Hey, this week we’ll cover two things – Le Labo The Noir 39 and Le Labo Laurier 62. Sorry about flaking last week. I was in Costa Rica, told I’d have internet, but — eek!! — that was not internet.
Yeah, that was my view from the front porch for a week – The Osa is magical in every way, and I never tire of being there.
After a week in paradise beachside in 85-degree weather playing with monkeys and macaws, I came home to snow. But also was Le Labo The Noir and Le Labo Laurier 62 (room spray, just to make sure you aren’t trying to figure out what you missed in new release’ville). They are both super cozy and great for fall/winter fragrances.
Le Labo The Noir, in keeping with all of their names, has almost nothing to do with tea, so just stop thinking that. If you don’t get it out of your head, you’ll be disappointed, and I didn’t find Le Labo The Noir disappointing at all.
Notes of black pepper, amber and black rose make up The Noir and then some vague reference to something resembling tea accord. It reminds me of a somewhat figgish Rose 31, and that’s not a bad thing since I adore Rose 31. What it adds to Rose 31 is a very distinctive soft hay note. It winks around tea a lot, putting together some of the components, and I get some smoke from it, but not huffing black smoke. More like soft puffy charcoal smoke. It is warm and cozy and is like tea wafting from another room, or what you think could be tea. I do love it, but I think I would have a different opinion if I was counting on a black, black, smoke-chuffing tea. It won’t whack you over the head like some others in the Le Labo line. If you want that, just pair with Patchouli 24, and then it really starts rocking.
Le Labo Laurier 62 is a room spray. Whatever. It has 62 different notes in it, focused more on eucalyptus, rosemary, laurel, thyme, cumin, clove, amber, patchouli, and sandalwood. If that doesn’t get your attention, you are D.E.A.D. Wearing it on the skin is tricky on the open, you get blasted with the eucalyptus and laurel and about a pound of cumin. Nope, not a bad thing, just not always what I want my skin to smell like. I paired this with The Noir, and these two together also rock. So give it time or spray it in the air like you should or on clothes or linens. My first pick is linens. The drydown on this is exquisite. Slightly dirty clove with some somewhat filthy green aspects are completely enchanting. It’s a mess for sure, but a mess I’m pretty crazy about.
I wanted to talk about another scent today, but that’s just stuffing too much in. I’ve got so many things to try starting this week – those new YSL Vestiaires that we think Slimane did (please, please, please YSL, make good life choices on those perfumes), the Cartier Les Heures Oud series, etc. But there is a special treasure in there too – Amouage Fate extrait. OMG, srsly, it is amazing. More later.
BTW, the decluttering was on hold while I was gone, but it’s back in full swing again. I’ve given away my gigantic dining room table, rearranged my dining room into a cute thing with a small little bar table I love, completely emptied one bookcase, moved my television to a wall mount, halfway emptied two other big bookcases, and I have a designer coming in today to talk about master bath design. Oh, squeee, I’m so excited. I am partly crediting the energy I’ve had for this monstrously big project to these amazing vitamins I’ve been taking. But as things start disappearing, it’s like I’m sculpting my house – taking away the things that don’t really belong so the things that should be here give it the shape it wants to be.
Oh, sorry, meandered for a sec. Yes, let’s give away some samples of the Le Labos! Four lucky commenters will get a set of both to try. What are you thinking on those new YSL Vestiaire things? Hedi Slimane or no? Tragic or amazing? Did you get snow this week too?
So far it’s been wet and rainy in this part of the world, which makes days dark and grey. A lot of fog too. At times this appeals to me. I believe that The Noir would be perfect in this kind of weather. I would be excited to try it. And the room spray.
But I don’t know much about the new YSL releases.
I have to confess that I have only been paying attention to my local weather (or the weather in places I’m planning to travel to – which unfortunately do not include Costa Rica!) – so snow already and it’s not even Boston this time? We’ve had some colder weather but still with some 50s mixed in, and happily all precipitation has come during the warmer times.
I’d already read enough about The Noir to want to try it, but I’ve completely overlooked room sprays of any kind in favor of candles. Maybe time to expand my horizons!
What are these vitamins of which you speak?
Snow to move in this weekend….sigh.
Slightly dirty clove with some somewhat filthy green aspects are completely enchanting
that sounds awesome, tea does as well. No snow yet. decluttering as sculpting is a good way to think about it.
Very jealous of your Cost Rica trip. Wouldn’t mind going there sometime myself. I think YSL is jumping on the exclusive series bandwagon. Will try them given the chance, but not going out of my way. The Le Labo The sounds interesting g. Thanks for the drawing.
No snow here, we are heading into HEAT!
I have never thought of wearing a room spray, but the Cire Trudons would fit the bill I think.
Plenty of perfume samples have ended up as room sprays however.
I can’t comment on any of the fragrances, but I can talk about snow! We got a tiny bit, but it was gone before it even hit the ground. I’m looking forward to it. It will cover all of the things I’ve left undone in the garden….
