Baie Rose 26 is exclusive to the city of Chicago and the most recent release in the Le Labo line.
Baie Rose means pink pepper in French. But I believe that name is also a play with words, because rose, the flower is also a player here. Pepper and rose, let’s see what Le Labo makes of that…
I had a hard time reviewing this, and truth be told, I probably wouldn’t have, were it not for the Le Labo exclusives week and the fact that this city-exclusive is available only in November.
Baie Rose 26 opens stringently (head-ache-inducingly) sharp with aldehydes and pepper. After the initial blast there is no doubt that anyone smelling it, is now wide awake. It is quite a crude and rude jolt to my senses that fortunately abates after a few minutes. (Long enough to leave me firmly settled with a headache though.)
The heart is an interplay of rose and pepper, which makes the rose segue into a carnation-like state now and again. There is a strong clove note intensifiying the carnation idea. The base is calmer, mostly resting on cedar and ambrox. Unfortunately the ambrox compounds my headache, as I often react to large doses of this material in that way.
Let’s just say, I am fine with Baie Rose 26 staying in Chicago. I don’t seem to have much luck with Frank Voelkl’s creations for Le Labo, as Musc 25 was another no-go for me.
What about you? Are there any perfumes or notes that make you physically uncomfortable?