If there's one scent that appears on every perfumista's must-smell list, it is Luctor et Emergo. The iconic scent from Dutch design house The People of the Labyrinths is unforgettable from the first spray, with a boozy hit of cherry, almond, and tobacco, which transforms into a smoky, soft, woodsy base sweetened with spicy vanilla. The common thread in people's descriptions of Luctor et Emergo -- which translates from Latin as "I struggle and emerge" -- is that it smells like no other perfume yet still is familiar and comforting, like a hint of nostalgia that's hard to pin down. Each laboratory flask bottle comes packaged in a red velvet box wrapped in a hand-dyed scarf. Notes include green grass, white flowers, vanilla, almond, sour cherry, and precious woods.
The nose behind Luctor et Emergo is Allesandro Gualtieri, who created this scent in collaboration with Geert de Rooij and Hans Démoed, the designers of The People of the Labyrinths.
After a decade of fresh, airy, watery fragrances in the 1990s, Luctor et Emergo made a dramatically different statement and set a milestone in perfume history. Inspired by 19th century fin-de-siècle perfumes, this perfume is a sensual, natural and meditative perfume, composed out of fresh grasses, many different flowers, vanilla, and precious woods.