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November 11, 2021 8 min read

For centuries, people have been adorning beautiful fragrances. Why? Because they provide you with a great smell needed to accentuate your outfit.

A great fragrance will reflect your personality and make a fashion statement. It’s believed that sense of smell is one of the most important of the five senses. As such, the rich aroma and pheromones in the perfume will make a bold statement that individuals are unlikely to forget.

However, the best quality perfume does not come cheap. You might have to spend thousands of euros just to get one in your wardrobe. The expensive nature of most fine-quality perfumes is because the ingredients used in making them are very scarce.

Another reason they’re typically exorbitantly priced is the use of luxurious ornaments like gold, platinum, or diamond-studded perfume bottles. Let’s not forget the creativeness of the master perfumer.

With that said, today, we’ll take you through the top 10 most expensive perfumes in 2021. To own the perfumes listed below, you might have to set aside five to six figures. Let’s check them out.

world most expensive perfume chart

What Determines the Price of the Most Expensive Perfume?

Here are a few factors that contribute to the expensive nature of exotic fragrances.

Rare and Expensive Ingredients

The raw materials used to produce the most expensive perfume are the key factor that influences the price of the perfume. The rarity of ingredients like jasmine or tuberose that only bloom once means the price of perfume can increase exponentially.

The world’s most expensive perfumes feature rare essences of rare tree roots, exquisite oils from delicate flower petals, and sometimes male deer musk.

Lavish Packaging

Perfumers understand a unique packaging will make their products shine in the perfume market. The most expensive perfumes in the world like Baccarat are in unique-shaped crystal stock bottles. The attractiveness of the packaging bottle determines the perfume value. An expensive bottle is a symbol of luxury and will make you feel like a million bucks.

Marketing

High-fashion perfume brands spend millions in advertising their products. They even get A-list celebrities to endorse a particular fragrance. Some companies market their perfumes like the way they would advertise fine wines or art. Sometimes they even produce limited-edition bottles.  

10 Most Expensive Perfumes in the World

Shumukh

Shumukh perfume bottle

Shumukh was created by Adam Ali, a master perfumer in Dubai. It was revealed to the public at the Armani Ballroom of the Burj Khalifa’s and features an incredible mixture of ingredients, including sandalwood musk, agarwood, Turkish rose, musk, and others.

It goes for a whopping 1.29 million USD (1.11 Euros), which makes it the world’s most expensive perfume. The packaging of the fragrances is also a work of art. Once opened, the two meters display case made from leather reveals a perfume bottle decorated with United Arab Emirates (UAE’s) heritage symbols.

The bottle holds Guinness World Record for featuring the most diamond sets. Besides diamonds, the bottle is adorned with silver clamshells (with real pearl), pink gold roses, and gold continents.

This perfume can last over twelve hours on human skins and about thirty days on fabrics. Today, there’s a single bottle of Shumukh, making the perfume exceedingly rare. There’s no doubt the value of Shumukh will increase over time. This means it will hold the helm of the most expensive fragrance in the world for a long time.

DKNY Golden Delicious

dkny golden delicious bottle

The DKNY Golden Delicious million-dollar fragrance was one of the most expensive perfumes in the world, but today it’s ranked second. DKNY, a popular designer partnered with Martin Katz, a famous jewellery designer, to create this perfume for charity.

They designed only one bottle, and it contained 2,909 precious stones such as:

  •     183 yellow sapphires
  •     2,700 white diamonds
  •     15 striking pink diamonds from Australia
  •     1.65 carat turquoise Paraiba tourmaline sourced from Brazil
  •     7.18-carat Cabochon sapphire
  •     2.43 carat flawless, yellow Canary diamonds
  •     4.03-carat pear shaped rose-cut diamond
  •     4  rose-cut diamonds shaped like pearls
  •     3.07-carat oval-cut ruby

It took the team more than 1,500 hours to hand-place each stone. In the end, the bottle of this delicious million-dollar fragrance resembled the Skyline of New York City. The perfume sold for 1 million USD (863,355.00 Euros). All the proceedings raised went to the ‘Action Against Hunger charity.

Imperial Majesty Clive Christian No. 1

clive christian perfume box

In our list, the third most expensive perfume worldwide is the Clive Christian No.1 Imperial Majesty. It costs 10, 979.55 euros or USD 12,712.89 per ounce. There are only ten Clive Christian No.1 made to date.

Designed by a famous British perfumer -Roja Dove, the luxurious fragrance features an enchanting aroma of Tahitian vanilla and jasmine, as well as a hint of rosa centafolis. Other floral blends include rose oil, Italian cinnamon, and orris root. A spray of this unique fragrance will make you feel like Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love.

It’s packaged in a hand-made baccarat crystal bottle embroidered with an 18-carat gold collar set with a five-carat brilliant-cut white diamond. And all the crystals are real. The gold and diamond packaging and unique blend of top ingredients explain why the Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty perfume is exorbitantly priced. 

Baccara Les Larmes Sacree de Thebes

Baccara Les Larmes Sacree de Thebes perfume bottle

The fourth most expensive perfume in the world is brought to you by Baccarat. Originally the company was a maker of unsullied crystal products, but in the 1990s it dived into perfume making.

Designed by Christine Nagel, the Baccarat Les Larmes Sacree de Thebes is part of the company’s exclusive limited-edition perfumes. It comes in Baccarat’s newly designed bottle shaped like a pyramid and made from hand-crafted crystal by Baccarat experts. The pyramid-shaped bottle also features an amethyst cap.

The perfume results from a blend of frankincense, sandalwood, basil, jasmine, musk, myrrh, amber, and other rare ingredients. Inside the bottle is a yellow crystal bubble that holds the fragrance. The fragrance cost 5,860.92 euros or USD 6,800 per ounce.

