La Vie Est Belle Lancome for women
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Perfume rating 3.62 out of 5 with 17,277 votes
La Vie Est Belle by Lancome is a Floral Fruity Gourmand fragrance for women. La Vie Est Belle was launched in 2012. La Vie Est Belle was created by Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo. Top notes are Black Currant and Pear; middle notes are iris, Jasmine and Orange Blossom; base notes are Praline, Vanilla, Patchouli and Tonka Bean.
La Vie Est Belle is a new 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.
It is available in EDP concentration.
Fragrantica? Trends is a relative value that shows the interest of Fragrantica members in this fragrance over time.
Perfume longevity: 4.21 out of 5.
Perfume sillage: 3.07 out of 4.
This is a very pleasant feminine perfume, it is sweet but I do not find it overbearing unless you spray too much. For me, 2-3 sprays is absolutely perfect and lasts all day and night long.
I personally think this perfume would suit women in their 20's-30's, and I think it is a safe blind buy. It's the kind of perfume that you just really enjoy smelling :) I think it's very versatile, great for all occasions/day/night/weather.
Sharply, syrupy sweet but lacking richness; it's more like a fat-free meringue than a rich cheesecake if you know what I mean. I get the fruity sweet pralines like a concentrated body spray from B&BW. Also, oddly enough it reminds me of a sweeter and less rosy Chloe by Chloe, or something Juicy Couture would release except 10x the strength. Projects like a beast, no comment on longevity, didn't wear it for long enough.
If you are looking for a nearly full bottle of this juice from 2015, PM me.
I guess I can’t expect a gourmand-sweet fragrance to be fresh, but this is definitely headache inducing to me. Maybe it’s the vanilla and Tonka bean that doesn’t suit my skin. I did try on LVEV En Rose and Flowers of Happiness on the blotter, they are both unremarkable and light florals, but will try on skin next time since LVEB is so different on my skin and on paper.
This is very sweet but it’s a personal preference. It heavy vanilla and praline and the dry down my goodness ??
This is an absolute masterpiece.
It’s a perfect gift for your loved one. 10/10
LVEB perfume is a 'gift' to the world in my view, absolutely stunning. I adore it and love to spray this on before bed and drift off in a cloud of supreme happiness and comfort.
If ultra sweet is your bliss it doesn't matter how common they are. More people wearing them the better. I love coming across people wearing my favourite scents. And it can be a great icebreaker for conversation. Its a massive love for me.
It is feminine, sweet & elegant.
I would say that it is kind of similar to Flowerbomb on the dry down in some ways. But definitely not so alike that you feel like you can't own both and/or tell the difference. Flowerbomb is more floral sweet and LVEB is more sugary/praline/vanillary if that makes sense.
Depending on how much you apply (can be a powerhouse), this fragrance can be worn all year round :)
My boyfriend loves this too (he compliments this one, and also Sweet like candy by Ariana Grande haha). It’s a great everyday scent, lasts for a crazy amount of time and is a massive compliment getter! One time I wore this and a bus driver thanked me for wearing such a nice perfume...no joke haha.
I have Prada Candy and I would choose that one over LVB but that is my personal opinion. Maybe it has something with my skin chemistry....or brain haha
I just feel it's on verge of being suffocating when I spray it on because of its one note of pungent sweet.
But if you want compliments then this one is a great and safe choice for it.
i rate this a 9/10.
It’s WAY too strong for me to wear. Not office friendly, transport friendly, or migraine friendly. It’s ubiquitous, overpowering, and all I get are saccharine sweet notes. Nothing complex or delicious.
But to its credit, it absolutely obliterates any other smell within 5 miles of it. So it has a place of pride, permanently, in my bathroom.
I always remember fragrances very well, so this one I really can detect among of other fragrances..but the thing is that, I just feel it just everywhere..In my home country, also in the country where I currently live and in some other countries where I travel..
Should I purchase it?.. for to smell like most of the people around me anywhere? Can it become my signature scent? :)) lol
We are all unique..if we all smell the same then we are just a crowd..
It is like, when I ask my girlfriend, :"do you feel my perfume?"..-"yes I feel, but it is my perfume!". No, girls, says woman neighbor: "This is my perfume scent!"
