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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.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Black Currant Pear

Middle Notes
iris Jasmine Orange Blossom

Base Notes
Patchouli Tonka Bean Vanilla Praline

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La Vie Est Belle Fragrance Reviews

InfirmièreParfumée
InfirmièreParfumée

La Vies Est Belle est un tres beau parfum ! It is absolutely adorable and so feminine.

However, it is undeniably very much like Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb...much to a lot of people's delight because the latter is more pricey.

La Vie Est Belle is such a soft, beautiful and delightful scent. I always get compliments when I wear it. Day or night. This eau de parfum, is more appropriate for the more mature woman though.

It is long-lasting, pleasant and warm to the feel. Even the bottle design is so feminine. I like this scent a lot.

Jul
21
2014
TattooGypsy
TattooGypsy

First, let me say I love this! It's so pretty! I do enjoy very sweet scents though. I'd say this has good sillage, since I leave my office and when I return, it just smells yummy in there! The drydown seems to be mostly patchouli on me though, but the general wafting around me is gorgeous!

Weird thing, I was moving around my office, and kept getting brief whiffs of something familiar, and I was thinking 'I know this smell'. So I moved around a bit more to try and figure it out, and it hit me. Oh no...it's fruit loops in milk! LOL Yes, fruit loops! I guess the praline and fruit note give me this impression. Either way, I really love this perfume, and I will definitely be wearing this frequently!

Jul
16
2014
scentconnoisseur
scentconnoisseur

This one made me cough and gag whenever I tried wearing it for any length of time.

Jul
15
2014
nettoyant
nettoyant

previous reviewer, people stop me on the street and ask what I'm wearing, pretty great silage for sure.

Jul
15
2014
TassieDk
TassieDk

@ Germany: I figure that your message was meant for me. I have used my mini now and by the end I found myself liking it more and more. I don't know if the patchouli just started to blend in better with my chemistry or whether the scents were not blended well enough and that the patchouli is heavier and thereby the prominent note I got from each spray and then fading more and more as I used the perfume. Maybe the scent just grew on me. I had a mini with no sprayer and I poured it into a new, empty mini bottle that had a sprayer. I sprayed two sprays on both of my knees. I could smell it all day and as mentioned previously, I found myself liking it more and more. I tend to spray a bit away from my nose so the fragrance is not constantly hitting my nose. For the time being, I don't feel the need to try the Legere version. But maybe I might someday.

Well, this fragrance has grown on me. I generally liked it from the start but disliked the patchouli. It seems that the patchouli has grown weaker or that I've gotten more used to it so it doesn't bother me that much anymore. I think that the patchouli just might balance out the sweetness of La Vie Est Belle so that the impression of it does not become sickingly sweet. I still don't LOVE it though, but it is generally an alright fragrance that I wouldn't mind wearing another time.

Jul
15
2014
beccalee79
beccalee79

WOW! This is a serious attention getter!! I am in love with this perfume atm. It's the middle of Winter here in Aus and this perfume comes to life beautifully in cold weather. It is possibly the strongest and longest lasting perfume I own. The compliments are endless.

Jul
10
2014
nanapalooza
nanapalooza

Love it. :) I have the perfumed body lotion, and the scent lasts all day. It smells very gourmand - it's sweet and fruity and makes me want to eat my hands LOL.

Jul
09
2014
mariemagdalene
mariemagdalene

didn't like it, smelled so bland to me, and I'm really into sweet perfumes. too boring for me.

Jul
07
2014
flowerpwrz91
flowerpwrz91

This perfume has it's very own stand, right inside the entrance of my local perfume shop and it overpowers EVERY other perfume around! (and they have hundreds and hundreds).

Every woman that comes in must douse/drown herself in this stuff as soon as she enters, so anybody testing anything more complex or unique (or nicer really), can't really smell it, because this LVEB sticks to your nose hairs and destroys ALL other smells in the vicinity.

There should be a jar of coffee beans next to the tester. Failing that - Bleach.

(Don't expect I will get many balloons for this review - people only seem to like the positive words about their perfume) - but I'm not going to lie - this stuff is sickly and rank! :)

Jul
07
2014
raunchy
raunchy

i couldnt live without this. I right away order new one when it almost finish. As i know the Lancome sales lady well, so far i always get at least 20% off. Im so happy.

Jul
07
2014
elaheahsan
elaheahsan

This is my second review.I had read here that it's good for summer days so I wore it today when I wanted to go out.Today was really hot and sunny and yeah...That was incredible.At first,Patchouli was annoying me but after an hour,I started getting warm.sweet praline and vanilla with just a hint of patchouli.These notes were full of positive energy.
Again I had read here that 3 sprays were enough therefore I sprayed it three times and that was too much.My mother got angry with me cause wherever she was,
she smelled LVEB.:D
Honestly,Lancome fragrances has great longevity and sillage so there's no need to spray more than one.(esp this fragrance which is sillage and longevity monster)

Jul
06
2014
jessbug
jessbug

La Vie Est Belle is nice, but it feels very unbalanced to me. This lack of balance is mostly due to the difference in strength and projection in the first hour, and the remaining nine (or so) hours.

On first spray LVEB is completely overpowering. It chokes you with an incredibly sweet cloud of patchouli and...maybe some kind of berry jam. When I smelled this I was not charmed; and this was honestly the reason I used to think I hated LVEB.

After 30-60 minutes the heavy cloud dissipates, though, and leaves a rather nice, soft, Flowerbomb-ish type of skinscent. Sillage is not very noticeable anymore, and LVEB finally starts to feel like more of a private affair. This drydown is why I like La Vie Est Belle.

Is it overly original? No, it is very clearly inspired by Flowerbomb and Jimmy Choo EdP and that 'new modern' supersweet patchouli accord you seem to smell everywhere nowadays. Is it the must-have of 2012-2013? Not in my opinion. Is it nice? Sure! Once you get to the drydown I think it is even nicer than Flowerbomb.

Jul
06
2014
BenBnBe
BenBnBe

I agree with lot of people,this is better like Flowerbomb!This is a masterpiece........!
When I smelled it at first,I was amazed,what a beautiful fragrance.At first it was fruity,like a candy,sweet fruity candy,and when it dry down the praline mix with the vanilla a gorgeous sweet fragrance,and at last the patchouli give the mature women scent!It's not too strong,and not too sweet,it's in a perfect balance between this two!The sillage is fantastic,which I adore in this fragrance!
For winter or fall is the perfect scent,because it's warm and cosy and giving a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation.
I love love love it,very beautiful,enchanting,and I looooove iiit so so much!

Jul
05
2014
Soie
Soie

Well, the title of lyrical masterpiece as sung by Edith Piaf was not 'La Vie est Belle" ("life is beautiful") but rather, "La Vie en Rose" ("life in pink").

As a matter of fact, there was an award-winning Italian film of some years back with the Italian title of "La Vita e Bella".

I myself was thinking that it might have been this particular film and its title that were the inspiration for the name of this fragrance, Lancome La Vie est Belle.

Jul
05
2014
piluna
piluna

I wanted to buy this because it was a sweet secent and the beautiful bottle. But first I tried it on in the store. Oh my God! On my skin it reeked patchouli. It was all I could smell with some caramel at the base. Not for me. The patchouli kills all the other notes I think.

Jul
05
2014
perfumeaddictio
perfumeaddictio

I think I have already reviewed this but I will again. I first smelt this fragrance before christmas when I was browsing and I immediately fell in love with it. When I was next out, before christmas still, I showed my friend and made her smell it and she agreed that it smelt really nice. After christmas, I eventually purchased it with money I had recieved from relatives. This perfume has amazing staying power, I wore it one day and the next day, I picked up the t shirt I had wore that previous day and I could still smell the fragrance quite strongly. I have recieved many compliments with this, I was sat in college and I sprayed some before this security guard came in to check something and she said I smelt nice. Another time was when I was in my english class and this girl came over to me because I was explaining some homework we had and she told me I smelt nice. The only downside to this is the bottle is a very thick and heavy glass so it's not exactly one you can throw in your handbag.

Jul
04
2014
Ceylane
Ceylane

Many people claim that this is like Flowerbomb, but better. And yes, I agree! This has a very soft powdery what makes it so comfortable and cozy, and so I prefer this. The durability and silage are very good, and I think for those who feel the scent in the air is impossible to distinguish this from Flowerbomb. Not my favorite style of fragrances but I wear La vie whereas Flowerbomb ever had and would not buy again.

Jul
04
2014
energia
energia

Yesterday I heard that today is going to be a very hot day. I recently got my LVEB and desperately wanted to wear it today. I thought it will be cloying on this hot day. I have put 3 sprays, 2 on my neck and 1 on my wrist.

Perfection!

Not overpowering, very elegant, compliment getter all day, simply beautiful.

Now, after 7 hours of wearing it, I sense some sweet sun cream scent on my hand, simply amazing, blends well with my skin and high temperature, and from my neck I sense some very calm, very decent patchuli scent.

Can't get enough.

This is expensive, but it's worth even more. No need for overspraying, 3 sprays will do :D

Jul
04
2014
elaheahsan
elaheahsan

Wow,Awesome.I love it. a delicious scent. smells just like vanilla mixed with chocolate.
Don't know why but it has many negative reviews here .people say that it's too sweet and headache including but it's not.I'm not into sweet fragrances and I prefer sour&fresh ones but this one is sth else.My mother always gets headache If she uses a sweet fragrance but this was an exception for her.She
loves it and adores it,Just like me.
It's sweet,but in a lovely way which is adorable. LVEB isn't overpowering at all and has a great longevity.It's really long lasting .Best smelling fragrance for winter ever.Don't use it if you're on diet cause It will make you crave for chocolate and sweets:p

Jul
01
2014
Germany
Germany

If you don't care much for patchouli try the LEGERE version, it smells identical without patchouli. It IS identical really. My personal favourite is the EDT , it does have the patchouli but in a less earthy way , it's more almondy and milder. All three are nice. But legere has no patchouli if that's what you are looking for.

Jun
30
2014
TassieDk
TassieDk

I like La Vie Est Belle. I had hoped for a pure gourmand smell, but the Patchouli ruins the experience in my view. I think I would have loved it if LVEB had not had the strong Patchouli. Otherwise I think it's okay. It's quite sweet but also strong. After some time on my skin, I find that LVEB smells a bit burnt-sweet. This is not necessarily a bad thing. :)

Jun
30
2014
Germany
Germany

A better flowerbomb
I mix this up with flowerbomb all the time. When I smell it on a woman I think its flowerbomb or when I walk by perfume counters I think its flowerbomb , its so very similar but in my opinion THIS is better. A touch sweeter , more gourmand and smoother. I like them both but I like the bottle of flowerbomb better as well as the name but as far as smell goes THIS one wins ! The notes are like they say. Black currant , pear some flowers and patchouli with vanilla and praline. The edt is my favouite but EDP and legere is a close second.In Flowerbomb the notes mislead. I would never think of these notes when I smell it. I am looking forward to the new version coming out in August , it will be nice I am sure of it.

Jun
28
2014
Jahzara
Jahzara

La Vie est belle is a Great perfume! It smells delicious and it last very long. I spray it today at 10 am and its still smelling on my shirt! I don't know if other people can smell it, but I smell do smell it.
The only thing I was disappointed about this perfume is that it leaves the color of the perfume behind. I spray it on my white shirt , after spraying it my shirt was like I had dirt on it. But it's a Great perfume, I love it! ♥

UPDATE:
I spray this perfume on my boyfriend, and the next day the perfume is still strong! This is a masterpiece, I love it!

Jun
25
2014
shivabglr
shivabglr

second review, because my first was basically a Flowerbomb comparison

yesterday I tried it in the heat and I couldn't believe the result!

started out with the same JPG Classique denseness and sweetness, but then,

a smell totally new to me! with a dominated iris note, so fresh, sweet and intoxicating! lasted the whole day and I kept catching these amazing sweet, sour freshness mixed with vanilla whiffs, sooo relaxing and charming!


it's timeless!

Jun
25
2014
odisse
odisse

I got a sample of this when it first arrived on the market. I remember that I thought it was ok, but never gave it much thought. Flowerbomb has been my no1 since it came out, I discover more from it each year. I have read a lot of reviews where many states LVEB is similar to FB. Since I already got FB, I didn't care for LVEB...

BUT!! Being one of those who could actually cry because of the fact Miss Dior Chérie was discontinued, and then seeing LVEB is actually very much like MDC according to many of you, I am glad to say I will try LVEB out for real this time, really discover it and hopefully love it! I'm really looking forward meeting this fragrance with these new hopes.

Jun
23
2014
maybe_maybe not*
maybe_maybe not*

Overwhelmingly sweet and the patchouli note is quite strong...gives me headache!

Jun
21
2014
Soie
Soie

Freshly applied the opening notes create a brief anisette / black licorice accord, which, TMN, was unexpectant though not exactly disagreeable. On further inspection, however, I do pickup the actual opening blast which blends together notes of black currant, crisp pear and a pervasive but 'clean' (as opposed to a pungent or camphorous) patchouli.

Within seconds of the opening, a rather high-pitched sweetness reveals itself and is quickly followed by a wonderful vanillic aroma of marzipan and milk chocolate bonbons. There is also a lovely, soft powderiness noticeable at this point as well.

As La Vie est Belle evolves and mellows, its floral notes (prodominantly iris followed by orange blossom and then jasmine) make an appearance and the fragrance becomes softer and airier as well as less sweet and less gourmand in aroma, though there still remains a hint of creamy chocolate floating in the background.

La Vie est Belle was pretty much love at first sniff for me.

Jun
20
2014
auroramaria
auroramaria

I love this perfume however i got the body lotion and it smells nothin- like the fragrance anybody else get that?

Jun
20
2014
alexiej
alexiej

awful bottle. and very commercial adv. But a powerfull and fantastic juice. maybe a bit too sticky. but powerfull and sensual.

Jun
19
2014
serenitylola
serenitylola

I love love LVEB! It's more long lasting and nicer than Flowerbomb. It is so delicious that a mosquito buzzed around me for few seconds haha! It happened only once :)
I got a sample for myself and tested 20+ perfumes from various brands (chanel, elie saab, givenchy, gucci, etc) and this stands out. The hard work of the perfumers pays off.

Jun
18
2014
ancaan
ancaan

I am sorry for those who state that this perfume has low projection and longevity. I don't know what you have bought or tried, but on me, it comes close to 20 hours longevity and I'm telling you, it's VERY powerful. I was asking my boyfriend after 12 hours to smell me and he said it was still smelling strong.

Jun
15
2014
Platinum1
Platinum1

~ 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.

Jun
05
2014
ShellBelle
ShellBelle

I really thought I was going to like this one. It is a big fat NO on me! Way too overpowering and insanely sweet on me! It was just headache inducing on me :( I agree that it smells a lot like Flowerbomb. If you like Flowerbomb, you will love this one as well.

Jun
04
2014
arenee92
arenee92

My mom wears this, and every time I smell it on her, I ask if she's wearing Flowerbomb (Viktor & Rolf). To me, it smells exactly like it. I love Flowerbomb, personally, so I love this as well. :)

May
26
2014
LadyPilot
LadyPilot

I hated it at first - I found this as a middle-shelf-sweet-synthetic 'mistake', much below the standards of Lancome. Half a year later my client started to use it regularly and my office smelled intensively an hour after she'd left, despite thorough airing. Just for curiosity, I went to try it on myself and to my surprise it smelled amazingly sophisticated, sweet and sexy at the same time and - most important - it lasted forever. I didn't really smell anything synthetic or trivial - it was the most wonderful vanilla with tonka beans and sweet powder. It worked just perfect with my skin, so I didn't hesitate anymore and ordered it. One of the best purchases so far I guess:)

May
25
2014
bobosan336
bobosan336

Got it for my girlfriend and love it on her. A bit too dark at first spray, maybe even overpowering. Settles fast to a beautiful gourmand and stays on forever at 12+ hours, projecting like a rocket throughout. She loves it and this was the fastest she's ever gone through a bottle - there is something addictive about it making you crave the scent.

Very popular and since it easy to tell apart I recognize it everywhere. This degree of popularity seems to be the root of many of the negative reviews here and understandably so. Versatile and good for work if you do not overaply. On the age spectrum I think this works best for women in college or older - given how strong and heavy this is, I don't see it as suitable for the very young. Beautiful bottle.

May
25
2014
ismellsogood
ismellsogood

Who is anyone to tell me what perfume I can wear AT ANY AGE. Very ignorant way to think. My daughter is aged 8 and simply adores Pure poison by Dior...and??
So yes I am a woman in my 30's and I will always love sweet smells...and?
So are you telling me that in 30 years time if I am still enjoying my time on earth I should be ashamed of myself for wanting to wear this scent or any other perhaps a Marc Jacobs?
I think this scent is captivating, beautiful, fun and makes me smile and until my nose tells me otherwise I will wear it to the retirement home.

May
25
2014
meama
meama

It is strange that there is no quality research in this gourmand fragrance. I love fragrances that give mouth watering and I also have a sweet tooth but why this false pink think?
There is no reference to a pastry or a recipe, it's just the smell emerging from a beets distillery. This is perfect for a rich woman who has never cooked in her life and for impressed her friends perfumes her kitchen with La Vie Est Belle to fool them that she herself makes a cake.
The first impression is good whith some Iris, the rest is a chimical sugar deodorizer.

May
23
2014
rihabi
rihabi

I agree is starts kind of sharp, especially if you accidentally rush it into your nose without even thinking.But you must agree that minutes after you apply it on your skin, it shows ''its real face''.You have to give it a chance.No doubt this is not a fragrance for anybody, otherwise every woman in the world would have worn it.I just can't explain to myself why all those dislikes.Just because it's not your type, doesn't mean it's awful :) As i mentioned maybe month ago here - it's well controlled when it comes to sweetness.And yes, ladies with dark hair are suitable owners, while the lightheads are more for something fresh and airy :)

May
23
2014
keydday
keydday

Entirely too strong and sickly sweet. Back to the store it went:( I hate flower bomb as well.

May
20
2014
mehrdad
mehrdad

با سلام
عطری خاص و عالی و بی نظیر جهت بانوان محترم
در بین کارهای زنانه از رایحه ای بسیار عالی برخوردار است
پخش بوی خوب و دوام عالی آن از محسنات دیگر این کار است
اما بوی آن مسلما هر کسی را می تواند جذب نماید
در بین عطرهای زنانه که معمولا از یکنواختی و شاید یک خطی بودن آن بعضی از ادکلن بازان بانو رنج ببرند اما این عطر و عطر میراکل از همین برند و عطر سی از برند جورجیا آرمانی در این سالیان اخیر جزو کارهای بسیار خوب زنانه می باشند عطرهای همچون:
وایت پاچولی از تام فورد
اپیوم جدید از برند ایو ساین لارن
مانیفستو از برند ایو ساین لارن
سی از برند جوجیا آرمانی
له ویه بل از برند لانکوم
میراکل از برند لانکوم
مید نایت پویزن از برند دیور
شانل نویر از شانل
و بسیاری دیگر از این دسته کارهای خوب سالهای اخیر هستند
با تقدیم احترام
گالری عطر مهرداد

May
20
2014
amywamywoo
amywamywoo

First off, this is a monster of a perfume. I'm talking sillage and longevity, it's good stuff!!

However, It's just too much for me. Quite sharp at first but I do like it after 20mins or so, the praline and patchouli sweetness is quite sexy.
In the end though, I had to let it go because ultimately it's too overwhelming. I don't want to assault my nose every time I wear it.

May
20
2014
SMELLY1992
SMELLY1992

every women here seem to have been caught on a spell with this fragrance. They just love it and I love it too.

May
19
2014
Sharkington
Sharkington

I have to start off by saying this is one of the best smelling fragrances I have ever purchased for myself. The fruitiness of black currents and pear are definitely noticeable for a very brief time (which is good, with my preferences) before it starts turning into this delicious vanilla, sweet scent with patchouli. I love patchouli when paired with notes like vanilla and praline! I also love the floral notes, which are subtle enough to keep this a sweet fragrance, rather than a floral one. The notes blend so perfectly together, making this a well rounded perfume. This perfume also lasts a long time. All. Day. It is very strong, so one or two sprays is definitely enough, but it shouldn't overwhelm anyone's noses if common sense is used and you don't go spraying this like Windex. I disagree with reviewers who say this is just like Flowerbomb. It seems like any perfume that has sweet notes and patchouli gets labeled as another version of Flowerbomb, nowadays. Flowerbomb is a lovely perfume, but La Vie Est Belle is sweet and not nearly as floral as Flowerbomb (which is neither vanilla-y, or sweet). La Vie is definitely worth a try whether you have Flowerbomb already, or not - especially if you like the sweeter perfumes. This is truly a quality fragrance with a beautiful scent and lasting power.

May
19
2014
MonaThorbourne
MonaThorbourne

Flowerbomb has NOTHING on La Vie Est Belle. This far exceeds Flowerbomb in all aspects of a perfume. This is the "Bomb" that "Flowerbomb" isn't. This is a must have. I love it. Spicy sweet floral long lasting.

May
19
2014
Ľubka Lilla
Ľubka Lilla

Worth to buy :) sweet and long lasting. Love it!

May
18
2014
babypink_fairish
babypink_fairish

I read the lovely reviews on this and was so excited to smell it. But it just wasn't my cup of tea. It has this mature vanilla smell that many people like but I think I prefer fruity than vanilla

May
18
2014
hipchicagomom
hipchicagomom

My mother gave me a sample of the lotion and the dry down is DIVINE. The perfume seemed to smell a little bit different for some reason though; not bad, just a little different. Maybe it's because the longevity is seriously out of this world and I'm passed out in bed by the time I would have smelled the bottom notes. Seriously, one spray will last til the cows come home. Oh, and that reminds me....one spray - ONE - is all you need. Not twelve, not five, not even two. No misting in your hair, no spraying the air and walking through. The sillage has a mind of it's own here folks, so just one spray (I apply on my chest). It lasts easily 8 hours on me with no hint of slowing down anytime soon.

I have not received any compliments from strangers as of yet but my husband and children love it on me. I'm not traditionally a gourmand or sweet perfume person but I do like this a lot as long as it's not over applied.

May
15
2014
aym
aym

It is very pretty. On me the most prevalent scent is the sweet jasmine and patchouli. For me it is too strong I ask my husband if he wants to smell the new perfume I tried at the shop. He said that's ok I can smell it - he was standing across the room. Too strong for me but man it does smell good.

May
10
2014
energia
energia

Yes, everyone wears it,
yes, there are others similar,
yes, it's overly sweet and strong,

but...

My God, I love it!!!

It's like a person you love, the one that is not perfect, that is sometimes driving you crazy, but you know he's the one for you

<3

May
07
2014
Zenobia274
Zenobia274

Very delicious. It's achingly sweet as opposed to some of those horribly cloying perfumes. It lingers and wafts all day long in the most sublime manner. This has made my top 10.

I wore it the other day, when I caught up with a friend I had not seen in a quite a while. After a delightful lunch and coffee, he departed. Later texted me, 'lovely hug, and I can still smell your perfume and it makes me smile'. Can't get better than that.

May
05
2014
rihabi
rihabi

I kinda agree with the opinion below mine. I think this is one of my fav fragrances - sweet, feminine and maybe girly at some point. Usually too sweet for me is too much and starts feel like cheap thing, but this one is well controlled - it's a perfume i'd buy more than once!

Apr
30
2014
Ahlamsarah
Ahlamsarah

I believe that this fragrance works best on brunette, coz when i smell it on them it's very sweet delicious while on me it smells bad like a fake bottle of dior coco mademoiselle!

Apr
29
2014
catia92
catia92

Smells really nice!
I tried it on a store a few weeks ago and fell in love with it...

I'm usually not into really powdery perfumes, because they remind me of an old lady... But this one is great. It's not too powdery.
It's very fresh and sweet and kind of fruity too!

It's so lovely.
If you like its notes, you should definitely go to a store and try it on. :)

Apr
28
2014
rue_de_la_roux
rue_de_la_roux

Yeah, I don't like sweet scents, I don't like sweets scents, ah shoot! I guess I do. Something about this smells so good, be it the mix of praline, vanilla and patchouli, I don't know, it just smells fabulous. Simply spray and enjoy.

Apr
27
2014
thais.magrinha
thais.magrinha

Not what I would picture as a "beautiful life" scent. Unless it is a not exciting kind of life.
Tried this on a paper strip and instantly I felt bored. Doesn't remind me of anything and doesn't give wings to my imagination. Maybe I am too intense for this or it is too dull for me.

Apr
25
2014
edwardnr17
edwardnr17

Smells amazing the first five seconds, like squeezed pear juice and sugar. Then it starts to go dark and the morning sun is far away, the middle and base pounces anyone in the same room overwhelming, just floods the room. A teacher wears this and she floods the classroom the whole lecture. We open the windows but it just does not air out.

Apr
24
2014
guest_
guest_

I love La vie est belle and when I wear it I do feel that life is beautiful! I love vanilla scents and for the last few years my favourite has been L'instant de Guerlain. I am now thrilled to find a second favourite perfume.
On me LVEB feels feminine, sophisticated and powdery floral with a warm, deep sexiness to it. When I wear it I have to keep breathing it in all the time.
I actually don't like flowerbomb and don't think LVEB smells like it at all.

Apr
24
2014
dazzlin9
dazzlin9

Nice scent but makes me sniff for the first spray.. i like the longevity and the power makes me smell 'only me' for hours..

Apr
20
2014
ameliunim
ameliunim

I... don't know. Really. On paper it smells really good and deep. On me it doesn't smell good at all. I'd say it's good and bad at the same time, so the balance is zero. Maybe I should wear it longer, maybe I'll give it a try later, but for now it's not for me.

Apr
20
2014
suile
suile

I think I'm missing something here. To me, this is neither wonderful nor horrible, just an ordinary, everyday pleasant fragrance, neither original nor very powerful. I bought a bottle anyway, when I want to wear something that doesn't make much of a statement.

Apr
18
2014
Aeris
Aeris

This one caught me by surprise. I was walking by the perfume counter at the mall and randomly sprayed it on me knowing nothing about it. My oh my I fell in love right away. It was deliciously sweet and just yummy (yet classy...and high quality to boot).
I looked at the notes online and no wonder I loved it. Pralines, vanilla, patchouli? ::swoon::
This reminds me of my younder days when I lived in New Orleans. I would walk through the French Quarter and stop at the praline candy shops and hang out with the hippies (who are fond of patchouli).
I just recieved my bottle in the mail. I love that the name translates to "Life is beautiful", because that's exactly how I feel when I wear this. <3 <3 <3
Do yourself a favor and at least try this at the counter or order a sample ;)
Edit: If you haven't watched the official commercial for this yet, please do so (it's on youtube). I just saw it and it makes me love the concept behind this perfume even more. The symbolism behind it is amazing.

Apr
18
2014
Softfox
Softfox

Once i tried this at the airport, it was delicious at first, but by the time i was on the plane, sadly it became a horrible stinker on me.... I was so shocked, it never happened to me before... I wonder which note doesn't like me.

Apr
15
2014
JaiTee
JaiTee

This has a really happy opening that makes me want to get to know LVEB better.

But then, soon after, it's just too overwhelming. She is such a bubbly, vivacious creature, but too draining to be around because she talks a mile a minute and won't give me a chance to get in a word or two, or to take a breather.

LVEB -- she's beautiful in glimpses, but when she gets too close to me, my head and nose both hurt with every inhalation.

I like her better after she has run out of steam and is winding down from the party.

Apr
14
2014
kitsunemagic
kitsunemagic

I agree, with one of the reviewers, someone like Anna Faris would suit being the face of this Fragrance better then Julia Roberts

Apr
14
2014
jessica.arndt
jessica.arndt

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this one! For sure its in my top 10 favorite perfumes. Super sweet without being girly. Its a mature, chic sweet and I love to wear this before I go to sleep... Makes me feel so cozy and warm. Perfect for fall, winter or colder days. I still didnt try to use it on Summer.
Lovely perfume!

Apr
14
2014
bunny.temper
bunny.temper

My 16 yo daughter (traveling Paris and London with her choir), who knows nothing about perfumes, chose this for me. She didn't sample a lot. She knows me, her mom, and knows what would smell good on me, and what she thinks I might like. She picked this -- in a Sephora in Paris. Because the ancient, authentic french perfumes are a fortune. I love Hanae Mori. I love Flowerbomb (but way too sweet). This fragrance was more complex than Hanae Mori and less sweet than Flowerbomb. I will wear it all the time. I know I'm going to get lots of compliments, maybe more than when I wear Carolina Herrera. It's very feminine, sexy, "cute", and that combination with patchouli is perfect. I have olive skin and so far, this fragrance has very long sillage. I don't like that word sillage. As a matter of fact, it's a stupid word. There's a stupid word in psychology. It's "salient." Yes -- the fragrance lingers for a long time around me, for hours, and people will compliment me later in the day for this fragrance I sprayed that morning. Now I'm thinking I need to change my hairstyle and wardrobe to match the new attitude.

Apr
13
2014
furtakelz
furtakelz

Lets start with the fact, that I find the bottle quite stylish. The fragrance shortly after spraying is quite sharp and a bit flowery but after couple of minutes it starts smelling of vanilla and slightly patchouli and it has a quite complex but very sweet scent. That scent is very strong and resiliant, it stays on your clothes for days.

I find it to be a better scent for winter rather than summer, as it might be a bit too sickly sweet, but in winter the scent 'hugs' you and I find the sweetness very comforting. The fragrance stays on my skin all day.

Apr
11
2014
dempsterstreet
dempsterstreet

Lollies and doilies and powder, oh my....
(I must admit, that was all only on a paper strip because I'll certainly not be testing it on my skin)
It's a riot of slightly burnt marshmallows and candy floss, all whipped up with a large sprinkling of extra sugar.... it may be that you get flowers or other notes later, but as I couldn't breathe I wasn' t going to hang around to find out.
Great bottle, though!

Apr
11
2014
Stacierew
Stacierew

I might have liked this perfume had it not smelled so irritatingly like Flowerbomb. The complete lack of originality, and the introduction of a sugary gourmand so late to the game, just irked me. I am guessing Lancome has a specific clientele, who never wavers outside of that brand, who find this new? Seems a pathetic grab for the gourmand market. Anyway, smells like flowerbomb with a dab of some outdated 80's perfume tossed in.

Apr
10
2014
happycapybara
happycapybara

C'mon Lancome, Really??? This perfume is so unoriginal! It is so sugary sweet! It is so nondescript.

When I received a tiny sample I was certain on first sniff that THERE IS NO WOW FACTOR. There is the Snooze Factor, or actually, the toothache factor.

I find it baffling that Julia Roberts is the spokesperson for this. She is not the warm fuzzy, over the top sweet type that this scent conveys. She is serious, removed from Hollywood, no nonsense type. (gorgeous as she is, no doubt). To me, this gives off a more a sweet young uncomplicated thing vibe, like for example, Anna Faris?

Anyway, just not my cup of tea. Surprised this is Lancome and surprised that it is so widely popular. Glad I am not the only one with this mindset.
Quel Dommage….

Apr
09
2014
Fmcandy
Fmcandy

It s a very good scent for a make up brand like Lancome! I agree with both last reviews.La vie Est belle has a personality, you may like it or not, but its interesting. very sweet, really sticky. Amazing longevity! Súper sexy&femenine, Im thinking about buying La Vie Est Belle!

Apr
09
2014
Melyche
Melyche

I agree with the previous review on the fact that It doesn't deserve to get a lot negative reviews. Because it's such a sweet and lovely perfume.
I would describe it simply, "sweet-floral".
It's true that it smells like Flowerbomb but it is sweeter-which is why I like it better. I smelled them at the same time. Basically, I applied one to my left arm and the other to my right. The key differentiative between them is sweetness of La Vie est belle. Flowerbomb is more floral.
Besides that, this one's sillage and longevity is better than Flowerbomb. Interestingly, I sprayed Flowerbomb a little more but it didn't last as much as La vie est belle.
However, it's not a huge difference. Something like an hour.

La vie est belle is such a babe. It's like your boy friend shows up at your door with a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolate. :)
8,5/10

Apr
07
2014
shivabglr
shivabglr

First off this perfume doesn't deserve all this hate, it's in fact really good quality stuff like most lancomes I've tried and I can never hate it on someone.


I've been testing my decant for a while now and I absolutely agree with the comment below.

Flowerbomb and La vie est belle are almost the same scents with the difference that flowerbomb is a very very sweet scent with only a bit floral transparency which makes it project loudly, and at the end it feels to me like I've got burnt sugar on my skin, I'm not trying to put flowerbomb down, and I think it's perfect on the right person, but for me, I had a better experience with LVEB.

la vie est belle starts sweet and fresh because of the fruity notes, and then the sweetness quickly silents and what remains is a gourmand fresh yet powdery and sophisticated scent with character.

Comparing the aromas these two have around someone, when I smell flowerbomb , I think an extremely sweet (not gourmand) cold, maybe synthetic (not a good nor a bad thing) scent, but on la vie est belle, I think a cute yet mature and not girlie, sophisticated, sweet, playful scent, which totally makes me smile and to my surprise makes me say "wow" ! yet I'd say flowerbomb feels light and LVEB feels heavy!

I only don't consider this as a sexy frag, however I might do so on flowerbomb, if that makes sense!

I only wish the iris was stronger.

And the huge ad campaign seems not right to me! maybe it's a part of the worldwide feed-people-sugar-and-they'll-stay-happy thing! lol

Apr
06
2014
Silkpuppet
Silkpuppet

La Vie est Belle is almost exactly the same scent as Flowerbomb (which everyone knows is really a misnamed gourmand) but much more smooth and beautiful. The patchouli is not too heavy-handed and the praline and vanilla notes round out the fruit beautifully. Something about Flowerbomb is much more synthetic and sharp. LVEB is a sophisticated gourmand that feels incredibly sexy and sultry. It's not cloyingly sweet but it has great longevity and makes for an excellent evening scent.

Apr
05
2014
elnaz_sn
elnaz_sn

Lancome finally nailed it. this is a really nice sweet fragrance. What I like about it vs my other favorites (flowerbomb, The One by Dolce and Gabbana)is that is intelligent and playful. as well as being feminine,powerful ,warm and sweet, it has an element of wit to it. Think Midnight Fantasy grows up. Julia Roberts is a good representation, It is a day and night scent for a intelligent, chic female. well done Lancome

Mar
31
2014
lesgalaxies
lesgalaxies

Wow, this perfume is getting quite the bashing! Well, not from me. I fell hard for LVEB and it hasn't let me down since my 50+ wears. It's really all about dosage, and this is a strong one.

I have a mini with a stopper top that does exactly what I need! Dab on my wrist, behind my ears, below my hairline on the nape of my neck and one small dab above my bellybutton.

I find this gorgeously warm and vibrant but still delicate, despite its strength. Beautifully blended with patchouli and gourmand notes -- I have no idea what everyone is complaining about. I honestly believe, and have clearly seen, likable scents are often unliked because they will clearly be accepted into the mainstream. Therefore becoming too "common" and let's be honest, most perfume wearers want to go for that unique, stand-out kind of scent.

I guess it's just sad, considering some of the garbage that passes for perfume these days.

This is a better than good quality scent, and deserves some recognition, despite being likable and sugary sweet.

Mar
31
2014
janieco
janieco

This is an absolute shocker !! Its vile !! I tried this today and it ruined my whole day and night feverishly trying to get it off my skin as it was clinging on for dear life. If this is the result of 5000 attempts to perfect it, some one at Lancome is seriously kidding themselves that they know what they are doing !!!

Mar
30
2014
evesoho
evesoho

I don't know what kind of testing Lancome must have done to produce a scent that actually causes your thoughts to turn pink... yet I don't mind being so manipulated by lab technicians once in a while if the outcome is to laugh, swish my hair, and see myself as rosy. Yes, my thoughts turn pink, I wish I could explain. A bit disturbing, but kind of fun and I probably need it, since my thoughts and my humour can sometimes be quite dark. So, La Vie Est Belle has some magic, which is what I ask of a perfume.

At Christmas, The Bay was selling a pack of five Lancome minis for $40. I bought it to give to the girls in my family. I didn't gift La Vie though. I nearly sold it online, but now I'm wearing it myself and... pink!

To me it's mostly flowers and berries. I can easily smell orange blossom, iris, jasmine and rose, although this perfume doesn't celebrate them. They are sweetened up, and sweetness is the cause celebre here. Some people have told me I have a sweet smile, and I get called sweetie, so I figure what's the use of shying away from sweet scents! I notice the pear and praline but not as much as other notes.

I think that if you want a sweet perfume that is a cheaper alternative to La Vie... you could try Love Etc. by The Body Shop. The pear is amped up and there are no berries, but it too has a sweet, "huggable" quality. You can also try A Lab On Fire's What We Do In Paris Is Secret. Pink Sugar doesn't have a similar scent profile, but it shares a similar mood. All of these perfumes are less expensive than La Vie.

I don't to be so influenced by marketing, but I think I would have liked the perfume slightly better if the ad campaign had been different. I love Julia Roberts, but the ad itself looks waxen.

The perfume isn't perfect, sometimes I notice a note in the drydown that doesn't gel... but its ok, because I wear La Vie Est Belle when I don't want to think much about perfume (shocking!) and just want to relax. Ultimately, I think La Vie is sort of a mishmash of nice shampoo scents with a perfume-y vibe that I actually like. It behaves really well in terms of longevity and sillage.

Mar
30
2014
ngmama
ngmama

This is my favorite heavy perfume. I call it heavy because it is, but in a good way. ;) I love the fact that I can spray this once and smell it all day (no need to re-apply). It's very sweet and gourmet. It has a touch of sophistication too! I love it. I feel glamorus and sexy, yet sweet and girly when I wear this. YOu can wear it anytime of the year, but I prefer to wear this in the fall/summer or anytime in the evenings. It's worth a smell.

F.Y.I. Other fragrances that I have found that last 12+ hours that I enjoy are:

*The One by Dolce & Gabbana
*Alien by Theirry Mugler
*Angel by Theirry Mugler (not the best for my skin chemistry, but it's worth a mention. Many do like it.)
*Lolita Lempicka by Lolita Lempicka
*Midnight Fleur by NEST
*Victoria's Secret Angel's Gold by Victoria's Secret
*Vanille Insensee by Atlier Cologne

Mar
29
2014
Emma0714
Emma0714

Is this perfume or ether? Hm. Either way, it could probably knock a bull to the ground if the bottle got smashed.

That being said, the fragrance itself isn't that bad. Ok, it's terribly sweet and strong, and it does smell an awful lot like Flowerbomb, BUT, the difference for me is that I could never wear Flowerbomb. It smells awful on me. La Vie Est Belle I can actually wear. And it smells nice.

Longevity: About 3 years.
Sillage: To Jupiters 67:th moon.

