The smoky, leather-scented candle that has gained cult status among fragrance enthusiasts.
THE STORY OF A SCENT
Think of Le Labo as a workshop that immerses consumers in the experience of the perfumer’s lab (hence the name). Each scent is mixed before the client’s very eyes; candles are hand-dipped and bottles are personalized on site. The brainchild of Fabrice Penot and Edouard Roschi, Le Labo unveiled its first boutique in New York City in 2006 with 10 scents. Each formula is named after its principal essence, plus a number denoting how many ingredients it’s composed of, an effort to demystify the olfactory process.
Case in point: Santal 26 is one of Le Labo’s most beloved offerings both in its candle and room spray forms. This aristocratic aroma has a distinct smell of smoke and leather, which is meant to evoke a nostalgic, intimate vibe. The scent is perhaps the ultimate holiday gift; indeed, according to Penot, the effect is everything. “The notes don’t really matter,” he says. “But the feelings do. Ones of warm nostalgia, of well-being, of feeling intimately special and elevated.”
THE CANDLE PROFILE
OLFACTIVE FAMILY: Woody
NOTES: Amber, coconut, vanilla, cedar, spices, musk, and sandalwood
WHERE TO BURN
While snuggling with your man in front of a nonworking fireplace in your New York City apartment or place beside your marble bathtub and inhale deeply
APPROVED & FILED
October 31, 2016