I am super picky about what perfume I wear. The wrong fragrance can irritate me and give me a headache. But I really wanted a scent to wear for a night out. I love the Le Labo brand but they’re super pricey. I didn’t want to buy one and end up hating it (and myself for spending so much on perfume). Le Labo Perfume samples are a great way to find one you like without breaking the bank!
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Le Labo Perfume
Le Labo is for cool people. The first time I learned of it was at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. They were burning a candle (the Santal scent) and it smelled amazing. It’s how your house would smell if you were part hipster, part hippie, part I don’t care what you think of me and part OMG! I hope everyone knows what my perfume is so they know I know what cool is.
I kid. A little bit. I think it has a little bit of a cult following. And they’re based out of Brooklyn so… But they do smell REALLY good. I don’t love sweet fragrances and I was really wanting to find a nice musky, almost unisex scent. I remembered the Santal scent so headed to the local store (Newport Beach) so I could smell it in fragrance form. This shit is expensive. Like, between $80-$270. This Discovery Kit, however, is $30 and features its top 5 fragrances including Santal. Boom. This is the perfect gift for yourself. I’m loving it.
Yes, the bottles are freaking tiny. But these fragrances are on the heavy side so a little goes a very long way. This would make a great gift idea for someone who you think has everything.
They also do a sampler that is 16 scents for $85 (which is the whole fine fragrance Classic collection), or they have a great (expensive) gift idea where you can buy the large sampler plus it comes with a gift card for a bottle of whichever perfume they like best.
But a bottle is like $400 so…
I really thought Santal was going to be my scent. And I’m so grateful I bought the samplers to take these for a test run first (and not spending way too much on something I ended up not liking). I don’t like the way Santal smells on me after a few hours. In the beginning, it’s great.
But by the end of the day the scent has changed and I don’t love it. I’m super into The Noir. That’s my jam. And I’m pleasantly surprised by Rose!
These are great for travel! I hate traveling with a full-size bottle and finding a travel size can be hard! These are legit tiny. Praise hands emoji.
Le Labo Fragrances Included in the Discovery Kit:
Santal 33 | This one is unisex but not a dark, woody smell. If you read their description on the site, it is supposed to be woody and tobacco-y but I don’t get that at all. I get a tiny bit of citrus without the acid if that makes any sense.
And I get something green without being grassy. Wow, this description is not going to help you at all…It’s really nice. And I totally would want my house to smell like this.
But by the end of the day, most of these smells are gone and it smells mostly like the alcohol base it’s made in.
The Noir 29 | This one smells like a rich old lady who was fashionable and a trend setter. I really like it. It’s heavy and complex and exactly what I was looking for!
Bergamote 22 | A musky floral with a note of citrus. I am REALLY in to this one. It has a brightness while still feeling a little moody. So good. I feel like this was the sleeper hit. I kept passing it by and once I used it I was like, WHOA! LOVE!
Rose 31 | I am so pleasantly surprised by the rose! I almost skipped it because I’m not a fan of rose scented anything. But this one is super subtle. It’s paired with something hearty, almost peppery, that makes it really good and not sweet or soapy smelling.
Vetiver 46 | I expected to love this one since I use vetiver essential oil (along with some other oils) every night to help me sleep. It’s usually a really grassy smell, but this fragrance is not.
It smells the most masculine of the other 4 scents. It’s nice but probably not one that I will wear all the time. But it is very fresh and clean. I think I’m going to gift this one to my 12-year-old son.
You really do need to spray them on yourself and wear them for the day to get a true sense of the fragrance experience. These samples are a great way to do that!
They also sell these sample sizes for $6 each, so it looks like you can choose any of the perfumes you’re interested in and buy those individually to test out. And when they put out a new collection (they do some limited edition stuff), the samples are $12. It’s still expensive for the tiny bottle but not too over the top.
You HAVE to go read their scent descriptions. Someone worked long and hard on them. They are very dramatic.
Where to Buy Le Labo Perfume Samples
Buy yourself a Le Labo Discovery Kit online. These perfume samples are the perfect size to try out a new scent or take them with you when you travel!
Or shop in-store. They have shops in Newport Beach, CA, Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY
Some Nordstrom locations have in-store Le Labo services. Check out the Nordstrom site to see which stores have it.
Also, weirdly, Walmart.com sells random hotel amenity sized bottles of Rose 31 and Santal 33.
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