Quotations

"Cubism is not a reality you can take in your hand. It's more like a perfume, in front of you, behind you, to the sides, the scent is everywhere but you don’t quite know where it comes from." Pablo Picasso
The creation of a perfume is an act of love, whether real or imaginary. I am romantic. I couldn’t imagine living without dreams.” Nina Ricci
"To me, it is very important to have perfume in which it is hard to recognize a particular flower or scent. That gives a touch of mystery." Isabella Rossellini
"Perfume is like a parenthesis, a moment of freedom, peace, love and sensuality in between the disturbances of modern living." Sonia Rykiel
"…Perfume follows you; it chases you and lingers behind you. It’s a reference mark. Perfume makes silence talk." Sonia Rykiel
"I think allure is something around you, like a perfume or like a scent. It’s like a memory … it pervades." Diana Vreeland
"For a scent to be a real perfume it must come out of your pores, it must have this dimension. All the classics share this common element." Frederic Malle
"To create a perfume you have to be the servant of the unconscious. Each idea evolves and transforms, but there should be a surprise with each note. Serge Lutens
"The beauty of fragrance is that it speaks to your heart…and hopefully someone else’s." Elizabeth Taylor
"For me, perfume, must be adapted to fashion, not the other way around." Yves Saint Laurent
"Perfume is a delicate balance between irrational, hedonistic and technical elements."
"Perfume helps embellish the skin, but it’s not an accessory; it’s something entirely different, it’s very profound." François Demachy
"A perfume is more than an extract it is a presence in abstraction. A perfume, for me, is a mystique." Giorgio Armani
"A woman wears both jewellery and fragrance and both recall happy moments of her life." Alain Boucheron
"Some of the most beautiful perfumes are like a ballgown, but sometimes, you just want to wear a comfortable pair of jeans." Christopher Brosius
"Smell alone amongst the senses can either destroy or quite remake a man." Jerome Cardan, De subtiltate rerum 1550
"No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory." Coco Chanel
Perfume is an art form. In the same genre as music and painting. It requires talent, expertise and most of all passion." Clive Christian
"You should put scent where you like to be kissed." Catherine Deneuve
"Of the women in my childhood, I retain above all the memory of their perfumes, perfumes that lingered - filling the lift with fragrance long after they had gone." Christian Dior
"A fragrance is like a cat burglar in your brain, it has the key with which to pick the lock and unleash your memories." Roja Dove
"Modern perfumery is an intuitive blend of art and science. As long as convention forced perfumers to imitate the simple scents of flowers, there was little scope for originality. A rose is a rose is a rose, but a great perfume creates emotion. The development of a vast palette of synthetic aroma chemicals gave perfumers the means to add new character, originality and tenacity of the scents of nature." Michael Edwards
"Fragrance helps to communicate immediately a certain something that is special about a person. Women expect fragrance to match their personality and highlight it. When I think of putting on shoes, a shirt, a tie, it is to express what I am all about - I believe a fragrance should do the same thing; make you feel more yourself." Massimo Ferragamo
"A fragrance always combines femininity and sensuality." Gianfranco Ferre
"The-psychological roles ascribed to fragrance are always in a state of flux. Each decade establishes its own olfactory ground rules." Annette Green
"I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume." Jacques Guerlain
"I have a very keen sense of smell and always associate certain people and places with particular fragrances. For me, nothing is more likely to set a mood than certain scents. I find I vary the perfume I use depending on the climate and the time of day. However a few great perfumes seem to work for most occasions." Elizabeth Hurley
"Fragrance is the first layer of dressing, a woman's invisible body suit. Some of my favourite fragrances are exotic incense, mystic woods and sensual spices. Scents that create a lasting impression of serenity and calm. Smell is the primordial sense, more powerful, more primitive, more intimately tied to our memories and emotions than any other. A scent can trigger spiritual, emotional or physical peace and stimulate healing and wellness." Donna Karan
"I've been trying to redefine fragrance since I was a child - before I was ten. Throughout my life, certain fragrance notes have captured my imagination - especially liquorice, violet and anise, flooding back into my consciousness." Lolita Lempicka
"I want something mouthwatering and tasty which reminds me of childhood. The scent of a fairground, candy floss, little cakes, chocolates and caramels. Perfume must not be linked just to fashion because that means that one day it will go out of style." Thierry Mugler
"You are an orchard of pomegranates with choice fruits...with every kind on incense tree, myrrh and aloes and all the finest spices. My lover is radiant...His head is purest gold...His cheeks are like beds of spice yielding perfume. His lips are like lilies dripping with myrrh." Song of Songs, Holy Bible, New International Version
"Odours have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions or will. The persuasive power of an odour 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."
"This perfume was not like any perfume known before. It was not a scent that made things smell better...it was completely new, capable of creating a whole world, a magical, rich world, and in an instant you forgot all the loathsomeness around you and felt so rich, so at ease, so free, so fine..."

From "Perfume" by Patrick Suskind
"No woman would be ever wear a dress-makers perfume, as women took more care choosing their perfumer than they did their dress-maker." Pablo Picasso
"Give a woman the best product that you can make, market it in the perfect bottle, beautiful in it's simplicity yet impeccable in taste, ask a reasonable price for it and you will witness the birth of a business the size of which the world has ever seen." Francois Coty