speaking of Le Labo, I went past their soho boutique as well as a number of counters (Barneys, maybe some others)... call my crazy but I just love Neroli 36. There's something else in there that just reminds me of summers on the lake at the cottage, and on paper this literally scents my room for up to a week (there's got to be some helluva strong synthetics at work here). I'm also really liking the Lab 18, not sure if it's too 'fem' or 'soft' for me, but I think it's still ok. And then there are the rest which I mostly find either too boring/weak like Jasmin, Fleur, Bergamot, etc or just way too raw and sharp to be wearable like Patch, Vetiver and Oud.
Still on the fence about Santal... It really does smell like it started as a room smell first because it's a little too sharp and dry IMO for personal use and it's not exactly cheap stuff, but I suspect I'll end up with some juice if not a bottle by the time I'm done this whole thing...
NYC trip report:
did some SERIOUS sniffing around, or at least what I could considering I had a cold / sinus infection... Covered everything from Madison - Malle, Ford, Diptyque, Bond, Hermes, and more. Then down in SoHo, Aedus (once again very rude service, everytime I leave the shop I swear never to return), CO Bigalow ("pharmacy" with serious frag options) and then West Village / Soho for Odin, Malone (Bleeker), Le Labo, and right nearby Atelier Colognes. MiN was excellent. Then the usual stops like Barneys, Bergdorf, Saks, Bloomingdales etc. And lastly, popped into Krigler, right near Bergdorf and liked their Oud quite a bit. oh, and I went to at least 4 locations of Bond #9 - really liked their new york oud.
came home with a few handfulls of samples, many of which are going into Swap Box #4.