Based in New York and founded by Fabrice Penot, the Le Labo brand of perfumes is unlike any other today. With handcrafted scents that evoke genuine emotion, Le Labo has quickly carved out an exclusive little niche for itself with thousands of fans that crave its authentic experience.
Le Labo believes that stylishly designed bottles and packaging distract people from the thing that really matters: the scent inside the bottle. Therefore, perfumes bearing the Le Labo name come in simple laboratory glass containers with monotone packaging outside that conveys the container’s ingredients.
Not for people out to save a quick buck with the next trendy fragrance, Le Labo fragrances are unique and expensive. So, it can be difficult to navigate around them when each Le Labo scent is labeled with such confusing names (i.e. Oud 27 or Santal 33) that sound more similar to isotopes than perfumes.
However, no reason to fret as I have researched and sampled dozens of Le Labo perfumes to come up with the list of the best Le Labo fragrances below.
At A Glance: Our Top Picks for Best Le Labo Scents
If you’re in a hurry, you can jump straight into our top picks (these are the Le Labo scents that most people buy).
Top 11 Best Le Labo Scents – Our Reviews:
1. Bergamote 22
Available in an unremarkable container exactly according to the brand’s style, the Bergamote 22 is a Le Labo eau de parfum that has been developed by Daphne Bugey.
While technically unisex, this is a masculine fragrance designed to allure and captivate all those who smell it. With woody, aromatic, and citrus main accords, the Bergamote 22 feels fresh and light from the moment it’s first put on the skin.
The Bergamote 22 Eau de Parfum works best in the summer or spring season and should be worn for daytime engagements. An average amount of longevity and low projection also work in its favor as it doesn’t overwhelm the senses.
Perfect for both work settings and social events, the Bergamote 22 perfume will turn heads with its woody aroma but also invite compliments and fill those who wear it with courage and confidence.
Top Notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit
Heart Notes: Petitgrain, Vanilla
Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Vetiver
2. Patchouli 24
With its musky and raw scent, the fragrance will remind the wearer both of the years gone by and the surprises of life still to come. More low-key than it is mysterious, the fragrance is a testament to the creative prowess of Le Labo to develop unique blends that few others can come up with.
The dark and smoky scent of this Le Labo eau de parfum makes for a unique first impression at any social event. Once worn, the scent of rose first lingers on in the atmosphere but soon gives way to the very noticeable tinge of cumin.
While this floral fragrance may be suitable more for women, men can pull it off just as easily as well. This unisex fragrance will work best in the fall or winter season and would be noticeable more during night time as compared to day.
Take it from us, the Patchouli 24 is a perfect gift for men who want to wear something that most would shy away from. Therefore, this is one Le Labo perfume that is a must-have in every man’s collection of unique fragrances.
Top Notes: Patchouli
Heart Notes: Birch, Styrax
Base Notes: Vanilla, Rose
Read Also: 5 Best Patchouli Perfumes
3. Labdanum 18
A Le Labo scent that perfectly encapsulates the word ‘comfort’, Labdanum 18 Eau de Parfum is different from other classic Le Labo fragrances such as Santal 33, Rose 31, or Noir 29 due to the fact it’s much more subtle.
The spicy main accord disperses to take those privy to it on a vanilla-and-lemon-filled tour that is as intoxicating as it is pleasurable. With a musky and woody patchouli-filled extravaganza, this relatively new fragrance from Le Labo is masculine and full of love.
The patchouli aroma lingers on as this Le Labo fragrance has great longevity. The sillage is also above average as well, with the fragrance noticeable long after its wearer has gone.
Perfect for a day out in the summer, this unisex eau de parfum from the house of Le Labo is like a sure-fire hit, bound to be loved and craved over by everyone you will meet.
Top Notes: Vanilla, Gurjan Balsam, Musk
Heart Notes: Patchouli, Civet, Cinnamon, Tonka Bean, Castoreum
Base Notes: Resins, Birch, French Labdanum
4. Vetiver 46
Primarily a smoky, musky, and woody fragrance, the Vetiver 46 Eau de Parfum from Le Labo is one of the most potent perfumes by the famed company.
