Le Labo Santal 33 Dupes – My Favorite Home and Personal Fragrances

My favorite Le Labo dupe from Maison Louis Marie.

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If you’ve recently come across Le Labo’s Santal 33 scent for the first time, whether it was in the lobby of an Ian Schrager hotel (I first got a whiff in the lobby bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel way back in the aughts) or on a passerby you stopped to inquire about their intoxicating scent, you’ve probably also realized that the beautiful fragrance costs a small fortune (about $200-$300).

The good news? Le Labo Santal 33 dupes have cropped up everywhere, especially if you’re looking for the brand’s massively popular Santal 26 or Santal 33 fragrances (they smell similar, Santal 26 is just the brand’s home collection, while Santal 33 is the personal fragrance collection).

Personally, I use the fragrance the most in my home, as candles and diffusers, but I also have a perfume version for when I want to take my favorite scent with me. Whichever version you’re looking for (or perhaps you’re a super fan like me, and want both), I’ve rounded up my favorite Le Labo Santal 33 dupes, below.

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From essential oil diffusers, to candles and body lotion, these Le Labo Santal 33 dupes will infuse your favorite scent anywhere and everywhere.

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1. AromaTech Santal Diffuser

If you’re looking for a home fragrance version of the Le Labo scent, AromaTech’s Santal diffuser oil is a top buy for a few reasons. For one, the Sandalwood-heavy scent is a ringer for Santal 26/33. Plus, the oil works with any cold air or ceramic diffuser, which is great if you already own one and are looking for a new fragrance to try. AromaTech’s diffuser oils are also made from 100 percent essential oils, which means it’s better for your indoor air quality than candles.

And finally, AromaTech’s Santal Diffuser is an Amazon Dupe, which makes it super convenient for basically anyone to order.

2. Method Vetiver & Amber Hand Soap

This is one of my favorite Santal 33 dupes because it’s super cheap, you can keep it all around your home, and you’ll use it multiple times a day. It makes handwashing feel like a high-end experience.

Maison Louis Marie’s No. 4 Bois de Balincourt fragrance is incredibly similar to Le Labo Santal 33 and Santal 26 fragrances, and the option I buy most regularly. I own the fragrance in both the rollerball perfume, and the candle. It’s far more affordable than the Le Labo version, especially when it comes to personal fragrance. The perfume oil is $60 for .5 fl.oz. The No 4. candle rings in at $38, compared to $80+ for Le Labo.

4. Target Threshold x Studio McGee Santal & Ginger candle

This candle smells so similar to the Maison Louis Marie candle, just a touch sweeter thanks to the ginger scent. The 18 oz jar version, which is massive, only costs $30, compared to Maison Louis Marie’s $38 for 8.5 oz, so this has become by go-to lately.

5. sesneslabs Santal Diffuser Oil

I used this exact diffuser oil from Amazon to make a DIY diffuser. I added a few drops to a base of mineral oil and splash of rubbing alcohol, and it puts out a light, Santal-scented fragrance that smells might higher-end than the $17.99 I spent on the project. I also love to dot this on felt pads and put them in trash cans and in the bathroom for a little hidden fragrance.

6. Anecdote’s Santal Candle

My Anecdote Santal candle in my dining room

Anecdote is a home decor boutique in suburban Chicago, which happens to sell a candle, called Santal, that smells strikingly similar to Le Labo’s version. I popped into the shop a couple of years ago, and bought one of the candles, then proceeded to order another one online every two-ish months for about a year, until I discovered the Maison Louis Marie version, which is less expensive and smells almost identical. But, if you want to support a small business, or live in the Chicago area, definitely check out the Anecdote version!

7. Target Santal 33 Perfume Dupe

Last but not least, did you that Target sells a Santal 33 perfume dupe? It’s called Jungle Santal, and it’s just $27.99 for a 2 oz bottle. Reviewers say it has a lighter scent than the Le Labo version, but you can swing by your local Target store and check it out for yourself before you buy (or for $28, take a risk and return it if you don’t like it).

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What does Le Labo Santal 33 smell like?

Le Labo’s Santal 33 and Santal 26 fragrances have notes of amber, cocoa, vanilla, cedar, spices, sandalwood. The smell is sophisticated, masculine, and a bit smoky and leathery. The brand’s description of the scent is more romantic: “Imagine sitting in solitude on the rugged, wide plains of the American West, firelight on your face, indigo-blue night skies above. There is nothing around save for the soft, desert wind. You. Are. Free.”

What’s the best Le Labo scent?

When most people think of Le Labo, they’re thinking of the brand’s Santal 33 Fragrance. It’s the fragrance commonly used in Ian Schrager hotels, like the Gramercy Park hotel and the Public hotel.

So, you can argue that Santal 33 is the best Le Labo scent. Of course, fragrance is incredibly personal, so you may find another Le Labo scent you love even more. Santal 33 is definitely the one that put the brand on the map, though.

Le Labo is also behind the scent of the Edition hotel. While the scent was originally custom-made for the hotel, Le Labo now sells the fragrance, called Noir 29, as part of its permanent collection.

What hotels use Le Labo?

Le Labo is used by Ian Schrager hotels. Schrager is the hotelier behind Gramercy Park hotel (which is the first place I smelled in back in the aughts) as well as the Public and Edition hotels. All use various Le Labo fragrances.

As the scent became more popular, lots of other boutique hotels adopted it as sort of the ‘hotel lobby smell,’ so you’ll find it at other locations, too.

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