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.
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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.