Le Labo Labdanum 18

...goes on dirty, dries down clean.

Sometimes, I’m in no mood for flowers. Sometimes, I don’t want to smell like sunshine and goddamn lollypops. I don’t want to be “fresh” -- and get that fruit basket outta my face.

Sometimes, all I crave is a thick, dense perfume -- one that brings out the beast of my true, animal self. And that’s when I break out Le Labo Labdanum 18.

OK, so maybe my true, animal self is a girly little critter with well-powdered fur. 'Cuz Labdanum 18 sure doesn’t skimp with the powder. But once the powder settles, I’m in for a loooooong, smooooove amber ride.

My previous preferred anti-flower potion was Frédéric Malle Musc Ravageur, created by Maurice Roucel. Roucel is also the author of Labdanum 18, and you can smell the family resemblance in their darkly sexy animalic notes.

Labdanum 18 loses Musc Ravegeur’s clove and cinnamon, which is fine by me. All the better to focus on the amber, sweet leather...and grrrrrrrr....

Le Labo Labdanum 18 is available at LuckyScent.com and LeLaboFragrances.com, starting at $130 for 50ml.


  1. Rraaaarr, just read this after reading your suggestion -- oh a lemming has been spawned!

  2. followed the link from your recent Histoires de Parfums review. I didn't know that Lab 18 smells furry and dirty to other people. :P What does that mean about me if I thought it smelled pure and comforting?!?

  3. Melissa, I'd say if L18's pure and comforting to you, well then, you're a gal who's smelled lots other impure things. Like maybe Le Labo Oud 27. Or Lutens Musk Kublai Khan. And yet, the longer you smell those ones, the cleaner they become as well. It's funny how that works!