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Le Labo's Lys 41 and Ylang 49

Le Labo Lys 41 and Ylang 49
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Le Labo Lys 41 and Ylang 49
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Le Labo Lys 41 and Ylang 49
Le Labo Lys 41 and Ylang 49
Le Labo Lys 41 and Ylang 49
Le Labo Lys 41 and Ylang 49
Le Labo Lys 41 and Ylang 49
Le Labo Lys 41 and Ylang 49
Le Labo Lys 41 and Ylang 49
Le Labo Lys 41 and Ylang 49
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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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