Fabrice Penot, one half of the duo behind cult perfume label Le Labo, was the center of attention at Barneys New York earlier this week to launch their latest scent, Santal 33. Each bottle is hand-mixed when it's purchased, and Penot walked us through Le Labo's unique on-the-spot creation process. Even Barneys's creative director at large, Simon Doonan, was excited to see what Fabrice and the shop's on-hand perfume mixer, Marcus, concocted before our eyes.
Plus, they're gorgeously packaged. Each comes in a burnet-glazed apothecary vial made to look like an 18th century poison bottle, and they have charmingly old-fashioned labels. Le Labo founder Fabrice Penot says the collection is "shaped for the kind of woman we'd fall in love with — a woman you don't necessarily notice right away, but you're desperately looking for once she's gone." I'm going to have a sniff and update you next week.