A Change of Scent: Transitional perfumes from Parisian Brand Le Labo / by Didier Young

Santal 33 and Bergamotte 22 from Le Labo

Santal 33 and Bergamotte 22 from Le Labo

I once had a friend who told me that when it comes to investing in key pieces in your wardrobe, you should always start with a wallet and shoes because those would be the first two things that people will judge you on. However there is one thing that is even more important to invest on: fragrance. While a lot of people downplay the power of fragrances, it is usually the first and last thing that they will notice about you when you are in their presence. No matter if you are carrying a Louis Vuitton wallet and wearing a pair of Ferragamo shoes, if you stink then the illusion is broken. 

Finding the right fragrance for yourself can be quite tricky sometimes. You need to find the scents that works best with your body chemistry and that stay the longest on your skin while also trying to find the one scent that will always remind people of you. Christian Dior once said that “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.” However we live in 2017 and we believe in an equalitarian society so I would say that this quote also applies to men. After experimenting with perfumes for years, I’ve come to understand that the types of fragrances that work best on my skin are usually sweet, citrusy or woody. That does not stop me from experimenting with other scents that are outside those limits though. Remain open to all the options out on the market but always make sure to try the scent on your skin before purchasing it. The great thing with most brands nowadays is that they will offer you samples of the perfume for you to try out for a couple of days before making up your mind. Fragrances should never be bought impulsively.

Le Labo's Bergamotte 22 makes for the perfect citrusy summer scent.

Le Labo's Bergamotte 22 makes for the perfect citrusy summer scent.

For the past couple of years, I have limited my fragrance usage to two options: Le Labo’s Santal 33 in Fall/ Winter and Dyptique’s L’ombre dans L’eau for Spring/ Summer. Both of those scents have quite distinct notes which sets them apart from most of the other perfumes on the market. However, with spring rapidly coming up, I decided to shake things up and pick a new scent for the warm season. A trip to the Le Labo counter at Saks fifth Avenue allowed me to try out a few of their other fragrances. Rapidly enough, two contenders emerged from the sea of scent: Neroli 36 and Bergamote 22. If you ever wondered what the numbers in the names of each Le Labo fragrance stand for, you'll be interested to know that they are an indication of the number of notes present in the composition of the scent while the material name refers to the most prominent note. Both eau de parfum contain top notes of citrus which never fails to remind me of warm sunny days. After walking around with each fragrance sprayed on a different wrist, it became clear to me that Bergamote 22, with its notes of bergamot, petit grain and amber, was the perfect fit for my skin.

The beauty of Le Labo fragrances: Each scent is produced to order to guarantee maximum freshness and longevity.

The beauty of Le Labo fragrances: Each scent is produced to order to guarantee maximum freshness and longevity.

The right fragrance becomes a second skin. It elevates a persona and emphasizes your strengths. First, find the right notes for you. Second, pick a signature scent. Third, don’t be afraid to start over and find a new signature perfume because sometimes it makes sense to have a change of scents.

-Didier