Best Le Labo Scents For Men


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Le Labo scents for men are the more unusual and intriguing male-orientated fragrances. In today’s article, we review the top 10 Le Labo scents that deserve your serious consideration.

What first drew me into the world of Le Labo was the simplicity of their bottle design and overall ‘niche laboratory’ feel. Each fragrance focuses on a particular note whilst containing many complementing ingredients.

Founded in 2006 by Fabrice Penot and Eduoard Roschi, the New York perfume house Le Labo has established itself as a brand that focuses on intention and soulfulness.

Their niche hand-make fragrances have caused quite a stir in the sometimes overly opulent and self-indulgent world of fragrance. With only discreet packaging and laboratory-style bottles on show, it can be easier to remember that it’s the fragrance that should be the main focus.

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I have put together this best Le Labo scents for men article as although each fragrance can be considered unisex, they do lean towards the masculine side of the fragrance scale.

Each fragrance is named after the main perfume note it contains, and the trailing number indicates how many ingredients are contained in that scent. Let’s dive right in and check out the best smelling Le Labo fragrances.

1. Le Labo Neroli 36 Eau De Parfum

Le Labo Neroli 36 Eau De Parfum

Review

Neroli 36 (orange blossom) adds a summer feel to any fragrance. Le Labo themselves suggest this has a sunny floral character with an extraordinarily warm. They are not wrong.

The zing of aldehydes opens, although gives way quickly to orange blossom & citrus, jasmine. This beauty has a warm musky base with a twinge of vanilla.

Definitely a spring/summer fragrance due to the orange blossom, florals and aldehydes. The musky base does shine through after 20 – 30 minutes so felt like a fragrance that can be worn day or night.

Longevity was fairly long-lasting, 5+ hours before it ran out of steam. In my opinion, Neroli 36 is the best smelling Le Labo scent for summer.

Top Notes:

Mandarin Orange, Orange Blossom, Aldehydes

Mid Notes:

Jasmin, Rose

Base Notes:

Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Musk

Longevity:

Longevity 5 Hours

When To Wear:

spring and summer

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2. Le Labo Bergamote 22 Eau De Parfum

Le Labo Bergamote 22

Review

Bergamote 22 does what it says on the tin and is certainly a ‘summer-time in a bottle’ fragrances. This is a real bright and uplifting fragrance.

Leading with sharp yet sparkling citrus of bergamot and grapefruit with a woody/musky vibe underneath. Clearly, this is a quality niche scent that I feel is perfect for men or women.

Definitely a spring/summer fragrance due to the orange blossom, florals and aldehydes. The musky/amber base

Longevity was fairly long-lasting for such a top heave fragrance. 3+ hours before the bergamot was no longer present, but the base did remain for 5+ hours.

A crisp and fresh fragrance for a bright spring/summers day.

Top Notes:

Bergamot, Grapefruit

Mid Notes:

Petitgrain, Vanilla

Base Notes:

Amber, Musk, Vetiver

Longevity:

Longevity 5 Hours

When To Wear:

spring and summer

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3. Le Labo Santal 33 Eau De Parfum

Le Labo Santal 33

Review

If you would like to experience a more masculine and rugged woody scent, Santal 33 certainly delivers. From the first encounter, this fragrance will envelop not only you but those around you in its woody spell.

Leading with an eclectic mix of spicy florals and cardamom. Santal 33 dries down nicely into a warm and comforting woody base with wafts of leather and amber thrown in for good measure.

With its spicy florals, leather and deep woody base, this is a masculine fragrance that is already well noted for its high compliment quota. I also layered with a vanilla-based fragrance and personally found that combination was even more irresistible!

The longevity of this fragrance is incredible. It remained on my skin for 8+ hours and I could still detect it the following day.

This is an outstanding woody scent with such versatility it can be worn any time of year. I now have this in my collection and this is my personal favourite of the collection.

Top Notes:

Papyrus

Mid Notes:

Iris, violet, cardamom

Base Notes:

Sandalwood, cedar, leather, amber

Longevity:

When To Wear:

All Seasons

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4. Le Labo Iris 39 Eau De Parfum

Le Labo Iris 39

Review

Iris 39 Eau de Parfum is a sophisticated powdery floral and musky affair. It is one of those interesting fragrances that evolves more and more as time progresses.

