A better-smelling version of Charlie Brown’s Pig-Pen

Hiro Clark and Le Labo scented T-shirts

I received my “I Woke Up Smelling Like This” T-shirt in the mail and the scent was so strong I could smell it through the box and the plastic bag it was wrapped in. Although I felt a bit like a better-smelling version of Charlie Brown’s Pig-Pen when I wore the shirt consecutive days without washing it, no one seemed to notice. Friends leaned in for more lingering hugs than usual, while telling me that I smelled “fantastic.”

— Hiro Clark and Le Labo are back with more T-shirts scented with Le Labo Santal 33 (you can see the 2015 editions here). Read more at Ignore Basic Hygiene and Still Smell Good Thanks to This Perfumed T-Shirt at New York Magazine, or buy the shirts ($128 each) here.

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It’s weird

It has been wholly embraced by the fashion flock and A-list celebrities alike (everyone from Alexa Chung and Emily Weiss to Justin Bieber and Emma Roberts wear it), and nearly everyone who follows them. As the GQ designer Griffin Funk recently tweeted, “At this point it’s weird if someone doesn’t smell like Le Labo Santal 33.”

— Read more at That Perfume You Smell Everywhere Is Santal 33 at New York Times.

2 for Tuesday: Le Labo The Noir & Nomenclature Iri_del

Quick fragrance reviews of Le Labo Thé Noir 29 and Nomenclature iri_del.

Le Labo Thé Noir 29

Le Labo Thé Noir 29

We all know better by now than to expect anything from the perfume names at niche line Le Labo: they’re named for the note in greatest concentration, NOT for the note that “stars” in the fragrance. And I do know that, but I just can’t help myself. I was hoping for a big black tea (preferably a nicely smoked Earl Grey) from Thé Noir 29 and was consequently disappointed by this fresh, pale amber-y wood with hints of fig and a slight rose-y floral note…

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Foreplay is not their thing

But both Malle and Le Labo are well aware of the dangers, having rejected other offers. Malle describes it as a flattering, often amusing process. “You have fund managers and bankers coming to see you all the time, wanting to buy you out,” he says. “And foreplay is not their thing. You’re sitting having a nice breakfast with them, and suddenly they’re talking about merging your company and telling you what you’re doing wrong.”

— Fabrice Penot (of Le Labo) and Frédéric Malle talk about selling their respective brands. Read more at Boutique perfume: on the scent of a deal at Financial Times.