Mar
26
2014
hedward
hedward

La vie est diabetes

Okay... I'm a sucker for sweet perfumes (especially with vanilla+patchouly combo) but this is just too much. It's simply just too sweet and I find it astounding that someone can actually wear this without vomiting every 5 minutes. I sprayed the tiniest amount on my hand and it really ruined the next few hours for me - even after trying to wash it the pungent synthetic sugariness simply kept on pushing through. I found the iris note to be particulary beautiful and this actually could've been be a very nice fragrance had they toned down the sweetness - and this is coming from an Angel and Poison lover. This is by far THE most cloying fragrance I've ever come across with. Additionally, how is this similar to Valentino Uomo???? You must be insane!

Very offensive, really turned my stomach.

Smell 2/10 x 2
Longevity / Potency 9/10
Versatility 5/10
Complexity 7/10
x2

Overall score 20/100 (-30 points for ruining my day)

Mar
26
2014
Kiku
Kiku

Not bad, if you like your perfumes super sweet. It smells like a freshly made praline -- warm and sweet and milky, all butter and sugar and vanilla. If "Cafe" smells like coffee "La Vie est Belle" is the little treat you have with it. Maybe they'd be good layered!

Mar
25
2014
StealthAngel
StealthAngel

It's not that it's "offensive", but it comes riding the already overused and worn out coattails of so many in its genre that all I can think is "meh".
It could have been groundbreaking, before Coco Mademoiselle and Flowerbomb, (and I don't even like those, lol) before the countless others who have joyfully hopped onto the fruitchouli bandwagon before Lancôme did.

But seriously... How unoriginal and predictable can a perfume be?
As I said, not offensive, easy to wear if one doesn't hose themselves down with it, and somebody catching a brief whiff of a woman passing by wearing this might even smile.

It's safe. It's the required pink juice. It has a pretty bottle and the face for the ad campaign is the iconic pretty woman. Yay. YAWN.

The only way in which it completely distances itself from the others in this category is the lasting power.
After testing it I decided I couldn't wear this all day lest I start screaming, climbing the walls and bang my head in a frenzy of boredom, so I headed to the bathroom to perform my perfume removal ritual:

-Apply a cleansing oil
-Rub well for several minutes
-Continue rubbing while gradually adding warm water
-rinse off
-lather unscented soap
-rub well for several minutes
-rinse off
-pat dry
-apply unscented lotion

That usually works for any perfume except that this time, I had to repeat the process 5 times, then apply jojoba oil on the spot, rub it in, leave on for 5 minutes, and repeat the first step all over again.

O_______o

WTF.

It's like the boring wallflower has turned into some kind of creepy stalker and you cannot get rid of her until you call in Special Forces for a hardcore military extraction.

And YES, I'm an Angel lover. But this... Oh hell no.
It's like being told you will now eat only plain iceberg lettuce at every meal for the rest of your life. You'll get a skinny ass that will look great in couture clothes but you won't have the energy to strut your stuff and enjoy your life so you'll be stuck in your recliner moaning until the day you die.

Shame on you, Lancôme.

Mar
25
2014
ClaudiaA1
ClaudiaA1

Sprayed on a paper strip, I get iris, jasmine, patchouli and the praline smell ( where does that come from? ) with pear and berries.

My skin highlights the patchouli, praline and pear, with lots of jasmine and little iris. I can't detect the vanilla, tonka and orange blossom, but that is maybe because they are well blended with everything else.

Mar
24
2014
Marie76
Marie76

Such poor effort from Lancôme. That horrible sweet pear, that powdery, scratchy dry down. Nothing lively, nor beautiful in this. And nowadays I no longer expect originality, but this is so common it could be made by any house or any celeb, it's indistinct. Ok, I'm being harsh. I suppose for fans of very fruity florals it could hold some sort of appeal...

Mar
24
2014
katiesimpsonhair
katiesimpsonhair

Lovely and sweet but too over powering for me.

Mar
24
2014
Winterspring
Winterspring

I can't stand patchouli. It smells like my type of "sweet' but patchouli just ruins it.

Mar
21
2014
atv315
atv315

To me, this smells EXACTLY like Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle, like EXACTLY. I can't seem to add it to Fragrantica using the "reminds me of" tool so I might not be the only one who has tried. It's a strong scent, beautiful, albeit linear. I loved Mademoiselle in college and can't seem to go back to wearing it because it is too tied to those years. This is a great option for those who want Mademoiselle as I'm assuming La Vie Est Belle must be at least a bit less expensive. I have V&R Flowerbomb and I don't see the similarity. The first words I would use to describe this scent are not "sweet" and "vanilla" as indicated since that makes it seem like a soft scent in my opinion and this definitely has a somewhat harsh/strong element to it. I am looking for a perfect vanilla scent and this is definitely not what I would call a vanilla scent. Very long-lasting and moderate to heavy sillage (more than I would care for probably).

Mar
21
2014
Jasmindee
Jasmindee

I bought this for my mother for her christmas present but obviously tested it first on myself ;)

Soft, sweet vanilla. It's okay, smelt a bit sickly but there was nothing special. I figured my mother would still like it so didn't return it.

OMG.. Christmas evening she came down wearing this and it smelt like the inside of a bakery, I couldn't work out what this delicious smell was! I'm 20 and my mother is 50 and this smells divine on her, but very average on me.

The bottle is quite heavy, but it's very pretty and will sit on any vanity table nicely! I wouldn't buy it for myself, but I'd get my mother another bottle in a heartbeat.

Mar
20
2014
Ice.femme
Ice.femme

This smells soo pretty....

Mar
20
2014
greeneyedsoul
greeneyedsoul

It was love at first spray for us :) I love how it unfolded throughout the day. I can't put my finger on one particular note, but I do know it's divine and has incited my newfound love for perfume. And it lasts...and it lasts. :)

Mar
17
2014
valeriapredoiu
valeriapredoiu

bleah! tried it in the shop & then went to a movie. I wanted to get out to the bathroom to wash it off the entire movie. Even my partner said i ruined the movie for the both of us because he could smell it too an it made him sick. cheap, sweety-pinchy nauseating

Mar
17
2014
samsara82
samsara82

Dear Readers,

I must say that this fragrance of Lancôme is very "pretty", it what to be expected by a classic high end French perfume, its definitely est belle !.

The scent on its own:
its a very lovely fruity musk, I don't detect anything gourmand since to be I cook various dishes and I don't really detect anything of that nature,but it is a lovely fragrance that does intrigues you enough to try it.

On my chemistry :
The perfume is extremely without a doubt feminine , soft, whispery and intimate. the fruit and aromatic came out a lot, and seeing the ingredients I see how the pears , oranges and patchouli made it a very happy but modest type of fragrance, definitely not for me .

I recommend this for the office and definitely a day perfume, since its not heady or flamboyant , its not really a diva scent ,this belongs to feminine spirit that her beauty is a graceful , modest and intimate type, that has that air of sweetness that is inviting.

Good gift for those who enjoy fine florals that are very soft like a whisper, this fragrance isn't like her luscious sister Tresor , La vie is belle , she's a good girl you can take home to mother types.

Mar
15
2014
foxy_princess
foxy_princess

had this the month it came out. i was so happy nobody else knew about it and was complimented all the time. now half the girls who walk past me are wearing this, it's overkill.

Mar
15
2014
Rawannnna
Rawannnna

when lancome hit, they hit! this is gourmand done very well. liquid silk.
it is candy perfume but not sticky or sugar smell, rather sweet and warm, like a top bakery shop, there is a certain freshness in it, its vivid, not like many other gourmand perfume; sugar sugar sugar.
however, my co-worker wears it and i hate it on her, totally sugary and one dimension. another one wore it and all what her skin projects was patchouli. so it is different on different ppl. not for blind buys.
however, the scent is very nice but it doesnt have layers and it doesnt change.

Mar
09
2014
Allyfally
Allyfally

Holy crap.

Just got a sample of this, and I am in love! I wasn't expecting to like it this much, and now I don't even want to wear another scent ever again. It is amazing.

I don't think it smells anything like Flowerbomb. Flowerbomb is quite obviously florals, and I don't think this smells anything remotely flowery.

Its super sweet without smelling childish, like a lot of sweet scents can come off as. Its an amazing balance between sweet and fresh.

Mar
09
2014
Alitza
Alitza

Im very new to perfume today as I haven't purchased or worn perfume in about 10 years. Getting back its all new. I never heard of gourmand in a perfume until reading this site recently. I saw a paper tester in a magazine of La Vie Est Belle and rubbed it on. It has now lasted strongly for 12 hours which is amazing to me. I like the scent, all I smell is praline and vanilla. But, I keep smelling my wrist trying to decide if I like smelling like food or not. I mean its sweet like a bakery or a dessert so is this considered a "young" thing? Do 40 year olds want to smell like a delicious cake? Do I want to think of baked goods all day? It is very warm and comforting, like a cup of warm milk or cocoa. Not at all offensive. It may make someone around you hungry. Definitely doesn't seem like something Julia Roberts would wear so maybe that answers my "young" question. Perhaps good for a teen or a twenty something.That said, I may buy it so I can own one "gourmand" scent.

Mar
07
2014
polkadot27
polkadot27

Best sweet fragrance I have ever tried. It's so expensive & now i understand why- it is quality it is like cashmere and silk liquidized. It smells expensive and uplifting and it lingers and imprints on you. It is the definition of beautiful. I don't know why i have only just discovered this fragrance- maybe because I'm a visual person and the bottle didn't strike me. But oh this fragrance doesn't need an over the top bottle like marc jacobs or celeb fragrances. Because the scent inside it 100% unique and 100% top quality. I honestly cannot pick a fault with this perfume, well other than the fact its expensive and i want it right now but cannot afford it, it is flawless. It is comforting and feminine and elegant. Amazingly long lasting, beautifully blended, truly enchanting, classy, feminine, innocent, embraces been a woman. It is so creamy and gourmand to me, when i smell it my mouth waters. I can imagine a lot of men loving this scent, it isn't sex in a bottle, it is 'making love' in a bottle. Yum- I love it!

Personally dont think it's anything like flowerbomb or any other perfume i've tried. Its totally unique to me- maybe it just works wonders with my skin chemistry. & is the perfect scent for my skin.

Feb
26
2014
tessture
tessture

Super sweet, super powdery floral with citrus notes. Young, pink and frivolous. Not bad, but so not me.

Feb
25
2014
ancaan
ancaan

About a month ago I went shopping for a perfume. I love both sweet and fresh scents, but I wanted something appropriate for winter days, something intriguing, sexy, sweet and gourmand. After trying like 10 perfumes that to me were all "meh", i was about to go, when the shop assistant said "here, try this one". One sniff and i was "WHOA". That sealed the deal.

I am not good with notes, I can't describe which one is more prominent so I cant give a full description, but I can say how it makes me feel: I feel sexy, confident, alluring, feminine and sophisticated. And most of all, I can't stop sniffing myself everytime I wear LVEB.

Sillage is huge, i can feel my own perfume even after several hours and longevity is a monster: more than 12 hours on me. I am so glad I own this fragrance.

Feb
25
2014
Saltaire
Saltaire

My husband liked the bottle and suggested I'd try it when we were shopping at a Müller store a week ago. Unfortunately, taking aim I missed the paper strip and most of the spray landed on my fingertips. All day long my hands smelled of gummy bears. This is probably the dominant "praline" ingredient, although imo it should rather be named "gummy bear". Must be my nose.
The bottle really is very nice though.

Feb
22
2014
hanson26
hanson26

This does not smell like Flowerbomb, unless Flowerbomb went to a candy shop and came back covered in sweets. Yes, they both are sweet and have a contain patchouli, but this is a gourmand, no doubts about it! In that sense, it's more comparable to Jimmy Choo. Thick, sweet, and edible. Flowerbomb is sweet too, but it's sweet because of the floral notes, which include a very sweet variety of orchid. Flowerbomb really isn't foody in any sense, and also contains a fresh green tea note that this doesn't have. This is praline, vanilla, and patchouli mainly. Even the flowers here are more powdery and balmy, unlike in Flowerbomb. I noticed that many people are saying "this is like Flowerbomb but better" or vice versa. Well if you tend to prefer gourmands (true, foody gourmands) you will probably prefer this one. If you are more of a floral person like myself, you'll prefer Flowerbomb. La Vie Est Belle could maybe pass as a flanker of Flowerbomb, but it is no dupe, not even close.

Feb
21
2014
katushka37
katushka37

To me this perfume is a mature version of Miss Dior Cherie. It was gifted to my 52 years young mum and it suits her well. It smells very sweet and delicious but at the same time she doesn't smell like she sprayed one of my perfumes on myself. It is modern but at the same time grown-up.

Feb
21
2014
sunshinegurl17
sunshinegurl17

My initial reaction to this perfume was dark and sensual. I smelled warm, spicy fruit with vanilla and pralines. It almost was like the smell of a bakery. I didn't detect any florals, which was a shame. This also reminds me of walking on a sunny fall day.....the colored leaves, the cold air with a dark, rich scent.....

My husband rates this one a 7 1/2 out of 10. I don't think this one is my style. Was a little too dark for my tastes.

Feb
17
2014
leda
leda

La Vie est Belle is like someone took the sweet and fresh opening of Flowerbomb and layered it over the warm, feminine body of Chanel's Allure. Bright and optimistic, almost too sweet. I love the little "scarf" on the bottle.

Feb
17
2014
MandiPants85
MandiPants85

I love this scent, it smells like fine belgium chocolate on a nice Valentine's day. With a nice floral touch of course. Definitely made my want list!

Feb
15
2014
Stimul
Stimul

I simply adore it. I bought it last night after 15 months of anxiety. It's my first morning and she colleagues already envy me. I was even forced to tell them some lies not to overwhelm their negativ energy towards me ))))This is a very My perfume and suits me best - my emanation, look, age, colours, appearance, taste. So I am not talking about my preferences toward parfume as it's personal. From very beginning I sprayed it at a store at Xmas 2012 until yesterday I had several tests and each time I felt special. No element of it annoys or disappoints me.
Nevertheless what could be said in certainty is its sillage and durability. If you do not wash it just stays there and smell do not get worse, it fills up premises without causing headache and people notice it with pleasure. I wear it with pleasure too.
In store just in case I also sprayed couple of other top perfumes just to make sure, incl. Legere version - all of them bleached and disappeared.
If this is not your perfume group and you are fed up with such ingredients, it's OK. But if you seek for exquisite bath-in-stage-lights parfume you must have it. I am going to wear it daily before weather gets too hot.

Feb
13
2014
Hellita
Hellita

Mixed feelings about this perfume. I like it, but I don't like it. Tried it on yesterday and only one spritz lasted me all day long. It is absolutely a good smelling fragrance, but it's veeery sweet. At first it started out fresh and sugary, but during the dry down it turned into chocolate (which is kinda nice) and after a while it turned into Flowerbomb (but still better than FB IMO). Conclusion: I can see why people like this, but it's too sweet for me. Especially as it reminds me of Flowerbomb in the end, which I can't stand. But for some reason I couldn't stop smelling my wrist, because it was somehow nice and comforting, but I wouldn't buy it for myself. If a friend was wearing this perfume, I wouldn't mind smelling her. Just not for myself.

Feb
13
2014
stephanienwc
stephanienwc

I have a HUGE collection of sweet scents but even I found this one to be too sweet. It is like smelling strong synthetic syrupy blah. I love Julia Roberts but this is not what I'd imagine her to smell like.

Feb
13
2014
brianaaaah
brianaaaah

I would NOT say this is a dupe for Flowerbomb. I own LVEB and when I smell it I usually think "this does smell a lot like Flowerbomb" BUT when I actually smell Flowerbomb in a store or something I don't think that at all. It's a strange thing because I can't actually say how they're different, I can just smell it.

In fact, I think Pink Sugar Sparks smells waaaaaay more similar to FB than LVEB.

Nonetheless, I adore this fragrance. It's one of the few fragrances with patchouli I can stand. The praline is delicious. Not cloying at all. At least not for me. IMO, it is best on a cool, crisp night. I've never worn this during the day and I probably never will. Especially not in the summer!!

Feb
12
2014
Octoberamy
Octoberamy

Wow, a little of this goes a very long way, and lasts a very long time. It's very nice after the initial shock. Right out of the bottle I get bombarded with Patchouli, which I don't like. But if you are patient, it turns into a lovely kind of powdery white floral. I don't know that I've ever stuck my nose up to an Iris to smell it, so I can't attest to it having the Iris note. But it does last a very long time. My daughter will always compliment it when I pick her up for lunch, after having put it on in the morning. One spray only, ladies, just like the allergy meds and the warning to wait to see how you will react before "operating heavy machinery".

Feb
12
2014
Chiquis
Chiquis

This starts off very sweet. Where Flowerbomb starts off floral sweet, this is just sweet sweet almost like moscato or champagne. Then as it dries down it reminds me more of the opening of Flowerbomb. I like both and feel that there is still enough scent difference so that someone should smell each before deciding between the two.

Feb
11
2014
innovativemomma
innovativemomma

I had a sample of this and wanted to see how I liked it and the longevity. From the first spritz to the drydown this reminds me of Flowerbomb. It lasted from 11am until the next morning when I could still smell it on the coat I had worn the day before. I love Flowerbomb but this is more affordable so I purchased a 2.5oz size today. Happy Bday to me!!!!

Feb
11
2014
rose18109
rose18109

I fell in love with this fragrance the very first moment i smelled it. The design of the bottle is so chic. And the perfume is just perfect. I love sweet perfumes, and this is the best i have ever worn <3

Feb
11
2014
ecerusen
ecerusen

this is my second review about this. previous one was a short description but now i want to expand it.

first of all, for me, only 30ml is enough. i dont want to use it everyday or often. but i wanted to add this to my wardrobe for my 'craving candy' days.

i have a dry skin. so my skin is perfume eater. but this one brake this and respect to its sillage and longevity.
even i sprayed one time to my arm, its smell came to my nose.

jellybean and skittles mixture smell, you can easily find the smell like this on celeb parfumes BUT the difference is, this one smells a bit mature and as i said before its a sillage&longevity monster. also its sweetness is not sickly, it doesnt cloy you.
if you have a perfume eater skin, la vie est belle is safe bet. i buy it because i'm sick and tired of this situation and i want to loudy and long perfume on me. but only 30ml, no need to more.

fits for the winter days, autumn days and maybe the spring days(if the weather isnt hot enough).

all in all,

sillage 9/10
longevity 8/10

Feb
11
2014
olorami
olorami

yo trato, trato .....yo lucho, lucho y lucho pero no consigo, como diria marc Anthony en su famosa cancion.
La vida es Bella....y tambien empalagosa.

Un perfume con calidad no lo dudo, pero hecho justo a la medida de la moda cumpliendo con las exigencias de un siglo que demanda como diria Celia Cruz....AZUCARR!!!!!!!
yo personalmente tengo sentimientos encontrados con este perfume pues por momentos me agrada, pero cuando siento ese olor penetrante a miel me da miedo que una abeja me pique, en serio, es un perfume que me provoca comer, pero que a su vez no me gusta tenerlo mucho tiempo encima de mi, es la sensacion de haber comido un helado con cake y ambos se derramaron encima de ti, esa sensacion de necesitar ir urgente a lavarte la cara y manos porque te embarraste. sin embargo aun asi hay ciertas notas que me agradan, pero mi naricita no esta del todo feliz, LA VIDA ES BELLA, pero ese sentimiento me lo transmiten otras fragancias no esta precisamente.

Feb
10
2014
sofababe
sofababe

I've tried very very hard with La Vie Est Belle, and while I do like it there's something in it that doesn't seem to like me. In the bottle it's lovely, on the tester card it's lovely but on me it turns sharp and weird. Maybe the patchouli is just too much, or the synthetic blackcurrant, I should have known better, I can't get along well with either of those notes. I will pass this to my daughter, she loves sweet scents and we seem to have a different skin chemistry. La Vie Est Belle has been rehomed where it can be better appreciated.

Feb
08
2014
louisminaj
louisminaj

When I smell this, I get so much of the iris! It is an insanely powedery smell on me with a lot of sweetness from the praline and vanilla especially. I wish the tonka bean would stand out more but unfortunatly it doesnt! This really dissapointed me, but nonetheless it is still a very nice scent! It lasts a long time and has a very distinctive smell. I hope I am able to treat myself to a bottle soon!

Feb
06
2014
dalmajen
dalmajen

„Excuse me, while I yawn!”
I was given a Bottle (1/3 full) of this fragrance, so decided to give it a full days wearing. Well,, here goes..another boring berry clone. I was surprised at how very similar to Midnight Rose this fragrance is. Black currant is listed in the opening..a very synthetic berry it is. Has an overpowering fruity feel, throughout the whole wearing experience. The cloying sweetness is most likely due to the supposed addition of praline and chocolate. Even the jasmine and iris are hardly detectable ...they too seem false somehow. Considering the bottle design...heavy and expensive looking), the actual juice is a real letdown. It may appeal to the younger collectors, who seem to enjoy the very fruity fragrances that seem to be all the rage. I don't find this a soft scent either. It has an almost jarring quality to it...it doesn't seem to have any stages what so ever...it basically has the same bland berry scent from start to finish. It does have lasting power...it stayed with me for several hours, which is quite a feat on my skin! I won' be testing any pinkie colored fragrances for awhile now...I'll just stifle my yawn, and move on!

Feb
02
2014
donimili
donimili

This is not for me. It is too sweet and i feel as if it is screaming on me, at the same time as I'm eating it. But that doesn't matter, not everything is for everyone. What really bothers me are those girls/women who are loving this so much that they practically bathe in it. I was in the bus the other day, on one end, and some girl on the other. There was just one other man with us, and bus was nicely warm and empty. And then, Oh my God... It smelled as if she poured entire content of bottle on herself, right at that moment, in the bus. I feel that this sort of thing already happened with some other perfumes. Like Gucci Rush back in the days... Girls, please, be a bit more moderate, you do not have to consume your favorite perfume in just a few use.

Feb
02
2014
arlina1
arlina1

This perfume caught me off guard. I smelled it in a magazine and couldn't stop thinking about it. So I dug out the magazine and rubbed it on my skin. Then I couldn't stop smelling myself. I was like a sweet marshmallow praline awesome diva. I usually don't like sweet, and this is sweet for sure, but it hooked me of first sniff. A little goes a long way with this one ladies.

Edit: A lot of people have said this is a knock off of Flowerbomb. I disagree. I have worn both and worn one on one wrist and on the other to do a compare. They smell different to me. Are they both sweet? Yes but the similarity ends there. Also La Vie Est Belle lasts 3 times as long as Flowerbomb that bombs out after about 2 hours for me. La View Est Belle lasts at least 8.

Edit 2: This perfume opened me to sweet perfumes. Now I have bought a whole bunch.

Feb
01
2014
VERYlibby
VERYlibby

gourmand. powdery - sweet - vanilla - chocolat - prailine. So very gourmand.

Jan
30
2014
the_new_esta
the_new_esta

Rip-off of flowerbomb? Or did V&R rip off Lancome?

Either way, Lancome has the nicer mix. But I still don't understand why the trend is to mix cigarette smell in with lovely sweet florals.

Jan
28
2014
hannah.reed.9085
hannah.reed.9085

Although it is similar to Flowerbomb... Flowerbomb is wayyyy better! I don't care for this one too much

Jan
27
2014
clickingpenguin
clickingpenguin

This is weird...but La Vie Est Belle sort of reminds me of Miss Dior Cherie...I'm not sure why. Am I the only one?

Jan
26
2014
Marilia -Mariliaki
Marilia -Mariliaki

One of favourite perfumes for this winter..Lancome i love you...so adorable!!!!

Jan
25
2014
Ndydy
Ndydy

Got a sample vial and it smelled divine. I will definitely get a bigger bottle think its d blackcurrant n vanilla notes that got me hooked on it.

Jan
24
2014
umma toga
umma toga

It is indeed beautiful. It is so perfect. Sweet, balanced and sophisticated.

Jan
23
2014
nobodygirl
nobodygirl

Lancome, Estee Lauder, Clinique, and other make-up counter smells are not normally the types of scents that I run to. On a whim, I just happened to pick up a fragrance sample collection at Ulta that came with La Vie Est Bell, DownTown, Coach Love, Acqua di Gioia and Romance.

#1 gripe first off the bat -- it DOES NOT have staying power. I put it on about 3 hours ago with my intent to review it, but unfortunately I can barely smell it on my skin now. Unless it mixes with my body chemistry so well that I cannot smell it. IMO, it fades way too easily.

At first spritz it just reminded me of another gaudy, floral, 'old-lady-ish' kinda smell. It isn't the same notes as 'Very Sexy' from VS, but the same idea.. it's a bit overpowering and has that generic mingling of sweetly spicy freesia and peony. (I haven't checked the actual notes in the fragrance, so again, JMO).
I really thought and hoped that it would fade and melt into a softer or muskier or lighter scent, but it did not seem to change on my skin.
It smells still of peony and other bright florals and fruits. Maybe I am smelling a mix of rose and tangerine.

It just really blurs my olfactory system. Im the girl that likes my scents in layers, or ones that fade into something beautifully into the skin. Im sorry Lancome, but please stick to make-up and face creams.

Jan
22
2014
misscherie07
misscherie07

it's a nice perfume it smells sweet - chocolatly but not overpowering a great gift voor your grandmother or someone older. Its a very mature fragrance.

Jan
17
2014
Allydefleur
Allydefleur

I bought a sample of this & I am so glad I did. I really thought that I would love it, but it is way too heavy & sharp for me. I think it smells a lot like V&R Flowerbomb...another perfume I thought I would love, but was very disappointed. I will not be buying the full size of this one!

Jan
17
2014
twoteacakes
twoteacakes

I like iris, I like patchouli and I like powdery scents. But this on my skin is a sickly sweet, artificial chemical cloying mess. I also had the misfortune to have to sit for two hours next to a colleague wearing it at the theatre. I was nauseous at the end. Had to scrub this off as it gave me a headache, so perhaps the dry down is nicer, but I will never know. Much better perfumes to spend my hard earned money on.

Jan
17
2014
skylar666
skylar666

Does this remind anyone else of the bethany hamilton perfume? it was called stoked & in the shape of a surfboard..

Jan
15
2014
boutonstendres
boutonstendres

Ambivalent. La Vie Est Belle goes on strong, chemical. But then La Vie develops into a soft, beautiful, longing floral after several hours and into the following day. When you are at this stage of the fragrance, it is enchanting to enveloped in such a romantic, evocative cloud. Substantial sillage, immense lasting power.

Jan
14
2014
wistfulmaiden
wistfulmaiden

The first couple of months this came out I liked it, not loved but thought it was pleasant enough, if a bit sugary. But these days it seems everyone where I work is wearing this, young girls grandmas...the ladies from Lancôme are always attacking you with spray bottles...these days I no longer enjoy it, too much too popular makes it seem very mundane.

Jan
14
2014
Zaleska
Zaleska

When I saw the ad for the first time, I thought the perfume was lighter.
Life is beautiful, I know, but...should it be soooo sweet?

Jan
11
2014
Elenitsa8784
Elenitsa8784

Hello girls!
I have a 50ml bottle of la vie and would like to swap it!
I hardly used it ! Send me your recommendations!

Jan
11
2014
Bruno57
Bruno57

The commercial said "The first gourmand iris"
But where is the iris ?! It's only strong sugar, stickier than a marmelade ! Absolutely distgusting

Jan
11
2014
Erika2
Erika2

Have a small sample and tried it, got a compliment from my boss. The thing is, we have a no prefume policy. You smell so fresh and clean, she said, so it must be a good fragrance in the workplace. A bit sweet for My taste, but OK.

Jan
11
2014
ellaquintero
ellaquintero

I tried it a few months ago, but I didn't like it at all. Straight artificial black currant all the way.
I don't know what happened, but today I gave it another try and OMG... So beautiful. My best friend uses LVEB often, for parties, and so, and I really liked it, that's how I came to test it. But it never smelled that good on her, lol. On me it's so cozy, warm, pretty, soft, but still screams presence, and it lasts all day (:

PLUS: I'm allergic to everything, and I always sneeze when I spray any perfume/mist/spray of any kind, except when I sprayed this today.

Jan
07
2014
Toom_Snoopy
Toom_Snoopy

La Vie Est Belle: Life is beautiful & Life is sweet...

Very pretty lovely nutty perfume! Intensely sweet but not sickly, the praline note is dominant. I normally dislike gourmand in perfume because of some annoying sugary or buttery scent except this one. I guess the balanced ingredients of fruits, flowers, and gourmand (nutty) is the key. Longevity is great and the bottle is beautiful. It's the best of Lancome.

Jan
07
2014
mirrorghost
mirrorghost

this is way too strong for my personal tastes. i figured as much, but got a free sample, so i tried it anyway. this is (at least on my skin) a cloying, almost boozy sweet gourmand-floral. i have smelled many similar scents lately walking around town.

Jan
06
2014
wunderland
wunderland

gorgeously perfect, exactly what i want in a gourmand: mature warmth and sweetness, like a batch a homemade vanilla caramels cooking on the stove, with the fruit and floral modestly cozy in the backround, like canning stewed fruit into mason jars ... this fragrance wears like labouring in an old world kitchen. lasting power is several hours on me - it makes it through my workday. an absolute favourite ... and what Katy Perry Killer Queen wishes it was

Jan
06
2014
cake n' cuddles
cake n' cuddles

The beautiful life,
I got my bottle of LVEB last christmas and was totally thrilled. The odd black currant jam and pear top notes were immediately drowned in a nutty, vanilla, patchouli candy. When you spray this fragrance it's like saying "cannon ball!" All the notes splash on at once submerging you in a candied bliss. The fragrance doesn't demand much, just asks you to "sit back" and does it's thing with a toothy grin. Potent stuff, 2 sprays last all day. Romantic and sweet like the feeling of new love.
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Stronger, heavier, and more long lasting than flowerbomb. I do prefer flowerbomb because I love FB's crystal like sweetness, but I am a proud owner and lover of both! Arguably similar but still different.

Jan
06
2014
Cupcakesprinkle
Cupcakesprinkle

When I saw the comercial I was expecting alot more then just a sweet scent. I was looking forward to something a little more sophisticated.My friend bought it as a gift so I started wearing it. The perfume is very sweet and veryy longlasting. I dont have to carry it around and constantly spray it, just a couple of sprays at the beging of the day lasts you till night. The scent really sticks to your clothes. Some people found it too sweet for their taste but since I am a fan of sweet fragnaces I really like this perfume.

Jan
05
2014
despoina1976
despoina1976

Sweet yes,but a little spicy also!
It is the very first parfume that i bought and it is,well,sweet!
I bought it during hot summer Fall,here in Greece,my boss said he hated-he likes Hermes on me,and so i waited for colder days.
(My boss is also one of my best friends for about 20 years so i did not have to kill him.)
During winter is so much better smells like powder with sugar if that makes sense,on me.
First time i like a parfume by Lancome!
And also...
first time that...
my boyfriend after 14 years we ve been toogether,first time,i repeat, he has noticed a parfume on me!!Now i use also the shower gel and please try the body lotion!It is a little different but also very nice!

P.S My old time favourite fragrance is Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker which is no longer available,smelled like N.Rodriguez.Nothing like La Vie....

Jan
04
2014
rufflesbows
rufflesbows

If you love gourmand fragrances, this might be your holy grail. Intensely sweet and VERY long lasting. The patchouli and iris are important here as they keep it from being "too much". One tiny spritz on my wrist and I can smell it all day. It smells just like Baskin Robins Praline's & Cream ice cream. :) My sample will last the whole winter season. 1.7 ounces should last a lifetime.

Jan
04
2014
mozzaa
mozzaa

I knew that this was a bit too much but I still wanted it badly. Beautiful in mild doses- stifling if you spray too much. It is too sweet yes, but if applied with discretion it is like a dark ,rich, chocolate mousse with the right amount of sugar.

Jan
02
2014
Nil3
Nil3

Nothing special. It gave me a heavy head. COULDN'T AGREE WITH THE COMMENT BEFORE ME MORE.

Jan
02
2014
PureIce
PureIce

A flowerbomb of sweetness. It reminds me of those perfumes for little girls, sickly, sugary and with an absolute lack of delicacy. Which is ironic because the TV ad tries to give us a message of breaking with social conventions and be yourself... while this prefume, its package, bottle, smell and the actress chosen to advertise it, are brutally conventional.

Jan
01
2014
aurora21
aurora21

I can wear this year round but I prefer to wear it in the winter time. I love it for special occasions when I'm all dressed up. It's sweet and powdery and to me it's very elegant. I also wear this to work when I'm feeling sophisticated. It lasts a really long time and I can even smell it on my clothes and scarves the next day. I will certainly repurchase this when I run out. I will say though that the lotion smells different than the perfume but I do like them together.

Dec
30
2014
cdmarz
cdmarz

I love this perfume. Makes me feel so relaxed. On me it smells like chocolate and ripe blackberry. One spritz lasts the whole day. Some perfumes, I can't smell after awhile and others can. This one, I can smell the deliciousness the whole day.

Also, I don't really get the comparisons with Flowerbomb. That perfume does not have the sweetness of this one in my opinion. It has way more patchouli and flowers. While this perfume is technically sweeter, I personally find sometimes Flowerbomb is more cloying. In addition, something in Flowerbomb sets off my allergies. Not so with this one.

Dec
29
2013
mmiched
mmiched

OMG I received a vial to try. Everywhere I went I was complimented on how good I smell. I do agree at first spray it is very sweet but then mellows into a floral praline fantasy and lasts all day and night. My hubby got the 2.5 oz bottle for me and I will wear it every single day. This is a very well made perfume! I do not think it smells like Flowerbomb at all! Lancome has a big hit with this one, please never discontinue or change anything about it. Bottle looks stunning on my vanity as well! I LOVE LA VIE EST BELLE!

Dec
27
2013
LoveForYMCMB
LoveForYMCMB

So, i got so obsesed while testing La Vie est belle at the store and the little sample i recieved. So, i got a 4ml mini (same set as tresor midnight rose). My mom found it sickly sweet, but for me it's dreamy delicious... It starts as a cloying cloud, then it settles at some amazing flowers then a relaxing vanilla with some praline.... This is what my perfume dreams are made of.

Dec
25
2013
Qwertyuio
Qwertyuio

I wanted to love this but it smelled awful on my skin. Other reviews say it's like Flowerbomb, which I love, but I don't get that from this perfume. Glad I tested it out and didn't just order online.

Dec
23
2013
Arielrose
Arielrose

Finally got to try this today and I understand why so many people love it! I also understand why some people don't ;)
At first spray - I said 'Ooh it's like candy!' because it was very sweet at first. Then as it dried a little, I could smell the flower notes and I have to say that was my least favorite 'phase' of the fragrance. After the first 30 minutes, that's when I decided - ok, I think I do love this scent. After that initial 30 mins. it settled beautifully into a gentle, non-overwhelming vanilla praline with subtle hints of the fruits and florals.
I am a Flowerbomb fan, and yes - this has a bit of similarity, but the vanilla/praline notes become more obvious and to me it's way more sweet at the onset. However, since everyone's chemistry differs, some might have it be more sweet throughout - or more floral, it just depends.
For me, it's a great scent - I can definitely tell it will be a favorite. I love anything with a vanilla base and this is just perfect.
Only complaint at all is the bottle! While it's very pretty and would look great on the dresser, it's bulky and heavy - even on the smaller bottles. Not something that would be easy to put in your purse or carry when travelling. I'd love to have a travel-friendly container.

Dec
20
2013
Sweet Sea Pea
Sweet Sea Pea

I'm just testing this right now. I get a very similar fragrance to Hypnotic Poison, except this is softer and more powdery on me. It is very warm, a bit sweet, a bit spicy...kind of like chai latte. I think I get the pralines. It is certainly nice, a bit like Miss Dior Cherie at the open but more spicy and ultimately not much floral, except a bit of jasmine. I don't think I would buy this because for me it is not unique enough, but I can imagine that many would like this very much. It is romantic and has some complexity.

Dec
20
2013
babybear1
babybear1

I like the pretty bottle!, but the perfume is not for me. It's way too sweet for my liking. I have a small bottle and I really don't wear it. It is in a box in my basement reserved for selling/give away. I wish I could love it.

Dec
18
2013
lollsazz
lollsazz

If you would like something a little less heavy that smells quite much like this, I suggest trying the Tigi Bedhead Colour Combat Colour Goddess Leave-In Balsam. In the bottle it smells like caramel and a little burnt sugar, but on my hair I swear it smells just like La Vie Est belle, and it lasts for 48 hours too... which is very similar to this perfume... so strange! BTW: I use a minty conditioner, so this might smell just a tiny bit different because of that, but I don't think it makes much of a difference.

Dec
18
2013
Sayyy
Sayyy

In the bottle it reminds me of Miss Dior Cherie, but on my skin they're nothing alike. Yes, it is very sweet, but also mature.
I think this is great for colder days. And the longevity is pretty amazing.

Dec
17
2013
ecerusen
ecerusen

lets be honest, it doesnt relate with its commercial. actually this commercial reminds me manifesto(ysl). after i watch, i went to store for trying. nothing new, there are tooooo many perfumes which smells the same with this perfume.
nice, sweet, warm but ordinary. and it doesnt deserve its price.

edit : but its longevity is crazy. stayed on my skin for 24 hours(normally only angel stays on my skin this much. my poor skin :( )

Dec
17
2013
ScarlettX
ScarlettX

I totally understand people who think it's too sweet. It makes even my head spin around. Despite of that there is still that special something in it. It has a little spice in it which probably comes from vanilla and patchouli mixed together. That little spicy note makes it elegant. Perfect for a sunny autumn day when the sun is shining on colorful leaves.It is a belle!
PS! I wouldn't recommend to use when having a headache.

Dec
12
2013
lollsazz
lollsazz

I tried this again... I still hate it: it has crazy longevity: 48 hours on my skin, forever on my jacket...! I don't know how to get the damn smell off it! I generally don't like gourmand perfumes, but I dislike this not because it's gourmand, but because I smell something really strange in the drydown that smells dirty to me... and my nose seems to dislike it too: it clogs up. I think this perfume smells synthetic an that whoever took the picture and did the photoshopping on Julia Roberts totally failed: very bad angle (her face looks really wide) and she looks like she's gone crazy because there's absolutely no smile wrinkles under her eyes.

Dec
12
2013
Musky4
Musky4

I tried this on a card yesterday, having previously only smelled it from the bottle. I'd quickly dismissed this as another toothachingly-sweet perfume with no personality, but I kept being drawn back to my card and by this morning couldn't wait to try it on my skin. So, I sprayed it on my neck and let me tell you, this is as gourmand as they come! It lasts and lasts and really is a fragrance of excellent quality. Now, I'm no stranger to sweet perfumes, but for me to really want to wear or own it, it has to have something special that makes it interesting. All I can say is I think that La Vie Est Belle does have 'it', as, in spite of it giving me a headache, I found it to be absolutely addictive and I just kept wanting more. I don't smell the fruit so much in this, but certainly the vanilla and pralines are just delicious! I can imagine this getting a lot of compliments and may just have to add this to my wish list… Incidentally, I don't like Flowerbomb.

