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The nine perfumes of Le Labo City Exclusives Collection are usually only available in their own cities—but you can shop them all in September.
A single bottle of perfume usually has ingredients that span the world: lavender from Provence, bergamot from Sicily, Tahitian vanilla—perfume is a world traveler. Le Labo City Exclusives collection was created to pay tribute to the centres where the brand has shops, and so each perfume is only sold in its own home city. All that changes for this month of September.
Le Labo founders Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi both spent time in each of the collection’s nine home cities and used the energy and vibe of those urban places to inspire the character of each respective spritz. For example, Tubereuse 40 was inspired by New York City; tuberose being a night-blooming flower and New York is, of course, the city that never sleeps.
From September 1 to 30, you can purchase any of Le Labo’s City Exclusives—from locations such as Tokyo, New York, Dubai and Moscow—no matter where you’re doing your perfume shopping. Here, the nine scents and their notes:
New York: Tubereuse 40
Tuberose, bergamot, ambrette absolute, cedar, sandalwood, jasmine, petit grain
London: Poivre 23
Pepper bourbon, labdanum, patchouli, gaiac, sandalwood, vanilla
LA: Musc 25
Musk, aldehyde, ambergris, lily of the valley, patchouli, rose, cedar, vetiver
Tokyo: Gaiac 10
Gaiac wood, cedar, musk, olibanum
Chicago: Baie Rose 26
Ambrox, cloves, pink pepper, pimento berries, musk, cedar, aldehyde
San Fran: Limette 37
Bergamot, jasmine, petit grain, clove, vetiver, tonka bean, musk
Dubai: Cuir 28
Leather, vetiver, ambrox, musk, vanilla absolute
Paris: Vanille 44
Vanilla boubon, bergamot, incense, mandarin, gaiac
Moscow: Benjoin 19
Benzoin, olibanum, amber, cedar, musk
Each City Exclusive scent is $290 (50 ml) and available at www.lelabofragrances.com