People might forget a face, but they will never forget a scent. A remarkable perfume has the power to make us remember people, places and moments forever, and no wonder: this is a billion-dollar market. According to Global News Wire, the perfume market was worth $48 billion in 2018!
Of course, some perfume brands target the luxury market and create exclusive fragrances that cost thousands of dollars. They pay attention to each detail of the fragrance, topping things off with bottles enriched with gold, gemstones, and crystals. Here is a list of the most expensive perfumes you can buy.
10 Joy by Jean Patou – $850
Joy by Jean Patou is one of the most exclusive perfumes in the world. Every year, the brand releases only 50 bottles of the fragrance and it costs approximately $850 per ounce. It is the most expensive fragrance produced by the brand. It is so exclusive that each client can customize their bottle, adding a label saying "Made for..."
Some people say that the fragrance helps to release emotional problems, although this is not confirmed by science! However, Jean Patou managed to create a unique fragrance that combines jasmine flowers, tuberose, ylang-ylang, and Bulgarian roses. The brand prides itself of the exclusivity of their product. The jasmine flowers are harvestes during summer in France. It is certainly a precious gift!
9 Caron Poivre – $1,000
Caron Poivre proves that classics can last. This fragrance wearers for half a century! and is still making new fans around the globe. Indeed, it is impossible to forget this fragrance. It combines peppers, florals and woody fragrances. It's a unique and wonderful perfume.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the brand created 300 special bottles. They used the exclusive Baccarat crystals and adorned it with white gold. Needless to say, this kind of luxury comes at a steep cost: $1,000 per ounce.
8 House of Sillage Cherry Garden - $1,200
Perfume lovers are familiar with House of Sillage. The exclusive brand is known for creating limited-edition perfumes that thrill their clients. The House of Sillage Cherry Garden is one of their finest and most expensive perfumes. It costs $1,200 for 2.5 oz.
This perfume has a sweet smell, the result of a combination of almond, vanilla, and Sicilian bergamot oils. The designed bottle features a gemstone and is almost a delicate piece of art itself. It is also considered a collector's item by lucky owners.
7 Frédéric Malle Dawn Eau De Parfum - $1,500
When perfumers create a fragrance, they aim to evoke emotions in its wearers. The perfume should make you feel something, or perhaps picture yourself in exotic places. When Frédéric Malle Dawn Eau De Parfum was created, the idea was to bring people to the East during the early hours of the morning.
The fragrance combines rose, pink pepper, frankincense and oakmoss. The first thing that might cross your mind when you smell it is how refreshing it is. It is one of the most expensive perfumes in this list and costs $1,500 for 3.4 oz.
6 Hermès 24 Faubourg – $1,500
Hermès is one of the most famous fashion brands in the world. They are responsible for creating some of the most exclusive purses you can buy. It's no surprise, then, that they brought their expertise to the perfume market.
Their most expensive perfume is the Hermès 24 Faubourg that costs astronomical $1,500 per ounce. Just one thousand bottles of this perfume were created with this design.
5 Clive Christian No. 1 – $2,150
In 1999, Clive Christian bought The Crown Perfumery. They originally became famous during the 19th century, among nobles in Europe. Christian aimed to bring back the glamour of the name, and he certainly achieved that.
The brand chooses each ingredient carefully. For years, Clive Christian No 1 held the title of the most expensive perfume in the world. The fragrance combines flowers, thyme, cardamom, Sicilian mandarin nutmeg, lime and bergamot. The handmade crystal bottle has a 24k gold neck and a small diamond on it. The price? $2,150.
4 Baccarat Les Larmes - $6,800
In centuries gone by, Baccarat was the favorite crystal brand for many royals around the world. It became a symbol of luxury and sophistication. When the brand decided to launch perfumes during the 1990s, the key concept was for the new product to have the same exclusive status.
The Baccarat Les Larmes is part of a limited edition of three perfumes and costs $6,800 per ounce. The pyramid bottle contains a perfume that combined myrrh, frankincense, musk, sandalwood, myrtle, basil, cardamom, ylang-ylang, geranium, jasmine, and amber.
3 Bond No. 9 New Bond St. Perfume Amorpha - $7,500
Bond No. 9 is another fragrance that proves that luxury is in every detail. The unique perfume is a combination of chestnut, vanilla, coffee beans, patchouli and sandalwood. The final result is one of the most exquisite fragrances on this list.
The bottle is almost as remarkable as the fragrance. The glass is completely covered with 3,000 Swarovski crystals. It is not something you will want to throw away when the bottle is empty! Naturally, though, all of this splendour comes with a steep price. A bottle can cost $7,500, more expensive than some jewelry.
2 Chanel Grand Extrait – $15,000
When a reporter asked what Marilyn Monroe used to wear to sleep, she replied that she only used two drops of Chanel No 5. This throwaway statement was enough to make the perfume one of the most famous in the world.
Although a small bottle is affordable, in 2016 the brand released a special edition in a 30.4 fl. oz bottle. Only 50 bottles were produced, weighing in at $15,000 for each of them! One of the most expensive perfumes ever made... Of course, it was strategically released near Valentine's day.
1 DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle – $1 Million
How much would you be willing to pay for a perfume bottle? DKNY believes $1 million is a reasonable price! In 2018, the brand launched the DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle, which currently holds the title of most expensive perfume in the world.
The value is not because of the perfume itself, but because of its expensive bottle. InStyle reports that it's studded with "2,909 jewels from around the world, including 2,700 white diamonds, 183 yellow sapphires and a single 2.43-carat yellow canary diamond."