First, if you haven’t seen Slumdog Millionaire, just go see it and don’t ask questions. Despite the scenes of abject poverty and horror that litter the movie, it is ultimately about hope when there should be none. It is funny and touching.
Le Labo is rolling this year. I’ve fallen in love with all of their new city exclusive scents so far, each different, umnique and beautifully made. Gaiac 10 is the latest to cross my doorstep. Created by Annick Menardo with notes of gaiac, cedar, musk and olibanum. Peppy and happy on the open, it sifts down into woody incense that is like settling into your favorite woods where you have always been at home and happy. I gave one spritz of this on my neck Sunday when we went to the symphony, and that tiny spritz lasted all day, all night and was still going strong on Monday morning until I hit the showers, enveloping me in lush smelly comfort. It feels, I don’t know, authentic? It doesn’t veer off into churchy like the woody incense of Armani’s Bois d’Encens or a couple of the CdG incense series. It’s slightly milky maybe. There’s a smoothness to the wood that makes it feel like polished, beautiful wood, impossibly elegant, but warm and snuggly.
I’m not sure who is handing out the sketches for the three scents Le Labo came up with this year, but they have done an outstanding job of giving the perfumers plenty of room to create three memorable scents. Hard to get? Too much so. I do hope at some point they will at least make all of these available for a limited time once a year, and then everyone could be a lot poorer, but happily smelling beautiful.
Let’s do another drawing today to get a sample of this into one of our commeter’s hands. Just leave a comment, and I’ll draw out the winner on Thursday.