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Lancome La Vie Est Belle: It’s a Grower

Oh I tried to take a good photograph of this bottle, but it defeated me. It’s very understated, you see, in the flesh. Beautifully designed, but understated. So it just looks like a boring, plain bottle in my photo! Do you know, I hated this fragrance when I first tried it? Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle struck no chords with me whatsoever. I thought it was sickly and old lady-ish. I think, for me, it’s the Iris that does that. Anyone else have problems with Iris? To be fair, Iris wasn’t actually the first thing that I picked up when I smelt this fragrance for the first time; I got Jasmine and Vanilla. A huge, whacking great hit of Vanilla. Vanilla isn’t really my perfume element of choice – years of girls spraying Impulse in the school changing rooms killed Vanilla for me.

But wait. Because La Vie Est Belle is fast becoming one of my most-loved perfumes. (I’m hoping that lots of people hate it so that it doesn’t become too mainstream! But it will – it can’t not. It’s too nice.) It warms to this beautiful, snuggly, sexy scent that is sweet and powdery and fruity all at the same time. It appeals to me in the same way as Thierry Mugler’s Angel does, except that I like this much better. It’s more classic, I think. This fragrance from Lancome is actually version eighty-thousand and twenty-seven (or something) so it’s been a while in the making. Beautiful.

What do you think? Love it? Hate it?

La Vie Est Belle starts at £39 for 30ml with free delivery from FeelUnique.com


  1. I actually tried this out yesterday in a shop. As you say, the bottle it self is beautiful! I loved it, and I can actually still smell it on my wrist. I also love it, but as it is for the same mood as my other favorite Elie Saab perfume. I use it for my serious work outfits :) After my Saab is empty, I will do the La Vie Est Belle instead!

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  3. Im so obsessed to the point that every time i go out shopping on grafton street (i live in dublin) i stop by the main department store (brown thomas) and spray it onto myself and my hair and my scarves just to ‘keep it on me’ for as long as possible! I feel mad everytime i walk in there but luckily they change their representatives hhahahaha so i have yet to be labeled the crazy one but in due time, in due time! I cant justify buying it with tax so waiting for my next trip to purchase it in duty free!

  4. I bought this for my mum as a birthday present. I love th the warm, powdery smell. But for myself though I would buy something with a fresher scent.

  5. Hello, Ruth. Since my early teenagehood finding “the” perfume is such a giant challenge, as for me it can almost scan the essence of your personality without even saying a word. So I really take LONGtime until finding the one that really fits me. I’m now 32 years old and Chanel nº 5, Flore (Eau de Parfum) by Carolina Herrera, L’air du Temps Nina Ricci and Truth Lush by Calvin Klein and Femme Individuelle (Soul & Senses) belong to my top favorites list. I’ve used some few others in between, but those are my top 5 and the Montblanc one is definitely on the top of the list. Do you have any advice, or clue, about what perfumes I may like regarding those I’ve mentioned already? I’d really like to try some others considering that most of my favorites are discontinued.
    Many thanks in advance.
    Regards from Lisbon (Portugal).

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