Scent Sleuth

The air has been so thick and heavy of late, I thought it time to bring in some sweetness and light.

Alas – it is empty

I have become a Scent Sleuth. You may recall I recently wrote about The Scent of Life = my love for perfumes. And how I find it difficult, at times well nigh impossible, to turf out empty bottles. Especially those really pretty or unusual ones.

I’ve had one of those very bottles sitting on the shelf in my bedroom for many a year. It was time, I decided, to find out what it was. You’d think it would be easy to find that out just by looking at the bottle. Nope. Not this one. The only clues it had was a giant Gothic letter L on the square amber bottle which was almost fully covered by a giant gold lid with the same letter on it.

The base of the bottle had a teeny tiny sticker with even teenier tinier letters on it. Impossible for my old eyes to easily see. Eventually I found that it was a 100 ml spray/vapouriser bottle (duh) and this – NY 10016.

By this time I had scoured the internet. In my mind the L meant it was a Lancome perfume. Except – no. It was not to be found anywhere. I scoured through the Lancome range of women’s frangrances. Many times. Maybe it was a discontinued line.

So I googled what NY 10016 was. Aha! New York. Lancome. Another google search took me to their website. Which took me to their email contact, Which took me to scribing a query, photos inlcuded, asking about the fragrance.

You gotta love their customer service. In less than 24 hours I received an email response telling me it was not one of their fragrances. It was in fact a Gwen Stefani one called – L. Huh!

This is what they wrote –

Bonjour Raili,

Thank you for contacting Lancôme.

Thank you for reaching out to us about a specific fragrance. However, that is a unique parfum, but it is not a Lancome product. The bottle image that was sent is L Lamb by Gwen Stefani. Based on the notes from that parfum, we recommend checking out our Tresor In Love Eau De Parfum which has the same notes of Musk, Fig, Jasmine, Rose. We hope you find this information helpful and hope you find the perfect product. ….

Best Regards,
Consumer Care Center

Wouldn’t you know it, I have that very Lancome perfume sitting on my bedroom shelf.

In the meantime I had also mentioned my dilemma to a friend of mine who is the superest super sleuth ever. She was on a mission. In three hours she got back to me. “I know what your perfume is!” Yep – L. by Gwen Stefani. She even sent me a link to a site where you can buy it.

I asked her how she found it so quickly. I just googled square women’s perfume bottle, she said. Oh. Why didn’t I think of that. I am a mere novice sleuth.

I did find out the notes of this fragrance – ‘L Lamb Perfume by Gwen Stefani is a floral fragrance for women that was launched in 2007. It was created by the noses of Firmenich. This fragrance has top notes of violet leaf, white freesia, water hyacinth, and pear. Its middle notes consist of jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, sweet pea, and orange blossom. Its base features notes of frangipani flower, peach, white musk, and heliotrope. This fragrance has moderate sillage and is long lasting. Its maker describes it as “bright, fresh, and clean.”
I can attest to its floral-iness and long lasting-ness. Having put it on this morning, I can still smell it at the end of the day. And it is beautiful.

Turns out Gwen Stefani is a famous American singer who released her first perfume – L – in 2007. It has since been discontinued. Hence it is hard to find. L stands for Love, Music, Angel, Babies. And good old Gwen has a whole range of L products on the market. Except for this fragrance.

My new unboxed L

I did some more novice sleuthing about where I could buy some. And how much it costs. This rare bottle with its unique fragrance had an eye watering top price of AUD545 for 100ml bottle. Ouch. Turns out it’s easier to get 30 ml parfums than 100ml vapourisers. But I did find some more reasonably priced ones. There was a 75% full used bottle for AUD89. Who sells used perfume? There was also a new boxed bottle for AUD199. And a new unboxed one for AUD139. AUD60 for a box?!

I’m now on a mission to get me a new unboxed bottle. And guess what? It arrived this week thanks to the Retired One. He originally bought it for me. Now, many years later, he bought it again. Just in time for our wedding anniversary!


6 thoughts on “Scent Sleuth

  1. Oh yes scents can bring back all kinds of memories. So glad that the “Retired One” managed to get you a bottle of your L perfume. He deserves a pat on the back for that🤗
    Enjoy the perfume Raili and the wedding anniversary of course. Janet xxx

  2. What a great story, from the sleuthing to the anniversary gift! I collect and write about fragrance, but I had never seen or heard of this one. It sounds really lovely, and I’m so glad you now have a back-up bottle. Happy anniversary!

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