People of the Labyrinths Luctor et Emergo

According to my diary (which is absolutely not Star Trek-themed and definitely does not have the words “Captain’s Log” on the cover), I had four New Year’s resolutions for 2015. They were: attend my brother’s graduation, maintain a healthy weight, open Arielle Shoshana, and blog every weekday. You’ll never guess which one I didn’t keep!

(In case you were wondering, my one and only resolution this year is to teach Zelda to walk on a leash. It’s the perfect New Year’s resolution, because it’ll take at least a year!)

"Did you just say leash?"

“Did you just say leash?”

New Year’s 2016 was spent at a 24-hour Korean bathhouse called Spa World. As I doggy-paddled, surrounded by women much braver about mandatory nudity than me, I thought about what I was hoping for from the next year. What eventually came to me was “new”. New, different experiences. When my brother was first hospitalized, I sort of depended on familiar things. I re-read the same books, re-watched the same movies, over and over. I guess it was comforting to know exactly how the story would end. Two years later, those safe, familiar things don’t have the same effect anymore. I’ve gotten everything I can get out of them, I think.

Released in 1997, People of the Labyrinths Luctor et Emergo isn’t new at all, but it’s new to me! In five years of perfume blogging, I had somehow never tried one of niche perfumery’s most celebrated cult classics. The fans declare this “evocative and fascinating” fragrance “a vat of childhood memories”; the haters cry “cough syrup” and “Play-doh”. For me, Luctor et Emergo is a beautifully smooth blend of almond and sweet incense. It doesn’t smell like Play-doh, and it doesn’t smell like my childhood. The most common comparison seems to be Serge Lutens Rahat Loukhoum, which I find much more sugary. Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie is closer, although less complex. My wonderful friend Daisy says that Luctor et Emergo is what the original Pearl River Mart in Chinatown smelled like- wood, incense, dried fruits.

Disclaimers: This post is not sponsored and does not contain affiliate links. My sample of Luctor et Emergo comes straight from the bottle of the lovely Gaia