Le Labo Geranium 30 Review

Le Labo Geranium 30 Review was a 50-50 flip to see if I’d even talk about it. When they only made 100 bottles or some ridiculously low number like that, it seems sad to review something so hard to get ahold of.

Before we get into that, first, the winners of the Tom Ford London samples –  shylotus, Rhonda, imapirate007, and Katrin.  Click on the Drops Us a Note at the top of the page, remind me what it was you won and get me your mailing address, and I’ll get them in the mail to you.  I will send you a quick “got it” note to let you know I got your e-mail so you know it didn’t land in my spam filter, which happens more than you know, and I only clean it out like once a week.

Do I like Le Labo Geranium 30? Yeah, most definitely.  I’m annoyed that it is a limited edition for Opening Ceremony and won’t be a permanent addition to the line since it fills a great hole for Le Labo (1) and because I adore geranium (2).  Le Labo almost never smells like whatever name is on the bottle, and this isn’t exactly an exception. It’s a spicy, peppery floral, Created for Thierry Boutemy, a floral artist known for his cutting edge and dramatic floral arrangements, Geranium 30 is a weirdly balanced thing.  It is intended to smell like the end of summer in a floral garden.  I think they hit that mark exactly.  There’s the spices, the green, some notes that are not always pleasant, which is just like my garden at the end of the season.  Or an extravagant floral arrangement right after it hits its zenith.  It is that delightful peppery quality that wins me over.  So, yes, it’s floral, but I get way more of the spices and pepper than anything else, which makes me so happy!

I’m not sure if any bottles are still around or if it will join the regular line, and I’ll feel really bad if it doesn’t, but I did want to do a brief review on it and give away some samples to six lucky commenters to try for themselves.

So my house is old and wasn’t ducted in the upstairs for AC when they popped the top back in the ’70s  So I’ve had either a swamp cooler or, more recently, a split unit up there. It went out on Friday.  My upstairs – which is all master bedroom – is a furnace.  I tried to sleep up there last night, took a frozen pack with me to cool off my feet and neck, and it was OMG hot all night.  So, had the check to find out what happened to it today, and it’s going to take a week to get the part and get it fixed. I’m dying, and I’m going to sleep in the single bed in my son’s old room the next week.  Ugh.  That’s how my summer is going, wretched.  Have I mentioned ever how much I hate the peak of summer and all the heat?  I do.   So tell me any summer hate or love story you have to get entered in the drawing for Le Labo Geranium 30.

26 Comments
EileenS July 13, 2014

It's really summer here in the South, too! We keep our thermostat above 75 for budgetary reasons -- I still appreciate the reasonable amount of coolness. Things would get ugly around here if it quite working! I hope you get your AC up and running soon. Geranium 30 caught my attention due to the spice and floral bits. Malle's Geranium pour Monsieur is too green. Other scents are too this or too that. Too bad its a limited edition :(

Monoatomic July 12, 2014

I'm finding myself loving, even craving summer heat and sunshine more these days. Maybe it's because I finally have an air-conditioned house, maybe it's because winters have become increasing unbearable. On the minus side, I'm a little bored with my selection of summer perfumes, I'd love to find a new one.

nemo July 11, 2014

So sorry to hear about your AC problems! That sounds dreadful :( I am travelling through Asia currently, and I'm glad I didn't wait until later in the summer, because no one here seems to really like AC much either. The Le Labo sounds wonderful! Peppery is great for summer :)

SamanthaL July 9, 2014

I hate Summer passionately....I'm very pale and wear mostly black so I'm never really comfortable until it cools down again. I've been wearing a lot of Santal 33, I really like it in the heat. I'd love to try the Geranium 30...this is probably the only way I ever will!

Katrin July 9, 2014

It´s never too hot here in summer except when we get a heat wave, which has not happened this year. Right now it is perfect beach weather, not too hot but warm enough. The furnace house sounds like inferno! I haven´t experienced the like here, but in England. I was staying in a brick house and the air would just get thick and not circulate at all!!! The LeLabo perfume sounds very intriguing. Pepper and flowers and the fall garden..I´d love to smell old flowers in a perfume!

Elia July 9, 2014

Summer is always great, the beach, the watermelons, the ice-creams, getting out more, meeting friends more. The heat has been okay so far, a couple of heat waves so far meant a tough day or two, yep hot hot hot, but managing.

Elena July 9, 2014

I just heard our air kick on again just now... it is hot this week! I love summer, I love the heat, and don't even mind humidity, but I will tell you that I would LOVE to eradicate all of the stupid biting flies. The back of my four year old's neck is an absolute mess, poor kid. I would love to try it, anything by Le Labo is worth a sniff in my (somewhat limited) experience! Thanks!

Audrey July 9, 2014

Sometimes I feel that certain perfumes create heat.I am wearing Le Labo Patchouli today and think it might be a little warm for this summer heat. I would love to try Le Labo Geranium 30. I have many blooming in my garden right now!

LisaInDenver July 9, 2014

I attempted to buy Geranium 30 unsniffed from the Opening Ceremony site - dumb, I know, but I'm 50-50 on my success with Le Labo scents I've tried, and the successes are all loves - but the entire day, I could not get the site to finish loading in any browser. I finally gave up that evening and assumed that all 100 bottles were long gone. I love the spicy, slightly bitter greenness of geraniums; they bring back happy memories of sweltering summers on my grandparents' front porch in Asheville. Geranium 30 sounds wonderful. I'm not sure if my failure to successfully purchase a bottle was a blessing or a curse :-/ I feel for you on the lack of AC; it has been rather brutal here in Denver the last few days (and nights)! Today was a slight relief, but it looks like it's back to the heat tomorrow. I have no AC myself, and the nights here this week have been restless, to say the least. Wish you relief soon!

