Le Labo Perfume is a new niche perfume shop in NYC. Robin at NST posted about their opening a week or so ago. With the noses they have working for them, these had to be great things, so I ordered the small bottles of Ciste 18, Fleur D’Oranger 27, Vetiver 46, and they sent me a sample of the Rose 31.
Le Labo Fleur D’Oranger 27 — Orange blossom, musk, bergamot, petit grain and lemon are the notes. My nose has pronounced it absolutely gorgeous. A great orange blossom, as good as L’Artisan’s solifore, but with a little more depth and magic to it. This one is a true keeper, just heavenly. If you aren’t a fan of orange flower, this one probably won’t change your mind, but it is a nice earthy orange blossom, definitely not too sweet, so it might be one that works for you.
Le Labo Vetiver 46 — Notes of Haitian vetiver, pepper, gaiac, labdanum, cedar, and olibanum. This is for a man, but it sounded gorgeous from the notes. It may be my skin, but it just doesn’t work for me at all. Just tangy pungent medicinal smell, not me at all. If I don’t put my nose down too close to it, it’s not as horrible as I think it is, but put the nose close, and it’s just, well, not me. I’m sparing any unkind words only because I’m thinking at this point it’s just a reaction to my skin or my nose and this really isn’t this unlovely.
Le Labo Rose 31 – Grasse rose, cumin, olibanum, cedar, amber, gaiac wood, cistus and animalic notes. Sniffing this out of the
bottle, what a stunner it should be. Put it on, perfectly gorgeous. Then something bad happened after about 15 minutes. I was sent twirling back through the space/time continuum and landed in Dr. Heisterman’s office, looking at the cheap little rings and wailing inconsolably while he gave me a very hated shot. How in the heck did that happen? The rose wilted, and it was just Eau de Doctor’s Office.
Okay, this can’t be right at all. So we are trying it again, but this time we shook up the little tester to make sure it was all mixed up properly, and now we have a beautiful, cedary rose that would be great for a guy (this is intended for guys). It’s not sweet, but it is rosy in an elegant, understated way. I do think mixing is key, so turn the tube a few times before you apply on some of these, or you may wind up in the wrong spot in your life weeping copiously.
Le Labo Ciste 18 – oriental notes, with animal intonations of civet and castoreum. I have no idea why I ordered this one. I’m not a skank girl. I mean, I can be a skanky girl, but I generally like my skank cleaned up a little. This ain’t bad as your skank goes (sorry, in Nashville, they’re rubbing off on me. I’m afixin to get Southern by the end of today). For those of you that like your perfume to show up in peek-a-boo pnaties, you’ll like this one. I like it, even though it’s not my normal style. I agree with Marina that it has a very definite Musc Ravageur likeness. And it sticks like glue. I woke up this morning with just that one remaining all over everything.
So out of the four, the Ciste and the Fleur D’Oranger are definite winners. As long as the doctor’s office doesn’t show up in the Rose 31 one again, I could learn to really love that one too. The Vetiver just wasn’t me. I don’t know who it would be, and I don’t think I want to know who it would be or meet them ever in a dark alley or anywhere there isn’t a priest present, and I hope I just got a bad mix.
Now I very much want to try some others in the Le Labo perfumeline. They are planning on offering a sampler pack in the next month or so.