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La Vie Est Belle Lancome for women

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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 rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 5074 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Black Currant Pear

Middle Notes
iris Jasmine Orange Blossom

Base Notes
Patchouli Tonka Bean Vanilla Praline

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moderate 182
 
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This perfume reminds me of  
La Vie Est Belle L'Eau de Parfum Legere
96 no yes
Flowerbomb
83 no yes
Fatale
74 no yes
La Vie Est Belle L'Eau de Parfum Intense
44 no yes
Red Vanilla
23 no yes

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La Vie Est Belle Fragrance Reviews

MaiCecile
MaiCecile

This fragrance is simply beautiful, and so befitting of its name. It's a masterpiece that appeals to so many, in the same way that Coco Mademoiselle and Miss Dior do.

With the first spray of this I get a delicious lightly fruity patchouli that reminds me of Coco Mademoiselle. The patchouli also really grounds the middle notes of praline, jasmine and orange blossom. The lingering dry-down of this (that lasts for days on clothes and skin) is vanilla and warm iris- a note I usually detest, but which lends a powdery comfort to this.

This fragrance has become my "night-time" scent, whether I am out with friends or curled up with a cup of tea at home. It manages to balance sweetness, sophistication and comfort in a wonderful way. I'm hoping my husband loves it as much as I do! (We are long distance at the moment)

Lancome fragrances are simply beautiful. This is the third I have fallen in love with after Trésor in Love and Trésor Midnight Rose. <3

Note: I do not like Flowerbomb at all- it's headache inducing to me, while this fragrance has never bothered me.

Jul
28
2016
Kiku
Kiku

I did not like this when it first came out: just too, too sweet! But it has grown on me. Yes, this is a very sweet perfume but there is something comforting and pleasant about it. It is warm, buttery, creamy, and sugary -- like a cookie right out of the oven! This would be a wonderful perfume for the end of the year holidays. Everytime I smell this I get a craving for a glass of eggnog!

Jul
22
2016
unsrsly
unsrsly

I am obsessed with this perfume. It is gourmand to me but a classy and sophisticated one at that. It smells expensive. It is the perfect amount of sweet with the vanilla and praline that mixes nicely with the patchouli. There is only a tiny bit of the black currant and floral. This scent lasts forever too. Men compliment this like crazy.

Jul
21
2016
Konga5000
Konga5000

Great frag! This is like the grown-up older sister to Angel. However using Julia Joker-Face as the spokes model scares me. She probably got like 7 million dollars for 2 days work. Bitch.

Jul
20
2016
phoebe25
phoebe25

I love, love, LOVE this parfume.

To me it is the quintessence of elegance. I simply love the sweet, yet a little heavy, but not to heavy, scent. The Longevity is 12+ hours on my skin and I get a lot of compliments when I wearing this. My husband loves it when Im wearing this parfume, and Im feeling so sexy.

It´s a little on the expensive side for me. But luckily for me I did my sister a favor, organizing all her books (she reads a lot), when she and her husband moved into a new house. Beeing the librarian and control-freak that I am, it really annoyed me, the books wasn´t put in alfabetical order. So I organized and repaired her books. I did it out of my own free will, and I certainly didn´t wanted her to pay me for it. So she bought me a gift box, with the parfume, shower gel and bodylotion as a thank you. Needless to say, I was so happy for the gift.

Jul
18
2016
Longhair
Longhair

The opening is too sweet but Dry down is warm, seductive, sexy, musky not too sweet.
It's really girly great for night out since it has awesome projection n long lasting power.

Jul
12
2016
Mandyomgwee
Mandyomgwee

I wore this today and as I was walking along the street, there was a sudden strong breeze and a beautiful smell hit me..I looked around to see where it was coming from then I realised it was me lol. I received no less than 5 compliments on it today. Not bad for the first day.The two perfumes I have now received the most compliments for have been Alien and now LVEB. I love Alien and it`s still my signature scent, but LVEB is definitely a contender!

It`s sweet, bright and cheery but not in a young teen perfume kind of way. I think it could be worn by any age group. Very feminine scent. Lots of people commenting that it smells like Flowerbomb...hmm I dunno..I`ve sampled Flowerbomb a few times but didnt like it enough to buy it, whereas this will be a staple favourite in my collection.

This seems to last forever. Spritzed a couple of times around my clothes when I first tested this perfume out and could still clearly smell it weeks later. I`m just not getting sick or bored of it like I do with many scents, so going to say it`s made it to my top 5!

Jul
08
2016
pinkpinion
pinkpinion

This is sweet. Really sweet. Honestly, when I read the notes and reviews I already made up my mind: "no way! This is for sweet blond, sophisticated women." I normally prefer my perfume to be a bit more dark. Boy, was I wrong. So yes, I am now a traitor to my own beliefs. I love it, although I was a bit afraid to admit it at first, I passed that phase. If I put it on I keep sniffing my wrist like a lunatic, so much that I fear it will make me high. The only thing that is holding me back from buying a bottle (instead of confiscating every sample out there) is the price and the fact that already a lot of people are swimming (La vie est belle is far from subtle, spray lightly!) in it. So yes it is sweet and yes I could understand that many people dislike it, but I'd recommend giving it a try. La Vie est belle may surprise you , just like it surprised me.

