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Le Labo Another 13 Review

Le Labo Another 13 Review

Whether you’re a Le Labo fan or not, you may have heard of the second most popular fragrance from the house – Another 13. It’s a popular choice among fragrance enthusiasts and people who just want to wear something nice alike, thanks to its unique blend of musky and floral facets that create a distinct and alluring scent. But could le Labo Another 13 be right for you?

In this review, we’re going to cover every aspect of this unique fragrance, from each note you can find in it and our thoughts to the performance and situations you can wear it. Let’s get into it.

Brand History

The brand was founded in 2006 by two French guys – Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi – who were tired of smelling like everyone else. They wanted to create unique fragrances that would stand out in a sea of ‘department store perfumes’ as they put it. And so, the brand was born. It quickly gained a cult following among fragrance aficionados, who couldn’t get enough of its unusual blends and minimalist packaging.

Each perfume is usually titled by the main ingredient – such as Santal – and the number of total ingredients in the fragrances’ composition. Special edition fragrances such as Another 13 break away from this rule though and have names based on the collaboration.

Perfume History and Story

Le Labo’s Another 13 scent is a relatively new addition to the brand’s fragrance line, having been launched in 2010. The scent was created in collaboration with AnOther Magazine to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Another 13 is a unisex perfume that is part of the brand’s “City Exclusive” line, which means it is only sold in select locations worldwide when it launched and was a limited edition for a time, however, it is widely available now. This features a blend of musk, ambroxan, and jasmine, and has become a favourite among fragrance lovers for its incredibly unique scent. The name “Another 13” actually refers to the 13th ingredient used in the perfume, which is kept secret by the brand.

Perfume Bottle & Presentation

The bottle of Another 13 is the same as every other frag in the line, a bell shape with a laboratory-esque label. The label can be customised with your name and is very neat in its presentation. It even has the expiry date of your bottle of Another 13 on it.

The packaging of le Labo Another 13 is also very nice, with the brand’s ethos of sustainability really shining through. All in all, a great presentation.

Our Thoughts

Another 13 is a scent that definitely took me by surprise. I wanted to see what all of the fragrance lovers were talking about and try out this scent for myself and it was totally not what I expected.

It’s highly dependent on the wearers’ skin chemistry, and on me, it’s pure musky goodness. As I was expecting, the scent didn’t really project but I just kept getting whiffs of it and I really liked it. A woman even commented about it in a shop I was in – I thought it has zero sillage but apparently it does.

I can see why it’s such a popular signature frag as it’s very easy to wear. It’s a very divisive perfume though, so I suggest that you try a sample first and see how it works for you.

How many sprays are required?

In a rare case, I think le Labo Another 13 is a scent that should only be sprayed between 3-5 times no matter the situation. You’ll probably think you haven’t sprayed enough but it is actually quite strong, especially if you get it on your clothes.

Spraying this amount of sprays will give you an amazing sillage that isn’t massive but will be smelled by anyone who comes close to you – they’ll get the full force of the musky goodness. Going over this amount of sprays is overkill really, as Le Labo Another 13 seems to perform the same no matter how many sprays you do. As always though, this all depends on your skin chemistry, as different people get different longevity as well as facets. One of my friends gets nuclear performance from this in just one spray, and all you can smell is a fuzzy ‘pearish’ smell thanks to how Another 13 works on her.

Notes

let’s breakdown the facets of this hit limited edition scent:

Opening

Pear

Apple

Citruses

The opening of Another 13 will 100% take you by surprise. I get a bit of juicy, ripe pear supported by a crispy apple note. There’s only a hint of citrus, so don’t expect bright popping citrus to be here. This opening lasts only a few minutes though before the mid kicks in.

Heart Notes

Ambrette seeds (Musk Mallow)

Amyl Salicylate

Moss

Jasmine

The mid of ANother 13 is very potent and nothing to be trifled with! It’s also where the synthetics of the composition start to poke their head through. The musky ambrette seeds are the main players here, with a very strong but clean musk present.

