5. Jasmine Absolute
Average price per ml: $12.59 ($377.70 / ounce)
Jasmine absolute oil is produced from the beautiful and aromatic blossoms of Jasminum officinale. Prized by both perfumeries and individuals, jasmine oil possesses a sensual fragrance unlike any other flower. It is considered by many to be an aphrodisiac and known by others for its ability to stimulate memory and concentration.
For all of these reasons and for the blossom to oil ratio required for its production – one of the highest of any flower at an incredible 125 pounds of petals per ounce of oil – jasmine absolute oil is one of the most expensive of the most expensive oils in the world!
If you’d like to try it out, you can purchase a 5 ml bottle of Jasmine Absolute oil here for just under $50 (?$10.00/ml) or pick up this 10 ml bottle for around $75 to get the best price per milliliter (?$7.50/ml). Alternately, you can find both Night Blooming and Dawn Blooming Organic Jasmine Absolute oils for a lofty $75 per dram a piece (?$20.27/ml) from Floracopeia.
Average price per ml: $12.85 ($385.50 / ounce)
Melissa essential oil is made from the blossoms of Melissa officinalis, better known as lemon balm. The oil is well known not only for its sweet and slightly citrusy scent, but also for its ability to calm the mind and heal the body. Possibly the most amazing of all of its health benefits – Melissa essential oil is one of a very few natural remedies proven to be effective against the herpes simplex virus.
While most people probably wouldn’t want to spend $385 per ounce for natural insect repellent, Melissa does that too. So should you decide to use it for any other reason, you can rest assured that you won’t be plagued by mosquitoes while you wear it!
As for the price? Lemon balm flowers are tiny, they’re only present for a very short period of time each growing season, and the number of blossoms required to make Melissa essential oil weights in around 375 pounds per ounce! Pair that with the healing powers of this oil and it’s no wonder it costs so much
If you’d like to try it out, you can purchase a 5 ml bottle of Melissa essential oil here for just under $67 (?$13.40/ml) or pick up this 10 ml bottle for just under $100 to get the best price per milliliter (?$10.00/ml). Alternately, you can find Organic Melissa essential oil for a slightly higher $56 per dram (?$15.14/ml) from Eden Botanicals.
3. Tuberose Absolute
Average price per ml: $13.41 ($402.30 / ounce)
Tuberose Absolute oil is made from the blossoms of Polianthes tuberosa, a gorgeous plant native to Mexico which is widely considered to have some of the most fragrant flowers in the world! Tuberose oil is prized by the perfume industry for its unique warm, sweet aroma with subtle hints of peach and spice. It is also known to relax the mind and body, and is considered (like so many of the most expensive oils are) to be an aphrodisiac.
As with the other floral oils on our list, Tuberose oil requires a lot of flowers to make and the demand far exceeds supply of the oil.
If you’d like to try it out, you can purchase a 2 ml bottle of Organic Tuberose Absolute oil here for around $32 (?$16.00/ml) or you can find Tuberose Absolute oil for $40 per dram (?$10.81/ml) from Eden Botanicals.
2. Agarwood “Oudh”
Average price per ml: $23.43 ($702.90 / ounce)
Agarwood essential oil – also known as Oudh – is distilled from the wood of trees in both the Aquilaria and Gyrinops genera which are native to southeast Asia and India. The oil is prized for its unique bitter-sweet earthy and slightly nutty aroma, as well as for its status as a powerful aphrodisiac. It is also known to promote respiratory health and emotional stability.
Agarwood oil owes its steep price to the very special circumstances required for its production. This very rare oil can only be harvested from the heartwood of mature trees once they have been infected with a specific fungus. Furthermore, the rarity and high value of the oil have resulted in over-harvesting of Agarwood species, making production of Oudh far more difficult.
If you’d like to try it out, you can purchase a 3 ml bottle of Agarwood Absolute oil here for around $83 (?$27.67/ml). Alternately, you can find CO2 extracted Agarwood oil for $71 per dram (?$19.18/ml) from Eden Botanicals.
1. Bulgarian Rose “Otto”
Average price per ml: $31.63 ($948.90 / ounce)
Probably the most popular of all floral essential oils is that of Rosa x damascena, the Bulgarian rose. Widely considered to have the best scent of any rose, Bulgarian Rose “Otto” (meaning that it’s made from the petals of the flower) is also known to improve circulation, as well as heart, liver and brain health. Many people also consider rose oil to be a powerful aphrodisiac due to its sensual aroma!
As with other floral oils, Bulgarian Rose essential oil owes its extreme price tag to the number of flowers required to distill it. Just one ounce of this most expensive of expensive essential oils requires around 500 pounds of rose petals!
If you’d like to try it out, you can purchase a 2.3 ml bottle of Bulgarian Rose essential oil here for $55 (?$23.91/ml) or this 5 ml bottle for just under $110 (?$21.80/ml). Alternately, you can find Organic Bulgarian Rose essential oil for a lofty $182 per dram (?$49.19/ml) from Floracopeia.
(Please keep in mind that all of the oils and their prices stated above are subject to change based on market factors and availability.)
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