03rd Sep 2019
Le Labo is even more exclusive than you thought, but for just one month, you can get your hands (or at least your nose, if your budget doesn’t allow) on the most exclusive range of them all.
Look, if you know Le Labo, you know. I am in a longterm relationship with the cult perfume Santal 33 like lots of Le Labo fans, but if I’ve time to spare in Dublin Airport, I cheat on her by smothering myself in The Noir 29.
If you don’t know Le Labo, it is the antithesis of the celebrity fragrance. No flashy, exorbitant packaging, no shiny marketing, just apothecary-esque medicinal looking bottles with a very expensive price tag.
Le Labo is very, very French, high-end, maybe a little pretentious, staggeringly overpriced but these are all qualities I am unfortunately absolutely enamoured with putting on my face and body so we’ll leave them off.
To add to the notions of exclusivity of Le Labo, they have a very exclusive range called City Exclusives, only available in the city they’re created for, meaning that if you wanted to smell like Paris, and why wouldn’t you, you’d have to go to a boutique in actual Paris to buy the ambery, woody creaminess of Vanille 44, Le Labo’s Parisian inspired fragrance.
Le Labo Bigarade 18
Well, good news to the fragrance fiends longing to take a whiff of Toyko, London and New York: for the month of September, and only the month of September, all 13 City Exclusives are available online at Le Labo and from their only home in Ireland, The Loop at Dublin Airport.
There are two new editions in the City Exclusives collection; Tabac 28 for Miami and Bigarade 18 for Hong Kong. They are even more expensive than the regular Le Labo family, at €192 for 50mls. Bottled Miami claims to smell of “Gaiac wood and rum… an intoxicating warmth rounded with green cardamom” where bottled Hong Kong smells of “citrus, and the warm transgressive hum of cedarwood’s dark notes.”
Le Labo Tabac 28
Sadly I cannot attest to the truth of these descriptions having not visited Miami or Hong Kong ever or Dublin Airport yet this month but I will be in the airport later this month and can’t wait to get a sniff. What I’m picturing based on the descriptions, or at least hoping for, is that Tabac 28 will smell a bit seedy and feel like whiskey but also like having a cigarette on a hot beach on holidays, and Bigarade 18 will smell like a warm orange grove.
If you love a rare scent, get yourself to The Loop at Dublin Airport by September 30th for a whiff, when the City Exclusives will be no more.
Photography by Le Labo.
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