La Vie est Belle L'Eau de Parfum (2012)

La Vie est Belle L'Eau de Parfum by Lancôme
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La Vie est Belle L'Eau de Parfum is a perfume by Lancôme for women and was released in 2012. The scent is sweet-floral. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by L'Oréal.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPear, Blackcurrant
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris, Jasmine, Orange blossom
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Praliné, Tonka bean, Vanilla

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Scent

6.4 (711 Ratings)

Longevity

8.5 (530 Ratings)

Sillage

8.3 (542 Ratings)

Bottle

7.7 (557 Ratings)
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Interesting Facts

The face of the advertising campaign is actress Julia Roberts.

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GirlofNow

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GirlofNow
Helpful Review    23
I'm afraid I have to disagree with you!
I find most reviews here on Parfumo just extremely unfair + exaggerated! It's really being demonized here...! I have considered very long what I would like to write to this smell here there, I would like to step here nobody on the feet! But I still have to disagree with some of them! Clearly this fragrance is no longer that newest on the perfume market! Everybody has smelled this scent before or owns it at home... Let's just say it like this, it's a fragrance that almost the whole world already knows! Nevertheless I find that this fragrance this big hate or better said this moistening has NOT deserved!
At Lancome it is a bestseller at the moment (especially with us in Switzerland)! And I think if a scent would be so bad, that would not sell so well... Didn't I? However, I just want to say that although I own la vie est belle (not yet), which has a very big value and place in my heart! Why? What's the matter? Since my mother carries then every day and I connect then with her:))) I just think that la vie est belle is a great match for her!:) She gets compliments every day to this fragrance especially at work and that's right as I think:D

I must also say that la vie est belle is completely different, on her skin smells like on mine! It smells simply indescribably heavenly!*-*-*-*-* It smells neither flowery nor powdery... It just smells on her skin sooo nice and tender, feminine and attractive you just want to sit next to her and sniff at her all day long...:D Yes I mean that seriously!:) A lot of people asking them what are you wearing? And she then La vie est belle answers, she just looks at her with big eyes... One notices also there again La vie est belle can smell nice+good;)

Since the last time I described Idol is how it developed on my skin and on the skin of my mother, I decided to do it again:) So I hope that this comment is well received again:)

On the skin of my Mutter❤:
Already when spraying on it surrounds, such a beautiful but nevertheless tender caramel note which is like a warm embrace for the senses.
The praline note is not long in coming:))) You can smell it the clearest in her *-*... To kneel down....*-* The praline note is very similar to the la nuit tresor edp note on her skin (she has la nuit because that's also why the praline note reminded me very much especially on her skin) These two notes are on her skin simply not from this world because they soooo damn good smell!:) Vanilla lets the water run in your mouth!*-* On the skin of my mother the vanilla note develops to the most beautiful at all!*-* It is no artificial or stinging much more a wonderful creamy + delicate vanilla which gets a beautiful sweet and deep by the caramel note.... Looove this❤❤❤❤❤ .... I wish that this scent would be like this with me:D I am decently jealous of my mother;D No fun:))) I just love her from all over Herzen❤:)))) These are the only scents I could smell on her skin... You couldn't smell fruity or flowery ones on their skin but you could smell them good! Nevertheless, the course of the scent on her skin is simply magical!:)

Sooo go on:)

The fragrance description on my skin:
When I sprayed it on, the fruity notes were very present (thank God they weren't artificial!) especially sweet and juicy:D But the fruity notes weren't present for long;) With me I could smell a very interesting but nevertheless very beautiful cotton candy note, which irritated me a little bit because nowhere something of a cotton candy note confessed... But smelling good does it:D I was able to smell the vanilla more and more clearly and intensively over time, the vanilla was nice creamy and sweet sweet*-* The praline note is the finest note ... Beautiful tender and seductive:) With this note I sometimes almost want to bite my wrist myself:D But also the iris dominates clearly on my skin which was funny enough not the case with my mother... Nevertheless, it was a beautiful powdery but not heavy iris that harmonized perfectly with the tonka bean:) For me the tonka bean is powdery and slightly milky*-* Great:)

Again you can see how different a fragrance can be on every skin!:)
It doesn't have to mean that everyone smells the same! My mother is that, perfect example! With her La vie est belle is simply just dreamlike + beautiful Gourmandig*-*❤
I wanted to show with this comment that la vie est belle did NOT deserve all these bad reviews (not all of them!)! Because of the H+S I can only say EXTREM! 3.whole days my mother and I smell this perfume both on the skin and on the clothing!
I can only say gives this fragrance a chance:)))) Or test more precisely and better:))) I hope the description was interesting and detailed for most of you again:)))
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Scarletrose

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Helpful Review    23
For love of fragrance ❤️
My declaration of love to my signature fragrance ❤️

You're my darling...
You met me in the middle of ❤️
You're wonderful...
You give me a feeling of security...
You're everywhere I am...
You have an incredible Sillage ...
You must be sprayed carefully .... otherwise you annoy your fellow men ;-)

You give me so much warmth...
You're so cuddly...
You're like a sweet powder cloud...
You smell like a fair...
You're a gourmand iris perfume You're flowery-vanilla ...

