The 16 Most Expensive Perfumes in the World

The 16 Most Expensive Perfumes in the World
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A lot goes into creating a perfume: the ingredients, the packaging, and even just getting your perfume in front of luxury customers can be expensive! It should be no surprise that some perfumes are more expensive than others. Here are 16 of the most expensive perfumes in the world.

These Are the Most Expensive Perfumes in the World

A perfume is a unique blend of scents applied to the body. Perfumes can be made from natural or synthetic substances, and many perfumes contain an oil base instead of water. Perfumes have been around for thousands of years, but they weren’t widely available until the late 1800s when they became popular with men and women.

Today’s most expensive perfumes include very unusual ingredients like gold leaf flakes, diamond dust, and even real human blood! Many of these unique ingredients are not only rare but also extremely expensive.

1. Clive Christian No. 1

Clive Christian No. 1
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The most expensive perfume in the world is Clive Christian No. 1, priced at $2,350 per ounce. This scent was created by Clive Christian and launched in 2003.

Clive Christian No. 1 was inspired by the first-ever eau de cologne created by Martin Rieger for King Louis XV of France in 1747. It has notes of bergamot, lemon leaves, and blackcurrant buds mixed with coriander seeds, orange blossom water, and white musk at its heart; patchouli and vetiver are present in its base

2. Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien

Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien
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Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien is a floral perfume that Annick Goutal created in 1996. This perfume is said to be feminine, woody, and citrusy. It contains notes of galbanum, coriander, and bergamot with sandalwood and musk bottom notes.

The fragrance was inspired by the beautiful women who used to walk through the French city of Lyon in the 1800s. The scent is said to capture these women’s essence with its freshness and elegance.

3. Hermès 24 Faubourg

Hermès 24 Faubourg

The fragrance was created by Thierry Wasser, who has also created fragrances for Chanel and Lauder. It is a blend of jasmine, rose, patchouli, and vanilla. The perfume was launched in 2006 for the Spring/Summer collection.

This perfume is considered one of the world’s most expensive perfumes as it costs $1,500 per ounce (or $225 per milliliter).

4. Donnakaran Liquid Cashmere Black

Donnakaran Liquid Cashmere Black

The fragrance is a delicate blend of cashmere, sandalwood, amber, and musk. The bottle is made of glass and features a black-velvet-lined one that contains the scent. It’s available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $1,500 per ounce (equivalent to $22,000 for the entire bottle).

5. Chanel Grand Extrait

Chanel Grand Extrait No. 5
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This perfume, manufactured by the French company Chanel, is named after the famous Chanel No. 5. It’s a perfume for women and men from Chanel. Grand Extrait was initially made in 1999 as an alternative to perfumes meant to be sprayed on clothing, but it has since become available as an eau de toilette as well.

6. Joy by Jean Patou

Joy by Jean Patou
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Joy by Jean Patou was created in 1930 and is a floral fragrance for women. It has notes of jasmine, rose, orange blossom, and sandalwood. The scent can be purchased in a 50 ml bottle for $800 per ounce at Bergdorf Goodman on New York City’s Fifth Avenue.

7. Shalini Parfum Initial

Shalini Parfum Initial
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Shalini Parfum Initial is one of the most expensive perfumes in the world. It is made by Shalimar, which has been around since 1799. The perfume costs $800 per ounce and contains ingredients such as vanilla beans and jasmine flowers. This perfume might be right for you if you want to be luxurious and smell like an expensive flower!

8. Jean-Paul Gaultier Classique Essence de Parfum Intense

Jean-Paul Gaultier Classique Essence de Parfum Intense is a perfume for women. It is a new fragrance launched in 2017. The notes in Jean-Paul Gaultier Classique Essence de Parfum Intense include mint, rosemary, peach, and ambergris (from whale vomit). Perfumer Antoine Lie created the fragrance, and the bottle shows the silhouettes of four dancers.

The price of Jean-Paul Gaultier Classique Essence de Parfum Intense varies depending on where you buy it from but expect to pay around $795 per ounce or $2,000 for 100ml (the size shown in this picture).

