Gaiac 10 is Le Labo's very popular Tokyo exclusive perfume. Composed by perfumer Annick Ménardo, the smoothness of Gaiac 10 has lead many a fragonerd into alternating between cursing Le Labo for only selling it in their Tokyo boutique and wondering what moving to Japan might entail.
Le Labo fans will quickly recognize the musky base, almost clean but not quite, and very long lasting. It permeates all development stages of Gaiac 10 and hovers there, confident and consistent, with a hidden dark side. This structure works especially well with the lacquered wood opening that evolves into a more natural wood- dry at times and green(ish) later with a faint hint of smooth incense before it all fades to musk.
I've worn Gaiac 10 while out and about. I wore it in Paris, at home and in NYC. Most of all, I enjoy it late at night with a cup of tea, a cat or three on my lap and as I go to bed. Some Le Labo perfumes are so striking and distracting they keep my awake. Not Gaiac. This one is all about serenity.
Notes: Olibanum, gaiac wood, cedar absolute, musk
Le Labo Gaiac 10 is exclusive to Tokyo, but for the month of November will be available to all through Luckyscent (samples are already on sale at $10 per 1.5ml) and the house's website (lelabofragrances.com). A press sample for consideration and review was sent to me by Le Labo.
Art: Japanese style landscape by Paul Ranson.