Clive Christian No. 1 – Imperial Majesty was the most expensive perfume in the world as of 2006, costing $2,150 an ounce. Perfume bottle is made from crystal.
Clive Christian No. 1 is an English fragrance that was introduced in 2001 by designer Clive Christian, it is part of his definitive collection and marketed by parent company Crown Perfumery established in 1872.
This perfume is made only in a limited edition and very few get their hands on this perfume.
The reason behind its price is that it is made with quite expensive things. First of all the body of Clive Christian Imperial Majesty Perfume bottle is made from crystal.
Yes, real crystals, and not just any crystals, these are hand crafted crystals. It has a five carat diamond on it and the collar of this perfume bottle is 18 carat solid gold. Now you know why it is so expensive. Plus when you order it, you will get a delivery in a range rover.
In 1999, famed kitchen and interior designer Clive Christian purchased the London-based “Crown Perfumery” company, which was founded by a corset maker and has been the royal family’s official supplier of smelling salts and perfume since 1872 according to to one source. As a result, when Christian approached world famous perfumer Roja Dove, he had one criterion: Money is no object.
According to Symrise, Roja Dove “opened his treasure chest – his collection of scents – and looked for the most precious and expensive notes the world has to offer. Rose oil for 6,000 euros, orris root for 11,000 euros per kilo, jasmine from India, Italian cinnamon rose which requires at least 170 blossoms for a single drop of oil” A batch of this liquid gold reportedly takes six months to reach the perfect stage of spice.
The result was Clive Christian Perfume No. 1. A single ounce, or 30 ml, costs $2,350. And then, there is the magnificent Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Edition.
Imperial Majesty Edition
A 500 ml release known as Clive Christian No. 1 – Imperial Majesty will set you back approximately $215,000. This fantastic edition comes in a French Baccarat crystal flacon.
The bottle is made of, “a material which is so difficult to work with that one of every three attempts breaks during the production process. The neck of the bottle is fashioned after the coronation tiara of the British queen and is made of 18-carat gold inset with a five-carat brilliant-cut diamond. This collar is later engraved with the owner’s name.” This one-of-a-kind bottle is then gently placed into a velvet-lined ebony case with gold and platinum details.
Clive Christian No. 1 Perfume Imperial Edition was released in a limited edition of only 10 bottles, of which 5 were stored in the archives. Of course, these can be customized for clients. The rumor is that Sir Elton John had his fragrance in a bottle shaped like a piano. Katie Holmes reportedly wore Clive Christian No. 1 at her wedding to Tom Cruise.
Specifications of Clive Christian Imperial Majesty
- The bottle is made out of pure crystal
- The color of the bottle is hundred percent 18 carats of pure gold
- Five carat diamond encrusted in the bottle
- Available is six scents for both men and women
- The bottle is made from the hand crafted crystals
Clive Christian No. 1 Regular Edition
It is possible to purchase smaller editions of the Clive Christian No. 1 perfume for men and for women. The current price of a 50 ml bottle is $865 and it comes in a beautiful gold colored, opaque bottle adorned with a crown when purchased in the edition for men and a rich, ivory opaque bottle for the No. 1 edition for women.
Another option for lovers of Clive Christian No. 1 is concentrated pure perfume, or parfum, in a lead-crystal bottle at a cost of $5,500. The bottle comes adorned with a brilliant cut white diamond. However, there are only 1,000 lead-crystal bottle editions released each year.
Where you buy
It is available in London Piccadilly’s premier department store Fortnum & Mason for £415 for a 50ml bottle.
In the United States, Clive Christian fragrances can be purchased at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus.