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La vie est douce-
- or in plain English: Life is sweet. First of all: you may think of "LVeB" whatever you want. Even if it is only distance. One thing you gotta give Lancôme, though. They have created a modern mainstream classic. I don't have any exact sales figures to hand, but I'm sure that "LVeB" is one of the, if not the, best-selling perfume(s) of the past decade. At least the most successful newly released fragrance of the 201X'er. You have to appreciate it- the merketing, the Julia Roberts ads, the name, the bottle. The whole concept is very appealing. And yes, "LVeB" has inspired many fragrances that have been released after it. Whether you love or hate it - it deserves recognition.
Let's get down to the fragrance itself. I have to admit, I got caught up in the hype back then. "La Vie est Belle" was a (half) blind buy. I'm sure I'd tested it a few times, but I never made a judgment call. When there was a big bottle for a ridiculous price, I took it. What could go wrong ? I love sweet scents. Since then, the beautiful bottle has adorned my glass case. But now let's come to the fragrance :
Immediately after spraying on, the smell of caramelized popcorn rises into my nose. After only a few seconds a rather dominant currant joins in - fruity and slightly sour. Acidic fruits and I are a little bit on war footing. Already in "Sì" it was the currant liqueur that makes the scent unbearable for me. But I find the currant note in "La Vie est Belle" tolerable, even if it gives the fragrance a certain scratchiness in the top note, which I could confidently do without. It takes the sweetness out of the sails a bit and even seems a bit harsh in itself, although the fragrance always remains quite sugary - with time it becomes more floral, although I can't identify the flowers individually. However, the flowers are caramelised, with a dash of currant jam. That way the scent remains. The currant never disappears completely, at least not on my skin. After about 8 hours I only notice a delicate touch on my skin - on my clothes it lasts even longer. Also the Sillage is quite strong. You can easily overdose it. 2 splashes are enough for me - and my fellow men - completely.
Now for my conclusion. Maybe I should wear "La Vie est Belle" more often, at least next fall. He did not deserve the ignorance - 10ml in 2 years is not a good consumption value. I love the caramelized flowers, the warmth and the fine popcorn note. Sillage is also convincing, as well as the durability. The only drop of melancholy is the currant. Acidic-fruity notes often seem quite scratchy and inharmonious in combination with a rather heavy sweetness. But this is my personal impression. Fortunately, it is not too much in focus - just a fine disturbing note. Nevertheless I find the fragrance quite beautiful. "Flowerbomb" remains my favourite of the "sugar bomb fraction", because the sour fruit is missing. There are only caramelized flowers, so beautiful! Nevertheless, I will pay more attention to "La Vie est Belle" in future. It is sexy, feminine and sweet. A beautiful fragrance that also goes down very well with others.
Lancôme has done everything right and created a modern classic