Edit: Having tried La Vie Est Belle a couple more times, I've concluded that sadly this isn't for me. It gives me headaches and makes me feel nauseous, in the same way that Flora by Gucci does. I find both of them cloying and unfortunately I'm unable to tolerate either one. I just felt overwhelmed and aggravated by LVEB. Have removed it from my wish list...

Dec
12
2013
Elmyra
Elmyra

I truly love this fragrance, tested it and its beautiful, long lasting and has great sillage.
Unfortunately i cant afford it right now, and i have many still to get through!! but will sure probably get it once i run low on my Juicy couture and Killer queen, which are quite similar.

Just wanted to say, that i think Lancome has taken a bit of a different route, and a new direction toward their scents.
Definitely the 'in' fragrance these days seems to be gourmand, lots of choc, praline and nougat.
Their fragrances never consisted of syrupy notes, but rather complex florals and classics, such as Poeme (my favorite Lancome) and Tresor (not my type).

But nevertheless Lancome are amazing, and whatever they create - they get it right.
Love La Vie est belle, and just wish i bought this instead of Killer queen!!!!! even if the price difference is humangous.

If you like sweet fragrances, along the lines of Lolita lempicka, you will love this, and if you are into Givenchy style, i think give this a try!

Dec
10
2013
Juliana6
Juliana6

Have you ever smelled a delicious patchouli? (Yes, it reminds me that song by B.Adams... )
This smells like a crisp, delicious fruit (it's the pier and the black currant, I guess) and patchouli mix which transforms into a warm, sweet gourmand pleasure. The base is fantastic- none of the ingredients is dominating, but I still feel all of them. They all create a unique, warm winter wonderland for me. It's strong, so it must be applied carefully. It's a very feminine, a bit mysterious and very rich, dark scent.
And I simply love the bottle- real, heavy glass with this magic potion frozen inside.

Dec
10
2013
Scentasticme
Scentasticme

La Vie est Belle is absolutely stunning ! I see many comparisons to Flowerbomb however, I dislike Flowerbomb yet I adore La Vie est Belle. I don't find it very sweet. On me it smells like yummy warm vanilla praline with a beautiful bubbling light and happy floral. I feel the floral and the vanilla praline are equally noticeable and balance each other nicely. I grab just a tad of patchouli . I find La Vie est Belle very uplifting, it's a feel good scent. It smells so much better on the skin than on clothing. It lasts all day and you just need one spritz. I can see why people wouldn't like this if they wear too much. At one lovely spritz, it's perfection. I will always have a bottle of La Vie est Belle in my collection. LOVE !

Dec
10
2013
Siouxsiesparkle
Siouxsiesparkle

I generally don't care much for patchouli. I find the note to be overwhelming & common. This smells very sweet, like candied patchouli with flowers in the background. Despite the strong syrupy scent, it lasts a long time on the skin & has good sillage.

Dec
09
2013
jadejoann4
jadejoann4

This is exactly what I want... Very sweet, very strong, last very long and very good. It's like cherry drops with syrup and slight vanilla. I get no pralines on me. Patchouli is lingering at the end but just slight and the iris is hardly there but this is great. I love it. It's candy store lilke

Dec
08
2013
rickyrebarco
rickyrebarco

Having had this sprayed on me once by an SA at the mall I know it is strong, so for my second skin trial I went with just 2 sprays, one on each inner arm. Initally I thought the notes held promise, but this stuff does not let up. The drydown went ultimately to a sickeningly sweet berry syrup with vanilla plopped in. I don't even get any lovely praline except for more syrup. I could not even scrub this off it was so strong.

I really love the new Tresor Lumineuse, it's light and soft and pretty praline. La Vie est Belle is a syrupy mess. This stuff should go on pancakes, not people. The iris and patchouli do not save this one because you cannot discern them underneath the overwhelming berry fruity syrup.

Dec
08
2013
pinkchevalier
pinkchevalier

I have to say that even trying to spray a little and over spraying can make this a monster! So the best method is to spray a mist and run your arm through or neck through. This tones down the scent a lot and because it's so strong, "wasting" it by misting sort of equalizes.

I learned the hard way - spray more than once and it turns into a Coco Mademoiselle on steroids + extra sweetness. It's best experienced sprayed once (and even then my friend could smell it from a few feet away). When sprayed on one wrist and glided on to the other, it's a very sweet but almost "smoky." Weird I know...I get a strong sense of the black currant and very very sweet everything else. Since I have Chanel 19 Poudre (the only other Irisy fragrance I own) - I think in the initial burst and throughout the drydown I get that faint aloofness of Iris. I think it's what kind of tempers the scent into not being cloying for me, but as others have mentioned too much and it's way too sweet with a sharp/synthetic smell...the key is to go light with this one.

Dec
06
2013
tandi
tandi

This is very sweet and long lasting. Like another reviewer said,to my nose it smells like a sweet version of coco mademoiselle.

Dec
05
2013
fayegiblin
fayegiblin

This is definitely a long lasting perfume and my husband did say 'you smell nice' but I think that's it - nice... nothing unique and no real personality for me.

Been wearing for two days. Longevity is good. Great if you go somewhere where you can't keep re-applying (business for example).

I definitely got the jasmine, vanilla and praline. It is pleasant... a nice floral without being overpowering.

I won't be buying it though.

Dec
05
2013
Cw830
Cw830

It seemed to me like a patchouli floral, somewhat spicy with a touch of citrus. It is very sweet, but the vanilla, tonka bean, and pear help round that out. My review is based from a sample paper in a magazine, so not the best to test. I cannot say anything about the longevity. Seems like it would make a nice daily perfume for someone. I think it's warm enough for winter, passable for rainy spring and breezy fall, but too sweet for summer.

Dec
04
2013
energia
energia

This perfume is so positive, optimistic and vibrant. It describes true beauty of life. I'm thankful to creators of this masterpiece for giving making of true essence of happiness.

This perfume is on its way to become legendary. I don't care that many people own it, I want to make it my signature because it makes me motivated and ready for challenges.

Dec
03
2013
yc01
yc01

It's like a bit more sweet version of Coco mademoiselle. Its longevity and sillage are quite good. It really helps me say "la vie est belle"

Dec
02
2013
kay0981
kay0981

This is probably one of the sweetest perfumes I have ever smelled! The opening is really strong, so strong you can taste it. It's like a big blast of juicy blackcurrants, followed by the notes of vanilla and caramel. It's very sweet and heavy; one spray is enough to fill the whole room. If you are overwhelmed by the opening, and find it too strong and heady, be patient – wait for the fragrance to develop and smooth out... And eventually, it will unveil its beautiful, soft praline and vanilla notes. And don't let the patchouli put you off, because honestly, it is barely there, and it stops the sweetness from becoming too overbearing. It's like a warm, soft vanilla blanket, with lots of sugar and caramel and a little bit of patchouli and iris, which gives it a slightly powdery feel.

So many comparisons have been made between this and Flowerbomb, so I guess it's difficult not to refer to it. I think the two are more or less in the same vein, both being kind of a sweet, fruity patchouli. But to me, Flowerbomb is heavier on the patchouli, and a little less sweet. It also has more sparkling fruit notes, and a distinct tea note which I really love. La Vie Est Belle, on the other hand, is sweeter and softer, and has way more projection.

This fragrance is fun, playful and very girly. It doesn't take itself too seriously. It's happy, young and a little flirty, and it definitely smells very 'pink'. Also, a word has to be mentioned about the lasting power of La Vie Est Belle... It's like no other... I applied it a few hours before going to bed, and then, when I woke up in the morning, the projection was still strong, as if I had just put it on. Any more than one or two sprays will be too much, and I'm saying that as a very generous sprayer, who normally uses four to five sprays even on stronger stuff. Also, I wouldn't advise applying it near your face (like, for example, on the neck), because it will become too heavy and cloying. Instead, I'd advise spraying it on your elbows, or chest; the projection will still be more than noticeable - I can vouch for that.
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Dec
02
2013
cheriebeary73
cheriebeary73

I don't own this one as of yet, but sure do plan on buying it very soon! I was in Macy's one day purchasing some makeup at the Lancôme counter, and while I was waiting for the girl to ring up the sale, I saw this bottle and spritzed it on my wrist. Later on I kept getting whiffs of this awesome scent and realized it was this perfume! It has great staying power unlike many perfumes I try. It reminds me of a soft, cozy, cuddly scent, which to me is perfect for fall and winter season. I absolutely LOVE this one!

Update: I bought a bottle of this, and used it pretty much all winter, so it's now gone. I got so many compliments on how good I smelled like daily! I will be buying another bottle eventually!

Nov
30
2013
MilicaaR
MilicaaR

La Vie Est Belle is the definition of sweetness. I don't know how, but this perfume manages to be unbelievably sweet but still not overwhelming. Pralines are wonderful, and I actually prefer when LVEB settles down for a bit, and the sharp patchouli disappears, making this frag creamy, soft and insanely sweet. Not for everyone, and that is another good thing. You have to be self-confident and ambitious to wear this. I love it!:)

Nov
25
2013
Plamka
Plamka

1st time i came across this perfume i def. hated it. It was on my hate list for quite a while, i found the sweetness in it too sirupy off-putting and i couldn't imagine anyone liking this! That was last year. This year i gave it another chance, waited for it to develop on my skin-it was amazing! I love the dry down, it has the smoky sweetness i was after plus excelent longevity! Have in mind 3 sprays from this are too much. I was craving for something exactly that sweet and cosy for winter to distract me from the grey miserable reality and i found it on my hate list :) I love this perfume now, my colleagues compliment me on it, im happy i gave it another chance.

Nov
23
2013
sayrmaillah@yahoo.com
sayrmaillah@yahoo.com

this is so sweet. probably the most sweetest fragrance i ever smelt in my life.. my fren uses this. whenever she wears it it does smell nice especially on her. sweet scent sometimes do smell nice depending on the person. personally, i don't like the sweet kind of scent i.e. BS original fantasy. when i smell la vie est belle i liked it on some else just not me. i could never imagine myself using sweet perfume as they usually associate with unsophistication. now since i never wore this perfume, i'm guessing the longevity last long. however the sillage i'm telling is true based on when my fren was wearing it which is so enormous. definetly can fill up the whole room and can be smelled from far..

Nov
23
2013
dness92
dness92

Omg, my friend has just broke the news today at the pub... Yep. The amazing 'chocolately, cocoa' sweet smell I have been breathing in whenever she was around was La Vie Est Belle. Damn. Very sweet, very cocoa like (to my surprise!). It must be the drydown though because when I tested in the shop the cap smelled like her, but the initial spray and top notes didn't :p.

Beautiful :))) <3 xx

P.S. Back in the day I saw a lot of comparison with Can Can by Paris Hilton but dare I say Can Can is more 'grown up' if you like? In the sense that, it's less sweet. This is very cacao, sweety packed whereas Can Can has some flowers / orange, whatever you interpret to be but it's a much less sweet note that balances it all out.

Nov
19
2013
blackw0lfx
blackw0lfx

i dont think this is anything like flowerbomb. with flowerbomb i get a medical tea that is so sweet. i have tried flowerbomb some more and like it now. this opens a lot more fruity while flowerbomb starts tea and bergamont on me. i also get floral that is sweet, and the sweet is nod towards flowerbomb. this is more mature than flowerbomb. i get a more burnt vanilla sweet than just cotton candy flowerbomb sweet. i really like this. flowerbomb is for he 20somethings, this is for the 30 yr olds. i think the bottles necktie or whatever is ugly, so i took it off. the box is amazing.

my husband likes it and thinks it is a 30 yr old fragrance, which is how old am, so that is good.

update: when i hopped in the shower the perfume transformed into a rich chocolate. a nice surprise.

Nov
19
2013
sahasz
sahasz

god I really dislike this perfume so so so sweet and so overwhelming, gives me instantly headache, I got a little bottle from somewhere sprayed it once and gave away the rest. But looking at tai website now if somebody likes Flowerbomb she/he may like this, I don't like either.

Nov
17
2013
Annica
Annica

Hope it is one time event that you read quotes of someone else's opinion about a perfume. It's much, much, more fun to read the Fraganticans opinions, but thats just my thoughts. :)

Nov
17
2013
meama
meama

Luca Turin beautifully describes this perfume:
"What distinguishes this Lancôme offering from all the ever-so-slightly more dismal competition is the inclusion of an iris note. The reason iris is now included in discernible amounts in a mass-market fragrance is that it has become radically cheaper in recent years, due to novel rapid-aging methods. Sadly, this instant-iris stuff has none of the rich, melancholy refinement of the real thing. In fact, it smells flat, sour and yeasty, like rye bread or the exhaust of a brewery. Lancôme mixes it with a touch of vanilla and sugary maltol, adds just enough jasmine and orange flower to distinguish it from toilet-bowl cleaner, and launches it into the world portrayed by the gaunt, megadontic face of Julia Roberts. I wonder who actually recognises themselves in a fragrance like this? Are there enough sour-hearted, daft, artistically brutish, spiritually stunted creatures out there to make this a straight-up success? Or is it simply that by now the field has been so thoroughly leveled that this tiny molehill towers triumphantly over the atomically smooth landscape of fruity florals? I hope the latter."
It is much polite than what I would have said.

"Ce qui distingue cette offre Lancôme de toute la toujours de plus en plus médiocre concurrence est l'inclusion d'une note d'iris . La raison de la présence actuelle de l'iris en quantités discernables dans la parfumerie de masse , c'est qu'il est devenu radicalement moins cher au cours des dernières années, en raison de nouveaux procédés de vieillissement accéléré du rizome. Malheureusement, ce genre d'instantané d'iris n'a rien de la richesse , le raffinement mélancolique de la vraie chose. En fait , ça sent plat , aigre et la levure , comme le pain de seigle ou des gaz de brasserie. Lancôme mélange avec une touche de vanille et de maltol doux juste assez de jasmin et de fleur d'oranger pour le distinguer d'un nettoyant WC - rendu glamour et lancé dans le monde derrière le visage décharné et redondant de Julia Roberts. Je me demande qui se reconnaît réellement dans un parfum comme celui-ci ? Y a t'il assez d'aigris, d'idiots , d'artistiquement stupides, de créatures spirituellement rabougries ici-bas pour en faire un succès immédiat? Ou est-ce simplement que, maintenant, le terrain a été si bien nivelé par le bas que cette petite taupinière domine triomphalement sur le paysage atomiquement lissé des fleuris-fruités ? J'espère encore qu'il s'agit de cette dernière."

Nov
17
2013
swenada
swenada

Didn't like it from the moment i sprayed it to the end of the day when the scent was still kickboxing my brain through my nose.
I don't like this one at all. I had gotten a sample trial bottle from sephora.

Nov
17
2013
moreorlessa
moreorlessa

A gorgeous, delicious favourite of mine. It's feminine, fruity, seductive and ridiculously sweet. I think the praline and the peach notes set it apart from flowerbomb. If you like lighter smells, though, you may find this overwhelming. Perhaps not an office scent.

Nov
16
2013
Deppaholic
Deppaholic

Psssttt....let me tell you, if like Flowerbomb, then you'll like this. Almost identical. So..........take it from there. I see so many have tried it. As soon as I sprayed this, and even 7 hours later, it is still very noticeable by myself and I'm sure others. Copycat....naughty Lancome...

Edit: 11/23.....I did a hand by hand with FlowerBomb and this, and while I hadn't tried FB on for awhile, LVEB was just so similar....however...wait for it...wait for it.....On first application of each, LVEB has more fruity spritzy bubbly opening while FB does not. All in all, towards the drydown period they smell pretty much the same. However LVEB does seem to give me a little bit of a headache, while FB extrait does not. But, there is a trade off, and that trade off it, believe it or not, for the price of FB Extrait, the LVEB seems to have more staying power, how do they say it....sillage. Anyways, I would say for the money LVEB is more $ conscious. I couldn't try vs. with my regular FB EDP because I got rid of it, thinking I no longer liked it, but LVEB renewed my feelings towards this type of fragrance. So, on that note, I am going to buy myself a FB of this, and also try the other LVEB legere that the ladies mention. I very much like FB (again) and also LVEB. Hope that makes sense.

Nov
14
2013
elegance24
elegance24

It is very sweet,sometimes it smells like cotton candy but I like very much. I get a lot of compliments on it as well. I do recommend this

Nov
14
2013
mharville
mharville

I have tried this fragrance several times because I really wanted to like it. I don't. It reminds me of my great grandmother, not a bad thing, I just don't want to smell like her. I don't get the sweetness everyone else does. To me all I smell is a powdery oldness. However it does last a long time on the skin, clothes, what ever it comes in contact with and it has a very heavy sillage.

Nov
13
2013
torkwan
torkwan

I just want to say that I'm not an expert reviewer whatsoever but OH MY GOD.

I'm just so obsessed with this perfume. I remember I smelled this in Macy's and immediately stopped in my tracks to ask the SA what that heavenly sweet smell was. AND I NEVER DO THAT. I received several samples but I spent about 2 weeks thinking about this perfume.

It's very sweet yet mature, perfect for women ages 20 and up--and one spray is more than enough. If you're not a patchouli and vanilla fan I'm not even joking this perfume will change your mind. The dry down is amazing, it's this indescribable vanilla powder smell--JUST DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GET THIS.

Legit, everytime I wear this, people are either asking me what I'm wearing or tell me how delightful I smell. One guy came up to me on campus and asked me what perfume I had on so he can go get it for his girlfriend.

It's rather pricey for a 2.5 oz, but it's SO worth it. I'm sorry if I sound crazy writing this, but girl, trust. It will change your life haha.

Nov
12
2013
SorceressOfTheDark
SorceressOfTheDark

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.

Nov
12
2013
prettyswag
prettyswag

I love this scent, i have this ,and also the fresh version (ESTE LEGERE)...I LOVE BOTH! ..I also have flowerbomb and flowerbomb extreme...they do all smell close but the diffrences show once on the skin..este belle is sexy,alluring deep sweetness and flowerbomb is more fruity floral candy sweetness and flowebomb extreme is floral creamy vanilla , and este belle legere is less warm pachouli,more fresh sweetness with a creamy femme drydown.....i love them all!!

Nov
11
2013
sexysniffa
sexysniffa

O to the M to the G!!! Ladies!!! Let me tell you right now---


This fragrance is something SO decadent, SO fantabulous, SO mesmerizing, SO classy, SO sensual, SO elegant, SO dazzling, SO sheerly supreme in its existence that a sistah is seriously struggling to find ALL the right words to truly describe this CrazySexyCool (can you tell the VH1 TLC movie just came out?? haha) concoction of GREATNESS right here!!! WOW!! :)


I just purchased this for myself yesterday at Macy's in Arizona and I have absolutely NO buyer's remorse!! NOPE!! Not here! Not regarding this FLOSSY FLUID!!


I will have to get back to y'all on the total breakdown but let me tell you that EVERYTHING about this perfume is a MASTERPIECE!!! SUBLIME!


I LOVE IT and I LOVE THAT I LOVE IT! From the complexity of the notes that blend SO well together, to the lovely ad (love me some Julia Roberts), to the actual NAME of the fragrance...hell yeah....LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and this jazzy juice does an excellent job of capturing that feeling, my sensory pallet is in BLISSFUL OVERDRIVE! Holla!


Happy Veteran's Day everyone....I'll have to get back to ya on this one....TOO many good things happening with this to process now!!!!

Nov
11
2013
Aeternitas
Aeternitas

La Vie Est Belle is one of the better fruity florals to have launched, mostly because the sweet and heady base notes make it more wholesome than your average fruity floral. It's girly, flirty, yet sophisticated; a modern tribute to stylish women of the world! Lasting power is average, but it's noticeable all the while. I have a sample I've been wearing and it has received compliments each time I've put it on. It does not match my personality, but I find it very lovely nonetheless.

At first spray, the juicy black currant and lush pear are incredibly obvious. Once it settles, the fruity combination are accompanied by precious florals; on my skin, it's mostly jasmine. After a while, all the base notes - patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla, and praline - harmonize on the skin, and I'm left with a romantic scent to keep me in a state of bliss! It would be a great year-round perfume. I also find that La Vie Est Belle embodies the love, fun, and buoyant character of Valentine's Day. It would make a great gift on that day!

Note: it is very close to Flowerbomb, however the two are different enough to maintain their own personalities.

Nov
10
2013
gfelton505
gfelton505

The latest one my wife wears and I love it. Sweet Iris and patchouli. It lingers, not too strong or too weak. It makes me want to be closer :)

Nov
09
2013
VJ2
VJ2

I LOVE la vie est belle and la vie est belle LOVES me! Lasts all day on my skin. I get the black currant and pear off the bat and it melds in beautifully with the patchouli! It is sweet but not unbearably so. This scent smells like a perfume should and it lifts my spirits and makes me think that life is beautiful.

Nov
08
2013
cake n' cuddles
cake n' cuddles

This perfume is friday afternoon in a bottle. Getting ready for dinner with the family, drinks with the girls, or heading out to the cinema.
A sweet floaty perfume that is rich with gourmand goodies and patchouli. It's an exciting, girly, and fun fragrance. The name of the fragrance and the ad match it perfectly IMO.
LVB is a fairly linear yet potent fragrance. It smells like sparkly pear, black currant preserves, sugar floss, toasted candied nuts, rolled in vanilla caramel.
While the floral heart may not be a front player in the fragrance it does add a clean, nectar sweet, and slightly soft quality. I feel like without the floral heart this would smell quite a bit less like flowerbomb and maybe even a little bit something more like angel, so I do think that floral heart is important!
In comparision to flowerbomb I think LVB is indeed similar, but richer and more fruity. I think LVB is also more long lasting than flowerbomb. Although I love my flowerbomb more than LVB I am ecstatic to have both and appreciate their differences.
Putting on LVB makes me excited to go out and live life! When I spray it on I am thinking, okay so where is the fun at?
Enjoy it everyone!

Nov
07
2013
wistfulmaiden
wistfulmaiden

I received this as a small sample along with a large Hypnose, which I wasn't very fond of...after meeting a few women wearing this one and asking what the lovely perfume is, I tried on my little sample. I really like the sweetness and patchouli, yes Im one of those who likes patchouli as long as its not obnoxious--but my only complaint is on me it DOES NOT last! The sillage is good, you can smell it on others but its not offensive, but on myself it only lasts about 3 hours then its nearly all gone!
I may try layering it with Skin Musk.

Nov
06
2013
ajmom
ajmom

I enjoy wearing this fragrance especially on cooler days. You know when you just need that sweetness lightly wafting around you on certain days? This fulfills it. On my skin, it's a total syrupy, powdery iris fragrance, with praline and patchouli in it's base. A more mature candy-like scent.
I faintly remember testing Flowerbomb. But I assume that they are cousins or even sisters to one another. Recently a friend, who btw is an avid Flowerbomb wearer in the Fall, asked if I was wearing Flowerbomb. I was wearing LVEB. Nope. Yes you are. No, it's Lancome. She looked confused. I'm assuming that there's an uncanny resemblance.

Nov
06
2013
doublevee
doublevee

It is a very sweet perfume, and I adore sweet (more vanilla/gourmand caramel, not fruity) perfumes. Although it it a pleasant scent, personally I love unique interesting smells and this scent I find very common, Actually, IMO it smells identical to Sensual Amber by bath and body works which for me cheapens this Lancôme :/

Nov
04
2013
evgenia80
evgenia80

A Pleasant and expensive smell in an adorable ! The only disadvantage is its lack of originality . I think I have smelled it before . However , I could easily bought it for Christmas ! !

Nov
02
2013
deeanna
deeanna

Really Iris gourmand. Love the smell but too strong. It stayed two weeks on my coat when I tried it in a shop. And nowadays I can smell it everywhere, even this summer during hot days, too much, it's a shame for the originality.

Oct
31
2013
Arlene-Beatrix
Arlene-Beatrix

Usually I do not like strong powdery fragrances, but this one is lovely! Sweet, truly gourmand. Reminds me of Xmas holiday and all its great tastes, cakes, creamy candies.
Only thing that is mysterious is iris. Can't feel it. Do you?
Update: I almost bought it, changed my mind a day before planned purchase, cause after testing a sample once more on my wrist, I discovered that early heart note does not smell good on my skin. Top notes, base notes - lovely, but heart note is sickly sweet. Conclusion is that perfume really needs careful testing before purchase, just to make sure all notes develop wonderfully on you.

Oct
28
2013
Methodorama
Methodorama

O my gawd ! It's such a lovely scent! I went for it at the airport for a sniff just because I loved the look of it (its a very fashionable bottle with her own little scarf) and I wasn't disappointed , I had sprayed a few more on other parts of my arm but by the time I reached home which was 8 hours later! Only this one had stayed. I love the name and life is indeed beautiful when ur looking out of ur little almondy,vanillary, cloud of this fume, it's a beautiful gourmand ,and very sophisticated and not clawing at all, a very day scent not heavy and some bits of it remind me of shalimar maybe it's the vanilla. I feel like this is how the olden times must have smelled like ,the queens in their lovely dresses sitting in a beautiful garden having tea :)

Oct
27
2013
BrittneyN
BrittneyN

I just got this one in a swap with a work friend for Flower Bomb. I did good because I really love this! It is far superior to Flower Bomb IMO, I only got the floral notes and some musk with FB, but this one has more depth, and it has a creamy sweetness to it. I adore gourmand scents and it is done very nicely here, this is a new favorite for me.

Oct
26
2013
PastelMoon
PastelMoon

A fragrance that guarantees $$ but has no individuality, originality, no lasting value. Sweet fruity patchoulies are so overdone already, not to say sickening.

Oct
26
2013
g1gglesg1rl
g1gglesg1rl

I love LOVE this one. I smelt it months ago & obsessed about it for months & months until I finally picked up a bottle as part of a gift set the other day. I feel so beautiful when I wear this. im no expert on perfume scents but I always seem to detect abit of spice along with the sweetness of this perfume when i first put it on. It then settles down to a nice powdery feel that seems to last all day on me. I wouldnt bother with the shower gel (this smelt nothing like the perfume) or the body lotion. The lotion had the same smell but my husband didn't feel it enhanced the wear at all.

Oct
26
2013
saskia2010
saskia2010

What îs Amazing? I reveived a bittle from my oldiest girlfriend. Never i read about this. But in all i felt the Julia Roberts stamp!!! I read now about this frageances and i See ine opinion simulary mine. Loiking to the trailer i SEE Julia Roberts! What means?

Oct
20
2013
Kayse
Kayse

Warm caramelized sugar! Nice, long lasting.

Oct
18
2013
dollycalifornia
dollycalifornia

This is exactly my type of scent, sweet, cozy and warm, very wearable I think but you have to like sweet perfumes ! I love it but in my country too much people are wearing this , when I go on the bus, I can smell it everyday. It doesn't give an headache even if it's sweet . I think it's a happy fragrance, and is great to wear with cold weather because it is stronger than average I'd say. It is a great and successful fragrance

Oct
18
2013
QuinnS13
QuinnS13

Very sweet, be careful you might smell like a Candy floss. Young girls will love this scent very much, it was given to me for my birthday. I can wear it because it lasts the day, nice but not fabulous x

Oct
18
2013
daredevil
daredevil

So so sweet and cute and helps you find the caramel ''pink'' side of yours!!! :)

Oct
18
2013
RGR
RGR

My first impression of La Vie est Belle.
Yes this is a definite nod and hat flip for V&R Flowerbomb. There I said it and I am glad I got that out of the way. Now, do not be deceived or disappointed because of this comparison. People can compare all they want but as we all know not everything is as it seems. What starts out like this doesn't really end in the same way.

First, Im going to state the obvious, by saying the richness of the praline and vanilla make a lethal combination for anyone out there who enjoys candies. And I am glad to inform you those notes stay all through the dry down. So much candy, so indulgent, my inner child has already begun its sugar induced hyperactivity cartwheels.
The spiky sharpness of the fruity notes manages to cut through and subdue the sugar overdose with a tart and almost necessary manner. I usually hate pear but this I can handle. I agree with some reviews stating it is reminiscent of booze. This is a quality often displayed when fruits and flowers combine..... its booze, shampoo, champagne or cough medicine. I don't care, I like it.
Suddenly I smell the coveted and treasured jasmine which is lovely as always. The infamous patchouli making a racket and the iris giving the vanilla that dreamy contrast in the background.
Just as I am appreciating temperament of the composition my eyebrows sprung up in dismay. I am reminded of Coco Mademoiselle and then a little of Miss Dior Cherie. What sorcery is this??!!! Man was I surprised. Its like a trip down the modern, popular and expensive french perfumes road.
This, in my humble opinion, is the difference between Flowerbomb and La Vie Est Belle. The way these flowers emerge in the height of the perfume and decide to stay with such sass say " Oui, my dear, I am french! "

Oct
12
2013
Vrobison
Vrobison

O.K so I am looking for a new fall/winter scent, since I tend to gravitate towards Vanilla and Amber, I tried this one on. First impression, it's very concentrated and strong, but pretty (if you like sweet notes). It did give me a little headache, so maybe try one spray and that should be enough. As the day went on, I couldn't help to think that I have already smelled this warm, sweet, Amber, Vanilla, Gourmand essence before.... In fact, I have something like this already! What is it? What is it? Oh dear Lord what smells like La Vie Est Belle??? My nice and cheap Sensual Amber perfume from Bath and Body Works that I use to wear for years!!! No joke!!! On me, this smells just like it! The only difference is that I do have to reapply my Sensual Amber throughout the day, but other than that they smell the same. Save your money girls, this perfume is pretty, but you can find it at Bath and Body Works for a lot less!!!

Oct
03
2013
Stelala
Stelala

After finishing SEVERAL samples I finally decided to buy this one. It's a very strong scent, it opens up very thick with the blackcurrant and praline. It lingers with vanilla, tonka bean and the delicious patchouli. I don't detect much pear on myself.
It's not for everyday wear, even though I could be tempted to do so, haha!
I can see however, how many would criticize it for not being original. It does remind me of Flowerbomb, but it's more "grown up" in my opinion, more sexy.

Oct
02
2013
TatyanaS
TatyanaS

Well, what can I say... After I smelled it I sneezed like five times. That was it. This one is definitely not for me.

Sep
28
2013
prettyswag
prettyswag

@SAYAKA....oh women attract men usually more so when she is ovulating not by her fragrance...men's attraction enhanced even more during that time, plus us women usually feel more attractive during that time and will wear a sexier scent much more at that time, some women dont notice...men get a hormone rush at that time...some women think its their perfume,hair,makeup..etc...no...your ovulating! when your not...men are not so much on you. its science :)

Sep
23
2013
ranchorita
ranchorita

I HAD to ask the lady in the shop yesterday what she was wearing-- this smells absolutely enchanting on her. Looking at the accords, now, I can see why: Patchouli! Can't wait to try this one for myself. For those of you wearing this right now: you smell WONDERFUL!

Sep
23
2013
SayakaP
SayakaP

Love this scent!
I bought my second bottle a while ago, this time the biggest size. So I can say this is one of my favs.

I love Vanila and Patchouli. This has got both in good balance.
I usually dislike Fruit scent except Citrus, but this one doesn't put me off at all. I detect nice fragrant pear.

It's really easy to wear. Got good lasting power too.
There are several fragrances I reach for when I crave for Patchouli.
--- Angel.
When I know there are Angel hater in the crowd, Coco Mademoiselle.
When I don't want to be edgy at all, this one.

One thing...
I've got several compliments from strangers on this one... All female, 40 & up.
My signature scent Chanel No.5 obviously attract men. This one doesn't.
I wonder why.

Sep
21
2013
lucifera
lucifera

i like this more then the oh so ordinairy flowerbomb..
good lastingpower

Sep
20
2013
DoveGrayismyfavoritecolor
DoveGrayismyfavoritecolor

Amaaaaaazing. On my Mother that is. On her this is even more beautiful than the pre-reformulation Coco Mademoiselle she used to leave a sillage trail of
everywhere she went. The praline note is divine and the sticky sweetness is cloying but delectable. I detected the praline, tonka, iris, pear and incredible patchouli note. On myself it is lovely and delicious but lacks that special something (dimension) my mother gives it.
The longevity is truly unbelievable, on my mother and myself over 24 hours. Clothing holds the scent for days. Sillage is gorgeous and far-reaching and if your chemistry is aligned you will receive many compliments (my mother? 56 compliments and counting ;-)
One of the best new releases in the perfume community in a long long time! This is worth the price and investment because the quality is superb and lasting power unique (immortal practically!) in that it stays as strong hours later as it was on first spritz and the notes don't truly weaken or change in my experience. Treat yourselves ladies and gents :-) This is gift or pampering treat worthy. As long as you adore sweet scents it is Aphrodite in a bottle.

Sep
18
2013
Lola-sweet
Lola-sweet

Its very sweet i sprayed it on my wrist i liked it only when it dries down on my skin after 10 mins, then smell becomes better. But at first omggg soo freakin strong . A little bit of the spritz came on my jacket, it lasted for 2 days!

Sep
16
2013
xxsaphxx
xxsaphxx

This perfume is so yummy and gorgeous. I was first drawn in by the bottle. I saw it sitting in the department store and thought that I may as well give it a try. Oh how glad I am that I did. It smells like flowerbomb, but not as 'in-your-face'. It's got a hint of vanilla in it which is gorgeous.
Wearing it makes you feel beautiful and sophisticated. It's like when I was younger, hugging my mom before she went out for a meal with my dad, smelling the perfume she wore. It's those memories that make this perfume beautiful.

Sep
16
2013
Shtefitza
Shtefitza

Ooooh!!! Interesting! My initial review expesses the "suffocation" with this fragrance. Now I am revisiting it, after I fell in love with Modern Muse and enjoyed Idylle Duet Jasmine-Lilas and La Petite Robe Noir for some time...
La vie est belle is really in the same group... Interesting woods with some patchouli and then only "gentleness", femininity, "finesse"... I love how I am now going away from my strong traditional classic scents with this. My husband enjoys it too...

The woods are so "primal". My first time smelling this I thought the wood was suffocating. Now it is somehow comforting, in a "supporting" way... :D What a pun for wood scents to construct and bear the weight of the fragrance..
A little bit of fruit, a little bit of flowers... some praline for the comfort... I will be back to report how this develops on me... :)
...
Now several hours later (8?), I feel gentle woods, mild floral note and some praline. A six year old girl, sitting in my lap asked me why I smell of chocolate. It took me a while to figure she detects praline in my perfume.
All in all, very pleasant, perfume. Very feminine. It is so different than perfumes I liked to wear until several months ago. Usually I would wear perfumes with combination of pleasure and utility. Utility being - awakening aspect, energizing effect of strong citrus, vetyver, patchouli combinations. This is quite the opposite - calming, meditative, peaceful. Woods and patchouli give it the strength so it does not become "too sweet" or "too girlie". I did not expect to discover a new group of perfumes I would enjoy (after years of loving my orientals, chypres and citrusy fresh perfumes), but I am happy I did! :)

Sep
15
2013
zimmer73
zimmer73

Usually I love sweet fragrances, but this time I had to wash it off. Way to loud and onedimensional. It reminds me of the cheap perfumes all models and popstars seem to make..big disappointment.

Sep
15
2013
lollsazz
lollsazz

To me this smells extremely sweet. Sometimes I dislike smells on myself, but like them on other people. This one I dislike no matter who wears it - to me it's too cloying, sugary and head-ache inducing. I'm also not a fan of very gourmand perfumes, which this definitely is. For some reason it also smells very linear to me, while other people say they pick up different notes. It seems like I'm anosmic to everything in this perfume, except the praline and vanilla. I'm not anosmic to the same notes in other perfumes though. Does anyone else have this problem?

Good news for people that like this: it's extremely long lasting! It lasts on clothes for many days and on my skin it lasted at least 24 hours, but I think I remember it being closer to 48

Sep
15
2013
Layzie
Layzie

This is an alluring fragrance. It's sophisticated, sweet, and sexy. A woman wearing this scent lingers in my mind all day. It has great longevity, and I can't stop hugging my friends who wear it! From a male's perspective, this is an exceptional perfume.

Sep
13
2013
NikiS
NikiS

Beautiful my favourite fragrance. Sweet, deep,long lasting.

Sep
13
2013
Fraglover3
Fraglover3

Gaaaahh way WAAAY too sweet even for a teenager like me. It might be because I'm used to floraly and not as sweet scents (Coco Mademoiselle, No. 5, Dior Hyponic Poison, Dior Addict sensuelle, Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir, Katy Perry Purr, Marc Jacobs Dot and Tom Ford Black Orchid for very special evenings) As you can see I quite like sweet fragrances, but this one is just too much. It gave me a headache.

Sep
12
2013
Moonwalk Memorie
Moonwalk Memorie

First two times I tested this, it was just sugary-sweet pralines. This third (and last time) added shaaarp ammonia aka black currant. 

Good lasting power and sillage, I just hope it works on whomever chooses to wear this ..

Sep
10
2013
Jama4
Jama4

Reminds me of Black XS and Flower Bomb. The perfume is nice but the lack of originality is disappointing.

Skin Type: oily
Office safe: no too strong
Potency: HEAVY (1-2 sprays)
Timing: any time
Price about $69 for 50 ml perfume at Winners

Will I purchase: No

Disclaimer: my experience may be different from your experience based on my skin type, my chemistry, the season, and my personal tastes

Sep
09
2013
mrsclairwright
mrsclairwright

I came across Fragrantica whilst trying to find a new signature fragrance. As a perfume novice, I loved Kylie 'Sweet Darling' and discovered it was discontinued so I looked for a fragrance with similar 'Main Accords' and 'La Vie Est Belle' looked like the perfect replacement. "Sweet" "Vanilla" "Patchouli".
I purchased a couple of testers of this and completely fell in love.

For me, this fragrance is very complex. The initial spray can be very overpowering, but then the evolution begins. Initially, it is sweet, fruity, patchouli, then after a few hours it seems to become even more powerful and increase in silage, but this time, it is creamy and chocolatey, with frequent hints of fruit then floral, constantly changing. And for me, it is smooth enough not to give me a headache.

I must also point out that this smells completely different on tester paper than on my skin so I would recommend trying it on yourself and letting it develop before buying.

The longevity is extraordinary, I could spray this every other day and not worry about it fading.

I've seen lots of comparisons to flowerbomb, but i've never wanted to try that because the name implied "floral" and i'm not really a floral kinda gal, but it'd be interesting to try to see if I can smell the similarities. I'm guessing it could be the "Patchouli".

I'm always getting lovely comments from people when wearing this and most importantly my husband loves it too.

I'd definitely recommend people give it a try, even just to see how it develops on their skin. I'm sure it wont be to everyones taste, but each to their own!

Thank you Fragrantica for helping me find this delicious scent.

Sep
07
2013
sasny
sasny

Well, if you love the sickly sweet smell of candy, then this one is for you. It is just too too sweet. Really, like a candy overdose. I was hoping to like it because I generally like Lancome, but this is definitely for a young girl (in fact I gave it to my teenage daughter and she loves it). It is much too bubble-gum sweet for me.

Sep
05
2013
MarillaV
MarillaV

Well, darn. I should love this fragrance, but I don't like it at all. There is something sharp about it that really rubs me the wrong way. I think the sharpness is from being very synthetic to my nose. There is nothing to restrain the sweet note and it turns screechy and sharp.

