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December 17, 2015

Ultimate Holiday Splurge No. 2: La Labo Santal 33


If I didn’t have any business buying a $1300 bag, I REALLY don’t have any reason to plop down $240 on a fragrance. So not practical. Unless a spritz can also wash the dishes and walk the dog. What’s even more mortifying: I haven’t even smelled Le Labo Santal 33 and I still want it. This is one of those scents that keeps popping up on editor lists (most recently the New York Times) as the most au currant scent of the year with a cult-like following among the who’s-who in fashion and beauty. Normally that is my cue to turn around and walk to the Bobbi Brown counter but the description is equally intriguing and elusive: 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… From this memory is born SANTAL 33: a perfume that introduces our use of cardamom, iris, violet, ambrox which crackle in the formula and bring to this smoking wood alloy (Australian sandalwood, cedarwood) some spicy, leathery, musky notes, and gives this perfume its unisex signature and addictive comfort.

I WANT TO SMELL LIKE PERSONAL FREEDOM! And I don’t mind if everyone else does, too. We may just have to settle for the soap instead.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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