You're sensual and enveloping...
Once applied, they won't get rid of you ....
You're already very mainstream...
At Douglas you are usually in the front row :-).....
You always cost the same...
I've bought you many times...

You're mysterious...
You have a strong character...
You're just unmistakable...

When we go out together, I get compliments ❤️

I like you best when it's raining or snowing outside, when the sky is cloudy and I need someone to cheer me up, then you're there and won't let me go.

You were my first great love ...
Meanwhile I often cheat ;-)
You're not angry with me ...
Because you know I will never forget you and always return to you...

In love
Scarlet :-)
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Schnupper

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Schnupper
Helpful Review    9
If life could always be soo sweet...
... then much would not be quite so complicated and actually totally easy. I have only heard good things about this fragrance so far and had to test it myself a few times. It is strong and sweet, caramel like sugared popcorn and immediately in the nose, even over a longer period of time. I think it's good that it's not a little flowery, but is and stays directly in the sweet, pleasing sugar chocolate note. Nevertheless, it does not get boring and it is present all day long and does not cause headaches.

I like it best in the cool season, in summer a very small dose should be sufficient.
This sweet perfume is addictive, and I can endorse it.
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Sonnenwende

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Sonnenwende
Very helpful Review    21
For a short hug...
'La vie est belle' polarized.
Many love him and can't get enough of him..., others avoid the wafting wafts of fragrance that can be found in high doses in many places.
Mainstream is regarded as uncool and can also be a nuisance.
When I have to take cover between perfume shelves because the atomizer is used to diesel in a large area, I suspect what is going on in some bathrooms.
But as they say, the dose makes the poison.
I like 'La vie est belle', its fruity warmth. Not every day.
But sometimes I say:
Come to me, beautiful.
Embrace me for a short moment, accompany me with your scent and let me feel:
Life is beautiful
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Schoork

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Schoork
Greatly helpful Review    85
Because....
Because you wore it the first time we saw each other,
Because you liked him so much,
Because you pronounce it the way it's written, La like EST Bell
Because they knew you were in the room,
Because you just sprayed,
Because I liked him too,
Because we were so naive back then,
Because even then I liked iris and jasmine,
Because we were younger,
Because he looked good on you,
Because he always reminds me of you,
Because it's so funny that he gets off so badly here,
Because there are scents you never forget,
Because I've wanted to say this for a long time,
Because I don't care what anybody says,
Because I like sweet scents on you,
Because I want to give you a smile,
Because I care about you,
Because you haven't worn it in a while,
Because we've evolved,

and because it is and always will be a part of our history.

Because I love you!
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Janinaelli

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like visiting the fair in summer
When I smelled the fragrance on someone else for the first time, I immediately thought of popcorn caramel and citrus fruit. A warm, pleasant fragrance that smells wonderful when it has really unfolded. The scents contain my absolute favourite scents: patchouli, vanilla and tonka bean. After Black Opium and anais anais my absolute favorite scent.
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StellaDiverF

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Helpful Review    4
Sweet praline
It opens with some fruity scents then quickly dries down into praline, vanilla and patchouli scents. The praline is dominant. Though the patchouli tends to balance it with some earthiness, it doesn't seem to be enough. I find it at the limit of being cloying sweet even with one spritz. Plus I have difficulty to associate the fragrance with the supposed image of a 'beautiful life'. I'm not very inspired. But the longevity is 9h+ and the sillage is quite good.

After I tested it again, I insist using it sparingly. Not only just one spritz but one litte spritz. This time I detect the fruits and floral scents much better and they helped a lot to pull the praline back from being cloying sweet.

Originally written in 2013
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Oriane

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Oriane
Oriane
Very helpful Review    4
Very Synthetic
Top Notes: Black Currant and Pear.

Heart Notes: Iris, Jasmine, and Orange Blossom.

Base Notes: Patchouli, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, and Praline.