And unfortunately, the praline note turns vaguely plastic on my skin. I am beginning to think that I can't wear anything with almond in it AT ALL. And that disturbs me because I do like almonds!

Sep
03
2013
dia321
dia321

it was like love at first sniff...or scent? the point is it smelled great! My mom had gone to the mall and tested out the perfume and as soon as she came home i needed to have it. It smells very sweet and flowery and elegant without over doing it. To me it reminds me of fragrances along the line of miss dior just not too intense. Its an awesome perfume but pricey. La vie est belle lasts a VERY long time on your skin and its not one of those perfumes you spray all over, one or two spritz will do, otherwise it'll become overwhelming. love it.

Sep
02
2013
LolaLoCer
LolaLoCer

Smells very french flowers, chocolate, and winter time. Love the mature smell (mature as in over 27 lol). Not overpowering, but a head turner when you walk into the room. I'm putting this on my christmas list! This is a little black dress perfume!

Sep
01
2013
crisjoy
crisjoy

Uncomplicated perfume- smells like a french chocolaterie

Bought this a few weeks ago when the weather was still very hot and it was unbareable to wear. I tried it again today since it chilled down. So anyways very sweet uncomplicated perfume, smells like a french "chocolaterie", on me its stays the same for hours and hours, just sweet praline,nothing hidden underneath.The staying power is excellent.
If you love sweets you will love this. If you are looking for sultry and complicated, look somewhere else. La vie est belle means life is beautiful, sweet like a box of chocolates, uncomplicated , easy peasy, no hidden agenda. I think the name fits and I also think Julia Roberts is a valid image for this perfume - big honest smile from the girl next door, nothing hidden underneath,and thats all there is to it.

Aug
29
2013
aigilia
aigilia

I love this perfume but don't really like the bottle don't know for what reason:0 I must say that this is the most excellent lasting power perfume in my collection. Worth buying perfume:)

Aug
28
2013
Julissa
Julissa

I love this fragrance. Yesterday I received a sample after buying Miss Dior, eau de parfum, but OMG surprised at home, I found this fragrance "La Vie est belle" so delicious. It lasting very long in my arm. Also the fragrance turn in different stages: sweet, vanilla, powdery and floral, definitely I liked it. I will soon buy this one also.

Aug
26
2013
BeeSweetz
BeeSweetz

I absolutely love this scent on my skin! It lasts all day even after hours at work, I can still smell it on my clothing. I compare this to Flowerbomb, however, the drydown is completely different as it gives more of a burning caramel scent. Great addition to any collection!

Aug
26
2013
violetbat
violetbat

I love the smell, sweet, but not sickly, and flowery. I was so pleased I got the 5ml sample. However, I swear after only 30 mins there was NOTHING left, smell wise. I tried again, thins time with lashings of the stuff. 30 mins later, nothing. What a shame..

Aug
25
2013
Tanyaoxo
Tanyaoxo

I have to say although I see the similarities to Flowerbomb, I actually prefer this! Flowerbomb was my favourite fragrance for a long while, but in the end I felt it started to feel too strong. In my opinion this is Flowerbomb grown up, a little musker and doesn't pack the massive punch the former does, not to say La Vie Est Belle is not strong in its own right! Just to me it's slightly less pungent and in your face. This fragrance has been really well put together and is sweet and smooth. I love it! Also my boyfriend does not like Flowerbomb much but liked this! I would actually recommend non Flowerbomb fans to try it! I have actually lost count of the amount of compliments this perfume has gotten me, and lots of them were from complete strangers. On public transport, walking out of a store, paying for something, at work, with friends, you name it. I simply love it, think I've finally found my signature scent.

Aug
24
2013
guillermostf
guillermostf

well, la vie est belle smells nice, it's sweet (a lot) but have something special, maybe because it remind me of praline (sugar and peanut) and for me this smells is like go out to the cinema. The bottle is very nice and heavy.

Aug
23
2013
erikalee
erikalee

This is tooooo strong! It reminds me of juicy couture, it gives me a headache. this packs a punch, very mature scent.

Aug
22
2013
zucchera
zucchera

I love sweet, I love vanilla, I love Patchulli and I love powdery but this one doesent work for me. I Think its to heavy and yet I love heavy perfumes, the heavyness makes the perfume smell cheap and not exclusive at all imo.

Aug
20
2013
Charmain
Charmain

Love this! I can really smell the sweetness in the perfume when I wear it! Almost like chocolate! Lovely perfume and lasts all day :-)

Aug
20
2013
limbaeck
limbaeck

The start is really sweet, then it turns into vanilla then into patchouli...and iris...It is a chimera for me...it confuses me although I enjoy all its facets I don't like it as a whole Will try again in the fall

Aug
19
2013
misssimi
misssimi

this is my signature scent and trust me even if sweet it has personality! :)

Aug
18
2013
Dona_a_bautista
Dona_a_bautista

Such a beautiful fragrance. I love flower bomb and this reminds me of it. It stays on really long especially on your clothes. A bit on the pricey side however, it is so worth it. A must try :))

Aug
16
2013
Pink_Ruffles
Pink_Ruffles

To me, this is like a sweeter Coco Mademoiselle. La Vie Est Belle is strong, confident, sophisticated, yet sweet and flirty. I love the patchouli in this! La Vie Est Belle starts out as a sweet kiss that turns into comforting, enveloping embrace. It lasts and lasts. Quality frag. Puts me in the mood for fall.

Aug
14
2013
Sweet Caroline 1000
Sweet Caroline 1000

I love it! It is a bit on the sweet side for sure! But I tried a sample bottle first and loved it. My husband was crazy about it so he bought for me for my Birthday! I do have to be in the mood for it tho,bc it is SWEET.

Aug
13
2013
sheridanellis
sheridanellis

Tried this on a paper blotter at the mall and couldn't quit smelling it ! It was emitting a beautiful strong scent from within my handbag for two days. I went back and requested a sample & was obliged.
I sampled it on my skin & my first reaction was a involuntary recoil.
It was loud, harsh, alcoholic & stifling in its sugary sweetness.
However....I was in Utah. In AUGUST. It was 106 in the shade!
I adore the components within the perfume composition.
I am back in my home state which is cooler & already turning "fallish" in season.
I feel I owe it to my nose (I just KNOW this is "me"!!!) to re-test this within an environment which I feel I will respond favorably to the scent in.
Heat/weather/climate can change a scent or make it more or less appealing, so I will wait & test, then review this scent on a day I think it will work for me on. I picture that season to be one of cooler days filled with some sunny afternoons, cozy sweaters, latte's, football tailgate parties, glasses of port, book clubs and evenings curled up by a crackling fire with hot cider. Yes....I think LVEB will be an amazing scent...in another season.
XO

Aug
10
2013
paula02
paula02

Like it, but sadly too strong for me and it is headache inducing. I will continue to keep trying it (When i feel up to it), before i give up completely, but this isn't a perfume you can apply and forget about , it will hound you all day, so you'd better make sure you love it :-)

Aug
10
2013
VeeNVegas
VeeNVegas

Yesterday I tested Queen by Queen Latifah, today I tried La Vie Est Belle. If I had to guess which was the inexpensive $9.99 for 3.3 oz bottle, I would have picked La Vie est Belle! Everything about it just smelled cheap
The only way to describe it is that it smells synthetic and very much of alcohol. It gave me an instant headache even though I used the lightest spritz possible. It is only the 2nd of hundreds of perfumes I have tested over the past year to do this.
Loud, sweet, and alcohol bomb. Definitely one to try before you buy!!

Aug
06
2013
KateAnette
KateAnette

I have really tried to like this, on paper it sounds right up my alley. First times i tried this i kind of liked it (see my previous review). Patchouli also usually works on me in the summer. Not this one.

The more i try to wear it, the less i like it. La Vie Est Belle is ALL patchouli on me, overwhelming and sharp. No praline, no vanilla, no fruits. Nothing sweet. Just very loud patchouli. Boo. I sprayed this on again now, as i don't give up easily :D. Nope. I need a shower.
( I still really like the body lotion though, it smells amazing. Wish the perfume smelled like that on my skin).

EDIT, again...
Well, weather's getting colder. Decided to try this again, a few nights in a row.
I usually spray very lightly, 2-3 sprays in average, whatever perfume. Well, i figured out that it's too much when it comes to La Vie est belle. This one works for me when i do a walk- through. I spray in the air (once) and let it fall on me. This way it isn't overpowering, and the patch also seems to stay in check. I get the sweeter notes now as well.
I get that this is a love/ hate perfume. Maybe it's just about how you spray though, and how much you spray? If you spray 5-10 times, i guarantee that you'll hate it, your sinuses will be blocked out of pure shock, and/ or you'll get a headache and nausea.
As i start to understand how to use/ spray this perfume, i can see the beauty of it.
EDIT :)
Well, i ended up selling my bottle. There was just too much patchouli. All the other notes were struggling to get some attention, to no avail. Even though this is strong, it's somehow fleeting, I feel it lacks any depth. I'll give the Legere a try, maybe a version without patch will work better for me.

Aug
03
2013
brs
brs

sugar, sugar, only sugar

Aug
02
2013
Galya
Galya

I don't understand this perfume at all! To much artificial ,without any natural note! I sprayed 10 time and I can't feel absolutely nothing .
Update:I started to love it! yep,I understood finally this beauty,unreal and modern!And I'm become almost addicted to it :).Now I feel a woody notes,iris,milky and chocolate notes.I'm happy to get it 75 ml!

Aug
01
2013
sky74
sky74

I tried it and it was a pleasant surprise. For a while I couldn't even go near a bottle because of the sweetness. Today I decided to be courages and try it on my skin, and voila!
It's quite nice' not too sweet on my skin and smells clean.

Edit: I gave it a few more tries, and surprisingly it's not the sweetness that is bothering me. There is a harsh sourbitter note that is very unpleasant to my nose.
This is nothing like Flowerbomb!

Aug
01
2013
velvetpeony
velvetpeony

I bought this recently because, after a few test runs with it, my husband loved it. I could never get fully on board and today I realize why.

It smells really pretty and yummy for a few hours on me, but then it takes on a really masculine note that won't go away. Whatever this note is takes over completely; the praline and iris disappear completely.

I wish it worked (for my nose) as my husband is fairly wild about it, but I will be returning it today, unfortunately.

Jul
31
2013
aucffan1
aucffan1

My friend Amy was wearing this when I met her for lunch the other day.. I didn't want to stop hugging her.. I wanted to kiss her whole body she smelt so delicious..

Initially I though cocoa when I smelt it.. I see there isn't cocoa in it but it is beautiful..


I am giving it a 8.9 out of 10 on the smell only...

Very nice.. Worth a try.

Jul
30
2013
StarMagix
StarMagix

I love it! It is powerful, yet very lady like. I love the way it makes me feel when I have it on. I feel so pretty even if I am not dressed up and even if my makeup isn't great. There is something about it that says, lovely.

Jul
26
2013
marily
marily

It reminds me a little bit of Mugler's Angel but this is more sweet than the Angel....Strong smell and it lasts many hours.Although I prefer the Angel one ;)

Jul
25
2013
missk
missk

Lancome's La Vie Est Belle and Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb, well, it's hard to tell them apart. It's quite obvious to me that this new Lancome fragrance is trying to replicate Flowerbomb's scent and success.

I must admit I was aware of the similarities prior to testing La Vie Est Belle, but there was a part of me that hoped to find some difference between the two. La Vie Est Belle is a touch fruitier, especially in regards to the jam-like black currant opening, however the sugary floral combination found in the heart does remind one instantaneously of Flowerbomb. The rich drydown of patchouli only draws more comparisons.

Moving on from its similarities, La Vie Est Belle is quite a sugary-sweet fragrance. You really have to appreciate cotton candy in order to enjoy its scent. My mother detests La Vie Est Belle, and I am so-so in regards to such sweet perfumes.

Julia Roberts is an ill-suited face for La Vie Est Belle. When I smell this fragrance I picture someone young, blonde and girly. Julia is too strong a figure for such a flirtatious, sugar-laced scent.

Unfortunately I find La Vie Est Belle a little one-dimensional, however I must applaud the sillage and longevity, which were of such high quality. For me it all boils down to price and personal tastes. I know many women that adore sweet scents of this calibre, so I will not hesitate in recommending it. If La Vie Est Belle works out cheaper than Flowerbomb, well choose what's best for your wallet.

Jul
25
2013
Cupid
Cupid

this smells to me like a cheap, artificial and extremely sugary fragrance, sweetness is just overpowering everything else, and while it isn't entirely bad, considering the price and the quality expected from lancome, this is not worth the money or as a matter of fact its name.

Jul
25
2013
miquita
miquita

I used to like this scent. Now I am pregnant and I hate it, gives me headache and makes me nauseous. But what I hate the most about this fragrance is I wash my clothes and it won’t leave them, it remains on clothes like forever. I can’t wear other fragrances with the same clothes.

Jul
12
2013
ryanhuynh
ryanhuynh

This scent really like Flowerbomb, but I love this better than Flowerbomb. It's not like sweet scents of Hypnose, Hypnose Sense, Magnifique, Tresor, Tresor In Love, Tresor Midnight Rose.. It's really different. I loved it when I smelled in Lancôme store.

Jul
12
2013
itsallgood
itsallgood

I went to the store to buy Allure by Chanel and came back with La Vie Est Belle. I might be out of my mind, because I am not a fan of patchouli. Actually, I know I'm out of my mind because I bought this perfume when it first came out in 2012, and here I am AGAIN. I'm not even going to try to explain it because I can't explain it. There is no explanation, but THIS TIME, I understand that a little dab here and there will go a very long way for a very long time. I also understand that the patchouli in this fragrance is important because it cuts all the sweetness (okay, maybe not ALL, but a lot of it). I like the richness of this perfume, the full bodied weight of it, the last from morning to night length of it, and the fact I can buy it anywhere. I don't have to hunt this down like I have to hunt down Hanae Morie and Carolina Herrera EDP and sometimes even Poeme. I don't have to wait a couple of hours for the delicious drydown of Dior Addict EDP and the oh so lovely Hypnotic Poison. This perfume is fresh like Forever and Ever Dior but dark fresh instead of light. Maybe dark fresh is not quite right, either. This is warm, but not too cozy or too foody: inviting. This perfume somehow manages to be both scrumptious and elegant, which to me means confident. I dug out the first bottle of La Vie Est Belle I bought (drained dry and tossed into my lingerie drawer instead of the trash can) and discovered that the capless top still smells divine after nearly a year. Apparently, this time around La Vie Est Belle is for keeps, and I am sincerely surprised. Thank God, I've found my signature scent. Now, I can save some money.

Jul
06
2013
LeisaSch
LeisaSch

This is a really memorable scent, I tried it weeks ago and have been craving it since.

It is very sweet and gourmand, much more so than Flowerbomb IMO. A huge combination of sweet fruits, vanilla, patchouli, praline and chocolate. An absolutely delicious and wonderful perfume.

I must have it!!

Jul
04
2013
feeg
feeg

At the beginning reminds me of Miss Dior Cherie from 2005. It lasts more than 12 hours on my skin.The notes when it was drying down weren't good and I got annoyed with this perfume on my skin and clothes. Miss Dior Cherie is more fruity and that's probably what I miss a lot in this perfume - more fruits.

Jul
03
2013
NicoleET88
NicoleET88

My coworker wears this and it reminds me of Tom Ford Black Orchid...I guess it's the sweet chocolate mixed with patchouli that has my nose playing tricks. But anyway...

I can't stand it. It fills the whole room with sticky, candy-like sweetness and very aggressive patchouli. Maybe in the winter I would find it lovely but in this heat it seems out of place. Not my style.

Jul
01
2013
Sannee77
Sannee77

Very beautiful, very feminine, very refined, very French. I find the opening quite harsh and "perfumey", but give it an hour or so and it will dry down to a very pleasant praline scent with nice vanilla and patchouli notes. I like it!

It's also very strong! Please don't overdose this, one little spritz will be enough, or people around you will suffocate!

Jul
01
2013
quackadoodle
quackadoodle

Tried this today when I was out. I definitely see the similarity with Flowerbomb, but this one is slightly less floral, less of a patchouli bomb, much sweeter, and much stronger. Also, it has that 'Lancome' signature smell to it that I can't stand. That one note aside, it isn't a bad scent. It lasts quite a while, the sillage is big, but not TOO big.

If the Lancome signature note doesn't bug you, then this one may be worth a try.

Jun
29
2013
chio17
chio17

I used to have BLUE SEDUCTION by Antonio Banderas which I loved and I must say it smells exactly like this Lancome perfume! I mean Exactly! Once I tried it, immediately Blue seduction came to my mind! It is really very similar! blue seduction lasts a long long time and it's really very sweet! like bees will def stick on you when you have it on because it happened to me many times! :))

Jun
26
2013
maianh83
maianh83

Oh, La Vie est Belle is actually the dupe of Tresor Midnight Rose which I like: much stronger, the blend of sweetness and vanilla is still the same !

Jun
21
2013
RedFloyd
RedFloyd

La Vie Est Belle is a sweeter, thicker, less flowery and more gourmand version of Flowerbomb. I'm lovin' it!

Jun
18
2013
Shtefitza
Shtefitza

I hear a lot of people being in love with this perfume. I honestly find it too "safe". Its fragrance does nothing for my soul. Its a blanket of a scent... in my opinion it needs some air, some freshness, some life... My only impression is "suffocating", although the sillage is not enormous. It just fills my nose with "stuff" and leaves me looking for "life" in it... It does not tickle my imagination at all.

Jun
16
2013
2746cstreet
2746cstreet

It's weird because at times smelling this perfume (it's very popular) I've gotten TONS of patchouli, and others all I could smell was pear + caramel + vanilla.

On my skin La Vie Est Belle sits squarely in the patchouli-less gourmand category. Vanilla and pear. That's about it. The praline note does not come out on me at all. Weirdly I also get no black currant, and normally black currant really stands out to me.

La Vie Est Belle is the new Angel. Everyone's favorite big girl gourmand and probably more lovable because it won't punch you in the face with patchouli. But don't get me wrong, I honestly do not believe they smell all that similar. They were just in the same perfume sorority or whatever.

Jun
16
2013
den1011
den1011

I am in love with this fragrance. I must admit I was a little reluctant to test it because I assumed it would be too gourmand. I expected it to be cloying and nausiating. I've found out I am anti really really sweet/gourmand perfumes lol.

But oh my god, it's absolutely beautiful right from the very beginning. Sweet? Definitely. Cloying? not at all!!

It kind of reminds me of Hypnotic Posion, not because of the smell, but because of the sweetness and powerfulness they both have(Love them both by the way).

I do find some similarities with Miss Dior le parfum, strangely enough.

I will buy it as soon as I get the chance.



EDIT 23.10.13 : I tried it again and it's definitely sweet. I would wear it if I was given it as a present, but I'm not sure I'd buy it now =/

Jun
15
2013
T1
T1

This fragrant beauty is part of the game called 'let's play dress-ups' that we indulged when we were little boys and girls and we snuck into our my mummy's closet and wriggled around in her best dress and high heels and we smeared her fabulous make-up over our faces, draped her necklaces and earrings on every arm and ear, and doused ourselves in her very best perfume. Gazing into the big mirror we were truly queens ...just like our mothers.

Whenever I wear this perfume I know I'm dressing up and being someone else, someone who is wearing ironed clothes (not paint-stained artist's clobber) with smooth sleek hair (not unruly curls sticking up like Einstein's granny), with clean kitchen benches and no dirty dishes, with a shiny dust-free lifestyle that looks like I live in a hotel resort, not a home filled with loud music and teenagers and a lot of chaos and my husband's and my own art projects strewn everywhere. Just for a brief moment this perfume makes me feel like a grown up lady.... but then I get really bored and tip a fistful of home-blended pure essential oils of patchouli/geranium and lemongrass over myself and fling the silly pearls into a teapot on my way back to the garage to paint another hoped-for masterpiece. Life is wild and unpredictable too.

Jun
14
2013
Nadia Beatriz
Nadia Beatriz

After so many time looking for a bottle of this beauty in the perfume exchange section,and with no luck.. I decided to order a bottle yesterday and got it on the mail today :-). I am so happy :-) the only bad thing is that this perfume is getting a lot of fame,and it's not a good thing for me as i hate to smell like every girl walking on the street,anyway this is amazing,and lancome will make millions with this,i believe.. Very well done..

Jun
14
2013
umtaleb
umtaleb

So, so very sweet. Comes out loud and synthetic.

The sweetness drowns out everything else, for ever and ever and ever.

I did not find the Flowerbomb similarity, except that both are loud.

The salesladies were crazy about this and looked like they lived with the tester in their hands, spraying everything that moved.

Jun
09
2013
annemeimei
annemeimei

I seriously am HEAD OVER HEELS with this perfume!!!!!! During the time when I was obsessed watching perfume collections on youtube I came across this pretty girl sharing her collection ending with saying that Lancome's La Vie Est Belle is her new fav and it's so candy coated and yummy! I didn't really got the name while I was watching the video, so I went to Lancome and asked them for a tester pointing at my phone with the playing video. I liked it at first and was thinking hmmm shall I buy this one?? then after a few hrs this dries down to a beautiful sweet scent! I was smelling the tester non stop and decided to purchase it on Sephora(really great deal) and have it shipped to my sis' best friend's home in LA and bring it back to me at Hong Kong!After I got my hands on them and I started wearing it... seriously it is A-freaking-Mazing especially with my body chemistry!!!!!! This is now My fav fav fav fav fav perfume!!!!!!!!! I love how long lasting it is and how beautiful it smells on me... it's a sophisticated lady! not mature woman old lady... sometimes I do wish they have another person instead of Julia Roberts for this perfume as she's on the more mature kind of level...yet this is something that also suits a twenty smthg lady that's classy...
Anyways, GREAT PERFUME!!!!! IN LOVE BIG TIME!!!!!!

Jun
06
2013
Safira
Safira

Wow, this is a 'loud' perfume. I get the ones comparing it to Flowerbomb - they have the same insistent, intense fragrance that lasts forever, but I definitely prefer this one over Flowerbomb.

It's intensely sweet, and I have to apply very little of it or it will easily become too overpowering and headachy, but it is really divine if you don't overdo it.

Sillage is massive if you put too much on, but if you get the dose right be prepared to be engulfed in a sweet, powdery smell all day. Yup, this baby lasts all day and night, which is sooo nice compared to the many perfumes that disappear minutes after application.

Jun
05
2013
ameals12345
ameals12345

I got a sample sizes from Shoppers drug mart. I sprayed it on my wrist, been sniffing it for about 30 mins now reading reviews thinking of what this reminds me of...then I figured it out..it smells like Beyoncé Heat! omg very similar. nothing like flowerbomb

Jun
03
2013
hollyms
hollyms

My favorite perfume ever, and I have an extensive wardrobe! LVEB is not for the faint of heart, it's a strong, in your face frag but in the most comforting and delicious kind of way. Smells like Flowerbomb, yes, but it's so potent that it smells more like Flowerbomb Extreme. I own Flowerbomb and I like this better. My bf goes crazy over it, and so do I ;)

Jun
02
2013
Anahi
Anahi

This has to be my favourite Lancome fragrance! So delicious! So creamy! So crisp! Yet still so elegant! Must get it as soon as!

May
31
2013
HebaD'Opium
HebaD'Opium

When i first tried this perfume (the saleslady insisted that i should) I was kinda surprised at how it resembles "flowerbomb" because i had it and it was a pleasant daily/casual perfume for me and i had a lot of memories with its scent dwelling upon them.
However, the difference is that flowerbomb is more floral and a lot fresher than La vie est belle. Which makes it a better day to day scent than this.
I didn't get the perfume BUT i got it as a gift cause my friend who is also a perfume lover knew that i wanted a perfume out of my comfort zone and she knew that i liked it so she got it for me :D

At first spritz (on my skin) it's quiet loud ( :P ) a lot going on there; patchouli,vanilla, praline and lots and lots of sweet notes. After 5 minutes though the craze calms down a bit and i get patchouli, black current and praline. It's really sweet, i don't get pear though, i bet it's lost in the sea of sweetness going on. I mean it's literally like you're at a chocolate factory or a pastry shop while they're baking. I like pastry and chocolate so i don't mind this at all, it's actually succulent and yummy. Yes, i realize i'm talking about a perfume lol.
After 15 mins though, it gets really pretty, i finally got some jasmine, orange blossom and the sweetness is less now which is good cause it could be really overwhelming on hot days.

The dry down is surprising, it's my favorite part of the transition of this perfume, it's crisp, solid and persistent, tonka beans and vanilla treat each other well enough and they don't mask each other, patchouli is helping them bring out their scents and the praline is now waaaaaay humble than it was at first, there's a powdery feel to this phase as well which i'm guessing is the reason why the praline is toned down.

Best part about the perfume is that it lasts a looooong time, i could wake up and i'd still smell it on my hair. It's a loud perfume, it fills the room and you definitely get noticed so you've to be very discreet while wearing it, a couple of spritz or 3 is enough, if more than that it may make people feel uneasy cause the patchouli and the praline are intense and could bother some people.
It's a day and night perfume, however imo I think it's more fall/winter suitable. It's just warm and cozy.
It's a really fun perfume and is suitable for an outing with your friends.
It gets compliments and people like it. I like it too.

May
31
2013
Na0
Na0

Considering all fragrances, (niches on the one hand and designers on the other) this one is "in the middle", not bad, but not exceptional.

But if we look on its own category, ie fruity-floral designer fragrances, this is clearly one of the best... or less worst, say. (Well, the competition is not very rude... Thanks to all generic pieces of crap)

Like a jaffa cake on flowers.

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EDIT : Pleasant just for smelling the jaffa cake. But loudy, synthetic and loathful after few minutes. Bleh :/

In fact, I dislike it.

May
30
2013
sophia*rose
sophia*rose

I'm really surprised at how popular this scent has gotten. I once had a sample of it and was really turned off by it. To my nose, it smells tacky...cheap. Very synthetic, no natural fresh notes in there... Nothing wrong with synthetic, when you're able to get at least some of the notes to smell like the real essence from nature. But that is absent here. Add to that its heaviness, and I was really feeling nauseous after a while of having it on my wrist.

I'm also surprised Lancome would release something like this. Was expecting better quality from them. The thing about it is that even on paper it smelled that way to me, so I really don't think it's all about body chemistry here. I love the concept and the name, but come on... when you imagine the beauty of life, you don't think of artificial heavy sweetness. Where is the freshness, elegance and sensuality? Too bad...

May
30
2013
thazinha30
thazinha30

Overwhelmingly sweet, to me, it's lacking some fresh notes to balance the sticky sweet smell. Longevity is great though. Tried a little spritz on my wrist before bed and could smell it on my skin even after I took my morning shower. It kinda smelled a little better after a few hours but then it became too powdery. Powerful stuff!

May
29
2013
punkinfaye
punkinfaye

Yummy....as a proud owner of the original Miss Dior Cherie edp, I can say that this is a very similar fragrance and is just as beautiful.

I get strawberries and patchouli,sweetness and warmth.I also own Angel and find that this is not nearly as intense or spicy, it is much mellower and office-friendly. Angel can even give me a headache in small doses and I find it hard to believe that La Vie est Belle could offend anyone (when worn in moderation).

I tend to dislike Lancome fragrances as I find them far too powdery (makes my nose twitch) but this one is absolutely gorgeous.

This will be my next full priced fragrance purchase, or a request for my birthday in July.

May
29
2013
shishi
shishi

Wow - it's so sweet!

I can't develop a taste for this. It reminds me of a drugstore bodyspray.
However I really like the bottle and the color.

May
29
2013
Chanel & Croissants
Chanel & Croissants

Ropion? Polge? I would never have guessed in a million years they could be, in any form or fashion, at all responsible for this fragrance. It is, by far, one of the WORST "scents" it's been my misfortune to experience. I don't care how clever the marketing campaign, nothing can redeem this rancid-smelling concoction. No disrespect intended to those who truly like/love La Vie est Belle--to each their own. However, I'm quite passionate in my opinion. I find it to be pedestrian (at best), overstated (understatement), pretentious, headache-inducing, nauseatingly saccharine, ferociously strong, ridiculously overpriced, and completely unwearable. If one knew nothing about the parfumeur/manufacturer nor the ad campaign, and were to sample this from a plain, glass bottle,--a blind "smell test" as it were--how then would you feel about this fragrance? That's rather a rhetorical question but an important one to consider. The power of advertising is legend and it plays no small part here. I don't allow advertisers to dictate what is a "must have", only I determine that. This wretched stuff has nothing whatever to do with life being beautiful, Paris, mega-airbrushed photos of Julia Roberts, on and on. This has everything to do with the power of mind control, price-gauging, a disappointing lack of originality in composition, and Lancome putting more time, effort, and money into "image" than into their product. Flash over substance.

In the Fragrantica description it states there were over 5,000 versions and it took over three years in "in probation"? I find that VERY hard to believe and would like to see written proof/documentation from the company to substantiate that bizarre claim. Why bizarre? Because, after all of that, THIS version is the best they had to offer?! Ridiculous.

In my opinion this smells nothing like Flowerbomb although I can understand why some make the comparison. You know, opportunistic perfume companies: adding praline, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, marshmallow, is NOT the answer to everything. It's gotten so you can't tell one fragrance from the other, they all smell alike. Black Currant (note du jour) is in EVERYTHING. Pear. Etc, etc. I much prefer a fragrance that has something NEW to say. Not one that takes the "safe" route and serves up yet another incarnation of the same crap that's been served up for years. Then they put it in what they believe to be (or want you to believe it) an impressive vintage flacon, stick a $70+ price tag on it, and hope you've been brainwashed sufficiently to believe you own the most "elegant" perfume in the history of the world. Well, think again! This one is a complete miss and could be used to kill termites.

For shame!

May
28
2013
itsallgood
itsallgood

For a while this was a favorite, even though there was someting about it that wasn't quite right for me (patchouli). A highlight was the afternoon a pushy and disgruntled customer followed behind me saying he had no idea what I was wearing but he knew I smelled good. He was mad as could be but we both laughed because he was right -- I did smell good.

May
27
2013
ivanda
ivanda

I have this brand new 75ml, just few sprays missing, and would like to sell or swap it. Thought it could replace my favourite Flowerbomb, but it cant. So, if u are interested, im waiting for messages. :)

May
27
2013
ForrealMe2
ForrealMe2

this perfume can change from time to time as i have stated before..but overall when i retry it it is definately very similar to flowerbomb..i personally don't understand why lancomb would higher the same people that made flowerbomb to make this perfume to make such a similar scent..perhaps they knew they could pull in more sales if they sold the same scent slightly changed for a lesser price and get away with it...on the other hand i dunno i love this bottle way more than flowerbomb..my husband told me that it smells like flowerbomb when i resprayed it yesterday and he's not an experienced nose so what does that tell you?...so for the price i am going to go with this one...the bottle is too pretty over flowerbomb..it's one of my favorite bottles its that pretty in person...i'm a sucker for bottles too..La vie just shines and screams feminine..for the price range of $160 versus $95 i think Lancome did a tricky yet smart call with this one..i'm definately buying this bottle for now on for that price tag..

May
25
2013
Germany
Germany

Like it but don't reach for it much. My husband says it smells like candy and reminds him of flowerbomb extreme. I agree. It's nice. More for colder days Gourmand !

May
21
2013
CocoKat
CocoKat

I cannot seem to understand all the hate here for La Vie Est Belle, especially because of the insane number of compliments Ive been getting wearing this? La vie cant possibly be so terrible! On my skin this is a juicier more vibrant and contemporary Allure Sensuelle brightened with a pear note. The drydown is even sexier.

May
20
2013
sweetstar1
sweetstar1

I tried this awhile ago and it was sickly sweet. Cute bottle, but I'll pass on the fragrance.

May
19
2013
StellaXYH
StellaXYH

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. Maybe I'll test again sometime.

EDIT: I tested it again today and 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.

May
18
2013
5354alice
5354alice

I'm sad saying this but I can't like this fragrance: I'm a little bit boring about this parfum created just to me us say "oh, It's so nice" if we feel it on our friend/sister/collegue! This one has absolutely nothing new...is the tipical fragrance you will use if someone gives it to you as a gift, but not the one I want to buy after smelling! Not memorable at all.

May
17
2013
LisaLovesPerfume
LisaLovesPerfume

La Vie Est Belle is a delicate,sweet fragrance. It is not overpowering, yet it has precense. This a soft, whspy fragrance...it's how I would think angels would smell.La Vie lasted about 6 hours on me and I got so many compliments. I love this perfume. I will always have a bottle in my armoire.

May
16
2013
darksome
darksome

I had a terrible first meeting with this fragrance. A women in her early forties, a grey mouse, not looking trendy, nor messy, entered the store and sprayed her self five or six times in a BIG fog of La Vie Est Belle. Then she quickly made her way to the escalator and dissapeared.

So many mixed feelings woke up in me. Astonishment/madness because of the huge, agressive fragrance fog and the shamless acting, at the same time I feel pity for her (maybe she was poor, but 5 or 6 sprays?!), but was very happy because I liked the scent that I smelled.

Now about the scent: I smelled a rich, expensive, sweet rounded fragrance. A little fruity, a little gourmand, with some nice patchouli - not too strong, but definitely prominent. I would really like it, but I can't get rid of this disturbing memory of it.

But the point is - I will never ever forget La Vie Est Belle.

May
16
2013
peny
peny

not for sunny days ... for winter is perfect!!!!!!!!!

May
15
2013
rosagarcia163
rosagarcia163

I have smelled this perfume in the magazines and KNEW it would be my signature scent from then on out. I recently purchased the biggest bottle in the pack that comes with the little parfume and the lotion and! I regret buying it. It doesnt smell bad it just smells like not really citrusy but fruity I guess I dont really care for it any more and so wish that i should of just went with my gut and bought Viva La juicy. I prefer sexy scents, and La vie est bell just smells like a more grownup version of fruityness that doesnt smell cheap. I wish i never bought it.

As some commenters have said, it does smell like candy. Right now I am in extermly hot weather and maybe that is why it doesnt smell as good as i had hoped. I am going to try it again in the winter and hopefully it smells better on my skin. I only bought this becuase out of alll the lancome perfumes this was the only one that smelled the best. i guess after sticking a bunch of scents up my nose that day, is what made La via belle smell better than i thought

May
14
2013
Jenge
Jenge

Now I know what the monstrous fragrance is that an acquaintance of mine emits in a ten foot radius.

I tried a sample of this and the top notes are wonderful. Sweet, juicy berry is what I smell. But suddenly it's gone, and a syrupy, heavy, cloying, patchouli incense digs in and stays for the long haul. I can't scrub it off and it's so head-achy, not for me.

I wish I got the praline scent others seem to, but I don't. It smells so very heavy on said acquaintance too, but she doesn't seem to mind.

May
14
2013
mruf1
mruf1

I am wearing this today, although only on my wrists, as I knew it was very sweet, and I usually only like these types of fragrance in winter. It was chilly this morning, so I thought I'd give it a try. I like it, not love it. It is sweet...someone at work said I smelled like a creamsicle...not sure if she meant that was good or bad. The bottle is beautiful. May try another sample when it gets warmer to see if I like it in the heat.

May
14
2013
SzekelyEmoke
SzekelyEmoke

LOVE IT. Says it all!

May
13
2013
liiva
liiva

Today I feel very playful and feminine becouse I am wearing La Vie Est Belle. :) Sweet and lovely. I feel like a sweet chocolate in a small lovely box . :) Happy scent.

May
13
2013
Nadia Beatriz
Nadia Beatriz

La Vie est Belle celebrates the triumph of being over having and opinion. Celebrates the joy of living, the smile and confidence of every woman who does not hesitate to be happy.

The fragrance notes values of femininity, which crossed ages of rebellion, ambition, equality, materialism, and finally realization. Take happiness as the new zeitgeist. The campaign includes Julia Roberts, owner of the world's most famous smile. It is a fragrance with a soul.
The bottle is inspired by the orignial bottle of fragrance, created in 1949. There has logo marks throughout the flask. Its lines are elegant and design refers to the scarf around his neck typically French.. I love it.. and it´s a MUST HAVE for me..

May
12
2013
Raina
Raina

This stuff smells like candy, and really who doesn't like the smell of candy? I can see the creators were aiming for a real crowd pleaser, and they're pretty much on the mark if it weren't for a couple problems.

Praline, vanilla, and a whole lot of patchouli are the key players in this fragrance. I don't get too much fruit, but they're hanging around with the vanilla. This is the epitome of sweet, and its a little disturbed by some patchouli. I can't decide if the patchouli gives it some dirtiness or earthiness, but it does its patchouli thing. All around, its a sticky, sweet bomb of sweetness that is more than enough to satisfy the biggest sweet tooth out there.

My problem is with how strong this is. I know, how on earth could crazy sillage and longevity be a problem in a perfume? Well, its not. But in this particular fragrance its overwhelming. It doesn't matter how little of it you smell, spray, catch a whiff of, or heck, even thinking about this scent. This fragrance overpowers your sense of smell and overrides all other smells. It travels up your nostrils and takes root in your nose, and once its there its not going anywhere. No amount of nose blowing, coffee whiffing, or fresh air will get this stuff out of your nose. It settles in for the long hall and sets up shop. One whiff of this and you will be smelling nothing but this for some time to come, my friend.

Does it smell yummy? Sure. Is it a weapon of mass nasal blockage and potential headache inducement? Most definitely. Do I still want to smell it from time to time and subject myself to a full 24 hours of smelling nothing but this? Occasionally... But that's just me. Others might want to spare their fellow humans and themselves from the nasal assault.

May
11
2013
ChristelC
ChristelC

Very, very sweet. I think it is too much to be honest. I blame it on the praline. Anyways, I would not wear it myself but if you are going for a very sweet smell, you should go for it.

May
11
2013
keiti
keiti

How weird, on my skin this is basically a dupe of coco mademoiselle and when I came here to check what everybody else thought I was surprised to see flowerbomb? How? I guess it's definately a scent that works with body chemistry, for every one their own. But to me la vie est belle is just a sugared version of CM and to be honest, I would prefer the latter anytime. Even if LVEB had been the first one to come out, it would still lack style.. too linear, too sweet and also a bit boring.
But still, you have to give Lancome credit for the choice of words for the name.. just spray some of it on and you'll know what a beautiful life smells like. And people will buy it.

May
11
2013
soniantunes
soniantunes

I love Lancôme perfumes but when I smelled this I imediatly felt sick. It´s tooooo patchouliish for me...

May
10
2013
Kaland
Kaland

To meama: yes, it's true this fragrance is identical to the ones you mention. However, Flowerbomb gives me the worst headache ever, and Million smells like bug spray. But I do want to wear a sweet sugary fragrance and La Vie fits the bill for me. It works with chemistry, does not give me a headache, and smells like Flowerbomb.

