In the month before the City Exclusives month, Im finally sampling last years Le Labo City Exclusive release, Citron 28 (Seoul). Right from the start, its an easy winner and quite pleasant, a fresh, semi-bitter/spicy citrus-dominant blend with very realistic green qualities to it. The listed notes are lemon, ginger, jasmine, musk, and cedar. Im not sure why theres a slight bitter sharpness to it, but my best guess is that thats the citrus ingredients pivoting toward the citron fruit itself, a more bitter, less edible citrus fruit thats one of the original non-hybrid citruses. The woody/musky side is there, too, but mainly in the background, with the lemon/citron/ginger/jasmine aspect being most prominent. Its a classic case of whats not to like?an easy-to-wear citrus that certainly fits the current summer weather in the northern hemisphere.
The pricing for the Le Labo City Exclusives has always been pretty high, and has increased steadily but not horribly in recent years, now $485/319/134 for 100/50/15ml, so while its a nice fragrance overall, it hardly merits the cost, especially when contrasted with some of the richer and more complex offerings from the City Exclusives subline (i.e. Poivre 23 London and Benjoin 19 Moscow, priced at $290 for 50ml in 2016). In fairness, Le Labos creations are generally good or great, but Id certainly recommend sampling Citron 28 because its a good fragrance. Its a great time to order a sample pack of City Exclusives from Luckyscent (in the US) or the Le Labo site as bottles are only sold in the month of September. I look forward to trying latest City Exclusive release, this years Cedrat 37 (Berlin).