The World’s Most Expensive Perfumes

Sloane | December 16, 2013

When Marilyn Monroe famously quipped, “What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course” she created such demand for the perfume that some stores had to create waiting lists to alert clients when new shipments came in. Perfume has always been considered a status symbol, dating all the way back to Egyptian times. Perfumes would be offered to conquerors and rulers as a peace offering. While normal people visit department store counters to purchase fragrances under $100, celebrities are able to afford more exclusive scents. These are the most expensive perfumes in the world:

 5) Caron’s Poivre: $1,000 per ounce



Pictured: Caron’s Poivre

In 1954 perfumer Michel Morsetti created Poivre, a rich perfume that appeals to both men and women. The scent has a spicy pepper top note, a rich floral heart (like most Caron scents) and woodsy base notes. A bottle of the deluxe fragrance costs $2,000.

4) Clive Christian No. 1: $2,150 per ounce


Pictured: Clive Christian No. 1 

Clive Christian No. 1 is a fragrance that smells like luxury. No cost was spared in the creation of this fragrance. The scent has top notes of bergamot, lime, Sicilian mandarin nutmeg, cardamom and thyme. The heart notes are more of heliotrope, ylang ylang, jasmine, rose, and lily of the valley while the base notes smell of sandalwood, cedar wood, ambery woods, vanilla, and vetiver.

3) Chanel Grand Extrait: $4,200 per ounce


Pictured: Chanel Grand Extrait

Chanel is known for its luxury products and these three perfumes are no exception. These are the purest forms of Chanel’s most popular scents: No. 5, Coco Mademoiselle, and Gardénia. The giant bottle contains two pounds of perfume and it crafted by artisan glassmakers. Due to its rarity and price only a few pieces of the perfume are created each year.

2) Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes: $6,800 per ounce



Pictured: Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes

Baccarat created this limited edition scent to honor the memory of King Tut and Ancient Egypt. The bottle is handmade by Baccarat artists, caped in amethyst crystal with a bubble of yellow crystal blown inside which houses the scent. The fragrance smells of myrrh, frankincense, amber, jasmine, geranium, yland ylang, cardamom, basil, myrtle, sandalwood and musk. Harrods used to carry the scent but it is now hard to come by due to its price and exclusivity.

1)   Clive Christian Perfume: $215,000 for 16.90 pounces


Pictured: Clive Christian Imperial Majesty

Clive Christian is on the list once again, now at the top spot as the world’s most expensive perfume. Famed perfumer Roja Dove created the scent known as Imperial Majesty from rose oil, orris root, jasmine, and Italian cinnamon. Money was no object for the perfumer, who required 170 rose blossoms for a single drop of rose oil. The perfume takes size months to reach the perfect age and is enclosed in a custom made Baccarat crystal bottle.


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Written by Sloane

Before joining, Sloane worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for a variety of clients. She attended University of Missouri where she majored in English. Her work has been published in literary magazines, newspapers, and textbooks. She currently resides in Miami, Florida. You can learn more about me on Google +

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