Jul
08
2016
SunnyYG
SunnyYG

This is another one of those syrupy sweet scents that should be in a dessert display cabinet and not coming off a person. So, I disliked it. Tried to wear it twice over a 4 month period to allow for atmospheric changes and I still grimaced after spraying it on. Like FlowerBomb (they smell alike), I will have to give this one away. But, the bottle is really pretty.

Jul
04
2016
Lissa1991
Lissa1991

I don't like this. The vanilla in this feels very heavy and dense, almost like it wants to devour you. Very warm and cloying, not appropriate for the warmer months at all. The wird thing is that vanilla and praline are two of my favourite notes, however they feel very cloying and overwhelming in this scent.

Jun
30
2016
Tussa
Tussa

Too sweet and too much vanilla, so for me, nope :(

Jun
26
2016
dovey
dovey

patchouli , praline & coffee
sweet sophisticated perfume, smells expensive
Dry down is the same as the initial spray which I love about it
Wintery , Night perfume :)

Jun
23
2016
energia
energia

People are overspraying this perfume and it is such a shame because with 2 sprays this is one of the most beautiful perfumes I've ever had. I enjoy in it so much, I can't explain. It is such a "French" perfume, I simply crave it.

Jun
23
2016
rakan1985
rakan1985

scent : 8/10
sillage : 8/10
longevity :8/10
100% night fragrance
very sweet

Jun
18
2016
NordicNoir
NordicNoir

Much too sweet to my liking, but nonetheless a high quality perfume. Superb longevity and silage. I was just about to say a reasonably safe blind buy, however, I do recall having smelt it on others and there being a lingering sour note. So perhaps best to try first. Overall while I don't personally enjoy the fragrance, it's a very well made perfume and well worth the money if you like the fragrance simply due to its outstanding longevity on both skin and clothing.

If anyone's interested, I have a virtually full (sprayed twice) 100ml (3.4oz) bottle I'm happy to swap.

Jun
17
2016
redskyatnight
redskyatnight

So versatile - great for the office, church, date night, daily wear, anything. I really love this. It's the only "mainstream"/department store fragrance I don't get sick of on myself. It is understated, for when I don't want to be noticed for wearing anything, but want to feel like I leave a good impression. The vanilla is subtle and comforting. Not too much sweetness. The kind of scent that makes a great gift.

Jun
15
2016
Mary-Jayne
Mary-Jayne

I have come to really dislike this fragrance. Which can be somewhat problematic, as it is one of those extremely noticeable scents that remains remarkably popular, which means that on the rare occasions I manage to get out and about I nearly always encounter it.

Initially I didn't mind it so much, it wasn't especially "me" in terms of my favourite types of scent or most reached for from my wardrobe, but there are times I do enjoy sweet scents and this one certainly delivers in the categories of sweet, heavy, long lasting and room filling. So a while ago, when a coupon + Boots special offer + advantage card points meant I could effectively get this for "free" - or without depleting my bank balance anyway - I threw caution to the wind and decided to get a small bottle.

I found that when I was in the right mood, and craving something heavy and sweet this was a reasonable choice. On the days that I didn't feel like wearing anything sweet though this would make me feel a little sickly.

And then I got ill. Big, properly poorly ill. The scary kind that involves long hospital stays and worry and pain and nausea and all that jazz. Each week my lovely partner would bring in a few different bottles for me from my collection, partly to help me feel more like myself, partly for comfort, partly to cover the smells of hospitals, and the aim of the rotation was so I hopefully didn't form negative attachments to any of my most loved perfumes.
One of the times he brought me LVEB and I wore it one day. About half an hour after applying, one of the nurses popped his head into my room and said "oh my god, it smells AH-MAAAAY-ZING in here, I could smell it down the ward and had to see who and what it was". I actually felt embarrassed that it was that strong and hoped it wasn't upsetting other patients.
Anyway, later that day my health suddenly took a dramatic turn for the worse. I was really ill that day and night and the day after too, and all the time the intense, heavy, rich, sickly sweet, cloying scent of LVEB clung to my clammy skin, my pyjamas, my sheets and blankets, it had permeated the entire space. Even after a couple of days once I had stabilised and was finally able to get washed, new PJs and clean bedding, I could still smell it.

Rather inevitably, since then I cannot abide this perfume. It transports me straight back to that awful experience and I feel instantly nauseous and overall ghastly.
That however is just my experience. But what I can say is that this is a huge room filling sillage monster, with incredible longevity and a LOT of sweetness. If that's your kind of thing, you should give it a try.

Jun
11
2016
zukigirl
zukigirl

~ For the individuals mentioning it does not last...spray a couple of your clothes as well...you will find it will last, well into the late hours of the day..

Jun
11
2016
Dadadida
Dadadida

I hate it with a passion. it's suffocating - too sweet as well as too dry.
It's a sillage bomb - what makes it utterly worse. It could have been nice if they perhaps kept it an intimate and discrete pefume...

In 3 words: loud; Sweet; Suffocating

Jun
11
2016
Whiteforest
Whiteforest

When you first spray it, it's a bit choking. As it dries down, it smells a bit like the inside of an old toilet. It doesn't last more than 1 hour.

