The luxury perfume category is as saturated as it is diverse. You have your celebrity perfumes and your fragrances created by fashion designers, clothing brands, and beauty moguls. There are the pick-up-at-the-mall body sprays and the mix-it-yourself bespoke scents you can only find at a boutique in Brooklyn.
These high-end, luxury perfumes are the ones we find most fascinating (and unattainable). Rare ingredients, unparalleled craftsmanship, and dazzling details (like a Swavorski crystal-studded flacon) are just a few reasons fragrances in this category are worthy of such opulence.
With all that in mind, discover the top 10 most expensive luxury perfumes in the world right now, ranked from the lowest to the highest price.
Serge Lutens Cannibale
Serge Lutens’s Cannibale is unexpected: smoky, leathery, spicy, and acidic all at the same time. The French fragrance house says its effect is “reminiscent of the floral vinegars of the 18th century France,” which truth be told, is far sexier than it sounds. Featuring notes of incense, burnt woods, burnt florals, and sap, it’s a luxury perfume that pushes boundaries and seeks to be like no other. Wear it just once and you’ll understand.
Krigler Oud for Highness
Loved by Allure’s executive beauty director Jenny Bailey, Krigler is known for its tantalizing scents that reel you in after a mere whiff. Oud for Highness was developed to honour the Royal Highness of Jordan and features a melange of amber, honey, oud, patchouli, saffron, and sandalwood. The spicy, subtly woody scent wraps you up like a warm Parka on a snowy day, while hints of honey give it the mild sweetness many of us crave.
Strangelove Dead of Night Eau de Parfum
Strangelove’s Dead of Night Eau de Parfum is made with delicate florals like violet leaf, jasmine, and rose, sweet dried apricots, and a rare oud distilled from agarwood trees that are sustainably grown on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Because the oud oil is produced by farmers slowly and carefully without the presence of chemicals, it’s especially pure and strong. However, the aforementioned notes help to soften its intensity while still allowing it to shine through and be the standout. It’s the epitome of luxury in a bottle.
Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous
Tom Ford’s Fucking Fabulous is just that: fucking fabulous. Not only will it elicit the envy of all your friends when they come over and see it sitting pretty on your vanity, but when you bless them with a spritz, they’ll be rushing to buy a bottle of their own faster than you can finish telling them where it’s sold. With keynotes of almond bitter oil, tonka resinoid, leather accord, and clary sage oil, it smells intensely sweet upon your first spritz and then settles once the leather notes come through and mellow everything out. It’s also been said to last a whopping 14 hours, which is almost unheard of when it comes to fragrance.
House of Sillage Cherry Garden
House of Sillage goes above and beyond with its limited-edition fragrances, packaging each one in ornately-designed bottles like the one you see here. All made to be collector’s items, each work of art contains its own precious gemstones and unique elements, which are added during the development process. This luxury perfume is fairly sweet — infused with almond, vanilla, and Sicilian bergamot oils — and floral, with notes of rose and jasmine. A hint of musk helps to balance the different scents at play. The bejewelled bottle alone is worth saving up for, but the fragrance itself is one you’ll keep coming back to.
Frédéric Malle Dawn Eau De Parfum
Inspired by the Middle East’s daily rise to prayer, Frédéric Malle’s Dawn Eau De Parfum is everything you love about a peaceful morning: simple, refreshing, warm, and serene. In addition to a hearty amount of natural oud, it also features rose, pink pepper, frankincense, and oakmoss, all of which work in tandem to make you feel fresh, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the day. The breathtaking bottle, which looks like it belongs in an art museum, is another reason it’s a worthy winner in our books.
Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum
Airy, fresh florals expertly mingle with warm musk, making Alaïa’s Paris Eau de Parfum both different and utterly divine. Pink pepper, freesia, and peony flowers are light and uplifting, while “animalistic tones” and musk make for the perfect dark contrast. The fragrance is inspired by the iconic late designer’s childhood in Tunisia, where he recalled cold water being poured over hot brick walls. Ultimately, it’s this menial memory that led to the luxury perfume’s magical inception in 2015. Even after four years, it’s still considered one of the most lauded scents on the market to this day.
Bond No. 9 New Bond St. Perfume Amorpha
Bond No. 9 is another known for its opulent bottles, though the decadent fragrances inside are what keeps people coming back for more. Housed in a 42-ounce glass hand-decorated with 3,000 Swarovski crystals, New Bond St. Amorpha radiates of cocoa and coffee beans, chestnut and vanilla, and patchouli and sandalwood, all of which, when mixed together, create a delectable fragrance that’s impossible to forget.
Clive Christian Absolute Osmanthus Perfume Oil
Ask any fragrance connoisseur: Clive Christian’s 100-per cent pure perfume oils are some of the most exquisite in the world. This one, in particular, is infused with rare osmanthus flower, which adds a rich and sophisticated, leathery undertone to the original fruity scent. Each bottle also comes with its own hand-signed certificate of authenticity, which is then housed in a handmade walnut burr box that takes a team of craftsmen from northern England over four weeks to make.
Chanel N°5 Limited Edition Grand Extrait
Chanel‘s most famous fragrance to date was dyed red and supersized this past December in honour of Gabrielle Chanel, the iconic founder and namesake of the French fashion brand. Designed to be a keepsake for the most die-hard luxury perfumes aficionados, the flacon is handcrafted from fine crystal and sealed tight with a special technique known as “baudruchage“, which works by keeping the liquid inside as pure as humanly possible.
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