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Santal 33

Have you ever had a male creative director say something nonsensical and full of platitudes to you then storm away leaving a trail of something cloyingly familiar? That’s Le Labo’s Santal 33 BABY! It’s sort of become the shorthand for “I make six figures, but am mildly creative and want you to know.” It’s the scent everyone loves, but also loves to hate because of its ubiquity in coastal cities. Articles have been penned about how it one summer became the scent of everywhere* in NYC. This woody aromatic is addictive, but has also been co-opted and turned into the pinterest board mason jar of fragrances. I’m pretty sure at least one of the co-founders of Wework wore this scent. This person is reading Sapiens and said he bought it at a local book store but definitely Amazon prime’d that shit.

Official notes include sandalwood, virginia cedar, cardamom, violet, papyrus, leather, amber and iris. IRL you will smell fresh, but musky all at once with a hint of self-loathing.