Jun
10
2016
janeofdoe
janeofdoe

I did an experiment today. I never get compliments on my perfume, and I wear many different scents (Chanel, Thierry Mugler, Christian Dior, etc, just look at my wardrobe). I got this in yesterday and wore it to work. 3 people in one day, complimented me on it. That is just Nuts For me! This perfume just appeals to the masses. Period. It's sweet and smells expensive. It's not my personal favorite, but it is by FAR my least favorite. Definitely in my top 10. Warm and bright at the same time. Picture the most expensive, most creamiest, silkiest caramel, served on a warm plate garnished with small fresh fruit pieces and fresh flowers. That's the best way I can describe the essence of this timeless scent. Definitely worth a spot on anyone's perfume shelf :)

Jun
08
2016
nettoyant
nettoyant

Nessers, this is one of the most counterfeited scents. If it was a gift or not purchased from a reliable seller (auction site resellers are least reliable) it could be a fake. I would retest at your nearest counter and take your bottle to compare.

Jun
07
2016
socorrosouza
socorrosouza

Probably you are partially anosmic to it. It happens.I love a Brazilian scent called Make me Fever, very long lasting and which I adore (it resembles Chloe Chloe) but on me less than 2 hours (on most people over 12 hours) with soft sillage (most people: huge sillage). Or you already smelled on people for a long time and your nose got used to it.

Jun
07
2016
Nessers
Nessers

I'm certain I'm in the minority here.

Disclaimer: I like this EDP. There's NOTHING to dislike about the scent itself. Creamy, warm, sweet yet floral. It's very safe and wearable by all age demographics.

My issue rests on longevity.

This EDP, at best, last 2 hours. I see you commenters say the longevity is amazing, but I don't see it.

Have I received a wattered-down bottle?

Jun
06
2016
jt, too
jt, too

This review is for the EdP.

Top Notes: Black Currant and Pear.

Heart Notes: Iris, Jasmine, and Orange Blossom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Therefore, if you want a sweet, gourmand with prominent praline/chocolate, my best advice is to try Sensual Amber first, and then try Angel second if you want to spend more money. Frankly, if you want to keep costs down and still smell fabulous, I think you would be very satisfied with Sensual Amber which is so good that I cannot imagine ever not having it in my collection. As for LVEB, well, I am disappointed in the fragrance, but it does have excellent projection, sillage, and longevity.

Fragrance: 3/10

Projection: 10/10

Sillage: 10/10

Longevity: 10/10

Jun
05
2016
janeofdoe
janeofdoe

I really don't care if everyone is wearing it. There is a reason for it. It's simply gorgeous. I can't wear it EVERY day, because it makes me crave sweets, but once a week between my florals and orientals is great! Someone GAVE me a full, huge bottle of flowebomb, and I really didn't like it. It was just too rough around the edges for me and to my nose, not as sweet and a lot more floral than this. So I'm not one to compare the two. But this one is magnificent. I'm a chanel and Christian Dior girl at heart, but this is truly breath taking and fits right up there with the greats. Excellent job, Lancome.

Jun
02
2016
Suzybee
Suzybee

This is a strong fragrance, lovely but strong. Very vanilla with floral fruity and patchouli notes. I wasn't sure I wanted to splurge for a bottle so I opted to try a .27 fl.oz through Scentbird for $14.95. If you decide to use Scentbird, just know it takes a long time to receive the perfume you order. It took over a month for me. But I was pleasantly surprised at the product. I don't think I would wear LVEB during the day in Spring or Summer but definitely in Fall and Winter and cooler nights. It's a gorgeous fragrance.

May
31
2016
fyre92
fyre92

Saccrrine sweet coco mad.
I actually prefer this to that. I wear the coco mad body oil under this.

May
27
2016
JackieM
JackieM

The patchouli in this one is zesty and inoffensive to me, and the sweetness is warm and round enough to be for all ages. I like it, though I think its cousin Armani Si is more sophisticated and interesting.

May
26
2016
mariamarouli91
mariamarouli91

All I want to say is that this perfume is heaven in a bottle! An absolutely must-have for all gourmand lovers. Sweet but not childish. Modern and youthful.Praline and vanilla stand out amazingly. I also smell a bit of flowers. I cannot smell iris at all. To my skin, iris doesn't exist. Very well-blended perfume which makes you feel happy when you wear it. I can't live if I don't have it in my collection. I have already owned 3 bottles!I think it can be worn every season except for hot summer days. To me works pretty well on cool summer nights. At winter I usually prefer vanilla orientals but it is still amazing on daytime. DO NOT OVERSPRAY CAUSE IT CAN BE UNBEARABLE AND CLOYING TO MANY PEOPLE!!! On clothes it just smells phenomenal for days even after been washed! Amazing longevity and sillage.Expensive perfume but it is worth buying. I also own flowerbomb but I like LVEB more.
P.S That gem is insanely addictive!!!
Edit: I want to add that this is so much uplifting and optimistic. It can really make you combat with your problems,boost your confidence,make you feel energetic and get you motivated and focused. I used it in a period of time I was in a bad mood,all things went wrong and it really made me cheer up!So,an ultimate mood lifter!ETERNAL LOVE!!!

