Expensive Perfumes for Women: 10 Fragrances That Will Make Everyone You Pass Ask, “Who Is She Wearing?”

Let's get real. No woman wants to feel “basic.” And you shouldn’t have to!

If you're anything like me, you love conveying an aura of luxury that makes you stand out from the crowd.

And one way to drown your image in sophistication is finding your signature scent. 

But that can be easier said than done

How do you sift through the plethora of luxury fragrances to find the one that fits like a glove and smells like “you”?

Listen. Hear that sound? It’s me, Tiffany Moon, galloping in on my white stallion to rescue you from drowning in the sea of luxury scents. 

If you’re looking for that perfect new fragrance, check out my top recommendations (including two of my all-time faves) of the most expensive women’s perfumes.

 

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Why Buy Expensive Women’s Perfumes? Because You’re Worth It

This question can be answered in four words: 

Because you’re worth it.

But if that isn't enough incentive to indulge, here are a few other reasons to pamper yourself with expensive perfume for women:

1. You love rare, expensive ingredients. Many of the most expensive women’s perfumes contain treasured ingredients, such as:

  • Orris: Derived from the root of the iris, orris is considered one of the rarest ingredients in the perfume industry.
  • Bulgarian rose: Each May, these pristine roses are handpicked in the Bulgarian valley where they've been cultivated for centuries.
  • Oud: Oud is produced by aquilaria trees, and is a fragrant, resinous wood formed in heartwood that has become infected with a certain type of mold.
  • Ambergris: Believe it or not, this waxy substance comes from the intestines of the sperm whale and smells divine.
2. You’re sensitive to certain ingredients found in other perfumes. Many perfumes are made with cheap, synthetic ingredients that can cause skin breakouts or allergic reactions. High-end fragrances, on the other hand, are generally formulated from organic or natural oils, making them much less likely to cause irritation.

3. You want to stand out from the crowd. Ever arrive at a dinner party only to catch a whiff of someone who smells just like you? The simple truth is, the more you pay, the less likely you are to come across another woman who’s wearing your scent.

4. You love collecting perfumes. While some women have a penchant for luxury handbags or designer shoes, procuring expensive perfumes is more your style. 

5. You have a “thing” for exclusive, limited-edition bottles. Many of the most expensive women’s perfumes come in delicate crystal bottles or an exclusive series of collectible bottles. Some perfume bottles are even plated in gold. If you feel the urge to collect something, it may as well be expensive perfume.

6. You want customization. For the right price, many designers allow you to request customized bottles, designed to reflect your personal style.

7. You want to give a unique gift. For special occasions, it’s absolutely worth indulging a loved one with a bottle of expensive women’s perfume.

8. You want to pamper yourself with indulgence. Seriously, do you really need a reason? You're totally worth a bottle of expensive perfume.

     

    10 of the Best Expensive Perfumes for Women

     

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    #1: SANTAL 33

    A blazing fire. Softly drifting smoke. Sensuality that burns long after the firelight has died. 

    Introducing one of my all-time favorite luxury scents — SANTAL 33. Inspired by the iconic Marlboro Man of old, SANTAL 33 captures the great American spirit. 

    Equally exhilarating to both women and men, this intoxicating fragrance marries … 

    • Cardamon
    • Iris
    • Violet
    • Ambrox
    • Australian sandalwood
    • Cedarwood; and 
    • Musk

    … in a unisex, additively comfortable, signature scent. 

    And for all the eco-conscious women out there, you'll be thrilled to know Le Labo allows you to refill your perfume bottle to cut back on waste.

     

    To Make Your Whole Home Smell Like SANTAL 33, Try the Labetalol Candle From Aroma-sthesia® 

    When my love for SANTAL 33 reached a near-obsession, I knew I needed to fill my home and office with this amazing fragrance. 

    SANTAL offers the fragrance of SANTAL 33 in their SANTAL 26 candle, but my highly discerning olfactory system felt it could smell a touch closer to the real thing.

    So, what's a girl to do? Create her own candle, of course!

    If you love the scent of SANTAL 33 as much as I do, you’ll find my Labetalol candle to be the perfect dupe. 

    Not only is the smell spot-on, but it's also larger and more affordable than SANTAL’s candles.

    Give your senses the gift of pure luxury with my Aroma-sthesia® Labetalol candle.

     

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    #2: Roja Haute Luxe

    Roja’s exquisite Haute Luxe is a chypre oriental that virtually oozes with luxury. 

    This expensive women’s perfume is expertly crafted with the perfect mingling of … 

    • Rose
    • Jasmine; and 
    • Ylang ylang

    … and topped with spicy, earthy base notes of …

    • Ginger 
    • Clove
    • Cinnamon
    • Patchouli
    • Ambergris
    • Woods; and
    • Resins

    But grab it while you can. This exclusive fragrance is released just once a year and is limited to 500 bottles.

     

    #3: Les Royales Exclusives Jardin d'Amalfi Fragrance

    The British perfumery, Creed, created this Royal Exclusive fragrance in 2011 to celebrate the House of Creed’s 250th anniversary. 

    Its effervescent notes of … 

    • Sunlit citrus
    • Soft rose
    • Apple
    • Woody cedar
    • Vetiver; and 
    • Cinnamon

    … create an olfactory delight reminiscent of an Italian garden.

    This expensive perfume for women comes in a hand-blown, open-neck, Pochet bottle.

