“We believe that fine perfumery must be irreverent”
We believe it is more humane to test cosmetics on New Yorkers than on animals.
We believe in the soulful power of thoughtful hands: hand-picked roses, hand-poured candles, hand-formulated perfumes and handshake agreements.Shop now for Le Labo.
Each of our perfumes is built around a main ingredient. Bergamot, Rose, Vetiver, Neroli, Orange blossom, Patchouli, Iris, Ambrette, Jasmine, Labdanum, Agarwood, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Lily. Every one of those essences is the base of a composition, the name of the perfume providing a valuable clue on how they are formulated. Based on the codes that perfumers use to identify their perfume trials, the perfumes are named after their principal essence and the number of ingredients combined to make them.
An example: Fleur d’Oranger 27 indicates that the perfume is made up of a total of 27 ingredients, with the natural orange blossom from Grasse as its principal essence.
Describing our perfumes in words seems to be an absolute must yet and totally useless at the same time… On a street in NYC’s Chelsea, a sign was posted a few years back that spelled out in capital letters: “EXPLAINING KILLS ART”. You could say exactly the same thing about perfume. Above all, you have to smell and feel it and choosing your perfume by reading an olfactory description is like asking for someone’s resume before falling in love… But until the Internet allows us to smell online, we have found nothing better than words to “explain” our scents…