Le Labo’s Lys 41 and Ylang 49


When Le Labo releases a new fragrance (a rare event, trust us), we’re all ears noses. And when they come out with two at once? We sort of lose it and scramble to take a whiff, which is what happened when a messenger arrived at our office bearing the cult perfumer's latest two: Lys 41—a lulling, sun-soaked blend of jasmine, tuberose, and lily—and Ylang 49—an androgynous floral that accents heady, tropical ylang ylang with notes of oakmoss, vetiver, and sandalwood (it smells like a sexy man carrying a bouquet of flowers). Sure, they're both technically "florals," but on opposite ends of the spectrum—the first fresh and buttery-sweet and the latter smoky and a bit more moody. We're contemplating a Monday/Wednesday/Friday (or weekday/weekend?) rotation.

Photos by Elizabeth Brockway.

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  • theseventhsphinx

    MUST smell Ylang49 now!

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  • Yasmine

    youve made me need ylang 49!

  • bolly

    I LOVE le labo.

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  • Nataliya

    I was super excited to check them out, went to the store and decided to not pass the judgement right away... So I got samples so I can actually wear the smell for a day or two... Ant they didn't work for me at all... Rose 31 is till may go to and the absolute favorite...

  • kneelbeforetigers

    Oooh, gonna swing by the shop this weekend to sniff!

  • eastvillagesiren

    I bought the Lys a few weeks ago; it smells like beach and gardenias and sunscreen on me, which is good. The SA recommended wearing it with their Bergamot scent (I like to wear two scents at different pulse points). They are a good summer combo for me. Alas the Ylang 49 was a non-starter with by body chemistry.

  • Feircely Chic

    "a sexy man carring flowers" haha!!!! totally getting this!!!

  • Dionne

    I wear them together. Works like a charm!


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