May
24
2016
cobradeathmatch
cobradeathmatch

I love this beautiful, gourmand fragrance. It's fruity vanilla, but the patchouli in it gives it a spicy depth that makes sexy and sophisticated and prevents it from veering too sweet. The lasting power and the sillage on this one are massive on me so I'm careful not to overdo it. This perfume elicits more compliments from strangers than any other fragrance in my 50+ bottle collection. I think it smells different from Flowerbomb and Si, but I can see why it's often compared to those two. They're in the same ballpark. If you like Flowerbomb or Si, then you'll likely love La vie es Belle too!

May
22
2016
FabulouslyLazy
FabulouslyLazy

A sample of this perfume has been lying on my dresser for at least four months, completely untouched. This morning, finally, I was in the mood of using it hoping that it will inspire me some kind of ‘la-vie-est-belle-attitude’. My impression is that it’s an okay perfume – for praline lovers sure it’s a masterpiece, but for me it’s just fine. I cannot say I don’t like it, still I would never buy it for myself. As for the attitude, I think it’s too early now, I will probably know that at the end of the day.
Side note: I don’t think it’s similar to Sì by Giorgio Armani. In La Vie Est belle patchouli is more prominent and the praline is very strong; the sweet note is dominant even in the dry-down. Sì to my nose is less sweet and more aromatic, but not because of patchouli.
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Irony of the fate: it's been a bad day. A day I wish I could forget as soon as possible! I will definitely never purchase this. Gut feelings + what I said this morning.

May
18
2016
tsofa
tsofa

I had never worn in the past any Lancôme perfumes. Although and since this perfume was marketed, further getting my attention, I did manage to grab myself a sample trial and decided to give it a proper review.

“La Vie Est Belle” is too sweet and sharp on its patchouli note. What I do get out of it, is the sweet flower notes, sweet fruity notes and lots of patchouli notes. Added and mixed to my skin chemistry, it is simply too heavy. If I further adjoin a little bit more of it, I do get a nice headache so I have to finally be very light handed with this particular one if do want to wear it over and above.

The longevity is awesome though! It easily lasts until the next day as, after wearing a new blouse the morning after, I would still smell the perfume like I had just sprayed myself with some. I am very impressed about that factor!

I believe it’s worth the attention and the hype it gets. It is a wonderful scent but I do believe it has to be worn sparingly, considering allergic people, it can cause them migraines.

May
16
2016
Christie-Jack
Christie-Jack

Gorgeous, radiates, stays true, and draws loads of attention. Downside is everyone else smells of it!

May
14
2016
jawline
jawline

This scent is perfection , I can't get how some ladies hate it! ( a guy review here ) , when i smell this on any girl i auto realise its la vie est belle and it's real strong and is inviting from a distance!! real real perfect scent!!

May
10
2016
johoko
johoko

I kinda bought this perfume along with Paco Rabanne Olympea a few days ago on impulse buy. Tried both perfume on 2 seperate days. Both the perfume are on the sweet, almost caramel like side but the Belle is not as sweet as the Olympea. The sillage of Belle is not as strong as Olympea but the longevity is strong with this one (well, at least for my skin type). I don't LOVE this perfume, neither do i dislike it. It's probably one of those that I'll put on when I want a girlie girl kinda day whilst my kids are in school. =P

May
10
2016
singlebilingual
singlebilingual

I don't know why it doesn't really work for me. I like it but at the same time it annoyes me when I have it on. I love sweet scents but this one is just a bit... predictable? Flat? Synthetic smell? Too intense? A little bit of all. It has very nice ingredients which I love apart but all together in this scent it gets just too much. At the same time, there's no depth in this scent. It's just a bit flat, doesn't intrigue, there's no outstanding note, it just smells a lot of things at the same time which makes it smell a bit cheap. And it smells synthetic to me. I use it sometimes when I'm in the mood for something very sweet, but can't really wear it every day.

May
09
2016
nourule83
nourule83

Great longevity.
Could still smell it around me 1 am after spraying it on 8 am before go to work. 1 spray is enough in order not to be overpowering. Sweet soft smell. And still obvious although after I bake cake in the afternoon of the same day.

Moderate sillage. Good enough for me for daily usage.

May
05
2016
MWhitman
MWhitman

I cannot go back to flower bomb after smelling this. It is so good. The fruit opening is to die for!

May
01
2016
pamelapuffadder
pamelapuffadder

i own many vintage perfumes, my favorites being Guerlain Vol de Nuit, Shalimar, Vintage Chanel No. 5, vintage Lanvin My Sin and Joy in the black bottle. But for a modern scent, I love to wear this at night when i get in bed. It has a sweetness I am still on the fence about but the powdery, vanilla warmth smells so good to me. And I also like Prada Candy. I dont find it sophisticated, it just smells cozy to me. And my husband doesnt think it smells like cat pee. He hates civet, which i love. i dont think this is classic or very original but i wear it only to bed.

Apr
30
2016
joiroy
joiroy

This perfume smells wonderful from afar on other people, but the syrupy sweet base is terrible up close. Can't wear it personally, but I like catching it on passers by.

Apr
30
2016
Lilyequis
Lilyequis

I've tried this several times now because it's popular and the notes are similar on paper to others I enjoy. On me this smells like cough syrup. Straight robitussin. It's without a doubt disgusting. I wonder what it's *supposed* to smell like.

Apr
30
2016
Lilyequis
Lilyequis

I've tried this several times now because it's popular and the notes are similar on paper to others I enjoy. On me this smells like cough syrup. Straight robitussin. It's without a doubt disgusting. I wonder what it's *supposed* to smell like.

