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humanity fragrance!

Ah, the first sniff of spring in New York: crocus, a hint of forsythia, and a trash can made redolent by the sun.

Bottle your version during Le Labo’s First Mondays, where wannabe perfumers spend two hours drinking champagne and learning the olfactory arts. (Does cotton candy or the aroma of cold hard cash make a better top note?)

Classes are led by Anne McClain, a graduate of France’s Grasse Institute of Perfumery, who creates her own fragrance, called Humanity, in small batches in a Brooklyn laboratory. The scent is light but rich in vanilla with notes of maté tea and sandalwood, and it is encased in a stunning conceptual glass bottle.

All of the perfume’s proceeds go toward building the Humanity Perfume Fountain, a public art project that will be installed this summer in Greenpoint’s McGolrick Park for six months.

Smells like team spirit.

First Mondays at Le Labo, 233 Elizabeth Street, between Houston and Prince Streets ( 212-219-2330  212-219-2330 or lelabofragrances.com). R.S.V.P. for classes ($75) to workshops@lelabofragrances.com. Humanity Fragrance ($125) is available at Sigerson Morrison, 28 Prince Street, between Mott and Elizabeth Streets ( 212-219-3893  212-219-3893 ); online at mcmcfragrances.com.

Smell culture? See pics selected by photographer Shane Lavalette, who will be signing his new book today, at ICP, 6-7:30 p.m.

Photo: Courtesy of Anne McClain

28 Prince St
bt Elizabeth & Mott Sts
New York, NY 10012
233 Elizabeth St
bt Prince & Houston Sts
New York, NY 10012