Perfume is the ultimate sensory experience, calling up emotions and forgotten memories and so, many of us spend a fortune on exotic and extraordinary fragrances. Perfume is a purest and smoothest mixture of alcohol, essential oils and aroma compounds. It is the most expensive of the type of fragrance one can find on the market today. If you get a niche perfume, you won’t smell like anyone else. Hence there’s a demand for unique things, and it’s a fact that people are more willing to pay. Forbes officials have sniffed at the most expensive of the perfumes and listed them in order of most expensive per bottle; not on a per-ounce basis.
1. Clive Christian’s Imperial Majesty: $215,000 (16.90z) – Only ten of these collectors’ edition bottles were made. They’re Baccarat crystal with a solid, 18-carat gold collar with a five-carat, brilliant cut, white diamond. The bottle is filled with nearly 17 ounces of No. 1, Clive Christian’s signature scent, which has been widely marketed as the world’s most expensive perfume.
2. Clive Christian’s No.1: $2,150 (1oz) – The bottle for No. 1 isn’t as spectacular but it’s hand-made lead crystal with a .33-carat diamond in the neck. Production of No. 1 is limited by the scarcity of its ingredients, which include ylang ylang specially grown in Madagascar, vanilla, orris, natural gum resin, sandalwood and bergamot.
3. Caron’s Poivre: $2,000 (2oz) – Established in Paris, this scent lives up to its name. It’s a lively blend of red and black pepper, cloves and other spices and can be worn by either sex. The bottle above is limited-edition Baccarat crystal.
4. Chanel’s Chanel No. 5: $1,850 (15.2oz)
5. Baccarat’s Les Larmes Sacrées de Thebes: $1,700 (.25oz)
6. Annick Goutal’s Eau d’Hadrien: $1,500 (3.4oz)
7. Hermès’ 24 Faubourg: $1,500 (1oz)
8. Shalini Parfums’ Shalini: $900 (2.2oz)
9. Jean Patou’s Joy: $800 (1oz)
10. JAR Parfums’ Bolt of Lightning: $765 (1oz)
Were you aware of the fact that one should not smell the fragrance direct from the bottle (if a spray-type) as it will smell differently on you than in the bottle?