May
09
2013
Debshee
Debshee

My 2nd edit didn't register as a new review so I wanted to post this again since this is one of those fragrances that fills the room (Prada and Angel too). I'm sad that so many people prefer to talk about people than to them. If you find their perfume too strong for work, please take them aside and politely tell them some coworkers are allergic, think it's too strong, etc. Refuse to name names even if they ask. Just end it with "I thought you'd like to know".

May
09
2013
meama
meama

Often people do not know that when they buy Paco Rabanne (million) or V&R (flower bomb) or Lancome(la vie est belle) they buy at the same company the same product with a different appearence.
Lancome and Paco and V&R and ... is just a portion of L'Oreal. And the variation between these two(3-4...) parfumes create by the sames noses are like variation between two washing powders. An illusion to sell more.
L'Oreal is one of the biggest company in cosmetic products. They try to Produce many very cheap products (it's ok) with an image of luxury and quality thay have not (no more).

May
08
2013
meama
meama

29) Life is beautiful but not you.
how is this possible? make three noses working at the same time to get out at the end a perfume that smells like sugar kitchen. The bottle costs more than the content.
I do not even dare to mention the publicity surrounding it, "out of convenience" (??) "Differentiate" (??) ... It's just insulting people who don't know much in perfume, make them buy what is poorer by the illusion of luxury.
About this scent, in Top there is the iris, a very small, almost non-existent iris and also very poor. Then direct after it's all about excessive sugar. I thought people would be saturated with all these candy flavors that give indigestion but no ... Lancome only wants money (au revoir les parfums).
Juste a shame.

comment cela est-il possible? faire travailler trois nez en même temps pour sortir à la fin un parfum qui sent le sucre de cuisine. Le flacon coûte plus cher que le contenu.
Je n'ose même pas parler de la publicité faite autour de ça, "sortir des convenances" (???) "se différencier" (???)...c'est juste insulter les gens qui ne s'y connaissent pas beaucoup en parfum, leur faire acheter ce qu'il y a de plus médiocre par l'illusion du luxe.
En tête il y a de l'iris. un iris très faible, presque inexistant et en plus très pauvre. Puis directement tout tourne autour du sucre à outrance. Je pensais que les gens seraient saturés de bonbons avec tous ces parfums qui donnent des indigestions mais non...Lancome veut de l'argent.

May
08
2013
Snuffeltje
Snuffeltje

...I'm sorry but this is just... candy...
Very sticky.
A woman at the office on my school wears it and it's always too much.
Everyone complains about it behind her back.

Yes.
It smells nice, but not on a person, no!

May
07
2013
Debshee
Debshee

This reminds me of Miss Dior Cherie. Lucious and sweet with a caramel like note. This also lasts a longgg time. Too strong for work but I'll definitely get to enjoy this outside of work.

EDIT: A bit warmer and richer than original MDC and a lot cheaper than the current Miss Dior.

2nd EDIT: It really sucks that people prefer to talk about you instead of to you. If you find someone's perfume offensive at work, take them aside and nicely tell them that some coworkers are allergic or feel your perfume is too heavy for the office. You don' t have to name names, but just say "I thought you might want to know". I love the smell of this but I realize it's too strong for work. Great for spraying on my sheets, etc. Lasts for days.

May
07
2013
KateAnette
KateAnette

I'm amazed to see that so many people think this is like Flowerbomb. I didn't like Flowerbomb at all, somehow it felt really thin and fleeting on my skin, although the longevity was good. La vie est belle has more depth. This is sweet, but not at all sickly sweet, when sprayed in moderation. I think Flowerbomb is more of a floral, and La vie est belle a gourmand.

EDIT
This is very heavy patchouli. Like all patch scents, this seems to work better for me now when the weather gets warmer.
Now that i been wearing La Vie est Belle a few times, i really don't find it sweet. The patchouli makes the overall feeling somewhat earthy, with a little sweet twist.

The body lotion smells amazing btw, i think i like it more than the perfume. The strong patchouli is missing in that, and the sweetness comes out in a subtle way.

May
06
2013
gabriel.villa
gabriel.villa

Life is beautiful. That's the name of this beautiful perfume. Yes, I got two samples of it recently and I have already had beautiful days with La vie est belle.

It's that kind of perfume where all the notes seem to appear to my nose, in a perfect and well balanced composition. Of course some of the notes we only can smell properly after some time, but when I spray this perfume on my skin and two minutes are gone, I can smell all the notes in a beautiful way.

The first thing I get is a huge and high quality floral aroma mixed with patchouli. As perfumers Olivier Polge, Anne Flipo and Dominic Ropion say, the natural ingredients used in La vie est belle are really natural... it's really enjoyable to smell, really pleasent. I can smell the black currant, giving a sweet, fresh and strong scent to the fragrance, together with the elegance of pear, also very fresh, but not so sweet in this one. Iris is here. Orange blossom. Jasmine. All of them perfectly mixed. It's just incredible the way La vie est belle mixed the notes, and how they work on my skin and projecting into the air... the patchouli makes this perfume so sophisticated, so classy, so expensive... it does smell expensive... and some hours later, the gourmand side of the perfume comes stronger, with a delicious vanilla, an irresistible tonka bean and a warm praline.

I think this is the most strong perfume I have. It's impressive... it does not stop projecting and it lasts on my skin and on my hair forever and ever... very good power!

The idea for La vie est belle was amazing, wasn't it? This name... Julia Roberts in that beautiful commercial... the thing of not to follow rules and making happiness our way, by ourselves... the shiny box, the bottle inspired in that Lancôme's old bottle... a modern classic that was brought to life by the hands of three of France's leading perfumers...

Oriental. Gourmand. Full of iris. Floral, then. And chypre. Fresh. Sweet. Refined. Powerful. Beautiful. That's what I can say...

La vie est belle show us that life is beautiful, after all. That fresh and clear notes can go beautifully with sweeter and stronger ones. That's like life, isn't it? Could we be winners if all was just easy, if we didn't have any trouble to superate? We are made to learn with mistakes. We are supposed to find light even in the darkest of times. And even though we have problems... life is beautiful. And it's beautiful to be alive. And it's beautiful to live, just being who we are.

May
05
2013
maneki_neko
maneki_neko

I didn't particularly care for it. I found cloying sweetness and then the patchouli punched me in the face. That pain lasted all day, so there IS much to be said about its longetivity.

Go for it if you're a sweetness or vanilla fan. Otherwise, back away from the tester table and move on.

May
05
2013
ForrealMe2
ForrealMe2

i sprayed this at night time so my hubby could enjoy it since he likes the scent and i could still smell this on my pajamas 24 hours later!this is a delicate yet strong sweetness..worth every flippin pennay! lol this is for gourmand,sweet lovers..i don't see how some don't smell the sweetness because this one lingers and lingers especially on clothes..its on my top list for sure

May
04
2013
selinu
selinu

Yesterday we were shopping with my bf. So I have tested this and showed it to my bf. He was like " you dont like this right? Good cuz it smells awfull" I personally dont like it either. Very sick annoying sweet.

May
04
2013
Irideika
Irideika

Craziness. I sprayed this on both my arms yesterday evening around 9 PM. It is now 9:30 PM THE NEXT DAY, and although I showered this morning, there is still a very faint smell of La Vie est Belle on my left arm. That is crazy longevity!

EDIT: My friend gave me a bottle for my birthday!!! YAY!

May
03
2013
susan1326
susan1326

I agree wholeheartedly with Kitka. There was no sweetness in any phase of this perfume on me. I couldn't believe it was so different from the product description. It reminded me of any number of other fumes out there today-nothing original here.

May
03
2013
kitka
kitka

This didn't work at ALL for me. I thought it would be very sweet based on all the reviews I read, but it didn't sweeten up for me until about 4 hrs after spraying it. Never did I see even a hint of flowerbomb --that would have been much appreciated.

For the first few hours the scent was quite bitter and strong smelling--not pleasant to be around. I agree with the reviewer that mentioned a pepper smell because I can't think of a better way to describe the bitter chemical-like smell. I really wanted to wash it off.

May
03
2013
Chicagobelle
Chicagobelle

I got a sample of this at Sephora and for some reason I was underwhelmed. It did nothing for me. I tried it over a span of two weeks and nothing. I was looking forward to a less expensive alternative to Flowerbomb but I see I'm going to have to just save up for the real deal according to my liking. Not a bad scent fragrance at all, but it's just not for me.

May
02
2013
phia143
phia143

This is such vanilla, sweet, sugary scent that I was surprised to see patchouli as a note. I love sweet perfumes so next time I am in a perfume store I’m going to have to spray some on my skin to give it on final test. Right now I'm smelling a magazine insert.

May
02
2013
gjie
gjie

wow...wow...wow...what a wonderful fragrance..a few days ago, i went to my nearest perfume counter and have A SPRAY on my wrist...i dap it to my neck too...as soon as it touch my skin, ive covered with this cloud of fragrance which smell soooooo good! OMG...at first spritz, i smell a whole bunch of fruits and i take up to 2-3 hours later to dry down to creamy patchouli based and its still retain the fruitiness of the fruit...i havent own 1, but this definitly go to my wishlist! thanks LANCOME for such a fragrance! LOVE IT..as far for the longivity, it stay on my skin for the whole day with A SINGLE SPRITZ

May
02
2013
monmon33
monmon33

amazing perfume , one of my top perfumes i bought ever , i cant stop smelling it each time i wear , i wear it also when i got depressed , it makes me happy ,

Apr
30
2013
lily13ana
lily13ana

I tried LVB in the winter and i felt it was overbearingly sweet and almost made me feel ill, like i would have eaten a big cake.

Apr
30
2013
floralfragrance
floralfragrance

Most complimented fragrance i ever had :)

Apr
30
2013
alchemist1976stephanie
alchemist1976stephanie

There is a definite likeable familiarity with this scent. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, then it finally came to me. It reminds me of one of my husband's Axe body sprays. I can't quite remember which one, but it is a rather generic smell. Not bad, but why pay for generic that could be half a dozen other fumes? Nothing special for me here.

Apr
30
2013
Musselille
Musselille

This is VERY strong ind the beginning. But after about half an hour, it turns into a very sweet and a little flowery scent.

I do not (normally) like sweet scents, cause I think it is too young and girly for me (29 years old). This is just sweet in a mature and delicious way. I think this is the only sweet fragrance I've smelled, that I really want to buy!

It sits close to skin, and has a good staying power (about 6-8 hours).

Apr
30
2013
jicka
jicka

Vanilla, sweet, sugary scent, not my style i'm into the floral acquatics and greens, veeery long lasting with huuuge sillage, very well made although its not my cup of tea, i think its simillar to euphoria by CK but sweeter.

Apr
30
2013
foxy_princess
foxy_princess

I hope they NEVER discontinue this! It reminds me of Violette Angel if you've ever smelt it! Makes me want to eat and cuddle myself :P just try it!
Thick lashings of blackcurrant syrup, heavy praline, smouldering/dirty patchouli. The tonka bean brings it all together wonderfully. I LOVE it!

Apr
24
2013
celebrity89
celebrity89

Half Mademoiselle, half Fantasy or any other celebrity sugar scent. You fill in the blank.

Apr
22
2013
jasonx
jasonx

Shameless copy of FlowerBomb

Apr
21
2013
althea.brown.925
althea.brown.925

This is what perfume is supposed to smell like.

Apr
21
2013
mystica
mystica

It's interesting that there are so far no references to the similarity of Lancome's La Vie Est Belle to TM's Angel. Both perfumes are pretty similar, La Vie Est Belle only lacks the depth of Angel and it rather resembles an "uncomplete" version of it.
Something with this perfume is quite raw. Praline and patchouli together (plus the vanilla!) is an incredibly hard combination. It is potent enough to literally give one nausea. And patchouli here is dirty. Pralines and vanilla make it sweet, hence we have a pretty much dirty-sweet fragrance here. That's a big no.
La Vie Est Belle is way too much of something which is already wrong.

Apr
21
2013
jckp27
jckp27

I smelt this while shopping in macy's and it smelt quite nice. Sort of like Britney Spears curious but has a little bit sweeter scent.

Apr
16
2013
redsabots
redsabots

I've never had cravings for a particular fragrance. I do for Belle. I went back to the department store a second time to spray it on a tissue and placed it in a plastic baggy. Now I've ordered it and am counting the days until its arrival. I hope my beau will find it equally exhilarating. (My father loves it.)

It's a chameleon of a parfum. One moment, it's a delicious caramel-y, and I want to nibble off my wrist. The next moment it's floral. Sometimes I detect cocoa and something a bit smoky.

The name of a perfume is important to me. Life is always beautiful even when I have fallen from my mistakes or the road has been strewn with rubble.

Viva la vie!

Apr
16
2013
nightcat23
nightcat23

These sophisticated patchouli gourmands are so popular right now...Flowerbomb, coco mademoiselle, and Miss Dior Cherie etc.

Lancôme is definitely capitalising on this trend. La Vie Est Belle when first sprayed smells almost identical to Flowerbomb. But the dry down is really when you can separate them. While Flowerbomb is definitely more floral with strong tea and orchid notes, La Vie Est Belle dries down to a soft vanilla patchouli musk.

Although they are in the same vein, La Vie Est Belle is more of a gourmand scent. La Vie Est Belle is more foody sweet while Flowerbomb is more floral sweet. Both are great but I think La Vie Est Belle may have the advantage because it doesn't have that initial strong floral blast that Flowerbomb has.

Apr
16
2013
frillyfillyB
frillyfillyB

The moment I smelled La Vie, I fell in love with it. This reminds me of nothing else! I swapped for Flowerbomb a few years ago and found it to be weak and watery. Of course, I alway respect other people's options because we are all different.
La Vie is the most elegant perfume I have ever smelled, and I am enamored of it. To me, it starts out strong with a mixture of heavenly florals, spices, and fruits and a base note I am not sure of. It is perfectly blended; an absolute masterpiece. It settles down to a soft warmth and is not heavy at all. Love, love this!!

Apr
15
2013
MoonGirl
MoonGirl

Gorgeously sweet, syrupy and feminine. I love it and it lasts all day. Perfect!

Apr
14
2013
sondra.litzenberg
sondra.litzenberg

Entirely too sweet. I am going to wash it off.

Apr
14
2013
kliana
kliana

Too sweet for me. Not interesting

Apr
12
2013
Marta Hykyšová
Marta Hykyšová

Tuto vůni používám půl roku a už se těším až jí spotřebuji.Hlava a srdce vůně jsou překrásné.Základ je kyselí a čpící až nepříjemný.Je to držák.Škoda že na mé pokožce se rozkládá tak ošklivě.Už si jí nekoupím.

Apr
09
2013
selinu
selinu

Cheap chocolate, vanilla, patchouli and black currant. The most disgusting combination ever. A woman shouldn't smell like this. Awful. Sickly thick sweetness...

Apr
09
2013
alumiini
alumiini

Here where i live it seems now like half of every women uses this. Maybe over than a half.

This is sweet in a cheap way. I love sweet scents but this is just too... dull and cheap. And way too common. Easy scent to wear, i guess.

I just can't get idea behind this perfume. 'Cause i don't say this is a bad scent at all but maybe... it don't have that personal twist and a carachter that i search from perfumes.

This is just one of those easy ones that you can't love or hate.

Apr
09
2013
milenamp
milenamp

For me, it is like some cheap thing in chinese shop. Sooo unpleasant sweet.

Apr
09
2013
fifaatm
fifaatm

I'm in love with La Vie now.. glad at last my search for vanilla perfume is finally over :)
My skin seems does't work well with some vanilla perfume, floral vanilla to be exact.

La vie, fortunately, is a fruity vanilla, that makes this perfume smells wonderful, not overly sweet, thus not yucky.
Also, there's praline that add extra depth without making you want to gag.
And many compliments received whenever I wear La Vie.

Sillage and longevity 8/10

Apr
08
2013
clickingpenguin
clickingpenguin

I have no idea why this perfume has received so many dislikes. I don't have it, but I've sampled it several times and I'm actually wearing it right now. Maybe it's because it's a strong fragrance for so many people. People have become more accustomed to perfumes that can only be detected if the other person is a foot or less away. I'm not saying that I like the extreme opposite, which would be an unbearably strong fragrance, but this in my opinion is perfect. It projects, but doesn't seem suffocating. Like I said, I'm wearing it right now and I can smell it on myself without being totally overwhelmed. It's beautiful, warm, inviting, sexy and just a great fragrance. It's sweet and floral, but womanly at the same time. I can't wait until I have the money to buy this. It's totally a winner in my book.

*Update* I sprayed this on myself around 8 last night. It is now about 1:30 pm the next day and I can STILL smell it. It's faint, but still, that's AMAZING. One of the best perfumes longevity wise.

Apr
06
2013
mrsu
mrsu

Interestingly enough, 2 of the Noses who created La Vie est Belle -

Olivier Polge & Dominique Ropion

also created Flowerbomb (according to the Fragrantica blurb...)

Apr
06
2013
Taliera
Taliera

I know Flowerbomb very well (as it is my signature fragrance) and in my opinion this is definitely NOT like Flowerbomb. They are both sweet and "electric" like fireworks, but I cannot consider them copies. Flowerbomb is a beautiful symphony of flowers with a good dash of sweetness. La Vie Est Belle has a kind of euphoric sweetness with a few fruits and flowers. They are in the same genre (both sweet and flowery), but different smells.

Apr
06
2013
miquita
miquita

I usually don't like very sweet perfumes, but I really like this one. I can smell something fresh in the back, something like citrus (when I smell my wrist, not in the air around it). I think it's a great blend.
Also this is the only perfume my boyfriend can smell, the only one he can notice as he passes by. Usually I have to ask him if he likes the perfume I'm wearing, but not with this one. It's a strong fragance to wear just if you want to get noticed.

Apr
05
2013
Nahema
Nahema

La vie est belle is a sweet, very feminine fragrance with enormous sillage and lasting power. It is very similar to Flowerbomb but still different enough to not being regarded as a plain copy.

As much as I like this fragrance and have been wearing it quite a bit during fall/winter I still wished Lancôme would have launched something more innovative and unique.

Apr
04
2013
KateMkay
KateMkay

Lasting power: very good.
Sillage: good.
I tried this few times and I didn't like it. But Sephora put samples of it in my bag and after I read all the polemic comments I gave it a second chance. I still don't like it and it gives me headache. I have tried it in different weather, few times on my skin and once on my clothes.
It is very similar to Flowerbomb,that is a fact. Better or worse this is subjective. But this was created by 3 "noses".There are tons of perfumes that I don't like but I can appreciate the idea or some innovation. Only good thing that this babe has is lasting power, very impressive.
( I could expect this from Anne Flippo but how could you Dominique after all you have done for Frederic Malle? By the way Dominique created Flowerbomb too, so after having so good sales I believe they decided to do something similar. )

Apr
04
2013
genny17
genny17

Oh so only Flowerbomb can make sweet perfumes!!?? I feel La vie est Belle is an improvement over Flowernomb, not as sickly sweet, more complex, a beautiful creation by Lancôme!!
I love it!!

Apr
02
2013
freddinos
freddinos

A flowerbomb replica with nutty praline among the top notes (that dissappears very quickly though). I hate it when Perfume Houses follow the recipe of success someone else invented, they should bring copyright laws to perfumery! It is a nice perfume, yes, but what Lancome did here is just ridiculous. Thumbs down for Lancome

Apr
02
2013
lorelei51h
lorelei51h

I liked it when I first purchased it, but after wearing it a couple of times, I realized that it triggered my migraine both times. It was an impulse purchase and I'm not able to return it. Perfumes normally don't last long on my very dry skin, but this is sticking with me like I fell in to a vat of chocolate. It will go to the back of the shelf and will never be used again. Ordinary, cheap and not up to Lancome standards IMHO.

Apr
02
2013
Rinji
Rinji

This perfume is too sweet and heavy for me.
It triggered my allergies to the point that I could barely breathe and even gave me a headache.
Not for me.

Apr
01
2013
lali29bee
lali29bee

this is the one and only perfume with patchouli that I can forgive. La Vie Est Belle is gorgeous and I want this damn perfume so bad. I feel like it would be my "special occasion" perfume. I would buy the smallest bottle possible and only use it selectively. great job Lancôme!

Mar
30
2013
ForrealMe2
ForrealMe2

OH MY FREAKIN GOSH!!LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! It smells very similar to Flowerbomb but the praline in it gives it some twists and turns because i am smelling different sweet notes from time to time so it evolves and i love when fragrances do that and its not linear..also it has great sillage and it lasts a long time..wow..i can smell rose in it as well and citrus..what a gorgeous fragrance..it is not as sweet or sharp as flowerbomb its a tad less..so if you found flowerbomb too too sweet but you want the same scent this is the way to go its a bit more mature but still sweet and it really changes in its sweetness..i even smelled Amor Amor in here as well by Cacharel..but the best thing about this perfume is it gets better and better over time and usually most fragrances don't do this..They really knew what they were doing when they chose those famous perfumers to develope this scent it's just so multifaceted.Absolutely Gorgeous!The bottle is beautiful in person you guys so well crafted and sturdy and it looks like its wearing a little scarf..too cute..it looks like a sophisticated lady would wear it...what a delight.. i think after all the scents i have ever had so far this one will satisfy my sweet tooth and the need for class and keep my interests..at least until they make something way better..lol..The wonderful part about this fragrance is that its a fraction of the price of Flowerbomb and the bottle suits me better!Finally a sophisticated gourmand i can really enjoy and repurchase that says..Me!..They really took some thought about all the things a woman likes and wants from a perfume and it shows..Job well done Lancome!

Mar
27
2013
deeishere
deeishere

I tried this one at Sephora, it smells very nice, very feminine and sweet. I could still smell it on my wrist the next morning. I went to sephora gain to buy it, but i tried it again and hated it, it's so weird but now i smell something very cheap and too sweet.

Mar
26
2013
simonebel
simonebel

Really nice gourmand. Starts like flowerbomb, but in few minutes this one reminds me a little bit of Miss Dior Cherie. Later, it's smells like chocolate with vanilla, praline and caramel. So yummy!!

Mar
26
2013
renata.souzaesouza
renata.souzaesouza

Too sweet and vanillaish. At fisrt I liked it. Minutes later I cant`t stand it anymore.Also a very ordinary kind of scent for my limited perception...

Mar
25
2013
charlottesmom
charlottesmom

Just by chance I wandered into Sephora today and was on a sniff fest, I knew I liked La Vie Est Belle because I absolutely wore out the sniffy strip that I found in Vogue last week! I spritzed it on my right wrist and on a tester strip and continued shopping. I then came across Flowerbomb, now I already own Flowerbomb but it is the rollerball and though I do like it I don't love it, I sniffed the bottled which smelled lovely, I spritzed Flowerbomb on my left wrist and on a tester strip. I didn't know folks were comparing these two perfumes but by a happy cooincidence I now have a great comparison right under my nose, so to speak...

La Vie Est Belle is a total powerhouse! This is not a wimpy fragrance, I get white flowers and a bit of jasmine, vanilla, and a tiny bit of chocolate, I do not however get any patchouli. LVEB is a bit powdery on me, the opening is extreamly beautiful I really enjoy it and was a bit let down by the dry down, if it was less powdery (I like powdery, Shalimar is a favorite but this powdery is a bit wonky on me) I would Love it. I've only had LVEB on for about 2 hours but I predict it will go all day plus! The sillage on this is huge, apply with a very light touch (the lady in the next shop I went in said I smelled great.....not sure if it was LVEB or Flowerbomb but since this one is double the sillage as Flowerbomb I'd say it was LVEB.

Now for Flowerbomb, I always thought it was a huge perfume until I met LVEB, poor Flowerbomb is not really a bomb anymore! I do love the spray of Flowerbomb much better than the roll on and hope to get a bottle of it at some point.

I personally can detect that FB and LVEB are in the same basic family but LVEB is HUGE compaired to FB, FB is so nice well behaved and delicate, totally vanilla (which I adore!) FB did go through a "cat pee" phase on me for about 15 minutes, but it is gone and replaced by yummy smooth vanilla....delish!!! LVEB will probably whoop FB's butt on longevity and it certainly whoops FB on the sillage, FB is close to my skin, LVEB is a major projector! Out of the two FB is my favorite but I do like both. :0)

Mar
25
2013
tuky
tuky

Here it is my judgement, a male one:
Flowerbomb is smooth vs La Vie Est Belle is harsh.
1.Lancome tried to make a parfume, OBVIOUS, Not ORIGINAL, but a copy of Viktor&Rolf. This thing I hate the most!(when someone transcripts anotherone)
2. About the smell, (this) LANCOME jumps in your face, while V&R whispers (even it is sweet, but not sugar sweet like LveB).
La Vie est belle is just another sugar bomb.
Take as you want.

Mar
25
2013
BrookieSnookie
BrookieSnookie

Just bought this for my mother-in-law... she doesn't really wear perfume.. This will be her second bottle so I'm reallyyyyy hoping she likes it:) Because I DO!

Mar
24
2013
lcommisso
lcommisso

This perfume was one I HAD to go back and buy. I first smelled it in a paper ad. I could not stop smelling that paper. I passed by a Lancome counter and sprayed it. I could not stop smelling my wrist. It is very long lasting and completely worth it. I would recommend purchasing with Lancome has a bonus gift, which is what I ended up doing.
As far as the comparison to Flowerbomb, I agree, but I think it smells better, is cheaper, and is certainly a prettier bottle.

Mar
24
2013
Trishness
Trishness

LOVE IT! It smells fantastic on me but may not be for everyone's smell. Everytime I wear it people ask me what I have on.

Mar
21
2013
etmpewo
etmpewo

I like this fragrance. At the same time it reminds me of Coco Mademoiselle. Yes, you're right when you say the pear makes it sweater than Coco Mademoiselle and yes, you're right when you say this fragrance is less powdery. Still, it reminds me of Coco Mademoiselle!

Mar
20
2013
Juma
Juma

Smell very chocolate candies indeed, with strong sweet vanilla. I do love sweet gourmands, but this one is a little bit to sweet. It has longevity and monster sillage and it shows it's an expensive and sophisticated stuff. Too bold to wear every day, and for a long time- to me :)
Thanks again to F. lady to send me a sample.

Mar
20
2013
wonderlu
wonderlu

This smelled like heaven on my hand after wearing it 15 minutes in the store so i purchased it even though it was a little bit expensive. When I got home one hour later it smelled like yuk candy on my hand and i couldn't get it off. It may be because im not so into sweet perfumes, but this was like WOW who poured syrup on me? But the opening was nice! This is why i always tend to use lighter perfumes because every single one gets sweet on me.

Mar
18
2013
leeleeB
leeleeB

I bought it on a whim... Big mistake... Way too sweet for my nose.

Mar
17
2013
lLaura
lLaura

I really love flowerbomb so this perfume must be a very nice one as well... What a dissapointment! At first it really smells very strong, very sweet. Thats good, the heart was a very nice flower / sweet and a little bit gourmand mix. Loved it, but this stage only lasted for 1 / 1,5 h! After that, the drydown reminded me of flowerbomb but did not last very long on my skin. Here comes the most dissapointing smell.. During all the layers, I smelled cigarette on the background. As a non smoker, I am annoyed by a smell like that! Besides the smoke and longetivity it is a really nice smell.

Mar
17
2013
masjanja-2011
masjanja-2011

I like all the ingridients...but,when use it .....too much for me,unbearable!!!!....The only possibility to wear it -is to go through the cloud of it,sprayed on the air,when like this - I like it....powderly-patchouly-blackcurrant-sweet .VERY LOOOOONGLASTING!!!

Mar
16
2013
genny17
genny17

Let' s give it to Lancôme for creating a scent that has punch, that doesn't evaporate in less than 30mn, La Vie Est Belle has character, sillage , projection and smells beautiful. The scent for women sure of themselves, interested in wearing a perfume of substance.
A mix bewteen Coco Mademoiselle and Flowerbomb, so not as sharp as the fisrt one and more complex than the latter.
I am not fond of patchouli, but in LVEB it is a bit candied, so it isn't suffocating at all.
Nice scent, Lancôme did a fine job with it. and I will add the beautiful and classy Julia Roberts represents it in a lovely way.

Mar
14
2013
Marsqwerty
Marsqwerty

The patchouli is too strong in this

Mar
14
2013
hazarose
hazarose

this one make me smile!

Mar
12
2013
Asty
Asty

Very similar to Flowerbomb, which is my favourite. Especially as its wearing off. I only discovered this by chance when I asked the sales assistant if they sold Flowerbomb, her reply 'No, try this' Very impressed as I have never given Lancome a second glance as I thought it was an older womans brand. Cheaper than Flowerbomb too

Mar
09
2013
stela.kumati
stela.kumati

this is to much sweet...when i felt these scent for the first time,i ask,what parfum is this..?the reason was,,,when i want to
chose some new flagrance; this perfume not alternative was never about me..sorry but to this flagrance nothing special;((

Mar
09
2013
janaina_flores
janaina_flores

So much better than Flowerbomb!

Mar
06
2013
Specklechan
Specklechan

I have had my eye on this perfume for a while as a mothers' day gift as the bottle reminds me of my mum. I am now in two minds about it having tried it this afternoon - the patchouli is very strong in the opening and combined with the sweetness of the praline it gives the impression of menthol cough sweets. However its settled down into a beautiful sweet scent which i am sure my mum will love, im just concerned the opening will put her off. Gorgeous bottle though

Mar
04
2013
sherapop
sherapop

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.

Mar
03
2013
tommy_girl
tommy_girl

it has something in common with Shalimar Parfum Initial and I can see the reason.the have so many notes in common: Iris,Tonka beans,vanilla,patchouli and jasmin.
the difference:la vie est belle is sweeter with the dominant praline smelling.actually I like it better than shalimar parfum initial.yet I didn't find it interesting enough to buy it.it's just too sweet for my taste.
another point is choosing Julia Roberts as the face of perfume.I don't think it was a wise decision.her style barely fits the perfume.

Feb
28
2013
Hamano_Chiaki
Hamano_Chiaki

WHOA! This fragrance is STRONG! It took only one spritz to get complaints from people about how strong my perfume is. But somehow I actually enjoy that I don't have to press my nose against my wrist to smell my perfume; the sillage is really awesome. However the scent is veeeeeery sweet, heavy and sugary, heaven for hard-core gourmand lovers. It does remind me of Flowerbomb (as other have already stated), but I actually find Flowerbomb subtle compared to this one.

Feb
28
2013
ajkeelty
ajkeelty

This fragrance is just fabulous. I love the praline and vanilla. Each time I smell it I feel wrapped in sweet warmth. I can see why people are saying it's similar to Flowerbomb, but I feel this fragrance is better balanced. It's what Flowerbomb wanted to achieve (but didn't).

Feb
24
2013
akheperure
akheperure

I've had this one on for the last couple of hours, waiting for some magic to happen, but it stays the same on my skin, stubbornly sweet and unchangeable.
The sugary vanilla praline or whatever is in there, is so intense on my skin that I cannot detect anything else.
Maybe in a few more hours some other scent will come up, if so, I'll edit the review.
For the time being, I can only say that though I do not exactly dislike it, I'm not crazy about it either.
If I were to wear it, I'd have to spray it on from a distance so that only a tiny mist would get on my skin, otherwise it would be too overwhelmingly sugary and I'd have to head for the shower to get some relief.

Feb
24
2013
carlayorke
carlayorke

Reminds me a little of Diva Ungaro, which I loved in the eighties. Not for my workplace, but anywhere else. To me it's a little heavier than other floral gourmands, but I love a deeper sort of scent. Paradoxically this feels light at the same time. On me it works. Similar fragrances I tried had features that gave me a headache or had those stabs of something wrong. Tried Dior Addict, Jimmy Choo, Flowerbomb, a couple of Armanis, Burberrys, other Lancome ones, Givenchys too, and some more obscure fragrances.
Now hey, other reviewers, who doesn't love something super special and unique with depth, quality, and scents finessed out of nature ?
Of course it's not completely original, but I like it anyway.

Now if only Lancome would bring back the real Magie Noire.

Feb
23
2013
aray
aray

I adore this. It's basically VIVA LA JUICY sans the caramel, which makes it develop much more subtle and refined, less "in your face candy-ish". The violet adds a very sophisticated touch, very smooth and pleasant. I used to be all over VIVA LA JUICY for the cold days but this will be my new go-to scent when I want to feel cozy, safe, and just a little bit sensual. ;)

Feb
22
2013
anna.glowacka
anna.glowacka

From the first spray it's patchouli - tonka bean overdose. But in a nice way! At the dry down it's sweet vanilla hiding inside of yummy pralines. It's not sickly sweet for me. It makes me wanna lick my wrist so good and chocolaty it smells. This is that kind of a frag that i'd really like to wear. Might consider buying full bottle very soon. Sillage and lasting power amazing according to me.

Feb
22
2013
sugarshield
sugarshield

I normally do not feel the need to comment back and forth on fragrance pages with anything but a review, but the comment below mine is extremely rude and there is NO reason to be criticizing the appearance of a woman as opposed to, you know, the way the perfume actually smells. The face of the actress used to promote the perfume has zero effect on the juice itself, whether you personally find her attractive or not. Fragrantica is a community built around our love for fragrance, not petty schoolyard insults about the size of a woman's assets. I do think they could have found someone more suited to the "spirit" of the scent but, again, there is no reason to be making disparaging remarks about Ms Roberts herself.

Feb
21
2013
rita.m
rita.m

سأجربه لعيون جوليا روبرتس كم احبكي جوليا
اكيد العطر رائع مثلك

Feb
21
2013
Patricia84
Patricia84

This could very well replace the delicious but now discontinued original Miss Dior Chérie. Scrumptious, and it lasts sooooo long.

Feb
19
2013
lyciumchld
lyciumchld

This scent opens on me with bitter orange, orange blossom, more bitter orange, and jasmine. It's not the most pleasant odor, not bad, but not great. After a fairly long dry-down (a good hour or so), it settles into a scent that is very similar to that of Flowerbomb, but definitely darker in character. I love the dry-down on this, the silage is decent, and the scent lasts. But... I'm not a fan of the time it takes to get there. Since Flowerbomb tends to hold its scent better on me, I'll likely try Flowerbomb Extreme to see if it is any better as a darker alternative. Nonetheless, once settled this one is lovely, and the price is definitely an incentive to buy over the more expensive Flowerbomb Extreme.

EDIT: I've tried this again a time or two, and the opening is definitely something to wait through. At first I felt it wasn't so bad, but later wears have left me feeling almost overwhelmed by the chemical booziness of bitter orange. The dry down is really quite lovely, but I'm not sure I would be able to justify the expense for something I could only wear when I had the time to wait an hour after spraying before I could enjoy it (or feel comfortable leaving the house). I'll probably try it a time or two more to be sure.

Feb
19
2013
Mushana
Mushana

I tried this one over the weekend. Julia Roberts suddenly made sense as the face of this perfume. It's very difficult to hate it, but the dry down on skin was so sweet I had to wash it off. It's a pretty, unassuming yet charming...girl next door kind of fragrance.

Not very original or exciting but a great gift for Mothers Day!

Feb
17
2013
stephanie.hamrick
stephanie.hamrick

I was hoping for the fruity vanilla floral others have gotten, but the patchouli just takes over on me, drowning out everything else. And patchouli isn't good on me anyway. So disappointing,

Feb
16
2013
hollycat
hollycat

Im in a world of fruitchouli right now and Im not happy about it. I got a sample of this from Sephora. I put it on this morning, three squirts... one on each wrist and one on the back of my neck. Note to self: you dont need to suffer though a scent you know your gonna hate just to right a review.

Where do I begin with this? First squirt I get a blast of what I pick up as grapefruit, caramel, and patchouli. As it dries it becomes more and more sugary vanilla. Not pleasant at all. Its like Lancome wanted to jump on the band wagon of all the fruitchouli perfumes and create their own. But they failed imo because even though I dont think Coco Madomoselle or Miss Cherie Dior is for me... I can still say they are beautiful compositions. This perfume is a disaster. It smells cheap, the dry down is a sugary synthetic mess with nothing to give it a hint of originality.

Two thumbs way down. I so wish I didnt spray myself so generously. I could have given the same review with just one wrist sprayed. But at least I have something to look forward to... my next shower.

Feb
16
2013
Lalunia
Lalunia

Better then flowerbomb!

Feb
16
2013
moni4u
moni4u

I thought I was going to like this perfume because of the main notes "sweet" and "vanilla" but I don't like it very much. It's sweet, especially in the drydown, but the floral part of it is still present and that kills it for me (jasmine seems to make me sick, somehow). As a whole I'd say it's sweet floral scent, and a little bit mature -which I don't mean to say it's for older people, just that it's not a young sweet type of scent-.

Feb
15
2013
birds_on_a_wire
birds_on_a_wire

I first smelled this at the Lancome counter in Macy's and really enjoyed the scent. I remember going home and loving the way it smelled on my skin. A few months later I finally decided to go ahead and purchase the perfume. I'm not sure if my memory of what it smelled like was wrong or if I was just in the mood for it at the time, but ever since it arrived I haven't really liked the frangrence. The thing that stands out the most to me is the sweetness. It really lingers on and on too. Sadly, I think this perfume has either ruined sweet scents for me or made me realize I don't care for sweet scents. It's going to take me a very long time to finish this perfume.

Feb
13
2013
londonhermit
londonhermit

This was unexpected. I thought this would be more floral however this fragrance is a nod to Flowerbomb. It's not an exact dupe but has similar genetics. The perfume is sweet with patchouli thrown in for good measure. Not unique at all and on me this would be a winter scent. Update: The dry down is matronly I was hoping it wouldn't be but it is. Julia Roberts is young in my opinion and is the wrong person. The commercial evokes youth and class. This perfume is older mature.

Feb
10
2013
raw umber
raw umber

Warning: Graphic Review! Please do not read if you are easily grossed out by bodily functions. This is a respectful and sincere review.

I am not fundamentally against sweet, mass-marketed fragrances. I am a huge fan of Sugar Lychee by Fresh, and though I'm not sure I would ever want to wear it, I am delighted by the crimson raspberry Jello scent of Escada's Cherry In The Air. That said, I still think that if you're gonna do a synthetic gourmand-floral fragrance, you should be mindful of any bitter chemical "aftertaste" that could send the whole composition down the tubes.

Even though I could smell it from across the room before I opened the bottle, I had high hopes for this one. For clarity's sake, I do not get sidetracked by bottles or titles when writing fragrance reviews and do my best to concentrate only on the juice itself, but in this instance, the bottle and the name were both begging the question: Is this in fact, what makes life beautiful? If not THE thing, then at least one of the things?

La Vie Est Belle by Lancome has a very sweet, ambiguously fruity and floral composition. The projection is out of this world, and the longevity is excellent. After application and giving it a few minutes to settle, I sniffed deeply into it, trying to penetrate the layers of fluffy pink sugar sweetness and slightly green, slightly powdery and somewhat medicinal CGI florals.

What I found underneath these fluffy layers was a disturbingly bitter flat-line of chemical aftertaste. It was like an even streak of ugly yellow road paint severing this fragrance right through the center of its fluffy pink heart.
...Then I had to drop a #2.

