We've all got our favorite essential oils in the list, and most of them can easily be bought as extracts from common plants and fruits. There are even varieties which we ourselves can make! However, some oils stand out from the usual crowd because of their rarity. So what makes these variants special, and expensive at the same time? Down below is a list of the top costliest essential oils in the world; you might want to look at your cupboard and see whether you’re the lucky one with most luxury!
- Neroli. This special oil comes from flowers named after the Princes of Nerola, Italy. It was said that she often wears these white flowers whenever she took a bath. This plant has been an essential ingredient to the best of perfumers in the world. Neroli is easy to blend with other scents, and has been rumored to be one of the ingredients to a favorite softdrink!
- Indian Sandalwood. The India variety of this essential oil is hard to find because of the now-preserved sandalwood trees in the Southeast Asian country. The Santalum Album denotes the Indian variety and is popularly used as a base note for its woody, musky scent. For a long time, this essential oil has been used for medicinal and religious purposes.
- Elecampane. A rare flowering plant known to cure respiratory ailments, Elecampane is among the most expensive oils. Myths denote that the plant grew from Helen's tears, associating its wide growth on the remote isle of St. Helena. This oil is also known for curing diarrhea and is an ingredient for absinthe.
- Bulgarian Rose. A 1.8 oz of this oil costs $130, and it's for a good reason: rare flowers. Tons of Bulgarian roses are used to make a single pound of this essential oil. However, the scent proves its power: a drop showcases a high concentration of the scent, so a little goes a long way. Always pertain to the scientific name Rosa damascena when looking for this variety.
- Agarwood. Known fondly in its shorter name as Oud, this essential oil is referred to the most expensive variety in the world. It is not derived from flowering plants, but from a series of trees first found in Asia. These trees are endangered and harvesting is highly controlled. The extraction is also done in a cautious manner; the trees should be free from fungus and must be in perfect condition to produce its sweet scent. Because of the laborious method to get a small amount of oil, the high cost is justified.
- Champaca. This sweeps the crown in being the most expensive essential oil of all. Champaca has long been known to cure depression for many decades, and patients swear by its rich, citrusy-floral scent. It is mainly used to cure vertigo, migraines and headaches. Also a powerful aphrodisiac, Champaca lifts up the spirit, mind and body.
Buying in big volumes can cost you a tad with these oils, but since these are highly fragrant and concentrated, you only need a small bottle or two. Keep them inside small, charming bottles stored inside labeled packets and bags. Take a look inside our store and discover how you can preserve your favorite bottles.