Le Labo Signature Scent

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I've never been much of a fragrance wearer. The last Eau de Parfum that I purchased was an in-the-moment splurge from Montale Paris called Pure Gold. It came in an elaborate shiny bottle and was a fancy addition to my bathroom counter. Unfortunately it's been sitting there as nothing more than a (rather jazzy) decorative touch as my partner had an adverse reaction to the scent (if i recall correctly he said I smelled like someone's Grandmother).

So I thought I'd try again, but this time around I decided to put more thought into my purchase. After conducting research the three brands under consideration were Commodity Goods, Maison Martin Margiela, and Le Labo.  I read promising reviews about their scents and had long appreciated their respective aesthetics. It just so happened that Le Labo recently opened an artisanal boutique in Berlin's Mitte so that made the decision even easier.

Feeling guilty for his harsh feedback, my significant other was adamant about gifting this to me.  Trusting his taste I sent him to the Le Labo shop alone for an initial assessment. He loved the interior, appreciated that they handcrafted each customer's purchase on site, and checked back in with his approval. To make it easy, he also pre-selected five scents that passed his discerning nasal test.

We went back to the shop together a few days later and I tried on the five scents (while he lounged in the comfy waiting area) and we both sniffed and considered the different options on my skin. Lys 41, a white floral, ended up the clear winner. On me, it has a subtly sweet yet sensual aroma that is light enough for my sensitive sinuses.

So now I finally have a signature scent —comprised of  wood, musk, vanilla, jasmine, and lily notes — to call my own. Even better that it no longer makes my sweetheart liken me to a woman 50 years my senior.

You can find Le Labo online at Barney's or their virtual shop in addition to physical locations in select cities. 

Styling and photography by Aja Nicole Edmond. Feel free to use or share images with credit back to this site.