LVEB has become popular precisely because it is a very pleasant sweet perfume. It is perfumed caramel sweet, not sugar sweet, not burned sugar sweet, not caramel sweet (no milkiness).
Compare its sweetness to Aquolina Pink Sugar, Flowerbomb (screechy as hell), Jimmy Choo (another nose grater, I swear) and you will understand what I mean.
It’s French hard candy made from scratch in a confectionery atelier (not mass-produced jawbreakers, mind you), with half a drop of an old lady scent like Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds, with a tiny hint of Chanel Allure for the powdery note, topped with a heap of flowers (I smell orange blossom, jasmine and honeysuckle, and a tiny drop of completely non-incense-y patchouli).
That’s how I can best describe this perfume, since I don’t know notes and can’t name anything.
If you know French candy, you know the aroma, slightly violet-y and iris-y, not just raw sugar. The note is aromatic, girly and youthful.
This was one of the two perfumes a boyfriend ever asked about directly, as in ‘what is THAT scent you’re wearing?’. He only commented about 5th Avenue by Elizabeth Arden for the record (big winner with men – they adore it. My first-first boyfriend from college was crazy about 5th Avenue too). Everything else I wore throughout 5 years that we were together was met with ‘meh, whatever, nice, flowers, dunno’.
It is a shame it has become so popular, however I find myself always reaching for it. The only complaint would be that on me, it changes undertone (at least to me) depending on what I’m wearing- it smells differently on wool and cotton (probably the fibers absorb the alcohol first, then the oilier molecules) as opposed to synthetic materials.
Will continue to purchase – I absolutely love it. Would try the flankers, just out of curiosity.
It's a great gift idea for anyone femme in their late teens and early twenties
Miss Moon Shine
Honestly, not many perfumes make my eyes roll back out of pleasure these days, but this never fails to do so.
Love or hate kind of fragrance? Okay, I guess it is based on some reviews (so much sugar is not for everyone), but so are all the best things. That is a sign of something original and special to me. La Vie Est Belle is copied a lot so we might don't think about it as being very original anymore, but it wouldn't be so loved and copied in the first place if it wasn't groundbreaking when it was released.
This fragrance is so powerful, sweet and rich that you only need a drop. It is warm, cosy, luxurious and inviting yet keeping an undeniable air of 'cool' class and feminine sophistication. She knows what the good things in life are and how to enjoy them.
Gourmand sweetness, this adorable praline, is blended with classy powdery iris notes so skilfully, that it's truly addictive and balanced in a sense that it keeps the fragrance elegant - some super sweet scents might be lacking this quality. La Vie Est Belle is indeed a grown up gourmand.
I got my Mom a bottle few years ago, and now it is her favourite! She has even repurchased. I guess we both love sweet sweetness in life.:)
But I love it. For being comforting.
It is a perfect scent to lift the mood on a rainy day. I often use it before sleep and the sweet praline on my pillow is the first thing I smell when I wake up.
I love sweet scents with patchouli dry down, they are so 'me'.
What I dislike - this fragrance is always the same; whenever you smell it you know exactly it is LVEB, no matter who is wearing it. Also it doesn't develop much, I smell mainly praline and patchouli and at the end just patchouli. I wish it was a bit more complex throughout the main wearing time.
I first smelled it on someone when it first came out and instantly loved it. Before I knew it everyone was wearing it and it put me off. I finally decided I need to wear it at least once and so purchased a 50ml bottle. My fiancé loves it. I feel good wearing it. So it is a perfect weekend scent for me.
The bottle is adorable but awkward to handle and I always worry I may drop it.
Will I repurchase? Yes, as an easy wearing weekend scent.
There's nothing interesting, distinctive, or alluring about this at all. Lest you want to have olfactory cavities...
It's not that I can't take gourmand nuclear perfumes, as I adore and rock Angel, Poison, Hypnotic Poison, Lolita Lempicka, Flower Bomb, etc. even the pre-reformulation versions.
What all these have in common, even though they're nothing alike, is that they all have something to temper the sweetness either with something smokey, dark, earthy or musky. Even Pink Sugar has something to balance all the candy shop it contains.
This perfume though, is a pure sweetness explosion of world war proportions. Patchouli might be in the description pyramid, but is either very scarcely used or might be a very clean and unobtrusive one.