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9. Roja Parfums Danger Pour Homme II Extrait de Parfum

  • Danger Pour Homme II Extrait de Parfum ($785 per ounce): This fragrance for men was created by Roja Parfums in 2017. It has notes of lavender, neroli, orange blossom, and black pepper.
  • Giorgio Armani Si Woman ($675 per ounce): Launched in 2007 by Giorgio Armani, this fragrance has notes of bergamot, mandarin orange, and wild berries.

10. Xerjoff Lira Extrait de Parfum

This fragrance was released in 2008 as part of the Xerjoff Lira collection. It is made from frankincense, myrrh, and patchouli. It’s also available in an eau de toilette (EDT) version for a much more affordable $115 per ounce.

Xerjoff is a Swiss brand that specializes in high-quality fragrances with exceptional longevity—so you won’t even need to apply it daily! Many of their perfumes come from natural ingredients like flowers and fruits blended with other ingredients such as spices or resins.

The cost of this perfume comes from its ingredients and craftsmanship: each bottle requires 50 hours of work by master perfumers before it can be sold at retail stores worldwide, such as Harrods in London or Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.”

11. Creed Royal Water

Creed Royal Water is a unisex fragrance created by Olivier Creed and introduced in 2009. The notes of this perfume include bergamot, orange blossom, and jasmine sambac. It’s meant to represent the water from the Scottish Highlands, one of the purest water sources in Europe.

In addition to being among the most expensive perfumes on this list, Creed Royal Water also has another distinction: it’s one of only two fragrances (along with its sister fragrance) that come from a family-owned company (Creed).

12. Ambre Topkapi by Olivier Durbano Perfumes

Ambre Topkapi is a perfume inspired by the Orient, named for the ancient capital of the Ottoman Empire. According to Olivier Durbano, its creator, it “evokes the fascination of travelers who discovered this fascinating world.”

It is an expensive perfume and has a fascinating history: it was created in 1989 as part of a collection called L’Orient Le Secret (The Secret Orient). It was then discontinued until Durbano re-released it in 2004 under his brand name.

13. Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Perfume

The most expensive perfume in the world is Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Perfume, which costs $640 per ounce. The perfume was created by Clive Christian and his team of perfumers.

This perfume features tuberose, jasmine, and orange blossom on top, amber and musk base notes that complement those floral scents, and vanilla with a hint of incense for an earthy finish.

The scent was inspired by Empress Eugenie de Montijo, who lived during Napoleon III’s reign as Emperor of France (1852–1870).

14. JAR Bolt of Lightning

JAR Bolt of Lightning is a perfume for men. It was launched in 2015 and can be purchased online.

The scent of this perfume is described as “electricity,” which fans of electricity will find very exciting. The description also reads: “A bright, sparkling fragrance for the man who dares to plunge into the lightest, brightest breeze.”

JAR Bolt of Lightning comes in an electric blue bottle; if you are looking for a more traditional bottle, you might want to consider JAR’s other products, such as their greenish-yellow one or purple one.

15. Frederic Malle Carnal Flower Perfume

Carnal Flower is a floral perfume for women. It was launched in 2012 and is made in France, packaged in a bottle shaped like a flower. It comes in a 50ml bottle, which is small for the price but still large enough to make it quite expensive. The fragrance itself consists of notes of jasmine, tuberose, sandalwood, and vanilla.

16. Chopard Casmir Pure Perfume Spray

Chopard Casmir Pure Perfume Spray is a $580 perfume from Chopard. It’s 1.7 oz in size, and it launched in 2013. The notes include jasmine, sandalwood, vanilla, patchouli, and musk.

Inspired by the legend of King Arthur and Guinevere (the woman he fell in love with), this scent was created as part of the brand’s Les Légendes collection. The bottle resembles a crown; it features a top made up of pearls and diamonds (which are not included in the price).

This should give you a ballpark idea of how expensive the most elite line of perfumes can get and what you need to know to pick one out. If you’re still not convinced, I suggest you try some out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

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