I had to use the bathroom NOT BECAUSE of the fragrance! It was mere coincidence, and I only even mention it because I feel it is relevant to this review. This forum is about good and bad scents, really, ALL the scents, and my seemingly ill-timed trip to the bathroom turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

I was super unhappy about having to scrub my hands with dish detergent after using the bathroom and starting this review over, but while I was sitting there, lamenting this inevitability, La Vie Est Belle still projecting it's chemical radiance in the direction of my face, something occurred to me.

This fragrance smells nothing at all like life. This is gonna sound ridiculous, but my own refuse smelled "fresh" compared to Lancome's chemical monstrosity co-mingling in the air. Next to the smell of fresh #2, La Vie Est Belle, is the most inorganic, lifeless, and unpalatable concoction of elements imaginable. Try it and see for yourself.

It's almost as if it were solely invented by a computer, for computers. It's as if someone made it with utter lack of regard for our natural chemistry, and instead invented a fragrance for something that didn't, doesn't, and never will smell like anything living. While I was sampling, I was actually slightly nervous about my cat getting near it.

Please don't get me wrong. I am not particularly enamored with the smell of poop, but AT LEAST it smells like what it's supposed to. What began as an inconvenient natural urge ended up serving as a reminder to me that life (and the beauty it's made of) do not include the realm of La Vie Est Belle. I never would have imagined I would have been forced to make this comparison, but now I am very grateful I did.

Feb
10
2013
RoRoSe
RoRoSe

Hi

After I bought this and started to use it .. my hand always goes to this out of the 50 perfumes which I have in my wardrobe ..
This has been my signature now !!
I am in love with this elegant, classy beauty..

La Vie Est Belle, you really are carrying this happy spirit into your bottle ..

Reminds me a lot with the elegance & the classy level of Miss Dior Cherie ..

For class sweet ladies Only !

Feb
09
2013
djuzz.becuzz
djuzz.becuzz

I got a tester of this which I am wearing today. It's a nice sweet scent, not too sweet imo. I can detect the pear, praline and vanilla really well with some floral notes lingering in the background. I guess it is quite long lasting since I put it on 4 hours ago and I can still smell it really well everytime I am moving. Sillage is just enough to let you know it is there. I don't think this would offend anyone.
So far I like it!

Feb
07
2013
KJS88
KJS88

To be fair, its closer to Flowerbomb Extreme. And to be even fairer, its actually nicer than Flowerbomb, which to me came across as strong, sweet, and something a blonde college girl would wear in the winter with a turtle neck a la Legally Blonde, except not as "pink".

La Vie C'est Belle is much nicer...

It has a better patchouli, a better textured, plusher, stronger dry down, AND it doesn't have this weird smell that Flowerbomb kinda gets some times... Hair sweat or something.

Feb
07
2013
MintyBobbins
MintyBobbins

I smelled this on a store, just a little sniff.. it seemed to me very VERY sweet.. and that's it... although, I must say the bottle is beautiful. I think i could give La vie est belle another opportunity some day, due to all the good reviews, but then I will prove it on my skin,.. maybe I wasn't on the mood for such a sweet feminine scent..

Feb
06
2013
Amalmarri
Amalmarri

similar to coco mademoiselle in the dry down notes

Feb
04
2013
flora lee
flora lee

Liked this for a few wears and fell completely out of love with it. It is just too heavy handed and chemical, even if it can hit some beautiful notes here and there. This is my experience with all Lancome fragrances, too chemical, too difficult to wear.

Feb
03
2013
jeffthebarbarian
jeffthebarbarian

I tried this in Sephora the other day. I spritzed once on my wrist and left to walk around the mall.
In the mall, I could barely smell it. But there are candle shops, abercrombie, the food court...when I got outside to my car, the wind lifted to me a very pleasant smell. It was softly sweet, with a sprinkling of patchouli. It was very, very light. This quickly dried down to a warm, earthy close to my skin fragrance, and then it left all together. By the time I got home (about 3 hours after I spritzed), My boyfriend couldn't smell it at all.
I've read a lot of reviews saying this was a sillage bomb, so I thought maybe I had grabbed the wrong bottle when I had tested it. So I have tried it a few times on the skin, all with the same results.
This was a nice fragrance, but not really my cup of tea. It is in the same family as Flowerbomb and Jimmy Choo...just not as sweet.
I wouldn't purchase or even ask for it as a gift because the longevity sucks.
But don't let my review deter you from trying it. The longevity may be great on you!

Jan
31
2013
advabart
advabart

I find it way too sweet, very fruity-syrupy like, and lacking in originality.

Jan
31
2013
lalaland
lalaland

Vattenmelon explained this perfume perfectly. My mother just recieved this fragrance from a friend, and me being the girly-girl that I am, she let me keep it in my room for display and use, if I wanted. When I sprayed it on my wrists, I got a delicious rush of a sweet, flowery smell. After wearing it for a long time, I still got that same scent on my wrist. It is so simple, but it is the simplicity that I love about it. No, it is not a super-standout/unique scent, but it is just so girly and fragrant that any romantic female definitely should own it. It's lasting power is phenomanal, as my skin does not hold perfume very well, it has ben smelling the same for the past two hours. The packaging is adorabe, everything about it is wonderful. It smells a bit like Chanel Mademoiselle, but without the super- strongness. It is light, playful, and an overall beautiful fragrance. If this wern't my moms, this would be my signature scent by far.

Jan
30
2013
vattenmelon
vattenmelon

a copy of flowerbomb by viktor&rolf was my first reaction when i smelled it in the store, maybe its a little lighter and has more notes of a specific flower, i love it though, veeery feminine.definition of feminine:)

Jan
30
2013
laura.linger.3
laura.linger.3

I really didn't want to like this fragrance.

What can I say? IT IS DIVINE. I must have it, and soon.

It's sweet, but the patchouli makes it multifaceted and sophisticated. I love it. Lancome knocked it out of the ballpark with this one.

Jan
29
2013
Fresh&wild
Fresh&wild

Such a beauty from Lancome!!! The smell is heavenly and almost eatable♥ don't test this in the hot times, i think you will be overwhelmed like i was, but in cold weather, spray this beauty and watch the magic as it will transform on your skin and lasts forever★
I admit it shares alot of similarity with Flowerbomb, but La Vie Est Belle has its own turn and twist that make it more unique. I think it should be called: La Vie Est Belle En Hiver or La Vie Est Belle A Minuit.....definatley a winter night perfume.love it.

Jan
29
2013
lini
lini

sweet, flowery scent...its NOT overbearing....I just want to keep smelling my wrists when I wear this..

it DOES NOT smell flowery like: white diamonds, estee lauder beautiful, red door..those type of scents, as some people think flowery sweet may smell like that.

Jan
29
2013
Malibu
Malibu

The pear is the strongest fruit note on me - well, I say strongest, but it is still pretty soft and doesn't leave me with a lasting impression. There is soft vanilla present through all of the fragrance too, which adds a creamy sweetness and warmth to the fragrance, combining with the light hints of chocolate. The patchouli is also quick to develop, so whilst everything is sweet, it's not cloyingly so.

The floral notes used are powdery and just provide a background for the iris. It's quite startling how, after around two hours, the fragrance suddenly changes from a soft gourmand to present the wearer with a rich iris note. I don't have much experience with iris in perfumes, so LA VIE EST BELLE is unique to me.

After another few hours the fragrance turns slightly nutty and even creamier as the praline and tonka notes develop fully. Whilst the iris note dies down, the combined powderiness of the floral notes remain and softly fade away with the base notes.


LA VIE EST BELLE is in a higher price bracket then a lot of it's smell-a-likes, but the superb longevity and the fact that the perfume is very easy to wear justify the price tag. I'll apply it in the morning and it'll last all day.

LA VIE EST BELLE is a sweet, uncomplicated fragrance, that comforts the wearer - a gourmand fragrance for grown-ups...

Jan
28
2013
PonderinStuff
PonderinStuff

I'm sorry to say that I absolutely hated this one! I totally expected to like it, but one of the notes in it reminded me of Vick's Vapor Rub! I'm not kidding. It made the back of my throat itch too. Maybe I was just very sensitive to something in it. Could that be patchouli? I have never had a perfume with Patchouli in it, so maybe that was it. I hate to be a downer when everyone else seems to like it, but I'm just trying to be honest :-/

Jan
27
2013
Koukla190
Koukla190

I received a sample of this with another purchase, and WOW I think it is gorgeous! It reminds me a little bit of Dior Miss Dior Cherie, only nicer, not as sharp and alcohol-like and more creamy. It also does smell a little bit like Flowerbomb. I used to really dislike Flowerbomb and was surprised people were comparing this to it, but then I just tried Flowerbomb again and actually really like it! That's when I noted that it does smell a little bit like La Vie Est Belle. I still do like Vie est Belle better though. It is a little more creamy, it lasts longer, and it doesn't give me a headache like Flowerbomb can. I think it is a very classy, elegant, timeless, soft yet noticeable, warm, sweet (but not sickeningly so), feminine, smooth, creamy, delicious fragrance! It also lasts a long time! I definitely want a full sized bottle! Great job Lancome, I say! :)

Jan
27
2013
perfumemad62
perfumemad62

This is an absolutely beautiful gourmand fragrance!

It smells of juicy blackcurrants and pear dipped in syrup with patchouli, vanilla and tonka bean. A grown up gourmand, sweet yet classy. My friend said I smelt like yummy fruits and cream. Lasting power and sillage are excellent.

Overall, a beautiful, grown up gourmand. Suitable for all occasions and ages. Now all I have to do is make more room on my perfume shelf for this baby!

Jan
26
2013
sweethearttx
sweethearttx

Very strong sillage. Too strong. And really sweet on me. I enjoy sweet perfumes but this one was just too much. I only put one spray and my friend could smell me from several feet away. I actually washed it off. She said I smelled like a really sweet cupcake. And not in a good way! So disappointing.

Jan
20
2013
pianomee
pianomee

I smelled this on a paper before sampling this, and the silage was INSANE. In a bad way. I felt like I was drowning in the fragrance--and I had only one spray on my wrists.
It was so bad that I walked into my house, and my friend sitting in a sofa twenty feet from the door told me I smelled strong. It's that enormous.
I couldn't judge much about the fragrance because it was so strong. I accidentally left the paper in the purse I was using, and when I used it again a week later, it still held its scent. I didn't like it...maybe it's just the memory of it being so strong.

Jan
17
2013
VanillaTabbyCat1963
VanillaTabbyCat1963

Although I am not one for sweet, gormand scents, this scent immediately captivated me entirely, almost causing me to come so close to buying the biggest size and running, to put off buying my beloved Tresor for later.
It has a lovely, soft iris opening which instantly hooked me, moving toward s soft sweet Oriental by the time it makes it throughthe bottom notes.

Jan
17
2013
NG
NG

Every time a open fragrantica and go through it and open Belle page to write down my review...i couldn't....
First, from my opinion its not floral fruity gourmand, might be just floral or floral fruity coz its a combination between sweet, powdery and white flowers in a good way, i got a lot of complains at work...Perfect for age average from 25 to 35

Jan
16
2013
Alexandrarae
Alexandrarae

Finally receiveed my bottle today - what a stunning fragrance this is. The Iris/Orange Blossom combination is a nice change from Rose/Jasmine and the blackberry and pear are luscious. Staying power is simply amazing and the drydown is soft and powdery - the whole composition is beautiful.
Lancombe, please don't discontinue this one - I will be back for more!
Alexandrarae

Jan
15
2013
foxy_princess
foxy_princess

My kinda fragrance. Girly, cuddly and sweet. It's a cake-like smell so it will turn boys heads too ;) I always get compliments wearing this

Jan
15
2013
meduza
meduza

The first time I sprayed this on it smelled bitter to me just like prada candy but prada candy is also kind a dry vine to me...???
Then I gave it another try on Saturday and it smelled at first crispy fresh and then pleasant sweet/warm to me.Note that I like sweet to very sweet perfumes, so if you are more for the floral ones this is probably not for you.Because you don't smell the middle notes to long but the base notes well, which I love!!!! :)
And it doesn't smell like flowerbomb because that one is really a flowerbomb.And Oriens is a cold sweet one also different....

Jan
15
2013
shanghaifleur
shanghaifleur

A salesperson @ Nordstrom suggested I try this, thank God I only sprayed some on paper strip and not on my skin.....Too sweet for my taste !!!!...... I don't smell any flowers in this, only a syrupy/cotton candy/toffee/vanilla nauseating soup....:-/ so disappointed by this one, I like Miracle and was expecting something similar from Lancome LVEB, but I must say it has nothing to rave about. Now i only hope that no one around me will have the brilliant idea to wear this, it's definitly a nausea/headache inducing kind of smell...

Jan
14
2013
wonderstrucksomeday
wonderstrucksomeday

I received a sample in an ULTA catalog. When I smelled it, It didn't smell particularly bad, just something that I could get sick off of if I smelled it for too long.

Jan
14
2013
lovely_nona85
lovely_nona85

i just receved it from.my ♡♡♡ its amazzzing i love it alooooot its mix of sweet & something like wine or beer ...flower bomb is more sweety .. omg im crazy about it

Jan
14
2013
saguna
saguna

My first thoughts without reading reviews : YSL Manifesto. Yes, the same family, honey, vanilla, some pralines, and fruits. But it sets down very differently, at least on my body,
For me it's a good cheerful fragrance that takes me into a shop with candies, vanilla fudges, and some little red fruit gellies. I like it, but I'm not crazy about it, and when I will finish my 1.5 ml sample, I'm not going to buy it. But I would be happy to have it on my shelf.
Still, longevity is amazing + 8 hours on me

Jan
14
2013
xtc_gall
xtc_gall

love it :) sweet and sexy

Jan
11
2013
Vamy69
Vamy69

Nice enough but smells too much like Flowerbomb and Bijan B Exquisite. Not much else I can say....

Jan
10
2013
Tulip Time
Tulip Time

I asked for this for Christmas and my husband did get it for me. I've tried very hard to love it, but I just don't. After it has been on for awhile, I can definitely smell the black current and I don't care for it. For me, this fragrance just doesn't evolve to that lovely flowery smell; I feel it just falls flat.

Jan
09
2013
aqua76239
aqua76239

Initially I smelled it in magazine insert and was like"nice, smells like cotton candy". Around the same time I smelled Flowerbomb and thought both were quite simular. After further sampling, I realized that there definate differences.La Vie Est Belle comes on rather strong with note of orange blossom(which is rather spicy and floral and which I am not a fan of) but it moves through to the bottom notes pretty quicky and I get praline, with tonka bean and just a hint of patchouli. There is minimal touch of blackberries but its really hardly obvious. Together its overwhelmingly smells like cotton candy and vanilla which I like because its rather more sophisticated than your basic cotton candy smell.
Flowerbomb is missing the initial spicy floral note, heavier on patchoili and a bit more powdery.
So far I like La Vie Est Belle better, and lasting power is stellar-you won't knock anyone over with this scent but its definately noticable. I really love this scent and its one of my new favorites

Jan
09
2013
erely
erely

longevity and sillage on max on this one, i really love this but it's more like a mom perfume imo

Jan
09
2013
Tovah
Tovah

I haven't purchased a Lancome fragrance since my binge with Tresor ended in around 1996. This one, I fell hard for. I sampled it, couldn't get it out of my head, and wound up purchasing a big (beautiful) bottle. When sampling in Nordstrom & Sephora I saw some similarities to Flowerbomb others have mentioned, however, when I wear this I don't think of Flowerbomb at all. It has a distinct iris feel in the top-notes and overall it shares a very sweet vanilla-tonka tone with Prada Candy. La Vie Est Belle is much more beautiful though. It's very long lasting and more complex each time I wear it. This a "me" fragrance that I can really live in.

Jan
08
2013
scarlet5
scarlet5

Interesting how many people liken this to Flowerbomb. I love Flowerbomb, but didn't think this was much like it. FB is very sweet, a bit like vanilla popcorn or bubblegum, and the scent really lingers. La Vie is a softer sweetness (on me, at least) and doesn't linger like FB. I like them both, but I personally think they smell markedly different.

Jan
08
2013
butterbean
butterbean

This is a nice perfume. It smells better on skin than it does on paper.

La Vie Est Belle on paper: fruity-sweet..very sweet with patchouli: a sweet fruitchouli! Smells sweeter than Flowerbomb on paper.

La Vie Est Belle on skin: First notes are currant and pear for sure with hints of orange blossom. It has a sweetness and warmth. I can smell the vanilla but its not strong at all, its well balanced. The praline is noticeable but not overkill. I can smell a hint of patchouli. There is something at first that keeps it fresh almost a slight tart note. Prob the pear....I can't detect the jasmine, perhaps its that. As it sits on the skin its warmer and sweeter. The vanilla and praline are more noticeable. Its still more of a fruity sweet with hints of patchouli. On skin it is NOT as sweet as Flowerbomb.

I like it.

Edit: after 5 hours its faded into a very faint fruity scent, the patchouli is almost undetectable. In contrast, Flowerbomb on my other arm...sprayed at same time, has a stronger longevity..its still warm, floral sweet with a faint hint of patchouli.

Jan
07
2013
Habanita
Habanita

Another very strong sweet gourmand. I have to agree with those who say: nauseous.

Jan
06
2013
Sylfaelle
Sylfaelle

I have a coworker who wears that. Awful... Makes me nauseous everytime I get close to her. I only get candy and sugar and toffee and all of that in heavy doses. There are dozens of pleasant sugared fragrances out there, so please, think of your colleagues and stay away from this one

Jan
06
2013
MJ1209
MJ1209

First spritz of this fragrance was all jasmine. 30 minutes later I get the vanilla, candy, powdery sweetness scent that seems all too familiar. I wish it had a bit of something peppery to give it a kick. Nice, but too sweet for me.

Jan
05
2013
whiteshoulders
whiteshoulders

I received the sweetest mini of this as a gift from someone special. I am so surprised by the negative reviews! Wow! I love it. To me it is just a really sophisticated cotton candy. Sweetness meets patchouli....mmmm, just so warm and delicious! And the bottle is gorgeous, a nice plus.

Jan
03
2013
Cairo Rose
Cairo Rose

Super sweet sugar scent with florals, but the dry down is a generic candy like Smarties. Did not last long n my skin...I wish the opening lasted longer.

Dec
31
2013
lassie172
lassie172

nothing special. too sweet too girly

Dec
30
2012
deagemini
deagemini

Just bought this parfume, it is incrediblly elegant, warm, it smells verry good from the first sniff till settles down, not too powerfull, not too subtle, a perfect balanced and beautifull perfume .....
For girls and women who love sweet but not heavy and sikly aroma

Dec
28
2012
100mlEDT
100mlEDT

Lancôme,  La vie est belle 2012 by Oliver Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Phillip. The latest mainstream release representing the gourmand sweet fruitchouli  category. With three noted noses behind its release, 5000 claimed variations  and given a three year probation you would hope 'life is beautiful' with this latest from Lancôme.  Well I can say it is,  grown up and  elegant. Feeling over all polished in it's composition, reflected through the pretty glass bottle design. Heart notes praline and patchouli mix festively with vanilla. This represents all that is wonderfully sweet in life with the almond-like accords in the base pushing it well into a gourmand territory. 

Dec
28
2012
pearllypearl
pearllypearl

this scent is sweet, sweet, and sweet. for me, it is dull. the scent doesn't change much from the top till the base. it kills my sweet tooth.

Dec
27
2012
mar-gosha
mar-gosha

This one is very beautiful if applied in moderation. Sweet, warm, powdery and super feminine. Just the way i like it. Sillage and longevity is superb. Men at my work place always comment on how good I smell :) I think it is appropriate to wear at the office, just remember not to put on too much, otherwise it can easely become overpowering and sickenly sweet. Little goes long way, you know...

Dec
27
2012
jennylovesjohnny
jennylovesjohnny

This is a very sensual and mature sweet fragrance. The smell develops on my skin over the first half an hour and it becomes rich and delectable, but not in the overpowering sense. It is warm like a caramelized sugar lollipop. The staying power is immense, I can smell it on my skin 20 hours after spraying it.

On another note, this scent is the combination of Flowerbomb and Fantasy. I have all three perfumes. I just sprayed Flowerbomb over Fantasy and it smells EXACTLY like La Vie Est Belle on my skin. But I'm not complaining, I love them all!

Dec
27
2012
annettepe
annettepe

this fragrance suddenly got so overly popular that just makes me less attracted to it since i prefer to smell more original and not like every other girl. i think this fragrance is quiet overrated and not that unique. Not something i would expect from Lancome.

this is definitely a very sweet fragrance. Distinctive fruity notes, very soft faint floral notes and strong praline/vanilla. It actually gives me quiet a headache. i also dont find it sophisticated whatsoever. its more of a girly, very youthful, slightly immature scent. also i cant imagine Julia Roberts doing the ad for this!! not overly impressed...

Dec
26
2012
sweetberry25
sweetberry25

this is a very special scent! feminine, sweet, (not sicky) and classy.
These are the words to describe "la vie est belle"
Lancome this time proved that she can produce some good stuff!
recommended for cold winter nights!

NB: LASTS FOREVER!

Dec
24
2012
hollyms
hollyms

Quite possibly the best, most feminine perfume in the world... simply perfect... sweet, sexy, seductive, absolutely delicious. I love this perfume.

Dec
23
2012
liliya17
liliya17

Forgot to mention it does remind a lot Flowerbomb, they have same drydown and very similar star so if you own Flowerbomb you don't really need Belle!

Dec
22
2012
liliya17
liliya17

Absolutely one of Lancome's best! I love it, it totally my scent. This fragrance is very strong make sure you use light hand otherwise can become headache inducing and people with allergy may start sneezing around you. Last all day, on clothing it last until washed, my whole closed smells like it when i only used it on one sweater(wool sweater). I think it is great fall/winter scent because could be too heavy and sweet for hot humid weather like we have here in N.Y.

Dec
22
2012
lafemmealamode
lafemmealamode

Can't understand why there's so much buzz about this scent- nothing unique about it, very sweet, on my skin it smells very much like Prada Candy! I expected something more from Lancome, especially as they worked so long on that perfume... Can't believe they made 5000 versions before releasing it, rather they just mixed Flowerbomb and Candy and tada- La vie est belle is ready! Also, I can hardly imagine Julia Roberts (that is in the middle of her 40s and very sophisticated at that!) would wear such a sticky sweet pefume!

Dec
22
2012
nancyyyy45
nancyyyy45

fantastic smell,so delicate and long lasting
the powdery vanilla smell is my favourite ...it's very sexy

Dec
21
2012
natural
natural

toooooo sweet... it makes me sick... it has nothing to do with the rest of Lancome perfumes... this one smells cheap!

Dec
19
2012
Minze
Minze

Got a sample today while Christmas shopping and I wanted to try it for ages as I only red very overwhelmed reviews on blogs about that. And I am so dissappointed. On me it just smells cheap and nasty. I dont like it at all - it's like a cheap and sweet drugstore scent, kind of those that are sold in a glittery sparkling pink plastic bottle. From all descriptions I read so far I was sure I would absolutely love this and now I am so glad that I did not purchase it blindly. After some hours the remaining scent reminds me of faded Miss Dior Cherie Eau de Parfum.
I can imagine why so much people love this scent but it is absolutely not my cup of tea. On my skin I dont smell any pralines - what's there to smell just bites in my nose.

Dec
19
2012
m4
m4

Yummy opening made from pear and blackcurrant, smells like chewing gum. I can really smell all 3 phases of the scent. 2nd phase smells still like chewing gum and milky iris and hints of patchouli. As I love the opening the drydown isn´t my taste. Very patchouli like and dry bitter pralines. I appreciate very good staying power and very good sillage. I can smell it on a long distance. Big plus is that this scent is quite recognizable in the masses of boring waters. I´m not a lover of patchouli so that´s the problem the scent makes me sick. Can be compared to V&R Flowerbomb but I don´t see so much similarities at least on my skin (have both on my wrists now). I think this is better to try than blind buy. Pretty scent at first but the drydown is unfortunately not for me.. :-)

Dec
19
2012
olitunia
olitunia

I recently got a sample of La vie est belle and I am quite satisfied with it. It lasts a long time, but I guess samples/testers are generally longer lasting. It is sweet and warm, very girly but in a positive way. It is not so overwhelming, although it has very sweet notes to it (e.g. vanilla and patchouli). It is an ultimate sweet fragrance and I completely agree with the manufacturers' description - it resembles natural beauty and it is just very simple. This would make a great Christmas present, I believe, as it suits most of the girls (even if you don't make it your signature fragrance). It reminds me a bit of Flowerbomb, in some way reminds me of the Jimmy Choo perfume, too. Not very original, but a safe choice!

Dec
18
2012
Giselle Viz
Giselle Viz

STAYING POWER
My husband bought me this gem One week ago. He said it smells better and softer than my signature perfume Flowerbomb. All I know is that I love it!

Let me tll you that the lasting power is out of this world! I put it on at 6 a,m. and the following morning at 8 a.m. I was still able to smell it on my wrist. This just tells me the the quality of the oils in this perfume are the top of the line.

Dec
17
2012
irenesa
irenesa

Amazingly sticky sweet on me. Patchouli is very nice but stirilized. This smell like a cottln candy. In words: sweet, dreamy, girly and pink.

Dec
17
2012
pbluberry
pbluberry

Initially this is very sweet at first spritz. I didn't think anything of it except it's too sweet for me and then I walked around and sprayed some other stuff, it got a little confusing. I think I sprayed different ones along my arms and shirt sleeves. I kept comming back to this after the drydown. It left a beautiful florale fruity smell. I love it!! I think this is a FB purchase for me. I will diffinately have to try again before committing.

Dec
15
2012
aqua76239
aqua76239

i first smelled in magazine insert and was like"damn, I love this"-it was vanilla sweet with some cotton candy. I have body spray from BBW called "Sweet on Paris"(limited edition) that I love and it reminded me of that.
I couldn't wait to test in the store-boy, was I dissapointed-it smelled just like Flowerbomb. Not that I have anything against Flowerbomb but I was hoping for something different. Hmm..I will go and test it again just to make sure because it smelled so different in a magazine

Dec
13
2012
The_Entity
The_Entity

When I first spray this, I get strange plasticy odor. Then after while I get overload of blackcurrant which makes me nauseous. However, after the dry down, I get a nice powdery, vanilla scent. Not a fave, but I quite like dry down

Dec
13
2012
melitalee
melitalee

It seems by the notes that this perfume should be a dream for me but this is not the case. The powdery smell was about to choke me. This perfume just doesn't lay on my skin nice. It is just a mess. I cant pick out the notes I love. I really wanted to love this one.

Dec
13
2012
fdmc
fdmc

Like a perfect dream...

Sunday I went to a perfume and put some of this perfume on a paper and it in my coat pocket. On wednesday at night. (3 days later) I went back to wearing the same coat and put perfume as I ofter do, after some time of having left the house was to feel smell of perfume diferent that he had placed. I was very surprise when I discovered that the smell was different from the paper in his pocket. I was impressed because the smell of that sample was the stand out much more than the perfume she wore a few hours before.
Say that this is the best perfume ever.
I LOVE HIM AND WANT TO HAVE IT NOW....

Dec
13
2012
sweetnspicey
sweetnspicey

The word that springs to mind when I smell this is "generic." It's a sweet, vanilla-type of perfume with a hint of some kind of fruit. The only thing I like about it is that it has a softness about it. It's not so blase like Angel and Lolita Lempicka. I think Jessica Simpson perfumes smell better, and that's pretty sad considering a company like Lancome ought to know how to make better perfume by now.

Dec
12
2012
Osrockoo
Osrockoo

something similar to dry cocoa and something sweet and edible id like to own this eventually

Dec
12
2012
gerics81
gerics81

I was curious about the hype and wanted to smell this new fragrance. I stopped at Macy's on my way home and noticed all the sample bottles empty. Hmmm? it's that popular - now I really gotta get my hands on it and try it...I sprayed a small amount on my wrists and rubbed them together. I gave it time to settle and boy was I disappointed. It is too strong - husband and kids kept asking "What's that smell?? Did someone spray Raid??" YUP that's what it smells like to me. Sorry!

Dec
10
2012
deliten
deliten

I really liked this scent at first sniff. Only downside is that it seems to have a hard time settling in to my skin, leaving that "perfumy" scent which i hate. I don't get how you could say that this one isn't offensive, because it is really strong and a tad bit dry. I don't like perfumes that smells to much like strong perfume if that makes sense. .

Definitely a nighttime scent. Wouldn't wear to school or office. If you want a similar scent, but a little bit softer try BBW Sensual Amber, Jimmy choo, or Flowerbomb.

Dec
10
2012
Nekomusume
Nekomusume

Ever since this was released at my work I have been bugged by the sense I've experienced this scent before...

Flowerbomb? Nope.

It is the perfume replica of these sweets I used to love as a little girl. Warm, sugary and sweet without being sickly. It's incredibly feminine and soft yet powerful. Nothing sharp or aggressive about this scent whatsoever. It developed slowly on my skin (which I like. Who wants a completely different scent 1 hour after application?) into a deeper swirl of less pear and more patchouli, with the sweetness still prevailing.

I absolutely adore it and cannot wait to get my hands on a bottle of this for myself!

EDIT: I now a bottle of my own, I love it so much but will cherish it for special occasions.

Dec
10
2012
Lalunia
Lalunia

this is the best perfume ever! and you know what I do not need anything else...

Dec
08
2012
butterflywarrior
butterflywarrior

I was pretty confused after reading all the reviews and not being able to smell this scent for myself. Since there was no tester available, I made the leap of faith for the very first time in purchasing a perfume without trying it first. It was a leap worth taking and I love this perfume. It is a deep scent with many layers and is exceptionally high quality.

I have never smelled a perfume that changed so much over the hours of wearing it (in a good way). It has many different facets between hints of flowers, hints of fruit, hints of pachouli with the base being vanilla, which continues throughout. The sweetness of prailine and tonka bean just assist the vanilla scent but do not overpower the fragrance. Vanilla and Iris are definitely the main contributors to this scent. It is not a sickningly sweet scent- the vanilla that continues throughout is gentle and soft and the other notes balance the sweetness out, making it very well crafted. It is not full of "in your face" sweetness like many other perfumes that I have tried and I do not feel like I'm a walking candy factory, bakery or piece of fruit (as some reviews have suggested). The Iris gives a slightly cool tone which balances the warmth out beautifully. This scent blends with your skin to make it your own and does not sit heavily on the surface. It is not heavy yet it does not fade away easily either, like so many scents now days. The scent stays around and you can smell the multi-dimentional changes over the hours.

I feel like a woman with a beautiful warm sensual scent to complement my radiant smile... and yes this scent does make me smile. I have never had a perfume that actually brought a smile to my face before, but this one does. I feel free happy and beautiful when wearing it... and indeed the saying "Life Is Beautiful" really does describe this fragrance. The bottle too. The bottle itself and the box it comes in are stunning. All of the marketing is completely on track with what is in the bottle. Beautiful overall, truly beautiful.

Some have compared it to many other scents, but it really is different than most on the whole. Vanilla lovers will enjoy this scent. Certain aspects of the fragrance may remind you of other scents, but the scent as a whole is entirely different. Although there is some resemblence to Flowerbomb, I find this one less potent and it has less "in your face sweetness" than Flowebomb. The sweetness to this one is more gentle on the senses and I far prefer this over Flowerbomb. I think the main resemblence is the hint of praline. Although there is some resemblence which is noticable, La Vie Est Belle changes throughout the hours wearing it and is more multi-faceted. Some have said it is a lot like Angel. Yes, Angel lovers will like this one, but it is far more gentle on the senses than Angel as well. This one is not nearly as "in your face." Although I like Angel, it's not one I can wear often because it is so strong and I'm not always in the mood for that. This one is less strong and has less pachouli. It's more delicate and has more warmth to it and blends more with the skin rather than sitting on top of it. I have yet to quite understand the resemblence to Oriens, but maybe on different skin it smells different. Oriens is far more fruity. This one has only hints fruit.

I love perfumes and have tried many different perfumes from many different categories and have found it very hard to settle on a few that I really love. La Vie Est Belle stands out and I can envision this one staying in my perfume wardrobe for a very long time, as long as Lancome keeps making it. Thanks Lancome. La vie est belle!!

Dec
06
2012
exlibris
exlibris

I love this perfume! And my boyfriend love it on my skin...:-)

Dec
06
2012
annettepe
annettepe

this is definitely a very sweet scent. to me it smells like a mixture of vanilla and marshmallow and tonka bean and is so similar to prada candy. im surprised it wasnt on the list of comparable perfumes. i also detect a benzoin in this which prada candy also has. its sweet, girly, warm and pleasant but nothing new in my opinion.

Edit; I sprayed it on my wrist the other day since so many people rave about this lately. and i actually really like it now. the first time i smelled it i only noticed the vanilla and the tonka bean notes but now i also smell the fruity notes in it and the patchouli which gives it some more depth. i am thinking of purchasing it now...

Dec
04
2012
ginepro
ginepro

It's a cute fragrance, nice and joyful yet sofisticated. I really like Lancome perfumes. Though i feel like i've smelt this before which isn't necessary a bad thing - not just very exiting.

Dec
04
2012
tinaelisa
tinaelisa

Starts out like Coco Mademoiselle, dries down like Flowerbomb. Thats all I have to say..

Nov
29
2012
kitten_purry
kitten_purry

Perfumes could be wearing any age who wants to feel alive and happy! Ageless..

I am 22 and this is perfect on my skin, warm, sexy, pretty ! Best for my all time and specially my July birthday :)

Nov
29
2012
Alexandrarae
Alexandrarae

This perfume is an absolute stunner!! Note a lot of reviews say "suitable for young girls" - I am 70 and this will be my new Summer perfume. It is delicious, soft, sweet, beautiful florals, fantastic drydown and it LASTS ALL DAY! Could still smell it on my blouse the next morning.

Nov
28
2012
Alexandrarae
Alexandrarae

This perfume is an absolute stunner!! Note a lot of reviews say "suitable for young girls" - I am 70 and this will be my new Summer perfume. It is delicious, soft, sweet, beautiful florals, fantastic drydown and it LASTS ALL DAY! Could still smell it on my blouse the next morning.

Nov
28
2012
Alexandrarae
Alexandrarae

This perfume is an absolute stunner!! Note a lot of reviews say "suitable for young girls" - I am 70 and this will be my new Summer perfume. It is delicious, soft, sweet, beautiful florals, fantastic drydown and it LASTS ALL DAY! Could still smell it on my blouse the next morning.

Nov
28
2012
Alexandrarae
Alexandrarae

This perfume is an absolute stunner!! Note a lot of reviews say "suitable for young girls" - I am 70 and this will be my new Summer perfume. It is delicious, soft, sweet, beautiful florals, fantastic drydown and it LASTS ALL DAY! Could still smell it on my blouse the next morning.

Nov
28
2012
ColubineCola
ColubineCola

It's a rich scent but kind of common. After the fruity top notes wear down, there is a lasting Tonka bean and Vanilla smoothness.
For some reason, I get the idea of a raspberry chocolate after inhaling it, even though It doesn't even have those notes.
It's a bit sickly sweet. Not my kind of perfume.

Nov
28
2012
arrode
arrode

Smells good, long-lasting. It's very strong and smells very sweet. I smelled it once and had to get it! I haven't actually smelled Flowerbomb to compare, but it's very sweet, but has a twinge of something earthy, which I imagine is the Patchouli, though I don't have any other perfumes with this note to compare! I really enjoy wearing this and it smells very lady-like. For a lighter version of this fragrance, check out Paco Rabanne's Black XS for Women, which smells similar, but lighter to my nose.

Nov
25
2012
saguna
saguna

I have not tried it yet, but when I see that it's simmilar to Oriens Van Cleef and Arpels, and to Flowerbomb - really? how? Oriens and Flowerbomb are completely different perfumes and as I love Oriens, I dislike Flowerbomb, Loverdose and any other overloaded with sugar scents.
The bottle and colour itself doesn't suit to sugary type fume - but I want to try it. If it's next flowerbomb, I will be very disappointed.

Nov
25
2012
efmac
efmac

This fragrance is simply amazing, to me this is sensory perfection! I usually purchase 30ml bottles, but with this, I had to get the 75ml! LOVE it!!!

Nov
24
2012
tara.duncan
tara.duncan

Love it, smells just like flowerbomb.

Nov
24
2012
HANDAN86
HANDAN86

smelled this today at sephora and 1st sniff i was completely blown away. this smells divine. it was soooo yummy and happy smelling. i believe this is what heaven smells like. sooooo joyous!!!!!

Nov
23
2012
sauko
sauko

Sweet bomb! Very vulgar...this perfume smell like a Playboy for woman or can can

Nov
23
2012
Soutty123
Soutty123

Finally a perfume that has sillage and longevity on my fragrance eating skin! I love it, my husband loves it, I get loads of compliments from other women on it, what's not to like?

Nov
23
2012
nimiel22
nimiel22

My husband got this for my birthday because he thought it smelled "incredible." I'd have to agree with him. It's creamy sweet...bordering on saccharine, but it mellows out and I can't stop smelling myself. Though I wouldn't pick it out for myself, I think I will keep buying it because it's the first perfume my husband actually loves, and I am constantly bombarding his poor nose with many.

Nov
22
2012
Ninja_Cath
Ninja_Cath

This perfume is almost an exact copy of Loverdose from Diesel. The same sweetnest with a floral twist. Honestly, I'm glad about that, because I had Loversose before and was sad when I finished it.

Nov
22
2012
sweetiepea161616
sweetiepea161616

This perfume is fantastic. But hmmm, haven’t I smelled it before?? Oh yeah, Flowerbomb! Seriously, this smells A LOT like Flowerbomb. Funny how this frag is categorized as a floral fruity gourmand and Flowerbomb is categorized as an oriental floral. They are soooo similar!

Okay, so what’s different about them? Well I find La Vie Est Belle to be slightly more fruity upfront, and a bit richer. Also, the sillage/projection/lasting power is superior (almost too strong, if you ask me!). On the drydown, La Vie Est Belle has a nice soft, rich vanilla that is clearly absent with Flowerbomb.

So basically, La Vie is the full fat, gourmand, rich version, and Flowerbomb is the light, tea-laden, laylike, fat-free version. Both are absolutely amazing in my opinion, but as for the question of owning both? That’s a toss up. I have already owned Flowerbomb for many years and although I used to wear it to death, I don’t wear it as much anymore and so I think I would indeed consider buying La Vie Est Belle. I LOVE the vanilla in it. Just delicious.

Nov
22
2012
swtcandy
swtcandy

I've never tried Flowerbomb on my skin before, so I cannot compare. The opening does smell similar to Flowerbomb, but I find the pear note odd in LVEB. 20 minutes later, it dries down to straight up syrup on my skin. The extreme sweetness reminds me of Vera Wang Princess. Let me just add the scent is a warm delicious sweetness (like a hot pancake with maple syrup) whereas Princess is cloying and gives me a headache. My only gripe is that this perfume is linear and not very unique. However, it's a very strong perfume-- I used a teeny tiny spray from a sample and I think I might have used too much.