    And if you need one more reason to purchase this luxurious fragrance, you’ll love knowing that Creed’s creations were beloved fragrances of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.

     

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    #4: Baccarat Rouge 540

    Another of my treasured, go-to scents, Baccarat Rouge 540 was created to celebrate the 250th birthday of Baccarat Crystal. 

    Baccarat Rouge 540’s, woody fragrance invokes poetic alchemy that will delight your olfactory senses. 

    Composed of …

    • Breezy jasmine 
    • Radiant saffron
    • Ambergris mineral notes; and 
    • Woody freshly-cut cedar

    … Baccarat Rouge 540’s bright, sleek, fragrance caresses your skin like a breathless, subtle whisper.

     

    Want to Smell Baccarat Rouge 540 on More Than Just Your Skin? Get the Aroma-sthesia® Epinephrine Candle

    There's nothing quite like filling your space with your favorite scent. 

    And while the Baccarat Rouge 540 9.5oz candle may be sublime, if you’re after the ultimate luxury fragrance to grace your space, look no further than my Aroma-sthesia® Epinephrine candle. 

    My 10oz masterpiece of a candle will delight your senses and make you feel like the queen you are. And, just between you and me, I think my version smells more like the perfume — plus it’s an even more affordable option. 

    Bathe your senses in the luxurious scent of Baccarat Rouge 540 with my Epinephrine candle.

     

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    #5: Love Is in the Air Limited Edition

    This ode to amore delicately flirts with your senses as it releases sensuous hints of:

    • Plum
    • Green notes
    • Orange
    • Bulgarian Rose
    • Jasmine
    • Cedarwood
    • Indonesian patchouli; and
    • White musk

    And if its captivating fragrance isn’t enough reason to purchase this expensive perfume for women, you’re sure to be smitten by the bottle. 

    Each bottle of this signature scent is adorned with 158 hand-placed Swarovski crystals, and perched atop the lid sit two silver love birds — symbols of the beauty and harmony of pure love. 

    Love Is in the Air’s graceful, tender fragrance serves as the perfect reminder that true love worth keeping should never be caged.

     

    #6: Eleganter Schwan 06 Limited Edition

    If you've ever visited Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, you’ll understand the inspiration for this romantic scent by Krigler. 

    Named after the famed Neuschwanstein Castle’s distinctive trademark, the swan, Eleganter Schwan 06 Limited Edition’s sweet, floral, woody fragrance combines …

    • German rose
    • Sandalwood
    • Pear 
    • Iris
    • Lime 
    • Patchouli; and
    • Vanilla

    … to create a magical, mystical scent you won't soon forget.

    Created by Albert Krigler at the beginning of the 20th century, Eleganter Schwan 06 ceased production in the 1920s. This delightfully seductive, spicy, floral fragrance of days gone by was recently reintroduced as a coveted limited edition.  

    Take a stroll through an iconic castle garden with Eleganter Schwan 06 Limited Edition.

     

    #7: Amorem Rose Parfum

    Amorem Rose Parfum by Shalini is an ode to love.

    Created by master perfumer, Maurice Roucel the fragrance is a glorious symphony of … 

    • Bulgarian rose
    • Saffron flowers
    • Baltic amber; and
    • Mahogany wood

    Amorem Rose is a tribute to the Queen of Flowers — the utmost symbol of divine feminine love.

    This opulent rose parfum is graced with an element of smoke that carries with it the intrigue and mystery of great love. 

    And the icing on the cake of Amorem Rose Parfum is the spectacular Laique crystal flacon that houses this exquisite scent. 

     

    #8: Flowerbomb Haute Couture

    Viktor&Rolf’s Flowerbomb is a virtual explosion of floral sensations.

    This enchanting scent is a perfect combination of:

    • Centifolia rose
    • Sambac jasmine
    • Cattleya orchid; and 
    • India osmanthus
    • Patchouli; and
    • Vanilla

    It’s delicious, addictive, and undeniably sublime.

    If you’re looking for an expensive perfume for women that explodes with a joyous floral bouquet, Flowerbomb is perfection. 

    This iconic fragrance was created by Olivier Polge, Carlos Benaim, and Domitille Berthier and comes in a fully customizable bottle, making it a perfect one for gifting.

     

    #9: Rose Prick Eau de Parfum

    “I beg your pardon. I never promised you a rose garden.”

    But if you have your heart set on one anyway, this elegant fragrance won’t disappoint. 

    Inspired by perfume creator Tom Ford’s own garden, Rose Prick Eau de Parfum is a bouquet of wild roses.

    The glorious floral chypre ensemble of …

    • Bulgarian rose
    • Turkish rose
    • Rose de Mai
    • Indonesian patchouli; and 
    • Sichuan pepper

    … is so lovely, it hurts. (In the best of ways, of course.)

     

    #10: Symphony

    Ladies, has Louis Vuitton ever let us down? 

    They’ve scored once again with master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud’s Symphony.

    This elegant, expensive women's perfume practically dances with delicious notes of:

    • Ginger
    • Grapefruit
    • Orange; and 
    • Bergamot 

    And it comes perfectly packaged in an heirloom-worthy bottle that gives the illusion of a splash of luxury.  

    The sweet, fruity scent of Louis Vuitton’s scintillating Symphony is worth every penny — and is sure to be a favorite for years to come.

     

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