BEST of LUXURY
Luxury is in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to the luxury lifestyle, we like to think that we know a thing or two.
René Jules Lalique was a turn-of-the-century glass designer, renowned for his stunning creations of perfume bottles, jewelry, chandeliers, and even automobile hood ornaments. After attending Sydenham Art College, Lalique worked for Aucoq, Cartier, Boucheron and others. By 1890, Lalique was recognized as one of France's foremost Art Nouveau jewelry designers and went on to be one of the most famous in his field, his name synonymous with creativity and quality. In 1907, Francois Coty hired Lalique to create perfume labels, later, the bottles produced by Lalique for the Coty brand helped to revolutionize the packaging and marketing of perfume. Lalique Limited Edition Perfumes are among the most expensive in the world.
Clive Christian No. 1
With names like "X" and "No. 1" along with credentials that make Clive Christian the most expensive perfume in the world, it is no wonder why his fragrances are so elusive and intriguing. With its serene and sophisticated attributes, No. 1 is a sweet bouquet of precious Indian Jasmine, Mandarin, and Sandalwood. The bottle is equally divine with a 24-karat gold-plated sterling silver neck, set with a brilliant-cut diamond solitaire, and a stopper fashioned after Queen Victoria's original.
Puredistance I can be described as stunning and beautiful, luxurious and rich. The fragrance was created by master Perfumer Annie Buzantian at the fragrance house Firmenich. Puredistance brings together two opposite elements: coolness and warmth. The perfume opens with a top note of fresh Tangerine blossom blended with a hint of Cassis. The natural scent is complemented with Neroli Bigarade and crisp watery nuances. The heart of the fragrance warms to a sophisticated, modern blend of Magnolia, Rose Wardia, Jasmine and natural Mimosa, before finally settling softly into the rich classical notes of sweet Amber, Vetiver and White Musk.
Bond no. 9
Creating a scent for every New York neighborhood is the sole mission of Bond no 9. With their flamboyant bottles and clever names, every scent from Bond is truly fun and exciting. However, it is "Chinatown," with it's Swarovski studded limited edition bottle, which has given us a fixation on this wild fragrance line. This sensual feminine scent is a mélange of peach, peony, and gardenia and is dedicated to Chinatown.
Founded 25 years ago by an Arabian prince, Amouage was created to reflect the wonderful traditions of his country. Using the rarest of ingredients such as the Silver Frankincense, Amouage is only meant for the discerning customer. Amouage's first fragrance was created as "the most valuable perfume in the world." To achieve this aim Amouage commissioned the renowned French perfumer, Monsieur Guy Robert, master of Chanel, Dior and Hermes, and briefed him that "no expense was to be spared." For the creation of Amouage the ingredients were indeed chosen from the richest and finest. It took over 100 natural oils and essences to compose this unique perfume. Amouage will continue to be a niche, sophisticated fragrance for refined tastes.
Proudly continuing a family tradition of creating fragrances using the highest quality ingredients regardless of cost, the House of Creed has been for many years one of the best kept secrets of the perfume world. Of their comprehensive line of scents, Silver Mountain Water is by far the favorite global connoisseurs. Inspired by the exhilarating crispness of mountain air and the founder?s love of alpine skiing, with touches of Mandarin, Tea, Black Currant, Musk, and Ambergris, this scent is perfect for man or woman.
Kilian Hennessy, perfumer and heir to a long line of cognac makers, has launched his first collaborative effort for his opulent line of fragrances. Joining forces with painter Sophie Matisse, the duo have released 50 hand painted bottles and boxes, to carry whichever Kilian scent you choose. Each bottle design is completely different from the other, and is numbered and stamped with the artists engraving. Packaged in Kilian's signature silk lined black lacquer boxes, this little bottle of luxury not only smells luscious but stands out amongst the others as more than just a collectible.
Chanel no. 5
You can't say perfume without thinking Chanel no. 5. Easily the most famous perfume from one of the most famous brands in the world, no. 5 exemplifies class, grace, and luxury. Ultimately seductive, the perfume was well known as Marilyn Monroe's scent of choice. There is said to be exactly 12 ultra rare May Roses used in each bottle, the likes of which can only be harvested from fields in Grasse, France. Today, Chanel no. 5 is the best selling perfume of all time and there's no wondering why.