Peppermoon July 9, 2014

I'm definitely a fall-lover, not very fond of the heat or direct sunlight of summer in the south. I carry a parasol, umbrella or hat with me as I walk to all of my classes. I find that light, spicy/green florals are wonderful for the heat. A cheap-y that I appreciate for quick spritzes in the summer is Gres Cabotine, which is meant to smell like an imaginary ginger-lily. I don't have much experience with geranium as a note yet though.

Tena July 9, 2014

Patty - I live 12 hours north of Maine, so while I do empathize...... DNEM - La Labo and I do not like each other :(

Kandice July 9, 2014

I lived in the Pacific Northwest when I was young. We had swamp coolers and no AC in the car. I remember thinking how miserable it was in summer. Then we moved to Texas! Here we have sizzling heat and miserable humidity. Really summer isn't my favorite anywhere. Thanks for the chance to win a sample of this and make everything a little better :-)

Mary K July 8, 2014

I don't like too much heat, as most people seem to also mention. I am in MN, and so far our summer has been really nice; not too many really hot temps or humidity. Hope it stays that way. Love anything with geranium!

Lisa W July 8, 2014

I love the idea of 'end of summer in a garden'. A beautiful but sad time as the flowers are about to go.

London July 8, 2014

I hate the summer as I am very fair skinned and everyone else floats around looking gorgeous in shorts and I am always covered up. But I can't complain about English summers compared to the US. I do remember doing some exams at university one particularly hot summer and not being able to get to the end of a line of writing without wiping the sweat off my pen.

Beth July 8, 2014

You had me at hating the summer heat!!! I so hate the hot, hot days. I live in cleveland, ohio and it's so hot and humid! I live in constant fear my air will break lol I also love spicy, peppery scents. I recently starting blending my own which I'm having fun and success with! Hang in there and know there's others just like you out there hahahah

eldarwen22 July 8, 2014

I really loathe summer. The heat and humidity along with the constant thunderstorms which means loading a dog up on Valium. But I love the ability to wear no 19 in the summer though.

bevfred July 8, 2014

Having recently moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba to care for my mother, I speak with great Authority that summer is better! After a hideously cold winter I am enjoying the summer to the nth degree. I love geranium and spice and would to receive a sample. Cheers!

thegoddessrena July 8, 2014

Generally I hate the heat and humidity of summer, especially when it gets so hot out that my eyelids sweat. Much prefer spring and fall

Neva July 8, 2014

I love Summer, I love it so much that right now my window to the South is open, the sun is carving even more freckles into my left arm while I'm working at my computer (well, right now I'm not really working...). It's so hot that every now and then sweat is dripping from my hair to the keyboard, but I don't mind. The A/C is right there on the right, but I still resist turning it on. Oh yes, and I'm wearing the good old Eau de Calandre today - great Summer scent with some geranium.

Amy July 8, 2014

Our AC is busted, too. Wearing cheap colognes that I can splash on a damp cloth and mop off with. Novaya Zarya Russian Lavender, Florida Water, Limon Kolonasi (Turkish lemon cologne), etc., all of which I love for their big, cheap bottles (and especially the fact that they all smell lovely). Also loving DSH Feuilles and its awesome geranium note, speaking of geranium. Works well in the heat. On the hate side, I'm throwing in the towel with White Linen. I've tried it in all kinds of weather, and although I love the allegedly similar Chanel 22, White Linen smells like a pile of dirty laundry to me. Like a white linen jacket that's a few weeks overdue for a trip to the dry cleaners and has a patina of musty skin oils and six kinds of stale perfume.

Solanace July 8, 2014

Summer lasts almost the entire year here, hot and humid, the way the plants like it. I am fortunate my house is properly oriented towards the sun and we are uphill because nope, no AC at all...

KimB July 8, 2014

Love winter, hate hot and humid summers. Worst ever was going to school in the Mediterranean and studying for finals in July heat (35 C +) and humidity (worse at night) with a cranky and old single AC unit for a 3 bedroom apartment. The poor AC only had about 6 hours a day cooling in it so one had to pick and choose when to run it. Did I say how much I love winter?? ;)

Caroline July 8, 2014

Don't like being hot either...BUT will take summer over winter any day. Hate getting bundled up, salt, slush, shoveling. My favorite season is fall--despite the fact I'm no longer young, I still get the back to school sense of anticipation. I think the only Le Labo I own is one of the Anthropologies. And liked Lys 41 too. Perhaps you should set up a temporary camp in the living room till the a/c's fixed!

Caterina July 8, 2014

I guess I should have read your post all the way through. I can't top your story but we have a house built in the 20's with steam heat (which I love....in the winter), but that means no ducts, so, no central air-conditioning. Our city is in a valley so when it gets hot like today (high 90's) the air does not move. The air feels thick to breath and you just want a little breeze. We close the house up in the morning to keep any cool in, then pray for a cool evening when we can pull some cooler air in with our tiny table fan! I did purchase three Chinese sandalwood fans at a yard sale last weekend for .25 each. Now I know they were a wise investment>

Caterina July 8, 2014

Spicy, floral, a peppery aspect? I would love to try this! I've spent the past few months trying to find a scent with a floral aspect and spice but that isn't autumnal or too "masculine". Something for summer but not the usual eau de cologne and while I love Lys 41 and Ylang 49, I'm still looking for something for hot weather.