The moss and jasmine are very much supporting facets in the composition, and I can barely detect either of them in Another 13. You can tell the craftsmanship that went into this as the synthetic facets aren’t offensive and in your face, as the next phase of the perfume will show.

The mid lasts around 1-2 hours, with those musky ambrette seeds carrying through right to the finish of the scent.

Base Notes

Iso E Super

Cetalox

Helvetolide

Ambrettolide

The base of Le Labo Another 13 is pure synthetics. The Iso e Super is there to help longevity, whilst the Cetalox is a form of synthetic ambergris to add some dirt. Helvetolide and ambrettolide are both synthetic versions of amber as well, which add even more fuzz to the musky facets that will still be present. All in all, it’s an incredibly interesting, warm and pleasant journey through the different phases of Another 13.

Performance

Sillage

The sillage is sneaky with Another 13. You think it’s not there but you’ll keep getting a slightly fruity musk blast. It surrounds you without you knowing it and the amazing trail follows you around for the entire life of the fragrance. It’s extremely surprising when you get a whiff of the interesting scent hours after applying!

Longevity

The longevity is another strong point for the once-limited edition Another 13. It really sticks onto you and I found it outlasting many of my other frags. I got an easy 8 hours out of this perfume, and even after that, I was still catching those phantom whiffs of the ambroxan heavy base.

Clothes are another story. You’ll be to catch the le Labo Another 13 warm and pleasant base for days after you spray it – it really sticks to clothes and when I sprayed my coat it filled the hallway!

Projection

Projection is totally different to other scents – it works incredibly strangely. It doesn’t feel like it’s projecting very well but people will be catching it, even more so if a cool breeze catches you.

Target Market

This is one of the few scents I’d classify as truly unisex. Both men and women can easily pull this off, and from what I’ve discovered, the main facets that project will change depending on who wears it. On most women, the fruitier accords and light musk come forward, whereas on men it’s a dirtier musk that comes out to play.

When to Wear

This is a perfect signature frag that can be worn for any occasion and any place. It’s a frag that you can easily put on and wear when you want to feel like you aren’t wearing anything but still want to rock something interesting.

Individuality

Another 13 is incredibly unique. I personally have never smelled anything else that is even in the same ballpark. Many other mainstream brands don’t want to be as daring as this – it’s very musk-heavy. This is individual and unique without having to scream it from the rooftops.

Value For Money

Now here is the big turn-off for many people – how much money it costs for a bottle. It’s niche pricing, so you’re looking at around the £200/$260ish mark for a 100ml bottle. This can put a lot of people off. But if you’re looking for something unique that you can easily wear, lasts ages and is of high quality, it could be worth it.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Incredible performance
  • Very unique
  • Nice presentation
  • Super easy to wear
  • Unisex

Cons

  • The high price
  • Musk heavy
  • Dependent on skin chemistry

Similar Perfumes

Escentric Molecules Molecule 02

Escentric Molecules Molecule 02 is a single note – Ambroxan. Thanks to the fact Another 13 is so musk and ambroxan heavy, they do give off a similar vibe. A majority of people can’t actually smell Molecule 02 though, as some people can be born nose blind to the scent. It’s a cheaper, more beginner-friendly version of the le Labo essentially.

Juliette has A Gun Not A Perfume

This has the same quality of being super wearable and making you feel like you aren’t actually wearing a fragrance, but it adds just a touch of sweetness. This is also more feminine leaning, so if you want a less muskier vibe, give this a try.

Our Verdict

If you’re looking for an easy-to-wear fragrance that you can spray and forget about – and you like clean musks/ambroxan! – you should definitely give this a try. Make sure you get a sample first though because it can be a real shock to the system.

0/5 Bottle
0/5 Scent
0/5 Sillage
0/5 Longevity
0/5 Projection
0/5 Price

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