Le Labo Rose 31 is a dark, dry, spicy rose scent intended for men but perfect for a woman. Launched in 2006 and created by Daphne Bugey, it has notes of Centifolia rose, cumin, pepper, clove, nutmeg, olibanum, cedar, amber, gaiac wood, oud, cistus, vetiver and animalic notes. Rose 31 is an eau de parfum, edp.
Le Labo Rose 31 has quickly become a signature fragrance in Le Labo's line. It is distinctive how you get hit with cumin - brace yourself for it - then pepper, pepper and more pepper, then the rose (this really isn't a big rose perfume!) shows up along with woods and incense and a few hints of spice. It is charming. Well, eventually. My favorite way to get Rose 31 is to get the Laundress Rose 31 Laundry detergent and wash my sheets in it. OMG, heaven.
This is an older formulation from 2013, compounded at Barneys in NYC.
From EauMG - "Rose 31 opens as a green, dewy cottage rose but you can tell immediately this won’t be the usual rosey-cheeked rose soliflore. Underneath there is a sweaty cumin that is trying to be masked by a hefty dose of laundry musk. Does the laundry musk mask it? It really just depends on your skin chemistry if it will or not. For the most part, Rose 31 is a tea rose with cedar."
From Now Smell This - "The rose itself is subdued, and I tend to notice it more from a distance, especially after the fragrance dries down. Up close, Rose 31 is all deep, dry woods with earthy undertones and soft spices. It has a slight medicinal edge in the early stages, perhaps from the oudh, but that calms nicely. It is a dark scent, more warm than cool, but it is not particularly heavy, and I find it only mildly animalic. It is not too masculine for a woman to wear, but there is nothing at all feminine about it, and certainly it is more likely to appeal to someone who likes spicy woods scents than someone who is looking for a ros"e soliflore."
From Basenotes - "Le Labo's Rose 31 is quite possibly the best unisex rose fragrance on the market. Rose fragrances have a reputation of being either very demure tea rose snowflakes, or brash and garish in-yo-face hello kittys. Rose 31 is expertly blended with great ingredients- its light but still full-bodied rose note is filtered through a dash of cumin, dusted with cedar, and softened by a base of woody oud and musk. The overall affect is of a medium-rare woody and spicy accord softened by rose water. If you find something such as Czech & Speake's No. 88 as too much of a good thing, this is a fantastic alternative."