Saturday Question: What Would Your City’s Le Labo Exclusive Smell Of?




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Saturday Question: What Would Your City’s Le Labo Exclusive Smell Of?

Found this amazing question on Facebook Fragrance Friends. Audrey posed the question and there were some really terrific answers. Don’t worry if your city has been done. Give it your own twist, tell your story through scent.

If Le Labo did a city exclusive for your closest city, what would be the note focus? You can only choose one for the name but include a couple of other notes that you think they would add.

My Answer:

Sydney: Aquatic, Ozoniic, Salty, Car fumes, Eucalyptus and mown grass with the smell of baristas making sweet, clean coffee running in and out through the whole life of the fragrance.

My Saturday Question to you is:

What Would Your City’s Le Labo Exclusive Smell Of?

115 thoughts on “Saturday Question: What Would Your City’s Le Labo Exclusive Smell Of?

  1. Pawling
    Fresh fruit
    Tomato leaf

    Farmers market in the summer…. Lots of fruits, vegetables and homemade baked goods including sourdough bread and almond croissants filled with marzipan paste and lavender shortbread cookies

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  2. Ha, since I’m a country bumpkin there are several ways I could answer this. But for once in my life, I’ll answer the question as asked. My nearest city is Galway. So, coastal, salty, coffee, hot bodies, because it’s always thronged and people are in close proximity. Cannabis, because it’s quite laid back and hippyish. Whiskey and tobacco. Grass. Am I selling it to you? It is my most favourite place in this country, bar none!


  3. Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has already created a fragrance named Colorado based on the Rocky Mountain air, evergreen trees, wild flowers, altitude, and sun based on her home town of Boulder.
    Denver would smell of leaves from the fall, plum tree flowers from the spring, and the drydown would have some notes of animalic origin because of our natural wildlife, containing some sort of animal musk element such as civet, castoreum, musk, styrax, ambergris.


  4. Pittsburgh: pickle, creosote, hops, tomato leaf, basil, kielbasa. (Just kidding on the last one). I think it would be a supremely bizarre perfume. Pittsburgh is a very diverse city with a not so pretty scent history (steel mill smog) which is thankfully mostly in the past!


  5. Ok, my typical Perth day starts in the dog park, lemon scented gums and maybe a touch of mown grass and …poo. Then coffee at the coffee van and a bit of sea breeze.
    God no.


  6. Right now I’m in San Diego, and it’s so hot the air is scorching my nostrils, but in general, my neighbourhood smells of fresh ocean breeze, mock jasmine and warm earth.


      • Vancouver is one of the few non-snowy cities in Canada. There’s a complete city-wide panic if there’s 5 cm of snow – car accidents galore and school closures – while the rest of Canada snickers. A terrible, terrible winter is when it’s below freezing a WHOLE MONTH!! (More snickering from the rest of snow-bound Canada)


        • Same with Seattle. The black ice on hills plays havoc with driving!!! The snow we had last winter was more than enough – hopefully we won’t get a repeat of it this year! The Cowboy Junkies had a show cancelled the day of the performance due to snow and were justifiably mystified because there was just a small sprinkling of snowflakes downtown (the snow and iced up roads were hitting neighborhoods with higher elevations – such as ours).


            • I’ll bet we get even more. I think we’re in The Snowbelt or whatever they call it. It’s endless. And now, with global warming, we have these crazy temperature fluctuations. So a foot of snow can fall one day, and then weirdly the temperatures go up, it rains and then freezes the following day. Everything turns to ice. A foot of snow becomes 5” of ice. Just awful!


  7. Ah, what a *lovely* question!

    Edinburgh’s got so many smells and you can tell which way the wind is blowing depending on what’s dominating: cold sea, rained-on-stone, roasted malt from the whisky distillery, hops from the breweries, the biscuit factory, the gorse that covers Arthur’s Seat, and my favourite, the haar (the summer sea fog).


  8. Hmmm: Cleveland — rust, sweat, asphalt, molten steel, baseball/football leather/cowhide, spilled beer, spring onion, algae, lake water, dirt/grit/pulverized rock, corn and bean fields


  9. Hmmm, Seattle would be the smell of an amazing day at the downtown farmers market – wet dirty pavement, car exhaust, coffee, crumpets, seafood/vegetable/flower stalls and the smell of an old, polished wooden cocktail bar counter top..


