3 Most Expensive Essential Oils (plus affordable substitutes)

3 Most Expensive Essential Oils (plus affordable substitutes)

Essential oils have been used throughout history for their amazing benefits. If you love essential oils as much as we do, you would have probably wondered why are some essential oils so expensive?

To dig the answer, let’s understand how are essential oils made? Most essential oils are made through steam distillation using various parts of different plants. The cost of these oils has a lot to do with how much plant material is used to obtain the oil and yes, the amount of labor involved in harvesting that plant.

You will be surprised to know that to make just 1 drop of the highly prestigious rose oil, it takes almost 30 rose blossoms. That means that it takes at least 3,750 rose blossoms to create a tiny 5 ml bottle of rose essential oil—wow!

Now that you know how are these super luxurious essential oils made, let’s find out the most expensive ones out there, and worry not, we have also curated a list of affordable substitutes for them.

Damask Rose Essential Oil


Well you are clearly not surprised to see this one in the list, given the explanation we just gave you, you’re welcome.

Damask Rose Essential Oil is excellent for skin, relaxation, and emotional balance. It offers the most delightful aroma. It is highly prized for its miraculous anti-aging properties. It is often also used as a tonic for libido by applying the fragrance directly from the bottle. One drop of essential oil mixed with 20 drops of vegetable oil is sufficient for a spine and lower back massage. Why not try the ritual with your partner? This aromatherapy is said to deliver results after two or three weeks.

There is no doubt that this sensual fragrance finds its place in a plethora of luxurious perfumes like


If rose essential oil is too heavy on your pocket, you can also try the following substitutes for rose essential oil:

  1. Geranium Essential Oil(Pelargonium × asperum)
  2. Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

Jasmine Essential Oil

jasmine oil

An elixir for dull and tired skin, Jasmine oil has been used since time immemorial to restore the skin’s glow and add radiance. When diffused, this alluring fragrance creates a sense of calm and positivity. It also instills positivity and confidence just like the princess Jasmine, ready to take over the world with love.

You must be wondering why are the most expensive oils turning out to be floral? Like Rose, Jasmine also has a low yield. The flowers have to be harvested by hand at night—that’s when the aromatic components of the plants are most potent. As the sun rises, the aroma retreats more deeply into the plant, hence it is also renowned with the name ‘Queen of the Night’

Some famous perfumes with Jasmine fragrance include

Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum For Her, Byredo Flowerhead Eau de Parfum,  Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge

Affordable Jasmine Essential Oil substitutes are:

  1. Chamomile Essential Oil(Chamaemelum nobile)
  2. Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  3. Ylang ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata)

Champaca Essential Oil

White champaca absolute

Originated in India, our Champaca oil has an exotic and alluring aroma. Champaca leaves are very delicate and hence can get burnt during steam distillation. As a result, this precious oil is extracted through solvent extraction. It is brown to olive in color and is considered to have relaxing and healing properties. Due to its excellent aphrodisiac properties, it also helps with impotence and low sexual desire. A very expensive one, since the price per ounce is a staggering $2,256, making it the most expensive essential oils in the world.

Some famous perfumes with champaca fragrance include
Ormonde Jayne Champaca Eau de Parfum

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