All of us always want to smell nice as not only does that make us feel good but also creates a good impression on those around. This is the reason why the global deodorant, antiperspirant, and fragrance market is just growing each day. Perfumes have the power to change our emotional and physical state, as they help stimulate our olfactory nerve and also the areas of our brain that control our memories and emotions.
Different perfumes are priced differently. And, the factors that determine their costs include their packaging expenses, the marketing costs, and the ingredients used. Some fragrances may cost you as low as $10-$50 and some can go as high as $1 million. Yes you read that right, such expensive perfumes also do exist and they cost you hundreds to thousands of dollars per ounce.
Here are the top 10 most expensive perfumes in the world.
10. Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien (worth $441.8/ounce)
Launched in 1981, this perfume is popular even today. Its ingredients are a combination of ylang-ylang, citrus splashes, sweet and herbal, and basil. This is an ideal fragrance for evening wear. Even the bottle has a unique shape and looks very attractive. The perfume was created as a joined effort of two popular companies – Annick Goutal and Francis Camail, and is still being loved by people after so many years it was first introduced. Annick Goutal is tenth amongst most expensive perfumes in the world.
9. JAR Bolt of Lightning ($765/ounce)
This perfume was launched in the year 2001. It is for women, and has a floral aroma. Its ingredient list includes oriental flowers, freshly cut tuberose, and green notes. In addition, the combination is packed in a gorgeous hand cut bottle that can make any dresser bounce with life. With $765 per ounce, Bolt of Lightning JAR Perfumes are 9th costliest perfumes in the world. Also, Bolt of Lightning JAR Perfumes can only be found at specific JAR boutiques.
8. Joy by Jean Patou ($850/ounce)
Jean Patou is a very popular name in the fragrance industry. He made Joy a super hit by adding twice the quantity of ingredients and it includes 28 dozen roses, 10,000 Grasse jasmine flowers, ylang-ylang, tuberose, and Bulgarian rose. The jasmine flowers used here are harvested in summer in Grasse, France over the period of two weeks. One of the reasons behind its high price is that just 50 bottles of the perfume are created every year. The JOY, created with a lot of care, and thus it was extraordinary and timeless. JOY is considered to be one of the greatest fragrances created ever. And also, it is a landmark example of the floral genre in perfumery. In addition to be most expensive, it’s one of the rare perfume out there.
7. Caron Poivre ($1,000/ounce)
This beautiful and unique perfume was created in 1954 to honor Caron’s 50 years of perfume production. Caron made an impact with its launch of Poivre, a explosive scent which, still today, is unique on the market. This scent is intriguing and has a woody base with rich floral heart and spicy peppery smell. The combination results in a perfume that is unisex, strong, and brave. The perfume is packaged in a beautifully handcrafted Baccarat bottle with white gold luxurious collar and crystal.
6. Hermès 24 Faubourg ($1,500/ounce)
This perfume is so highly priced because just 1,000 bottles have been made. Its fragrance is such that you will never be able to forget – it is a combination of vanilla, sandalwood, patchouli, ylang-ylang, ambergris, orange blossom, jasmine, and tiare flower. These Ingredients result in a scent that is soothing, long-lasting and has the power to uplift your mood almost instantly.
Get a lot of satisfaction when you use 24 Faubourg by Hermes. A fresh, feminine fragrance with notes of orange blossom, amber, vanilla and jasmine, comes 6th in the list of most expensive perfumes in the world. Introduced in 1995, this perfume epitomizes elegance and sophistication with a hint of oriental spice and a lingering floral after-note. In addition, this is the best way to play your feminine characters.
5. Clive Christian No. 1 ($2,150/ounce)
Clive Christian is famous for making quality perfumes. He is the creator of many popular scents, but No. 1 steals the show. In 2001 and 2006 when this fragrance’s original editions got launched it was rated as the costliest perfume. It has two flavors: The Woody Oriental for men as well as the Floral Oriental for women. The top notes of the perfume are made from cardamom, thyme, bergamot, lime, and Sicilian mandarin nutmeg. The base notes are made using vanilla, sandalwood, cedarwood, amber wood, and vetiver. The heart notes combine heliotrope, ylang-ylang, jasmine, rose, and Lilly of the valley. This amazing perfume is packaged in a stunning handcrafted crystal bottle. The neck of which is created of sterling silver with a 24-carat gold plating and is set with a solitaire. It’s too costly, both for ingredient and bottle.
4. Chanel Grand Extrait ($4,200/ounce)
Chanel perhaps is the most popular brand in the fragrance industry, and it created this perfume in 1921. Most fragrance collectors consider this perfume a treasure and want to add it to their collection. This feminine perfume has a smell of abstract fresh flowers. In addition, it is packaged in a stunningly attractive bottle. Chanel wanted to create a unique scent in 1921 that no one could copy. Ernest Beaux, the designer, then created this perfume by using the costliest ingredients of the time like jasmine from Grasse, Rose de Mai, and ylang-ylang. The scent was then enhanced using Chanel’s signature feature, 1 percent overdose of aliphatic aldehydes, a chemical known to improve scents. With $42,00 per ounce, this is the 4th most expensive perfumes right now.
3. Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes ($6,800/ounce)
This beautiful perfume is part of Baccarat’s three limited-edition exclusive perfumes. The scent combines frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, musk, basil, myrtle, ylang-ylang, cardamom, amber, jasmine, and geranium. In addition, it is packaged in a unique and attractive pyramid-shaped crystal bottle. One of the reasons behind it being so expensive is that the bottle of the perfume is handmade by Baccarat experts. And, its cap is a beautiful amethyst crystal. The bottle also has a yellow crystal bubble blown inside the perfume.
Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebe is one of the most expensive perfumes in the world at the rate of $6,800 per ounce. It is expensive both for its fragrance and the bottle.
2. Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Perfume ($12,721.89/ounce)
This sophisticated and enchanting scent for women is made by combining ingredients including ylang-ylang, Tahitian vanilla, Italian cinnamon, rosa cetafolis, jasmine, rose oil, and orris root. Once you use this perfume you will feel no less than Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love. The popular perfumer Roja Dave has created the fragrance. What is unique about this perfume is its bottle that has been made using a material that is difficult to work with and can easily break if not handled with extreme care during the production. The neck of the bottle is made of 18-carat gold and inserted is a brilliant-cut five-carat diamond.
1. DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle ($1 million)
This most expensive fragrance is the result of a joint effort of the famous designer DKNY together with Martin Katz, a popular jewelry designer. The main reason behind such a high price is the bottle, that has a yellow Canary 2.43-carat diamond in its cap, and also oval cut 3.07-carat ruby, rose-cut 4.03-carat diamond, a Brazilian 1.06 carat Paraiba tourmaline, 15 beautiful pink Australian diamonds, 4 rose-cut diamonds, 183 yellow sapphires, 2,700 white diamonds, and oval Cabochon 7.18-carat Sri Lankan sapphire. Each of these stones is carefully placed and the complete manufacturing took approximately 1,500 hours. However, every minute spent was worth it as the end result is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The fragrance was made for a noble cause. And, its sale proceeds were donated to a charity organization called ‘Action Against Hunger’.
They say that a good perfume is worth every penny. Were they thinking of these expensive perfumes? These are costly as well as stunning perfumes in the world. These are most valuable, both for fragrance and packing. Though, many of us may not be able to own most of the perfumes in this list, is it not great even learning about the existence of such amazing fragrances, enclosed in such stunningly gorgeous bottles. It will not be wrong to say that each of them is an artwork in their own capacities.
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