The best I can describe it is you finishing a whole container of chocolates, and the nausea feeling you have because you ate way too many. This is what LVEB is.
Apart from it being a sugar filled weapon, there is nothing memorable of this perfume per se, if you smell it (because it will definitely be noticed) you'll just think it is another sugar bomb perfume lacking any particular DNA. If it's LVEB or any other subpar gourmand offering of the moment, you'll never know.
It won't be recognized like the other perfumes I mentioned.
Really suggest getting tester before committing to the full bottle like the fool I am.
If anyone wants to swap I would gladly send this away
I am not sure if its been reformulated now- certainly the juice looks neon orange pink colour and somehow cheaper...
But if you like it sweet: Flowerbomb, Good Girl, Scandal, Mon Guerlain for example, have way more quality than this.
I once smelled this on a young girl of my football soccer team and I liked it.
For my daughters 18th Birthday I was thinking of buying it for her. So far all the fragrances I have bought for her, she liked them a lot.
So I thought, which one shall I pick? Which one did I smell on the other girl?
I'm counting here 23 versions and I'm sure Fragrantica has missed a few.
Ho well. There are 49 versions (since the last time I looked) of JPG Le Male. So I guess it must be normal.
Now this one is a polarizing fragrance for sure. My powerful desk top gets stuck here, due to the massive number of reviews. I'm pretty sure I can ignore the rating and go for the original.
I was sitting at the optometrist and the assistant was wearing it. I almost walked out from it making me so physically ill. I’ll usually smell something and think “oh not my thing” but this is a definite ‘despise’
For me - it lacks the fundament. It feels too raw, too incomplete, too imperfectioned. As per commercial, I would expect something more mature, à la Maison Francis Kurkdjian. But this one...
You know, sometimes it happen that you pass by a person who looks inappropriate to it' s age. Like, for instance, you meet a lady in her 70's or 80's with pleated mini skirt, piggy tales and bright hairclips with hello kitty or minion elements. This kind of personality would probably celebrate the life wearing La Vie Est Belle.
I think I got La Vie Est Belle at this weird time because I felt like I wanted something comforting, La Vie Est Belle is the ultimate in comforting. I also didn't mind smelling like everyone else when I couldn't be with everyone else.
I can see why LVEB is popular. It's super sweet vanilla / tonka bean, praline, patchouli, with a touch of orange blossom and a very, very light background bitterness of rich blackcurrant. It's long lasting with huge sillage. It's an easy going fragrance and I've enjoyed trying it but I don't think I will buy any more when my tiny bottle is gone.
But 7 weeks ago I literally ran down a supermarket aisle after the most glorious trail of scent I had EVER found myself enveloped in. Who was wearing this scent I NEED TO HAVE THIS !! It reminded me of Flowerbomb but a syrupy Flowerbomb.
I tracked it to a staff member and asked. She said she never remembers the name but would show me a pic on her phone. La Vie Est Belle!!!
I went the very next day and bought a 50ml and thought well this is my ISO lockdown treat for myself. Such a yummy indulgent gourmand. Its a big love but I can't wear it 2 days in a row. Its too much and loses its specialness. So once a week or so.
It’s the longest lasting perfume I’ve ever owned, and I’ve been through... a lot of perfume to say the least! I recently found a jacket I wore once on a date in 2016 stashed away in an old bag, it’s now 2020 and the jacket AND the bag still just project LVEB like it was just sprayed. I don’t get compliments on anything like I do with this. People have told me after I leave them they can smell my perfume on them after giving a hug or leaning on their furniture, so it’s by no means subtle — but I love that. I love scents that are noticeable, but inoffensive— which I think this is. I will continue to buy this for as long as I am alive and this is still being widely distributed.
However, I did realise that the performance was sadly not as great on me as many other people found it to be on them.
If you love sweet/gourmand perfumes, if you can tolerate with patchouli note AND if you are not sensitive to certain perfumes, give it a try, maybe with sample or miniature or small 30ml bottle, ignore the negative reviews. I am not a fan of patchouli note, but patchouli in this La Vie Est Belle is not as strong as the one in Flowerbomb or Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo EDP.
Edit: after wearing this twice now I get the SPICYNESS other reviewers were writing about. Mine is 2019 batch, it smells less sweet, more spicy and lighter than the one I smelt in 2018 at store and the tester at store can be the perfume of an older version.
