People of the Labyrinths (POTL) Luctor et Emergo
Luctor et Emergo by The People of the Labyrinths (aka POTL) — and yes, it’s a moronic name for a perfume company, but try not to hold it against them — is a vanilla-slathered incense fragrance that’s sweet, musky and a little bit fruity-floral. Terrific news if you’re a fan of foody (aka gourmand) fragrances, but if you like your perfumes not so edible, you might want to give Luctor et Emergo a pass.
Once the initial sweet-jam opening starts to fade, the wearer is strapped in for that full-throttle vanilla which, as far as vanillas go, is actually very nice — warm, pleasantly sweet, reminiscent of cakes baking and fresh puddings on the stove top. Needless to say, you’ll be an instant hit with the kids (not to mention a hungry spouse) should you decide you need a little spray of Luctor et Emergo to get you through the day.
There are numerous customer reviews on the Lucky Scent site stating that Luctor et Emergo is not a gourmand fragrance, but you’d have to engage in a willing suspense of disbelief if you’re going to convince yourself that vanilla is not primarily a food ingredient.
There appears to be a dash of neroli for a brief cut grass scent, some galbanum to evoke the scent of green apples, and perhaps a spicy clove is buried in there, as well. Color me surprised if there isn’t also some cinnamon and the occasional whiff of star anise thrown in for good measure, too.
After the vanilla and spices complete their tour of duty, there follows a drydown of light incense smoke, a sweet floral musk (ambrette seed) and a fragrant amber accord that brings the project to a wrap.
I’m sure I missed a few steps in that dance (patchouli and sandalwood, most likely, because everything seems to have patchouli and sandalwood in it lately; a bit of chewy black cherry at the opening), but I’m thinking you’ll get the general picture.
Luctor et Emergo can be worn by both men and women, though I would personally find its candied vanilla nature more attractive on a woman; that said, I suspect it would be a big sugary hit at a sweaty gay disco.
There are two versions of Luctor et Emergo: the eau de parfum (EDP), and the eau de toilette (EDT). I’m writing about the EDP version, so I can’t vouch for any similarities or dissimilarities to the less concentrated EDT, though I hear the EDT emits a distinct “Play-Doh” odor — so if you’re determined to buy the stuff, do yourself a favor and shell out the extra cash for the eau de parfum.