Le Labo (French: "the laboratory")[1] is an Estée Lauder perfume brand based in New York City.[2] The Le Labo "Manifesto" states that "the future of luxury [...] lies in craftsmanship" and includes a line from Hafiz and mentions of Wabi-sabi and Thoreau.[3]

Le Labo
IndustryConsumer goods
Founded2006; 16 years ago (2006) (New York City, U.S.)
FoundersEddie Roschi
Fabrice Penot
HeadquartersNew York City, U.S.
ParentEstée Lauder Companies


Le Labo was founded in 2006 in New York City by Eddie Roschi and Fabrice Penot.[4][5]

Le Labo was purchased by Estée Lauder Companies in 2014.[6][7][8][9] The brand is now overseen by Esteé Lauder's Group President, John Demsey, alongside other fragrance brands including Jo Malone and Tom Ford.[10] The acquisition has contributed to overall growth in the fragrance category, as Esteé Lauder report increased net sales from Le Labo "reflecting growth from new and certain existing products, as well as targeted expanded consumer reach."[11]


Henry David Thoreau is mentioned in the Le Labo "Manifesto"

Le Labo produces 18 fragrances and 9 ambient room scents. The formulations do not include animal products, paraben, preservatives or coloration, and are not tested on animals. Fragrances are compounded at the time of purchase with the client's name printed on the labels of the boxes and the perfume bottles. Le Labo also retails items such as tote bags, detergents, and note books online. The brand produces 13 City Exclusive scents which are available only at specific locations. For example, Vanille 44 is sold in Paris and Gaiac 10 in Tokyo.

Perfumers who have created fragrances for the brand include Michel Almairac (Ambrette 9),[12] Annick Ménardo (Patchouli 24)[13] and Maurice Roucel (Jasmine 17 and Labdanum 18).[14][15] Le Labo creates a black tea essence fragrance for Edition Hotels.[16]


Le Labo use a standard naming convention for each of their scents. Each fragrance is named after the primary scent note and given a number, which indicates the composition's total ingredient count.[17] Another 13 is an exception to this convention, as it was named after Another Magazine.[18]

  • Another 13
  • Baie 19
  • Santal 33
  • Rose 31
  • Thé Noir 29
  • Bergamote 22
  • Vetiver 46
  • Lys 41
  • Fleur D'oranger 27
  • Thé Matcha 26
  • Neroli 36
  • Iris 39
  • Patchouli 24
  • Ambrette 9
  • Jasmin 17
  • Oud 27
  • Labdanum 18
  • Ylang 49
  • Tonka 25

City exclusivesEdit

  • Aldehyde 44 Dallas[19][20]
  • Baie Rose 26 Chicago
  • Benjoin 19 Moscow
  • Cuir 28 Dubai
  • Gaiac 10 Tokyo
  • Limette 37 San Francisco
  • Mousse de Chene 30 Amsterdam
  • Musc 25 Los Angeles
  • Poivre 23 London
  • Tubereuse 40 New York
  • Vanille 44 Paris
  • Tabac 28 Miami
  • Bigarade 18 Hong Kong
  • Citron 28 Seoul
  • Cedrat 37 Berlin


The first store opened on Elizabeth Street in New York's Nolita neighborhood. The brand has standalone boutiques and counters in department stores in countries and regions including the US, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Hong Kong, UAE, Kuwait, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Russia, South Korea,[21] Thailand, and Australia.[22]

In popular cultureEdit

In Beyoncé's 2016 visual album Lemonade, the singer was depicted burning two Le Labo Santal 26 candles during the sequence for "Sandcastles".[23]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Google Translate". translate.google.com.
  2. ^ lelabofragrances.com Contact Us
  3. ^ About Us lelabofragrances.com
  4. ^ manrepeller.com Leandra Medine, Finding Yourself in Scent May 29, 2014
  5. ^ BoF, Le Labo businessoffashion.com
  6. ^ Osman Ahmed, Perfumer Speaks on Rare LVMH Acquisition businessoffashion.com, March 20, 2017
  7. ^ Robert Klara, How Le Labo Took the Fragrance Industry by Storm, After Starting With Nothing adweek.com August 22, 2016
  8. ^ Trefis Team, Estée Lauder Increasing Focus On Its Fragrance Business With Another High End Brand Acquisition Forbes, February 29, 2016
  9. ^ Adrianne Pasquarelli, Estee Lauder buys Nolita-based fragrance brand: Le Labo becomes latest addition to the beauty powerhouse's $11 billion stable of brands, including Clinique, MAC, and Bumble and bumble. Crain's New York October 15, 2014
  10. ^ "The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. to Acquire Le Labo". www.elcompanies.com. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  11. ^ "Commission file number 1-14064". www.sec.gov. Retrieved 2020-05-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ Ambrette 9 fragrantica.com
  13. ^ fragrantica.com Patchouli 24
  14. ^ fragrantica.com Jasmine 17
  15. ^ fragrantica.com Labdanum 18
  16. ^ "Exclusive EDITION Hotel Scent | Shop Luxury Hotel Candles, Reed Diffuser, and Home Fragrance Collection". Luxury EDITION Hotel Décor by Ian Schrager - EDITION Hotel Store.
  17. ^ Ott, Simone. "Le Labo - Revolutionizing Perfume". www.thebrander.com. Retrieved 2020-05-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "ANOTHER 13 | Le Labo Fragrances". www.lelabofragrances.com. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  19. ^ Le Labo fragrantica.com
  20. ^ City exclusives lelabofragrances.com
  21. ^ "Boutiques | Le Labo Fragrances". www.lelabofragrances.com.
  22. ^ Labo to open Melbourne store Harper's Bazaar, 23 February 2017
  23. ^ Brennan Kilbane, Beyoncé <3s Le Labo intothegloss.com 2016/04

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