CONS: Too much alcohol it gives me a headache and the sprayer doesn't give you much control to how much you want to spray. It's sprays a whole damn lot. It's so strong that even when I pass through it, I get migraines. The sweetness goes away and the spice and patchouli over power the vanilla and fruity part of the fragrance. I feel sweaty all the time and dirty. I wore this in the summer and felt like I couldn't breathe, like if I had a blanket over me at all times. Asthma vibes. Reminds me of more mature perfumes that my grandma wears, where the fragrance has a ton of alcohol.
MY EXPERIENCE: At first smell I wanted it and bought the biggest bottle they had. I took it home and wore it every day but realized that my love at first smell wasn't accurate. It was way too strong, way too spicy and I smelled too much alcohol. I also started picking up the patchouli and I felt extremely dirty and sweaty all the time. This is not a summer fragrance in my opinion. Sweat with this fragrance just makes you feel and smell more like sweat bc of the patchouli. After two weeks, I gave it to my grandma who isn't a hard critic like I am and loves anything.
BOTTOMLINE: I understand why people love this perfume. It isn't horrible and smells feminine with a twist in the beginning, but I'm the kind of person who notices EVERYTHING. If you're easy to please, I think you'll LOVE this fragrance. I see this worn by someone who's in their 30s and up but I can see 20 yr olds pulling this off. I wouldn't be offended by someone else around me wearing it but I personally get asthma LMAO I suggest to buy a small sample on eBay and really try it for a week before buying a whole bottle though.
To my nose I get mainly currant, pear, praline and some vanilla. All these notes make it very sweet, but unlike many other fruitchoulis out on the market, the notes here are well-executed. They meld well and create a really pleasant sillage, as well as being very long-lasting on the skin. I especially like the pear note in this, as it gives the scent some freshness.
This is definitely way too sweet to my liking - I like a bit more contrast and complexity in my perfumes - but it's still well done. I think most of the hate towards La Vie Est Belle comes from the fact that it's so popular, and not the fact that it smells bad.
I can see this especially being worn by a warm, kind, youthful woman in her 30s-60s as a daytime signature scent.
Also wanted to mention that I *love* the bottle - timeless, feminine design.
In a earlier review, I stated I was "beginning to fall in love with this".
Well, I'm there. This is love. This is the real deal.
I can't get over how *often* I low-key crave this perfume. This is a meticulously crafted, sweet, sophisticated juggernaut of a scent. I have since bought a 50ml bottle a few weeks ago, and I'm still delighted with myself.
This is a Seriously-Considering-Wearing-Every-Day-Fragrance, or SCWEDF, if abbreviations please you. :)
Additionally, this is EASILY one of my most common compliment-getters. I have been complimented on this perfume at different locations, times of day, and people of differing ages, sex, and race.
Crowd-pleaser? Yes...but I, for one, am sometimes in a crowd, and I liked to be pleased.
Amended Kitty rating: 10/10!
Hate on me if you want I love this Perfume. It's stunning. It smells like Oregon. Like blackberry syrup and trees.LVEB = pure nostalgia for me. Love it.
Now I'll share with you my experience with this new classic fragrance, and it might not be an entirely positive review, but I must be honest here.
I've owned a bottle of LVEB for more than three years now and it's a strong like for me, not a love due to the fact that the patchouli in it is too prominent on my skin and gets a dirty ashtray vibe after a few hours of wear. Anyway, despite its behavior on my skin, I do enjoy it. I reach for it more rarely than I do other fragrances in my collection, and even though LVEB never got me compliments, I'd buy another bottle of it... But unfortunately, my husband hates LVEB and all its flankers. So I'll be sticking to Flowerbomb, which he loves on me and always gets me compliments.
This isn't a kiddie fragrance, I can see this being worn by women in their late 20s and lady's in their 40s and even 50s. The feeling I'm left with though, is that nothing about the scent is outspoken at all. It's a little sophisticated but not unwearably so, it's happy but not extatic, it's creative but not eccentric, outspoken but not loud, feminine but not girly or slutty. Almost as if it was carefully constructed to leave the personality blank as much as possible. This scent probably appeals to a large group of women because it doesn't cross any lines.
