Bah, power outage! I had most of this post written, and then the power went out, and I lost it.
Many of you who have read here for a while know that there is a note or two that my nose won’t read, it just translates to me as alcohol. I believe it’s a musk note. It doesn’t read as nothing, which most people get when musk is a complete miss, but instead I just smell the alcohol in the perfume instead. It’s weird, irritating, and I always know when I smell that that I can’t really tell what the perfume smells like.
Le Labo Rose 31 was one of those that smelled of mostly alcohol. When I first put it on, I got some of the notes – Rose 31 has notes of Grasse rose, cumin, pepper, clove, nutmeg, olibanum, cedar, amber, gaà¯ac wood, oudh wood, cistus, vetiver and animalic notes – and just about the time I was thinking, oh, yes, this is amazing, woods, earth, spice, resin. Then plop, alcohol got sprayed all over my nose and just took over everything.
Because of all the rave reviews for this scent, I’ve kept trying every few months on it, hoping – foolishly, I realize – that something will change and I’ll smell it properly and can fall in love with it like the rest of the world.
Some time back I had heard The Laundress put Le Labo Rose 31 in her laundry soap, and it occurred to me that that might work for me to smell it. Then I saw the price tag of $45 for 16 ounces and quickly closed out that idea. $45 for laundry detergent?
Now, sometimes my life meanders along and a once discarded as too expensive idea somehow works its way back into my frontal lobe, and as I was browsing through Luckyscent getting something else I just clicked on that overpriced detergent and went on through checkout trying not to think about it too much.
When you get an overpriced detergent, what is the first thing you should use it on? Sheets of course. So one load of sheets later, I pulled these out of the dryer to see what Le Labo Rose 31 smelled like. Not alcohol, yes! Just resin, spice, woods, a slight rose, a little animalic and musky. It is gorgeous, and I have the sexiest smelling sheets in Denver. My sister was visiting me this weekend and experienced the freshly laundered sheets, and we both just buried our noses in it for like 30 minutes with happy little sighs. The sheets have been on my bed for like two days now, and they still smell wonderful.
Worth $45? I don’t know. Nobody can answer that question for someone else. As a luxury that doesn’t cost a ton, and if I just use it for lingerie, delicates and sheets, it should last me a long time, I’ll absolutely buy it again. I love that smell in my sheets. It’s just smutty enough to make me feel feminine, but beautiful enough so I don’t feel like a total slut while I’m sleeping.
Which leads me to ask, what smell do you want in your sheets? Pick a perfume you’d put in a laundry detergent. And do you think $45 for this is a ridiculous indulgence or one that can be justified as a small luxury?