Labdanum 18 by Le Labo is very powdery, delicate- still, it could be worn by a man who likes sweet powdery scents, like the original Karl Lagerfield cologne for men, but is also ladylike in some ways. I would never buy a full bottle of this myself because I think it is about un par -note wise with many other cheaper baby powder dominant fragrances that are a fraction of the cost. This is somewhere between starting off as Elizabeth Arden's True Love (I know, right?! Again) tiptoeing into brief interlude on a Tauer L'air du desert Moracain flippantly drifting into a beautiful masterful Shalimar skeleton crew-type drydown (spices, civet and citrus sold separately).
Projection is also nothing to write home about it's a baby soft skin scent that reminds me of a product from the 70s called "Sardoettes" that was a disposable paper toilette with a scented mineral oil to be applied fresh out of the shower as a skin moisturizer. We used to love these and mourned their loss when we discovered they were obsolete- now I can take my sample combine it with mineral oil soak some toilettes and apply after showering for a trip down memory lane, or not bother. Don't get me wrong, I am thoroughly, enjoying my free sample, particular because I am having a severe allergic reaction to lilac and Lavender this week. This fragrance is perfect for the office because it won't set off anyone else's allergies. The base provides a little sensuous patchouli and Tonka and as it begins to drydown it feels very comfortable, natural and low maintenance. When I was studying wine chemistry and Sensory analysis, we used to have long and funny tasting classes...some wines were exceptional and some were dismal and some fell in the middle of the road, we used to wait for the head professor (a raging drunk) to declare these middle of the road bottles as "Imminently Drinkable, totally unremarkable" and then, throwing off the shackles of snobbery and intellectualism, the Bacchanalia would commence. This is the fragrance version and I declare it "Imminently wearable, totally unexceptional".