Perfume News: Le Labo Aldehyde 44 Discontinued – Plus Review

Le Labo is discontinuing its Dallas exclusive fragrance Aldehyde 44. The Barney’s store in Dallas has been home to Le Labo, and unfortunately it is closing on March 2. Le Labo are saying: No Dallas, no Aldehyde 44. A decision I find really sad, since I enjoy this perfume and it would have been lovely to welcome it into the more easily available regular Le Labo range.

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The perfume is available online and at stand-alone Le Labo stores from now until the end of March. If you are thinking of buying it before it is too late, here is my review to maybe help swaying you in the one or the other direction.

Le Labo Aldehyde 44 Review

Do you like this fragrance? Will you be stocking up? Would have preferred for the brand to keep it in their portfolio?


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27 Responses to Perfume News: Le Labo Aldehyde 44 Discontinued – Plus Review

  1. lucasai says:

    It’s sad they’re discontinuing it. I haven’t even tried it because Le Labo doesn’t sell their perfume in Poland.

  2. Lyubov says:

    I am really getting confused and enraged (already!) when I hear a news about discontinuation of ANY perfume! I haven’t tried Le Labo’s Aldehyde and meybe I never will, but still – it is not as simple as ‘nobody’s buying it’!!! All the L’Artisan Parfeumeurs’ and Dior’s discs, and Gloria, and Moschino Couture, and…a gret list, actually! I don’t get it! I just don’t!
    Is it an urge to stock up? No, thanks! Well, I think 10 times before buying and I don’t want to be manipulated!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I don’t understand the reasoning either. Why stick with the purely arbitrary concept of localized releases? I always assume there must be some other reason behind the official one (but maybe I’m just paranoid).
      The closing of the Dallas Barney’s is sad, but I really wish that they had used the opportunity to integrate Aldehyde 44 in the main line.

  3. andrea says:

    I have never sniffed this to be honest but now it is being discontinued I want to try it even more, that exclusivity works as a marketing ploy on me every time despite me knowing that I am in fact being manipulated. That elusive hunt for something that nobody else has got I guess.

    It is a shame that they can not merge it into the main line but then maybe they could not charge the same ridiculous exclusive prices of a stand alone.

    The other thing that has put me off not trying this one is simply the name, I would not normally gravitate towards an aldehyde.

    Talking of perfumes being discontinued, I found out that Mitzah was also set to be axed although the SA did assure me that if I wanted to buy it after it has been discontinued then Dior would put a special order in for me that would take about 6 weeks, how true this is or how much it would cost I do not know yet. 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      That is the problem, despite knowing we are being manipulated, it still works insidiously. I was very pleasantly surprised by Aldehyde 44, but it’s not a perfume I cannot live without.
      I’ve heard about Mitzah, interesting about the private orders, I bet that won’t come cheap…

  4. brie says:

    I have not tried this one and now I am glad lest I had fallen madly in love only to have it discontinued 😦 ! It really irks me when perfume companies do that! And now I am sure there will be a mad rush on Aldeyhde 44 !

    • Olfactoria says:

      You are probably right, many will seize that last chance. If Le Labo decides to bring it back after that last frenzy, then it’ll really smack of marketing ploy.

  5. Tara says:

    To me this just proves what a poor idea city exclusives are.

    This one being discontinued is a shame because though I haven’t tried it, a sparkling woody perfume can be a great thing.

  6. acstrommen says:

    I really like Aldehyde 44, but found it to be not very long-lasting. I have considered a bottle in the past – Luckyscent had it last November for the month. But being a Barney’s Dallas exclusive, it was hard to get anyway so it lost its luster to me. Now I kinda want to secure a bottle, but I think it’s very overpriced. Le Labo irritates me a little in general. I don’t think their product is consistently good enough to warrent the hype, or the price. But Aldehyde 44 I do really like.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I agree! It is too expensive for what it is. You pay for the whole exclusive shinding.
      On me Aldehyde 44 lasts well, but I think my decant will have to do.

  7. shellyw says:

    I have had a few on my future list that go extinct before I can buy them. I try to tell myself with so many releases there will be another beautiful something coming up. I do feel the pain for those who had it in their favorites and will not be able to renew it.

  8. susan says:

    This seriously annoys me. I am an aldehyde-lover and I live only 3 hours’ drive from Dallas. I kept meaning to go up there and try this, and now I can’t. And I don’t want to buy unsniffed. I guess I could try to wrangle a sample really quick but even if I love, a bottle of this isn’t exactly in my budget this month. BOO.

  9. Keith says:
    I hope the above link works.
    You can find it at luckyscent. It’s not inexpensive (over $200.00) but their International shipping is $55.00; which seems super cheap when converted to euros.

  10. Undina says:

    I know that I tried this one (I tried all Le Labo but Another 13) but for the life of me I can’t conjure any recollection about it. Most likely it means that it did nothing for me to justify even a decant price.

    I do not like all these discontinuation and exclusivity games but feel nothing special for Aldehyde 44.

  11. Vanessa says:

    I haven’t smelt it, but was never that curious tbh, as I am happy for my aldehydes to be the chorus rather than the main turn.

    However, if they discontinue the NYC one before I get to try it, I will be most peeved!

    • Olfactoria says:

      As usual with Le Labo, it’s not necessary to worry about aldehydes being the star of the show here (as tuberose isn’t either in NYC’s scent), the naming is misleading.
      But I guess that is a moot point anyway… 🙂

  12. dkchocoman says:

    I don’t really like aldehydes to begin with, so there won’t be any love lost for Aldehyde 44’s demise. It would be interesting to try though before its gone for good.

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