The Cost of Fine Scent

The World's Most Expensive Perfume Cost: $215,000 Credit:
World’s Costliest Perfume

I’d like to share words from* about the world’s most expensive perfume, Clive Christian No. 1. Read the fascinating excerpt below and then view the minute-long video.

In 1999, famed kitchen and interior designer Clive Christian purchased the London-based “Crown Perfumery” company…As a result, when Christian approached world famous perfumer Roja Dove, he had one criterion: Money is no object.

According to Symrise, Roja Dove “opened his treasure chest – his collection of scents – and looked for the most precious and expensive notes the world has to offer. Rose oil for 6,000 euros, orris root for 11,000 euros per kilo, jasmine from India, Italian cinnamon rose which requires at least 170 blossoms for a single drop of oil!” A batch of this liquid gold reportedly takes six months to reach the perfect stage of spice.

The result was Clive Christian Perfume No. 1. A single ounce, or 30 ml, costs $2,350. And then, there is the magnificent Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Edition…

A 500 ml release known as Clive Christian No. 1 – Imperial Majesty will set you back approximately $215,000.  This fantastic edition comes in a French Baccarat crystal flacon.

[T]he bottle is made of, “a material which is so difficult to work with that one of every three attempts breaks during the production process. The neck of the bottle is fashioned after the coronation tiara of the British queen and is made of 18-carat gold inset with a five-carat brilliant-cut diamond. This collar is later engraved with the owner’s name.” This one-of-a-kind bottle is then gently placed into a velvet-lined ebony case with gold and platinum details.

Amazing, eh?

The Price of Our Pain

Two things usually make a perfume expensive, one more legitimate than the other: 1) rare ingredients and 2) marketing. It all has to do with the rarity and quality of ingredients and their ratio in the mix, especially with pure ingredients as opposed to synthetic ones.

I shared the info above about Clive Christian because it so captures how God values our painful experiences.

Pain—who cares for it? Paul begged God three times to release him from a “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7-9). Nobody likes pain and life is rife with it. But God is able to redeem it and allows none of it to be wasted.

People do not always understand what goes into making us who we are. They just know—keeping with our theme—that you “smell good.” They like what they smell because they sense the fragrant oil of the Spirit on you. You’re devout and ministry-minded and anointed (“smeared”); everything seems to be going your way—now. But they rarely understand the cost that makes you…you.

Wasn’t this the case when Mary, Lazarus and Martha’s sister, broke open the alabaster flask and anointed Jesus? The disciples protested the expensive “waste”; however, they didn’t understand the cost of her extravagant worship. Surely, she could have told of her personal pain and the mistakes that brought much of it on her.

Those mightily used by God have oftentimes experienced the greatest pain. The interesting thing, however, is they have usually lost the scent that others admire. Their pain has been a hugely formative experience leaving them focused on their mission. So it can be difficult to comprehend that what hurt them and cost them everything heals others in a marvelous way.

God values that like we value Clive Christian No. 1.

*Credit: Clive Christian Releases the World’s Most Expensive Perfume—Clive Christian No. 1”, July 28, 2010

10 thoughts on “The Cost of Fine Scent

  1. Amen, Mike. Another good post. Think about this in terms of costly perfume…if we were perfume, then we would have Jesus’ value since the Father paid Jesus to purchase us. Now, that’s uniquely costly! And I think meditating on that thought should adjust our valuation of ourselves before God, and help us see how much He wants us. Blessings.

  2. We do not always know the cost of the fragrance we enjoy. I think of this especially in regard to our Savior and of those who have mentored and encouraged me in my journey.
    Great post Michael.

  3. “People do not always understand what goes into making us who we are.”
    You’re right, and we may never fully understand the things that make up someone. But it is sufficient to know that God has spared no expense when He formed us into who we are – His breath sustains us, His blood flows through us and His Spirit lives in us. No wonder we are called God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10 NLT) !

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