Most people think that the difference between perfume and cologne is purely based on gender. However, the main difference between the two lies in the concentration of water, essential oils and alcohol base. Generally, perfumes have a high concentration of oils (between 20 to 40 percent), while colognes have an oil concentration of between 2 to 4 percent. This oil concentration spectrum determines how long the scent will last.
Colognes are very essential to men more than women because men sweat more than women which makes them in need of good smell. And to smell good, the rich are spending thousands of dollars to purchase a bottle of cologne. To understand all these, let’s sample some of the most expensive colognes of all time.
(a) CLIVE CHRISTIAN’S IMPERIAL MAJESTY
This is the most expensive cologne in the world. The cologne is produced by Clive Christian, which is home to some of the most luxurious and expensive perfumes. The cologne is a combination of cedar wood, cardamom, Mandarin orange, gonna beans and other rare ingredients. However, most of the high price comes from the bottle which is made of baccarat crystal and a five carat white diamond and a small gold piece placed around it’s neck. This cologne is very expensive and only the rich can afford it. To own this cologne, you have to part with $435,000 per bottle, which is around 16.9 oz. The cologne has been around since 1800s.
(b) CARON’S POIVRE
This cologne has a spicy floral fragrance and has been around since the early 1950s. It has an explosive scent that originates from fine ingredients that are collected all over the world. Over the years, the bottle has undergone numerous changes in order to maintain the taste and trend in the market. The bottle is also made of baccarat crystal and it is sold for$2800 per bottle of 3 oz.
(c) ANNICK GOUTAL’S EAU D’HADRIEN
This cologne is known to have a woody, musky, spicy and fresh citrus fragrance. The Goutal’s cologne smells of a ripened fruit especially citrus fruits. The bottle is made of baccarat crystal and the perfume itself is a blend of silician lemon, grapefruit, cypress, Citron and Mandarin. A bottle of this cologne will cost a consumer around$1,500.
(d) AMBRE TOPKAPI
Amber Topkapi is also a fine cologne and among the most expensive in the world. It has a very strong scent and the more the cologne lasts, the more it’s spices blend into a woody scent. The cologne has strong spices like cinnamon, pineapple, lavender, bergamot, ginger, cardamon and nutmeg. A bottle of this cologne costs $610
(e) STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN
This is probably the most popular cologne for men because it is cheaper compared to the other colognes. It also has a spicy fragrance mixed with a bit of jasmine, nutmeg, amber, musk, Virginia cedar, vanilla and patchouli. The scent is known to last for a long time without fading away. Men have complimented this cologne because the scent sticks to the clothes even after washing. A bottle of this cologne will cost a consumer $225. This is a reasonable price compared to the exotic types.