If I had to conjure an image, this woman is 45, quite energetic, secure, has a warm personality, a fashionably decorated home and she has a shawl artfully draped around her shoulders. Maybe a broach.
It's a tad too heavy for office-frag if you ask me. Wear it to something festive, an event, the theatre or a semi-mature birthday. Best for early evening in spring, autumn and winter since it's too warm and sweet for summer.
While it definitely reminds me of V&R Flowerbomb, I also get hits of Jimmy Choo Illicit! The perfect balance of sweet and powdery, great gift idea.
Pro: Classic, beloved by most
Con: Not extremely unique as its a popular scent so if you like distinct, edgy scents this would be a pass (:
To be brutally sincere; I hate that I like this. I don't love it (if I did, I would honestly cop to it, see my other reviews of guilty loves I have). I hate that this perfume is the current benchmark for many releases, and that I've smelled it all over earth countless times. I get irrationally annoyed when non-fragheads worship this fragrance and announce that it's their signature scent and that they'll "never wear anything else", oh so very proudly, as if 50 other people in a 1-mile radius haven't proclaimed precisely the same thing. Yeah. It bugs me to utter death, and it doesn't help that many avid sprayers of LVEB are so, so *prissy*. I'm really trying to work past it, but in my experience it's been the token fragrance of snobs. It's sad...grievous truly, that for many regular folk, the buck stops here. It's a killer of individuality. But, I suppose it's not the fragrance's or Lancome's fault, this was too easy, too strong, and too sweet to not have that effect on the public. I'm beginning to resent even the bottle, with it's annoying amount of wasted glass, and uppity little ascot...
Funny how benign things can really begin to grate on you. If this wasn't so overdone, I would probably be delighted by the design. Again, I'm trying to work past my bitterness and think objectively, and how I would perceive this if it weren't for *people*.
So, with that being said, I objectively enjoy this considering fragrance alone. It's very sweet in it's opening (which is fine, I can do sweet), but dries down to a lovely powdered vanilla; like an upscale vanilla bean champagne cake covered with powdered sugar. I really do get pear here, it's lovely. There is enough patchouli here to offset it, adding some dimension to the sweetness so that things don't become too thick. The longevity and sillage are both far above average.
I don’t get all the rave about it but to each their own. I personally am not a fan of very sweet fragrances, I need other notes to be in the forefront and this doesn’t deliver
I’ll give this another chance later. who knows? I might find something new
When I first smelled it years ago, I didn't love it, but I think at the time it was maybe too.... overtly feminine for me.
However, that being said, I reapproached it a week ago and fell in love.
It is so incredibly sweet, powdery, feminine, floral with just the right amount of gourmand notes. It's a powerhouse of the best perfume accords you can use.
It smells INCREDIBLE on my skin. The longevity is ok; it lasts forever on clothing but you'll want to reapply it on your skin.
I love love love it. For me it's like a sweeter less sophisticated version of Miss Dior. The two don't smell alike - but I compare them because those are my two go-to scents when I want to smell simply "good" with no questions about it.
I give it a 10/10, despite it's popularity and the fact that many people feel it's old news.
I love wearing this now! Please do try the new reformulated version..just stunning! ??
I love how it's perfectly sweet, fruity AND floral.
Initially, I hated how sweet it was. I found it overwhelming.
Now - perhaps not surprisingly - a little bit goes a long way. This can be heavenly sweet without being cloying.
My main delight here is that it's so sophisticated! Only a classy lady wears this. The well-blended composition means I actually have a hard time picking out individual notes. Not a bad thing, just duly noted.
The longevity are awesome (6 hours +), and the sillage garnered me a lovely compliment ("Wow, someone smells really nice. Is that you? It smells gorgeous!").
Kitty rating: 8.5/10 (Rating has potential to increase).
Love it, I did not. First of all this doesn't smell like either versions of praline(s) at all whatsoever. It doesn't smell like hazelnut chocolates and it doesn't smell like sugar roasted nuts. To be honest I could not detect one single note from the note pyramid in this. No black currant or pear, no patchouli, no orange blossom. Nada. It was just a general "sweet" scent with absolutely no depth. Extremely generic but I mean, Body Fantasies in Cotton Candy smells 100% better and more refined.
