Perfume Review: Le Labo Vanille 44
Review by Tom
Le Labo kind of annoys me. They annoy me by the whole "mixed fresh" bit and the printed expiration date- what does it become napalm after a year? They annoy me by having perfumes that for no fathomable reason except to thwart me, me, Norma Desmond are only available in cities I do not go to. I can have live Maine lobsters, mussels and clams FedExed to me, but Aldehyde 44 (which presumably wouldn't have any danger of botulism) remains firmly only at Barneys in Dallas. Grrrr. I'm not the only one- my friend Sue nearly came to blows with an employee who wouldn't let her have her purchase without a name to put on the bottle. They annoy me by not opening a G-D store in Los Angeles and coming up with something spectacular for us here.
What annoys me most is that the juice is usually really, really that good.
Vanille 44 is good.
There's a definite hint of mint in the opening, along with very subdued bergamot and mandarin as well as some of that fizzy happiness that opens their Aldehyde 44. It develops into a wonderful wood with just a hint of vanilla. The vanilla is there, a very becoming one at that. It's not as strong as the boozy bakery that is Spiritueuse Double Vanille, but it's there and it's lovely- peeping in and out in that weird SFX "what am I smelling that's so great.. oh it's me!" way that some scents pull off. I could easily become enamored of this one, except for the fact that it's sold only at Colette in Paris and costs a whopping $500 for 100MLs.