La Vie est Belle L'Absolu 2014

La Vie est Belle L'Absolu by Lancôme
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La Vie est Belle L'Absolu is a popular perfume by Lancôme for women and was released in 2014. The scent is sweet-gourmand. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by L'Oréal. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPear, Blackberry
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris pallida, Orange blossom absolute, Jasmine sambac absolute
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli

Ratings

Scent

8.4 (130 Ratings)

Longevity

9.1 (105 Ratings)

Sillage

8.6 (109 Ratings)

Bottle

8.8 (124 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 20.09.2020.
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9.5
Scent
7
Longevity
5
Sillage
9
Bottle
First
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Top Review    28  
Once upon a time...


...a girl who called herself Belle Absolu. Belle Absolu came from the royal family of the great empire of Lancôme. But even though she was of royal descent, Belle Absolu did not have an easy time of it, because her father was missing and her mother, Lavieé Belle, was an extremely imposing princess who was both revered and hated and whose widely shining and magnificent banner attracted the attention of the people everywhere in the streets of the vast empire.
Belle Absolu still had several sisters, who also lived a submissive existence in the shadow of their powerful mother, but Belle Absolu did not only remain in the shadow, but most people of the kingdom did not even know of her existence.

Belle Absolu, who was actually named after her mother Lavieé Belle L'Absolu, had noticed in the course of time that it was rather disadvantageous for her to give strangers her full name. Either people burst into songs of praise for her wonderful princess mother and tried to use little Belle to ingratiate themselves with the court, or they looked on the girl with disdain - she could hardly be less inconsiderate and complacent than her omnipresent, pushy mother and some of her sisters, who were eagerly pushing their way to the front row.
That's how it happened that the girl had only a few girlfriends.

But the character of little Belle was completely different from her mother. Only in the first moment did she seem similar to her, starting with the fact that she too wore the royal robes of her house with the fine, transparent grey neckerchief and her noble figure. Also her eye colour of dark amber was the same and her tendency to fruit and sweetness. But after only a few minutes of getting to know her, it became clear to the few who did not immediately turn their eyes away from her that Belle Absolu was much more distinguished than her mother because of her restraint. She was also milder and gentler by nature. While her mother, with her preference for sugared and sharply burned, tart fruit and jasmine, seemed to many to be rather loud and biting, Belle Absolu loved ripe and juicy fruit together with a large bouquet of powder-blue iris. She liked sweets just like her mother, but, as befits a good dessert, she never forgot a pinch of salt. In fact, it wasn't just a pinch, but so much that it reminded her of salted caramel. Last but not least, if you had the patience to really get to know little Belle, after a while you could still discover her fondness for exquisite, delicate and at the same time powerful leather, in which she used to wrap herself up in the quiet little room in the evening for the long hours of the night.

So not only was little Belle Absolu in the shadow of her mother, not only was she exploited to gain access to the farm, not only was she rejected by haters of the Lavieé Belle family, but she was also overlooked because of her innate restraint. No wonder she felt unloved and lonely.

One day the girl met a blind man. He treated her completely different from what she knew, so unprejudiced and open that she cried about it with emotion for a whole night. The very next day she came up with what she called from then on her "blind test": She dressed in the very simple robes of the common people and spoke of herself henceforth only as Belle Absolu. She was surprised how friendly and appreciative the people met her under these circumstances. People were suddenly interested in her, in her all alone, in her as the most original person! Some sensed that she had enjoyed a royal upbringing and asked her if she came from the house of Guerlain, so well known to Iris, or was related to the Salt Caramels from the kingdom of Shay & Blue. Others thought to recognize in her the genetic line of the princes of Bottega Veneta, known for finest leather.

At some point in the distant future, Princess Lavieé Belle, like so many celebrities before her, will probably have undergone a huge amount of cosmetic surgery. As soon as she is no longer recognised by her admirers, the royal family will probably retire her, as is the fate of once radiant princesses. Perhaps then the hour will strike when Belle Absolu can step into the limelight.
However, this is highly unlikely. It is much more likely that once again a more dominant and space-consuming person will carry their banners through the streets.

In the end, however, it would not matter, because in the meantime Belle Absolu has found a number of real, loyal friends through her "blind tests" and has become happy in her own way.

And if they didn't die, they're still alive today.
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8.5
Scent
10
Longevity
9
Sillage
10
Bottle
Sonnenwende
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Today it must be chocolate
It is a cloudy, rainy day and I think already in the morning :
Today it must be chocolate.
Not much, just a little bit.
I go to the bathroom, see the beautiful bottle with the bow and the red-brown
Liquid - why not spray?

Already the prelude is very substantial.
Orange blossoms and jasmine form a sweet, creamy enamel.
A little fat perhaps, but after some time the blackberry finds its way and a fruity, slightly sour note comes into play, which gives the treat more facets.
Patchouli ground this gourmand and lends a lasting depth
A vanilla impression echoes.

In the evening I take a look at the list of ingredients and am very surprised.
Contains no chocolate and no vanilla.
All low carb, but pleasure
L'Absolu
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9.5
Scent
10
Longevity
8
Sillage
9
Bottle
Puderduft18
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Top Review    23  
Not just a winter companion
La vie est Belle has been in my collection for a long time and because there were so many contributions to this'Mainstreamer', I didn't think it necessary to add my opinion and rating. But now, earlier this week, dear Basti wrote to me asking for a comment on La vie est Belle. Two days later I got a sample La vie est Belle L Ábsolu to a souk shop. If that's not enough reason to write a comment...?! ;-))

In contrast to the original, La vie est Belle L Ábsolu starts with a very striking lipstick note, which at first is a bit confusing, but then very pleasing - when the pear slowly rises from the background. I can find no resemblance to the original in the top note. But that was yet to change: Jasmine, lush and radiantly beautiful, comes into action. While you have to wait for the heavy sweetness in the original to be able to clearly name the jasmine, it is much easier in the absolute. Overall, the absolute remains significantly less sweet. This is particularly noticeable at the base. While in the original a sugar-sweet chocolate-tonka mixture spoils the Patchouli's appearance, the Absolu Patchouli becomes a star guest. In addition to the still lush floral notes, of course.
I would not have classified La vie est Belle L Ábsolu as gourmandig-sweet, rather flowery-sweet.

I am a big fan of sweet, heavy fragrances, always get a lot of compliments for it. This is largely due to the necessary economical dosage, so that the fragrance does not turn into a cudgel punch. On the other hand, I have often been told, especially at La vie est Belle or Alien, that it smells completely different to me. Maybe my skin eats up the sugar....which of course would explain other circumstances. ;-))

But which one of them is the best?! The original or the absolute? Even after two test runs in direct comparison, I can't say this clearly, because I like both of them very much in their own way. La vie est Belle is a winter walk favourite of mine, the Absolu I would also choose as a daily companion on the job. It doesn't have such a mega sillage as the original and is altogether more noble and down-to-earth.
The durability of both is exemplary, which is why they have a full score.

A big THANK YOU to FrauLohse for the sample, also thanks to Basti for the always intensive exchange. :-))
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Statements

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9
Scent
9
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
The iris is sharper, the gourmand aspect more pronouced, yet more wearable and kinder on the senses than the edp. Blossoms in winter.

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