Monday, July 31, 2017

happy things: le labo jasmin 17

When I worked in the film industry, there was a period when I covered the Cannes Film Festival for a few years. While I remember the films and the actors I interviewed, one of the strongest memories I have is of jasmine. During those sunny days in May, it seemed that the scent of jasmine, combined with the salt air, created a heady perfume that seemed to exist only in this coastal town in France. I tucked this memory into my heart and since then I have been on a mission to find the perfect a perfume that reminds me of those happy moments.

The problem is that jasmine is a tough scent to capture. It can come across too fake or too sweet, like a can of bathroom spray. In all of my travels around the world, however, I have found two scents that have a similar feel- Child and Kai, perfumes which are happy,  creamy, white florals. I own both and I love them. However, I was still searching for the perfect single note jasmine perfume. I searched Sephora and Nordstrom, small boutiques and perfume counters. Then, one day recently, I found it. I was in the Nordstrom flagship store and I stopped by their Le Labo counter. I closed my eyes, took one whiff of Le Labo Jasmin 17 and that was it. I was standing on the sand in a white linen dress with my feet in the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by wild jasmine plants. I bought the body lotion ($68) and have been using it every morning. It immediately makes me happy.

It isn't just me who appreciates the scent. My husband buries his head into my neck and kisses me saying "I love the way you smell." Lately, when people hug me, they linger longer and usually say "Oh my God, you smell so good" and hug me again. My favorite Le Labo moment so far came from a little five year-old who said "You smell happy."  Jasmin 17 isn't a scent that announces itself to people. Being a body lotion, I didn't expect long staying power but when I step in the shower at the end of the day, I can still smell the fragrance lightly lingering on my skin.

Le Labo fragrance is an investment but it feels like you're wearing happiness. I like that.

I hope you're having a happy Monday!

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