How do you decide which perfumes to test?
Where possible I like to explore a whole line or brand at a time.
It helps me understand the style of the fragrances and identify the house notes, if they exist.
So, a couple of years ago, I decided to turn my attention to Le Labo.
Labdanum 18 is one of my favourite Le Labo’s but it didn’t start out that way. Initially I thought Labdanum 18 was just pleasant and no more and I filed my sample away.
Fast forward a couple of years: now I’m hooked.
Labdanum 18 is a fragrance created by Maurice Roucel for the house of Le Labo in 2006.
From what I can discern, from various sources, Labdanum 18 contains the following notes:
birch tar, castoreum, cinnamon, civet, gurjun balsam, hawthorn, musk, labdanum, patchouli, resins, tonka bean and vanilla.
Labdanum 18 opens with a mild orange citrus over an animalic and vanillic hazy backdrop.
Right from the start you’re wrapped in the most comfortable yet intimate smell you can imagine.
There’s a certain powderiness to the fragrance but it’sultimately furry and warm.
Labdanum 18 puts me in mind of the classic Shalimar and in particular, the savoury vanillic oriental drydown.
Labdanum 18 wears fuzzy, furry, softly animalic and as comfortable as old sweaters.
It’s equally happy as a comfort scent or a sexy scent or as pretty much everything else.
I feel like the secret to enjoying Labdanum 18 is repeated wearing. For me at least, it plays a little peek-a-boo. One day it’s all classic powdery vanilla oriental and the next, it’s animalic and naughty. On another day it might lean toward being a resinous classic amber and on others it’s almost a gourmand.
Labdanum 18 is rich, complex and versatile but ultimately it’s sexy as hell.
Have you tried it? What is your take on Labdanum 18?
See Olfactoria’s review here.