In 2011 history was made in the fragrance industry. One bottle of DKNY Golden Delicious – sold for a whopping $1 million. This makes it the most expensive cologne ever sold. This astonishing record also demonstrates the importance that fragrances have held in world history. They are more than aromas that we react to positively. They have long been symbols of status and indicators of a person’s taste and breeding. In ancient Egypt, for example, they were once offered as tribute to rulers and conquerors having equal value with gold and other precious metals. Moreover, religious leaders have in the past used fragrances as critical components in their ceremonies. So it is little wonder that some people are willing to pay what are for most of us exorbitant prices for certain fragrances. Here is a list of some of the most expensive fragrances in the world so sit back and imagine yourself as being one of the few people in the world who can afford these liquid treasures.
More of the World’s Most Expensive Fragrances
- Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes (USD $6,800 per ounce): Sold at Harrods in London, this fragrance is so rare and expensive that it is actually sold in minute amounts of less than an ounce (0.25 oz).
- Chanel Grand Extrait (USD $4,200 per ounce) First made in 1921 by perfumer Ernest Beaux this fragrance is made from Rose and jasmine from Chanel’s own custom fields in France.
- Clive Christian No 1 (USD $2,150 per ounce): This perfume is a bold combination of vanilla, sandalwood, concentrates of ylang (a tropical tree that originates in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines) et al. In the early 2000s it was considered to be one of the most lavishly scented fragrances available. The bottle is also decorated with a 1/3rd ct precious stone on the neck.
- Hermès 24 Faubourg (USD $1,500 per ounce): Created in 1995 by perfumer Maurice Roucel, this uncommon blend of orange bloom, jasmine, tiare blossom, patchouli, ylang, iris, vanilla, ambergris, and sandalwood had a very limited production run. Only 1,000 containers were ever constructed.
- Caron’s Poivre (USD $1,000 per ounce): Launched in 1954 by Michel Morsetti, this fragrance is based on pepper and is said to appeal to both sexes.
Yes, most of us can only imagine owning these rare fragrances as they are often limited in release and always priced for the most extreme fragrance aficionados. Many of us can only imagine the aromas wafting from these often bejeweled bottles of perfume. However, take heart in knowing that are many more affordable fragrances on the market that are exquisite nonetheless and that won’t cost you a fortune to posses.