What Is The Most Expensive Perfume in the World?
The World’s Top Perfumes
Do you spend a lot of money on luxury perfume? If so, have you ever wondered what the most expensive perfume in the world is? I don’t know about you, but if I am dressing up to go out, I never feel that I am completely ready until I have sprayed myself with my favourite perfume. Fragrance is something that I will never scrimp on and I always have good quality perfume.
But while I like to splash out on perfume, there are some luxury fragrances out there in the top stores that you need to be seriously rich to be able to afford. Fragrance has been used since ancient times, when incense and burning fragrant resins and aromatic woods was used during religious ceremonies.
The ancient Egyptians used frankincense, myrrh and cassia and it is believed that the ancient Greeks introduced the first liquid perfumes. The development of modern chemistry in the nineteenth century led to the development of modern scents, and they have evolved from single floral fragrances such as rose, lilac, jasmine or lavender into the complex perfumes that we have today, with many fragrance notes and overtones.
Of course, if you are going to produce an expensive, luxury perfume, you will need to put it in an equally beautiful, elegant container, and the top perfume makers were soon using crystal manufacturers such as Lalique and Baccarat to create exquisite and unique perfume bottles for them.
What Makes a Perfume Expensive?
So what is it that makes an expensive perfume expensive? It is a combination of the cost of the ingredients, the cost of the bottle and the packaging and the name of the maker. Some of the most expensive perfumes in the world use very costly and rare ingredients to make them so special, and these include Tahitian vanilla, sandalwood, oakmoss, ambergris, and vetivert.
Certain flowers, such as orange flowers, rose and jasmine, give us the most expensive perfume oils, which are known as ‘absolute’ and every top fragrance contains a percentage of at least one of these oils. The exact ingredients and formula of luxury fragrances is kept a very strict secret for commercial reasons, but there are some broad traditional classifications that they fall into.
These classifications are single floral, floral bouquet, oriental, wood, leather, chypre and fougere. Top luxury perfumes are also sold in exquisitely produced bottles, which are made from the finest crystal, with stoppers made of gold and silver and often set with diamonds and other precious gemstones. In fact some fragrance bottles are so beautiful and precious, that they become collector’s items in their own right and can fetch huge amounts of money at auction.
The name of a top maker or designer on the bottle also allows a luxury perfume to have a higher price tag, and names like Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Jean Patou and Hermes are on some of the most expensive perfumes in the world.
The World’s Most Expensive Perfume
Well, the most expensive fragrance in the world at this present time is No 1 by Clive Christian, for which you can expect to pay around £2,700 for a bottle. No 1 by Clive Christian has the distinction of being recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most expensive perfume and if £2,700 is not expensive enough for you, then you can upgrade to the Imperial Majesty edition of this fragrance which is presented in a bottle made of Baccarat crystal set with a superlative diamond on the neck.
A bottle of Imperial Majesty No1 will set you back over £100,000, but only if you can get hold of one of the only ten bottles ever produced. No 1 by Clive Christian is only ever created in tiny quantities, so only 1,000 bottles of No 1 for Women and No 1 for Men are ever released onto the market every year. Clive Christian, a British producer of luxury furniture, only entered the world of exclusive fragrance when he bought the Crown Perfume Company in 2000. The Crown Perfume Company was founded in the 19th century and their scents were a firm favourite with Queen Victoria, which is how they acquired their crown emblem.
Some Other Incredibly Expensive Perfumes
One of the world’s most iconic fragrances is Joy by Jean Patou. Joy was created in 1929 by Henri Almeras for the Parisian designer Jean Patou. Even though it was incredibly expensive and launched at the height of the Depression, it was an instant success and became very popular.
Joy is regarded as one of the great floral fragrances in the world, and is created from a sublime blend of jasmine and roses. One of the reasons that Joy sells at such a high price, around $800 for an ounce, is that that it takes 28 dozen roses and 10,000 jasmine flowers to create just 30ml of the fragrance.
Of course, no discussion of the world’s most expensive and exclusive perfumes would be complete without mentioning Chanel No 5. Chanel No 5 might not be the costliest fragrance in the world today, although a bottle of Chanel No 5 parfum will still set you back in the region of $235 for a 100ml, but it is surely the most famous.
The name Chanel No 5 is synonymous with elegance, style and beautiful women, and has been the perfume of choice for the rich and fashionable since it was introduced to the world in 1921 by the Parisian fashion house Chanel, which was headed by the famous designer Coco Chanel. Chanel No 5 is one of the world’s best selling brands, despite its high price tag, and on an average day a bottle of Chanel No 5 is being sold somewhere around the globe every thirty seconds.
Chanel have now launched an even more expensive version of their famous perfume.called the 'Grand Extrait', it will cost a staggering £2700 a bottle.and is described as a rare collectible fragrance. So why is the new edition so expensive? Well apparently all in the bottle, as the No 5 formula has not been changed. The bottle for the new 'Grand Extrait' are crafted in a special mould which is then placed in a sleek, hand-crafted case.
There are many other incomparable fragrances on the market today, including Fracas by the designer Robert Piguet, Notorious by Ralph Lauren, Nahema and Mitsuoko by Guerlain, and Sensi by Giorgio Armani, all of which are very expensive and beautifully packaged.
A beautiful bottle of expensive perfume is a wonderful gift to receive, especially if it is one that you have made your signature fragrance. Nothing beats going into a big department store or design house and choosing your favourite scent, but these days you also have the option of selecting your favourite brand online.
It may surprise you, but Amazon has a great selection of exclusive and designer luxury fragrances, so why not look online today to see if you can find your favourite. It is the perfect romantic gift to give to the one you love, so if you gentlemen are stuck for ideas on what to buy your beloved for Christmas or Valentine’s Day, then why not gift wrap that special bottle of the luxury fragrance that she has always dreamed of wearing and slip it under the Christmas Tree or leave it on her pillow on Valentine’s Day morning?
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