Hi My Lovelies,
It's really bizarre how I have not been reviewing my most cherished products. It's obviously not done intentionally; it's just that I have been so busy enjoying them that I have forgotten to share the love. The first time I smelt this fragrance was sometime in 2011 as a free sample given to me at the Lancome counter with a purchase I made (I think it was the Lancome Teint Idole Foundation I bought). I was enchanted with its fragrance, longevity, sensuality and just everything about it except the price tag which was a bummer so I was content with using the sample and spritzing myself any time I found myself in Debenhams, House of Fraser and Boots. But I still really wanted it and I was contemplating asking someone to buy it for me from Duty Free. However, in my Christmas and Boxing Day Haul (post here), I was finally able to lay my mitts on it and I got an even better deal in a gift set which housed The Lancome La Vie Est Belle (30ml) EDP, La Vie est Belle Body Lotion (looks tiny so it may be a hand lotion), Lancome Vernis in Love Madame Tulipe and Lancome Hypnose Mascara sample. I got it all for £28 and if that's not a bargain, I don't know what is. I was thrilled.
The packaging of the perfume itself is exquisite as expected from Lancome who always go out of their way to make luxurious packaging for their products and even samples ...Ohh how much I love you Lancome!! The bottle is just beautiful..almost as pretty as the Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume (reviewed here) but it’s more classy and elegant. It has a small grey ribbon round the neck of the bottle which contrasts well with the light pink tone going on. It just whispers Paris Chic/Elegance (I was going to write screams Paris Chic but hey! I can’t imagine Parisians screaming as they all seem so composed and put together).
If you have read most of my perfume reviews, you would know I am utterly rubbish at describing scents/fragrances so I am just copying what Lancome says about the notes of this fragrance. Top notes are Blackcurrant and Pear which gives way to its middle notes of Iris, Jasmine and Orange Blossom before settling to its final/base notes of Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Praline and Patchouli. The notes I recognise are the Vanilla and Praline and the mix is just gorgeous. It is a sweet scent but not in a girly way if you get my drift. It’s more of a sophisticated sweet smell as expected from anything with a mix of vanilla, praline and the lovely smell of patchouli.
Who is this fragrance for?
For. Me. Only. I am kidding; it’s a scent for anyone who likes sweet or flowery scents/fragrances. If you also like a sweet smell with that ever so light hint of muskiness, then this is a scent for you. If you are a French wanna-be *ahem*, then this is perfect. I would love to wear this everyday but I only have 30 ml and I really do not want it to get finished so I save it for alternate days and for outings . I have received numerous compliments from various people any time I wear this fragrance because it is just so pleasant.
It comes in form of an Eau de Parfum (EDP) and Eau de Toilette but mine is EDP. 30 ml retails from £44, 50 ml costs £59 and 75 ml retails for £70. It’s a quite pricey so I suggest waiting to buy it when Debenhams, John Lewis and House of Fraser have discounts and If you are in the USA, keep your eyes peeled for when Sephora have some discounts. That's it folks. What fragrance are you lusting after? See you in my next post...x