What was previously and primarily known to me as the home town of J.R. Ewing and his posse, is now the city that is famed (in Perfumista circles at least) for being home to Aldehyde 44, not living on Sourthfork Ranch but the local Le Labo store.
Aldehyde 44 is only available in Dallas and nowhere else in the world. Nothing against Dallas, but what does Le Labo think how many people are ever going to Dallas???
I can understand (if not like) the fact that there is such a thing as a limited edition, or even limited distribution. Localized releases, when Paris or New York are involved, add to the interest and covetability a perfume engenders. And chances are that cities like London or Los Angeles are on one’s itinerary sooner or later. At the very least, one knows other perfume-interested people living there and willing to shop and ship.
I’m sorry, but for most people, aside from the ones in Fort Worth, Dallas is a little out if the way. Even for perfume…
During the month of November, Le Labo has decided to make their location-specific offerings available to the public at large through their webstores as well as Luckyscent.
In an undoubtedly inspired attempt to create a frenzy of buying (“It’s the only chance people!!!”), Le Labo lets us non-Dallas-ites in on the fun. (Not to speak of all the other city-exclusive perfumes. Actually, we will speak about those as well in the coming week.)
Friendly as the folk at Le Labo are, they offered the opportunity to buy samples of all the city-exclusives through the same outlets as above, ahead of the limited timeframe of availability. So yours truly got in gear and ordered one of each.
I live to serve, so here we go…
You know, I don’t particularly care for aldehydes. At all. I realize their impact on perfume history, when Ernest Beaux decided to add them to the classical structure of a traditional floral and created an icon that changed the fragrance world forever. But I don’t need, want, desire or crave them. I find them sharp and harsh and soapy most of the time.
Aldehyde 44 is no different at first, the first twenty minutes are not my favorite in the world, and I basically have to sit it out. What’s more, the aldehydes in Aldehyde 44 never entirely leave the scene. A low key, and much more manageable as well as likeable level, stays thoughout the entire wear time of the perfume. The floral notes, a well blended mix of jasmine and tuberose, is infused with bubbles, like a carbonated drink.
The entire structure lies on a solid base of wood that is there from the beginning as well, just getting deeper and darker over time. I really enjoy the drydown, when the bubbles are almost gone, and the wood is most prominent. Then I am reminded of a great perfume the house of Chanel created – N°22. Another perfume that comes to mind is Sonoma Scent Studio Champagne de Bois, the softly sparkling aldehydes on a woody base are similar.
Aldehyde 44 is an interesting scent, a modern, see-through composition where everything is there at once, it is clean and clear and glassy. But it is also warm and soft and deep. This apparent contradiction is what made this perfume more and more irresistible, the better I got to know it.
I think it is safe to say that I won’t be trekking to Dallas anytime soon, but I am glad to having had the opportunity to try Aldehyde 44, thanks to Le Labo’s nice, if temporarily limited offer.
See, Le Labo, that wasn’t so hard now, was it?