Making Scents

I Want To Smell Like A Tree!

'That’s what one of my clients said', announced Sandy, the raven haired compounder at the Le Labo boutique in Marylebone Village. Decked out in uneven glazed brick tiles beaten and worn zinc surfaces, giant scientific cloches captivating precious scents harvested from across the globe, Le Labo conjures a 19thCentury Parisian perfumery cum apothecary in the heart of the West End. Offering a scent experience creating fresh fragrances and a breath of sophistication in an over crowded market.

Scents have come a long way from the testosterone charged male fragrances of the 70s and 80s..High Karate, Brut, Denim and the androgenous flavours of the 90s Jazz, CK One, Eternity and the noughties obsession with sickly potions pimped by the celebrity gravy train.

Le Labo Fragrances

Le Labo create distinct signature scents in harmony with your skin’s ingredients hitting far reaching notes that even Freddie Mercury would’ve struggled with. Sandy spun us around the globe, picking out concentrates and shavings from rare roots, tubers, flowers and saps collected for our sensory pleasure. Starting at the pale end of the scale, floral, spring like ranges subtle light in touch and slightly whimsical they delivered a discreet elegant finish. Further down the arpeggio, notes drew musk from nature’s wardrobe, now slightly heavier and fuller.

I decided on a warming scent, Patchouli 24 (indicating the number of ingredients squished into the bottle). A warming scent reminiscent of wood smoke from last night’s fire settling into a gentle hit of vanilla which might have graced a Byzantine court of old….or in the Maharani’s words I smelt, “bloomin’ gorgeous”.

Job done I’ll take a bottle.

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Definitely seeing a return to more ‘natural’ fragrances. Just heard that Arran Aromatics is working on a new range of Lab Exclusive fragrances in its perfumery on the beautiful Isle of Arran. Watch this space ... if there’s any Patchouli, I’ll send you a bottle!

By Jo Henderson on July 17, 2011

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So there’s more to Arran than chunky scratchy knitwear ?

By Urban Rajah on July 17, 2011

Great article! Creating your own distinctive sent is definitely the way to go.

By bryan on July 21, 2011

It’s an interesting trend, this return to more natural scents, one I personally find welcome, especially simple flower scents. Creating your own fragrance is certainly a business of the future!
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By Swiss Florist on November 15, 2011

I want to smell seductively. I just know how difficult it is to produce your own perfume. Takes time to study about it. Takes a lot of patience and effort.

By Alistar Roberts on January 29, 2012

I think for smelling seductively musk is the best from all that segment, it’s also one of my favourite fragrances of all time so I would recommend it to anyone interested in it.

By Matt Lampard on February 01, 2012

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