5. Clive Christian No. 1 – $2,150 per ounce
Clive Christian is a top maker of quality perfumes. He has created a number of popular scents among which the No. 1 takes the cake. This perfume was rated the most expensive fragrance in 2001 and 2006 when its original editions were launched. There are two flavors: Floral Oriental for women and Woody Oriental for men.
There is good reason for this fragrance’s luxurious smell. Its top notes are made from thyme, cardamom, Sicilian mandarin nutmeg, lime, and bergamot. The heart notes are a combination of lily of the valley, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, and heliotrope. The base notes are a result of vetiver, vanilla, amber wood, cedar wood, and sandalwood. This enchanting perfume is packaged in a handmade crystal bottle that has a neck made of 24-karat gold-plated sterling silver, set with a solitaire.
4. Chanel Grand Extrait – $4,200 per ounce
Perhaps the most famous brand in the perfume industry, Chanel, created this amazing scent in 1921. It has become a treasure that is sought after by fragrance collectors and perfume connoisseurs. This feminine fragrance exudes the smell of fresh abstract flowers. It is packaged attractively in a masterly piece of artwork.
In 1921, Coco Chanel wished to create a unique perfume that cannot be copied. Designer Ernest Beaux obliged her by using expensive ingredients of that time such as superior ylang-ylang, Rose de Mai, and jasmine from Grasse. The fragrance was then enhanced with its signature feature which is a 1% overdose of aliphatic aldehydes, a chemical that improves scents.
3. Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes – $6,800 per ounce
Baccarat was originally a maker of impeccable crystal products and it entered the fragrance industry in the 1990s. This item is part is of its three exclusive limited-edition perfumes. Its fragrance is the result of a combination of myrrh, frankincense, musk, sandalwood, myrtle, basil, cardamom, ylang-ylang, geranium, jasmine, and amber, packaged delightfully in a unique pyramid-shaped crystal bottle.
The fragrance’s name means “Sacred Tears of Thebes” and it was designed by Christine Nagel. One of the main reasons why it is so expensive is because the bottle is handmade by Baccarat experts and is capped by an amethyst crystal. The bottle has a bubble of yellow crystal blown inside that hosts the scent.
2. Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Perfume – $12,721.89 per ounce
This enchanting and sophisticated fragrance for women is created by a combination of ingredients including Tahitian vanilla, ylang-ylang, rosa centafolis, Italian cinnamon, jasmine, orris root, and rose oil. You are sure to feel like the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, when you wear this perfume.
The fragrance is a creation of the renowned perfumer Roja Dave. Its highlight is the unique bottle that is a made of a material that is very hard to work with as it can easily break during the production process if due care is not maintained. The bottle’s neck is made of 18-carat gold inset with a five-carat brilliant-cut diamond.
1. DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle – $1 million
This record-breaking most expensive perfume was jointly created by renowned designer DKNY in collaboration with noted jewelry designer Martin Katz. The main reason for the exorbitant price is the one-of-a-kind bottle that contains a 2.43-carat yellow Canary diamond in the cap, 4.03-carat rose-cut diamond, 3.07-carat oval-cut ruby, 1.06-carat Paraiba tourmaline from Brazil, 4 rose-cut diamonds, 15 stunning pink diamonds from Australia, 7.18- carat oval Cabochon sapphire from Sri Lanka, 2,700 white diamonds, and 183 yellow sapphires.
Each stone was carefully hand placed and the entire manufacturing process took about 1,500 hours. But the hard work and diligence was worth it as the end result is a stunning image of the New York City skyline. This million-dollar perfume was created for a noble cause as the sale proceeds were donated to the ‘Action Against Hunger’ charity organization.