Agreed. I'd love to try Aldehyde ##, but not for those prices.
I see that Luckyscent has a limited-time offering of the Le Labo city exclusives. Myself, I always wanted to know what that Tubereuse 40 (New York) was like.
But really. $260 for 50 ml. $400 for 100 ml. No way.
I have a limit, and it's not low or inflexible by any means. But I don't care how unfreakingbelieveable these are - Le Labo has just priced itself out of my consideration.
Agreed. I'd love to try Aldehyde ##, but not for those prices.
I've sampled all of them. Gaiac 10 was the only one I had the slighest interest in. I might buy a bottle for $100.00 but $260.00 for mediocrity just doesn't work for me.
I have received several e-mails regarding this - and I have deleted them all. I have no interest whatsoever.
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I felt real pain when I saw the prices on Luckyscent and I always wanted to try the Tuberose...nope ,no sale for me !
In store, I think they will sell 15ml vial. But no idea on price. Crazy expensive probably.
I tried the LA exclusive Musc 25 and it didn't WOW me into paying that kind of change.
I do love Rose 31 and Vetyver 46, but not at the city exclusive prices I wouldn't.
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I'll wait til the expired bottles show up at Marshalls.
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I'm wondering if Luckyscent not offering samples is at the request of Le Labo themselves? Who would really blind buy a 400$ bottle?
Hmmmm maybe they know the only way people will buy them is if they buy them blind... I haven't heard much good things about the exclusives except for the Vanilla one and the Gaiac one.
Embarrassingly, I ordered a stupid sample of Gaiac 10 for 10$ from TPC 'cuz I don't think I could live with myself if it turns out to be amazing and totally unavailable after the month is over.
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I smelled all of these at Barneys, who thankfully had testers out.
Weird thing, if you order one, they won't make it there. To make it feel more special, they make them for you in some lab somewhere and mail it to you later. Odd.
The aldehyde smelled like a wannabe classic Chanel or Patou, feminine aldehydes and musk and flowers.
I really liked Poivre, like a cross between Piper Nigrum and Tam Dao. Good silage & longevity (I wore it out of the store), the sandalwood base smelled expensive.
The vanilla was really musky - like what you'd get if you layered Musc Ravageur and SDV.
I remember Gaiac being musky, too. But it clearly wasn't that memorable.
I tried Tuberose on vacation in New York and it was mostly citrus, with an oddly indolic base. An awkward mix of boring and gross.
And Musc was the only one that didn't smell musky at all.
I think the winners would be Poivre, Vanilla, and Aldehyde, if those sorts of thing float your boat, in terms of buying samples. None were worth the full-bottle money for me, though.
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I think that it's unprecedented and rather crass that a company would take its unsold stock, and instead of having a warehouse sale with it, charge a premium to help them get rid of it and also make you wait for delivery. But again, this is Le Labo here, the kings of gimmicky marketing.
Le Labo may have a few beauties in their line-up, but they lay their thin juice on rather thickly, IMHO.
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The reason they do not make them for you "on the spot", is because they do not actually have the ingredients there with them. Only the respective cities have the ingredients. ... It costs them much less, and is waaay less hassle, sending just a few of the testers of each city, than having to send all the ingredients that make up each scent from all the different cities. ...It makes perfect sense really ! (Not to have to go to all that trouble just for the short month !) ...
So it's all really about making it as cost effective as possible for them, rather than anything about "making you feel special". I can guarantee it (LOL)
As for the Poivre I totally agree with you ! ... It is one of my favourites also. ... (Though still not quite enough to fork out that sort of cash. But if it was a non "exclusives", I would definitely go for it ! ).
As for their non-exclusives ... I really like their "Labdanum 18" ! And I really really like it ! But unfortunately, to my utter dismay, it has this horrid "laundry softener/hair spray white musk towards the "second half" and drydown that just totally spoils it for me. I hate that cheap-smelling white musk ! ... If I did buy it, I would have to walk around with an atomiser of the stuff, just so as to be able to repeatedly respray the moment the musk reared it's ugly head. ... I am sooo disappointed about this, for I really luv the start of it.
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Le Labo never heard of 'a recession' going on ,obviously . And if I was going to buy perfume at $400 per bottle not including tax ... I'd go for Guerlain extrait.
Notwithstanding the opinions of most of us here, I feel Le Labo will still manage to sell their city exclusives in the miniscule numbers that they have set their targets for.
I agree that the price is certainly daunting.
It's merely just another gimmick ! ... They had to have something to fill in on their pharmaceutical labels.
Though I must admit I quite like their other gimmick of mixing them on the spot. ... I think it must be the closet-alchemist in me (LOL)
I agree with you guys about price being high and quality mediocre on these. I tried the Gaiac on my skin, and in ten minutes, all I could smell was black pepper!
I can also echo the opinion that some Guerlain extraits are worth that kind of price (typically $300 US or so per ounce [30 ml.]). But even Guerlain plays the "scarcity = astronomical prices" game: just recall their recent retro-formulation of Champs-Élysées extrait for a mere $14,000 US per bottle!
Of course, that was a masterpiece, and it did come in a beautiful crystal flacon placed in a morocco-bound, velvet-lined box...
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May whoever buys this enjoy their $5 worth of aromachemicals.
Oi ... the poor perfumers need to get paid too ! ... Or do we just shut them in a cage, when they are finished with a scent, and feed them some carrots ??? (LOL) ... (I mean vegetables are cheap too, but you still need to pay for a "Cordon Bleu" plate of food ! )
But yes I do still agree with you that it is one hell of a mark-up !
