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Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and/or aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, animals, objects, and living spaces a pleasant scent.


  • In virtue, nothing earthly could surpass her,
    Save thine "incomparable oil," Macassar!
  • And the ripe harvest of the new-mown hay
    Gives it a sweet and wholesome odour.
    • Colley Cibber, Richard III (Altered) (1700), Act V, scene 3, line 44.
  • I cannot talk with civet in the room,
    A fine puss gentleman that's all perfume.
  • A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.
    • Christian Dior, Gaille, Brandon (July 23, 2013). "List of 38 Famous Fashion Quotes and Sayings". Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  • And ever since then, when the clock strikes two,
    She walks unbidden from room to room,
    And the air is filled that she passes through
    With a subtle, sad perfume.
    The delicate odor of mignonette,
    The ghost of a dead and gone bouquet,
    Is all that tells of her story—yet
    Could she think of a sweeter way?
    • Bret Harte, Newport Legend. Quoted by Augustus Thomas in The Witching Hour; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 593-94.
  • Look not for musk in a dog's kennel.
  • A stream of rich distill'd perfumes.
  • And all Arabia breathes from yonder box.
    • Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock (1712, revised 1714 and 1717), Canto I, line 134.
  • And all your courtly civet cats can vent
    Perfume to you, to me is excrement.
    • Alexander Pope, Epilogue to the Satires, Dialogue II, line 188; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 593-94.
  • Hast thou not learn'd me how
    To make perfumes? distil? preserve? yea, so
    That our great king himself doth woo me oft
    For my confections?
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