Limette 37 by Le Labo 2013

Hi Hi Hi,

I know, I know, I know! I’m late to the party, this has finished its scheduled sale. Yes, I know. Here’s the thing though, I have been so inundated by fragrance that this and another 2013 release Cuir 28 have been lying idle in their pack awaiting moderation. I remember this being slated for its incredible cost $440/100ml and that it didn’t last at all well, nor was its development interesting enough to warrant such outrageous pricing. OK, so I will try it and see how it goes…

Limette 37 by Le Labo 2013

Limette 37 Le Labo FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Lime, bergamot, jasmine, petitgrain, cloves, vetiver, tonka bean, musk

Soapy, that’s what I smell. It’s like a soap we had here in Australia when I was growing up called Palmolive Gold. The tagline “Don’t wait to be told, you need Palmolive Gold” was a schoolyard maxim that would be sung to anyone showing the least sign of body odour.

Here the fresh lemony/citrus smell is tempered by jasmine, actually after the first 10 minutes jasmine become the main focus on my skin. A very clean, pretty jasmine with still a zesty citrus wash over it. I think musk is around too, though I can’t smell it exactly it feels like its there just out of my olfactory reach. All the other accords are not in evidence at the one hour mark to me, but my nose is notoriously wonky.

This morning I awoke to a very soft scent that was still humming around, a musky vanilla citrus. It was easily discernible while lying on my hand in the moments of half asleep and half awake but when I got up and walked to the kitchen to make a cuppa I lost most of it and was left with something not quite fragrant.

Limette 37 Le Labo Lemon_slice DeviantArtPhoto Stolen DeviantArt

I am sorry to agree with the majority in this instance, for the kind of dollars Le Labo were asking I want much more, I want it to sing and tap dance across the air from skin to nostril, I want fireworks and magic tricks. Don’t get me wrong, if you are filthy rich then this will be a perfectly good fragrance for you and I hope you enjoy it and your lovely life of luxury. On the other hand, if you are like me, that $440 could be spent on two or even four much more worthy bottles. For my money that’s a bottle of Ashoka by Neela Vermeire Creations and a export bottle of Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle.

Further reading: The Perfume Shrine and Now Smell This
Surrender To Chance samples start at $6/.5ml

Did you try Limette 37? Was it worth the hype for you? Did you wish for a spare $440?
Portia xx

15 thoughts on “Limette 37 by Le Labo 2013

  1. I’m with you on this. If its gonna be that expensive, it’s better be Amouage-good. I want sillage and longevity, a complex plot to enjoy for hours, dreams of faraway lands, a baroque bottle (not that I’m into bottles, but since we are on it, Le Labo aesthetics kind of turns me off) and, most importantly, high quality ingredients that I am able to perceive as such with my limited skills. To begin with. 🙂 Have a great trip!


  2. I hated this one. It was sharp and had this weird smelling musk. Just awful. It is not something I would spend $40 USD let alone $440 USD. I’m like you. I’d rather spent my money on a Couple of export bottles ofSerge Lutens and vintage Bal a Versailles extrait.


  3. This seems to be one of those “I need to spend $$$$ because I have them” fragrances. Solanace has it right about the La Labo aesthetic! Somehow I find it one of the most insulting presentations on the market. Also, $440 would go a long way toward any of the many vintage and really fine fragrances on my long wish list.


  4. Boring. Expensive. Does nothing for me. Next. Still have not tried Ashoka, need to get my hands on a sample somewhere. Sounds intriguing.


  5. I actually liked it on my vSO. Not to the point to consider the purchase (I didn’t even realize it was that expensive since I tried it during the “regular hours” but in San Francisco). I do not think a single of Le Labo’s city exclusives is worth the money. Many of them are nice and wearable but Amouage they are not.


  6. True confession, I briefly considered buying a bottle of Limette 37 (using my sister as perfume mule as she will be visiting San Francisco) but Lucas’ review on Atelier Cologne Cedrat Enivrant came in the nick of time and I am setting my sights on that instead!


    • I love the Atelier Cologne ideal, good frags at mostly reasonable prices. They call them cologne so no one expects them to last forever and the bottles are nice. Good choice,
      Portia xx


  7. Awright, I also agreed on L37 when I first experienced it at Nolita Le Labo, but, left store with a bottle of Cuir 28, and a sample of L37. When I applied the sample a few days later, it kinda blew me away, the shimering bergamot and lime opening is stunning, it envelops me in a cloud of sunshine and freshness, it is very linear, which for this frag. is spectacular, it also has a very dry wood note, almost like cedar which peers through the citrus, and a little animalic note which weaves in and out of the scent, but overall a very linear experience, which for a citrus scent is pretty amazing, it remains crisp, bright, and fresh for days on me. As far as longevity, I can still smell it on my skin the next day, even after a shower, this thing lasts forever on my skin, and one to two spritzes is all I need. I went back and bought a 100 ml bottle. Comparing Cedrat enivriant to this, is like comparing Vanille 44 to Duelle, the quality and longevity of LL is ten times better, my sister just bought CE when visiting last weekend, and when she tried L37, she totally agreed with me. L37 is my fave Citrus frag ever, the price???? I would have to burn through several bottle of any other citrus to get the same effect.


    • MMM Nice. I am so glad you are loving it and it clearly works Ah May Zing with your chemistry. You are on a winner. Just goes to show that everyone needs to try stuff on their own skin, reviewers can only give their experience. Enjoy your Limette 37.
      Portia xx


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