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Most Expensive Perfumes
These are the most decadent fragrances bought either at auction or at regular retail. The most expensive perfumes in the world 2021 list changes year to year, but this is the most up-to-date.
10. Cherry Garden
Brand: House of Sillage
Price: $480 per oz
Containing notes of vanilla, almond, and Sicilian Bergamot; Cherry Garden evokes a sense of playful luxury experienced by those who spend their weekends yacht sailing in the south of France.
Additionally, each 2.5 oz bottle is masterfully crafted with precious gemstones.
9. Bolt of Lighting
Price: $765 per oz
JAR's Bolt of Lightning was launched in 2001 by American Jeweler Joseph Arthur Rosenthal. Bolt of Lightning is an extravagant shock to your olfactory senses. Made with notes of Tuberose and a variety of oriental flowers, it's no surprise that this lavish elixer sells for an eye-watering price.
Brand: Jean Patou
Price: $850 per oz
Joy by Jean Patou has been popular among the well-to-do since 1929. Each bottle of Joy contains an exquisite medley of floral aromas, including the essence of 10,000 hand-picked Jasmine flowers.
Price: $1,000 per oz
Poivre was created by one of the oldest and most well-respected fragrance houses in France. Caron Poivre has been the perfume of choice for well-heeled ladies since 1954.
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Dominant notes of Clove, Carnation and Red Pepper envelop the wearer in spicy aromatic indulgence. Whether attending a swanky soiree or a lavish afternoon banquet, this perfume will undoubtedly make you the talk of the town.
6. Flowerbomb Haute Couture
Brand: Viktor & Rolf
Price: $1,470 per oz
Probably the most modern entry on our list, Flowerbomb Haute Couture was released to the world in 2006 to a fanfare usually reserved for movie stars and super models. Yet, for many reasons, its popularity still persists.
For instance, it’s packaging is nothing short of spectacular. The 3-D printed Crystal engraved with rose gold fully enclose this aromatic gem which contains notes of Jasmine, Centrifolia Rose and Cattleya Orchid.
5. No. 1
Brand: Clive Christian
Price: $2,150 per oz
Sometimes called the fragrance of ultimate luxury, Clive Christian No. 1 was created by a world-renowned designer of the same name. Encased in hand-crafted crystal and topped off with a 24 carrot gold plated dispenser, Number 1 is guaranteed to make you smell and feel and smell like a million bucks….which is good, cause you’ll need some deep pockets to afford this well-heeled ambrosia.
Price: $4,200 per oz
Grand Extrait by Chanel is a deceptively simple looking bottle is actually a masterpiece of fine art and design. A collaboration between Coco Chanel and the perfumer Ernest Beaux, Grand Extrait is composed using a carefully selected array of abstract flower blends including but not limited to Neroli Grasse and May Rose. In the fine fragrance world it is widely known to be a collectors item and display piece. A simple and yet elegant way to show off your good taste and even better fortunes.
Additionally, Grand Extrait has a legion of celebrity endorsers including Marilyn Monroe and Nicole Kidman.
3. Les Larmes Sacrées de Thèbes
Price: $6,800 per oz
In 1998, Crystal maker Baccarat made its foray into the fine fragrance world with Les Larmes. Featuring not only a hand-crafted crystal bottle but also an amethyst cap; this aromatic work of art was modeled after the pyramids of Egypt. The fragrance itself combines old world notes of Frankincense and myrrh with with the fresh and envigorating feelings brought about by Ylang Ylang and Jasmine. The end result has been described as both mysterious and sensual by perfume lovers and novices alike. Translated to English, Baccarat’s signature fragrance is also known as the Sacred Tears of Thebes.
2. Golden Delicious
Price: $1 million per bottle (auction price)
Designed by DKNY for charitable causes, Golden Delicious more than lives up to its name. The packaging for this eighth wonder of the world features 2,909 jewels from around the world, including 2,700 white diamonds, 183 yellow sapphires, and 1 glorious 2.43 carat yellow canary diamond. The contents of this masterpiece are just as spectacular; as it contains the essence of Golden Apple, White Rose, and the highly sought after Casablanca Lily.
However, this fragrance isn’t just for the average aromatherapy connoisseur, even the most deep-pocketed titans of industry would have to sell a chateau or two to afford this rare gem.
Brand: The Spirit of Dubai
Price: $1.2 million
Now we have our last and all around most expensive entry. A perfume recognized by the Guiness Book of World records as the most expensive single unit perfume ever sold. At number 1 we have the Shumukh.
Stunningly contained in an Italian Murano Crystal that has been meticulously set with 3,571 diamonds and giant pearls, this piece has been lovingly adorned with icons and symbolism particular to middle eastern heritage. These include Arabian horses, golden falcons and roses. And if that isn’t enough to turn your piggybank inside-out, the bottle is embossed, engraved and decorated with around 2.5 kilograms of 18 carat gold and around 5.9 kilograms of pure silver.
Widely known as a centerpiece to display the modernity of the city of Dubai, the Shumukh bottle itself comes with a host of technological innovations including a remote control which controls both the height of the perfume sprayer and the amount that is to be sprayed on the wearer.
So what do we suppose is inside the bottle? Well, when you have the crown jewel lavish perfumery as your mantle piece, do you really care?