Today I introduce a Le Labo fragrance. So far I only knew the brand by its name, but I didn't know much about it. As I have now learned, the special feature of this niche fragrance manufacturer is that each fragrance is mixed and bottled by hand directly in the shop, including a personalised label. A lot of these fragrances of the actually quite new label (just 12 years old) are only available exclusively in a certain city, which makes it more interesting.
Well, Santal 33 does not belong to the city exclusive fragrances, you can get it in every branch of Le Labo. The inspiration for this fragrance came from the almost typical romantic image of a cowboy from the Wild West, which means you think of a cowboy sitting next to his horse in the wilderness outside at a campfire. It's evening, the sun goes down reddish and the cowboy just rests. Hm... to make things perfect, the cowboy would have to say that he prepares delicious chili beans in a pan for dinner, which he then shares with his horse and eats both together from the same pan :D
Be that as it may, the Wildwest-Theme is supposed to use fragrances like wood, leather, but also spices.
The fragrance begins with woods and leather, with green notes in the background that initially smell a little like plant juices and later become more herbaceous.
Then there is the iris, which smells more like an iris root to me at the beginning, so a little green-juicy, and that it reminds a little of grated carrots or carrots before it becomes more flowery-powdery. I think, the iris and other, not further determinable soft scents let the leather appear a little softer, so that the leather smells like suede for me especially from the heart note. The cardamom gives it a spicy, somewhat herb-intensive note, if it were stronger I would even call it pungent.
And of course there's the wood. You can smell woods at the beginning, but I think, only a little bit later you can recognize it as sandalwood. I can't (yet) smell the cedar, but wait and see.
So... later it smells mainly still woody and also spicy. The spicy one is now something more like pepper, which I prefer to the cardamom. I also think it's nice that the scent later exudes a quite fresh woody scent, which means it's a nice mix of woods, general green notes, (forest) soil and herbs/bushes.
In the base it remains as usual with woody woody notes and spices, which are now a little softer. A very light sweetness appears, which should come from the amber or ambrox, but reminds me more of a mix of amber and musk. From the woody notes one can now also smell out a little cedar, while the more intense wood notes continue to be the softer sandalwoods. A little later, the sweet notes get a little stronger, and that's it,... a nice scent if you like woody perfumes.
The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is good, one is wrapped in a fragrance cloud that is not big, but nevertheless good, and that others can also smell well from a medium distance. So in a small room, you'd have to be sniffable from every corner.
The shelf life is also good, the fragrance lasts about ten hours well. Even a little more.
The bottle is cylindrical and ends at the top of the neck like a dome. It is finished with a silver and cylindrical lid. In addition to the name and brand, the label also shows the place where the fragrance was bottled and the name of the person for whom the fragrance is intended. Nice, but also very puristic.
So, Santal 33 is, in my opinion, one of those rather exceptional wood scents. Because it smells not only of woods, but also of many other scents you can find in the forest, including soil or damp earth, herbs, green notes, etc...
Well, it seems to me that way. I think it's nice, because it's not an unpleasant scent, especially not really an everyday one, but that's why there might be a problem, what kind of occasion you could wear such a scent for. To go out it fits in my opinion rather less (whereby,... with a little patience, the later base smells right for going out because of the beautiful sweet scents...), doesn't it? Well, I don't know. For my spare time in autumn I can imagine it better if you want to smell something of wood and nature, as well as a little bit of leather. By the way, it's nice that all scents are very natural and therefore also smell high quality.
Soo, I think that there are more beautiful forest scents, but this one is one of the well done ones, that you could have a look at it, if you should have the opportunity.
And since I was talking about cowboys at the beginning, I have to let the little nerd or gambler out again... and tell you that the scent somehow came at the perfect time,... well, or rather I discovered it at the right time, since only recently the sequel to the best cowboy video game of all time, expected for years, has appeared: Red Dead Redemption 2, and I could still not gamble it,.... Aaargh! DD