Opening with a near-instant crispness with an interesting hint of bitter. Soon, wafts of powdery fresh (almost wet) florals centred around iris soon greet you, followed by a warm musky base that remains throughout.

After 2-3 hours Iris 39 becomes fresher as the initial bitterness seems to subside. Fresh florals remain throughout as does the musky patchouli base.

The longevity of this fragrance is excellent. It remained detectable on my skin for 7+ hours and longer on clothes.

This is a classic powdery floral/woody fragrance that can be worn any time of year. It felt more of a daytime fragrance in my opinion due to the many florals and less intense base.

Top Notes:

Lime, Ginger

Mid Notes:

Iris, Violet, Ylang-Ylang

Base Notes:

Musk, Patchouli

Longevity:

Longevity 7 hours

When To Wear:

All Seasons

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5. Le Labo Vetiver 46 Eau De Parfum

Le Labo Vetiver 46

Review

Vetiver 46 is a dry, smoky/woody scent with a nip of balsamic. Opening with the star of the show, crisp and green vetiver greets you from the beginning. Vanilla and pepper also make an appearance.

Upon dry-down, a more smoky/woody combination emerges and blends so well with the vetiver that it clearly could not have been by accident. This is an ultra-smooth fragrance that oozes sophistication.

The longevity of this fragrance is excellent, particularly the vetiver, woody/smoky notes. It lasted 6+ hours on skin and longer on clothing.

A smoky/woody masculine scent that is perfectly suited to the cooler months of autumn/winter and perhaps spring. Not a morning fragrance as it is a bit too smoky, however for me it screams afternoon into the evening as its getting slowly darker outside.

Top Notes:

Bergamot, pepper

Mid Notes:

Labdanum, vetiver,

Base Notes:

guaiac wood, cedar, olibanum, amber, vanilla, cloves.

Longevity:

Longevity 6 Hours

When To Wear:

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6. Le Labo Thé Noir 29 Eau De Parfum

Le Labo Thé Noir 29

Review

My goodness, Thé Noir 29 is a very sexy and seductive scent. This is a clean, crisp yet woody fragrance that does not disappoint. It’s invigorating, complement inducing, and you know when you are wearing it.

Opening with the crispness of bergamot combined with dreamy fig, tea leaf and a pinch of spice thanks to the bay leaf. The fig & black tea steals the show and is such genius additions to this fragrance. Upon dry-down, a woody base emerges to blends so well with tobacco and slightly wet hay.

The longevity of this fragrance is excellent and lasted 6+ hours on my skin.

Thé Noir 29 is a crisp/figgy/woody masculine scent with a hint of spice that can be worn all year round, day or night. Thoroughly recommended.

Top Notes:

Bergamot, Bay Leaf, Fig

Mid Notes:

Cedar, Vetiver, Musk

Base Notes:

Hay, Tobacco, Black Tea Leaves

Longevity:

Longevity 6 Hours

When To Wear:

All Seasons

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7. Le Labo Patchouli 24 Eau De Parfum

Le Labo Patchouli 24

Review

Le Labo Patchouli 24 is an intense smoky/woody experience that is as sophisticated as it is elegant. Seems to lean more on the smoky/vanilla side rather than full-on patchouli, but don’t let that put you off.

Opening only with the mildest hint of patchouli, the smoky/leathery/woody birch is what stands head and shoulders above all other notes. Subtle vanilla is ever-present in the base which is most welcome. Creates a well balanced more masculine scent, although this is a unisex fragrance.

Incredibly long-lasting at 8+ hours, probably longer.

Patchouli 24 is a dark and sexy smokey/woody fragrance with a hint of vanilla that seems tailor-made for the sultry winter months. Too smokey on me in all honesty but check it out to see how you find it.

Top Notes:

Patchouli

Mid Notes:

Birch

Base Notes:

Vanilla

Longevity:

Longevity-8-hours

When To Wear:

Seasons-Autumn-Winter-fragrance

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8. Le Labo Labdanum 18 Eau De Parfum

Le Labo Labdanum 18

Review

Le Labo Labdanum 18 is a deep, classy and complex oriental fragrance. Oddly both discreet and ever-present at the same time,. Will it advertise to the world the inner animal in you?

