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Le Labo

Le Labo vegan perfumes is a perfume shop based in New York City, and the breakout scent for them was Le Labo Rose 31 - the perfect rose for men... and women!  Le Labo fragrances launched in 2007 with a unique approach - fragrances are mixed fresh when they are ordered, and the date made and who put it together for you are on the bottle, along with whatever name you want place on the bottle.  Its founders are Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi.

Le Labo has worked with some of the best perfumers in the business - Yann Vasnier, Daphne Bugey, Maurice Roucel, Annick Menardo, Alberto Morillas and Mark Buxton - to create their wide range of fragrances.

Since its opening in 2007, Le Labo now has stores around the world as well as having their own section in Barneys New York, which they say was on the business plan for four years after they opened, but the timeline moved up to three months after they launched.

Their focus when they create a perfume is a single note, sourced from Grasse, and they build everything else around that.  Le Labo also creates vegan fragrances as their commitment to their own vegan lifestyle.  If you're not vegan, don't get all worried, there is nothing about going vegan in perfumery that spoils the smell - they smell great.

Le Labo perplexed and infuriated the perfumista community when they started launching the series of city-exclusive scents.  These were perfumes created, one for each city, and you could only buy it in that city - Dallas, New York, Paris, Chicago, Tokyo, Los Angeles, London.  Infuriating because these perfumes were now even harder to get and they were more expensive than their core perfumes.  Yes, we went to the end of the earth, bribed, cajoled and otherwise annoyed everyone we knew until we got bottles of all of them.  Of course, once that happened, Le Labo now has a period of time each year where they make the city exclusives available to all customers.

Probably the most fun aspect of Le Labo that isn't quite as big as it used to be is the vats they sold their fragrance in.  Their perfumes are fairly pricy, but they sold 1,000 ml big jars of a perfume really reasonably.  The splits for le Labo popped up everywhere. They have now discontinued the 1,000 ml jar, but still do a 500 ml jar. If you fall in love with a Le Labo fragrance, don't despair, find a split group on Basenotes or somewhere, and happily get yourself a decant of that fragrance from Tokyo you love.

Try a Le Labo Rose 31 sample and experience one of the best-selling fragrances in the Le Labo perfume shop.  If you want to experience one of the city exclusives, try a Le Labo Vanille 44 sample - an exquisite woody vanilla fragrance.