The last post in our eight-part series on fragrance related holiday gifts is the crazy expensive luxury edition. As always, items are listed in order from holy-cow-you’ve-got-to-be-kidding to maybe-I-could-sell-a-body-part. Do add any of your own recommendations in the comments!
Yves Saint Laurent celebrates the 40th anniversary of Opium with a hand made edition by artist and gilder Manuela Paul-Cavallier. 20 were made, 15 ml Extrait de Parfum for €2,000 (about $2375).
From Annick Goutal, a special edition of Eau d'Hadrien in a handmade glass bottle by Venini in Murano. 60 bottles were made; each comes with two 100 ml refills. €2,000 (about $2375).
From Viktor & Rolf, a(nother) Flowerbomb limited edition: "Indulge in the addictive scent of Flowerbomb, an explosion of the most luxurious and alluring flowers. Encrusted with exquisite Swarovski crystals, this limited edition bottle sparkles as magnificently as the fragrance captured inside. Only 25 pieces exist in the world, available exclusively at Neiman Marcus." $2500.
From Mugler, Angel in a refillable bottle hand blown by Frédéric Alary and decorated by Jean-Jacques Urcun. There are also special bottles for A*Men, Angel Muse, Alien and Aura. €2900 each (about $3450), possibly available at Printemps Haussmann in Paris.
From Chanel, Gabrielle in crystal: "An elegant celebration of the luminous floral fragrance inspired by Gabrielle before she was Coco, expressed in an exceptionally rare form: a grand 900ml crystal bottle handcrafted by Baccarat for the CHANEL fragrance collector. Each precious bottle is numbered from 1 to 83 in honor of Gabrielle Chanel’s 1883 birthdate. This masterpiece of fragrance composition and craftsmanship is limited to just three bottles in the US — with the coveted number 7 available exclusively on chanel.com, to be hand-delivered to the collector." 900 ml for $9500 at Chanel (and also available in Chanel No. 5 L'Eau for the same price).
From Guerlain, La Petite Robe Noire in a 1.5 liter Baccarat bottle with a leather "jacket" designed by Marie Barthès in collaboration with Tassin Cuirs. 18 were made; reportedly €10,000 (about $11,800).
The J’adore Amphoras Jewel Box was £10,000 (about $13,400) at Selfridges before it sold out. If you have £10,000 to spare, perhaps Dior will make you another set.
From Memo Paris, a Waterford carafe holding 740 ml of Irish Leather perfume oil. "The leather case contains the Memo Paris decanter by Crystal Waterford, filled with 25.4 fl. oz. of Irish Leather oil of perfume, and a pack of Irish Leahter [sic] postcards by Bill Phelps, winner of the Grand Prize of Portraits for the World Press." Reportedly $20,000.
From Lalique, a lost wax technique bottle of Deux Cigales, produced in collaboration with Knoll Prestige Packaging. Eight were made, €50,000 each (about $60,000); you can read more about the bottle here.