By Lynsey Eaton | Photography by SUKILYNN
Le Labo is the fragrance cult we’ve always dreamed of. If you hang out with that whole fashion crowd or know someone who does, chances are you are familiar with the stuff and can likely recognize a scent or two. Santal 33 anyone?
This past weekend in New York City, while discussing the need for a signature scent for the house, we all sat around discussing which Le Labo smells were our favorites. Sure, the obvious choices came up. But soon the conversation turned to the more obscure, limited edition smells that can only be found at the Gramercy Park Hotel or in the Dallas store.
So which one won out?
Well, to be truthful, we still haven’t decided. Instead, we came home with this discovery box of scents and have been mixing and matching the addicting stuff. But here are a few finalists:
- Cade 26 – Or better known as the Gramercy Park Hotel’s signature scent. There is no doubt this smoky scent is probably the top of our choices, but it’s not so easy to come by (being the Gramercy Park Hotel exclusive, and all). Expensive shipping or travel fees are definitely a deterrent for a signature scent, no matter how much I love it…
- Cedre 11 – Birchwood and Amber? Yes, please. This guy just smells like a cozy night by the fire – i.e., all I’ve ever wanted in a signature scent for my home. Plus, it’s available at Nordstrom making it an easier snag last minute. But is it too obvious?
- Petit Grain 21 – On the complete other end of the spectrum, this Bergamot and White Floral based candle is much lighter and probably better suited for year round use. That said, at times it can be a little too orangey for my taste.
- Pin 12 – This musky scent makes it feel like the holidays year round, assuming that’s what you want…
- Santal 26 – Last but certainly not least, and not to be confused with his more popular sibling (Santal 33), this musky mix of vanilla, amber, cedar and sandalwood might just be the perfect compromise.
Thoughts? Do you have a favorite Le Labo scent? Or another fragrance altogether that we should consider? You’d think this would be an easy process but, for someone as obsessed with smells as I am, committing to just one is a painstaking process.