Many of us love the enticing fragrance of essential oils that uplift sour body, mind and spirit instantly. Its aroma soothes and rejuvenates our senses and takes us on a sensory yet pragmatic journey that leaves us on a refreshed and ignited mode, healing us physically and emotionally. Essential oils have been used in medicines since ages due to its therapeutic and healing properties, from the time medical science had not advanced much. However, if you frequently purchase essential oils, you must have noticed that there are different varieties of essential oil and each of them come with their own goodness and therapeutic value. The prices of these essential oils also vary considerably.
Some of them are reasonably price, some come at a hefty price tag, yet some are priced so high that the price tag would shock you. If you come across such products, its likely that you have set you eyes on one of the costliest essential oils in the world. These essential oils belong to the premium range due to the difficulty in preparing them, the most expensive and rarest ingredients being used to make them and most importantly, because of the therapeutic and healing wonders they can do. Although, it takes the expertise of a oil connoisseur to understand the true values of essential oils deeply, we have prepared a list of these oils according to their trending price, which are definitely are prepared from the finest, rarest and the most exotic ingredients and processing techniques.
Let Us Have A Sneak-peak Into Their Price Tag:
1. Bulgarian Rose:
The Bulgarian Rose, better known as Otto is the most expensive essential oil on earth. It comes at an average value of $31.63 per ml or $948.90 / ounce. Otto is extracted from the petals or “Otto”. It is basically rose infused oil and is far different from ordinary rose oil because of the use of Bulgarian rose, which has the best scent in the rose family.
Apart from the mesmerizing fragrance, it has many medicinal properties. It regulates the functioning of the various organs of the body like the heart, brain, liver and eyes, to name a few. The quantity of flower petals needed to prepare one once of Bulgarian rose essential oil is about 500 generous pounds. These petals are distilled to get the final outcome.
2. Agarwood “Oudh”
Agarwood or Oudh essential oil is the second most expensive essential oil. It comes at an average price of $23.43 per ml which is approximately $702.90 per ounce. Gyrinops and Aquilaria genera woods are used in the preparation of Agarwood essential oil. Both these trees are widely found in India as well as south-east Asia. They are distilled to extract Agarwood or Oudh oil. The premium price of Agarwood essential oil is due to the processing conditions it goes through.
Moreover, all the parts of the tree cannot be used. It is only the heartwood of a matured tree that is used in the preparation of the oil, only after being infected by a fungus of a special type. It has an earthy flavor with a little nutty touch and smells a little bitter-sweet. The oil has several medicinal benefits and healing properties. It helps in elevating your mood and reduces stress. It improves the respiratory system and is also known for its aphrodisiac effects.
3. Tuberose Absolute Oil:
Tuberose Essential oil is approximately priced at $13.41 per ml or $402.30 for an ounce. Tuberose blossoms are used to make this fragrant aromatic essential oil. Tuberose has a beautiful and sweet but stronger fragrance and is considered to be one of the most fragrant flowers. Its inviting aroma uplifts your mood immediately, creates an illusion of euphoria and provides relief from stress and anxiety.
Like most other floral essential oils, Tuberose Absolute oil also has aphrodisiac effect. It requires a huge quantity of flowers to make this oil, whereas the production of the flower is far less. This makes it one of the rarest, expensive and sought after essential oils.
Melissa essential oil or lemon balm is extracted from Melissa officinalis. It has medicinal as well as aromatic properties. It has a citric scent and has natural cooling and soothing properties. It is very effective against herpes, diabetes, migraines, insomnia, hypertension, Dementia and is an excellent natural mosquito repellent. It also works as a natural cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The use of Melissa should be avoided during pregnancy as it has properties to induce menstrual flow.
An ounce of the essential oil requires about 375 pounds of lemon balm flower and sells at $385.50. Moreover, they are in season for a very short time and the quantity of blossoms is way less than their demand.
