Down by the fragrant harbour ...
The demand for boutique fragrances is on the rise in Hong Kong. Although the city doesn't have a resident 'nose', a Lane Crawford spokeswoman says sales are improving for less commercial brands.
'We're focusing on boutique fragrances - none of our new perfume brands is mass-marketed,' says general merchandise manager Simone Pederson at the launch last week of the new season beauty products.
With such exclusivity come price tags that defy belief. You'd probably have to be royalty to be able to afford Imperial Majesty by Clive Christian. It costs HK$1.8 million a bottle (it contains a five-carat diamond and the bottle is made of Baccarat crystal, with an 18-carat gold collar).
Only 10 have been made (one will be available in Hong Kong), and three have been sold worldwide.
By contrast, House of Mane has made 500 bottles of Yu. It comes in a sculpted crystal bottle in a leaf-shaped wooden container. The ingredients are sourced from some of the most remote parts of the world - and it's yours for HK$45,000.
Exclusivity and limited editions are also luring scent-lovers at Joyce Beauty. Annick Goutal's hand-painted Mandragore Butterfly Bottle (HK$2,900/100ml spray) is a limited edition, with only 350 on sale worldwide.
Each of the 3,000 bottles of L'Artisan's Fleur de Narcisse (HK$2,600/100ml) is numbered, illustrated with flowers and etched with the words 'Fleur de Narcisse'.