I heard so much about this fragrance. According to my on-line research, it is the best selling fragrance in Paris, which I found truly surprising because after all, in Paris one can find every Guerlain, Chanel, and Dior in production, and all three houses offer outstanding fragrances. Therefore, I was very curious about LVEB, so I pushed myself to go to the shopping mall to test it.

Although citrus notes are not listed for LVEB, I smelt pure citrus upon initial application, and citrus is all I smelt for well over half an hour---perhaps it came from the orange blossom? I soon began to wonder where were the sweet and warm gourmand notes everyone mentions as I could not detect any. I could not detect any black currant, pear, or iris, much less praline. Finally, after an about an hour, the base notes began to come through, and I was able to discern some vanilla and other sweet notes, probably praline.

Projection and sillage were excellent. I could see that everyone around me noticed the fragrance on me, and I had only spritzed one good spray on the back of one hand! Longevity was outstanding to say the least. I could still smell LVEB quite strongly late in the evening before I bathed but after I had washed my hands a couple of times. LVEB has tremendous tenacity. I suspect it would last for days and days on clothing.

Unfortunately, I am unable to understand why LVEB is so very popular. I certainly do not think the huge point of sale photos of Julia Roberts is what makes LVEB sell well. Yes, it is sweet and gourmand, which is one type of fragrance that I enjoy, BUT it smelt very synthetic. In fact, it smelt so synthetic that it actually made me feel a bit embarrassed as people noticed it on me. The only other fragrance I have smelt that was this synthetic was Jessica Simpson Fancy EdP, which I purchased blindly and then quickly got rid of it. If you like this kind of fragrance, then definitely go for Jessica Simpson Fancy as it is much less expensive than LVEB.

I cannot say I hate LVEB, but I also cannot say I truly like it, and I would not purchase it even at half the price. If it were gifted to me, I might keep it just for the pretty bottle, but I could not imagine I would wear it very often--maybe only on exceptionally cold winter days. If I want a delicious, praline fragrance, I would use my Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber every time over LVEB. Sensual Amber smells so much better than LVEB, and Sensual Amber does not smell so synthetic. As a bonus, Sensual Amber is quite inexpensive, too.

Some people have compared LVEB to Angel, and I certainly understand why the two have been compared, but I own Angel in both the EdP and EdT formulations, as well as Angel body creme, and I think Angel is far, far superior to LVEB. Angel does not have the strong synthetic vibe to my nose. I cannot say Angel smells "natural," but it certainly does not smell as strongly synthetic as LVEB, and Angel has a lot more development than LVEB.

Therefore, if you want a sweet, gourmand with prominent praline/chocolate, my best advice is to try Sensual Amber first, and then try Angel second if you want to spend more money. If you want to stay within a low price point range, Sensual Amber is by far the best choice, though. Sensual Amber is so good that I cannot imagine ever not having it in my collection. As for LVEB, well, I am disappointed in the fragrance, but it does have excellent projection, sillage, and longevity. I only wish my Chanel Exclusifs had as good projection, sillage, and longevity as LVEB.

Fragrance: 2.5/10

Projection: 10/10

Sillage: 10/10

Longevity: 10/10
Platinum1

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Platinum1
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Helpful Review    6
~ Seducive & Sweet Belle ~
~ This is not a review but simply one man's sweet first impression of this Lancome lady luv! I spent the noon time hour exploring new 'fumes when I came upon this pretty, popular designer. "Sexy, Sweet and more Sexy" is what I get out of this candy sweet gourmand! Nothing subtle here in my words or this scent. If head turning is acceptable in your world this candy/vanilla/praline scent will literally snap necks! I wore this on my masculine skin all day so there is definitely longevity and sillage to spare right down to the subtle hint of patch in the fading base now in the evening as I type. No fancy articulate words or evoking images with this soo seductive Belle just simply "Love!"
Kind Regards, Plat

~ A side note when I first sprayed this it immediately reminded me of somewhere between coco~m & noir's opening dna....a true compliment to be compared to for certain.
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Sorceress

