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By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

As I sat eating leftovers in my living room, sporting pajamas, slippers, and a sloppy ponytail, I knew I was the epitome of anti-glamour. Meanwhile, E! Entertainment’s beautiful correspondent, Brooke Burke, chatted away on my TV screen about all things luxurious – $38,000 Golden Globe gift baskets, couture dresses, spa treatments for the stars and none other than Clive Christian fragrances. 1872 marked the year Clive Christian was established in London. It was granted the use of the Crown by Queen Victoria as a mark of quality and excellence and in 1999, Clive Christian acquired the Crown Perfumery, a celebrated British Perfume House. In other words, Clive Christian represents all that is classic and luxurious. Its “No.1″ line of perfumes was formulated without concern over cost and with every regard for the very best. With access to the most precious, rarest, and finest ingredients, it is no wonder Clive Christian’s No.1, authenticated with a single white brilliant cut diamond on its bottle, is recognized as the world’s most expensive perfume.

Originally, the hand-made crystal bottles of perfume sold from 350-30,000 British pounds. Today, the eau de parfum, sprays and pure perfumes range from 110-1950 pounds. For the true perfume devotee, limited editions of “No.1″ can be specially ordered for as much as $50,000 and are designed for both men and women. One can also opt for the Traveller set, which introduces the three classic Clive Christian perfumes and is the perfect gift of luxury.

CC’s Perfume, “1872,” blends traditional natural ingredients in a conservative formula to commemorate the year of inception, while CC’s more recent Perfume “X” combines natural ingredients in a complicated way. The X creations are modern, sexy and mysterious while respecting conventional perfumery. All creations are comprised of top notes such as grapefruit and lavendar, a heart with jasmine and orris, and a base with cedarwood and moss. The concoctions that result are complex, elegant and sophisticated – much like the people who wear them.

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Originally published February 2005
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