I never had any luck with the YSL fragrances for women, so don’t keep track of new releases, either. The new Le Labos sound interesting! the first snow came on Monday, and luckily it did not create the usual chaos. Luckily the snow also melted in the city centre. I am no fan of long winters, really, but some dense perfumes are perfect now.
So far I’ve heard only praise of holidays in Costa Rica and yes – I’ll go some day for sure. Right now I’ll escape the rain with snow that is due this weekend here in Europe by taking a trip to my daughter in South Carolina. Can’t wait to see her again!!!
What a view! Welcome home. So out of the loop … off to get informed about the YSL releases. Snow? If only! It has been a brutal November so far in Miami Beach. Thank you for the draw!
I really want to try both of these very much! I’m a sucker for anything tea…even something loosely related. Did you see any sloths in Costa Rica, Patty? I get stuck for hours watching sloth videos on Youtube…cutest animal ever!
Thanks for the chance to try samples. I hadn’t heard anything about the Slimane/YSL release. Woot!?
No snow here – it’s Miami, we’re still in swim trunks at the beach! 😉
That photo looks amazing. My DH has a yearly planning offsite in Hawaii the second week of December. I begged to tag along. He said it would be no fun for me, that we’d go together another time. Uh hello, I’m an adult, I can make my way and own fun in Hawaii. I’m not seeing Hawaii any time soon. Sigh. No snow, but finally some rain to ease the drought out this way. I keep trying to declutter, but feel I haven’t made much headway. I’m hoping to get to the point where the house starts to feel lighter and more open. Hadn’t heard a thing about the YSL’s.
Thanks for the chance to try the new scents! No snow here in San Diego, but chilly! Declutter? Just gave away some stuff to Good Will!
I’m also decluttering and it’s amazing. Energizing, somehow. No idea about the YSL newbies – been out of the loop for a bit dealing with family medical issues. Fell deeply, seriously in love with MFK Ciel de Gum, but am hoping to find a love that’s more available and affordable before Christmas. No snow here yet, but chilly and damp in Dallas. Would love to try the new Le Labos, so thanks for the giveaway!
What a beautiful photo of Costa Rica! Sounds amazing! The Le Labos sound interesting. Thanks for those reviews.
Love decluttering! Everyone has heard about Marie Kondo’s great book about the essential life-changing magic of tidying. It was good, but I felt that it was very hard to apply her principles in a household of multiple people. I highly recommend Peter Walsh and his book, “Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight.” He also has some great you tube videos. Good luck on your project!
Snow?? It’s still Fall here, with the back door wide open. Very windy today and it is bringing storms. The Le Labos sound interesting and I had not heard about the YSL. I have already purged my house earlier to put it on the market (come on, Buyer!), and it was freeing for awhile. But now I miss some of that stuff in storage.
I’m completely out of the loop and know nothing about anything new, perfume wise. Both these Lee Labos sound good and I don’t usually do room sprays. Your vacation looks gorgeous! Here in the Lower Great Lakes we have had the most beautiful long lingering fall season but snow is predicted for Saturday. Thanks for the draw, P.
No snow here, but fairly regular rain which is unusual enough for this part of the US (Bay area). I am curious about your use of the word figg-ish for the Le Labo The Noir-does that mean you get a fig note? I also like Rose 31 (prefer Rose Poivre, though!), but I do not like fig notes usually.
Costa Rica is high on my wishlist, your time off sounds good. About the new YSL thingies, I foresee a problem relating the names to the frags comparable to that surrounding the black Kilians. I, for instance, was interested in the notes for a couple of them, but have no idea which. Maybe Trench and the one about the cocoon coat? Anyway, I’m a fan of the classic YSL perfumes, so I’m hoping these will be good, but who knows? The big bottles scare me a bit. Did the take the sheer and transparent, week juice route? I sure hope not!
Welcome home! The T29 is so on my radar!
They both sound interesting. I actually picked up a room spray the other day and it was cool. Sounds like you had a great time. I am jealous.
The Noir sounds great, Laurier sounds like something you’d use when you get a cold. But maybe I’ll get a cold… 😉 No snow, I’m near San Francisco. Thanks!
Mostly I just want to stare at that photo and pretend I’m there. I’ve a friend who moved there and that’s her daily view. Sigh. Anyway, the Le Labo’s sound great. I’ve found that I end up liking those I didn’t think I’d like and vice versa. And I’m all for wearing room spray. I’ve been thinking about that with Cire Trudon. Thanks for the giveaway!
DNEM, these Le Labos don’t sound like my kind of thing. Just looked at the descriptions for the new YSLs and predict they’ll be ho-hum. And who wants 4-oz bottles!! Sorry I’m a contrarian today. Wanted to express my interest in your master bath reno, and hope you’ll keep us in the loop, with photos upon completion.