I really don't mind a scent being considered "run of the mill", "nothing new" or even "basic", I mean most of my loves are Victoria's Secret scents. But, this just smells SWEET with no purpose and not good sweet at that. I personally got tropical fruits, like an Escada perfume but the cheap drugstore knock off, gone terribly wrong.
I could definitely see a lot of people liking it but I'm very surprised so many Fragranticans do. It's so banal and to my personal nose, not even a pleasant banal. It's offensively sweet. I personally don't consider this gourmand at all. It's tropical fruit to my nose bathed in white sugar. Saved me a purchase, though.
There is no mystery to it LVEB. That's its problem. There is nothing strange about it. It gives you everything you think you want and holds nothing in reserve to challenge or intrigue you.
Still, occasionally I enjoy its rich, creamy notes and lavish character. A few dabs at the back of my neck and the base of my throat is all I can tolerate. I try to create some mystery for LVEB by winding the volume down low so that all I get is a sweet, haunting little tune, the sort of thing you sense in the far distance but even as you glance around, aahh ... she's gone. She's disappeared around the corner with just her scented scarf trailing behind.
LVEB is a perfect blend of floral and gourmand notes, which gives this scent the sensuality and sexiness. The yummy praline and vanilla is my favorite part, as it make the scent smell so edible.
Love it or hate it, it's still such an iconic fragrance and I sincerely recommend people to try it at least once.
It’s really NOT basic. It’s actually quite elegant. I think the iris and the tonka bean when paired with the black currant and pear are just divine then dip it all in chocolate. It’s warm and sensual. Also this develops on my skin in a wonderful way. It calms down from the opening and develops into a warm vanilla, softer patchouli, smooth chocolate, and slight powdery iris. But, the dry down after about 2 hours the iris, jasmine, and black current become the stars. This really develops into something much more beautiful and mature on my skin. I’m a closet lover of this fragrance and I think a lot of people are just kind of upset that so many people wear it. If no one knew about it or it wasn’t as popular I know I would wear this A LOT. But, it is very common and I’d like to smell a little bit more uniquely like me. But, to heck with it I’m still going to wear it sometimes. I wear what I like. I’d like to try this fragrances big sister La Nuit Tresor but my local mall doesn’t have a tester.
It also seems to be softer than first. The Coco Mademoiselle Intense I am wearing is projecting considerably more (just 1 spray comparisons).
As a guy, I would give this 8/10.
Special request: Please don't spray too much otherwise you may choke the people around you??. Go with 2-3 sprays.
One spritz rubbed into both wrist then neck is all you need. Just ONE. Otherwise she can be cloying. That's what the negative reviews are about and the negative reviews are probably the older generation who love a different type of scent not a gourmand. I am 25 this is perfect for me.
Both have a fruity top, Lancome adds some pears to those peaches and berries. In the middle, Lancome brings some iris, the orange blossom and jasmine are enchanced. In the dry down, Chanel is no longer all that elegant floral, with addition of praline and patchouli. Was an accident, worked out magically!
It's like a sweet teenage scent graduated to a nicer bottle and with a better brand name slapped on.
The fragrance is absolutely divine, remarkable and stunning. La Vie belle has no flaws. I commend the House of Lancome for creating such decadence and perfection. A complete masterpiece. If you didn't like it upon first sniff, please give it a second even a third try.
If I could choose one fragrance for the rest of my life (which I would hate to have to do) BUT if I had to choose, it would be none other than, La Vie Belle.
I feel so blessed to have found this 2.5 oz in Costco for guess how much?....... $57.99 US! Shout out to Costco for having it all.This can be worn to work (very lightly) but is best suited for other occasions when you realllyyyyyy need to smell good and want to get noticed for your scent. I'm so mad I didn't wear this at my Wedding.
Side Note to the La Vie Belle Haters:PLEASE STOP SAYING "Everyone smells like this". EVERYONE LIKE WHO? Seriously, how many people in your immediate circle are wearing this fragrance? (The You tubers you watch don't count) We have to stop saying its basic, because your imaginary "everyone" is wearing it. There is nothing basic about this. Yes it is popular, but so worthy of its greatness. To-date, I have yet to encounter anyone wearing this. So please don't ruin the reputation of this fragrance for those who are truly interested.
Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk!
