Well, knock me over with a feather! OK, so I’m not as on top of beauty/fragrance trends as I once was, but this just surprised the heck out of me. Poking around on Nordstrom.com, researching for another post, I was flabbergasted to see Le Labo products featured. And not just a few, but three pages worth! (Of course, the city exclusives aren’t included.) Since when did this happen? Although I realize that its growing availability probably has something to do with Estee Lauder buying the company in 2014.
The line has been at Saks.com for a while, I think, and at Luckyscent since the beginning, of course. But usually there’s some kind of exclusivity-type agreements between major department store retailers, so this was quite a surprise to me for it to be offered by two major players. But I was excited to see it, because I do love Nordstrom; I was equally thrilled when Neiman Marcus began carrying Frederic Malle and Byredo. Now if only my Neiman’s could get the Malle line in the store. Sigh …
As I explored Le Labo at both sites, I did see much to love — well over 100 items listed. Although my eye was caught by adorable rollerballs, sleek solid perfumes (with refills!), travel sprays, body oils, etc. However, as lovely as the mainstream line is, my heart pretty much belongs to two or three of Le Labo’s city exclusives (the vanilla and tuberose ones, with the gaiac coming in third).
Speaking of, when it gets later in the year and the holiday juggernaut heats up, it’ll be interesting to see if either of these big retail guns will carry the Le Labo city exclusives when they’re offered once a year or so, if they’re still doing that. Or will Luckyscent continue to be the exclusive vendor for those? It’ll be worth watching to see how it all shakes out.
Anyhoo, what about you? What are your favorite Le Labo scents and/or products? Or anything out there in the retail world surprise you lately? Any pleasant fragrant news in your neck of the woods? Such as finding a great deal on a discontinued scent, getting a steal at TJMaxx or Marshall’s, or discovering a rare vintage bottle in a dusty antique shop?