Coco Chanel once said that a woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future. And although I’m not here to get into the intricacies of whether that is true or not (particularly because the last time I suggested someone wear perfume there were people asking for my head on a silver platter) I am here to list the five most expensive perfumes in the world.
And here they are….
#5 Jean Patou’s Joy created by Henri Alméras: 10,000 jasmine flowers and 336 roses go into 30ml of this lush perfume. First crafted by Henri Alméras in 1929 for Parisian couturier Jean Patou, it was meant to elicit happiness in people during the Wall Street crash of the 1920s – hence the name Joy. Henri’s magic formula seems to have worked as many deem it to be one of the greatest perfumes ever created and it remains a favourite amongst many. If you want a slice of Joycake, however, be prepared to fork out $800 per 30ml.
#4 Annick Goutal’s Eau D’Hadrien: They say money can’t buy happiness, but THEY LIE. If you are prepared to pay a $1,500 for a bottle of perfume, you can expect more than just happiness. Made from grapes, Sicilian lemons and other citrus fruit, this perfume’s sweet smell promises to keep everyone around the wearer – and, of course the wearer herself – happy and joyful. Thank you Annick Goutal for finally proving that money can indeed buy happiness.
#3 Hermès’s 24 Faubourg: Created in 1995 by Mourice Roucel, 24 Faubourg is the epitome of beauty in every sense of the word. From its gorgeous bottle to its amazing scent, having this on display in your guest bathroom is a sure sign visitors will know you’re rich, baby. The mixture has notes of orange blossom, jasmine, tiara flower, ylang ylang, iris, patchouli, vanilla, ambergris, sandalwood and magic. It is limited to just 1,000 and costs $1,500 for a 30ml bottle.
#2 Chanel’s Gardénia: Some perfumes are made to be practical, others to be looked at – just like people – while Chanel’s most exquisite example of luxury is their Gardénia perfume from their Les Grands Extraits. The fragrance is an ode to Coco Chanel’s favourite flower, the camellia. It comes in a hand-assembled case and can be dabbed onto the skin using the jewel-cut stopper, but it was mostly made for collectors. At $3,800 a bottle, you would end up stabbing yourself with the jewel-cut stopper if you ever accidentally smashed it! Also, reportedly, Chanel is releasing a version of the Chanel No5 that will cost over $4k, so stay tuned!
#1 Clive Christian’s Clive Christian No. 1 When money is no object and flashy is your middle name, no other perfume will do but Clive Christian’s appropriately-named Clive Christian No. 1. With top notes of pineapple, plum, Mirabelle and white peach, middle notes of rose, jasmine and carnation, and base notes of vanilla, benjoin balm, and tonka seeds, this perfume comes in a crystal vial crafted by Baccarat Crystal, has a five carat diamond set in a band of 18-carat gold and comes in a wooden box lined with red velvet. With only 10 created in either the male or female version of this fragrance, each bottle was sold at………..…..wait for it…………………….$215,000.
Smell a rat? Or think this feature is sweet-smelling as a rose? We’d love your thoughts on whether it’s ever worth forking out thousands on a fragrance!