5. Jasmine Absolute:
We all are familiar with the sweet and enticing fragrance of jasmine. Not just in our gardens, we love to use them in our room fresheners, diffusers, herbal tea, and hair oil and in many other products for daily use. The fragrance of jasmine is sensual and aphrodisiac. It also rejuvenates our senses, enhances our memory and improves our ability to concentrate. Just one ml of jasmine oil costs around $13 which means you can buy one ounce at $377.70, and it requires 125 pounds of the flower petals to get an ounce.
Due to major deviation between the huge inputs used and the comparatively lower final product received jasmine absolute oil is considered to be one of the costliest essential oils.
6. Ledum Essential oil:
Ledum costs around $12.40 per ml or $372.00per ounce. It is made from the leaves of assorted Rhododendron species which are collectively known as Rhododendron. It is full of therapeutic properties that soothe and calm our body, mind and spirit. The medicinal properties of Ledum includes working as a cleansing and detoxifying agent, providing relief from inflammation and pain, help in weight loss and skin care, and much more. These therapeutic and medicinal values make it one of the most expensive essential oil. Moreover, the oil is available widely in adulterated form and it is only the purest and the most authentic form of the oil which is expensive.
7. Champaca Absolute:
It is one of the best natural cures for anxiety and depression. Its sweet and subtle floral essence is has a little fruity punch, which makes it sensual and aphrodisiac. It provides relief from headache, stress and vertigo and soothes and relaxes the body and mind. One ml of Champaca Absolute costs Champaca Absolute and this eye opening price is because of its immense benefits and goodness. It is mainly found in India where its flower is known as “Champa”..
8. Bulgarian Rose Absolute:
We have already discussed about Bulgarian Rose, which tops the list of the most expensive essential oils. Bulgarian Rose Absolute also possesses properties similar to it and both are produced from Rosa x damascene blossoms. However, Bulgarian Rose is the purest form and the absolute version is a solvent of the same.
However, this does not make it much cheaper than the original oil formulation. It is priced at $299.70 per ounce and is the eighth most expensive essential oils in the world. It has a mesmerizing and sensual fragrance, which makes it aphrodisiac in nature. The health benefits of Bulgarian Rose Absolute are similar to Bulgarian Rose like improving the heart, brain, liver functions.
9. Vanilla Absolute:
We all love the enticing and sweet aroma of vanilla infused ice-creams and other desserts. The essence of vanilla instantly unwinds our mood and takes us into a relaxing and to sensory journey of happiness. The essential oil is high in demand due to its therapeutic and aromatic wonders. Vanilla is always high in demand and the difficulty in making its available, makes it the ninth most expensive essential oils which comes at a modest price of $290.70 per ounce.
10. East Indian Sandalwood:
East Indian Sandalwood essential oil is approximately priced at $249.60 per ounce. The Australian variety of sandalwood is somewhat similar to it. However, East Indian Sandalwood oil is more powerful and stronger in terms of fragrance, health benefits and most importantly purity. Surprisingly, it is also more expensive than Australian sandalwood oil. The oil is extracted from the heartwood of the aromatic sandalwood tree or Santalum album. The rising demand for the essential oil has made it one of the most endangered species of trees which has resulted in strict vigilance over its production, making it even more indispensable. Moreover, a sandalwood tree has to grow for about 40 to 80 years for its roots to be ready for harvesting.
East Indian Sandalwood essential oil has immense therapeutic and medicinal benefits. The sweet woody fragrance of sandalwood improves mental clarity and has natural soothing and calming effects. It is being used not only in perfumes and diffusers, but also in skin care products, cosmetics, incense and many other products and is extremely beneficial for the skin.
11. Helichrysum (H. italicum):
Helichrysum essential oil costs $223.80 ounce and is prepared from Helichrysum italicum blossoms, which is a variety of daisy. It is extremely beneficial for skin and helps in healing and damage repair of skin and aids in reducing the signs of aging. Helichrysum essential oil is full of anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. There is a vast difference between the actual and the desired blossoms of the flower, which makes it another expensive essential oil.