting at a hidden identity. Mary Gaitskill

In people, as well as in a good perfume, what counts is not the bottle, but the essence. Augusto Branco

I like perfume and flowers. Donatella Versace

It is not long before we come to the royal rose garden. The guards stop at the gate, letting us go on alone. As we make our way down a path of shimmering quartz steps, everything is hushed. The wind carries floral scents through the air, a wild perfume that doesn’t exist outside of Faerie and reminds me all at once of home and menace. Holly Black

For me, style is essentially doing things well. If you want to be outrageous, be outrageous with style. If you want to be restrained, be restrained with style. One can’t specifically define style. It’s like the perfume to a flower. It’s a quality you can’t analyze. Francoise Gilot

Where should one use perfume? asked a young woman. Wherever one wants to be kissed. I replied. Coco Chanel

Almost every single commercial on television for shampoo, sports shoes, drinks, food, clothes, perfume, cars, etc., is a short fairy tale, for they are given magical qualities. Jack Zipes

He was so full of disgust, disgust at the world and at himself, that he could not weep. Patrick Süskind

I actually hate it when I forget to put on perfume. It’s become a part of my routine and something that represents who I am. Not visually or vocally, it’s another level. If I forget, it feels like some part of me is missing. Stacy Martin

Until now he had thought that it was the world in general he had wanted to squirm away from. But it was not the world, it was the people in it. Patrick Süskind

I like Dolce Gabbana’s fragrance Light Blue it’s my everyday perfume. Natasha Poly

Whatever the art or whatever the craft and make a note of this before you go talent means next to nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything. Patrick Süskind

As perfume doth remain In the folds where it hath lain, So the thought of you, remaining Deeply folded in my brain, Will not leave me all things leave me You remain. Arthur Symons

I always write Magic Potion on my perfume bottles so when I use them, it feels magical I make spells in the morning when I put them on. Alexa Chung

Wearing perfume or expensive or trendy clothes is often, if not almost always, a subconscious attempt to make up for an uninteresting mind. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Something in the human psyche confuses beauty with the right to be loved. The briefest glance at human folly reveals that good looks and worthiness operate independently. Yet countless socializing forces, from Aunt Clara to the latest perfume ad, reinforce beliefs like If I were pretty enough, I would be loved. Martha Beck

The missing element couldn’t be in the top notes. I figured that out quickly enough. Top notes were the ones that caught your attention, the glittering invitations that led you deeper into a fragrance.

It couldn’t be a middle note, either those warm, round things, full and loving. Taking them out would induce the soft purple of wanting, but that was still too passive. Need lived in base notes. It was the difference between appetite and craving, a bruised heart and a broken one. Base notes were just that, base subterranean and simmering, dirt and blood, grief and desire and memory. Erica Bauermeister

I don’t often wear perfume, because I am sensitive to smells, but vanilla has a warmth to it, and it’s inviting and soft. Tessa Virtue

Artemis stepped into his mother’s embrace. It was warm and strong. She was wearing perfume. He felt like the boy he was. Eoin Colfer

You definitely need to have red lipstick no matter what. You can have a great outfit, but it will always give you that extra little pop. I also love perfume. It doesn’t even matter what the perfume is. I like to smell sweet. Jillian Hervey

He had left a huge bucket of narcissi beside the door. The tiny white flowers had been picked before dawn and they glowed as if they had been drenched in moonlight. A second, smaller bucket was packed with bluebells and Lara could smell some hyacinths in there too. She bent down and felt around for the little waxy blossoms, and their fragrance rose up to meet her. If perfumes were the feelings of flowers, as her mother used to say, then the hyacinths were as happy to see her as she was to see them. Ella Griffin