      • The Pike Place Market is a huge part of Seattle history and a very important part of Seattle’s downtown 🙂 In the 60s it was almost turned into a parking lot but luckily it was saved! It is a very busy mix of locals and tourists. My favorite places are the crumpet shop, restaurants like Le Pichet and Matts in the Market, and the beautiful flowers! It also has the first Starbucks (with a line of people a mile long) 😉


          • Yes, Seattle can be very romantic and very beautiful. The farmers market was stunning this evening. I’ve never driven from Seattle to NYC. It would be a long trip but, if planned out, could be amazing!!!! You would just want to make sure that you leave time to see more than just the freeway. A shorter adventure would be going to Portland, checking out the Olympic Peninsula (old growth rain forests), or zipping to Vancouver.


  10. Montrealers have a well-defined joie de vivre. They love to drink. Morning coffees give way to wine, often at lunch, certainly in the evening. So a boozy, coffee-laced scent is in order, for starters.
    Then, in summer, we get lots of humidity and heat. So let’s add the scent of warm, humid earth, lush greenery and flowering trees to the scent. And, if you happen to be using public transit… guessed it. Sweat and BO. So I reckon we should add some cumin.
    The winter version needs only a snow and ice accord added to the boozy coffee. It’s about the only other thing that can be smelled when everything is frozen solid. Apart from the exhaust fumes of the snow clearing and salting trucks that are ever present, day and night. Toss in some car exhaust as well. That always seems amplified when it’s freezing. It’s grim. Which, when you come to think of it, is probably why Montrealers like to drink so much!


  11. Hmmm, let’s see……Constanta – rain, wet concrete, fresh bread, salty sea, gasoline, and some vegetables and spices from the air open small markets. Not that bad 😜


  12. The scent of Oslo could well include coffee, since people here care about good coffee. But I will go with other notes: tulips ( a very sheer scent, I know), some linden or bird cherry and as basenotes for sure fir EO or the scent of juniper berries, given the deep forests just on the outskirts of the city. Even if the city faces the fjord, I find the sea breeze cannot be felt in most of the city centre, only down by the old docks, a totally transformed area now. Farmers markets here usually smell of burgers made from venison, not something I want in perfume.


    • Hey Ingeborg, Coffee seems to be the one string that binds all cities in 2019.
      Have your docks areas been gentrified like Sydney? Once the worst places to live, now the richest fat cats live there.
      VENISON burgers? Sounds delicious. Are you not a meat eater?
      Portia xx


      • I eat some meat, but really prefer it to be a roast (like a leg of lamb) with oven baked potatoes, egg plant and so on, rather than sausages and burgers. I’m lucky because my brother in law will often make a roast or a good stew.

        A large area which used to house a big ship yard became an upmarket shopping centre, restaurant area and posh apartments sometime between 1985 and end of the 90s. Still very popular, but people with old money usually prefer villas in other parts of the city or just outside the city. Now they are building along the rest of the seafront and most of the harbour activities with containers and freight in general have stopped or been moved out of the centre. This seems to be the norm everywhere, doesn’t it?


        • MMMMM Roast! Delicious. Jin does Roast Pork. It’s amazing.

          Yeah, Sydney’s waterfronts have been slowly gentrifying since the 1970s. It’s a mark of success how much water you can see. Also, between city and Pacific ocean are the most highly sought after. A view of Sydney and ocean is the ultimate prize.

          Portia x


  13. Hey, guys! Long time, no see, with good reason … However, this week’s Saturday question is too good to keep silent. Loved reading your responses. Edinburgh and Galway sound particularly great.
    I’d be laughing hard if LL made a perfume named Staroscherbinovskaya, – that’s my hometown, but I’d definitely would want to buy it if it smelled like springtime here. Wild apricot tree in bloom is the best part, but all the tulips, irises, peonies, you name it, aren’t bad, either.


  14. Ballarat , Australia. Begonias ( if they smell) petrichor , cold damp earth , lake water , roses, metallic vibes( referring to the 1850 s gold rush) and the smugness of being better than Bendigo!!!! ( Hello , Greg)


  15. What does Bendigo smell like? Well, the Le Labo headline note would have to be eucalyptus; they are everywhere. Add to that red wine notes representing the surrounding vineyards, spices to represent our Chinese heritage and musk to represent the sweat of the miners who founded this place and the farmers who keep it going.

    It is always sad to see people like Sally-Anne so jealous of bigger and more successful towns; we should leave her to her delusions. My son lives in Ballarat and my original ancestor who first trod on these shores is buried there. My mother had distant relatives at the Eureka Stockade; some chap by the name of Lalor.


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