A very clean, steely, bright and sterile wood scent with added ambrox - the latter takes over soon as the centerpiece of this composition. Towards the end a bland musky component appears. An interesting exercise in biochemic dissection that remains dull overall. Maybe one could order it directly from Firmenich at a discount price. Limited silage but decent projection, with a good longevity of five hours. In case of a headache the salicylate might come in handy and one might save on the aspirin.
Le Labo does Escentric Molecules. Or should I say Le Labo does L'Antimatiere? Whatever....
An "invisible" concoction with absolutely no animalic notes detected. This is the purest woody amber and that's it. What it smells like? Cedarwood, other woods, even more woods, metallic amber. Sometimes it's sharp, sometimes velvety, sort of clean and very minimalistic. Just like Escentric 01 or L'Antimatiere, the level of appreciation of Another 13 is strongly related to your personal grade of anosmia to the aromachemicals involved in the composition. Upon application it strikes as a sharp metallic amber to then quickly disappear from your body. You think it's gone but no way. There it goes again, on and on and on....and on with its unmistakeable woody amber aroma.
Do I Like it? Yes, well sort of. Let's say it's very pleasant and, because of that, it's not a case that woody amber became one of the most common bases in modern perfumery but be aware that Another 13 it's far from being artistically relevant or innovative. That being said, if you find it for cheap (almost impossible), get it...otherwise, seal you wallets as you'll get bored in no time.
Us usual with Le Labo, unappropriately labelled. I guess "Yet Another 13" could have been a better name.
Note: It could have been a mild thumbs up if it weren't for the outrageous price tag but at these prices I expect something more than a plain woody amber.
This fragrance is not made to please everybody at first. If you get your nose on this particular fragrance you will be surprised because there is no other fragrance such as this one out in the market. I appreciate this fragrance for its simplicity and yet not giving up the concept of complexity, do I reach for this everyday, NO!, but when I feel like I need to smell different and mysterious, this is what I reach for.
AnOther 13 was released in Fall 2010, in collaboration with AnOther Magazine as a limited edition of 500 bottles. It contains notes of Musk (Ambrox), Apple, Pear, Green Citrus and Ambrette.
AnOther 13 is an interesting scent, in the sense that all the notes are stripped down to their basics. The musk is clean, the amber nor powdery or sweet, the woods/cedar is transparent. It's slightly creamy, with a velvety tone and feel. It sort of reminds me of a Comme des Garcons scent in terms of creative development.
When I first tried AnOther 13, it came off a bit dull, it's very minimalistic, so I understand anyone who might dismiss this quickly on first try as boring, but I grew to like it in its simplicity. It's one of those scents you want to wear when you don't want to wear perfume, but still want to smell scented. It was created in collaboration for a magazine, and in some odd way, it does smell like the glossy pages of a fashion magazine. It's a fragrance I don't think many will love. You have to enjoy those avant-grade art concept scents to really appreciate AnOther 13.
04th November, 2010 (last edited: 16th February, 2011)
Have you ever wanted to feel the musky, woody, ambery base of several masculine fragrances, but in it`s most pure form? Well, if this is your wish, le labo granted it with this exclusive creation. What you smell is a aroma that seems like a stripped amber, with the animalic facets toned down and without the intense honey-propolis aroma that some ambers have. It`s a watery, but persistent amber facet, with a velvet, cashmere touch, some hints of cedar, some of sheer honey, and a creamy musk. The scent is quite linear, pleasant, but it seems like a base of a fragrance without any top or heart notes. It`s like they have composed a presentation material to show you all the facets that ambrox can have - and decided to sell this under a exclusive tag to the consumer.