The most expensive perfumes in the world

The first reason people started wearing perfumes was to avoid unpleasant body odors and to smell fresh. However, over the years the use of fragrances has evolved from simply diffusing scents to associating with sophistication.

In addition to the smell, another common point between the most expensive perfumes in the world is their bottle and their packaging. Exclusive brands often bet on containers filled with crystals, diamonds and precious stones to create perfumes that can be real jewels.

The exclusivity in the packaging and the characterization of the perfume are specialties of the most expensive perfumes on the market. And it is interesting to know what the international perfumery offers to the standards of the luxury market with the special and most expensive items presented.

Perfumes are generally expensive, and prices for high-end perfumes run into the thousands of dollars per bottle. Let’s take a look at the 11 most expensive perfumes in the world:

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Shumukh is the most expensive perfume in the world | Picture: Youtube

With an exorbitant price of no less than 1.143 million euros, it is currently the most expensive perfume in the world: Le unisex perfume with the sound name “Shumukh” was launched by Nabeel Perfumes in 2019 and presented at the Mall of Dubai. The bouquet consists of sandalwood, musk and Indian rose and is said to smell like a fairy tale from 1001 nights. The high value is justified by its packaging.

There are over 3,500 diamonds, pearls, 2.5 kg of 18k gold and 5.9 kg of pure silver. With three liters, it took more than three years and 490 attempts to arrive at the right scent: with notes of pure (and very rare) oud oil from India, amber, sandalwood, musk, pure Turkish rose oil, patchouli, ylang-ylang and frankincense.

The bottle of this perfume had taken two Guinness World Records – for most diamonds set on a perfume bottle and for the largest commercially available remote control perfume spray bottle. The price of this ultra-opulent perfume is around $1.2 million (according to the current conversation rate, it may set you back around Rs 9.3 crore).

DKNY Golden Delicious

DKNY Golden Delicious second most expensive in the world
DKNY Golden Delicious second most expensive in the world | Photo: sneakernews79

The second most expensive perfume is DKNY Golden Delicious with a proud price tag of around $1 million. The famous designer DKNY had teamed up with the famous jewelry designer, Martin Katzto design and create the most beautiful and expensive perfume ever.

According Business Intern reports, the luxurious apple-shaped bottle is adorned with 2,909 precious stones sourced from around the world, including 183 yellow sapphires, 2,700 white diamonds, a 7.18-carat oval cabochon sapphire from Sri Lanka, 15 hot pink diamonds from Australia, 4 roses -, a 1.6 carat Paraiba turquoise tourmaline from Brazil, a 3.07 carat oval ruby, a 4.03 carat pear cut rose diamond and a 2.43 carat flawless Canary yellow diamond that adorns the cap. The stones were placed by hand to mimic the New York skyline and the process took nearly 1,500 hours. Its price is around $1 million (according to the current talk rate, it may cost you around Rs 7.7 crore).

Bvlgari Opera Prima

Opera Prima by Bvlgari third most expensive perfume in the world
Opera Prima by Bvlgari third most expensive perfume in the world | Photo: Luxatic

In 2014, Italian luxury brand Bvlgari launched its most expensive fragrance ‘Opera Prima’ in history during its 130th anniversary celebration. Worth $235,000 (about Rs 1.8 crore), the fragrance is justified by the bottle, which contains 250 carats of citrine, 4.45 carats of amethyst and 25 carats of diamond. As for the fragrance, it has Mediterranean tones with hints of lemon, orange blossom, musk and flowers.

Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty

Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty fourth most expensive perfume in the world
Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty fourth most expensive perfume in the world | Photo: The Thousand Daire

Founded in 1872, Clive Christian Perfume is a leading independent British perfume house whose aim is to create the the best perfumes in the world and you will be surprised to know that it is the only house that has been granted permission to use Queen Victoria’s crown on his bottles. No.1 Imperial Majesty is the fourth most expensive perfume in the world and was priced at $215,000 (approximately Rs 1.6 crore) for a bottle when released in a Baccarat crystal bottle, decorated with a diamond five-karat white and a limited-edition 18-karat gold necklace.

The scent of this perfume features a bewitching scent of Tahitian vanilla, along with a hint of rosa centifolia, reminiscent of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. According guinness world recordonly 10 Baccarat crystal bottles were released in 2005. Seven were purchased by private collectors and the other three toured the world as part of Clive Christian’s special collection.

