Perfumes are a rare treat for your senses. The sense of smell is one of the most amazing of the 5 senses. The sense of smell is extremely intertwined with your memory and emotions. Specific scents can literally bring your mind back to an exact time, event or memory. Fragrances are an art of luxury that can also enchant your body, mind, and spirit. This is why many perfume aficionados vie to own a bottle of rare and exclusive perfumes. It’s one thing for a scent to smell good, but there are ways to entice customers to purchase even pricey perfumes. Some perfume brands are known to be expensive for different reasons. From artwork (such as bottle design), to ingredients…fragrance companies try their best to entice your other senses.
One of the main factors that make a perfume highly expensive is the natural perfume ingredients. When the contents are natural, that typically means that you pay a premium price. For example, luxury perfumes usually contain valuable essential oils like Jasmine, Boronia, Rose or Tuberose oil which are extremely expensive. It takes around a hundred pounds of rose petals to obtain one ounce of rose oil. That means in order to produce a handful bottles of scent, the manufacturers have to deal with heaps of roses. At times you simply pay for astoundingly unique raw materials such as essences of rare roots, flowers and resins. The effort that goes into the natural cultivation, distillation, as well as collection of organic materials is lot more costly than creating a synthetic version of fragrance in a lab.
A few perfume ingredients are obtained from animal sources like ambergris, honeycomb, castoreum, musk and civet. Ambergris is an extremely expensive perfume ingredient. It is actually a waxy material produced in the abdomen of a sperm whale that helps to protect the stomach lining from sharp “foods,” such as large squids and seashells, and when digestive disorders occur, the whale vomits up ambergris. Although it has a repulsive smell, when it’s secreted, it eventually turns into a fragrant rock that often washes up on beaches and ends in high-priced fragrances. Ambergris was used to create culturally important perfumes in Europe for over thousands of years. Since ambergris is extremely rare, it is valuable. However, manufacturers nowadays use synthetic scents that mimic the fragrance of civet and musk by using imitation chemicals.
The cost of a perfume also depends on the packaging method. Some perfume making companies choose to use stylish and costly bottles as it contributes to the perfume’s high pricing. Many a times, the exquisite, gorgeous, hand-blown perfume bottles become sought-after because the bottles are innovative, artistic and intricately designed. Additionally, the bottles are made of materials such as crystal, which is quite expensive. Some manufacturers present strikingly elegant perfume bottles that attract the buyers at first sight. This strategy is predominantly meant for those who like collecting fancy perfume bottles.
Some perfumes are costly because they have a history or are associated to royalty or are endorsed by popular celebrities. As a matter of fact, there are a many perfume brands that are started by the celebrities themselves. Some celebrity fragrances are named after the specific celebrity. For instance, David Beckham, Maria Sharapova, Paris Hilton, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Michael Jordan, Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Kim Kardashian are just a few of the many endorsers of celebrity perfumes that bare their names.
Luxury perfumes are produced in limited editions and are created using the rarest of ingredients. Perfume enthusiasts compete to purchase limited edition perfumes and colognes regardless of the price. Most leading perfume manufacturing companies use special secret ingredients to make the limited edition fragrances. These perfumes are very rare and you may not see them again hence, limited edition scents demand higher price.
Age old perfumes are associated with style, grace and exclusivity. Vintage perfumes are gateways into the past. They stir up memories. Just like the wines of a specific vintage, these fragrances which are made from the natural, purest botanical ingredients, are exclusive to the time and place each was harvested and their fragrance changes over time. Moreover, these perfumes contain raw materials that are either very hard to get or that no longer exist. Due to this factor, vintage perfumes are priced on the higher side.