I'm still under the impression that they don't "mix" them when you buy them...perfume takes a while to age and macerate (or whatever the term is) before it's ready to sell. I also wouldn't trust sales associates not trained in mixing and preparing ingredients to be consistent without expensive measuring equipment.
Wouldn't surprise me if every bottle of ingredient they use to mix things is already the finished product...just being combined with itself.
As far as them being mediocre, etc. I get great pleasure from both Vanille 44 & Poivre 23 so no matter the price they would be mine. To each their own
Random link about their idea for exclusives, which seems to have evaporated with this event. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LafIHbi4GPQ#t=1m19s
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With all the hype that their investment money could provide, Le Labo has painted themselves into a corner with their cynical use of expiration dates. Where will they be in 12 months time? Madame Zaza told me that her crystal ball revealed that the entire world's water supply will be tainted with aroma chemicals by 2012.
Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 4th November 2009 at 05:53 PM.
Agreed. Only for those with more money than sense IMO.
Tried a couple of these at the local Barneys over the weekend. Seems that luckyscent and Barneys are having concurrent limited-time availability windows on the city exclusives. Hmm.
Well, the Tubereuse was great. Like an ultra-traditional eau de cologne but with a tuberose theme. Lovely pairing of fine citrus notes with the floral. Definitely unisex. And definitely not worth $260 for 50 ml that I would burn through very quickly. The 100ml at $400, like I said, forget it.
The surprise charmer of the ones I tried was the Aldehyde (Dallas). I was expecting an evocation of big hair and all the rest. It was very elegant, quiet but piquant. Again, I liked it but not to the tune of the many many dollars needed to purchase.
Ruggles hit it in his post above - painted into a corner is where you find yourself if you charge these prices.
What is in the water in that area of lower Manhattan? There are enough marketing gimmicks and attitude between Bond and Le Labo to spread throughout the entire fragrance industry.
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It look like there are (virtually) no buyers here.
I would love to know how many of these Barney's or Luckyscent actually sell.
I'm sure they'll sell them since they are officially going to set aside on 25 bottles of each for sale in this event.
I'm not crazy about the "exclusive" bit and I think the "mixed fresh" thing is silly but I do like several of the fragrances. I'm actually kind of glad that I didn't really lust after any of the exclusives that I don't have ready access to. They were nice mind you but not "skip paying cable and phone bill this month" nice. If I had stupid money that would be different..
I could rant on and on about Le Labo (I did a few years ago). Surprised they're still around given the economy. Ignore them and they will go away like the pretenders they are.
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I got my sample of Gaiac 10 and love it. At times green, fresh woods, at other times more hardened and smoky. The musks give it such a warm, rich base that is neither too clean nor too dirty. It's soft, doesn't project far and seems to last for quite a while. I'll see if I can afford a 50ml by the end of the month.
Had to give this a bump. I did my due diligence and ordered four interesting looking samples of Le Labo City Exclusifs. I fell madly in love with Musc 25. So just now I go to Luckyscent, only to find that a 50ml bottle is almost double the price of their other fragrances. $290 for 50ml! This is almost $50 more than I paid for my same size bottle of Epic Man. I love it, but not that much. I know, I know, if I think it's too expensive, then don't #%^-ing buy it...but Jeez! This is some really expensive perfume!
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If the city scents were that good to start with they wouldn't have been exclusives but rather part of the regular line up. Throw a limited/unattainable label on something and people immediately want to believe it's better than it really is.
Way overpriced for what they are IMO.
The extra markup should go to the marketing team or whoever thought of this pretentious gimmick.
They should be rewarded for their "accomplishment"!
For 100ml of Vanille 44 and a bit of change.. You can get 75ml of Spiritueuse Double Vanille, 100ml of Eau Duelle, 50ml of PG Felanilla, and a small 30ml bottle of Vanille Insensee. The quartet should more than satisfy anyone's vanilla craving!
*Sneaks off to buy Vanille 44 and Poivre 23*
All the city exclusives are up in the LL UK online store , £264 for 100ml ..... yikes Im tempted too LOL !!!
Gaiac 10 smells exactly like Heaven. Okay may be not, but its heavenly !
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Le Labo won me over recently. I thought they were a one hit wonder with Rose 31, but then I smelled Santal, Vetiver, Patchouli and Bergamote, all to my nose, are wonderful. I've been testing the city exclusives for the past few weeks and Poivre is gonna be mine.
These are now available at Luckyscent for November 2011: http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/categ...CityExclusives
You can get 500 mL for a measly $1400 at the LL website.
Funny how 1500$ was worth much more in the realm of fragrance just three years a go.
they must be good if they are that expensive
$116 for 15ml of Vanille 44. *Sigh*
Their Vanille just didnt do it for me , there are way better out there for way less dolla
Just got back from the Le Labo boutique in Manhattan and was in and out in less than 10 minutes with my brand new bottle of Poivre 23. The girls there were super friendly and had no problem with me sampling their many blends while my bottle was in production. Afterward I stopped by Lord and Taylor and spoke with some of the SA's and they were blown away by the Poivre 23. Some small talk with them and out I walked with a handful of samples from D&G, Lacoste, JPG and Chanel. I would love to go to the Le Labo store everyday by the way, it smells simply amazing inside. I wish I could get that smell in my house.
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I tried the Poivre and it is just a light version of Patchouli 24, and the prices for those Exclusives are insane...
I did my due dilligence and ordered 5 of the $10 samples last month. i do like several of the regular line-up and currently own two of them. I liked Poivre 23, but the rest didn't do a lot for me. To echo previous posts I did not like any of them enough to justify the price tag. Poivre 23 also somehow reminds me of Patchouli 24, which I already own.