I first stumbled upon Le Labo Thé Noir 29 in 2015 in Saks Fifth Avenue on Black Friday, running away from the crowded light display on Fifth Ave. I eagerly sprayed every single scent onto one of these card stocks on display and fell in love with Thé Noir 29. The scent was so fresh and clean but also had woodsy notes to it. I looked at the price ($260!!) and realized it was the holidays and I needed to be shopping for anyone but myself, so I decided I would try to find a deal at a later date. A few months later I decided to buy a sample set from Mr. Porter, which sadly did not have Thé Noir 29, but it gave me the opportunity to try some of their other scents without the commitment. I realized their quality and staying power was well worth the money!
One day I was in Nordstrom and noticed they had a counter and I was so excited, I ran over to re-smell this scent decided it was time for me to buy this. Sadya advised that they offer 20% off refills, which was the icing on the cake for me! The best part about Le Labo fragrance is that they make all perfumes on site, so it’s super fresh and feels very personable (but once it’s made you are committed).
Le Labo describes the scent as an ode to the noble leaf and the craft that surrounds it. Thé Noir 29 combines depth and freshness, softness and strength through permanent oscillation between the light of bergamot, fig, and bay leaves and the depth of cedar wood, vetiver and musk. A special extraction of black tea leaves wraps up the composition by bringing to the formula a dry, leafy, hay, tobacco feeling in the dry down to transform this creation into a sensuous and addictive essence.
I love to wear this during the day since it’s so fresh and light and love to layer this with Le Labo’s Bergamote 22 to bring out the bergamot notes that are already present. The packaging is beautiful and it sits beautifully on the self of my medicine cabinet. Next on my list is Santal 33.
So would you pay this much for fragrance? What fragrances have you bought that were well worth the money?