Perfume, derived from the Latin word perfumare, have since ages determined how other people, friends and strangers, perceive you. The perfume one wears doesn’t only reflect his style choices but also leaves an everlasting impression on everybody one interacts with.
Christian Dior, one of the world’s most renowned designers once quoted “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.” Not leaving the men behind, the famous author of ‘The sun is snowing’, C. Joybell C. remarked “You are never fully dressed without perfume!” How true!
In order to continue the legacy of the extraordinary embellishment of perfume in our lives and to take it to a whole another level, fragrances have been meticulously created to fulfill the purpose and done so well that some of the rare ones can be bought only by the elites.
most expensive perfumes
10. Shalini ($409.09 per ounce)
Shalini, created by perfumer Maurice Roucel, is a floral fragrance designed especially for women that evokes an intoxicating sensuality. The magic of neroli, tuberose, tiare, musk and sandalwood is put together in “Le Coquillage”, a Lalique crystal bottle. This limited edition floral fragrance is available at a price of $409.09 per ounce.
9. Eau d’Hadrein ($441.18 per ounce)
Created in 1981 by Annick Goutal, Eau d’Hadrein still remains to be one of the most relished fragrances. It combines in itself the essence of citrus, Sicilian lemon, citron, grapefruit, green mandarin, ylang-ylang and cypress. This unisex perfume is presented in the famous ribbed bottle knotted by hand with an ivory ribbon “tie” that falls perfectly against the bottle.
In 2008 during the FiFi awards, it was put on the Fragrance Foundation’s Hall of Fame.
8. JAR Bolt of Lightning Perfume ($765 per ounce)
Priced at $765 per ounce, JAR Bolt of Lightning was designed by the jeweler Joel A. Rosenthal. This everlasting fragrance is made up of tuberose, musk, ylang-ylang, vanilla and many other earthly essences. Many believe that like its name, it smells just as the air does after lightning strikes.
7. Jean Patou Joy Perfume ($800 per ounce)
A floral bouquet of Bulgarian rose, Ylang-Ylang, Tuberose and Grasse Jasmine composed the scent of this timeless masterpiece. Launched in 1936, Jean Patou Joy Perfume was voted as the Scent of the Century by the Fragrance Foundation in the FiFi Awards of 2000. Every year only 50 limited-edition inscribed Baccarat Pure Parfum bottles are created for this perfume. More than 10,300 flowers are required just to make one ounce of this masterpiece.
6. Caron Poivre ($1,000 per ounce)
The unisex perfume Caron Poivre was launched in 1954 by Michel Morsetti. Packed in a stunning limited edition Baccarat bottle made of pristine crystal, the collar of the bottle is encrusted in white gold. This $1000 priced perfume consists of a combined aroma of clove, spices including red and black pepper. It has been described as possessing a strong, brave and bracing scent.
5. Hermes 24 Faubourg Perfume ($1,500 per ounce)
Named after the Parisian address of the Hermes flagship store, Hermes 24 Faubourg was designed in 1995 by Maurice Roucel and Bernard Bourjois. The scent is based on ylang-ylang, orange blossom, jasmine, iris, vanilla and ambergris. The Extrait limited edition comes in 1-oz St. Louis crystal bottles with just 1000 bottles sold all around the world. Priced at $1500 per ounce, the very sophisticated, elegant and classy smell of this perfume makes it one of the most desired perfumes in the world
4. Clive Christian No. 1 ($2,150 per ounce)
Priced at a whopping $2150 per ounce, Clive Christian was launched in 2001. This magnificent perfume’s scent has top notes of bergamot, lime, Sicilian mandarin nutmeg, cardamom and thyme, heart notes of heliotrope, ylang-ylang, jasmine, rose, and lily of the valley while the base notes smell of sandalwood, cedarwood, amber wood and vanilla. It is packed in a bottle made of lead crystal especially handmade for the perfume. A small diamond weighing a third of a carat adorns the neck of the bottle.
3. Chanel Gardenia ($3,800 per ounce)
In the list of top 10 most expensive fragrances, Chanel’s Gardenia of the Les Grand Extrait series of three fragrances finishes on the third position with a price tag of $3800 per ounce! This is so far the most expensive perfume launched by Chanel. Created in 1924 by Coco Chanel, it is a limited edition perfume presented in its rarest, most collectible form. An ode to Mademoiselle’s beloved camellia flower, its storied heritage and voluptuous bouquet are further elevated by this grand presentation of the classic faceted bottle, secured by means of baudruchage, a masterful sealing technique perfected by CHANEL. A hand-assembled case protects and encloses the precious, floral scent.
2. Baccarat’s Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes ($6,800 per ounce)
Les Larmes Sacress de Thebes was launched in 1998 by Baccarat as one of the perfumes of the three limited-edition fragrances created then by them. Only a small number of Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes were made, thus making it the most expensive of the three. Since it was created by Baccarat, the container was obviously made with crystal and shaped like a pyramid. To evoke the smell of the ancient Middle East, a perfume out of frankincense and myrrh was prepared for this limited-edition fragrance.
1. Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty ($12,700 per ounce) ($215,000)
Topping this list is the Imperial Majesty by Clive Christian sold at $12,700 per ounce. It immediately became the most expensive perfume after being launched in 2006. The whole bottle contains 16.9 ounces of Clive Christian’s signature No. 1 fragrance and is priced at a whopping $215,000. The bottle itself is made of Baccarat crystal and a brilliant-cut white diamond weighing five carats adorns the bottle. It also boasts of an 18-carat solid gold collar.