Beauty Chemistry: The Warmest Cold-Weather Fragrance

Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm
Le Labo Santal 33

Chandler Burr, the former New York Times scent critic (yes, such a position existed), once told us that the simplest trick to successfully layering fragrance is to emphasize your favorite note by echoing it in the second (or third) scent. Taking Burr's advice, we combined two sandalwood-based fragrances that can function both on their own and in concert, to create a wintery scent that’s both uplifting and comforting, sweet and smoky. Here's how:

Right after the shower, while your skin is still steamy, apply Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm, and let it soak in. You’ll initially smell its bright tangerine peel, but within minutes this mellows out to a milky sandalwood-vanilla that's warm and cozy like a cashmere blanket and lasts all day. Then, right before walking out the door, step through a spray or two of Le Labo Santal 33—the liquid counterpart to the world’s sexiest candle. Its androgynous and musky mix of leather, cardamom, papyrus, and sandalwood was created as Le Labo's olfactive declaration of “freedom."It's sort of like Kristen Stewart’s slept-in eye makeup—it provides a mysterious ambiance, smelling of a broken-in leather jacket and a well-lit fireplace, and will make people wonder: where have you been?

Mingling with the Aesop body cream, your skin smells soft and a little sweet, but not cloying. And it's still there by the time you get home, a delightful reveal after a long day under your winter layers. Second only to lingerie, of course.

Photos by Mathea Millman.

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  • Michaela

    Thats so interesting! who would have thought Chemistry could be interesting!

    michaela x


  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    Great description and it seems absolutely amazing, would love to try these together :o) Xx

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  • Emily Knott

    Really want to try some Aesop products!

  • BlackNyx

    I love this idea. I recently purchased a bottle of Santal and I get comments all the time. Can't wait to layer it with this now...

  • Ashlee Adele Brame

    I need to try the Aesop range but I have no idea where to pick it up locally other than London?

    Ash xx

  • KitKat

    Mmmm, Santal 33 is the best scent on the planet to buy for your brother/boyfriend/male friend. It will get them so many compliments (and you get to smell them too)

  • KaileyKramer

    i do these together everyday! i think you guys room raided my bathroom or something. the best duo ;)

  • Freddie

    This article has reminded me that when i was in Paris a few year ago. I used to Layer the Geranium Aesop Body Cream With the Le Labo Rose 31 perfume & it smelt amazing!!! would also recommend that combo!

  • April Payan

    Great suggestion! another amazing layered scent...cocoa butter with elizabeth and james white AND black nirvana. mmmm

  • dameagatha

    The Aesop people are very nice and will send you samples if you email them! It's good stuff.

  • Eleri Roberts

    This is very interesting! xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • Bolly

    aaahhhhhh I've been doing this for years!!!

  • Ashlee Adele Brame




Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm
Le Labo
Le Labo Santal 33