This review is very close to pointless. Le Labo cleverly, infuriatingly only released 100 bottles of Geranium 30, 95 of which have already been bought. (The remaining five are still available at the Arc Hotel Opening Ceremony location as of 1 PM today.) However, as I expected, at least one bottle has made its way to eBay. Since almost no one had the chance to actually smell Geranium 30, I thought a review might be helpful for those of us deciding whether to bid away our cats’ college funds. (The retail price was $240 for 100 ml, so I predict an insane final price.)
Geranium 30 juxtaposes a sharp, dark green note (poisonously green, nothing fresh or leafy) with a classical sweet, woody base (think Yves Saint Laurent Opium or Estee Lauder Youth Dew). There’s no notes list for this fragrance, but I’m going to guess galbanum. About an hour in, the contrast lessens, leaving only the sweet woodiness. I first tested Geranium 30 with the incomparable Daisy, who said she was reminded of the Elizabeth and James Nirvana fragrances; I can definitely see the resemblance to Nirvana Black in the base.
Should you hunt down Geranium 30? I think it depends on which part of the fragrance’s description appeals to you. If you like the sound of that dissonant green note, Geranium 30 could be worth it for you. If it’s the warm woodiness that you’re drawn to, there are plenty of cheaper alternatives (the previously mentioned Nirvana Black is only $22 for a rollerball). Either way, Geranium 30 is a very attractive fragrance with nice projection and a desperately cute bottle.