Brace yourself….. this one begins life with a wave of sweet soapy/talcum powder. After 10 minutes or so it dries down nicely to reveal a more musky/animalistic side due to civet, musk and tonka in the base. Vanilla and cinnamon dance in and out to keep things interesting.

I found this a fairly long-lasting fragrance at 6+ hours

Such an eclectic combination and more than the sum of its parts. To combine an almost baby powder scent with musky notes makes this fragrance a real eye-opener. One for the autumn/winter months and perhaps creeping into spring.

Will I wear this again? A resounding YES! I feel Labdanum 18 is the best Le Labo scent for the Winter.

Top Notes:

Birch, patchouli, labdanum

Mid Notes:

Vanilla, cinnamon

Base Notes:

Civet, musk, tonka bean

Longevity:

Longevity 6 Hours

When To Wear:

Seasons-Autumn-Winter-fragrance

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9. Le Labo Oud 27 Eau De Parfum

Le Labo Oud 27

Review

Oud 27 is musky and soapy experience with a bit of a wild side. You need exercise patience and allow it to dry down to appreciate it fully. It’s both funky, fresh and dirty at the same time.

Starting life in a similar way to Labdanum 18, Oud 27 hits you with a sweet powdery/soapiness initially, but with more of a zing. After dry-down, it takes a different path to become more amber/woody and a deeper animalistic scent as civet is certainly present here!

If you found Le Labo Labdanum 18 a bridge too far, then I would imagine Oud 27 will make an excellent alternative. It’s soapy/musky in a classic 1970’s masculine way, still has an animal vibe but is more I felt it was more refined and deliberate.

A very long-lasting fragrance at 7+ hours

A sexy masculine fragrance, period. Not a blind buy as you will either love it or hate it. Don’t forget to leave it to dry down!

This beauty with its woody/musky base is another for the autumn/winter months.

Top Notes:

Aldehydes, patchouli

Mid Notes:

Cedar, Agarwood (Oud)

Base Notes:

Civet, musk, amber, vetiver

Longevity:

Longevity 7 hours

When To Wear:

Seasons-Autumn-Winter-fragrance

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10. Le Labo Rose 31 Eau De Parfum

Le Labo Rose 31

Review

Can rose prominent scent be a male fragrance? Le Labo Rose 31 seems to think so. A seductive and sexy male floral/woody fragrance that oozes confidence and class.

Cumin is the first note that presents itself, then the rose begins to bloom and commands centre stage. As things begin to settle and dry down a crescendo of woody notes and amber appear to compliment the rose.

I found that the rose, coupled with the woody/amber base gave a more dark/sultry rose tone for a more earthy masculine floral scent. I thoroughly enjoyed this fragrance and will be adding it to my collection.

A pretty long-lasting fragrance at 6+ hours

Like the jingle from the 1970’s Martin Ad, this sophisticated fragrance can be used “anytime, anyplace, anywhere…… That’s Rose 31!

Top Notes:

Cumin

Mid Notes:

Rose, vetiver, labdanum

Base Notes:

Guaiac wood, musk, amber, cedar

Longevity:

Longevity 6 Hours

When To Wear:

All Seasons

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Le Labo Fragrance Table

I have put together the below table containing my selection of the best Le Labo scents for him with some additional helpful information.

FragranceLongevitySeason
1Neroli 365+ HoursSpring/Summer
2Bergamote 225+ HoursSpring/Summer
3Santal 338+ HoursAll Seasons
4Iris 397+ HoursAll Seasons
5Vetiver 466+ HoursAutumn/Winter
6Thé Noir 296+ HoursAll Seasons
7Patchouli 248+ HoursAutumn/Winter
8Labdanum 186+ HoursAutumn/Winter
9Oud 277+ HoursAutumn/Winter
10Rose 316+ HoursAll Seasons

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Conclusion

Le Labo has a growing collection of exciting niche fragrances that are expertly blended with supreme attention to detail. These best Le Labo scents for men all have an interesting angle and demonstrate this in their unusual note selection (I love the fig!).

Every man should own at least one Le Labo fragrance, so make sure you get down to your nearest department store or online retailer to sample some.

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