The primary reason why people started wearing perfumes was to keep away unpleasant body odors and to smell fresh. However, over the years, the usage of perfumes has changed from merely offering fragrances to being associated with sophistication. Perfumes are generally expensive and prices of the high-end ones are worth thousands per bottle. The cost arrived at is of course due to the rarity, but also from the fragrance extracted, and especially- the bottle.
Let's have a look at the top 10 most expensive perfumes in 2021 that money can buy.
1. Le Monde Sur Mesure - USD 1.8 million
Developed by the French company Morreale, Paris, the five kilograms of the Le Monde Sur Mesure was sold for a whopping USD1.8 million to an anonymous buyer who designed their very own fragrance encapsulated in the bottle. The bottle was finished in two kilograms of gold with 1,000 diamonds featuring all around it. Each bottle requires it to be worked on by 35 people for up to a year.
2. Le Monde sur Mesure - USD 1.5 million
Another entry by French perfumist Morreale, Paris is another signature scent created for an anonymous family in the Middle East. The bottle comes from the same range with prices of fragrances reportedly ranging from US$ 1.5 to 7 million. This particular bottle sold had gold armour and encrusted diamonds.
3. Shamukh - USD 1.3 million
The second entry on the list of the world's most expensive perfumes is the Shumukh perfume, created right here in the UAE. 'Shumukh' is an Arabic word, meaning 'deserving the highest'. The inventors of the perfume are called 'Creators of Spirit' and are under the luxury fragrance brand Nabeel. Costing an eye-watering US$1.3 million for a 3-litre bottle, the perfume arrives in an Italian Murano crystal bottle, adorned with a gold falcon, Arabian horses, roses and a globe to represent the spirit of Dubai. The entire bottle contains 3,571 diamonds (38.55 carats in total), big pearls, 2.5 kg of 18-K gold, and 5.9 kgs of pure silver. The bottle itself stands two metres tall and sits on a cushioned leather stand also nearly two meters tall - leading it to win two Guinness World Records - one for most diamonds set in a perfume bottle and the second for it being tallest commercially available remote-controlled fragrance spray bottle. The perfume has notes of sandalwood, musk, ylang-ylang, Turkish rose, Indian agar wood, musk and patchouli.
4. DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle - usd 1 million
The most expensive perfumes ever sold was for one million dollars. It was the famous designer DKNY that had teamed up with the renowned jewellery designer, Martin Katz to design and create the most beautiful and expensive perfume ever. The bottle features 2,909 precious stones that include 183 yellow sapphires, 2,700 white diamonds, a 7.18-carat oval Cabochon sapphire from Sri Lanka, 15 striking pink diamonds from Australia, 4 rose-cut diamonds, a 1.6-carat turquoise Paraiba tourmaline from Brazil, a 3.07-carat oval-cut ruby, a 4.03-carat pear shape rose-cut diamond and a 2.43-carat flawless, yellow Canary diamond that beautifies the cap.
The stones were hand-placed for 1,500 hours in a way to resemble the skyline of New York City. After the sale of the perfume, its proceedings were donated to the Action Against Hunger Charity organisation.
5. Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Perfume - USD 12,721.89 per ounce
Clive Christian No.1 Imperial Majesty is the second most expensive perfume in the world and is priced at 12,721.89 dollars. The fragrance of this perfume features an enchanting scent of Tahitian vanilla, along with a hint of rosa centafolis, reminiscent of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.
6. Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes - USD 6,800 per ounce
Known for their impeccable quality crystal, the perfume company of Baccarat offers the third most expensive perfume in the world, that costs 6,800 dollars per ounce. It is one of the three limited-edition fragrances and comes in Baccarat's newly designed, pyramid-shaped crystal bottle and its fragrance is frankincense and myrrh.
7. Chanel Grand Extrait - usd 4,200 per ounce
One of the highly-sought after perfumes by Chanel, this is the fourth most expensive perfume in the world and comes with a price tag of 4,200 dollars per ounce. Its scent is like that of a bouquet of abstract flowers and has a touch of femininity. The bottle that contains the perfume is a masterpiece of artwork by itself and features a unique look.
8. Clive Christian No. 1 - USD 2,150 per ounce
One of the high-end perfume designers and creators, Clive Christian has designed the No1, one of the most expensive perfumes in the world. It was launched in 2001 and 2006 and was then known as the most expensive perfume in the world. It comes in two kinds of fragrances, Oriental for men and Floral for women.
9. Hermès 24 Faubourg - USD 1,500 per ounce
The reason why Hermès 24 Faubourg is considered one of the most expensive perfumes in the world is that only a thousand bottles of it were ever created. It features a unique fragrance and is a combination of a number of scents. It has a hint of orange blossom, jasmine, tiare flower, patchouli, ylang-ylang, vanilla, ambergris, sandalwood and iris.
10. Caron Poivre - USD 1000 per ounce
In order to mark their 50th year of creating fragrances, this perfume of Caron Poivre was created by Caron. The bottle that contains the perfume is handcrafted and is a masterpiece by itself. One of the most unique perfumes in the market today, Caron Poivre features a spicy peppery scent with a hint of floral heart along with a base of woody. The box that holds the bottle is a replica of a spice box.