The distinct vetiver flavor makes this eau de parfum a charm to use. The spicy and woody scent lingers on long after the first puff, ensuring a delightful experience for anyone who has a chance to take it in.
Radiating a masculine scent that reminds one of the cool winters, this scent is a pre-requisite for men who know how to carry themselves gracefully. The main bergamot and vetiver scents work their magic effortlessly.
With above-average longevity, the scent stays for a considerable time. Another great aspect regarding the product is its sillage, which is good enough to get the wearer positive responses wherever he or she ventures out.
With distinct flavors of amber and bergamot to take people, who are privy to it, to the heavens, the Vetiver 46 Eau de Parfum is another win from the house of Le Labo New York.
Top Notes: Bergamot, Pepper
Heart Notes: Labdanum, Vetiver
Base Notes: Guaiac Wood, Cedar, Olibanum, Amber, Vanilla, Cloves
5. Rose 31
Designed to evoke a floral woody musk scent to get you in a state of trance, the Rose 31 was developed for Le Labo by Daphne Bugey in 2006.
One notable little thing about the Le Labo Rose 31 is that it is suitable for every season and works equally well every time of the day. This makes the Rose 31 a perfect fragrance for every occasion, whether casual or formal.
Although a unisex fragrance, Le Labo Rose 31 has both masculine (oud) and feminine (rose) beats that make it easy for men and women to wear it easily. However, men who are into oud will be better served by Le Labo Oud 27 Eau de Parfum.
The longevity of Le Labo Rose 31 could be a little better but the sillage, however, is just about perfect.
Bound to be a frequently used Le Labo eau de parfum in your collection, the Rose 31 is sweet and woody enough to charm its way into the hearts of all those who dare smell it. Those who love wearing a floral scent can never go wrong with Rose 31.
Top Notes: Cumin Rose
Heart Notes: Cedar, Vetiver, Rose
Base Notes: Oud, Labdanum, Olibanum, Guaiac Wood, Musk
Read Also: 5 Best Rose Perfumes
6. Santal 33
As far as Le Labo fragrances are concerned, the Santal 33 is the most popular scent by far. Composed of a woody and spicy aroma, the Le Labo Santal 33 feels both familiar and exciting.
With leather identifiable at the start, slowly the scent gives way to cedar and sandalwood. This helps set in a lovely mood, defined not only by woody notes but also by a general sense of happiness and glee—the very thing that makes Le Labo Santal 33 a favorite of many.
Another great thing about the Le Labo Santal 33 is that it will easily last on the skin for half a day and is perfect for every season.
Able to captivate both sexes equally, the Le Labo Santal 33 is an easily discernible, lovely fragrance perfect for parties.
Able to work its charm in both day and night, the Le Labo Santal 33 is a must-have fragrance from the Le Labo collection.
Top Notes: Papyrus
Heart Notes: Iris, Violet, Cardamom
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedar, Leather, Amber
7. Another 13
If one tried to describe what Le Labo’s Another 13 Eau de Parfum smells like, I’m pretty sure he or she would have a hard time coming up with a coherent explanation.
This is because this collaboration between Another Mag and Le Labo doesn’t smell similar to any other perfume from any name out there. While the fragrance has a synthetic feel, it is addictive in its own way.
Some have noted that this fragrance smells like a new magazine while others have stated it feels closer to musk. However one ends up describing it, Another 13 from Le Labo is lovely and addicting.
Designed to last the whole day, Another 13 is a unique fragrance that will compliment each of the two genders very well. With a scent that is hard to describe, Another 13 can even act as a great ice breaker in social events to kick off conversations and hopefully, friendships as well.
Top Notes: Iso E Super, Ambergris
Heart Notes: Ambrette, Musk, Pear
Base Notes: Amyl Salicylate
8. Iris 39
A sweet floral fragrance that evokes the nostalgia of the countryside, Le Labo’s Iris 39 is a great option to have in your collection for those slow days where a light dinner or get-together may be on the cards.