Apr
30
2016
Daria_21
Daria_21

There's not much to be said about this fragrance that hasn't already been said, but I will give my piece nonetheless.

I'm on the "I LOVE this scent" side of the fence. Ladies, this one is a compliment getter by the dozen! My husband always comments on this one, and he rarely, if ever, comments on my fragrances, and I have quite a large collection.

Less is more with this beauty - this is a powerhouse of a perfume and is quite strong and cloying if you overspray. For me, one spray on my décolleté is enough, and soars through the day and night like a champ.

I'm not great at distinguishing notes from one to another, but I do know what patchouli smells like, and I really don't detect it very much. What I get is a sweet, sophisticated, creamy, dreamy beautiful concoction that really works for me on all levels.

I don't like to associate age with perfume. I think that if you love a scent, then make it your own and wear it with confidence. Who cares if it "smells young or smells old?" What does that even mean? Wear what you like ladies, and wear it with pride!

Apr
29
2016
joiroy
joiroy

If I could somehow get rid of the sickly sweet top/middle note, this perfume would be fantastic. Smelling it from a distance on others is beautiful, but the close-up is wretched.

Apr
28
2016
chrisstinna_b
chrisstinna_b

I am a fan of pear notes, they bring a delicate delicious and sweet tint to the perfume, yet the other component notes make it a mature one.
If you don't like patchouli, although you might find this scent enjoyable, you might not want to make it your own. The note is really distinguishable.

Apr
25
2016
Peachysugarbuns
Peachysugarbuns

I hear people drag Shalimar and Chanel No. 5 for smelling like "old ladies", but really, La Vie Est Belle is what all the old ladies are wearing these days. Times, they are a-changin'.

The fragrantica description for this scent says "iris is the key ingredient" in this composition.

Nope.

This smells like caramel and candies with patchouli projectile vomiting all over the drydown. I've tried to wear La Vie Est Belle so many times, aching to see what the appeal is, but alas, for me there is no appeal at all. Amateur club-goers drunkenly tottering on platform heels and dominating, over-40 divorced women in the casinos I work at ruined La Vie Est Belle for me (or is it Flowerbomb? Whatever, they're the same) from the get-go.

Or maybe La Vie Est Belle was ruined for me from the get-go because it is completely boring. If you love this fragrance and wear it well, sorry for all my blathering and shade-throwing. I am so over this fragrance and the countless others of its kind.

Apr
24
2016
Butterball
Butterball

Just got a free sample and I love this fragrance's sweet warmth on me. I'll use up my sample, but I will not be purchasing. I already own a 50 ML bottle of La Nuit Tresor, and this one smells too similar to justify buying it. I do recommend this scent to any sweet gourmand lovers out there.

Apr
23
2016
NouveauDruid
NouveauDruid

Last holiday shopping season I entered a large department store and asked for something new. This was immediately referred to and then pushed on me by the salesperson, who said I should like it because "it's the most popular...everyone is buying it for their wives!"

That was not the thing to say to me because these days for me popular means NO. However, I gave it a sniff and realized I was, wait for it, RIGHT.

It is sadly yet another nauseatingly sweet, synthetic-smelling attempt at a "romantic" fruity floral, pushed by a giant corporation and a roundly beloved celebrity. Great houses like Guerlain wouldn't dream of creating this, at least not in the past and so no matter how old lady everyone may believe a truly legendary scent like Chanel No. 22 or Guerlain's own Vol de Nuit might make me smell I'll happily wear them every day over this for one minute.

Apr
20
2016
wendyha
wendyha

I love this scent! It is number one on my wishlist! I have a free sample and today is the second day that I wear it.

I used to love Flowerbomb, by Victor and Rolf, but suddenly I don't love that scent anymore. First I thought that my bottle of Flowerbomb went bad, but I made a friend smell it and she said that it still smells the same. So I went to a perfumery and tested the bottle of Flowerbomb in there and it smelled exactly the same as my bottle at home. I gave that bottle away, because I am not going to use it anymore. I really mourned it, being over my big love for Flowerbomb, there wasn't another scent that I loved as much as my Flowerbomb.

But: ... La Vie Est Belle smells like I remember the smell of Flowerbomb:-D!!! The smell that I love so much. So this will be the perfect replacement. When I first smelled La Vie Est Belle it was on a colleague and I thought that I smelled Flowerbomb, but it was La Vie Est Belle. So the next day I wore my Flowerbomb and made her smell it, to let her know how much those fragrances are alike. She could smell the difference, but she did smell what I mentioned about the likeness. I made the mistake of thinking that someone wore Flowerbomb when that woman was wearing La Vie Est Belle a few times after that, with other women that I met elsewhere. But now I can clearly smell the difference: I don't like Flowerbomb anymore, but I love La Vie Est Belle. I don't work at that same place anymore, so now I don't have to worry about smelling the same as my colleague.

La Vie Est Belle scent opens with vanilla, an ingredient that Flowerbomb doesn't have and that adds the warmth that I now miss in Flowerbomb.

Then I also start to smell all the delicious flowers, iris, orange blossom, which adds some freshness and happiness to the scent and jasmine, one of my favourite ingredients, that are also present in Flowerbomb. The black currant and pear add fruityness and the base completes this scent with vannilla, tonkabean, patchouli (also present in the base of Flowerbomb) and praline.

