Just as a scent adds to the beauty of a flower, putting on a particular fragrance enhances your appeal. Depending on the aroma, a good fragrance can have the power to deliver pleasant impressions, invoke memories, and even exhibit one’s individuality in a grandiose fashion.
Coming from this, it is not surprising to know that many are willing to go the extra mile just to get hold of a particular scent that carries their ideal essence. Although it’s no secret that designer perfumes can cost a lot of money for a wee bit of liquid, there are still certain brands that may leave you entirely astounded.
To give you a rough estimate on just how much perfume can cost, we have prepared a list of the most outrageously expensive fragrances ever put on sale. These fragrances were created with the most elite individuals in mind. As such, they have price tags that match.
10: Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien
Price: $441.18 per ounce
Introduced in 1981, Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien comes as a unisex perfume that captures the glamorous world of the 80’s. It offers the delightful flavors of citrus blended with lemon, mandarin orange, Sicilian lemon, grapefruit, citron, cypress, aldehydes, and extracts from the perfume tree called ylang ylang. As such, this fragrance is sure to take you into a world of decadent parties, sequins, and material excess.
In 2008, it was elevated to the Fragrance Foundation’s Hall of Fame at the FiFi Awards, resulting to its rise in popularity. To date, the Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien remains to be a top choice for men and women, costing $441.18 per ounce.
9: JAR Bolt of Lightning
Price: $765 per ounce
Designed by the jeweler Joel A. Rosenthal, JAR Bolt of Lightning is a mix of Asian flowers carefully formulated to vividly capture the smell of the air right after lightning strikes. First rolled out in 2001, the fragrance opens with an energized, intensely grassy aroma that evokes the turbulence of leaves in the jungle amid a hurricane, followed by the sweet fullness of tuberose at its prime.
To date, the price of JAR Bolt of Lightning remains to be one of the most expensive perfumes on the market, costing $765 for just a single ounce.
8: Joy by Jean Patou
Price: $850 per ounce
Manufactured by the renowned brand Jean Patou, this fragrance offers a vibrant smell of 10,000 Grasse jasmines and 28 dozen roses – that’s twice the quantity of ingredients used in creating other fragrances. As if that wasn’t enough, the perfume even offers a mixed scent of tuberose, ylang-ylang, and Bulgarian rose.
Given this explosive quantity and the careful selection of ingredients (the jasmines are harvested in the special town of Grasse, France), it is not surprising to know that the fragrance comes in an astonishing value of $850 per ounce.
7: Caron Poivre
Price: $1,000 per ounce
The first to reach the thousand-dollar mark on our list, Caron Poivre is a unisex scent that features a spicy peppery scent with a touch of floral fragrance and a woody base.
First launched in 1954 by Michel Morsetti, the perfume comes with a handcrafted Baccarat bottle adorned with a crystal and white gold collar. Its strong, spicy pepper tone makes it a unique and special fragrance that evokes bravery and wildness. It is now being sold at the hefty price of $1,000 per ounce.
6: Hermès 24 Faubourg
Price: $1,500 per ounce
Nothing screams wealth and prosperity quite like Hermes, and its 24 Faubourg comes as no exception. Valued at the high price of $1,500 per ounce, this luxurious fragrance offers an explosive and hypnotic blend of floral fragrances consisting of orange blossom, jasmine, Tiare flower, patchouli, ylang-ylang, vanilla, ambergris, sandalwood, and iris.
Specially formulated for the royals and the elites, the smell of Hermès 24 Faubourg is sure to bring you into a world of elegant events, romantic secret gardens, and lavish palaces.
5: Clive Christian No. 1
Price: $2,150 per ounce
Recognized to be the most expensive fragrance in 2001 and 2006, Clive Christian comes with two distinct yet quality flavors: Oriental for men and Floral for women.
The masculine version, introduced in 2001, makes use of the rarest, most precious ingredients collected carefully from around the world. It has base notes of Indian sandalwood, powdery musk, and vetiver that enshroud the user in an elegant and sexy appeal.
Meanwhile, the floral version gives off a subtle, yet sophisticated scent defined by the fruity top notes of Mirabelle Plum, white Peach, Bergamot, Jasmine, Carnation, and rose. To date, the fragrances can be bought for $2,150 per ounce.
4: Chanel Grand Extrait
Price: $4,200 per ounce
One of the highly-sought-after perfumes by the elites, Chanel’s Grand Extrait exudes the smell of fresh flowers derived from an impressive blend of ylang-ylang, Rose de Mai, and jasmine from Grasse. Bestowed with premium and carefully selected ingredients, the smell of Chanel Grand Extrait is sure to take you into a world of far-extending flower fields and evoke imageries of fresh bouquets from a sweet lover.
The fragrance comes with a hand-assembled, artisan-crafted case and is priced at a staggering $4,200 per ounce.
3: Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes
Price: $6,800 per ounce
One of Baccarat’s three exclusive limited-edition perfumes, this item takes pride in a premium blend of myrrh, frankincense, musk, sandalwood, myrtle, basil, cardamom, ylang-ylang, geranium, jasmine, and amber.
This scent is for those who want to feel pampered each and every time they put it no. The liquid comes in a unique pyramid-shaped crystal bottle capped by an amethyst crystal and is available at the overwhelming price of $6,800 per ounce.
2: Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Perfume
Price: $12,722 per ounce
Sold at the high price of $12,722 per ounce, Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Perfume lands in the second spot of the world’s most expensive fragrances.
Featuring the enchanting scent of Tahitian vanilla, blended with the alluring smell of ylang-ylang and rosa centafolis, this item delightfully captures the idea of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.
The perfume comes in a gorgeous bottle that features a neck made of 18-carat gold inset enriched with a five-carat brilliant-cut diamond.
1: DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle
Price: $1 million
Finally, for the most expensive fragrance ever put on sale, no other perfume has managed to beat the DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle’s one-million-dollar mark.
Although the fragrance promises a luxurious and classy scent that suits only the royalty, what made it extra special is its extraordinary packaging. In particular, the liquid comes in a one-of-a-kind bottle that features 2,909 precious stones and a cap adorned with 2.43-carat Canary yellow diamond.
Anybody wants to smell good, but is everyone willing to spend hundreds or thousands just for a few sprays of the most premium of fragrances? In the case of the top 1%, the answer may come as an upfront “why not?”
Outrageous, alluring, and memory-evoking, these 10 fragrances proved just how much people are willing to give in exchange for a delightful scent and upgraded appeal.
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