Gianni Vive Sulman Perfume VI

Gianni Vive Sulman Perfume VI fifth most expensive perfume in the world
Gianni Vive Sulman Perfume VI fifth most expensive perfume in the world | Photo: High Chic

Another superlative fragrance is Perfume VI by Gianni Vive Sulman. The jasmine and special rose de Grasse perfume was once the favorite perfume of the King of Pop michael jackson who bought a few bottles when it was released in 1998. It is therefore not surprising that it was one of the most expensive perfumes in the world at the time. A gold bottle, a cap set with diamonds, diamonds, rubies and a gold key. The cost of this huge perfume around. $89,000 (around Rs 68 lakh) and was limited to 173 pieces.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million LUXE Edition

Paco Rabanne 1 Million LUXE Edition sixth most expensive perfume in the world
Paco Rabanne 1 Million LUXE Edition sixth most expensive perfume in the world | Photo: sulky

Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million perfume is one of the luxury brand’s biggest commercial successes. Made to order, the Luxe Edition features the traditional golden bottle but is produced with 18 carat gold and a 0.3 carat diamond. In addition, the perfume is packaged in a luxurious leather box reminiscent of a safe protected by a golden padlock.

The notes are sexy blood orange, grapefruit, cinnamon, mint, rose, spice, light leather, white wood, patchouli and amber. Simultaneously, the perfumers behind it are Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux and Michel Girard and you would be surprised to know that each bottle of this limited edition series is individually numbered. The price of this perfume is around $57,000 (around Rs 44 lakhs).

Baccarat The Sacred Tears of Thebes

Baccarat Sacred Tears of Thebes seventh most expensive in the world
Baccarat Sacred Tears of Thebes seventh most expensive in the world | Photo: Excellence Magazine

Known for the impeccable quality of its crystal, the Baccarat Perfumery offers one of the most expensive perfumes in the world, which costs around $6,800 (about Rs 5.2 lakh) for a 30ml bottle. It is one of three limited-edition fragrances, presented in Baccarat’s new pyramid-shaped crystal bottle, and its scent is frankincense and myrrh.

Chanel Grand Extract

Chanel Grand Extrait one of the most expensive perfumes in the world
Chanel Grand Extrait one of the most expensive perfumes in the world | Photo: Chanel

In a luxury limited-edition bottle, the N°5 Parfum Grand Extrait is an exceptional piece: a highly sought-after treasure for connoisseurs and collectors alike. The perfume of today and always in its rarest form. One of Chanel’s most sought-after perfumes, it is also one of the most expensive perfumes in the world and its price is $3,500 (About Rs 2.7 lakh) for a 225ml bottle. Its smell resembles that of a bouquet of abstract flowers and has a touch of femininity. The bottle that contains the perfume is a masterpiece in itself and has a unique look. The majestic faceted glass bottle, sealed by the art of baudruchage, is nestled in a handcrafted case lined with white satin that encloses and protects the emblematic perfume.

Caron pepper

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Caron’s Poivre one of the most expensive perfumes in the world | Photo: Etsystatic

Founded by French perfumer Ernest Daltroff in 1904, Carons perfumery is one of the most renowned and exclusive luxury brands in France. The fragrance known as Poivre is presented in a Baccarat crystal bottle and encrusted with small crystals under a golden collar. Caron pepper is an amber and spicy fragrance that was launched for women in 1954.

The nose behind this fragrance is Michel Morsetti. Top notes are cloves, carnation, pepper, spices and red pepper. middle notes are cloves, floral notes, geranium, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and tuberose; base notes are oakmoss, opoponax, sandalwood, woodsy notes and vetiver. The cost of this truly remarkable fragrance is estimated at Rs 2 million for a 90 ml bottle. The bottle is roped and sealed with baudruchage. This version originally sold for $1,000 an ounce. According to the batch code, this bottle dates from 1998.

Joy by Jean Patou

Joy by Jean Patou one of the most expensive perfumes in the world
Joy by Jean Patou one of the most expensive perfumes in the world | Picture: Youtube

Perfume Joy One of the most classic and exclusive perfumes designed by the famous French designer Jean Patou. In 2000, Joy perfume was voted “Scent of the Century” at the Fragrance Foundation FiFi Awards. The Joy perfume is made of exceptional quality ingredients, including different types of roses and 10,000 jasmine flowers. The cost of Joy is $850 (around Rs 65,000) per ounce.

JAR Lightning Bolt

JAR Bolt of Lightning one of the most expensive perfumes in the world
JAR Bolt of Lightning one of the most expensive perfumes in the world | Photo: akafkaesquelife

Launched in 2001 by JAR Parfums, the “Flash” perfume is packaged in hand-cut glass bottles. Jar Bolt of Lightning oriental floral fragrance features a blend of oriental flowers. It is composed of tuberose and green notes and comes in an elegantly designed bottle. The cost of this perfume is estimated at $765 (approximately Rs 59,000) per ounce.

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Sarah C. Figueiredo