So La Vie Est Belle has literally everything that I want in a scent. Just like with Flowerbomb the longevity is very longlasting and the sillage is enormous, but that is what I love, so this scent is perfect for me. As soon as I can afford it, I will definitely buy La Vie Est Belle:-D!

Apr
18
2016
gillbert
gillbert

strong opening notes with sweet-fruity black current and pear. in the heart notes, i can smell strong, rich, milky, moist, and deep iris, sambac jasmine & orange flower. it's so sensual, alluring, sexy and inviting. the base notes are praline, tonka bean, vanilla and patchouli. these compositions are making it sweet and sticky. it's sticky on the cloth and skin, even after washed.

juice: 9.5
uniqueness: 8.5
price: 9.5
bottle/cap: 9.5
compliments: 10
longevity: 9.5
sillage: 10
TOTAL: 9.5 /10

Apr
16
2016
saidalajara
saidalajara

I purchased a travel size of this. My first impression was this is what upper middle class soccer moms (who lunch in their tennis outfits & who wear the same hairstyle/clothes as their friends) would wear. No offence meant but kind of what a stepford wife type would wear, because Flowerbomb was just to intense for them.

But then I sprayed it on before bedtime. I had the most magical dreams. And this happened again and again. The dry down is just amazing. I love Iris and although I don't think I consciously smell it in this, I suspect that may be adding to the magic and allure of this.

This scent is perfect for fall through early spring. I plan to purchase a full size bottle.

Apr
15
2016
Joker888
Joker888

This is a very lovely, happy, fun perfume. I very like this fragrance. So sweet and really elegant at the same time. Very good perfume.

Apr
08
2016
Pastelstreets
Pastelstreets

This is such a beautiful scent, this is my fiances favorite.
He really loves it.
I only wear it on special occasions.
This fragrance is good for any age and it is sure to make you feel gorgeous.
I love how long it lasts, not only on my clothes but my skin as well.
Be careful not to over spray! Its beautiful when it is just applied once, its delicate.
Enjoy.

Apr
03
2016
manat
manat

Hmm, I was washing my hand with a brush and dishwasching liquid after trying this one, to get rid of this scent. And I must say one thing - it sticks to my skin Very well and for a very long time. But that's all.. unfortunatelly I find this perfume very annoying, "all the time the same", and smelling cheap.

Apr
01
2016
theangryraisins
theangryraisins

This perfume is a sweet gourmand, but it is by no means childish. It does not smell like Britney Spears Fantasy or Pink Sugar. It smells sophisticated and glamorous. I love wearing this to work or meetings with professors.

Mar
30
2016
NYCgirl
NYCgirl

I wanted to like La Vie Est Belle - I was expecting something sweet and a little flirty - but the sweetness was very uninteresting. Much too powdery - its needs something a little sharp or perhaps cirus-y to cut the sugar.

Mar
29
2016
horse_friesian
horse_friesian

This one is very generic smelling. I get how a lot of people are saying that it is way to sweet and cloying. I tried to like this one and have tested it on 4 different occasions (partly because the perfume sales people are ALWAYS trying to push this off on me) and have decided without a doubt that its not for me. It's one of those scents that when you smell it your like " I have smelled this before, everywhere"

Mar
29
2016
Tracyarts
Tracyarts

I don't get any patchouli at all. Just soft sweetness, the crispness of the pear, the little bit of sharpness from the black currant, a touch of soft floral notes, and just a little touch of powder. Very soft, feminine, and sweet.

Mar
28
2016
jenny_sokols
jenny_sokols

Sickeningly sweet stuff. It seems like every 2nd girl is wearing it and it's so common. I prefer more sophisticated perfumes. This one causes diabetes...
Big dislike.

Mar
28
2016
ell_bee
ell_bee

I very uncharacteristically purchased a full size bottle of this on a whim, after sampling it maybe once. I'm slightly disappointed with my purchase because, while I enjoy praline + patchouli as much as the next fragrance fiend, I don't love it. Maybe it's the marketing or packaging, maybe it's how generic the sweet-chouli craze has become, but it just feels mediocre to me and on me amongst the 20 some odd other scents I've tried and LOVE.

Nothing at all wrong with the perfume, persay. The lasting power and projection are decent. It's pleasant, but purchasing it didn't put me over the edge-out of like-into love with it. I'll probably sneak a few more spritzes out of the beautiful glass clunker of a bottle and then gift it to one of my girliest girl friends. Hopefully she can give it the love that I never could.

edit: okay so while I may not love this... men do. I've never gotten as many male compliments on a fragrance than this one has pulled in.

Mar
25
2016
Neckromancer
Neckromancer

I give up. This smells pretty on paper, but my skin just kills it. On paper, it's tart berries that dry down to chocolaty caramel and later, vanilla. On my skin, it's patchouli, the Oscar the Grouch that really awakens and dumps the contents of his dumpster over everything else. It gives me a really bad headache, and does NOT come off even after washing with dishwasher liquid. However, I have to admit that this smells amazing when the patchouli goes away. And longevity is 12/10.
I think I prefer this to Flowerbomb because it has less patchouli.

