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Perfumes are a tricky thing to navigate. They are extremely personal, and every scent conveys a different emotion.
The Gaiac 10 is nothing like what I’ve experienced before. The first time I caught a whiff, I realised my breathing become longer and deeper and I felt as though my heart rate slowed down. I was at peace.
Spritzing on the perfume is like being garlanded with an aura. It wears close to the body, and is most noticeable in the warm embrace of a lover.
What makes the Gaiac 10?
Those who have taken a whiff of Le Labo’s intensity through its signature Patchouli 24 would assume its perfumer, Annick Menerado, would make Gaiac 10 a full-force, nose-grabbing fragrance. Maybe even something like the hot-blooded Incense series from Comme des Garcons.
Which is why when Gaiac 10 was released, it turned heads quite literally. With it comes clean, musky scents that are linear and well-balanced, even a little spicy-sweet at the end of the day. While it may have been marketed as a masculine perfume, the delicate nature of this scent tells me otherwise.
So why the Gaiac 10?
While others find themselves seizing the day with their scents, I find solace in the Gaiac 10 because it’s peaceful mediation in bottle. The perfume slows things down. It brings back memories of a simpler time when I was younger, accompanying my grandmother to the temple with not a worry in sight.