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Fragrances That Only Royalty Can Afford

Fragrances That Only Royalty Can Afford

There are some of us who save up all our lives to buy our dream house, a car, probably one vacation that will be the only one we ever take and then there are some who drop a million dollars on a bottle of perfume.

The latter are nothing short of royalty. What part of your monthly income would most of you be willing to spend on a fragrance? 10%? 20%?

That means these guys earn upwards of 5 million dollars a month!

If you ever get a chance to meet one of these Uncle Scrooge’s, here’s what your olfactory senses can expect to be enlightened with:

 

  1. Bolt of Lightning: Jar Parfums

800$ for an ounce (30ml)

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Sometimes, you just have to experience something, and forget about all practical considerations. That was the thought that drove me to the very exclusive environs of JAR Parfums in Paris. JAR is a perfume brand that is often spoken about in hushed tones, and which reeks of inaccessibility. The perfumes are the creation of one of the world’s most expensive, famous, secretive, and idiosyncratic jewellers, Joel Arthur Rosenthal, who simply goes by his initials as JAR.

 

“It smells like a touch of something burning in the middle of a thunderstorm–just like its name “Bolt of Lightning.”

 

It’s beautiful.

 

On your skin, it becomes Petrichor(The smell of rain when it hits the ground) and a lovely, wet tuberose caught in the rain; the singed note lost to body chemistry.

 

Bolt of Lightning manages to be pure and infinitely complex at the same time. An ideal perfume for someone searching for a non-perfumey perfume to use as their instantly recongizable signature. It lacks even the barest hint of “chemical” scent, so when it’s on, Bolt of Lightning smells so organically a part of the wearer that one is tempted to believe they were born smelling so delicious.”

 

Sometimes, you just have to experience something, and forget about all practical considerations. That was the thought that drove me to the very exclusive environs of JAR Parfums in Paris. JAR is a perfume brand that is often spoken about in hushed tones, and which reeks of inaccessibility. The perfumes are the creation of one of the world’s most expensive, famous, secretive, and idiosyncratic jewellers, Joel Arthur Rosenthal, who simply goes by his initials as JAR.

  1. Clive Christian No.1 For Men

865$/50ml

 

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Wanting to push the parameters of what is acceptable; Clive Christian turned his creative design to having a fragrance for the night. No. 1 was created with passion. It has great personality; it is refined and without question highly distinctive and original. It is a perfume which stands out from the crowd; it is the fragrance of ultimate luxury.

Starting with intensely green herbal notes of bergamot, lime and mandarin, No. 1 for men soon plunges into a carnal world of cardamom-spiced rich vanilla, amber and Mysore Indian sandalwood. Fresh yet rich, clean yet indolic, No. 1 for Men’s mandarin-tinged florals � rose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang float atop a second layer of rich base notes like a perfume version of hydroponics. Although categorized as an Oriental Amber, there’s no ignoring this perfume’s aromatic freshness, aided by subtle grapefruit and artemesia and lasting into the dry down like a veil over its warmer base.

 

  1. Chanel Grand Extrait

$4,200 per ounce

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The now and forever fragrance, in its rarest, most collectible form. With a very limited quantity available, the grand flaçon of N°5 is a treasure for the parfum connoisseur and fragrance collector alike. Its fabled heritage and abstract, eternally sensual bouquet are further elevated by this grand presentation — the classic faceted bottle, secured by means of baudruchage, a masterful sealing technique perfected by CHANEL. A hand-assembled, artisan-crafted case protects and encloses the legendary scent. LES GRANDS EXTRAITS may be dabbed onto skin using the jewel-cut cabochon stopper or artfully displayed among a woman’s most cherished keepsakes.

 

Chanel N°5 is the first perfume in the floral-aldehyde group and the first by the quantity of aldehydes in its composition (another legend says that the Ernest Beaux’s assistant overdosed the aldehydes in the composition by mistake). The top notes are composed of aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli and ylang-ylang, the heart of jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and iris, while the base is created of vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli.

 

  1. Guerlain Djedi

4500$/30ml

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Djedi is an oriental chypre perfume, created in 1927 by Jacques Guerlain, who inspired by the Egyptian mythology. Notes: rose, civet, patchouli, oak moss, vetiver, musk and leather.

