American niche perfume brand Le Labo has just introduced their latest fragrance in the line of City Exclusives. After Barney’s in Dallas closed on 2nd of March 2013 along with the Le Labo counter in it, the brand decided they had no option but to discontinue the exclusive perfume for the city. Followers of Le Labo had to say farewell to Aldehyde 44. To fill the empty spot a new City Exclusive was crafted. This one is made especially for San Francisco and bears a name of Limette 37.
Le Labo Limette 37 unfolds with a delicious lime accord. It’s brisk and juicy packed with lots of positive energy and good attitude. Unlike most fragrances with citrus opening Limette 37 doesn’t smell cold and reserved. It’s the opposite. The note has a very pleasant, light and warm aura that really is inviting and it makes the perfume comfortable to wear. Smelling it leaves the impression like there was some kind of sunlight beaming through the composition from the deeper parts of the fragrance.
One thing San Francisco is known for is the fog that it is so typical weather phenomenon to that area of the States. Have you ever seen, in your life or on a film, when there’s a fog and the sky is getting clearer. Because of the fog you can see beams of sunlight going down to the earth. Like those were the pathways for angels or some other heavenly beings. This is what I imagine while smelling Le Labo Limette 37. I have this picture in my mind and I smile, hoping for a good day.
After some time the fragrance evolves and it shows its slightly floral side. Petit grain is not intensively green and leafy in this blend, it’s subtle, with just small hints of green here and there. But it suits lime well – together they smell nice and somehow familiar, like a memory of a well-known place you haven’t been to for a long time. Jasmine is Limette 37 is pure white like a wedding dove or a fresh snow (although snow is not the best comparison because the smell is warm).
One or two hours later when this beautiful lime note with the company of jasmine and petit grain dissipates the perfume turns into a very cosy and sensual creation. I can smell some sweetness of the clove and I’m almost certain that I smell some fluffy vanilla (but it’s not listed in the notes). Limette 37 by Le Labo is now a creamy and dreamy perfume. In the background there’s some pale woodiness of vetiver that makes a good setting material to make the other notes stand oud in this phase of fragrance development.
I especially mean tonka beans here that have a lovely smell in this perfume. They’re slightly spicy and creamy, almost like some kind of dessert. The stage is very quiet and contemplative. Musk is the note that creates a base of Limette 37. It’s beige-coloured, pure and clean without a soapy edge. That’s how I like this note. Not a dirty musk from By Kilian Musk Oud but a neat one like here or in Ramon Monegal Musks. I don’t like skanky perfume and this Le Labo meets my requirements.
What I love about this new City Exclusive is the fact that the perfume is well done and it smells natural to me. I was sure that an opening is made with a lime note but it’s actually bergamot that imitates it. I also like the light aspect in this perfume. Limette 37 is extremely easy to wear. Just spray it on and you’re ready to go and do what you want to do. This perfume will be suitable for big days, special occasions and also for a casual day. It shouldn’t bother your office mates either.
Le Labo Limette 37 was composed by Franck Voelkl who stands behind other popular Le Labo scents like Iris 39, Santal 33 and a couple more. According to PR materials it’s concentrated in 17% that makes it an extrait de parfum. The fragrance will be available in all sizes common for Le Labo offer: 15ml, 50ml, 100ml, 500ml, travel tube, oil, amulet and body products.
The perfume has an average sillage and average longevity of around 6 hours. Available in two places in the city of San Francisco. At Le Labo store at 2238 Fillmore Street and at Le Labo counter at Barneys at 77 O’Farell Street.