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Iconic Perfume Quotes

At Clive Christian, perfume is at the very heart of our brand, our source of inspiration, creativity and passion. To celebrate our passion for perfume, we have chosen some of the most inspirational perfume quotes throughout the history of perfume and fragrance, which we hope will delight and inspire you to see your favourite perfume in a new way.

Introduction to perfume quotes

“A perfume is like a piece of clothing, a message, a way of presenting oneself, a costume that differs according.”
Marcello Mastroianni

Perfume has always been part of our society since the earliest days of civilisation. Men and women alike are seduced by the power of good perfume and fragrances, but the magic of perfume captivates us in more ways than one.


Our first perfume quote is from the Italian iconic actor Marcello Mastroianni, who knew this only too well, having shared the screen and his private life with some of the most talented, beautiful and iconic women of his time.


A wise man knows cologne is the most powerful weapon in the fight for female attention. – Marcello Mastroianni


Perfume has been celebrated in art and literature for its creativity, artistry and its power over our senses, and so in this article we share with you a few of our favourite odes to perfume, our top perfume quotes.

Perfume as an art form

“Perfume is an art form. In the same genre as music and painting. It requires talent, expertise and most of all – passion.”
Clive Christian OBE

The Elegance of Perfume

“Perfume puts the finishing touch to elegance – a detail that subtly underscores the look, an invisible extra that completes a man and a woman’s personality. Without it there is something missing”
Gianni Versace

Two characters that lived by this concept and left clear footprints in both perfume and fashion history are the legendary Coco Chanel and Gianni Versace. Their artistry immortalised in both fragrance and fashion.


To many, perfume is the finishing touch of their outift and their very self, it is this extra invisible accessory that completes your personal style.


“No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.” – Coco Chanel

The Romance of Perfume

“The beauty of fragrance is that it speaks to your heart and hopefully someone else’s”
Elizabeth Taylor

The concept of love is sculpted around the core of Clive Christian’s legacy as a celebration of the love story between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, whom gave each other fragrances to express their mutual romance.


This emotive and passionate connection that a perfume can bring to life was beautifully described by The British – American actress and Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor with this perfume quote:


“The beauty of fragrance is that it speaks to your heart and hopefully someone else’s.”


Dream your way back to the scent of your first love, or the passionate first embrace as husband and wife. Perfumes create a unique encounter, that will stay in your memory for ever and speak to your loved one’s heart the same way they speak to yours.

The impact of Perfume

“Perfume is the key to our memories”
Kate Brown, Author of international bestseller – The Perfume Garden