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Helpful Review    4
Pretty For A Quiet Perfume If That's Your Preference...Another One Rolled Off The Presses
Lancome La vie est belle is a very pretty, elegant smelling perfume for the younger set. I get the patchouli first, it's sweet and soft, not overpowering at all. It's a patchouli for beginners mixed with a candy-like flair. From beginning to end, La vie est belle is soft, never in your face, never too sweet. The pralines lay low and everything is mixed together so well that it almost becomes difficult to discern any notes or evoke any particular images. This is more of an elegant perfume to me, one to wear to dinner, to the theatre, but certainly not out shopping, camping, hanging out or to work. It seems more suited for genteel occasions, linen , silk and lighter fabrics. Not a heavyweight by any means, with the tonka beans exacerbating its vanilla presence, this Lancome addition is better suited for those who prefer quieter perfumes of patchouli leaves, a sweeter vanilla with a powdery overtone. It's not a heavyweight, not a ground-breaker, and not one to be noticed, either. It's similar to many on the market today rolling off the perfume presses. It's just another similar fragrance that others won't be able to put their finger on because it smells so familiar. The juice inside, being pink, probably appeals to a younger set, but don't let a color dissuade you from trying a perfume. Sits closer to the skin and lasts a number of hours. The bottle is pretty tho, very feminine to match the pink inside...pretty for a very quiet perfume if that's your preference.
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Drigsby

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Drigsby
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My favorite chocolate-gourmand
I'm probably part of the target market for this fragrance so forgive me for being madly in love with this celebrity-associated, Flowerbomb mimicry. I can't help it: this synthetic gourmand fruit-chouli has so much cavity potential that it is absolutely delicious and addictive to me.

And forgive me for comparing it to the Gourmand Queen - Guerlain Gourmand Coquin, but Gourmand Coquin was a somewhat disappointing experience for me after wearing La Vie Est Belle: I think that LVEB does the chocolate note better for my tastes and the longevity and sillage is better... less refined than the queen for sure but I've never pretended to be a refined lady. I'm more the girl next door than a elegant seductress.

I love, love, love over the top sweet fragrances. Pink Sugar is right up my alley, as is Flowerbomb, La Petite Robe Noir, and Lolita Lempicka. I also love caramel gourmands like Molinard Vanille Marine and Laurence Dumont Tendre Madeleine/Xerjoff Lira. If these fragrances are your thing my guess is that you've probably already tried La Vie Est Belle and have an opinion on it. It's my absolute favorite in the chocolate-gourmand category.
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Sherapop

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Helpful Review    7
La vie est banale...
For years, I was convinced that Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt would make the perfect couple, because they both looked like mice to me. Alas, it was not meant to be, I suppose. They are both married to other people and breeding like rabbits, but who knows what the future may bring?

Since I am not the biggest Julia Roberts fan to begin with--indeed, I find her quite annoying for some inexplicable reason--I was not all that excited to get my nose on the new Lancôme fragrance, LA VIE EST BELLE, of which she is the representative, although her teeth take up most of the ad.

I recall having read that Julia insisted at some point that no fruits be used in this, "her", fragrance. So it looks as though the marketing data won out in this case, because the composition opens with a fruity-floral pink patchouli complex very similar to many other recent launches. Or perhaps we can say that Julia's preferences were not vetoed, since LA VIE EST BELLE doesn't really contain any fruit. Whatever may have happened, this creation does indeed seem very similar to a variety of recent pink perfume launches, including La Perla J'AIME, well except that the big musk is missing here, and the patchouli is rather low key--at least by recent standards. The listed flowers are jasmine, iris, and orange blossom, but it's probably hedione along with other abstractions.

LA VIE EST BELLE, however, morphs swiftly into another twenty-first-century hackneyed fragrance phrase: that pseudo-woody, pseudo-ambery "stuff" which forms the base of way too many perfumes today. It smells an awful lot to me like ambroxan, as in Le Labo ANOTHER 13 or Juliette Has a Gun NOT A PERFUME, and even has a tinge of what I have been thinking is oud in all of the oud-named perfumes, but perhaps I've been misidentifying it all along?

All in all, LA VIE EST BELLE rolls a few trends into one bottle of pink liquid (that being one of the trends), and does not appeal very much to me at all. Abstract fruits, abstract flowers, a dash of patchouli (probably the only thing natural in the entire composition--but only because there is no cheaper synthetic substitute), some pseudo-woody, pseudo-ambery stuff, a somewhat sugary opening with a more unisex or even masculine middle stage and, as a grand finale, the opening sweetness making a come back in the drydown. Not for me.

Lancôme redeemed themselves to some extent in my eyes by launching La Collection a few years back, proving that they could produce seriously good perfume. With this new bottle of gobbledygook, they've regressed to their former mass-market ways.

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Alex1984 2 years ago
Guilty pleasure, once a year. Killer sillage/longevity, why can’t my other perfumes be this strong? Extra cold days praline/Iris/o.b hug.+2
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OPomone 4 years ago
If you married a woman of taste, don't give her La Vie est Belle on her birthday or she might file for divorce.+7
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