Diptyque’s Noisetier Candle

Diptyque Noisetier Hazel © Victor Wong
Diptyque Noisetier Hazel © Victor Wong

Burning my first Diptyque candle. I love uncommon scents and this one is Noisetier, or Hazel. At first I thought it was roasted chestnuts, but the sales told me it’s hazelnuts, and we were both wrong – it’s hazel. (Leaves? Flowers? Raw nuts?) The scent is woody green and a bit raw! I wonder what other essential oils are in this formula or is it purely hazel? I have never smelled anything like it, although it’s not completely in a strange territory.

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Le Labo’s Cuir 28 (2013)

© Victor Wong
© Victor Wong

I don’t think I will ever need to worry about getting a backup bottle of Le Labo’s Cuir 28, because I will never finish it. I might wear it once a year when no one’s home, or when there is a super moon in the sky.

Cuir 28, to me, is almost unwearable. If I try to analyze it, I would say the ingredients used are geniune. (Vetiver, leather, cedar woods, etc.) But it’s just that everything is so concentrated that it’s almost a biohazard. It’s like someone is offering you Earl Grey tea, but instead of in a cup with cream and sugar, he wets the teabag in hot water and asks you to suck it. It’s stronger than Bandit, but all the flowers are torched by Le Labo’s flamethrower squad.

If you are hot and sexy, wearing Cuir 28 would probably help you look like an egomaniac ready for some S&M session. (No offence to all the hot and sexy people here.) For normal folks, it is not a scent to wear to work, to a date, to school, to the gym, to an important meeting, to hold a baby, but may be good for a walk in the woods or a leather bar by yourself, or sitting alone by a Gothic window watching the sun scorch the desert.

Le Labo’s Anis 24

Le Labo Anis 24, Home Fragrance, 100ml
© Victor Wong

Being a crazy Le Labo fan, I use their home fragrance as… perfume (don’t call the police). Figure 15 is absolutely the most realistic fig tree scent I have ever smelled, and I LOVE figs. One day I couldn’t resist and sprayed it on my body and I didn’t find it wrong at all, ha ha. (But spraying Bath and Body home scent on your body is wrong.)

I visited Le Labo Toronto today and noticed that they no longer have Anis 24 on display. The sales lady said, “Don’t quote me, but I think Le Labo is slowly discontinuing Anis 24. We no longer receive the concentrate.” If you have been considering getting Anis 24, you might want to take action now.