Happy accident: Le Labo Vanille 44 & Tubereuse 40 Review

Le LaboThe other day I was playing with several of my Le Labo sample vials, intending to try one scent on one wrist and one on the other. I put Le Labo Vanille 44 on my right wrist, then the phone rang and I got momentarily distracted. When I got back to the perfume, without thinking, I opened the vial of LL Tubereuse 40 and put it on the same wrist.

Yikes! I thought to myself. I’m in for it now and will be reaching for the Tide detergent shortly. But to my surprise, what resulted from my happy accident was a rather nice blend. The vanilla and incense were dominant, of course, but the citrus-y tubereuse scent gave it a nice pop of brightness and tang. And it turned out to be a nice scent for a day that although sunny, couldn’t decide if it was going to be warmish, or windy and a bit chilly.

I’d tried the Vanille 44 with Le Labo’s Poivre scent some time before and enjoyed it, but never thought to combine the vanilla and the tubereuse (which really seems far more orange blossom/neroli to me anyway),

So what about you? Have you ever created an enjoyable scent via a happy accident? Or even through intentional mixing and matching?

Hope everyone has a great week!

  • Lej says:

    I have two for you. Diptique Eau Duelle & Jo Malone’s Ginger Biscuit ( l LOVE this one & I did backflips when they brought it back!). Both of these are great on their own but together they are delightful. The second is a very powerful combo more suited for a HOT date type night ?. Both are TF’s …. Noir d’Noir & Cafe Rose. It is NOT for the faint of heart but DA-YUM do they work!

  • Patty says:

    I pretty much love Vanille 44 with anything. The other that creates happy accidents is Le Labo Patchouli 24. Makes everything [email protected]

  • Musette says:

    Gosh! these all sound vaguely terrifying… in a wonderful way! Mine is Amouage Jubilation body cream, with Mitsouko perfume. OMG! stunning combination!

  • gwenyth says:

    A similar happy accident (since all the Serge Lutens bottles look alike) I spritzed on some Fumerie Turque on one arm and then a while later spritzed Fleur d’Orangers on the other arm, thinking it was FT. Surprise! The combination is actually quite wonderful!

  • Maggiecat says:

    I did this with shower gels a while back, and it was so lovely it’s now a regular in my bathing line up: I combined Lush Olive Branch, a pretty citrus scent, with Korres Jasmine shower gel. Each of these is fine on its own, but together – wow. And both are wonderful for dry winter skin, so there’s that.

  • Portia says:

    Hey Ann,
    I quite often forget I’ve spritzed, or don’t leave enough time between spritzes.
    It has never smelled awful, usually pops some colour into them both.
    Portia xx

  • March says:

    Funny, I just did this! I bought two cheapie, fun Pacifica scents at TJ Maxx, one’s cardamom (and fabulous) and one’s a lemony jasmine, I believe. I’ll probably review them. Accidentally layered, they smell fantastic.

  • Maya says:

    I have been wondering what the combination of Papillon Salome and MDCI Peche Cardinal would be like. Mitsouko style maybe? On me the peach in Peche Cardinal gradually disappears and tuberose takes it’s place, but that might be lovely still.

  • HeidiC says:

    That mashup sounds delightful! I can see how the creamy quality of each would blend, but the floral would brighten the vanilla/incense. I once accidentally thought I was respritzing myself with SL Fumerie Turque and put A La Nuit over top, and it was also unexpectedly lovely!