ياسمن، گل ياس
The spirit of your wings; people’s faith;
brings jasmine’s fragrance, to every breath.
– Aashish Thakur to Aung San Suu Kyi
The Rose 31 perfumer Daphné Bugey has alembicated a clean clear jasmine with tuberose undertones. Lys 41 is a June 2013 release from Le Labo. I love it for it’s clarity; this is not a heady jasmine, it is perfect for a bride-to-be or a hopeful man or woman. It is also appropriate for daily wear. You may be able to smell a top note of lily, I cannot. The drydown is supposed to be musky woods however I still smell jasmine. In fact I smelt jasmine for 24 hours which is a remarkable amount of longevity. Least you think that The Fragrant Man does not bathe; a winter storm cut off the power which meant no hot water on the weekend. I love how this softens down to ‘your skin + a-whisper-of-jasmine’ after around 10 hours; and the whisper keeps whispering as you wake up in the morning.
On Monday, after a hot shower and another Lys 41 spritz, I zoomed over to see a Gujarati friend of mine whose favorite ‘fume is Rose 31. Not anymore. Sachin has declared this scent to be Number 1. I think he is hoping that this one is a bride-catcher. Unlike traditionalists, such as Kilian Hennessy (“jasmine for women, fougères for men“), I think jasmine, especially in this particular 21st century interpretation is a welcome expansion to a man’s wardrobe. Mind you, only a year ago I would have agreed wholeheartedly with Mr Hennessy. Such is The Fragrant Journey.
(NB: there is a earlier Le Labo release called Jasmin 17 which I would not recommend for a man.)
Daphné knew at the age of 12 that she was a perfumer-to-be. Off to ISIPCA she went before Firmenich became her perfume-making home. Her output includes fragrances for DSQUARED², Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler and Kenzo.
Deciding on a new perfume to add to your library or wardrobe can be expensive. Le Labo, have $US6 samples with spray nozzles as well as alcohol-free options for Lys 41 and their entire range.
If you are new to the world of fragrances Le Labo is a good launching pad. You can experiment with one of the most modern perfume houses as a gateway into other niche lines or you may find a pleasant plateau with the variety available from this house.
The number in the name of each perfume refers to the number of notes in the fragrance. Hours of fun if you want to try to identify the notes especially the ones that are not officially listed. I prefer to go with the finished composition and just enjoy. However, speaking of note breakdowns, later in the month we will return to Rose 31 to discuss the actual notes; another Perfumista has a quite different opinion as to what makes up that scent.
In the meantime; Lys 41, step out with jasmine.
Wake up to Yasmin.
Options & Prices
Travel Spray $US135
Oil Dropper $US120 – no alcohol
Lys 41 – Le Labo
Perfumer: Daphne Bugey
Released: June 2013
Classification: white floral
Ingredients: jasmine, lily, tuberose absolute, noble woods, vanilla madagascar, musks and 35 unrevealed notes
Le Labo Perfume Oil – an alternative to those who wish to use perfume without alcohol. The carrier base is made of safflower oil which contains linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid with moisturizing properties. Does not contain paraben, is vegan and cruelty-free. It smoothes, softens and perfumes the skin and the hair. (as per the Le Labo website)