Citron 28 2020

Citron 28 by Le Labo
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Citron 28 is a perfume by Le Labo for women and men and was released in 2020. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.
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Fragrance Notes

LemonLemon
GingerGinger
JasmineJasmine
CedarwoodCedarwood
MuskMusk

Ratings

Scent

7.69 Ratings

Longevity

6.89 Ratings

Sillage

6.99 Ratings

Bottle

7.812 Ratings
Submitted by Parfusaar, last update on 05.08.2021.

Interesting Facts

This scent is exclusively available in Seoul.
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7
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6
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
2
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Landshark321
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Nice citrus blend but overpriced
In the month before the City Exclusives month, I’m finally sampling last year’s Le Labo City Exclusive release, Citron 28 (Seoul). Right from the start, it’s an easy winner and quite pleasant, a fresh, semi-bitter/spicy citrus-dominant blend with very realistic green qualities to it. The listed notes are lemon, ginger, jasmine, musk, and cedar. I’m not sure why there’s a slight bitter sharpness to it, but my best guess is that that’s the citrus ingredients pivoting toward the citron fruit itself, a more bitter, less edible citrus fruit that’s one of the original non-hybrid citruses. The woody/musky side is there, too, but mainly in the background, with the lemon/citron/ginger/jasmine aspect being most prominent. It’s a classic case of “what’s not to like?”—an easy-to-wear citrus that certainly fits the current summer weather in the northern hemisphere.

The pricing for the Le Labo City Exclusives has always been pretty high, and has increased steadily but not horribly in recent years, now $485/319/134 for 100/50/15ml, so while it’s a nice fragrance overall, it hardly merits the cost, especially when contrasted with some of the richer and more complex offerings from the City Exclusives subline (i.e. Poivre 23 London and Benjoin 19 Moscow, priced at $290 for 50ml in 2016). In fairness, Le Labo’s creations are generally good or great, but I’d certainly recommend sampling Citron 28 because it’s a good fragrance. It’s a great time to order a sample pack of City Exclusives from Luckyscent (in the US) or the Le Labo site as bottles are only sold in the month of September. I look forward to trying latest City Exclusive release, this year’s Cedrat 37 (Berlin).

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Patrick259
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Helpful Review    9  
In Seoul it rains a lot
I have never really understood the praise behind bergamot, just as I cannot now understand the criticism behind Citron 28. For me Citron 28 is the better bergamot 22.

With the first spray, the citrus note is immediately noticeable. One might think that it is more of a bergamot note, but this then quickly reveals itself as a strong lemon note.

Afterwards, however, this already moves into the background and makes room for a noble jasmine note. At this point, cedar and musk are visible, if only very fine. While somewhere in between a hardly noticeable pungency, but also a slight sweetness romps through the ginger note.

This structure will then remain for the next few hours, while lemon and jasmine slowly weaken and the cedar wood becomes more visible. From time to time it has a slightly soapy character. In my case, the scent remains perceptible for about seven hours, then really only a skin scent until it dissolves completely on the skin. Over these seven hours the scent actually projects very decently, considering how fine and sensitive this composition actually is.

Because in rooms it comes off very well and it really fits very well to Seoul. I had noticed that some people complained that the Citron 28 with the lemon does not do justice to the rain in Seoul and the character of the city. But I think it does.

Life in a city of a million people like Seoul can be very hard. In the morning on the train, at noon at work, and in the evening in a café, or at home. Outside it's gray, either cloudy or rainy. The smog over the city and the air pollution don't make it very attractive to do something outside and green spaces are rare. Dressed very filigree, but simple and almost conform to attract attention, but not to step out of line, because status is in South Korea the A and O.

And this is where Citron 28 hits the bull's eye. On the train it is clearly visible, it turns heads, but does not bother the other passengers. At work he radiates status without being too authoritarian towards his colleagues. In a café it looks elegant, but does not drown out the conversation. On rainy days, it is perfect for making yourself at home. In a grey environment Citron 28 refreshes with its aura. And if it should be a nice cloudless sunny day in the park, it also fits into this scenario. As a small homage to the previous comment "Green Yellow..." applies to the fragrance very precisely.

But what I have to criticize a little is that Citron 28 is very sensitive concerning temperatures. Both the day temperature and the own body temperature can strongly influence the endurance and the course of the scent. What actually would not be a problem, but in my case it happened that the scent sometimes turns into a very bitter/acidic one. Some reported a rotting smell. Whoever once had a floral scent, which unfortunately has been tilted, can imagine this similarly.

Furthermore, I find that the perfume fits much more to the Asian aesthetics than to our Western world. A petite South Korean woman or a young South Korean would like Citron 28 from the character better than Caucasians.

Nevertheless a very nice scent.

P.S. The prices of City Exclusives of 10€ for 1,2ml, 112€ for 15ml, 277€ for 50ml, 415€ for 100ml and 1480€ for 500ml are in my opinion absolutely unrealistic. Even those who order for several thousand euros online at Le Labo must pay the 15€ shipping and may not expect free samples. Also the exchange is strictly rejected by Le Labo. Who loves a City Exclusive and knows what he gets involved, however, with it becomes definitely happy!
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Rajudaph
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Top Review    6  
Green-yellow
Phew, fell in love again!
Once a year, in September, Le Labo sells the fragrances that are only available in specific cities. As a rule, the city-specific fragrances are only available in the city from which they are inspired. Citron 28 for example in Seoul and Vanilla 44 in Paris. Both fragrances are on my wish list. The brand has a strict "No online sales. No telephone orders. No exceptions ", except for the month of September, which fortunately is two weeks away.
Citron is a very ripe fresh scent and really smells of powerful lemons: green-yellow! At first, lemon reminds me of TF Venetian bergamot. Ginger gives me a fresher and more innocent experience of Citron 28 than TF.

This clean feeling lasts for about an hour.

I have the scent of white laundry on the drying spider in the garden. Musk and cedar wood round off the fragrance beautifully woody.

With me, the holding time is five hours, then I have to re-spray

In September Citron is my ).
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Statements

FittigerFittiger 1 year ago
7
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
This one reminds me of a refined (less screechy) version of Limette 37 San Francisco. Citrusy, musks, jasmine and the ginger adds balance.

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