Those that have not yet tried the cult fragrance Luctor et Emergo by the Dutch fashion house, The People of The Labyrinths, will probably balk at the cost of the matching Enriched Perfume Body Cream: $95 for 200 ml. In fact, even this confirmed fan of the perfume was a bit taken aback. However, I have found this is a product whose quality matches its high price tag and it is an experience all to itself, just as rich and captivating as the perfume.
The presentation is exquisite — a heavy silver glass jar of satisfying heft adorned with the People of the Labyrinths star logo and ensconced in the same red velvet packaging as the perfume — and, unscrewing the metal lid, one finds that the contents are equal to the exterior trappings. It is a rich, thick and stiff cream, and the addition of meadowfoam oil ensures that it has excellent moisturizing power — it sinks directly into the skin, and a small dab leaves one hydrated, soft and supple all day. The fragrance is extremely strong, almost equal in potency to the Parfum. Layering with the perfume is almost overkill; this has enough power to stand on its own for the first two to three hours, and though it does fade, I can usually smell traces of it on my skin anywhere from six to twelve hours later.
It starts with green grasses and rich, smoky woods and unfurls into a mélange of cherry, mahogany, incense, heliotrope and vanilla. Personally, I had always heard others describe the grass and hay note in Luctor et Emergo but never smelled it myself, but I finally sense it here. The cherry note, which is fickle in the Parfum and even fainter in the Eau de Toilette, is pleasingly stable and prominent.
Highly recommended. For buying information, see the listing for The People of the Labyrinths under Perfume Houses.