Lancôme La Vie Est Belle

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Lancôme is calling La Vie Est Belle “the first ever iris gourmand.” (Nobody tell Guerlain Iris Ganache. Or Parfumerie Generale Iris Taizo.) Questionable claims aside, an iris gourmand sounds great! Too bad La Vie Est Belle isn’t one.

I don’t know what I was expecting from a brand crazy enough to discontinue Cuir de Lancôme, but this is a positively typical fruitchouli. That is to say, indistinguishable fruits (the notes say blackcurrant- I hate blackcurrant), a chocolate note straight out of Thierry Mugler Angel, and a sanitized patchouli drydown. When compared to the current fruitchouli standard, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, La Vie Est Belle is less sparkling and somewhat deeper. I happen to prefer Flowerbomb.

One thing that I will say for La Vie Est Belle is that the materials don’t feel cheap. The fragrance never becomes thin or weak. Still, I wish that La Vie Est Belle was the potentially interesting iris gourmand we were promised instead of this utterly unnecessarily fruitchouli.

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13 thoughts on “Lancôme La Vie Est Belle

  1. I like this. I think I’m the only one. It is very much in the style of Flowerbomb, but I prefer this to Flowerbomb – it smells more expensive and richer to me. I wouldn’t take it over some of the Angel flankers though (I’ve been trying the Angel Garden of Stars and I want like… all of them?).

    I mean, I’m not going to buy of La Vie Est Belle, but if a bottle feel into my lap, I would wear it.

    That said, I do agree the marketing (‘first ever iris gourmand’?!?!?!) is totally off.

    1. Judging from the other comments, you are clearly far from the only one! Thierry Mugler does such great flankers. Where are you finding the Garden of Stars?? I haven’t seen them at the discounters for years!

      1. Around Christmas, FragranceNet.com had carded manufacturer’s samples of all them, and I got ’em. I just checked and it looks like they still have most of them in stock (Lily, Violet, and Rose). It looks like the price has gone up though – I don’t think I paid $2.50 apiece??? or maybe I did? I don’t know. Google shopping turns up a few results for 25mL bottles of Angel Lily (my fave of the set!).

  2. I like it, but it’s definitely not an iris gourmand… it’s too rich and heavy. If there is iris in it, it’s been overwhelmed and lost. The lasting power is amazing, though.

  3. I actually really like this one! I got for my mom as part of her Christmas gift, I picked several candidates and the other family members all voted for this one.

      1. Picks that met disapproval were KenzoAmour, Guerlain AA Pamplenue, Mandarin Basilic, Chanel Coco, Coco Mademoiselle, Guerlain Le Petit Robe Noir and Gucci Guilty (the last 2 which my dad deemed “old lady” scents, which I thought was weird since they are supposed to be aimed at younger audiences)

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