Formulated by Frank Voelkl, this fragrance works best in the spring or early summer. With very good longevity and equally better sillage, the fragrance makes its presence known everywhere it is worn.
As it settles on the skin after several hours of radiating through the cloth, the Iris 39 turns out to be a stunning unisex fragrance that smells similar to unboxing a new product. Some even say that this woody fragrance feels similar to another Le Labo product, the Oud 27.
Good for wearing to casual events due to its light nature, the Iris 39 has a powdery feel that may not be to everyone’s liking. Despite this, Le Labo’s Iris 39 is a beautiful and mesmerizing scent that has a stunningly high number of fans and close to zero detractors.
Top Notes: Papyrus
Heart Notes: Iris, Violet, Cardamom
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedar, Leather, Amber
9. Jasmin 17
A floral woody musk fragrance that evokes images of fresh fruits and flower fields, Le Labo’s Jasmin 17 is a unisex scent that works wonders in the summer.
Designed to make its wearer feel fresh and positive in the spring, the Le Labo Jasmin 17 feels direct and interesting. The fragrance opens up with an orange blossom and citrus flavor that soon gives way to an enduring aura of jasmine all around.
With strong sillage, the scent lingers on in the air even after the wearer has passed by. In terms of longevity, it’s moderate to high which means it succeeds in enduring for several hours after the first puff.
To encapsulate, the Le Labo Jasmin 17 is eccentric and fresh and provides a positive, all-round experience to those who wear it. It works best in the spring and is perfect for outdoor get-togethers in the mild, summer sun.
Top Notes: Amber, Jasmine, Bitter Orange
Heart Notes: Vanilla, Palmarosa, Musk
Base Notes: Orange Blossom, Sandalwood, Neroli
Read Also: 5 Best Jasmine Perfumes
10. Noir 29
Developed by Frank Voelkl, the Noir 29 by Le Labo is not just a fragrance but a captivating experience designed to tingle and fascinate your senses.
Light as air, the Le Labo Noir 29 evolves into a tea and spicy flavor as its main anchor as time passes by. While some will be reminded of the pristine outdoors by this fragrance, others may feel a fresh floral experience overtaking their mind that dives deep into the soul.
With moderate to strong sillage, the fragrance will definitely be felt by those in close proximity. The fragrance is also unisex in its application, although men may be inclined more towards it than women on account of its fresh forest-like scent.
A perfect match for formal events in windy summer, the longevity of the Le Labo Noir 29 fragrance lasts for a long time. Fitting for those who love to feel ubiquitous, the Noir 29 is an interesting achievement that is unlike anything modern customers have ever smelled before.
Top Notes: Fig, Bay Leaf, Bergamot
Heart Notes: Cedar, Vetiver, Musk
Base Notes: Tobacco, Hay
11. Neroli 36
Musky and masculine in equal measure, the Neroli 36 from Le Labo is an eau de parfum designed for the confident man.
The orange blossom and vanilla scents combine to provide an aromatic experience that will enthrall everyone. Once this subsides, the enduring flavor of rose stays in the air for a long time.
The longevity of the fragrance is great as well which works best in mild summer months.
Able to captivate both men and women in equal measure, the Neroli 36 from Le Labo is a lovely fragrance best employed for a positive first impression at social gatherings.
Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Orange Blossom, Aldehydes
Heart Notes: Rose
Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Musk
The Bottom Line
With such a niche feel that borders on an art-house level of dedication to craft, picking the best product with the Le Labo name is a difficult task.
With so many unique and creative fragrances available (such as Rose 31, Bergamote 22, Santal 33, Oud 27, and Another 13), I believe all Le Labo perfumes are different in their own ways, and picking a single best Le Labo scent might be a disservice to its equally good competitors on this list.
To conclude, Le Labo products are created with love and utmost dedication to the craft and every single scent (give or take a few) is different enough to warrant its own place at the precipice of this list.
With a variety of new and different fragrances to try out, from floral to musky and from woody to spicy, Le Labo has satisfied and won over the picky eau de parfum customer with considerable ease.