Mar
21
2016
alexyoung1993
alexyoung1993

I got this perfume for my birthday, and I am obsessed. It smells so good! It's so sweet (in a good way) that I want to eat this perfume. I love love love this perfume, and I will definitely be buying another bottle once mine runs out.

Side note-- this perfume reminds me so much of Flowerbomb. My friend was wearing La Vie Est Belle but didn't know the name, and I kept telling her, "I think you're wearing Flowerbomb." Turns out, she wasn't wearing FB, but rather, LVEB.

Mar
21
2016
JenniferRH
JenniferRH

I have to let this out! Why do perfumes have to have age limits, season preferences, time frames and gender basis? If someone really likes a perfume then why should it only be for certain time frames and certain people? If you like it then you like it and you should wear it whenever and wherever you want to! Sorry but I had to say this. Thanks!

Mar
21
2016
mariamarouli91
mariamarouli91

This is my signature perfume of all time! I 'm not going to say many things. I smell this and automatically i get super happy and optimistic. The perfume of happiness. Love at first smell. As you spray,you smell jasmine and vanilla first. After a while, the sweetness of pear,vanilla and praline stays until the perfume evaporates. The patcouli gives intensity too. The majority of women prefer this fragrance at winter. Personally, i use it at spring and summer evenings.It isn't over too heavy on my skin. If you like gourmand sweet perfumes,give it a try. I have owned 2 bottles and i'm gonna purchase another one next month as spring comes.The only negative is that 8/10 women have owned or tested this perfume...

Mar
21
2016
anessa
anessa

On me, this develops as a deluxe praline in liquid state, without any flowers. Milk chocolate with nougat and double-deck toppings. I understand that this fragrance has its appeal for many, like the deluxe praline has. It would certainly be a great Valentine's gift like a pink-wrapped box of pralines with a silver bow, perhaps together with it. The wearer will be reminded of the gifter's affection for a long time, since this perfume stayed on me for over 24 hours including washing. Impressive!

Mar
20
2016
JenniferRH
JenniferRH

This perfume smells so beautiful! I had to buy it after sampling it! My husband loves it and so do I! I just wish that the price wasn't so high!

Mar
19
2016
retrodeedee
retrodeedee

i'm not usually a fan of sweet scents but this one has something so charming about it that it actually made me like it. the only reason i would absolutely NEVER buy it again is the fact that every other girl in my town is wearing it. it's so damn annoying!! i apologise if my review didn't help anyone but i simply had to say this. in my opinion a perfume is supposed to say something about the person who's wearing it and if you wear this one you're saying "i'm just like any other girl you've met on the street, move along!"

Mar
18
2016
Eugirlsniffs
Eugirlsniffs

Ouch. This is the most boring and sickeningly sweet scent for me in a very long time. I tried the eau de perfume version and I could hardly wait to get my hands on ANY scented wet wipes to rub it off. I could not get over the sweet nothingness, and on me it stayed. Never changed into something else. Thank god for cucumber baby wipes. Just yuck.

Mar
16
2016
karen.fiallos
karen.fiallos

I absolutely love it! I got it from my bf on our anniversary the first time, when I sprayed the small sample attached to it I was bought forever, an eternal signature for me. Because it is quite pricy I'd rather wear this one only on special occasions, but is just so delicious, It smells all day long, stays on your clothes and scarf forever... it's candy-sweet like I want to bite you sooo delicious, it has everything! love all versions of it though the original EDP stays my favourite. Definitely a fragance that will become a classic at some point, has nothing to envy form Chanel Coco Mademoiselle or Miss Dior. I adore it!

Mar
16
2016
maruge62
maruge62

Love, love, love this scent!!!!! I really dont expect much from Lancome fragrances, but this one, together with Magie Noire, are awesome!!!!

Mar
15
2016
mashuda
mashuda

I swapped prada infusion d'iris for this with a friend who really disliked this... I have flowerbomb too and they DO smell alike but this one doesn't have the sour note in the dry down that flowerbomb has..... lasting power is awesome, I used it yesterday as my day perfume and I can still smell it in my hair today even after a shower. I may repurchase this instead of a flowerbomb repurchase, because I much prefer this.

Mar
12
2016
elena.kurlaviciute
elena.kurlaviciute

I love this perfume! Very nice.

Mar
11
2016
samloves
samloves

All I get from this is a sweet cheap sickly smell yuck. I don't get anything else from it, sorry folk.

Mar
10
2016
RoulitaGatita
RoulitaGatita

I love this perfume since it was launched. It was love at first sniff. The saler woman told me to smell it, i didn't know about it and when i put it on my skin i really adore it. It's also the only perfume i wore for one and a half year constantly, usually every one or two months i change perfume. So that make me think, why i didn't repurchase it after it's the only perfume i was wearing for so long? So i'm going to buy it again. It reminds me of flowerbomb, but this is more deep, it smells praline and vanilla most, great as i love them. It also stays on skin for hours (12+) and the scent it leaves on clothes stays for days and it smells even better. :D

Mar
10
2016
Madrona
Madrona

It is pretty Flowerbomb-y, I must say. For that reason I also see the comparisons to Jimmy Choo, but that one is deeper and rounder, this one hits me in the nose quite sharply even when the top notes have scattered a bit. Also reminds me of Trésor Lumineuse, which on my skin is sweeter and rounder, and by extension also Kenzo Flower L'Elixir.

