Smell’s Like Summer: Le Labo
In every discipline you have a quirky off the beaten path craftsmen that makes you learning about that discipline worth wile. Perfumery is no difference; it has its bad boys (Eccentric Molecules); it’s sacred cows (Chanel); it’s poets (Hermes) and it’s baddasses; like Le Labo.
“Our scents are extremely qualitative compositions created by some of the best perfumers in the world. The dosage of each scent is an integral part of the perfume’s identity. “
Le Labo produces a handful of scents mad by some of the world’s most renowned Noses (master perfumers), some, unique to each city where they have a location; handcrafted and made of natural ingredients. Le Labo hides true mastery and experience behind it’s attitudinal veneer.
With them, it’s all about what inside the bottle; which may seem obvious but perfumery is a discipline where much more time, effort and money goes into the actual bottle design not the stuff inside. This right here let’s you know the elixir hidden inside these lab-sample styled bottles is going to be great—Like a 3 star Michelin chef at a barbecue shack.
This is the quintessential “when-in-doubt” type of things, like Sauvignon Blanc or Italian food; I’m talking about Le Labo’s “Fleur d’Oranger 27” and I will let them describe it:
A natural and extremely rare Orange Blossom that took over 3 years to compose. Its innate nobility is enhanced by fresh floral and lemony notes, rounded out by musk and the succulent, sunny touches of bergamot, petit grain and lemon. This Orange Blossom has an intensity and delicious ambiguity that gives women – and men – the absolute power of sensuality
This perfume was created for Le Labo by Françoise Caron who has made a handful of other very famous perfumes for houses like Aqua di Parma, Ungaor, Kenzo, and Comme de Garçons.
This stuff is sexy, with a capital “X”- not as round and ethereal as the Aqua di Sicilia; Fleur d’Orange delivers a wafy lightness and dearth that is addictive. I take it back- wear it anywhere you want! Oh, and they put your name on the bottle label! (buy here)
TGG Classification: Spring/Summer (also try Vetiver 46)
Recommended for: Sunsets, pretty girls, luaus, drinks, the beach.