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  1. #31

    Default Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    I was under the impression that labdanum has a peculiar sweetness to it as well. Is this correct?
    I'd describe the sweetness as somewhat honey-like, but mostly (as described above), labdanum is resinous, smokey, earthy, tending towards leather.

  2. #32

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post
    I'd describe the sweetness as somewhat honey-like, but mostly (as described above), labdanum is resinous, smokey, earthy, tending towards leather.

    Thank you gandhajala. There's a peculiar note in Noble Cedar, that's sort of like a sweeter, higher frequency amber, that I think is labdanum. It's not a note I've smelled very often. But hearing the words "earthy" and "leather" makes me think I could be mistaken.
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  3. #33

    Cool Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    I've heard that labdanum is the closest smelling thing to real ambergris, and in some ways I imagine it to be so, as labdanum is not sweet at all like the synthetic ambergris notes, but instead a very rich, warm, complex and multifaceted note. Anyhow, realizing this notes prominence in Play Intense has really elevated my appreciation of the scent.
    Oil of cistus labdanum does smell rather sweet, ambery, incense-y, with a bit of a terpenic quality. It kind of has animalic nuances of lanolin, the natural grease that sheep produce to waterproof their wool coats. I personally think the smell is heaven on earth; burning it as incense smells like archangels have just flown by. In mainstream perfumery, I'd say classic Chanel ╔GO¤STE owes its whole character to cistus lab.

  4. #34

    Default Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    It smells like amber -- check out the Le Labo

  5. #35

    Default Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    After smelling the essential oil a few days ago, I can confirm it smells nothing like amber.

    Amber is soft.

    Labdanum smells pungent.

    I smelled the Chanel essential oils labdanum customer sample.




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    Default Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    Indeed, labdanum smells more leathery and deep than other resins. Still, it is used in ambers, as a part of the whole package.

    Nice set of vials - is that something they sell, or are they following Dior, which put out a dozen or so vials in their exclusives counters?

    cacio

  7. #37

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    Mouthwatering set cacio. But alas, it's not for sale.

    No matter how much I coerced or how much I offered the SA (:
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  8. #38

    Default Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    After smelling the essential oil a few days ago, I can confirm it smells nothing like amber.
    I quote from Wikipedia

    '...Labdanum is the main ingredient used when making the scent of amber in perfumery ...'

  9. #39

    Default Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    Labdanum to me smells like a rich and somewhat smokey resin with a syrup-like sweetness. Sometimes I get undertones of faint leather and a mild dustiness.
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  11. #41

    Default Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    It smells like amber -- check out the Le Labo
    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    I quote from Wikipedia

    '...Labdanum is the main ingredient used when making the scent of amber in perfumery ...'
    Used in amber is not the same smells like amber.

    If labdanum smelled like amber, they'd just use amber instead of concocting accord of several notes replicate smell amber.

    I urge you to smell labdanum essential oil.

    It's divine.
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    Default Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    The Le Labo set costs $500, and had it been on sale, the Chanel would have costed twice as much, if not more. Definitely more convenient to place an order with perfurmers apprentice or the like.
    But these sets are very useful to smell in store.

    cacio

  13. #43

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    Be careful if you work with labdanum absolute, it's a pretty sticky dark material...pretty hard to get out of clothes FYI...I learned from experience. Labdanum Absolute smells divine, but it is about the consistency of molasses, probably thicker and it's a pretty difficult material to work for the uninitiated as it needs to be heated to become workable in terms of drops. Just keep that in mind if you intend to get the absolute.
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  14. #44

    Default Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    Definitely a very knowledge enhancing experience.

    Plus quality. It plays a role.
    The Dior essential for smell as high quality the Chanel ones.
    The beeswax absolute is something else.
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  15. #45

    Default Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Used in amber is not the same smells like amber.

    If labdanum smelled like amber, they'd just use amber instead of concocting accord of several notes replicate smell amber.
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    Amber doesn't really have much of a natural smell so that would be hard. It is a musky, spicy, syrupy representation of ambergris. -- in it's perfume state.

    I don't want to be picky but if the 'main ingredient' is labdanum -- I'm thinking amber may actually smell like labdanum (in it's perfume state).

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  17. #47

    Default Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    Parti Pris Terry de Gunzburg.

    Huge labdanum in the opening.

    Didn't try out on skin though. But I presume the labdanum more well prevail throughout wearing. Labdanum isn't the kind of note that evaporates away quickly.
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  18. #48

    Default Re: Want to know what Labdanum smells like?

    Quote Originally Posted by adonis View Post
    It's more of an amber-like resin. They also use it for incense. Someone above mentioned "Byzantine" and "glowing", which is an accurate description if you know what that means.

    The "real stuff" comes from Crete and it's harvested in a rather unique way. It's basically a mop with leather strings attached and the labdanum sticks to it. Then it's scraped off the leather with a knife.

    Cool. Learned something today!

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