My friend Spencer Scott who is a perfume collector told me on Valentine’s Day 2016 that she had been wearing a perfume that guys love. I smelled it and really liked it’s feminine, sweet scent and then kind of forgot about it. When the Sephora VIB Sale came around I purchased a perfume sampler that included this perfume and I started wearing it. She was not kidding about guys liking it- I ALWAYS get compliments on it from dates and Uber drivers as soon as I get in their car. I don’t know if it’s because it’s strong when you first apply it, but they almost all immediately say “you smell good” it’s almost comical at this point. I haven’t had guy pinpoint exactly what they like about it, but I’m guessing it’s just nice, feminine, luxurious, and clean smelling. My hunch was even confirmed on a quick Google search where it was mentioned on this message board. And the perfume is…
Here’s the description from Fragrantica:
La Vie Est Belle is a Lancome fragrance, available on the market from fall 2012. The concept of this fragrance is centered on the idea of natural and simple beauty, freedom from conventions and the choice of once own vision of happiness. The fragrance is a kind of outlook on life, inspired by joy and pleasure in small things.
This gourmand yet elegant composition is developed by perfumers Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo. The final formula is the result achieved after three years of probation and 5000 versions. Iris is the key ingredient of the perfume, surrounded by orange blossoms and jasmine in the heart. The composition’s opening provides fruity flavors of black currant and pear, while the base is warm, gourmand and powdery due to almond-like accords of tonka bean, praline, patchouli and vanilla.
The flacon is a redesigned version of the classic Lancome bottle from 1949. Actress Julia Roberts is the face of the campaign, shot by director Tarsem Singh.
I asked a Sephora employee about this perfume over the weekend and she said it was created to be a softer take on Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb which she said is one of the top perfumes that men buy for women. It is available in Eau de Parfum concentration and there’s also a La Vie est Belle Intense version.
Nordstrom describes La Vie Est Belle Intense like this:
La Vie est Belle Eau de Parfum Intense is a floral gourmand fragrance with a warm, delicate touch. Inspired by a famous French dessert made with cream and hazelnuts, this scent reflects an irresistible mix of sophistication, elegance and femininity for a new interpretation of the La Vie est Belle scent. A bouquet of fresh tuberose is combined with a sweet gourmand blend and hazelnuts, creating the first tasty tuberose. A true testament to Lancôme’s heritage, the bottle is inspired by a masterpiece from the brand’s archives and captures founder Armand Petitjean’s vision of femininity, represented here in the shape of a smile. Reinvented from the signature scent, Eau de Parfum Intense is enhanced with a purple hue and each bottle is unique with a delicate hand-tied scarf.
– Top: sparkling iris, tuberose.
– Middle: patchouli, orange flower absolute, jasmine sambac.
– Base: sweet gourmand blend, hazelnut accords.
Be sure to check out my full post on How to Smell Sexy 😉
What perfume do you get the most compliments on?
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