Lancome La Vie Est Belle Fragrance – Give Yourself a Valentine

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There is something to be said about buying your own Valentines gift.

  1. You get EXACTLY what your heart desires
  2. Whatever you choose fits
  3. There are no flowers to wilt and as Charlotte from Sex in the City says “no filler flowers” meaning cheap dyed carnations
  4. You don’t have to read a card that was chosen at the 11th hour when the only thing left was “Happy Valentines Day to My Secret Pal”-don’t laugh, it’s happened to me
  5. You don’t have to worry about getting the ultimate sweet yet sexy fishing pole your husband, boyfriend or significant other thinks you need

This year I’m buying myself a beautiful Valentines Day gift because… well…. I love me! This is what I chose and I am overjoyed with my choice.

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Gift Set ($78)

Enjoy a beautiful life! Lancôme’s La Vie Est Belle (Life is Beautiful) is the unique olfactory signature fragrance created exclusively for Lancôme by three of France’s leading perfumers. The fragrance of joyful femininity and happiness, it makes life more beautiful and certainly more interesting. La Vie Est Belle is a modern interpretation of an oriental fragrance with a teasing twist of gourmand. Give the gift of Lancôme’s newest perfume sensation and fill her life with fragrance-layering beauty.

What You Get

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Gift Set Includes:

  • 1.7 fl. oz. La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Pafum
  • 1.7 fl. oz. La Vie Est Belle Fragranced Show Gel
  • 1.7 fl. oz. La Vie Est Belle Fragranced Body Lotion
  • Beautiful Gift Box

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 Lancôme La vie est belle L’Eau de Parfum was developed by perfumers Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo. Its composition includes notes of Florentine Iris pallida, iris aldehyde, jasmine sambac, Tunisian orange blossom, Indonesian patchouli, and a “gourmand accord” of vanilla, tonka bean, praline, black currant and pear.

This fragrance is a light, feminine and delicious floral. It’s easy to wear and I’m sure it will attract a wide audience. Don’t however, mistake this juice for boring. In fact, La vie est belle is quite the opposite of traditional perfumes.  The arrangement of notes is the reverse of typical. Normally, a floral/gourmand opens with the floral notes in the starring role, followed by a warm base. However, in this fragrance, the gourmand accord appears much earlier with a sugar note and a mix of chocolate and nuts. No worries, it doesn’t smell like a snickers candy bar, rather a more grown-up, gourmet version than the normal synthetic chocolate notes. I’m not one for foodie scents so thankfully these gourmand notes are tempered with bergamot and patchouli that soften as the fragrance dries down. There is also a soft jasmine and a hint of vanilla present which add a creamy sweetness and warmth to cut the sweetness further. For a fragrance billed as “the first ever iris gourmand.” I cannot detect any iris in the heart of La Vie Est Belle. I smell no green or woodiness, but then my nose is not the most sophisticated so consider the source.

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The sillage is noteworthy, but not overpowering. I have moved to a different office that has a wall of windows (yay) and is close to an outside entrance so it is very cold and, therefore, I have to keep the door closed to stay warm. Inevitably, when my co-workers visit I hear the comment “Wow, it smells so good in here!”

The bottle feels heavy and powerful, yet feminine with the finishing touch of a gray organza ribbon. The sturdy box does not take away from it loveliness. It has minimal writing and logo and has a gray satin ribbon as a closure. It makes for a very nice and graceful presentation.

Prime Beauty Grade: A

Overall Thoughts: Don’t let the original fruitiness and sweetness of La vie est belle seem too ho-hum, for this fragrance is something special with the reverse arrangement of notes making it interesting as it dries down.  It is elegant, feminine and polished. Many fragrances don’t last with my chemistry, but this one lasts all day and has good sillage. I have never been a fan of

Lancôme perfume, but my experience with La vie est belle

 may change that!

 

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Comments

  1. Bought this for myself – feminine and different! Almost every fragrance I like has jasmine. The only other Lancome fragrance I’ve liked is Miracle, which I may have outgrown…

  2. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    Ha ha…I guess we all buy ourselves fragrance instead of waiting for it from our beloveds these days! I bought it for myself, too, and I love it. I used to be a “Magie Noir” girl, but long ago….I think I liked the scent when you added alcohol and cigarettes to the mix (NOT me anymore!!). This is so beautiful, and I love the dry-down of what I think of as caramel, anyway.

    • Mama, you’re too funny. If you add singing into a pool cue to the cigarettes and alcohol mix, that was me long ago!

  3. It is a really different fragrance. I received a lovely gift set for Christmas. A little goes a long way!

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