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 …
Clive Christian No. 1 – Imperial Majesty Edition Perfume
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 flaçon.
According to the same source, 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.
Clive Christian No. 1 Regular Editions
Clive Christian No. 1 50 ml Bottles for Men and Women
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.
Clive Christian No. 1 Purer Perfume Crystal Bottles for Men and 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, which rapidly sell out and require long waiting lists.
Clive Christian No. 1 Perfume Fragrance Notes
According to industry sources, Clive Christian No. 1 features the following fragrance notes:
Top Notes: Pineapple, Plum, Mirabelle, Bergamot, Lemon, and Cardamom
Heart Notes: Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Orris, and Orchid
Base Notes: Tahitian Vanilla, Tonka Seeds, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, and Musk Amber
Other reported fragrance notes include carnation, benjoin balm, white peach, and carnation.
Where You Can Buy Clive Christian Perfumes
In the United States, Clive Christian fragrances can be purchased at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus,
More Pictures of Clive Christian No. 1 Perfume
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