I don't wear perfume, but if I did, the most I'd spend is $120. I'd haggle the price of perfume to $15 in Chinatown. This smells kind of flowery. I'd spend that money on booze. Spiced rum? Beer?
— 16 year old "Brad" reacts to an on-the-street smell test of Clive Christian No. 1, recently awarded a Guinness World Record for the most expensive perfume. Read more at Intel Road Tests World's Most Expensive Perfume: How Do We Smell? Thanks to Ruth for the link!
This article made me giggle. I love all the things people would rather spend the money on–my favorite being a “trip to Vietnam.” I agree. I find Clive Christian's attitude about being the most expensive perfume in the world rather grating.
I liked the one about buying dogs — lots of dogs
I really liked this article as well, and I have to agree that I found Clive Christian's comment rather annoying as well.
I hate to break it to him, but there are better smelling perfumes out there that won't put as big of dent into other's pocket books.
As for comments…
I have to say that I find Pierre's comment rather amusing: “Ew. It smells like something you would buy at CVS, like cheap deodorant. This costs $800? Perfume this expensive should adapt to your skin. It should recognize the kind of skin you have. I'd rather buy two pairs of shoes at Prada. They're having a 50-percent-off sale.”
It is funny, but on the other hand, you know, taking ANY perfume on the street is likely to elicit funny comments. In other words, it makes me laugh, but I don't find it meaningful in terms of evaluating No. 1. BUT, have to agree that you can buy something easily as nice for way less money.
I think the going price is what got to me.
Don't get me wrong, I do splurge when purchasing a perfume, but with $865 I can probably get a couple of backups of some favorites and still have some money left over for other things I want/need. If I were to spend that much, I the perfume in question would not only have to smell pretty, but it would also have to be made of solid gold, lol!
Hitting the asphalt with any perfume will, in fact, elicit the comments, as you said.
I agree that the comments made are in no way meaningful in evaluating the perfume in question, but personally I thought it was interesting to read the reactions of other people who got a chance to take a whiff.
I'd hate to hit the asphalt with any of my favorites, LOL — and nothing on earth would induce me to spend even $300 on a single bottle of perfume. I think the highest I've gone to date is $180, and even that was for a bottle I meant to share with others.
I had tried this one a few months back this past summer at shop in La Jolla which was really trying to hardsell this one to me because it was the scent that “Tom Cruise picked out for Katie Holmes”. I was really being veered towards the men's scents since I'm a guy. But I have to say, even though they do smell very nice. I'd rather buy a few bottles (which I DID) of Wild Woods Coty since it smells so similiar to X Clive Christian. And isn't really Clive Christian from what I heard an interior designer/bathroom designer originally? Not a true perfumer of some sort? I could've heard this wrong but I remember a Brit acquaintance had made a point of saying that is what CC originally was and/or is. I would spend the amount of this money to get multi bottles of Serge Lutens scents personally speaking. I think they are more exotic and gorgeous than CC's scent.
I liked the days when they used to say “Joy, the most costliest perfume in the world”. Even though Joy Jean Patou has been tampered. I still think of it smelling very rich and gorgeous still. To me, that's what the costliest perfume in the world should smell like. JUST MY OPINION, okay!
Why is luxury only about cost? Isn't it more of a lifestyle? The most compliments I ever get from men, including hubby, is when I wear Fracas. It seems to blend in with my skin and I never find it too strong. So, why would I buy something like Clive Christian?
Yes, CC did custom kitchens or some such. Of course, Czech & Speake does bathroom fixtures, so won't hold that against them. I just don't think CC No. 1 smells like that price. Joy, in parfum especially, smells much closer to “true luxury”, I agree.
I guess the idea is that you buy into the lifestyle. But so true, you can't beat Fracas!
I don't think I would go as high as $300.00, because even that's pushing it for me!
The most I've spent on any scent is $120.00, and that's about as high as I'll go.
LOL, I think you understand what I'm getting at *grins* =0]
Although, if my perfume did literally hit the asphalt, I'd lose it right then and there.
No interior designer worth his salt could ever think fragrance is useless and even repugnant. It's airspace design—it's a way of defining a space with an olfactory impression. I'd have to question his creative capabilities.
Sorry, I missed the reference — who said home fragrance is useless & repugnant?
“Chris”, a 49 year-old interior designer gave this comment:
“I hate perfume. You should outlaw it. Have you ever walked on or off an elevator and someone has sprayed on too much? You would never catch me wearing cologne. It's all about subtlety. Your taste is determined by your olfactory senses. You can't get to know a person who wears perfume; it masks what your true person is. With $865, I might buy a new coat from Saks on sale, like a Loro Piana cashmere coat.”
Oh, sorry! I had long forgotten what I'd read in the article itself, LOL…but I do have to agree w/ him that I could find way better things to do with $865
Same here. We don't live in the 1400's where it could take years, through trecherous seas and by camel across deserts, to attain essences—I don't care how rare he'd like to believe his ingedients to be, that pricing is absurd. I'd expect to get an original sample from Cleopatra's chambers for that price.
LOL at “original sample from Cleopatra's chambers for that price”!