Legend (internet) has it that when cult perfumer Le Labo rolled out its latest scent, Santal 33, a two-block-deep line formed outside the NoLita boutique in anticipation. I was probably still in bed at that time, but I finally made it to the store last weekend to pick up a bottle for my father (Father's Day) and my brother (tardy birthday present—hey, better late than never, right?) To “pick up” a bottle of Le Labo perfume is sort of an understatement, though. Once you choose from the dozen or so scents—I was a devotee of Rose 31 for a couple of years—a lab coat-clad mixologist blends a fresh helping of it for you, and prints a label with your name on it. It’s a semi-couture fragrance. There are body lotions, massage oils, candles, and even a Rose 31-scented laundry detergent that I milked for all it was worth (ahem, a lot) over the course of many “delicates” machine washes. Santal 33 is a woodsy, Marlboro-man inspired juice that appeals to men and women—a common thread in Le Labo creations. So when you oh-so-thoughtfully gift one to your live-in significant other, be sure to remind them: sharing is caring.
06.24.11 / The Extras