Nov
21
2012
Nina Ghellere
Nina Ghellere

It smells nice! Specially in its middle notes, but this perfume is VERY VERY STRONG. Better to use alone in a desert island, maybe in the north pole. It is absolutely impolite to use it in restaurants, concerts, office, or any other public place. Using this strong perfume is about lack of respect for the other human beings in the room. Really, if you consider yourself a polite person, do not use it.

Nov
20
2012
Kate33
Kate33

The smell wonderful! This month is my number one, a very nice change from the Hypnotic Poison, which is always used. Very long-lasting, many days clothes and a coat stand still clogged, everything smelled them all the time.
At the time of autumn and winter would highly recommend. caramels, vanilla and even a note of elegant long holding scent.

Nov
20
2012
guest_
guest_

This is basically a mature sweet floral scent!
That is the reason why Julia Roberts is the face for the campaigne. Its intended for a mature ladies group.

Nov
19
2012
Lexy656612
Lexy656612

Squirted this onto my sleeve whilst shopping.... THREE DAYS later I can still smell it, VERY long lasting and absolutely moreish !! I neeeeeeeeed this in my life =/

Nov
19
2012
VqueenLeigh
VqueenLeigh

Okay strong for my personal liking. its kinda like Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb if you want a change from your favourite flowerbomb you found your next best fragrance. First up I smell jasmine sambac and orange bloosum . Its a extremly ladylike, warm, muture lancome smell. Its the only way to put it.

Nov
18
2012
tookiesmom
tookiesmom

Captivating. I gave this a spray on the wrist while I shopped and couldn't stop smelling it. I noticed later in the day I could still smell it. I have a lot of perfume, I didn't need anymore but I couldn't stop thinking about this one. Everytime I went into a store that carried Lancome, I had to give a spray. I finally broke down and bought some and I'm not sorry. I'm not good at identifying individual components of perfumes, my reactions are purely emotional. I do in general like scents that lean toward the sweet side.

Nov
17
2012
mara_g
mara_g

I have a sample of this. Today I try it for the first time on my skin. I liked how it smelled on the blotter. I will update this today.

So..upon initial spray it's disgusting. Yep that's the word . It made me gag, first time ever for me when smelling a perfume. I try to keep my arm as far as possible from my nose and wait for the development of the fragrance. Maybe it gets better latter. At this stage however...it's horrifying for me. Black currant+ pear +iris don't get along well.

25 minutes after the initial spray:
Well, this is getting better, now that the weird combination from the beginning faded away. From a distance it smells quite inviting. Still not 100% comfortable smelling it up close . It's sweet vanilla patchouli. It does remind of Flower Bomb, but is not nearly as smooth and refined (in the way a very sweet vanilla perfume can be refined...). No caramel yet for me. One thing...this is very strong , just one spray out of a sample is basically filling the space around me.

3 hours after initial spray:
At this stage the perfume is totally different from the nasty thing in the beginning. Now it's a delightful praline-vanilla-patchouli which is just perfect in the current weather conditions (5 degrees celsius , foggy) and very holiday like. Sillage is still enormous .

So, all in all , a good fragrance (especially if you can get over the nasty combination of top notes), but nothing groundbreaking. There are better options in the same family.

Nov
16
2012
ailishlu
ailishlu

I'm wearing this for the second time and I must admit that the first time I wore it, it didn't do too much for me. However this time it's different. Maybe the weather needed to be colder. The first spray is a very strong burst of fruits. Yes, it is strong, but this doesn't last long and then we get the heart which is fruity flowery too me. It's simply lovely and lasts for a long time. I'm not sure but I think I'm into the drydown and I smell Tonka bean and vanilla, but not an awful lot of patchouli. It's really quite pleasant though and stays on the skin. I didn't get any compliments, so I'm not sure about projection. All in all it's quite a nice scent but nothing really stunning. I dont think I would buy a full bottle, so I'll finish my sample and just enjoy that. It can at times get a bit cloying, but I haven't felt any nausea yet.

Nov
14
2012
foxy_princess
foxy_princess

This smells like Angel Violet!!! Almost identical!

Nov
13
2012
nannaje
nannaje

I am not a fan of the berry/pear top note - it does not fit the concoction IMO. I like the sweetness otherwise, and it lasts long without being too overpowering. Not especially classy or elegant, but warm and wintery. Like.

Nov
12
2012
Lexy656612
Lexy656612

A customer walked into the shop today after just trying this perfume in the previous shop, and like the creepy sales assistant i am i had to ask her what perfume she had on... (you smell nice =D) awkwardddd hahaha anyway this perfume is stunning, very head turning and it is deffo on my xmas list !!

Nov
11
2012
nattonline
nattonline

Extremely rich, by my standard, and sweet sugary pretty floral. As if Willy Wonka had teamed up with Lancôme to create this. Fruits are heavy. Having patchouli doesn't help at all either. Not for the mass. The bottle is gorgeous however but a bit unnecessary to make it this heavy. I like it but not for me.

Note: If life were so (unrealistically) sweet like this, I guess I'd be smiling like Julia too. Perfect smile to represent "La Vie Est Belle" :)

Nov
10
2012
mir
mir

I thik it´s extremely sweet, is not for me

Nov
09
2012
mich19
mich19

A very pretty, feminine scent & I loved it instantly. It is very strong, so only a few sprays lasted all day on me. I had a tester of this and prada candy - I couldn't decide which to get as I loved them both (for different reasons) however, my husband liked candy much better on me, so that's what I bought today! Will definitely be putting this on my Xmas list though : )

Nov
09
2012
sallyjwong
sallyjwong

Some perfumes that smell great during cold weather do not smell good in hot weather. La Vie Est Belle is a cold weather fragrance that smells better in cold weather. I sampled this during hot weather and disliked it. Somehow hot weather makes it smell syrupy sick. Recently, I sampled it again because of all the reviews stating that it smells like Flowerbomb, which is one of my favorites. The drydown smells very similar to Flowerbomb, however, La Vie Est Belle is more powdery and not as rich as Flowerbomb.

EDIT: This is a very "temperamental" perfume. Some days it smells good on me, other days it smells off key. The sales lady at Nordstrom told me that what I eat, etc., could influence my fragrance. I know for sure that body temperature affects this perfume.

Nov
03
2012
fawnmarie
fawnmarie

Does this remind anyone else of Fancy by Jessica Simpson? A lovely scent, for sure, but I wear Fancy and this seems eerily similar! The almond and praline also are reminiscent of Hanae Morai. Pretty and feminine, yes, but unoriginal.

Nov
03
2012
angel6
angel6

Try it today, and smell like lots of other sweet perfumes ,remind me of Flowerbomb and I use to own a bottle and gave it to my younger sister. It's ok but I don't need a bottle.

Nov
02
2012
Nefelisparkles
Nefelisparkles

This is overly sweet. Just too much of everything! Too much vanilla, too much praline, too much blackcurrant. It's sweet in a cotton candy way. Not for me, but for the super sweet fragrance lovers, give it a try, it may suit you.
Edit: I tested again and it has changed on me.. The opening is pure mango! And then it reminds me of old classic women's eau de toilette fruity and flowery. Old fashioned..

Nov
02
2012
n.hidayah
n.hidayah

This is too sweet but nice. It has EXTREME lasting power and sillage. But the bottle looks irritating to my eyes

Edit :
The drydown is a bit masculine on my skin

Nov
02
2012
Cmanier
Cmanier

Sprayed the sample on my wrist. Left the store. Today Over 5 people stopped me and asked me what I was wearing! They said it smelled so good! To me it smells similar to Fan di Fendi. On my skin! I'm sure it's different on everyone. May buy a small size for now. It is sweet but pleasant! Nice for fall! I like prada candy though too not sure which one I would pick for a fall sweet fragrance if I had to choose between the two!!

Oct
26
2012
beesha
beesha

it is very good perfume ( smells almost like loverdose, but less intoxicating), smells of warm raspberry (raspberry not in the notes, but all composition reminds me raspberry very much) . I love this sort of perfumes, sweet, cosy and rich, very nice for winter. But i think that bottle design does not suit the smell, because it makes you think you will get something light and summery but smell is quite sweet and heavy (!!i like it though!!), smell for the winter, so bottle i think looks a bit boring , it should of been more passion in the bottle as well as Julia Roberts which i like as an actress does not suit the image of this perfume. Because image that u get from the advert is something innocent and sterile, the smell is sweet and a sexy. It should of been red/violet/seductive image for this perfume.

Oct
26
2012
Lalunia
Lalunia

The best ever!!!!!!!!!! better then flowerbomb, wow!
have both the 75 ml on the aiport yesterday and I am so so happy! feel beautiful and mega sexy! hope people don't like it because want smell the best, love it!

Oct
26
2012
Adela7
Adela7

unsophisticated strong vanilla fragrance. so sweet...i can almost feel gaining weight just by sniffing it. i was looking for the iris note but goes unnoticeable. it closely resembles a vanilla-peach Avon bubble bath i had.

Oct
26
2012
persefoni
persefoni

one more perfume from this house that is sickly sweet and unoriginal.... heavy, cloying, you name it... saddening..

Oct
25
2012
Malibu
Malibu

The pear is the strongest fruit note on me - well, I say strongest, but it is still pretty soft and doesn't leave me with a lasting impression. There is soft vanilla present through all of the fragrance too, with adds a creamy sweetness and warmth to the fragrance. The patchouli is also quick to develop, so whilst everything is sweet, it's not cloyingly so.

The floral notes used are powdery and just provide a background for the iris. It's quite startling how, after around two hours, the fragrance suddenly changes from a soft gourmand to present the wearer with a rich iris note. I don't have much experience with iris in perfumes, so LA VIE EST BELLE is unique to me.

After another few hours the fragrance turns slightly nutty and even creamier as the rest of the base notes develop. Whilst the iris note dies down, the combined powderiness of the floral notes remain and softly fade away with the base notes after around nine hours on my skin.



LA VIE EST BELLE is in a higher price bracket, but the superb longevity and the fact that the perfume is very easy to wear justify the price tag. I'll apply it in the morning and it'll last all day.

LA VIE EST BELLE reminds me vaguely of Flowerbomb, so if you like that fragrance then you'll love this.

Oct
25
2012
busik
busik

Mamma mia, to roll? Such a beautiful bottle, and such content is terrible. Flowerbomb and Loverdose in one, on the wrist generally issued Escada Magnetism, and cost so blow up on a new plagiarism? This is not "life is beautiful" - a life in depression, jam sweets. For high school students! So it turns out in a children's song, "My Lancome like a bulldog and a little on the dog ..."

Oct
24
2012
onebadbaby
onebadbaby

When I tried this on the tester strip it was the fruityness and orange that were the dominant notes. However, on the skin, it is is the caramel and vanilla in the dry down that are the most memorable notes. It reminds me of several other fragrances, initailly Ccoc Mademoiselle, then Jimmy Choo, Flowerbomb, and Oriens. It is long lasting, sweet, edible and warm, a great autumn day scent, but not especially special.

Oct
24
2012
Tsukinohime
Tsukinohime

If joyful innocence has a scent, it is definitely LVEB by Lancome!

This is a lovely take on the ever popular fruity floral olfactory group. I'm not an expert at telling the notes apart, but from the moment I tried it on, it is quite literally a feast on my olfactory senses. Never before had I tried something that evolves so much on my skin! Not just that, it become more and more beautiful with each passing moment! At first the floral notes domintes, but it eventually settles to a delicious scent which smells like hazelnut chocolate truffle to me. The moment in between is the most beautiful. It makes it unique in way that the scent become neither sickly sweet like some popular celebrity perfumes, or overbearingly complex and bizzare like some classics such as Chanel no 5 or Lancome's own Tresor. I believe this balanced structure is what is missing in most modern fragrances these days. It gives the fragrance a sense of youthful exuberance with a touch of understated maturity.

Uniqueness is certainly not this fragrance's forte, but I'm not holding it against it. I'm taking a live and let live stance as far as this is concerned and enjoyed this for what it is: a well made fragrance that is easy to wear at any time and place. Another plus is the bottle which is simplistic and elegant. I just love the organza ribbon tied on the neck of the bottle! I can already tell that this is going to be an old favorite of mine. Congrats Lancome for coming out with this! My life is definitely more beautiful with this delightful fragrance!

edit: Been using this for a week and hardly a day goes by without somebody asking me what I'm wearing! 4 or 5 people per day as a matter of fact! No, I'm not exaggerating. This one is a sure complement getter! It lasts forever and ever too! I sprayed it in the morning and I could still get whifs of it late in the afternoon. When I wear it on my clothes sometimes it fills up my closet long after I took my clothes off and hang it on the rack! Amazing, simply amazing and worth all the money I spent on it! I got more than a dozen fragrances in my dresser and usually I would wear a different one each day, but since I got LVEB I can't help reaching out for it every time before I stepped out of my house! It's such a joy to wear! I will definitely get myself the biggest bottle once mine runs out!

Oct
23
2012
kashmir
kashmir

Yummy candy floss! Would be perfect for the winter. Can't wait!

Oct
23
2012
linzilou92
linzilou92

Very Sweet. I tried this in store last week. I really liked the top notes but the base was way too sweet for me.

EDIT: Ahhh Praline. My worst enemy. I absolutely love this perfume on others and on paper but when its been on my skin for more than twenty minutes it turns into a praline monster. Now I know why I thought it was too sweet for me. Sad really because I think it's gorgeous on everyone else!

Oct
22
2012
Jess1fireflight
Jess1fireflight

I invested in the biggest bottle the perfume counter had of this and I love it. The first time I wore it out I sprayed the way I usually do which are four sprays, (each side of the neck and each wrist) but it became too overwhelmingly strong. So now I just spray one wrist, pat that liquid on to the other, and then pat both wrists on to each side of the neck. Did that today at 9am. Its 5:30p.m. and the scent is still there, and my boyfriend said it smelled sweet so, thats good :)

Putting on just one spray each time Im gonna use this will definetly make my bottle last forever, and the money well spent.

Oct
22
2012
Soutty123
Soutty123

Only got a sample of this but getting many compliments. It lasts on my skin and has good sillage which is a big bonus. Will invest in a full size bottle

Oct
22
2012
markkkkkkkk4444
markkkkkkkk4444

am a man n am in love with this perfume!
this is what every lady should smell like :)

Oct
18
2012
anamalia
anamalia

i love love love la vie est belle. I think it definitely is a youthful fragrance, however because of the powderyness that lingers beneath its sweet gourmand top notes it could even be worn by more mature women. It really does smell lovely.

Oct
18
2012
irisjetaime
irisjetaime

Un sosie mal fait de flowerbomb.
Très sucré sur ma peau.
Pas fait pour moi....

Oct
15
2012
denncita
denncita

I smelled this today at the mall and me being a Chanel fragrance fanatic... I immediately saw the resemblance between La Vie est belle and Coco Mademoiselle. Although it has that sophistication and sillage that most Chanel perfumes do, this one seemed to have a je ne se quoi about it, I would say it's more subtle like most Lancome pefumes. Nonetheless, it's a beautiful fragrance, very sweet, soft and powdery towards the end.

Oct
14
2012
canadianpetite
canadianpetite

Very sweet as in dessert-sweet but woody. Must be the praline. It is what sweetens the jasmine. The praline also brings with it some vanilla. I agree that this is a floral-fruity gourmand. It is not what I would call fresh (as in green). It is heavy and thick but sweet, not smoky. This smells like a grown-up version of so many $20 celebrity frags. This is nice and wouldn't turn down as a gift but not on my to-buy list.

Update: Have retested this several times since my orig review. Have since changed my Rating from 3 to 2. This fume seems more suited to those in their twenties.

Sillage: 1-2 feet
Longevity: more than 6 hours
Rating: 2/5

Oct
13
2012
BettyNoir
BettyNoir

Tried this recently and was underwhelmed. It's another generic fruity floral that smells like so many others today. Nothing new, big launch, big publicity and meh...smells like a hundred other fruity foody florals.

I long for the day when a mainstream perfume is launched and it actually makes me sit up and say "hey, this is different!" I guess I'm still waiting.

Edit- I tries this again more recently- it dawned on me what it was- blackcurrant and caramel. Too foodie for my taste!

Oct
13
2012
nush imogen
nush imogen

Definitely didnt expect anything like this, in a good way - it made me smile when i first tried it on :) Lovely sweet vanilla, day fragrance, perfect for winter. I will for sure buy a bottle of this one! :)

Oct
13
2012
SAKE
SAKE

Big surprise from Lancome - ce n'est pas le style du Lancome.
Premiere fois - tres-tres sucree, mais pas comme une gateau.
Deuxieme fois - un patchouli doux...
Enfin - la fragrance reste assez forte mais semble comme une mer du passion en hiver devant le feu. Incredible !
La fragrance = 4,4/5
La presentation = 4,8/5 (tres racee, tres chic, tres parisienne)

Oct
11
2012
jenefer123
jenefer123

When I first tried this, I liked it - it is very similar to Flowerbomb which I love. But after it's dried, it smells like Eden, by Cacharel which I find horribly cloying.

On the up side - it lasts very well, because I can't seem to wash it off! Not bad, but not great!

Oct
11
2012
Fleurdamane
Fleurdamane

I gave it a try today and not surprisingly, a great fit for today's mass consumption, will surely convince a young crowd.Why is it so hard to create a perfume that would have a true own signature , something that would leave a real print in the perfume world like so many classics we use to get before and not another cheap sugary smell? Profit and more profit because taking any risk in regards to composing something more breakthrough will endanger the figures planned for gain and Mrs Roberts was surely not cheap to afford.Nothing against her as she is truly beautiful but please just a simple model with no photoshopping and an interesting smell......

Oct
10
2012
akats
akats

So cloying, so sweet. Nothing special really.

Oct
09
2012
merlin
merlin

It couldn't be more original an unique .... !!!

Well yes....unique as Flowerbomb !!!!!!!!!!!!!

ridiculous !!!


pass

Oct
08
2012
laurie.ackels
laurie.ackels

One of my coworkers wore this in the office and everyone kept wondering where the cotton candy was? They were going nuts trying to figure out where the smell was coming from. Poor girl put her jacket on to mask the scent she was so embarrassed.

I thought it smelled yummy - reminds you of flower bomb, but not the same. But it was putting out HUGE cotton candy effect....maybe it was the pralines sugar smell doing that.....

I don't think the other folks hated the smell - it was just making them crazy trying to figure it out - and they were getting hungry too!

Oct
08
2012
outofocus
outofocus

I had not read about this one perfume, so I had no prejudice at all when I tried it... and yes, FB came straight to my senses, although maybe it is a little more mature than FB.
As to why would Lancome copy a famous perfume (that is in the market for many years now), well for the same reason Hollywood brings about sequel after sequel after prequel: it's a safe bet.
I like much better FB but I must say, I would not wear FB at the office, but yes, I would wear this one.

Oct
08
2012
pynkgirl
pynkgirl

All love for this!

Oct
07
2012
c3c
c3c

My first thought after spraying this on = Flowerbomb & Coco Mademoiselle got together, had a baby. Ok so as with some kids one parent has more swing in the genetic pool here (can you guess?). But it has both parents in there. There is also something giving it a slight musky vibe which thankfully is just barely there.

The praline holds its own and gives it a nice twist. I am a fan of sweet things so this is not too much for me. In fact it isn't nearly as sweet as I thought it may be based on reviews. I only used one spray and it's a good amount. It smells really good, lasting power is good but it definitely softens as time goes on. It is a FAR better deal than Flowerbomb which simply fades away, and for me even though I like FB, much more wearable thanks to the CM vibe.

Oct
05
2012
justina84
justina84

Wow, not quite sure what to make of this one! On a paper strip it was fruity/flowery sweet praline. Sprayed it on my wrist - and it quickly dried down to something very familiar... Now I'm not an expert when it comes to different notes, especially regarding flowers - but this fragrance to me is like a mix between Chanel Allure edp and E.Arden Sunflowers. I am guessing it must be the jasmine and orange blossoms as all of them have this in common - I must be especially sensitive to it, haha. The drydown feels flowery with a light citrus touch, and a sweet vanilla base. A few hours later it has softened a lot - and I am now quite taken with the warm patchouli/vanilla/tonka bean base, although I do still detect some jasmine, but it's very soft and not overpowering, like before.
All in all - an interesting perfume, however, not unique.

Oct
03
2012
Takhaet
Takhaet

This is my second review and this time its based on my own bottle.
I got it as a gift from my friend from Paris. Still havent changed my mind about it- its still sweet and sugary and very similar to Can Can and Flowerbomb but I like wearing it. It has that blackcurrant note and pear that I cant find in Flowerbomb and it lasts longer on me that FB.
It is very similar at the opening but the drydown is different- I like LVEB better at the drydown is sweet caramel with iris and pear on my skin. Very nice winter perfume. I know there are lots of similarities to Flowerbomb but to me there are few notes that are different and the price- much cheaper from FB where I live so I found my substitute.

Overall even though LVEB is nothing we haven't smelled before and maybe nothing too original- I still like it and I feel nice and cozy wearing it .

Oct
03
2012
daisymargueritte
daisymargueritte

This seems to be very successful according to the enthusiastic reviews, so I'm going against the currant here. I find La vie est belle cloying and disturbing to the point to be nausea-inducing. As for the similarities with Flowerbomb (which I don't mind) and with Oriens (which I love), a part from the fact that all three are gourmand fragrances, they are not similar and LVEB does not hold a candle to either of them.

Oct
03
2012
Dinkum
Dinkum

Much too sweet, cloying. Nothing unique about it. Smells like any other juice out there...

Oct
03
2012
sabrina6677
sabrina6677

loves it!

Oct
03
2012
smellhunt
smellhunt

I was curious about this one, because Lancome usually surprises me very pleasantly, with uncommon scents.
Not this time.
The name: "La Vie Est Belle" made me think of "Dolce Vita" by Christian Dior.
The scent reminded me of "Flowerbomb" by Victor & Rolf.
Despite that, as the name hints, it is the kind of perfume that evokes happy feelings. Sweet and fruity, too loud, it's quite perfect for a partying night and it's going to last for the whole after party day too!

"Dolce Vita" and "La Vie Est Belle" are both movie titles:
one Italian by Federico Fellini, the other French by Roger Pierre.
There is an other film, one of my favorites, titled "La vita è bella" by Roberto Benigni, Italian. All have almost, the same meaning.

Oct
02
2012
fulya.yahya.9
fulya.yahya.9

here we go! dominique ropion signature! woody-patchouli with sweet red fruity notes. the structure of flowerbomb and euphoria. not as sweet fruity as flowerbomb, not as ambery woody as euphoria. well still recognasible characters of both. it seems they are both doing well in the market:)

Oct
01
2012
cinnamonswirl
cinnamonswirl

Sweet and cloying, like an inferior Flowerbomb. I could imagine teenage girls liking this, which is a bit at odds with the adverts starring Julia Roberts. This is not a chic perfume for a grown woman, it smells far too much like candy. Oh, and it lasts forever and has blaring sillage so if you do wear it, a light touch is advised.

Sep
30
2012
tinaelisa
tinaelisa

I like the smell of this one, but I do not understand why a respected perfume house would copy (almost) exactly the smell off Flowerbomb (which I own and love).. It really is a rip off. I didn't expected that from Lancome.. It's not a classy move at all..

Sep
30
2012
dina
dina

I was so eager to test this one especially that for every day during maybe he last couple of weeks, each time I log in to Fragrantica, which I do many times a day, I would find one or two reviews for La vie est belle on the right side section of the page....

Once I finally did, I found La vie est belle a very ordinary patchouli sweet fragrance, nothing really special; a fuss about nothing....

However, I must say that it has a good sillage and longevity but dries down to a bit masculine scent.

Sep
30
2012
ralucucky
ralucucky

Very similar to Flowerbomb. Sweet, long lasting, gourmand. It's a nice scent, but nothing revolutionary.

Sep
29
2012
noninoni
noninoni

Heavenly caramel sweetness that I could not resist. I got the big bottle and am sooooo enjoying it..

Sep
28
2012
janine76
janine76

Very nice, sweet fragrance, reminds me of my favourites-Flowerbomb & D&G No 10

Sep
26
2012
kikinha
kikinha

Flower Bomb or Meow by Katy Perry? Hummm...something in between!

Sep
25
2012
sugahuni
sugahuni

Smells lovely just like Rihanna 'Rebe'l Fleur' perfume.Long lasting and delightful.

Sep
25
2012
sparris
sparris

This was just a sweet, sticky mess with no discernible over- or undertones on my skin. Did detect some flowers right at the beginning but no, this was not for me. Way too much vanilla.


edit: also, there's something that reminds me of fruit-scented kiddy eraser..

Sep
25
2012
noninoni
noninoni

I'm on the fence between liking and disliking this.. Not sure yet though I've sampled it twice during the past month. From one end, I like the sweetness but there is somehow a synthetic note that keeps coming up - could it be the iris? Besides, the dry down is so similar to Fancy by Jessica Simpson so I figure why pay the premium price for LVEB anyway? Still unsure..

Sep
25
2012
salix
salix

I love it!
It's so sweet,but not too sugary,powdery-wonderful iris,patchouli,woody and pralinenotes.
Deep,warm,feminine and optimistic!And so longlasting.Perfectly for cold,dark days.
La Vie est belle-really do,when I put this on my hair:)

Sep
25
2012
RoRoSe
RoRoSe

Hi Finally I got this !

Sparkling, young, sweet and ELEGANT ..

It opens with orange blossoms, sour black current and patchouli then you are directly face to face with the dry down of sweet pears and pralines.

It smells nicer and last longer on clothes than the skin !
lasting power & sillage are so pleasant ..

Note: Mix it with Coco Mademoiselle .. It will smell amazing ..

Sep
24
2012
ulvhund
ulvhund

My gf bought this one and loves it. I't smells a bit flower-like, but I can't find almost any of the other notes besides but the STRONG burned sugar smell. I have smelled a lot of fragnances, but this one stands really out in a really negative way.

It's very very special.

Sep
24
2012
sebnemlevent
sebnemlevent

I tried the sample and i was disappointed.First it captured me with the iris and pautchoulie but later on just to strong on my skin'it gave me a slide headache.

Sep
24
2012
Heather-1984
Heather-1984

Got a free sample of this when I bought another perfume and was so pleased cos I've been wanting to try it. This opens with a fresh fruity blackcurrant note which is lovely. Then I get really strong patchouli. When that starts to fade a little I get the sweet juicy pear, iris, orange blossom and jasmine notes, making it smell like an average floral-fruity concoction. Gradually, the vanilla and tonka start to come through, finally settling on the most gorgeous praline note I have EVER smelled.

I love the fact that I can identify every note in this perfume (a first me!) and being a lover of sweet gourmand perfumes I really wanted to make this my new signature scent, but there's something just not quite right about it. It smells just a little bit too "mature" on me, not like old lady perfume or anything; it's just not right on me. I think it's the patchouli, which always seems to smell weird on my skin.

So disappointed cos I LOVE that praline note. Will keep trying my little sample bottle and maybe it'll grow on me (here's hoping!)

Update - Kept trying this over the last week and it really has grown on me. I love the way it develops over the day. Lasting power is incredible, over 12 hours; and sillage is fantastic. Wore it to work and everyone could smell it when I walked past, got loads of compliments. So glad I stuck with this, ordered a full size bottle last night :-)

Sep
23
2012
LisaLovesPerfume
LisaLovesPerfume

I find this perfume to be beautiful. It is delicate but the projection is suprising for a soft fragrance. When I think of soft willowy pink fragrances, this immediately comes to mind. A very feminine fragrance without being typical. Lancome produces such quality products. I have read reviews that were not as complimentary, but as with all people beauty is always a matter of perspective and taste. Luckily, there are many choices in the fragrance market, so that if this is not your cuppa, there are numerous options befitting your particular olafactory preference. Although if you like a delicate, soft, feminine fragrance that does not fade away within the hour, please at least test this one. I hope that it will be a happy surprise.

Sep
22
2012
FreyaMarie
FreyaMarie

This one is just so bland. Your typical cheap-smelling blend of burnt sugar and floral notes, sickly sweet and boring. The flowers are mainly what ruins it for me - it's as if they conflict with the sugary notes.

People are comparing this to Flowerbomb, but I don't see it - with its smokey tea notes, Flowerbomb is ten times more complex and intriguing than this. I'll even take Prada Candy over La Vie est Belle; at least Prada Candy isn't trying to be anything other than sweet and candylike. I expected more from Lancome.

Sep
22
2012
Cynicalwish
Cynicalwish

it would have been much nicer if all the notes weren't completely drowned in a bucket of patchouli.
it's strong and lasts a long time, a bomb in a delicate and pretty bottle that could have suggested a pretty pink scent...

Sep
22
2012
Cheryl5406
Cheryl5406

I tested this while out shopping because I really loved the notes listed here. I'm shocked to say I hated it. I expected a sweet gouramand type of scent but to me it smelled like old lady cheap toilette water (literaly)!

Sep
21
2012
kicsibubu
kicsibubu

I don't like this one...it is way too sweet for my taste

Sep
21
2012
Smyle12
Smyle12

Got a sample of this for my mother at Sephora today, but I must admit this little carmel delight smelled pretty heavenly to me as well, and (as a straight man) am pretty sure I could pull this one off myself as it doesn't neccesarily smell "feminine" or "floral" in any traditional sense, just heavenly... and delicious!

Sep
19
2012
riri92000
riri92000

I was about to buy the Prada Candy until I smelled this and instantly changed my mind. This is like an amped up Prada Candy. Candy on steroids, or a sugar high if you will. ;)

This is exactly what I was expecting from Candy and everything it's not. It's sweet, fudgey, praline, sugary (dare I say buttery caramel) and very STRONG. I might have a bad nose or my body chemistry might be off but the florals weren't very noticable to me. It wasn't until reading the notes that I paid attention and still they were very faint. This is more of a pure sugar/candy scent to me with the exception for the drydown which transforms to a sweet powder with hints of vanilla.

This lasts for hours and one small spritz on clothes or paper can last for days. In other words it's the ultimate gourmand, if you like it that is, otherwise I imagine the incredible potency of this perfume would prove to be a nightmare.

Sep
19
2012
daisy25
daisy25

I tested this frangrance yesterday and i loved it!it is so sweet and so elegant!it lasted all day on me!i have to admit that it reminds me of "flowerbomb" by victor & rolf but i prefair this one!

Sep
19
2012
Rozy89
Rozy89

I received this as a gift yesterday and I like it alot, It gives the feeling of a strong independent but still sweet and feminine mature woman.

Sep
18
2012
RugosaAlba
RugosaAlba

Tonka bean. Simple overload of tonka bean. The tonka bean oozing pink liquid .

Talking about "immature" crowd as a target audience for LVEB.
My 17 years old has been having a sample of LVEB in her bathroom for about a month already.
She uses Prada Amber or Tahitian Gardenia or Lilac by Pacifica.
These are her choices, not mine. Ok, she used LVEB one morning, she thinks it's nice, caramel(praline) part is good but one really has to wait for it.

Again, to celebrate life and happiness I would use Dior's Miss Dior Le Parfume by Francois Demachy, BTW, one of the best women's fragrances in the mall right now, or Dior's Dolce Vita of 90s just to go with the theme.
To demonstrate that everything is good and happy in my life I will use Dolce & Gabbana's Light Blue or Sicily or in fact any beautiful, optimistic and tasteful perfume that is not introverted.

What I am trying to say is: I personally would just steer clear from gourmands if I want to make people around me happy. Simply because
"Gourmands" are capable of creating controversy to the point of unhappiness, discomfort and sickness. This happened to me again and again: with Lolita Lempica, Guerlain's Shalimar Initial, La Petite Robe Noir, and list of gourmand smelling fragrances goes on...
thanks god, never tried celebrities' "gourmands" except Lolita.
How about just keeping our dessert on the table, on a nice little plate.

Sep
18
2012
iremk
iremk

A beautiful and successful woman for the campaign, a nice bottle for the package, and an awfull scent to wear unfortunately...a roll of cotton candy and a harsh breeze of burnt marshmallow together with flower scents; and the reason is a total disappointment for me...even though I don't like it either, Jimmy Choo is better if you are in for sweet florals with woody base notes

Sep
18
2012
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

2nd review on paper: La Vie est Belle is piercing a little bit the sheath of my pleasure. I have the stripe in front of me close to the monitor and any time I move I smell this BOMB whafting sugary-sugar in my nose and... I quite like it!
This is not a perfume that I would feel like mine, or signature or something that I can like to wear just everyday. Good for winter daytime, not as elegant enough for grand soirèe.
It feels like eating sweets and fine pastries on tears-day. Very PMS for women, it probably gives an impression of happy, easy, not-dangerous doll that will "never" stick a knife in your back.
The stripe is banging my head from please-me-strong to killing-me-stronger. Yet, I'm not so willing to remove the stripe, not right now, maybe later... feed me sugar in the meantime and I will forget all the ugliness around. It's a distracting perfume, like a strategy on a purpose. Feed sugar and people will quite down for bit until the effect will finish.
Not an original strategy, more or less the same since '60s in food industry and lately become a global trend in perfumery. No more luscious radiant sandalwood: too endagered (too expensive?)
some reviewers mentioned an over the top lady, yes, like someone even too happy to be true, non serene happy but rather hysterical happy on sugar moods.
One of those people you wouldn't like to have around, apparently uplifting, actually tiring and energy-drawing, like someone who is in constant search of anybody's attention and look for it with smiles and coaxing, wheedling interesting people.
It's not probably a case that a similar famous scent with oversweet and monster sillage is worn by a very immature old-enough fashionable but childish brained girl in my aftermaths. And tricky/false, too.
I expect her ny day popping in smelling like LVEB.
Once again I believe that Monsieur Dominique Ropion is genius behind any "strong" featured perfume. He rides a trend and makes out the best item of the trend. Shalimar Parfum Initial smells thousands better than this and more elegant, but it sticks to flagship Guerlain's armour-like elegance. LVEB is a crazy work of addictive smells.

Julia Roberts is so right for this scary ad that she looks wrong. Perfect.

Sep
18
2012
Jellybean
Jellybean

This is cross between clean 'n soft white floral mostly jasmine and earthy evening wear pathcouli. Quite similar to Flowerbomb. The scent is definitely for nights out, clubbing, going out mall shopping,etc. Hangs around for 4-5 hours utmost.

Sep
18
2012
scissorshand_j
scissorshand_j

why these kind of sweet and creamy candy scent is sooo popular today?? sweet and sweeter.....!!!!such a headache!

Sep
17
2012
Ella Ella
Ella Ella

Just tried it in a shop, like it so far. And it reminds me of Mont Blanc Femme Indviduelle.

Sep
16
2012
Zslnk
Zslnk

i got it just before and i think its just amazing. it makes me feel feminine and elegant. it doesnt have any similarities with dior cherie or any other ordinary sweet fragrance. At the first time ive smelled, i fall in love with it. According to me, it can be used in every seasons, especially at nights. Additionally, it is more long lasting on me than flowerbomb.

Sep
16
2012
monamonib
monamonib

for me idid not try flowere for bomb ever but iused black xsfor her and ifound la vie is copy from black xs same sweetness and stay about 4 hours on skin black xs s
stays hall day on my clothes and when ithink it gone ifound something sweet awake me and lees in price cause
old perfume

Sep
15
2012
mjloria
mjloria

La Vie est Belle is very addictive, i was constantly smelling myself for hours! (lots of patchuli and praline), at first, when i just sprayed it on my skin it was kind of Coco Mademoiselle but more subtle and "younger" smelling, then, after 30 minutes it starts smelling much sweeter, a little bit like flowerbomb but more complex and sophisticated, not as girly-teenage-sweet, you can actually smell the 3 phases of the perfume, my sister who knows nothing about perfumes told me, wow now it smells like a completely different perfume (she didn't like the opening but loved the drydown) very interesting.. wouldn't wear it now tho, too much, maybe in november..sillage is amazing, lasting power i found it to be average as i applied it on my skin( not hair or clothes)

Sep
15
2012
biniways
biniways

If you look at the campaign poster featuring a heavily foto-shopped Julia Roberts with this crazed insane smile: "OMG, is this the weed I smoked or is the world just so wonderful, wONDerful ....omg....I can't stop grinning ....I wanna stop now.....help me... I can't stop" .... and now imagine THATS how people will perceive you when you are wearing this!

Sep
15
2012
biniways
biniways

Here are the Pros: it has INSANE sillage! In that way it differs from the 100s of generic juices, esp. YSL's latest Manifesto, which is comparable on behalf of the fruit/vanilla combination. You can smell La Vie through a room, nay, through a banquet hall or an airport... A bulldozer of a scent - no kidding. I agree with the other reviewers - it is not like flowerbomb because there is simply much less flower to it - more bomb :D of sweetness - it is a more refined composition and seems to have less synthetics in it. It stays forever and ever...I came back from the store and got back to work on my research, I swear this keeps me as alert as a coffee right now.

CONS: Have you ever met a woman that you'd say is completely over the top? I mean not the goofy loveable but the "if she goes on I'm gonna call an ambulance" kind? Imagine a woman who just can't stop going on about her fabulous life and fabulous friends, her fabulous husband and adoooorable kids and her awesome career...and omg have you seen her fabulous skin and her gorgeous teeth and she is going to wet herself with happiness any minite now....and now she is going to give you this fabulous piece of advice how you can get as happy as her fabulous self? Here it is: "I have discovered that I can be happy and I cultivated that gift" (this is what Julia Roberts said in an interview about the new scent) And inside you get surer and surer that she is either on some sort of medication or completely insane..... and you are sure you'd rather spend the rest of your life on a rugged island than listen to her for another second? yupp..... LVEB is just that kind of over the top and lacks in any form of controversy, edge, reverie, honesty, genuine character, wit what have you...honestly, I am glad I am at home now and nobody will think this is my choice of fragrance...will probably have to shower twice to get rid of it too, and I will let this genie out of its tester again when my concentration fails and I need the fortissimo blast of a whole department store to get it back. Don't wear it unless you want to convince people you work in one :) ... the dry down is an undistinguishable sweetness....unfit for summer ...unless you liver on McMurdoch

Sep
15
2012
RugosaAlba
RugosaAlba

LVEB sounds as an honest effort of a very gifted perfumer to incorporate sweet, really sweet gourmand in his creation, based on persistent demand of sweetness on the women's perfume market. But if the sweet gourmand is not this perfumer's thing then no matter how ingenious some of the aspects of this sweetness he(she) will come up to, this perfumer would have to rely on others to define where to stop, to determine a balance of this fragrance. And it's difficult to find that balance when it's not really your thing at the first place, probably , if it would be up to him(her) there would not be gourmands at all.
So, LVEB fragrance seems as a great compromise, where a lot of nice ideas go unrestrained, untamed.
My test card finally after 2 weeks start having an acceptable strength of sweetness, the one that I finally enjoy without feeling sick.

It does not have a very good longevity on my skin and it's much more flat on my skin as compared to paper.
It's one of those fragrances that are outperforming on the paper strip but are average on skin.

