My take on Bergamote 22 by Le Labo

I recently sampled Bergamote 22 by Le Labo.

Artist behind this fragrance is Daphne Bugey. We know her from creations such as Graine de Joie by Eau d’Italie and other Le Labo masterpieces like Neroli 36.

The listed notes are: amber, musk, grapefruit, vetiver, petitgrain, bergamot (the best kind imaginable) , vanilla, orange blossom and cedar

In my opinion, this is a balanced, extremely crisp, well-blended bergamot scent. I mention the bergamot exclusively because when you take an initial sniff, you realize it’s clearly the dominant note. After the first few hours, the bergamot starts to dry down and leaves room for a base of high quality vetiver. I, for one, don’t really notice any slight transition to the heart note of petitgrain like it has been suggested in the community but I have might have missed it and am eager to sample it again. I reckon the other notes gradually blend in amazingly well in order to give off a very well-rounded smell.



In regards to bergamot scents, this one is in a class all by itself. I wouldn’t compare it to other citrus scents because that would not do it proper justice. It does play the bergamot game, but it plays it incredibly well and uniquely. Upon first spray, you receive a fresh blast of citrus of the kind that is very uplifting and, strangely enough for initial sprays, not sythetic or strong smelling at all.

The only thing is, and the price to pay for the fact that it indeed does smell natural, that it doesn’t have too much staying power. When I sample a scent, I always spray it on the back of my hand so I can take a sniff during the day and this one was gone within two hours. Some people might take offense for this fact, considering the relatively high retail price for this gem, but I’m not one to let it bother me.

This is a fantastic scent and a well-rounded creation for the summertime. You can wear this any time of day or for any kind of setting. Think work, outdoors, barbecues, pool parties. It won’t offend anyone. It does have a slight hint of sophistication to it so it might not suit the very young crowd (think high school, early college) but anyone above 25 can clearly pull it off.

Sample it!


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