Clive Christian No.1

clive christian no1

Clive Christian is among the top perfume designers and creators. He has created several high-end perfumes, and No.1 is perhaps the best. It took the title for most expensive perfume in 2001 and 2007 when the original editions were revealed to the public.

Clive Christian’s perfume comes in two distinct flavours: Woody Oriental (men)and Floral Oriental (women). One reason this perfume is so expensive is its luxurious smell which results from rare ingredients. These include mandarin nutmeg, thyme, ylang-ylang, amber wood, sandalwood musk, vetiver, among others.

Like most perfumes we’ve mentioned, Clive Christian No.1 is stored in a hand-crafted striking crystal bottle. The bottle’s neck features 24-karat gold-plated sterling silver inset with a solitaire. It goes for a price of 1852.99 Euros or USD 2,150 per ounce.

Joy by Jean Patou

joy by jean patou perfume

Jean Patou is a top fashion designer as well as a perfumer from France who founded Patou. Today, Procter & Gamble owns the company, but it’s still renowned for creating high-end scents.

Jean Patou collaborated with Henri Almeras to create Joy perfume back in 1926. In the 2000 Fragrance Foundation Fifi Award Event, it was named the ‘Scent of the Century’. Joy perfume results from a combination of exceptional ingredients including, 10,000 jasmine flowers and 28 dozen roses.

The Grasse jasmine flowers get harvested in a period of two weeks in summer in France. Another reason for the high price tag is that only 50 limited edition bottles get designed each year.

What’s even interesting, this perfume can alleviate depression and make the user feel lively and joyful. Even though it has been so many years since creation of the first product was created, the Joy perfume is still considered the best fragrance in the market. Joy Perfume by Jean Patou costs 731.53 Euros or USD 850 per ounce. 

Hermes 24 Faubourg

Hermes 24 Faubourg bottle

Hermès 24 Faubourg is a product of Hermès International S.A, a company that specialised in design and making luxury goods products such as stylish bags, jewellery, premium watches, and other lifestyle accessories. Also, it has produced many popular fragrances.

Launched in 1995, the Hermès 24 Faubourg name originated from the address of one of the company’s flagship stores in Paris. It’s a limited-edition scent, and the brand launched only 1,000 bottles.

Every bottle is made of stunning St. Louis crystal. They contain a blend of vanilla and orange blossom scent. Other high-end ingredients in the perfume include jasmine, patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood, iris, and Tiare flower. 24 Faubourg, from the house of Hermès, goes for 1,2929.29 euro or USD 1,500 per ounce (30ml bottle).

Chanel Grand Extrait

Chanel Grand Extrait bottle

The Chanel Grand Extrait is the most-sought after fragrance from the house of Channel. This exclusive limited-edition fragrance is also among the most expensive perfume with a price tag of 3,619.59 Euros or USD 4,200 per ounce. It was made in 1921 when Ernest Beaux, a well-known perfumer collaborated with dressmaker Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel who wanted a fragrance with a woman’s scent.

The perfume oozes femineity because of its aroma that unfolds like abstract bouquet of blossoms. But that’s not the only unique thing about this perfume. The bottle design is a work of art. It’s designed like a towering diamond and features a baudruchage capping that shields the legendary perfume from impurities.  

Legend has it that this perfume got its name N°5 when it was presented to Coco in a bottle with a number 5 label.

Caron Poivre

 Caron Poivre box and bottle

Established in 1904, the house of Parfums Caron is the oldest and famous perfume company in France. Unlike most perfume companies, the company never diversified. To celebrate its 50th year of creating unique scents, Caron created the Caron Poivre, and it’s now its trademark brand.

Once the second world war was over, Felicie Wanpouille revealed the perfume to the world. The first bottles for the perfume were designed by Ernest Daltroff, the founder’s business partner. But today, the Caron Poivre features a magnificent bottle crafted by Baccarat.

Caron Poivre has a well-defined scent of spicy elements with a hint of floral heart and a woody base. In fact, the box holding the fragrance mimics a spice box. It’s a unisex perfume that’s only available in few selected stores worldwide. To get Caron Poivre, you will need to spend 861.76 Euros or USD 1000 per ounce.

JAR Bolt of Lighting

 jar bolt of lighting perfume

Last but not least, we have JAR Bold of Lighting perfume. It’s made by JAR , a jewellery firm based in Paris. The term “JAR” stands for the name of the firm found, Joseph Arthur Rosenthal, a renowned American jeweller. He has a remarkable talent and some of his works show resemblance to those of Faberge.

JAR has a number of fragrances, but ‘Bolt of Lightning’ is one of the most popular and expensive products. Launched in 2001, Bolt of Lighting is a floral scent for women stored in a beautiful hand-crafted bottle that reflects the mesmerising works of Joseph Arthur.

The perfume boasts a strong floral tone with ingredients like tuberose, green notes, and oriental flowers. To get JAR Bolt of lightning, you will need to spend 658.55 euros or USD 765 per ounce.

Perfumes come in many scent choices and at different prices. The right perfume for you is the perfume that accentuates your whole appearance. After spending so much effort and time putting on make-up, fixing your hair, and rocking your best clothes, you need something to bind everything together. That’s where a perfume comes in.

The best perfume will not only keep away unpleasant body odours but will also send a message to the mind of people. So that every time you pass them, they can recognise your luxurious scent. You’ll also have much confidence and self-awareness when you wear a luxurious perfume.

If you’re after luxury, the perfumes listed above will surely meet your needs. Yes! They might be on the high end, but they are worth every single penny.

Thank you for stopping by, and we hope you enjoyed reading our list of the top 10 most expensive perfumes in the world.

Katie Johnson
Katie Johnson



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