Sep
15
2012
0coco0
0coco0

If I owned a cute little cafe/bakery I'd waft this perfume around the front door and I'm sure I'd have record customers. Its irresistible in a i-know-im-on-a-diet-but-pass-me-another-doughnut kind of way. One of the best sweet frags ive come across! I would love to walk past someone who smelled this good, however I personally can't take sweet smells on me for more than 10 mins without getting a headache! I actually tested this on my ankle (bit weird but I was at home, not in the store lol!! I had no space left and I thought if I didn't like it I wouldn't notice it) but man this stuff is strong..couldn't wash it off... But I've discovered that if sillage is what your after ladies and gents - spray your ankles lol!!

Sep
15
2012
Emperatrix
Emperatrix

Charming scent, simple, beautiful, long lasting. I had Miracle Forever, they are very similar indeed.

Sep
15
2012
personsa22
personsa22

La vie est Belle is surprisingly sweet and long lasting.
Nothing like what I expected. Seems to be a distant cousin of Hypnose.

Sep
14
2012
RugosaAlba
RugosaAlba

La petite Robe Noir Guelain has somewhat similar dry down, may be simplier one.
La petite Robe Noir Guelain is stiil more watery or transparent compare to LVEB, shorter life on a paper test card.

Sep
14
2012
beth54
beth54

I've taken the time to read all the reviews after having purhased this yesterday, wondering why I wasn't aware of this fragrance before then! My saleslady is definitely falling down on the job! I agree with itsallgood-this is the fragrance I've been searching for! I am another site that refers to your HG perfume. It took me a month or so to figure out what that was! For those of you who don't know-and I don't mean to insult anyone's intelligence-it refers to your "Holy Grail" fragrance. You know-the ONE you've known existed somewhere-and I've found just that in this lovely and extremely feminine creation. I don't know as much about fragrance as a lot of the members of this site, but I do know what I think smells good and LVEB smells so much more than good! I had sampled at least a dozen or so fragrances and was getting nowhere-I was about to leave the store empty handed, always a depressing thing to do when I asked if Lancome had anything new out. OMG-I was not prepared for this! I sprayed a wee bit onto the paper and my eyes almost rolled to the back of my head LOL! Where had this been all my life? It was everything I love and more! Pralines were my mother's special holiday candy she so lovingly prepared every Thanksgiving and Christmas. And I adore vanilla and patchouli together. I'm not a huge floral fan-but this has just enough to make this more than a simple gourmand. I bought a small bottle, got my gift with purchase and happily headed home. I wasn't prepared to smell so luscious all evening. My son remarked that I smelled good enough to eat (eek!) and my husband, the perfume hater-didn't even ask me how much I had spent, only that he thought I could stop buying perfume every other week when I had found this one that he would love to smell on me every day! This was huge! To make a long story short, I do own Miss Dior Cherie and Flowerbomb and like them both, but they pale in comparison to LVEB. I do agree it needs to be used lightly-but what a difference for me. My aging skin eats perfume oil for a snack and the previous mentioned fragrances disappear on me within a few hours. You will definitely get your money's worth with this one. It has wonderful longevity-which is great but only if you love it. LVEB lingers and lingers and definitely is hard to wash off. But who would want to wash off such a pretty fragrance? I understand why a lot of you fragrance experts out there might not like this. It definitely makes a statement and is very sweet. But to me it personifies what I like to think I am-a young in spirit, happy, independent and enthusiastic woman. This fragrance is definitely "me" . I feel it be worn by any woman of any age-the only requirement is that you love life!

Sep
14
2012
ION
ION

There is something very naive about this perfume (I don't know if it just the name or the smell as well) and generic.
The impressive revelation in the press release that it was selected among a few thousand other candidates, proves to me that its creators and brand are aware of that, as well. :-)

Sep
14
2012
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

Three monster-perfumers put together. The result? Probably they faught all the time, then they came to a quick fix and put it in a nice marketing daytime dress.
I tested La vie est belle. I don't like the name. It sounds phoney for a perfume.
The bottle is beautiful.
The scent... well, it is much in the line of sweetness and over-sweetness. Too sweet for my tastes, but this is just a matter of tastes. It's not cloying anyway.
If I wanted a perfume of this kind I would rather go for Guerlain Parfum Initial. I see many similarities between the two.
Most people compare LVEB with Flowerbomb and Miss Dior Cherie. I can see that, but IMO the similarities are all about the sticky sweetness combined with floral notes.
If I was given a bottle for free I would probably wear LVEB and I would be complimented. I don't think that I will buy my own.
I will try it again anyway.

Sep
14
2012
querelle
querelle

I reckon it is a very Mugler-esque perfume.. It feels like a more "friendly" Womanity. Which it is not a bad thing at all!

Sep
13
2012
cleo777
cleo777

This is another headache inducing one for me I'm afraid. I really liked the opening fruity notes (which I knew wouldn't last) but the drydown is a powerful synthetic flowery jam. Glad it was just the tester bottle.

Sep
13
2012
Radchick
Radchick

This smells sweet and edible, vanilla and praline at the forefront, with an added dose of patchouli to mix it up. I smell no flowers. To me, this is mainly an evening scent, as it's fairly deep and a bit dark and mysterious. However, worn lightly it can be suitable for day.

Sep
13
2012
foxy_princess
foxy_princess

I seriously don't know why they picked Julia Roberts as the face of this fragrance! Should be Nina Dobrev or someone young (Its very young, innocent and sweet). Same goes for Miracle which is also a very youthful scent but Uma Thurman endorses it as a womanly smell.
The patchouli, vanilla and jasmine make this smell like flowerbomb but this smells a little more syrupy? Idk it might be the black currant making it smell this way.
It's very nice, inoffensive, great gift for a young girl aged 16-30 or in her young 30s :)

Sep
13
2012
JasmineLilac
JasmineLilac

I had to buy this after using the sample vial a few times. At this point, I want to wear it every day to work.

Yes, it's like Flower Bomb (big surprise considering the frags' sharing one of the designers), but LVEB's sweetness has a bit of salt in it (the praline, I guess). This makes me like it better than Flower Bomb.

Sep
12
2012
Majesty
Majesty

La Vie Est Belle seriously? More suitable,La Vie Est Malade after trying it,I feel like having high blood sugar!EXTREMELY sweet,bubblegum(a sickening one),syrupy perfume. Berries,praline and LOTS of vanilla on my skin.Suitable for a 10 year old girl or a teenage girl,not for a woman! Burn sugar,add artificial fruity scents and you have La vie est Belle!The worst of all is the AMAZING lasting power.It literally choked me,I kept washing and washing but it was still there going on STRONG!Please Lancome don't release matching body products,that would be a nightmare!

Sep
11
2012
meret
meret

Sweeter than sweet. It's sweeter than sugar or chocolate or anything edible for that matter. Or maybe you pour double portion of honey on your banana split, add some praline, top it up with sugared almonds then maybe you get close to its sweetness. It's rich and abundant, and.. oh, did I mention? - SWEET! Although, this is a scent with presence and balance (or at least this is what I would call it).

So, since it started off like a basket filled with Christmas sweets I didn't hope too much of it from the very beginning, but somewhere in the middle or towards the end it turned into something sophisticated and rather nice for a while. It seemed like a true floral beauty for half an hour or so. But then.. the base emerged, and for my surprise this is strangely watery and peppery at the same time.

Conclusion? I'm still curious to sniff it for a couple of times, just to get better understanding, but I guess that's gonna be it. Based on the current impression alone I'd say it's way too much for me.

Sep
11
2012
Aspendina
Aspendina

ok finally did a full body test on this (that is so important when buying a fragrance). I no longer like this. It started off sweet and nice but then there is something else there and maybe a little spice, but whatever i am smelling these things don't mix well together. I can't wait to shower and get this off me, I even have a headache because the lasting power is so good that I can't seem to stop smelling this, it just keeps coming off me every few seconds. I might need to pop a Goody's Powder cause the headache wont go away. I am so glad I no longer like this as I would like to keep my wish list as small as possible.

Sep
10
2012
bellahell
bellahell

VERY sweet, gourmand, pearlicious. although it is a young fragrance, i love it. then again i love fairly sweet smells. does not smell synthetic on me at all. i want to eat my arm. cant stop smelling it!! reminds me more of vera wang princess than the likes of flowerbomb. almost caramel on my skin, which must be the praline & vanilla. actually quite warm on me. I will be getting the big bottle. yummy and delicious <3

Sep
10
2012
caline00
caline00

Very sweet yet very classic ! i love it but its not my type of perfume and more of an older women or teens over 17 years old .

Sep
09
2012
noninoni
noninoni

Very generic, it is a pass for me. The synthetic note in it is not helping either

Sep
08
2012
RugosaAlba
RugosaAlba

Sorry for dominating the conversation here (promise, it's the last time I do that) just wanted to add something.
Maybe to end the mentioning of the Victor&Rolf's Flowerbomb next to La Vie est Belle.
These two perfumes are very different, their structure and ingredients.
I own Flowerbomb since it was launched, very prominent and pleasant chypre part, floral.
Nothing to do with LVEB.

Sep
08
2012
izzie07
izzie07

Ok,

I am not crazy woot, woot this reminds me of flowerbomb which I love and already have

Sep
08
2012
RugosaAlba
RugosaAlba

Definitely i am not going to wear this perfume alone. Perhaps, because of noted by other reviewers linearity ( another question what is linear fragrance our days?).
But I would not mind to have a spot of this very potent sweet creation somewhere on
me, may be on clothes, to soften my other main fragrance, that is usually colder, less approachable such as Chloe by Chloe, for example.
When applying directly to my skin, I uncomfortably start feeling my heart beating slower.
Also, some cyanide note, cherry, almond are more prominent on my skin, gives me a very slight headache.
I am not sure if the sweetness of LVEB is such a typical gourmand thing. Perhaps, I have not smelled enough of gourmands.

Sep
08
2012
Paula80
Paula80

It reminds me of Princess by Vera Wang. I`m over 30, so I don`t wear Princess anymore... La Vie Est Belle is gorgeous, just perfect for me. It is a gourmand scent, sophisticated and lovely. I love this perfume and I desire it so bad!!!

Sep
08
2012
lilou
lilou

I love it because it smells like Sweet Darling Kylie Minogue which I love. It's sweet, floral and yummy. Gorgeous bottle and beautiful advert.
But, I totally agree with marinaw90 : very very nice but I would rather spend my money on something less expensive.

Sep
08
2012
marinaw90
marinaw90

It's sweet, generic and similar to so many. Just a typical "smells like a department store perfume hall" scent. Okay smelling, but I would rather spend my money on something less generic.

Sep
08
2012
jolla
jolla

i'm chocked over all the bad reviews, i think this perfume is just beautiful! Indeed it's similiar to flowerbomb but i personally think this is better. I don't like flowerbomb because i think it's too candyish. And this one is also sweet but also is much stronger on the patchouli which makes this more "mature". And the staying power is better than good i only used one spray today and now after 8 hours i can still smell it.I really like this perfume and it's perfect for the fall. This will definitely be my next purchase :)

Sep
06
2012
denylove
denylove

personally, I don t like this fragrance.. it seems like yet smelled and smelled.. I think it s not originality in this. it s very hard to find something really new today! sorry!

Sep
06
2012
ZanyB.
ZanyB.

I don't like this fragrance. It's sticky sweet and heavy on my skin. It was bothering me all the time I was wearing it so I was really happy when I could wash it down. And I must say that this doesn't happen to me very often.

Sep
05
2012
pauluch3
pauluch3

I caught a sniff of this one today, and I must say it's quite lovely. The iris and the white flowers are clearly detectable within the first minutes. As time goes by, the notes of praline and vanilla shine through, and we end up smelling like sweet candy. The drydown reminds me Jessica Simpson Fancy, it's the same kind gourmand vanilla base, with extra patchouli background.


Edit: I tested this one again in the colder months, and I must admit that the sweetness is quite addictive. And the longevity is outsatanding, at least 3-4 days on my woolen scarf.

Sep
05
2012
temo
temo

Love Love Love! Yes, Life is beatiful and so is this fragrance! For me this may truly be happiness in a bottle. Mind you, I'm a diehard fan of Miss Dior Cherie, and also Coco Mademoiselle so I guess it stands to reason that I would love it. This is by far my favorite fragrance these days, from the first scent of iris, to the yummy praline and hint of patchouli, right down to the remnants of vanilla left on my jacket the following day, I am sold totally on this one! Way to go Lancome!!! Great job!

Sep
04
2012
graceadlerk
graceadlerk

I wear perfume to work everyday and never receive compliments on it. Chloe, Stella, Forbidden Euphoria, Daisy, J'Adore and Hot Couture are among my favorites. The day I wore La Vie Est Belle, I received several compliments. I will purchase this one.

Sep
04
2012
mademoiselle-c
mademoiselle-c

Sugar in a bottle. PASS

To quote cleo cupcake - hot sweet mess.

Sep
04
2012
cleo cupcake
cleo cupcake

Another hot sweet mess - what are they thinking?
How laughable that the TV ad shows Julia Roberts breaking the glittering puppet strings that hold everyone else and going her own way.
This is yet another anonymous fruit cocktail of overbearing sweetness lost among the current tidal wave of dumb, simple, banal teenage syrup. We should all be insulted that they think we will spend out hard earned money on this.

Sep
04
2012
dormir6
dormir6

It is a lovley smell,but almost identical with Lancome Miracle Forever, the same aroma. I agree the Miss Dior Chérie similarity too, but this one is not epic, not as caracteristic as the MDC. Sweet, feminine, likeable, but not outstandig.
After a few day I really grew to like it! It's a sweet mass,like a perfumery, but after all, I LOVE "sweet hot mass" :-)

Sep
04
2012
thuraya
thuraya

Lovely fragrance,but it's just a lancome version of miss dior cherie,It's also similar to flowerbomb but not as sweet!

Sep
04
2012
RugosaAlba
RugosaAlba

I have recently received a sample of La Vie est Belle from my local Lancome. I did not spray it on my skin but instead sprayed the card and left it standing to dry on the kitchen table to be able to follow it until it evaporates completely.
The very first note that is not 100% pleasant
( somewhat licorice, slightly nauseating in a distinct way) to me was similar to the note that is there at the opening of the Shalimar Parfum Initial. Iris Pallida and Jasmine Sumbac are two common ingredients for both La Vie Est Belle and Shalimar Parfum Initial.
I still can not tell if Iris's roots are responsible for this first note or something else that’s hiding in the gourmand (praline)
part of LVEB (can it possibly be an almond or cherry) or certain combination of iris and one or more ingredients in both perfumes. But enough of Shalimar Parfum Initial.

Next day I caught myself on having a dejavu, I vividly remembered spraying Miss Cherie of Dior's at the local store. I completely forgot that I have LVEB sample on the kitchen table. It felt as I would have Dior's Miss Dior Cherie in my kitchen although I did not. I wondered why. Miss Dior is a chypre type, LVEB is not exactly a chypre.
The next day comforting yummy creamy sweetness in a rich intense way was all that was left on the test card and it's is still there past 5 days. I always felt that it it the incense is what brings me back to smell this test card again and again.
As to my skin it's probably going to be a very different longevity, because my dry skin tends to absorb oils way to quickly.
Several times although my heart was filled with gratitude to creators of the perfume for that lasting gourmand part of the perfume that made me feel so cosy and warm.

Sep
03
2012
sarage
sarage

I simply love this, for the same reason I love Estee Lauder's Pleasures Delight. :)
Such lovely ingrediences (black currant, caramel, patchouli, pear) together in a same bottle create a gourmand, strong feminine scent.
Everything is beautiful in this scent, including the model, Julia Roberts whose smile matches with the scent's message: La vie est belle, tres belle. :)

Sep
02
2012
temo
temo

I'm impressed, but then I'm a lover of Miss Dior (Cherie) and Coco Mme. I particularly like what this fragrance does after about 5 hours! Certainly will want to own this one!

Sep
01
2012
LaPetite
LaPetite

One more scent that i was so exited about and couldn't wait to test it , moreover 2 of the noses who have been working on this are Olivier Polge and Dominique Ropion , they made Liberté ( Cacharel) Pure Poison ( Dior) , Amarige (Givenchy) , Kenzo Jungle ... So many scents that i love ...
When i saw the bottle available at Sephora, i immedialty grabbed the tester and sprayed it on the test stripe , closed my eyes ,and smelled .
My reaction was : Whaaaat ? This is IT ? This scent is such a disapointment , after Magnifique , Miracle and Hypnose , Lancôme never stoped disapointing me . Is it the house that made Poème , Trésor and "O" really ?
La Vie est Belle is just dead boring, much ado about nothing !
Many people compare it to Flowerbomb ( which i yet dislike ), but to me it is not even getting close to it . Flowerbomb is annoying because of all the fuss around it , and it's sticky sweet side is not for everyone, but at least it has character , La Vie est Belle does not have any at all .
I won't cry when it is discontinued ; soon i think .
La Vie est Belle ? Pas vraiment ... :-/

Sep
01
2012
laetitiavp
laetitiavp

I smelt it yesterday on my wrist and I didn't like the opening: too generic. There may be a similarity with Flowerbomb but it is short-lived in my opinion.
When the Iris note popped up, it reminded me a little of Prada Infusion d'Iris. And I think this is the original side of this perfume. Iris in a sweet, creamy and sweet background. Though I am not a fan of sweet fragrances, I quite like it.. It is probably the kind of fashionable scent meant to please a majority of people. Nice but nothing new.
Longetivity and sillage are impressive. It lasted all day on my skin, and even after I had a shower.
Edit: I wore a sample. I find it too sirupy finally and a bit nauseating. I prefer Flowerbomb.

Aug
30
2012
sweetgirl
sweetgirl

I DONT think this smells cheap...it just needs to be sprayed on lightly and during cooler weather and for the right occasion..Burberry brit...is also sweet but that has a musky funky manly drydown..this is sexy femme sweet...love!

Aug
29
2012
nicolafiore
nicolafiore

This smells very cheap. It is also very young for Lancome. One would expect this to be at the Clinique counter. I was expecting a modern take on Miracle, which I used a few bottles of back in the day.

Aug
29
2012
Morgane08
Morgane08

I usually love Lancome perfumes but this one is an abomination.
The mixture of fruit and praline was so artificial that it reminded of the fake fragrances you buy for little girls.
If you are above 12 years old, this fragrance is not for you.

Aug
29
2012
Shyn's Release
Shyn's Release

I know many say this is just another Flowerbomb but its really not.Although, it starts off similar these two ships end up different.This fragrance ends with Iris there is no Iris in Flowerbomb.And you will find the powdered vanilla Iris blended with patch.But, to me this essentially an Iris scent.Its more natural expensive ingredients that makes it linger but not shout.The bottle is a work of art.3 of the best perfumers in the world made this and I think it is amazing.I especially love the smile on the bottle.

Aug
29
2012
blueviolet
blueviolet

Chanel coco mademoiselle, no ifs no buts no coconuts.

Aug
29
2012
khivren
khivren

SMELLS SOOOOO DAMN GOOD!!! I am a guy, and usually can't stand the way female fragrances smell, but this one is a surprise! It's been a long time since I've seen something as refreshing and beautiful!!

This fragrance reminds me of a wealthy, sophisticated, but feminine, charismatic and a happy woman! Someone who is warm, kind, nice, giving, yet lives in a huge mention, has 10 cars and owes three companies. Just saying! :D This perfume really does take you to someone like that!

And I think Julia Roberts is a perfect face for this fragrance! She is a confident, smart, sophisticated woman, yet joyful, happy and warm!

LOVE the packaging, the bottle and the smell is just so amazing!! It takes you to a floral garden where there is a lady in a light, silky dress, taking a walk with a sun umbrella in her hand. She sees you and her face lights up with a bright smile!

Get this for your girlfriend, or your mom or your sister or any woman you think highly of!!! Totally worth it!!!

Aug
29
2012
glad57
glad57

Exact replica of Miss Dior Cherie, seems like with all the fragrances lancome has you would stick with classic scents (sense)! Is it just a money making venture now? Don't you have enough? We won't forget you lancome, but I do understand that you have to stay relevant for the times, if you were first Dior might have picked your scent, I guess it's just business and marketing. Carry on Lancome,I'm just saying!

Aug
29
2012
cherie97
cherie97

it's oh so sweet, too sweet for my taste
nothing special about it
and i would argue if this scent is the essence of beautiful life

smells simply like a super sweet candy mixture, made of these powdery sweets and fruity hard candies.

there is one thing i like about it,though - the bottle.
it's really simple and pretty, very feminine.
the packaging of la vie est belle is very cute too - it's a powdery pink box with glitter.

a bliss for candy lovers, too sweet to wear, but nice to look at.

Aug
29
2012
Migalex
Migalex

This perfume really is a floral fruity gourmand quite well balanced, in which the gourmand character, although obvious, is subttler than in most other current gourmand scents. It is not creative though, just a concession to current trend, quite well achieved. Lancôme took it, in my opinion, a step higher, if one compares it to other gourmand scents so fashionable these days. Not being at all fond of caramel or praline gourmand scents, this is not a scent I, personally, like wearing, although it is far from being as cloying and slckeningly sweet as most of the other alike scents. In my opinion, nevertheless, still too sweet and cloying and one of the if not the worst Lancome perfume.

Aug
28
2012
suhaesa
suhaesa

this is pure bliss ..in a long time i didn't smell something so nice ..sweet.. sexy.. simple ..clean..young..yet feminine juicy..amazing...a timeless classic ..i am sure it will be..let alone the beautiful classy sophisticated bottle..its a treasure on its own..
its fresh yet sensual ..mellow ..full ..yet not overpowering ..i feel its got grapefruit ..as it dries down ..it envelops your senses..its velvety ..the sweetness mellows down to pure seduction.. a passionate.. romantic.. loyal.. independent.. pure.. perfume ..it reminds me of fine old french perfumes.. with a modern sensual twist..
i am not a floral lover ,but they made a beautiful connotation in this one..a must have..

rating 4.7 out of 5

Aug
28
2012
flora lee
flora lee

This juice is just lovely. It has so many interesting facets that come out on different days, I like it best when the iris powder comes into play. The slightly juicy beginning is soft, and the spicy pralines delicious, sometimes it goes a little too sweet in that direction but otherwise it's a well behaved yet still commanding fragrance with a good vanilla bean and patchouli base. Seems to work best sprayed directly rather than a walk through. Yes there are similarities to Flowerbomb but at least this one doesn't turn into scent of fine cigar like Flowerbomb tends to on some folks.

Aug
27
2012
JasmineLilac
JasmineLilac

I tried this at a department store today, and I liked it. I like the sweet floral, I like the fruity notes.

It's nice, but as other commenters have said, it's very strong. I'll likely spray it onto a cotton ball and barely dab it between my breasts (it's too strong for wrists and other pulsepoints--for me, anyway).

Oddly enough, I did not get a headache: I usually do from Lancome products.

Aug
26
2012
Timetoski
Timetoski

gaga97, if you love it (and it isn't illegal, immoral of fattening) then it's appropriate : )

Aug
25
2012
pynkgirl
pynkgirl

Beautiful all the way through!

Aug
25
2012
Prettynightmary
Prettynightmary

I REALLY like this scent! Starts with fruity, juicy and fresh sweetness and turns more floral on the way. Base is BEAUTIFUL, soft and rounded with praline kicking in.
I sprayed once on my whrist 7 hours (!) a go and it`s still very noticeable. My friend kept saying me while shopping "You smell so good!" And I definately agree!
Gorgeous scent! Very feminine, sweet, sophisticated and joyfull. Remainds me of Julia, so goog pick for add! Life is beautiful is great name for the scent too.
Definately thumbs up!

Aug
25
2012
gaga97
gaga97

OMG !!! i love this perfume ! but i'm just 15 years old ! is it inapropiate for my age ???

Aug
25
2012
antonpan
antonpan

La Vie est Belle is a well thought-out project from the every point of view. I like the bottle, the marketing campaign, Julia Roberts as a face. And the scent itself... It's a reflection of 2010's in the perfumery. Nothing new, but the best elements of the best ideas. From the first sniff La Vie est Belle seemed to me a lighter copy of Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. But then I tried it again, and a wonderful iris note finally appeared. Iris is quite prominent here and it makes the whole composition noble and expensive. In the dry down the fragrance reminded more of Shalimar Parfum Initial or Dior Homme than of Flowerbomb. I'm sure La Vie est Belle will be the most popular launch of 2012, it is modern, trendy and sophisticated simultaneously.

Aug
24
2012
poivrerose
poivrerose

Let me begin by stating how impressed I am by the sillage and longevity of this scent. Really excellent quality; only two spritzes needed. Having said that, I was really kind of disappointed with the initial blast and first couple of hours. All I could really sense in the beginning was an overwhelming pear and iris combination. It was hyper feminine then, and a bit sharp and stifling. As it wore on it definitely picked up some praline sweetness, but still the iris/pear did not calm for me. Then suddenly, at about five hours in, it was an elegant and refined iris patchouli blend. Truthfully, to my nose, it went from smelling like Parfums de Coeur Vampire to smelling like Shalimar Parfum Initial.
I'd definitely recommend this one for iris lovers, but I'd say to get through the first few hours you must also have a distinct liking for pear notes.

Aug
22
2012
DresdenDoll
DresdenDoll

Yes, I do see the Flowerbomb similarities. So much so that if you have one, I don't think you need the other.
The opening is quite overwhelming, it's strongly floral and sweet. It smells a lot like Flowerbomb here however once it dries down it does change track. It becomes a velvety blackcurrant, jasmine and tonka blend that is gently fruity and floral. This stage is lady-like but modern and very pretty. Towards the end it smells like Flowerbomb again. The middle stage I like, I would prefer if the whole fragrance smelled like that from top to bottom as then I feel it would suit that elegant and feminine bottle. Instead it's more of a loud and sugary floral. Not bad, but not what I wanted from it.

Aug
22
2012
Whit
Whit

I got to smell this today while I was out and about. I like it and I agree that it is sweet; I get quite a bit of praline out of the scent. To me, this smells like a cross between Flowerbomb and Miss Dior Cherie. It's like they combined the powdery vanilla of Flowerbomb with the buttery popcorn aroma of Cherie. I think those who miss the popcorn note in the new Cherie would like La vie est belle. If I didn't already have the two aforementioned frags, I would purchase this in a heartbeat because it's sweetness is right up my alley. Very nice job Lancome!

Aug
21
2012
aschiffm
aschiffm

this smells like buttery sweet popcorn mixed with cliche feminine perfumeyness to me. i dont mind a sweet perfume now and again but this kind of smells like a prissy well-dressed woman in pink on line at the concession stand of a movie theatre. i prefer Betsey Johnson's scent which is also praline driven but WAY more delicious, fun and sultry.

Aug
20
2012
lili1912
lili1912

Very similar to Flowerbomb Intense version (purple bottle)....

Aug
20
2012
WILSHIRE
WILSHIRE

I Love it.
This perfume is so elegant and sexy.
It's similar to COCO MADEMOISELLE and
little bit different and has more sweet note.
But I like the name means " LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL."

Aug
20
2012
jonr951
jonr951

It kinda smells like Flowerbomb to me too but it definitely isn't Flowerbomb. I like it. I won't be needing a bottle though. Oh well. : )

UPDATE 8/30/12: Ok it is pretty Flowerbomby. Haha! There really is SOMETHING a little different about it though. I've fallen more and more for it and I definitely want a bottle. The 1 or 1.7 oz though for sure. : )

Aug
19
2012
Thaigirl
Thaigirl

Soft, sweet, cozy, feminine, lovely. I do see why people say it smells like flowerbomb, but this one is just way more beautifull to me. Flowerbomb is like a slep in your face sometimes, this is soft. Really beautifull and long lasting.

Aug
19
2012
citadel
citadel

I randomly tested this in Ulta yesterday and didn't expect anything, really, but I actually love this. I've been trying to break away from my usual gourmand scents, but this is so delicious that it has skyrocketed to the top of my "I NEED THIS" list. The praline and vanilla notes are the most dominant on my skin, but it doesn't smell cheap or typical. I hadn't even noticed the similarities to Flowerbomb until I saw them mentioned here. Yes, they are related, but LVEB is not a dupe at all. They share the same sweetness, but Flowerbomb is a little sharper in my opinion. LVEB is cozy, sweet, and warm, and I can't wait to get a bottle for the fall. Also, it lasts forever. I sprayed this on one wrist and the new Gaga scent on the other, and the latter faded within the hour while the former was going strong after five.
Overall, this is definitely recommended for gourmand lovers and would be a safe blind-buy.

Aug
19
2012
Timetoski
Timetoski

about 15 minutes into this, it went into a "cough syrup and sour wood" stage. Smelled horrid on me, but delicious on my friend, who applied to her wrist at the same time.

Aug
18
2012
witch_mum
witch_mum

I have a piece of paper on my commode since 6 days...and I still can smell the fragrance. Surprisingly, it shows more similarity with Flowerbomb on the paper than on my skin. Jasmine and patch are dominating in the fragrance the whole time, and although I would it more prefer without the pear I'll give him further chances on my skin.

Aug
18
2012
Shimone
Shimone

I really like this....to me it's a softer fruity version of Jimmy Choo!

Aug
17
2012
BritXOX
BritXOX

I tested this yesterday. This is very long lasting, strong scent! I wore it around 6 pm and this morning still had it on.

So, good for those who love it. To me this is a version of a Flowerbomb I don't like. It isn't as warm as Flowerbomb and it just stays so very strong, that I can smell it every second.

This far, too strong for me.

Aug
17
2012
aki777
aki777

After reading all these glorifying reviews below, I begin to wonder if we speak about the same fragrance;) the Lancome counter manager in the store I work in sprays this one a few times a day and the smell is literally suffocating! it smells as if someone filled air with pepper and some other nasty spices-unbearable I must say, but this is only my impression. I cannot stand this fragrance haha!;P nothing 'belle' about it-je suis tres desolee:( xx

Aug
14
2012
ojosverdes
ojosverdes

Smells similar to coco mademoiselle, but frutier. It's soft elegant a bit powdery and long lasting.

Aug
14
2012
melancholybaby
melancholybaby

Unlike most of the previous reviewers, this scent does not suit me. Another fruity opening, like so many of today's new fragrances; it becomes cloyingly sweet on my skin, and strangely the floral notes do not seem to develop fully; the sweet fruity gourmand side is the one that overwhelms...lovely bottle, though!

Aug
14
2012
maelleinrome
maelleinrome

I don't like it: too similar to Flowerbomb, and they both have too much patchouli and too much burnt sugar for my tastes. LAEB maybe is a little more powdery and softer than FB, but the patchouli is still too prominent on my skin. The lasting power is amazing!

Aug
13
2012
darkbeauty
darkbeauty

Yes, I must agree with the masses. This does remind me very much of Flowerbomb. I think it's the jasmine and the warm praline combo that makes the similarity. If I didn't already own FB, I would certainly give this a go. It has a fruitier character in the opening with the pear and black currant, making it a tad lighter and bubblier in personality.

A very happy fragrance. I could see this being an instant mood lifter, making you see life as beautiful indeed. ;0)

P.S. It had great silage and lasting power. No worries in that department what so ever! And the bottle is gorgeous in person. Lancome has made a lovely fragrance with La Vie Est Belle.

Aug
10
2012
guest_Vie Cafe
guest_Vie Cafe

SOOOOO SWEET! If you don't like sweet floral fruity gourmand, this is your worst nightmare!

pretty bottle!

Aug
09
2012
victoria207
victoria207

This is a very pretty fragrance, I love it!!!

Aug
09
2012
jeanbean7777
jeanbean7777

I have flowerbomb and boy does this smell like it!!!!! Only thing is the pear is stronger which kinda slays the patchouli down and makes it much fresher. I can really smell the pear.the black currant is also present and an underlau of iris....not strong iris....bit, this is extremely pretty. I thought I wouldn't buy it fox of the closeness to flowerbomb bit I think this drydown is better. Actually, its a masterful whisper of a drydown. It retains its freshness...which is hard to do with the patchouli. I think I am going to buy this after all. It kinda tapers into the florals. I get lots of sugary sweetness at first then the freshness mixed with the florals. Yes, this is going to sell a whole lot. Very pretty. I am going to buy it cuz I can't take the drydown of flowerbomb....an amazing perfume to emulate and even surpass. I have about 10 perfume squirrel on me at once so I'm not getting this one 100 per cent shining through on its own bit it does smell the best of the ones I'm sampling today. This is gorgeous. Masterfully blended. As it dries its getting better and better and better. I really like it and I agree this would be amazing in the fall against the cookery weather, colors, etc....I think this perfume is very mature because of the drydown....I think this is 25 plus .

Aug
08
2012
melbritt24
melbritt24

I'm not sure about the noted similarity to flowerbomb because I've only smelled it once and it's been some time ago. However, La Vie Est Belle is an amazing sweet but not-too-sweet iris-praline scent that's unlike any fragrance I've smelled before! This would be best worn during autumn season, IMHO. I find it fairly linear, but that is quiet alright with me! The tonka bean is light, thank goodness because I find that note to often be cloying. The iris is wrapped in consoling sweet praline. I don't smell the pear, jasmine, or black currant. The patchouli is very soft in the drydown. The bottle is simplistic yet elegant and lovely with the accent bow.

I give it a 5 STAR rating!

Aug
08
2012
Shwets
Shwets

Very similar to Flowerbomb the patch is less sharp.
Two compliments after an hour of spray but not my kind of scent.

If you have flowerbomb then you dont need this unless you wanted flowerbomb to be slightly sweeter and feminine.

On clothes flowerbomb and La Vie almost twins
On my skin both are very similar and La vie is only slightly sweeter and smoother.

Aug
08
2012
sweetgirl
sweetgirl

This scent is 'flowerbomb dried down after 6-7 hours ' that's basically it with powdery fruity top notes in the beginning , I got a small bottle , overall nice scent , since I have flowerbomb parfum and flowerbomb extreme so maybe it's the 'baby' of flowerbomb so flowerbomb is the main mama and she just gave birth ! Just another one added to the family of my collection , nice scent!

Aug
07
2012
melissa
melissa

I got a sample of this over the weekend. It does remind me a little of Flowerbomb, except the patchouli notes are not as strong, which is good for my body chemistry. The drydown of this almost has a caramel note- sweet, creamy, comforting. I probably will purchase one.

Aug
06
2012
BritXOX
BritXOX

The bottle looks beautiful and as I saw Julia Roberts it made me feel calm and warm. Sounds really good that people find it similar to Flowerbomb!

Aug
05
2012
auroramaria
auroramaria

I tested this this morning and god I do love it but upon first spritz it screamed Flowerbomb only LVEB is frutier.Anyway this is a gorgeous composition, it is like being wrapped up in a fluffy sweet comforting cloud and longevity is awesome.

Aug
04
2012
APassionateJourney
APassionateJourney

Mmmmm. Beautiful, captivating, sweet, sensual.......and you just float on a cloud of sweetness. This smells just like Flowerbomb. Almost identical but there's something that's different about this one. Can't quite put my finger on it at this precise moment since I sprayed the card and not my skin but me likey. Sweet tea, black currents, fruits, vanilla all wrapped in one. I dunno if I'd get a bottle of this as Flowerbomb is my little sister's favorite but I do hope they do a flanker because the bottle is stunning in person.

Aug
03
2012
SBunny
SBunny

La Vie Est Belle: Life Is Beautiful.

This fragrance is absolutely beautiful. Alluring, feminine, pretty and sweet. This fragrance opens with the juicy, fruity, gummy, sweet pear and black currant. Very delicious and captivating. I loved it instantly. It then develops into a more powdery, soft smell when the iris note comes through, lingering with the gummy fruit from the opening. When it dries it becomes a little bit creamer with the praline and vanilla, still powdery from the floral notes but with less juiciness from the fruit.

I really love this. I just kept sniffing my arm and as it develops it becomes even more beautiful. The sillage on this is fantastic. I could smell it through-out the say from just one spray on my wrist. Gorgeous.

Aug
03
2012
misslovely
misslovely

A very beautiful scent indeed. A nice sweet floral that happens to smell quite similar to a favorite of mine, Flowerbomb. I tend to love fragrances that have black currant, iris, vanilla, jasmine and orange blossom in them. Im not very fond of patchouli, but in this fragrance it simply works! :D

Aug
02
2012
Cams
Cams

Beautiful fragrance which is supposed to symbolize happiness. I definately get the Flowerbomb similiarity. It should do well.

Aug
02
2012
redrosesr4ever
redrosesr4ever

Nice bottle, delicious smell but ugh! Why does Julia Roberts have to be the face of this?

Aug
02
2012
Aspendina
Aspendina

dang it i had my wish list down to 4, but i might have to add this on. Got a magazine sample today and wow I LOVE it, very light and powdery and also elegant and sophisticated. I am loving it. I will have to sample in store and make a final decision.

Aug
01
2012
woodbines
woodbines

This scent on opening is undeniably Lancome and evokes the memory (or at least the "feeling") of some of their other fragrances.

The currant and pear, while giving this a sweetness, did not wow me. The iris, for me, is very strong, but plays nicely with the jasmine. There is also a note of what resembles burnt sugar, not bitter but like on creme brulee (I am taking this to be the praline) that bullys the fragrance. As soon as I get a whiff of the white flowers, it elbows up to the front and takes over.

The dry-down is nice: sweet, floral, and powdery. The jasmine hangs around but the vanilla is disappointingly a background player. It is playfully elusive--as soon as I catch a hint of it, it's gone again. I only get a suggestion of patchouli, but enough to add an earthy quality to the composition.

Personally, I find this to be a mature sweet floral and a little matronly.

Jul
29
2012
aefiction
aefiction

I adore this. Since I have purchased this, I havent taken it off!! The longevity is astounding, it really lasts all day.

Lots of compliments on this one, if you love a sweeter, deep fragrance this is definitely a favourite.

Jul
29
2012
dannysmom
dannysmom

If you've smelled Hanae Mori #4, the drydown in this is almost the exact same scent. And yes, it's similar to flowerbomb (but with more fruit) as well. It starts off with a sweet/almost rum-like burst of fruit, and then transforms briefly into flowers. Like the description says, it then finishes with a powdery gourmand scent. Just gorgeous! Longevity and sillage are amazing too. I highly recommend this.

Jul
28
2012
Aferdita7
Aferdita7

I tried this perfume at Macy's and loved it! It is a not too sweet floral-vanilla scent that is absolutely beautiful. From the moment I tried it on to the end of the evening my family kept complimenting me on how nice I smelled, so the sillage is very decent. Again...I only tried this gorgeous scent once so am definitely willing to try it again to give more feedback.

Jul
28
2012
ednaenis
ednaenis

i got this today at macy's !! good perfume long lasting its very similar to flowerbomb by viktor& rolf :)

Jul
27
2012
jonr951
jonr951

@Cams, I do hope you come back and tell us what it smells like! I'm so looking forward to this one! I'm so jealous! Haha : )

Jul
26
2012
sunshine3215
sunshine3215

I smelled this scent today and it smells good; smells like something but I can't figure out what.

Jul
22
2012
jonr951
jonr951

It's available on Lancome.com and for pre-order on Neiman's site! : )

Jul
21
2012

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