10 Most Expensive Perfumes In The World

Natural fragrances and perfumes have been around since ancient times, bringing pleasant and evocative smells to living spaces, hair and skin.

It is only since the 1800s, however, that we’ve had the capacity to create perfumes as we know them today.

A great perfumer (or ‘nose’) is considered both a chemist and an artist, mixing chemicals and ingredients to create the most pleasant, layered aromas. In modern society, both men and women wear cologne and perfume; it’s a luxury market, and people generally expect to hand over a pretty penny for a beautifully decorated bottle and a classy fragrance. It’s a safe gift choice and an indulgence that remains popular even in recessionary times.

Of course, most people wouldn’t expect to spend anything close to the amount that the fragrances on this list cost. From light, floral fragrances to strong musky smells, the art of perfume making is an ever-evolving practice and particularly pricey or hard-to-come-by components hike up the price of the finished product.

The eye-watering prices of the following 10 most expensive perfumes and colognes in the world are influenced by the design of the bottle, current trends, and the rarity of the ingredients involved. In the commercial fragrance industry, luxurious perfumes are bought by the ounce, not the bottle, so we’ve ranked the perfumes’ prices in this way.

10. Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien – $441.18 per ounce

Eau d’Hadrien was launched back in 1981 as a result of a collaboration between Annick Goutal and Francis Camail. It can be used by both men and women. The perfume is a citrus fragrance, with ingredients including lemon, mandarin orange, Sicilian lemon, grapefruit, citron, cypress, aldehydes, and extracts from a plant grown in Madagascar called ylang ylang. It’s sold in a $1,500 3.4ml bottle. The perfume gained prominence and popularity in 2008, when it was elevated to the Fragrance Foundation’s Hall of Fame at the FiFi Awards.