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Mousse de Chene 30 (2017)
by Le Labo

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Mousse de Chene 30 information

Year of Launch2017
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 14 votes)

People and companies

HouseLe Labo
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Mousse de Chene 30

Exclusively available in Amsterdam.

Mousse de Chene 30 fragrance notes

Reviews of Mousse de Chene 30

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The moss starts it off - quite a light and bright oakmoss with a bit of the crystal moss too. Soon the clearwood arises, and this all combines to a mossy woodsy warm combination. No wild or harsh or green moss here, no nature allowed into this realm.

Later on a restrained pink paper with pimento is present, mixing with the moss-wood mix, and at times with whiffs of cinnamon that come and go in the background.

I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and six hours of longevity on my skin.

This is an agreeable spring scent, which presents moss and wood nites. It’s main drawback is the egregiously synthetic nature, especially of the moss that is sheer everyl-laboratory concocted moss. A sterile and rather soulless petrochemical moss it is, with no nature allowed. The synthetic grass vs. the real thing. Still, pleasant in an anaemic way. 2.5/5.
05th November, 2020
I really adore the rainy day scent of moss in this fragrance. I’m not sure why, but I smell a clear and unadulterated moss that I don’t get even in the basenotes of notoriously mossy compositions like old Diorella, Mitsouko, Chanel Pour Monsieur or Bogue’s Maia... I’m not sure why that is and I don’t know if there are “moss soliflors” — (wasn’t there a Dunhill scent that was mostly moss?) but, either way, Mousse de Chene 30 is what I’d want from one!

I love this scent but way too expensive for such a simple pleasure.

Edit: the notes have separated and I smell them individually. The wet moss accord has had its illusion ruined for me, but I enjoyed it while it was there. Now I smell spices(pepper and cinnamon mostly), Moss and lots of patchouli. Still nice but not as visually pleasing to the mind’s eye.
15th May, 2019 (last edited: 08th April, 2020)
Le Labo Mousse de Chene 30, the latest City Exclusive, translates to oak moss, and oakmoss is unsurprisingly the strongest note of the lot, though I do get some of the patchouli and a lot of greenness.

It's not terribly deep or complex to my nose, though, and it's possible I'm simply missing out on its greatness but for the most part it's easy to like, but difficult for me to love.

It's pleasant to wear, very agreeable, and versatile, likely working for men/women, summer/winter, night/day.

The updated City Exclusive pricing ($300 for 50ml, $460 for 100ml) is unsurprisingly untenable for most except for the most beloved fragrances, and in this case, I'm disinclined to pursue it further for that reason, as agreeable as it is.

7 out of 10
21st September, 2017
I must admit, it took a bit of research and repeated wearings to break down this fragrance in simpler terms. It was one of the most difficult scents for me to describe but I think I've nailed it in "Plain English."
If you have ever had the chance to sample oak moss absolute like I have, you would immediately recognize the distinct aromatic qualities in this perfume. The oak moss accord is quite pronounced here but in the tenacious synthetic form (Evernyl.) It can be best described as a very warm, dark, slightly sweet, rich, earthy, creamy-woody aroma. Soon after the opening, you immediately notice that this fragrance isn't as dark as you think it would be. There is an undeniable fresh spicy, zesty, rosy nuance (known as pink pepper) that we see so much in Geza Schoen's work (Ormonde Jayne Black Gold, Isfarkand, Escentric Molecules) and even some similarity with Le Labo's Chicago City Exclusive, Baie Rose 26. I immediately recognized this note from the initial spray as I am a huge fan of Geza Schoen. But, the spices seem to come from various angles here. It's fresh yet also very dynamic. A balanced blend of Bay oil and Cinnamon creates a distinctive mild clove-like, spicy-warmth that lingers throughout the dry down. All in all, this fragrance is very warm/comforting, addictive, woody, creamy, smooth, fresh and spicy!! Mousse de Chene 30 will get plenty of use this fall and winter.

Overall rating 9/10
07th September, 2017

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