For its first foray outside of fragrances, niche perfumery Le Labo presents two no-nonsense—though undeniably chic—collections this October.
As Oscar Wilde famously wrote “all art is quite useless”, and it’s hard not to draw comparisons when Le Labo makes a similar claim. Cheekily asserting that its Body – Hair – Face collection is “useless—like any other”, Le Labo presents artfully simple additions to one’s toilette with the skin- and hair-care range. Brewed paraben-free in La Labo’s California lab, the collection not only covers the basics of its titular areas with cream and shampoo, hand pomade and lip balm, but ventures further with shower oil (moisturizing enough to forgo a following lotion), scrub shampoo (for an extra deep clean and detox to the scalp), and camphor balm (massaged into temples for stress release).
The plant-based formulas are imbued with the likes of toning argan, nourishing sesame, and antioxidizing sea buckthorn. It wouldn’t be Le Labo without a fine fragrance or two; the collection offers notes of mandarin, basil, and hinoki (the trees surrounding Buddhist temples in Japan’s Mount Koya), while select products, like the camphor balm and coffee-based body scrub, need no added scents beyond their key ingredients.
With whiffs of tobacco and hair tonic, Le Labo plays with a retro Americana in its Men’s Grooming collection. Harkening back to the days where barbers acted as a one-stop groomer, surgeon, and confidant, the line presents six products for the modern man: there are classics like after-shave and beard oil, while a face bronzer caters to every sun-kissed desire of the present-day aesthete.
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