The crown that caps every bottle of Clive Christian perfume is not just a telling trait of noble quality, but a relic of a royal past. The 19th-century Crown Perfumery Company was granted permission to use the replica diadem of Queen Victoria by the Widow of Windsor herself. Today, the house’s successor – which is best known for No. 1, the world’s most expensive perfume – continues to keep high society at its roots, as illustrated by its latest fragrance debut, Noble VII. In fact, according to the brand’s namesake, the very notion of owning a Clive Christian perfume itself comes with an elite badge of aristocracy. In the spirit of nobility, we checked in with Clive Christian to discuss the three things to consider before gifting a fragrance, to ensure your loved ones feel especially regal.
Quality comes at a price
If you can afford the best, then buy the very best that you can under all circumstances. It’s more important, possibly, when you’re buying for somebody else, because you can cope with a small mistake if you’re buying for yourself. It’s different with somebody else.
When in doubt, gift a classic
The first thing you’ve got to decide is who you’re buying it for. If you’re buying it for a non-romantic interest, gift the Clive Christian No. 1. It’s a classic for men and women. It may not be the perfume of life for somebody, but it’s an easy purchase.
Don’t be afraid to stray from someone’s signature scent
It’s an old-fashioned concept to have one perfume you wear all the time. Generally, somebody will lock on to a particular scent within a range. First you have a style that is likely to remain unchanged. Then, you become a little bit of a connoisseur the more that you delve in.