I understand that some people might love LVEV. Actually, I think it is the classic you either love it or hate it case. But trust me people who love it: People who hate it can′t stand being around you because the scent you are wearing simply revolts their stomachs. It is serious for us.
About 80% of the local females where I live wear this during the winter (thank God only winter) and my work often involves being close to these females for a fair amount of time. It was especially hard this afternoon when I seriously thought I was going to throw up on the spot.
But, please, don′t take my message wrong. I am just asking for a bit of mercy in a ``funny ′′way
I really tried to love it, kinda force myself to like it becouse everybody loves LVEB so what is wrong with me...
But as I see, I am not the only one who dislike this as well.
The truth is, I really like it on other people, when I catch a whiff of the scent when the lady walks in front of me. It's the same as whith G.A. Sì.
I just can't stand it on myself.I like sweet scents, God knows I really do but this is too much , not for me, too synthetic, too plastic , too sharp and in your face in a bad way. I don't like to wear it. I don't feel like myself I am sorry. But sometimes when I am able to smell it from others , I kinda enjoy it.
A very sweet but sophisticated perfume and definitely on the sweet powdery side
Longevity is amazing as i can still smell at late night even when sprayed in the morning
The downside only on the amount of the perfume.
Here the biggest bottle only contain 75ml and for that size still the price is a bit expensive
The tester was nearly empty and standing under a bright light and the sales asssistants were all very busy today. I wonder if that could have anything to do with my weird experience? But that doesn't explain why it smelled just fine on the paper.
I might buy one of those small Lancome gift sets online in January because it usually contains LVEB so that I can properly test it and decide if I want to buy 30ml OF LVEB for X-mas 2020.
But truth to be told, LVEB is nothing less than an 'ICON' in modern perfumery, hundreds of clones were created for her..
I'm someone who appreciates both ends of the spectrum, the sweetest gourmands and the darkest of chypre, in the Floral Gourmand this is really THE BEST.
It's not just the smell (for me the Iris shines and it is quite floral and absolutely nothing smells synthetic here) and not that it really puts a smile on my face, it's the performance as well, 90% of my perfumes smell great but disappoint me with their performance, this darling is not an EDP, it's more of a pure parfum, 2 sprays last a whole day..
Honestly this is a perfume crafted meticulously..
Love it or Hate it, there's nothing like LVEB.
Just bought the florale ;)
My first review was written 7 years ago.
La Vie est Belle became extremely popular. There was a time when I thought every second woman was wearing it. I loved La Vie est Belle from the time it was launched, but so did many other women, and I do not like to smell like everyone else, so I waited.
Finally this December I bought a gift set for myself, during a difficult time in my life.
This scent truly comforts and lifts up the mood, it does have the positive energy hidden in the notes.
I truly admire the noses behind this success story, they created something special. The bottle design is great, too.
I guess you can say I like the basics; basic like a string of pearls, a well-tailored black suit, and tasteful black leather stilettos. This is the type of "basic" that I perceive of La Vie est Belle.
The composition opens with an enveloping sweetness that somehow manages a concurrent delicacy; like a dancing ballerina, she seems frail but her bones and musculature are strong and true, vibrant and ready. Don't mistake her dexterity for mere frivolity; on the contrary: feminine, sweet, rich and decadent, if you're looking for a candied personal scent cloud, give LVEB a go. This composition is very artfully, masterfully, and deliberately engineered to be precisely what she is. As usual, this community has collectively voted each note accurately, it's safe to say that one can pre-imagine this based on the notes listed to the right (the ones we've voted on).
I heard a YouTube reviewer say in description of this fragrance, something like "La Vie est Belle is basic but it's basic done to perfection". I concur with her wholeheartedly; this treasure has conquered me completely and I say that without shame, dazzled by the sheer beauty of this simple, yet iconic fragrance.
If she loves you (as she loves me - my chemistry, that is) - she will love you passionately and completely.
Fragrance: Still a 10/10.
Performance including projection, sillage, and longevity: 10/10
Value: Superb. To me, worth so much more than present asking prices, I'm grateful to have fallen for this attainable, simple, basic beauty.
LVeB is very well suited to glamorous women, and I am eternally mesmerized.
I have a full, almost unused bottle of this, so if anyone wants it, send me a message lol!