Le Labo aims to have perfume enthusiasts better understand the time-honored art of perfume making, to hone their sense of smell and develop their olfactory “palette” so that they too can distinguish what makes up a fine perfume. Knowledge, in perfumery as in everything else, is essential to free choice. Otherwise, we’re condemned to remain in the herd of consumers manipulated by the latest in advertising, fashion trends and gadgetry…
Le Labo’s exclusive training tools will help you to learn more, refine your olfactory “buds” and enable you to choose your perfumes with a true expert’s savoir-faire and discernment.
Our main goal is to help you “open your nostrils” in the same way good books open their readers’ eyes to life. Philosophers speak about “men with stitched-up eyelids” when referring to people who are blind to the basics of existence. Most of us live with stitched-up nostrils, having grown up in a world where smells are hidden away, and our olfactory senses left to wither.
Le Labo believes that it is about time that we open our eyes, breathe in deeply and take in all that life has to offer.
A translation in miniature of the Perfumers’ pipe organ, THE OLFACTIONARY is presented as a box with the 40 fundamental natural essences used in perfumery. This remarkable tool has served as a guide to perfume-makers around the world.
Forty 2.5 ml bottles containing natural essences suspended in an alcohol-based solution, representing the principal scents you find in perfumes. The box also includes a pack of olfactory keys or “blotters“ for sampling the scent of these essences.