Did you know we have a Le Labo in S.F.? I know, I’ve been a little under the rocks lately. They’ve been opened since December, and with almost a year I just literally found out they have a store front on Fillmore. I would’ve never known if Victoria from Vmac+Cheese didn’t take me out on a little shopping date here last week – thanks V!!
The space isn’t big, so it’s actually very easy to miss amongst the other colorful boutiques and retailers around like Marc by Marc Jacobs and Alice + Olivia. Also, the design of the store and windows are very minimal so I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve walked passed by it and didn’t even know it. (Ok, maybe it’s just me.)
I first learned of Le Labo from shopping at Barneys. I must admit, their packaging got me. I love how cool their labels look and I want to buy it just for the bottle. The other cool thing is that you can also personalize your name (or any other names) on the label! Great gifting idea!
So the term “Le Labo” means The Lab (duh, how did I not put that together?!). The store design is, well, inspired by a lab. We even got a little chemistry lesson from the associate there. Every perfume you choose they will mix it for you on the spot – this way, you get the most out of your “fragrance life.”
The associate told us that just like everything else, perfume expires. They have a shelve life about 2 years. The best place to store them? You would never guess - the refrigerator! Basically, the cooler the spot the better. It can help extend the life a bit further. However, the one place you should avoid is actually the bathroom. Regardless if you turned on a vent or have no sun coming in from the windows – the steam from the showers will ruin the life of your perfumes. So ladies and gents, move those bottles away from your bathroom vanity, NOW! :)
I was really tempted to make a purchase, but I didn’t (and I’ll tell you why in sec.).
Victoria, on the other hand, found the perfect scent for herself. She got the Bergamonte 22 - one of their best sellers in the store. It was a very subtle, fresh floral scent without being overpowering yet still very sophisticated. It smelled really good on Victoria. She even got the stamp of approval from her mister!
Me, on the other side, was the indecisive one. When you give me choices, I am the worst! For years, I’ve leaned a lot towards the family of Jasmin. So naturally, I was gravitated to their Jasmin 17. But, I really want to start trying something else… so I walked out the store with my top 4 choices. I know you can’t smell it (the one downfall of the internet), but maybe you can help me decide based on the description alone?
Fleur D’Oranger 27 A natural orange blossom, enhanced by fresh floral and lemony notes, rounded out by musk and the succulent, sunny touches of bergamot, petit grain and lemon. This Orange Blossom has an intensity and delicious ambiguity that gives women – and men – the absolute power of sensuality.
Neroli 36 Rose, musk, mandarin orange (slightly aldehydic), jasmine and vanilla, among other essences, complete the portrait. The unique quality of the Neroli is its sunny floral character with an extraordinarily warm, sensual base. Well-being, elegance and charm all in a bottle!
Jasmin 17 This natural Jasmine is the floral perfume par excellence. Its short formula gives it such a distinctive character that once you wear it, you’ll never forget it. A unique floral impact whose sensuality and femininity is amplified by a majestically harmonious chord of musk, sandalwood and vanilla. Le Labo refuses all responsibility for any havoc this perfume might create in your circle of male friends.
Bergamonte 22 The delicate floral character of petit grain, the bitterness of grapefruit, the flamboyant sweetness of amber and musk with a viril touch of vetiver. It combines freshness, sweetness and sensuality with acrobatic talent. All these qualities were encompassed in the perfume’s initial code name: “Fire Cologne.”
So, which one of these sounds the most appealing to you? Hmmm, decisions, decisions….
LE LABO 2238 Fillmore St., San Francisco, Pacific Heights.