I went to Le Labo to smell the sample bottle they had of their Chicago exclusive, Baie Rose 26. I like it! It's a rosier, softer Rose 31, and it smells great on my skin.
The listed ingredients are rose, pimento berries, cloves, cedar, pepper, aldehydes, ambrox and musk. It's slightly metallic/salty, with plenty of dirty spice, but not as up front as in Rose 31. It boils down to a salt'n'pepper musky rose. The aldehydes are sharp and chemical-y, but it's appealing, in a harsh kind of way. It has some of the engaging weirdness of Frédéric Malle Dans tes Bras.
I'm wearing the extremely mediocre Le Labo Santal 33, which goes on and on and on. It's like wearing all ten seasons of Friends.
My problem with it is whatever Santal 33 smells like, it smells the same for hours. It's like that last note in "A Day in the Life." Except longer. And without the great song before it. It makes me grumpy.
Santal 33 is like someone constantly humming in your ear. Someone with lungs the size of Kansas. If you were a dull person with dull tastes and a dull job, I suppose you'd do well to wear Santal 33. But only then.
I found Santal 33 a dry, figgy leather with the olfactory consistency of peanut butter: thick, no flow. It's tenacious and a bit booming to start. It's a zhushed-up version of their very popular Santal room spray, which also makes me think “wooden figs.”
Looking back in the archives, I see that when you first tried Le Labo 33 (at Frederic Malle's appearance at Barneys), you'd said it was: “incredibly nice, but I've read online that all of its charm is apparent in the opening and then it shifts into a long boring musk. So I don't know what to think.”
So I guess you really don't know what to think.
Ah yes, that was it, I'd smelled it on paper and it smelled good, but the word "on the street" wasn't so good. See, I can't even remember what I think about things, how am I ever going to make good decisions? There really are too many perfumes and it's all finally starting to catch up with me.