Saturday, 10 November 2012

Perfume Sample Saturday - Lancome La Vie Est Belle

La Vie Est Belle = Life is Beautiful

Lancome's newest fragrance was said to be three years in the making and over 5,000 versions rejected before finally settling on this composition.

Lancome says

Top notes of Blackcurrant and Pear, Heart notes of Iris, Orange Blossoms and Jasmine and Base notes of Tonka Bean, Praline, Patchouli, Vanilla

My thoughts 

When I first read the description on paper it seemed like this would be perfect for me, containing many notes that really appeal to me. However I found the reality to be somewhat different.

First off there isn't anything really special about the scent that sets it apart to immediately grab my attention and say 'wow.

This is an incredibly sweet mix of fruits and florals and coupled with the base notes of Vanilla, Praline and Tonka tones is just too sweet for me. I am not able to detect the Jasmine at all sadly. I find it far too intense and heavy, it isn't sickly but it certainly does something to me as I feel unwell from my chest to my head! It gives me palpitations and my head feels decidedly odd.

I am normally a huge fan of Lancome fragrances, especially the beautiful Tresor which I always get comments on when wearing but unfortunately La Vie Este Belle, although nice enough, wouldn't be one that I would go on to purchase.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum costs £39 for 30ml


  1. I got a sample of this last week and it smells disgustingly sweet on me, really cloying and headachy. On my son's girlfriend however, it's amazing, the sweetness just isn't there and it's a rich velvety aroma instead!
    Kirsten x

    1. Kirsten that is so interesting as my sister (10 years younger than me) had a spray at the weekend and loves it! I wasn't with her so I would be interested to know how it smells on her after your comments. Thank you x


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