Let’s Talk Luxury Fragrances with Clive Christian
When it comes to luxury fragrances for the 1%, Clive Christian is always at the top of the list. In fact, the brand holds the title for selling the “world’s most expensive perfume,” for the “No. 1” fragrance which retails for $865 (1.6 oz (50 ml). The reason for the price are many, but the bottom line is that the fragrances are created with complicated formulas using some of the rarest and finest natural ingredients in the world. The result is outstanding quality scent profile that last longer on the skin. The combination produces a soft a subtle scent that beautifully expresses itself as the day progresses.
The company’s story is one of serendipity gone right. It began in 1999 when Clive Christian, acquired Crown Perfumery, a British fragrance company established in 1872. Soon after Christian began to transform it into the company it is today–one that combines rich fragrance history, luxury (see packaging) and tradition.
The Clive Christian started with The Original Collection featuring three scent pairs, then they introduced the Private Collection which also featured three scent pairs and now they are launching the Noble VII collection stateside. The Noble VII which already launched in the U.K. at Harrod’s (and quickly sold out), features two scents pairing: Cosmo Flower and Rock Rose.
Cosmo Flower, considered the “more feminine” of the two scents, boasts 200+ ingredients (yes really), was inspired by Queen Anne period– its nobility, the wondrous gardens found in the the homes of royals and elites, it also has very “British” with hints of Jasmine. It features a blend of sweet benzoin and caramel in the base is given a chypre twist with bitter cocoa, dry amber and a hidden touch of leather that unfurls as the fragrance warms. The bouquet at the heart wraps around a deep and rich fruity plum accord that fuses with the intensity of ylang-ylang, the sensuality of jasmine, the fruitiness of osmanthus and the chocolatey note of cosmos flower. Top notes include pink pepper, apple, cherry, orange, lemon, pear, rum. Middle note include mimosa, violet, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, muguet, magnolia flowers, osmanthus, neroli, nutmeg, plum. Base: cocoa, vetiver, amber, sandalwood, vanille, leather, musk, benzoin, patchouli, frankincense, caramel, cedarwood.
Rock Rose, on the other hand is considered the masculine scent. It boasts 196 ingredients. Like Cosmo Flower, the scent is inspired by nobility and it is a modern interpretation of a classically styled fougère perfume. It opens with an invigorating top of citrus oils anchored by the rich warmth of bergamot, given a masculine edge with black pepper and the classic cologne touch of neroli. The heart revolves around a fusion of clean lavender, herbs, violet and the rich, resinous character of rock rose. Top notes include tarocco orange, neroli, mandarin, bergamot, elemi, spearmint, cassis, black pepper, lemon, grapefruit, apple, cardamom. Middle note feature lavender, myrrh, rose, jasmine, clary sage, liquid amber, violet, coriander, lentisque, rock rose, geranium, nutmeg, cinnamon. Base notes feature cedarwood, saffron, amber, sandalwood, musk, benzoin, patchouli,
Both fragrances are housed in luxurious packages featuring a red silk base and of course a beautifully designed bottle. Each retails for $550 (1.7oz/50ML) and are available at major luxury destinations including Saks, Neiman’s, Bergdorf’s and Nordstrom.