The Most Expensive Perfume in the World
What is the most expensive perfume in the world?
The World’s most expensive perfumes are invariably limited editions, with only a set number of them produced, allowing the retailer to price them as befits their rarity. “Imperial Majesty” by Clive Christian is perhaps the most well known example of a very expensive limited edition perfume. In fact, it is the self proclaimed “most expensive perfume in the world!
Created in 2006, there were only ten bottles of “Imperial Majesty” ever made, and each was extravagantly presented in the finest Baccarat crystal, complete with a five carat diamond and an eighteen carat gold collar. Only seven of these ten bottles were actually sold. The final three were retained by Clive Christian to display in collections such as the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie, and at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
Unfortunately this means that should you wish to purchase a bottle of Clive Christian’s “Imperial Majesty” today it would be very difficult. You would have to track down one of those seven private collectors who bought one of the bottles and then make them an offer- which would be unlikely to be accepted since these people are already very wealthy and no doubt passionate about their precious perfume too!
All is not lost however, as there are still plenty of very expensive perfumes out there! At the time of writing this, Clive Christian have another limited edition perfume “Imperial Jubilee No1” available to purchase on the Fortnum and Mason website. (And of course in the Fortnum and Mason store in London). The perfume is, as you may have guessed, inspired by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.
“Imperial Jubilee No1” costs £650 ($1043) for 50ml and is nestled in deep red velvet in a crystal bottle. The top notes are bergamot and lemon, with heart notes of Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Peach, Apricot, Orchid, Plum, Pineapple, and Carnation; and base notes of Cedarwood, Cardamom, Sandalwood, Pimento, Vanilla, Benzoin, Amber, Musk, Orris, and Tonka Bean. Phew!
If you are interested in buying “Imperial Jubilee No1” and owning one of the most expensive perfumes in the world you’ll have to hurry as it is a limited edition and there are only two hundred and fifty bottles available!
Why are the most expensive perfumes in the world so expensive?!
A fine perfume can contain hundreds of rare and precious absolutes, often representing the harvesting and processing of tons of flower petals to produce just a few drops of essential oil. It is no wonder that high quality perfumes are expensive.
However is it justifiable to charge these sorts of prices for a perfume? There comes a point where even when you are using very expensive ingredients a cut off point is surely reached and you begin to charge for the name, the brand, the lifestyle- or if you like, the dream.
Paying vast amounts of money for a marketing fantasy is rampant consumerism and sheer indulgence. Some may feel it distasteful to spend so much money on a frippery when the vast majority of the world is hungry, or scraping by at best. However the allure of a precious and expensive perfume is far from being the first of the world’s problems; and it’s just possible that its beauty, artistry, and sheer luxuriance are an inspiration.
I, at least, am glad that we live in a world where, at a price, we are able to experience such beautiful things; rather than a world in which luxury is outlawed. Art and fine craftsmanship will probably always be an aspirational luxury, and although I certainly can’t afford to buy the most expensive perfume in the world yet, I am still happy that it’s out there shining on someone’s dressing table. Do you agree?