The 10 Most Expensive Perfumes of All Time
1. Shumukh- $1.29 million total
Unveiled in March 2019 in the Burj Khalifa, this fragrance was designed by master parfumier Asghar Adam Ali, based in Dubai. Comprising of scents of Indian agarwood, sandalwood, Turkish rose and others, the real magic lies in the packaging of this perfume.
The Steal: Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior- $127.49 for 3.4oz
Though this bottle doesn’t come adorned with jewels, pearls or marble, you’ll still feel like a million bucks when you spray it on. This perfume combines musk, florals and fruit to create a similarly mysterious, intoxicating nighttime fragrance at a fraction of the price.
2. DKNY Golden Delicious Limited Edition- $1 million total
This one-of-a-kind packaging was a joint effort between the team at DKNY and renowned jewelry designer Martin Katz. The bottle boasts 2,909 precious stones, including 2,700 white diamonds, 183 yellow sapphires, 15 Australian pink diamonds, a 3.07-carat ruby and a 2.43- carat yellow Canary diamond on the cap. Crafters placed the stones by hand for over 1,500 hours to resemble the iconic New York City skyline. Once sold, the makers donated all proceeds to the Action Against Hunger charity.
3. Chanel No. 5 Limited Edition Grand Extrait- $30,000 for 30.4oz
Released in December 2018, the infamous fashion house blew up their most iconic fragrance to 10 times its normal size and dyed it red, all to honor Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the founder of the brand. With only 55 put on sale, this supersized bottle was targeted to lifelong fans of the brand and all that Coco stood for.
4. Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty- $12,722 per oz.
Designed by highly regarded British parfumier Roja Dove, this aromatic floral fragrance boasts an impressive ingredients list, composed of rose oil, jasmine and most notably, Tahitian vanilla. This perfume was designed to invoke a fragrance reminiscent of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of beauty and love.
Housed in an impressive crystal bottle with an 18-karat gold neck and a cap set with a 5-carat diamond, this perfume prides itself on being a luxury addition to the most high-end of perfume collections.
5. New Bond St. Amorpha by Bond No. 9- $7,500 for 42oz
This perfume from famed retailer Bond No. 9 is a fan-favorite addition to their long line of exquisite bottles and decadent fragrances. With notes of coffee beans, cocoa, vanilla and chestnut, this is a mouthwatering perfume for special occasions.
6. Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes- $6,800 per oz.
Released in a three-part collection with only three bottles ever available for purchase, this perfume comes from the legendary crystal maker Baccarat. This warm and aromatic perfume is composed of notes of frankincense and myrrh.
Considering the brand’s origins in fine crystal making, it should be no surprise that the main appeal of this fragrance is in the exquisite bottle it comes in. Housed in a pyramid-shaped bottle made of handcrafted crystal, the cap is adorned with amethyst, making this a pricey, yet beautiful, collector’s item.
7. Roja Haute Luxe- $3,500 for 3.4oz
The signature scent of fragrance specialist and historian Roja Dove, the formulation and ingredients list was kept under wraps for 25 years before being released to the public. With floral notes and a surprising finish of ambergris, oakmoss, patchouli, vanilla and ginger, this is an intoxicating fragrance that anyone who comes across you will remember.
With 24-karat gold flakes swirling inside a glass bottle and a purple crystal cap, this perfume is as beautiful to look at as it is to wear.
8. Alaïa Eau de Parfum- $2,500 for 33oz.
Inspired by the late designer’s childhood in Tunisia, where he recalled hot brick walls being doused by cold water, this has been one of the most sought-after scents in the fragrance industry since its release in 2015. With primary notes of pink peppercorn, freesia, peony and “animalistic” musky notes, this is a perfect perfume to explore both femininity and masculinity.
Housed in a 33oz engraved bottle with a golden neck and cap, this true collector’s item was tailor-made for displaying on your vanity for years to come.
9. Frédéric Malle Dawn Eau De Parfum- $1,500 for 3.5oz
This perfume was inspired by the Middle East’s daily rise to prayer, and encompasses the best parts of a summer morning. Warm, inspiring and calming, this perfume has scents of heavy oud, as well as rose, pink peppercorn, oakmoss and frankincense to help you feel ready to take on anything that comes your way.
Packaged in a minimalistic glass bottle and black cap, this perfume makes a welcome addition to any simple vanity setup.
10. Cherry Garden by House of Sillage- $1,200 for 2.5oz
Each perfume crafted by this infamous perfume brand is designed to be a collector’s item, and this fragrance is no different. A fairly sweet perfume with notes of Sicilian bergamot, almond and vanilla, this is an everyday perfume worth saving up for.
The perfume itself is a collector’s item, but the real showstopper is the bottle it comes in. Enclosed in crystal with a gold top encrusted with diamonds, this is a bottle tailor-made for displaying on your vanity.
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