Scent is our strongest memory trigger. It can bring up emotions and memories more quickly than sight or sound can. Scent also has a striking affect on a person’s mood and experience (everyone remembers sitting behind someone wearing too much perfume at the movies or an event). Given that scent affects us on such profound levels, is it any wonder that the perfume industry is predicted to be worth $45.6 billion by 2018? These are 25 most expensive perfumes in the world.
Byredo's Night Veils 2 collection is, as the name suggestions, made up of the scent of heady night blooming flowers. There are three perfumes in the Night Veils collection & three in Night Veils 2- La Selle, La Gant & La Botte (The Saddle, The Glove & The Boot). Each 30 ml bottle is $550 USD
Boadicea the Victorious is named after Boadicea, 1st Century Queen of the Iceni. The perfume named Blue Sapphire was inspired by Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Albert's 65th wedding anniversary. It costs $262 USD per oz, or $885 per bottle.
MEMO's Irish Oud Parfum comes in a gold lacquered bottle surrounded by a leather case. Ohh, ahh oud. Oud, by the way, is the resin extract of Agarwood. Just understand that it's rare and expensive. This perfume costs $700 USD for a 2.5oz bottle. But golden lacquer!
Oh hey, remember Oud? Well Cartier - like the world famous Jewler, Cartier - makes perfumes. One lovely fragrance is called Oud & Rose, and will cost you a mere $380 USD per 2.5oz bottle.
Amber & Musk from Xerjoff's Shooting Stars collection is a) a set made in very pretty bottles, b) only sold together. So you get a set of Amber Star & Star Musk, 50ml ea, for $740 USD
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Petite Mort by Marc Atlan is limited to 100 bottles worldwide, and each bottle is only 10ml, but costs $1,000 USD or around $3,000 per oz, if you could buy an entire ounce. "Petite Mort" means "little death" in French, but the phrase usually means something a little bit different. To quote Wikipedia "La petite mort is an expression which means "the brief loss or weakening of consciousness" and in modern usage refers specifically to "the sensation of orgasm as likened to death".
Roja Dove Haute Luxe perfume costs $1,035 USD per ounce. The fragrance is the signature scent of Roja Dove, a fragrance specialist and historian. He kept the formulation to himself for years, before releasing it to the public. Also there's 24 carat gold flake inside the bottle.
Amouage is an luxury fragrance brand founded in Oman in 1983. Their "Beloved for Women" perfume, which is described as woodsy with jasmine and rose notes, retails for $130 USD per oz, or $445 USD per bottle.
MDCI Parfums Ambre Topkapi is a distinct fragrance for men combining cinnamon, bergamot & citrus with a sandalwood and leather base. Basically it smells like the dude on the cover of the fantasy novel, if he's got dark skin or hair. It retails for around $375 USD per bottle.
CREED Pure White cologne for men is reminiscent of the detailed grooming of the Victorian era, with dry citrus notes. It comes in at $218 USD per oz.
Clive Christians 1872 for men comes in at $169 USD per oz. It's made to go with the female version of the fragrance by the same name, and then when the two lovers wearing the perfume embrace a new scent is created from the two. It was created in romantic homage to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Known for it's Sandalwood and Floral notes, Shalini perfumes cost around $900 USD per bottle.
Tom Ford doesn't only make luxury high end clothing, the design house also makes beauty products and fragrances. The Vert de Fleur Eau de Parfum from the Private Blend line costs $595 USD per bottle.
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House of Sillage creates high end perfumes that are known for their distinct and beautiful bottles, which are small works of art (small in size, not artistry). One 2.5 oz bottle of their Emerald Reign costs $1,510 USD. But it's so pretty! With the tiger!
A collaboration between Francis Camail and Annick Goutal produced Eau d’Hadrien in 1981. A unisex fragrance, it retailed for $441.18 USD per ounce, which is about $1,186.79 in 2017.
Ozone is what causes that unique/particular smell when lightening strikes. It's very clean. Jeweler Joel A Rosenthal liked this smell so much he attempted to bottle it in JAR Bolt of Lightening Perfume, which comes in at $765 USD per oz.
Joy Parfum by Jean Patou was first released in 1936. It takes 335 roses and 10,000 jasmine flowers to produce one ounce, which cost $800 USD in 2000.
Clive Christian is such a high end perfumery that they made the list more than once. Their "Clive Christian No. 1" costs $2,150 USD per oz. While Clive Christian arguably has one of if not THE most costly formulation on the market, again, the bottle is nothing to sneer at. It's made from lead crystal and has a .33 carat diamond inset on the next.
Coco Mademoiselle, from Chanel's Les Grand Extraits collection, is described as a heavy, floral, mature scent. And when it was released, it cost $4,200 per oz.
When it released in 1998, Ralph Lauren's Notorious was only available at Harrods (you can get it on amazon now). Inspired by "Old Hollywood", it cost $1,416 USD per oz.
Poivre is the French word for pepper, and was used to name a perfume by Parfums Caron that had a decidedly spicy sent. Considered a unisex fragrance and released in 1954, Caron Poivre cost $1,000 USD per oz. Using our handy dandy goolgable inflation calculator, that comes out to about $8,975.17 USD in 2017 currency.
24 Faubourg by Hermes was released in 1995 and cost $1,500 USD per oz. You can still buy it, but thankfully it's decreased quite a bit in price. It's unclear if the formula is still the same.
Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes by Baccarat means "Sacred Tears of Thebes" when translated. Though the overall price of the perfume comes out to $6,000 USD per oz. most of the cost is in the bottle Baccarat, which is handcrafted and topped with an amethyst colored crystal.
Clive Christian is a luxury perfume house founded in 1999 when designer Clive Christian acquired Crown Perfumery, which was founded in 1871. The scent name "Imperial Majesty" costs $215,000 USD for a 16 oz bottle. That makes it over 12K/oz. The bottle itself, though, even if empty is worth quite a bit - the neck is made of gold inset with a five carat diamond.
DKNY teamed up with famous jeweler Martin Katz to make a Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle worth $1 Million USD. It contains nearly 200 yellow sapphires, over 2,000 white diamonds (set to look like the NYC skyline), pink vivid diamonds, a 7 carat oval sapphire, turquoise, rose cut diamonds, a 3 carat ruby and the cap has a 2.43 carat flawless vivid yellow canary diamond. Before you scoff at a one million dollar bottle of perfume, proceeds of the auction were donated to Action Against Hunger. Aww yay! Pretty things! Happy Smells! Helping people! Everyone wins!
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