 

The opening is strongly animalic and musty with just enough residue of spicy and floral top notes to keep it from being fecal-smelling. There’s real civet in enormous quantity, there’s earthy, dusty vetiver, and there’s just the slightest hint of cinnamon and spices.

 

If I’m not mistaken, the note that so many people smell and comment on as odd, unfamiliar, mineral, death-like, dry, sinister and the like is an unusually fine calamus, which would be perfectly in keeping with the Egyptian theme. Combine it with real, high-quality orris root, and you have the genie in the tomb.

 

I would not want to debunk anyone else’s magical and spiritual experience by overthinking, but I suspect that the strange and other-worldly opening of vintage Djedi is due to the fact that it’s so old that it’s lost most of its top notes and what we smell initially is a premature and unintended peek at the base. Whether intended or not, it certainly works its magic.

 

About an hour into the drydown, the sweeter, slightly powdery, slightly spicy, floral chypre notes start to appear. There are dried roses, iris, a touch of real sandalwood (foreshadowing Samsara), a touch of patchouli, a touch of real oakmoss, and, of course, the powerful vetiver-calamus-civet base underlying it all. I can see how people perceive Djedi as containing leather, since there’s the right combination of powdery and animalic notes to produce the illusion of leather if you’re looking for it.

 

Oh also did we mention, that production was seized in the late 1920’s itself. The only way to purchase this is through trusted vintage & antique dealers.

 

  1. Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial No1 Passant Guardant:

2,17,000$/30ml

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Those who know and love perfume know that Clive Christian’s are amongst the finest and most beautifully crafted in the world. Most famous of all, perhaps, is No1, the one he calls “the perfume of my heart”. Using only the most rare and highest quality ingredients, No1 is officially recognized as The World’s Most Expensive Perfume, reflecting the luxury of the perfume. Being “the perfume of my heart”, Clive has chosen to create a very special bottle for No1 – one of extraordinary beauty and rarity – to mark the opening of the first Clive Christian Perfume Boutique in Harrods’ splendid new Salon de Parfums.

He calls it the No1 Passant Guardant: Clive took the house’s signature crystal bottle and draped it in fine, handcrafted, 24 carat gold lattice-work. Embedded in the lattice-work are more than 2000 individually set flawless white diamonds. Set in the eyes of the lion standing “passant guardant” over the Crown are two yellow diamonds, whilst a rare pink diamond marks out the lion’s tongue. The piece is a sensually opulent homage to the fragrance within – 30ml of No1 The World’s Most Expensive Perfume.

 

  1. DKNY: Golden delicious

10,00,000$/50ml

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It is adorned with 2,909 precious stones sourced from all over the world, including a 1.65 carat Turquoise Paraiba Tourmaline from Brazil; a 7.18 carat Oval Cabochon Sapphire from Sri Lanka, 15 Round Brilliant Vivid Pink Diamonds from Australia weighing 1.28 carats, 4 Round Rose Cut Diamonds weighing 0.32 carats, a 3.07 carat Oval Cut Ruby and a 4.03 carat Pear Shape Rose Cut Diamond.

 

Each of the aforementioned stones have been hand placed to mimic the New York City skyline. The process took nearly 1,500 hours to complete, making this apple (which is the closest you can come to describing the bottle) the most regal in the DKNY Delicious Collection.

 

The DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle is carved from polished 14-karat yellow and white gold and features 2,700 Round Brilliant White Diamonds weighing 15.17 carats, 183 Golden Yellow Sapphires weighing 2.28 carats in a micro pave setting in 14kt. white gold making up the Manhattan skyline that is so iconic to the DKNY brand. The 2.43 carat Flawless Vivid Yellow Canary Diamond adorns the cap of the bottle alongside a DKNY Golden Delicious diamond oval logo.

 

DKNY Golden Delicious embraces a radiant modern spirit with the contrast of glistening florals and delicious heat. The top is a refreshing medley of Orange Flower Water, sparkling Mirabelle and signature Golden Delicious Apple. The heart introduces an intoxicating bouquet of White Rose, Casablanca Lily, Vanilla Orchid and Muget, while the finish spices up the freshness with a sensual blend of Musk, Sandalwood and Teakwood. It’s a scent created to tantalize the senses—bask in its rich elegance as well as its imperial glory.

 

Tried any of these? Well then you’re entitled to be called Royalty. Tell us about your experience; we would love to hear from you!

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