Few things spell power like a fragrance. Here are the five most expensive ones crafted to entice the senses. By Ayushi Khandelwal
Clive Christian No 1
This perfume is British luxury at its best. Crown Perfumery has been making exquisite fragrance since the Victorian era, using a masterful blend of rare and precious ingredients. Clive Christian took over the perfume house in 1999, and that lead to the creation of some extraordinary perfumes, including Clive Christian No 1. The perfume bottle is made of Baccarat Crystal, with the neck showcasing 18 carat gold. And if that doesn’t raise your eyebrows then the five carat, brilliant cut diamond might. The perfume has an oriental-amber fragrance, with top notes of Sicilian mandarin, lime, bergamot, nutmeg, cardamom, and thyme. There are woody base notes of sandalwood, vetiver, and cedarwood. All of these combine together to create a perfume you
Price: USD 875 (50 ml) approx
Clive Christian X
The brand, staying true to its expensive tag, has yet another super luxurious perfume in the Clive Christian X. The crown shaped stopper and elegant bottle detailing recalls royal luxury. It boasts of a singular blend of extracts sourced from different parts of the world, like cardamom, Orris and Vetiver, which when combine together leave behind a woody, sensual fragrance.
Price: USD 355 (50 ml) approx
Straight to Heaven by Kilian special edition
Special editions of this woody and spicy scent come in a hand-carved crystal carafe with a black crystal stopper. It comes it a beautiful black, lacquered wooden box that adds to its appeal. Interestingly, the inspiration behind the perfume was good ol’ fashion rum! The scent is a combination of musk, jasmine, cedar, Virginia, vanilla, amber, nutmeg, and patchouli. This is one perfume that will truly make you stand out.
Price: EUR 3,500 approx
Paco Rabanne 1 Million special edition
This special edition from the house of Paco Rabanne celebrates masculinity in all its complexity. Its strong, bold scent that arises out of a beautiful blend of grapefruit, blood mandarin, rose, peppermint, musk, blond leather, cinnamon bark, tonka bean, patchouli, white wood and amber. The bottle 18 carat gold, inlaid with a diamond and crafted by jeweler Frédéric Mathon. The special edition perfume is housed in a new 15 kg Perspex travel suitcase that looks like a bank vault. Clearly, a bottle fit to display!
Price: USD 40,000 approx
When well-known perfumer Pierre Bourdon created Ambre Topkapi it was meant to signify power, strength and wealth. And so this fragrance has some strong, strapping and masculine scents. The mix of notes range from amber and musk to Darjeeling tea (yes)! And if that doesn’t give you an idea of just how OTT this fragrance can be, the Greco-Roman style bust on the top of the bottles should!
Price: USD 375 (75 ml) approx
This is a spicy floral, unisex fragrance that is housed in a unique Baccarat Crystal bottle with a gold collar. The perfume has a floral heart, with woodsy base notes and black and red pepper top notes, and a dash of clove. Created in the 1950s, this perfume is the most expensive one from Parfums Caron.
Price: USD 800 (60 ml) approx