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.