I am obviously borrowing fine-art terminology for the prestige and “serieux” it lends to perfume.
I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes.
But the flower I lifted from the table was fresh and fragile and filled the air with perfume.
perfume bottles and weathered papyrus replicas gather dust in the grubby window displays of the empty shops.
He reached up to the front seat, took my hand by the wrist and rubbed the perfume from his palm to mine.
From the threaded ruddy ore of her hair rose a perfume like the fabulous myrrhs of Olympus.
The fruit trees were in full bloom, and their perfume filled the air.
A cloud of the perfume of a West Indian bean went up from it, sweet and warm.
The only thing they could neither create nor destroy was its perfume.
Some distant flashes of lightning could still be seen; the perfume of humid verdure filled the warm air.
1530s, "fumes from a burning substance," from Middle French parfum (16c.), from parfumer "to scent," from Old Provençal perfumar or cognate words in dialectal Italian (perfumare) or Spanish (perfumar), from Latin per- "through" (see per) + fumare "to smoke" (see fume (n.)). Meaning "fluid containing agreeable essences of flowers, etc.," is attested from 1540s.
1530s, "to fill with smoke or vapor," from perfume (n.) or from Middle French parfumer. Meaning "to impart a sweet scent to" is from 1530s. Related: Perfumed; perfuming.