A nice perfume can be more than just a pleasant scent; it can also be a style. The scent is thought to be one of our strongest senses, and the proper fragrance may create a powerful statement that people will remember for a long time.
Perfumes are often expensive, with high-end ones costing hundreds of dollars each bottle. The price is determined by the rarity of the item, as well as the aroma extracted and, most importantly, the bottle.
Most expensive perfumes in the world
With that in mind, here are the world’s most costly perfumes, each meant to leave a lasting impact.
1. LE MONDE SUR MESURE – USD 1.8 MILLION
The five kilogrammes of the Le Monde Sur Mesure, developed by the French business Morreale, Paris, were sold for a stunning USD1.8 million to an unidentified buyer who produced their own fragrance encased in the bottle. The bottle was finished in two kg of gold and surrounded by 1,000 diamonds. Each bottle requires 35 people to work on it for up to a year.
2. JAR Bolt of Lightning – USD 765 per ounce
JAR is the creation of Joseph Arthur Rosenthal, an American jeweller based in Paris whose work has been compared to Faberge’s. Bolt of Lightning, the most famous (and expensive) of the brand’s perfumes, is the most well-known (and pricey). Oriental flowers and tuberose are among the constituents of the perfume, which has strong floral overtones. A gorgeous hand-cut bottle is perhaps its most distinguishing characteristic, which is in keeping with the brand’s tradition.
3. Caron Poivre – USD 1,000 per ounce
Parfums is a perfumery. Caron is one of the oldest perfume houses in France. It was founded in 1904, and fifty years later, it released Caron Poivre, which has become its hallmark fragrance. While Caron’s bottles were normally designed by founder Ernest Daltroff’s business partner, Poivre has a magnificent Baccarat bottle. It has a distinct aroma with prominent spicy elements and is exclusively sold in a few select stores throughout the world.
4. DKNY GOLDEN DELICIOUS MILLION DOLLAR FRAGRANCE BOTTLE – USD 1 MILLION
One million dollars was paid for the most expensive perfume ever marketed. DKNY, a well-known fashion designer, collaborated with Martin Katz, a well-known jewellery designer, to design and manufacture the most beautiful and expensive perfume ever. There are 2,909 valuable stones in total in the bottle, including 183 yellow sapphires and 2,700 white diamonds.
a 7.18-carat oval Cabochon sapphire from Sri Lanka, 15 brilliant pink diamonds from Australia, four rose-cut diamonds, a 1.6-carat turquoise Paraiba tourmaline from Brazil, a 3.07-carat oval-cut ruby, a 4.03-carat pear shape rose-cut diamond, and a 2.43-carat flawless yellow Canary diamond that adorns the cap The stones were set by hand for 1,500 hours to simulate the New York City skyline. The perfume’s proceeds were donated to the Action Against Hunger charity organisation after it was sold.
5. Hermes 24 Faubourg – USD 1,500 per ounce
Hermes is known for its beautiful leather bags, high-end watches, and jewellery, but it also boasts a number of well-known scents. Hermes 24 Faubourg, for example, is named after the address of the brand’s flagship Paris store. This ultra-rare perfume was limited to 1,000 bottles, each crafted of magnificent St. Louis crystal and scented with orange blossom and vanilla.
6. CHANEL GRAND EXTRAIT – USD 4,200 PER OUNCE
This is the fourth most expensive perfume in the world, with a price tag of $4,200 per ounce, and is one among Chanel’s most sought-after scents. It has a feminine aroma that is reminiscent of a bouquet of abstract flowers. The perfume bottle itself is a work of art in and of itself, with a distinct appearance.
7. “Clive Christian No.1 – USD 2,150 per ounce
Clive Christian, one of the world’s most renowned designers, is known for his stunning and sophisticated kitchens. With the debut of Clive Christian No.1 in 2001, this same sense of elegance appears to have translated rather well to the world of perfumes. It comes in a stunning hand-crafted crystal bottle with a sterling silver neck plated in 24 karat gold and comes in two smells, one for men and one for women.
8. CARON POIVRE – USD 1000 PER OUNCE
Caron Poivre produced this perfume to commemorate their 50th year of developing scents. The perfume is housed in a handcrafted bottle that is a work of art in and of itself. Caron Poivre is one of the most unusual perfumes on the market today, with a spicy peppery scent, a hint of floral heart, and a woody base. The bottle is kept in a box that looks like a spice cabinet.
9. Chanel Grand Extrait – USD 4,200 per ounce
Chanel Grand Extrait was created in 1921 as a partnership between Coco Chanel and perfumer Ernest Beaux. It has a long history in the world of high-end scents. The bottle itself is a design marvel, with a simple appearance at first glance but multiple layers of artistic complexity beneath the surface.
10. Baccarat Les Larmes Sacree de Thebes – USD 6,800 per ounce
Baccarat, a famous crystal manufacture for nearly three centuries, entered the fragrance industry in the 1990s. With only three bottles ever produced, the product was one of the world’s most costly perfumes. It should come as no surprise that the pyramid-shaped bottle, constructed of handcrafted crystal with an amethyst top, is one of the fragrance’s main selling points.
11. DKNY Golden Delicious – USD 1 million
This particular edition of the Golden Delicious series, which was the most expensive perfume in the world until it was dethroned earlier this year, is the only one of its kind ever made. The perfume was created for a philanthropic cause, with 100% of the revenues going to ‘Action Against Hunger.’ The bottle contains 2,909 precious stones, including 2,700 white diamonds, 183 yellow sapphires, a Cabochon sapphire from Sri Lanka, turquoise Paraiba tourmaline from Brazil, four rose-cut diamonds, and fifteen pink diamonds from Australia, and is the result of over 1,500 hours of painstaking work by expert jewellers.
12. Shumukh – USD 1.29 million
Shumukh, a beautiful mixture of ingredients that includes Indian agarwood, sandalwood, musk, Turkish rose, and several more that have not been officially disclosed, was unveiled in March at the Armani Ballroom of the Burj Khalifa. Asghar Adam Ali, a professional perfumer from Dubai, created it. The package is a work of art, with a leather display case that rises nearly two metres tall and opens to show a bottle adorned with UAE heritage icons. A trio of gold Arabian thoroughbreds, as well as three silver clamshells each containing a real pearl, adorn the base. Three beautiful roses in pink gold and diamond dust, as well as a miniature globe with gold continents, are included. A golden dome with a diamond-studded gold falcon stands above three marble pillars that rise from the base. It goes without saying that there is now only one bottle in existence, making it highly rare.