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Labdanum 18 / Ciste 18 (2006)
by Le Labo

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Labdanum 18 / Ciste 18 information

Year of Launch2006
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 132 votes)

People and companies

HouseLe Labo
PerfumerMaurice Roucel
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Labdanum 18 / Ciste 18

Labdanum 18 / Ciste 18 is a shared / unisex perfume by Le Labo. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Maurice Roucel

Labdanum 18 / Ciste 18 fragrance notes

Reviews of Labdanum 18 / Ciste 18

A much more refined version of Musc Ravageur or a slightly tamed update of Shalimar. Either way, I prefer it to either of those and to Helmut Lang EDP as well. This is a scent that will accompany you softly, instead of wearing you or wearing you out. This musky lovely is the platonic ideal of a skin scent, something that others may notice only if they invade your personal space and even then, perhaps not recognizably as "perfume." I am easily irritated by fragrances that stand out sharply and announce themselves to the all and sundry, plus, I am enamored of Labdanum 18's slightly "furry" and animalic nature. This is one to sample if you enjoy scents like Bal a Versailles and other powdery musks (of which there are all too few).
21st September, 2018
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United States
You're a baby. Yeah, you're a baby and helplessly covered in baby powder, and for some reason the family cat keeps wanting to mark you as part of her litter or as part of her territory (or something like that). You find it hard to breathe, almost constantly, and your mom, who smells of vanilla body lotion and hand soap, has no idea. The powder follows you wherever you're carried. Your existence is suffocating. Labdanum 18 by Le Labo.
25th February, 2018
This is a vanilla. It dances to the tune of Shalimar, as well-noted before. Labdanum 18 carries a similar dough-ee facet and I get a very appealing castoreum note thumping throughout (provided you're allowed intimate proximity to the wearer!).

Like Shalimar, this type scent is perfect on a lady. I prefer a more masculine overall feel, however, when I reach for an oriental. Say like with Heritage (cedar), Third Man (carnation / lavender), Opium pH (resin / spice / dark fruit) and Musc Ravageur (clove / musk). Personal idiosyncrasies for sure.

Too fem for me but I've gotta say, one of the best smelling, quality scents from this house. A great gift to give... and, yes, as is Shalimar.

A final thought: perhaps fans of Amouage Gold pH would like LeLabo 18?
03rd January, 2018
Hardly anything to do with labdanum.

Basically a musk with woody-sweet touches, vanilla and the minutest traces of some animalic notes. At times it smells like baby powder to me.

In fact, I find this to be almost identical what would be a 40% concentration of Musc Ravageur.

Also, extremely weak. Impossible to believe that it's an oriental.

Next please.

2/5
27th November, 2017
Hmmm labdanum, not getting it in shedloads. Loving the Tonka, Amber, Civet and Patchouli. It's a great go to perfume, it will settle with any occasion, works well at any time of year. It does differ depending on the moisturisation of my skin. A complex and enticing perfume which gains compliments and doesn't seem to overwhelm the senses.
23rd August, 2017
Labdanum 18 is best described in a few words

powdery animalic musky & nostalgic

even tho i feel like this scent can be descried in a few words there is nothing simple about it on the contrary its quite complicated

this scent takes you a a ride with all the twists and turns you wouldn't expect from a scent thats off the bat so powdery and dry

the opening is very musky sweet and powdery with a underlining smell of animalic stank :) but its that stank that sits so right with me and has got me to try this on more then one occasion

after each wearing i unravel one of its many layers only to leave me with more uncertainty if this is well suited for me

unfortunately at the end i determined that this scent is way to nostalgic for me as i cant stop picturing a classy women from the turn of the century wearing this

if i was able to find something to layer this with to give it more of a not so feminine/nostalgic vibe id be more inclined to add this to my collection because at its core i feel like its a beauty from the house of le labo and defiantly worth trying!

on to the next
13th January, 2016

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