A fragrance has been said to exude certain feelings, represent you, trigger memories and even transport you somewhere. That’s what the team at New York perfumery Le Labo had in mind when designing its range of scents. In its newest line, City Exclusive, the thirteen fragrances have all been bottled with ingredients native to the origin, capturing the essence of the city’s characteristics.
One of the 13 fragrances created is Bigarade 18, an exclusive scent dedicated to our very own Fragrant Harbour, Hong Kong. The intention behind Bigarade 18 is to bring forth the powerful tension of contrasting elements of the city – it’s old and new, rigid yet comfortable. As the name suggests, 18 ingredients have been blended to express that tug of war balance with the classical smell of citruses and white florals contrasted by transgressive notes of dark woods and ambergris.
Each location selected for the City Exclusives collection is meaningful to Le Labo’s founders and their upbringing and travel experiences. For Hong Kong, perfumer Eddie Roschi pays tribute to his version of Hong Kong (as he spent a part of his childhood here), expressing his personal experiences of the city back in the 80s.
“I have memories of strolling through the hallways of the Repulse Bay Hotel that was lined with fragrant lilies and citrus trees. In developing Bigarade 18 for Hong Kong I wanted to mix the old classicism of ‘old school’ ingredients, whilst making a scent that stayed contemporary and unforgettable, a tribute to my exposure and memories of Hong Kong, a mix of old and new.”
What differentiates the City Exclusives line of fragrances with others is that each fragrance will only be available for sale in its origin, with the exception of this September. For one month only, all 13 blends will be sold worldwide so you can get your hands on the scents of the world without purchasing that plane ticket.
City Exclusive Scents:
- Bigarade 18, Hong Kong
- Gaiac 10, Tokyo
- Vanille 44, Paris
- Tubereuse 40, New York
- Poivre 23, London
- Musc 25, London
- Aldehyde 44, Dallas
- Limette 37, San Francisco
- Baie Rose 26, Chicago
- Cuir 28, Dubai
- Benoin 19, Moscow
- Mousse de Chene 30, Amsterdam
- Tabac 28, Miami
Visit Le Labo’s website for more information on the City Exclusive scents here.