Le Labo Santal 33 ~ new fragrance

Le Labo Santal 33

Le Labo has launched Santal 33, a new unisex fragrance based on their popular Santal 26 candle. It is the first addition to the regular collection since 2009's Oud 27.

The notes include cardamom, iris, violet, ambrox, sandalwood, papyrus and cedar.

Le Labo Santal 33 is available now at Colette in Paris, in 50, 100 or 500 ml Eau de Parfum. (via colette.fr)

Update: Santal 33 was developed by perfumer Frank Voelkl. Additional notes include cardamom and leather. Here is the brands description...

Do you remember the old Marlboro ads? A man and his horse in front of the fire on a great plain under tall, blue evening skies - A defining image of the spirit of the American West with all it implied about masculinity and personal freedom.

This man, firelight in his face, leaning on the worn leather saddle, alone with the desert wind, an icon so powerful that every man wanted to be him and every woman wanted to have him...

From this memory is born SANTAL 33: the ambition to create an olfactive form inspired by the great American myth still a source of fantasy for the rest of the world...

A perfume that touches the sensual universality of this icon... that would intoxicate a man as much as a woman... that introduces our use of cardamom, iris, violet, ambrox which crackle in the formula and bring to this smoking wood alloy (Australian sandalwood, papyrus, cedarwood) some spicy, leathery, musky notes, and gives this perfume its unisex signature and addictive comfort.

Here are, in a few words, what SANTAL 33 is... An open fire… The soft drift of smoke… Where sensuality rises after the light has gone.

(via press release)

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  1. moore says:

    Interesting composition. Sounds good.

    • Robin says:

      Could be! I have never smelled the candle.

      • moore says:

        Robin, how is papyrus smell?? I’ve seen so many perfumes with this note, but never smelled any.

        • Robin says:

          It’s an earthy smell, not all that far from vetiver.

          • Marjorie Rose says:

            Makes sense. It’s a grass/reed, right?

          • Robin says:

            Yep. And I think that as with vetiver, what they’re using is the root, not the actual grass part.

          • moore says:


  2. Rictor07 says:

    I have a few Le Labo’s i want to add to my collection already. This one definitely needs to go in my list for samples. I love sandalwood.

  3. kb2003 says:

    Looking forward to trying this! A lot of folks seem to be suspicious of the Le Labo practice of naming their scents for ingredients that don’t necessarily play a prominent or highlighted role in the overal composition (Where’s the ‘rose’ in Rose 31? etc.), but I kind of love that about Le Labo. The names/labels appear so precise and clinical but the scents themselves are always a surprise.

    • Robin says:

      Gosh, I don’t think there’s anything to be suspicious about…they’ve been pretty clear about how they name them and it isn’t about what they smell like! But yes, wouldn’t be too sure this is a sandalwood scent.

  4. I want to cry: this sounds so good, but I just got laid off last week… :(

    • Robin says:

      Oh, I’m so terribly sorry.

    • sunsetsong says:

      I can empathise with that – be assured that there is life after layoff and this could be your new job self gift. Mine was Chamade EDT. Good luck!

    • LaMaroc says:

      Oh, I’m so sorry! I keep hoping I’ll be hearing people say “I got a job!” instead of “I lost my job” but apparently we’re not around that corner yet. :( I’ve given up on trying to find anything permanent right now and am doing temp jobs combined with house- and pet-sitting. Certainly makes it rough on the perfume budget!

    • Merlin says:

      I am discovering, now that funds are so tight, which frags turn my world rounds as opposed to the ones that a) I like b) are praised by those-in-the know c) that are affordable compared to most good perfumes. a, b and c – just aren’t worth buying.

    • Tama says:

      Hopefully you’ll be working again by the time you can get your hands on some! Sorry to hear, but another door will open soon!

    • Thank you all so much; it’s so nice of you. Strangely, except for the fact that I can’t spend as much on perfume now, I think I’m enjoying this unemployment thing more than I should be..

  5. turbovivi says:

    Sounds lovely. I wonder if I can ask them to toss in a sample for me when I order my Labdanum 18.

    • Daisy says:

      It couldn’t hurt to ask!

  6. AnnieA says:

    I can’t remember: which Le Labo perfumes smell even remotely like their names?

    • Tama says:

      Most of them do, to me, or I can at least find the note. I am one of the few who finds rose in Rose 31, though, but it is a more realistic rose rather than perfumer rose.

      • krokodilgena says:

        I think Rose 31 is pretty rosey…
        Patchouli 24 isn’t very patchouli-y though.

    • Daisy says:

      Fleur d’Oranger 27 is pretty much a straight up orange blossom cologne—very pretty by the way and good for layering.

  7. Gojira54 says:

    I was in NYC 2 weeks ago and in the Le Labo store. I did ask them if they had a new one coming out and they told me about this. Being lucky they had a candle there, and let me tell you that candle was brilliant. If the perfume is anywhere near that candle this could be my favorite Le Labo. Right now that is reserved for Vanille 44.

  8. Daisy says:

    cardamom and iris? = yes please!

    figures, just when I’ve told myself that I really just need to lay low for a while….gah!

    • Merlin says:

      Daisy, no lying low for you – we need a high-flyer around here! ( :

      • Daisy says:

        hi -flying but broke!! Le Labo is very hit or miss for me….more miss than hit….so this is one I’d definitely sample before taking the plunge!

  9. raymond says:

    i have rose 31 and the oud 27 — love them both. i tried the patchouli, which i heard great things about, but prefer chanel’s coromandel.

    santal 33 sounds terrific!

  10. violetnoir says:

    Ooh, this sounds promising! Maybe I will end up loving it as much as I love their Iris 39.


  11. KRL says:

    I tried this today. It’s started very masculine, but after two hours, a lovely dry down unfolded that I could fall in love with. If I could learn to love the opening, this might, someday, be my first Le Labo. Wish I could get a sample for testing at home…

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