Clearly I don't find this the most unique of scents but it is for sure modern and pleasant. If you are averse to patchouli, fear not, for it is in there somewhere but not immediately apparent to me. The energy drink/Red Bull note that I also sense in Jimmy Choo is present here and adds a sense of freshness/crispness which tickles me just right. I would however not get a full bottle.

Mar
09
2016
witchbaby777
witchbaby777

This is not the most unique fragrance you will ever wear, but it is delicious... delicious in the way that women AND men will stop you anywhere you are to ask you what you have on. It's a mixture of Coco Mademoiselle and perhaps BobBon on me. I've been wearing it fairly regularly for about three years now and I still really adore it. It's a nice everyday fragrance that will still get you noticed for the right reasons. You don't have to be a nose to know people like when you smell like high quality candy. Much more palatable to me than Prada Candy.

Mar
06
2016
SuzanneS
SuzanneS

What can I say about this. Its a mixed bag. It smells youthful for the younger crowd, but there's a thick syrup opening that nearly suffocated me.

I'm one of the original gourmand girls sporting the original angel and its syrupy darkness. (First formula)

When it settles down its heart is generic, and an addition of a gardenia,or tuberose to cut the syrup would have made this a modern masterpiece. Instead I keep feeling something is missing from it.

Is it pretty..yes. Is it sticky sweet fruitchouli in the best way? Yes. But it leaves me personally wanting. Its definitely close but sweeter rendition of coco mademoiselle.

Mar
06
2016
CharleneApril
CharleneApril

Sampled it at Macy's! Loved it so much on initial spritz that I bought a bottle. After wearing it a few days I am not feeling the same about it. I like it, but I don't love it. It's sweet vanilla Carmel on me and almost makes me feel nauseous...if I use much. I will wear it and use it up, but not a fave for me.

Mar
04
2016
jasminmeoww
jasminmeoww

This is such a lovely fragrance! To me it's kind of sweet, warm and fruity floral. Some notes that I can smell from this are patchouli, tonka bean and pear. This is a very good perfume for both day and night, but I prefer to use this in fall rather than summer or spring. And this lasts ages on my skin.

Mar
03
2016
cstands
cstands

This is a really likeable scent - comforting, dependable and a great all-rounder. I'm really enjoying gourmands at the moment - lots of caramelly yumminess in this one! I'm pleased that I don't smell any patchouli on my skin with La Vie - we don't usually get on too well! REALLY like the black currant too. Well done on the lasting power too...

Feb
29
2016
blakbarbee
blakbarbee

OMG...this scent is EVERYTHING!!! I wish I knew about this years ago when it was first introduced. I see that there are soo many comparisons to FB and I can sort of understand, however, LA VIE is by far soo much better in my opinion. I actually gave a full size large bottle of FB to my mother because I literally could not wear it, it did not mesh with my skin at all and I hated it actually. Anywho...La Vie is my HG perfume @ the moment, it is soo sexy, soo fresh & just yummy, my skin eats it up and the silage is wonderful, I cannot stop sniffing myself and that's a first for me...I want to eat myself up, hahaha!!! Ladies, this beats FB by millions in my opinion and FB can't touch this beautiful perfume at all, hands down a sophisticated fragrance! I can't get enough!

Feb
28
2016
bardhoshi35
bardhoshi35

Love forever!

Feb
25
2016
leticiavalerio
leticiavalerio

I purchased a bottle of La Vie Est Belle 3 years ago, I was looking for a strong sweet scent for spring, autumn and winter days. It was love at first sight, my skin felt a sweet and powerful fragrance gourmand in the way I always loved. In my skin I feel the praline and banunilha-patchouli, with a touch fruity sour black currant all the time, which is the only thing that bothers me today in this fragrance, because I don't like black fruits in perfumes. Time passed and the perfume has become generic for me. Very popular even in Brazil, where the minority often use imported perfumes. It became the new '' Fantasy '' and the new '' 212 sexy '' or even something like Paco Rabanne: extremely boring and without identity. It's sad, because a scent that I really loved to use, is trivialized. I love powerful and sexy perfumes, but I like unique scents and less used in my country for don't be confused with a generic ballad girl who just wants to draw attention of men. The Lancome's fragrances are wonderful with great longevity and projection, it is a shame that one of their perfumes become a best friend of basic girls without identity in my country. I give 8/10 for the fragrance, 9/10 for longevity and projection.

Feb
25
2016
emt1986
emt1986

LVEB smells EXACTLY like this hair texturizing product I use. I've always loved the smell of that product... for a hair product. This only reaffirms my belief that while LVEB is a perfectly pleasant fragrance if you like tooth-achingly sweet gourmands (and I'm not opposed to them), it just isn't worth what it costs. If I had tons of discretionary income to spend on expensive perfumes, would I buy it? Maybe, but mostly for the design of the bottle. The bottom line is that you can find many perfumes in the same vein as this for a lot less money. I've tried it out a few times, and whatever character it has just out of the bottle quickly disappears on my skin, turning it into a cloud of indeterminate sweetness... and honestly, I like it well enough, but you can get a tester of Pink Sugar for like $12 on Ebay and walk away with the same effect.

Feb
25
2016
ChloeBentley
ChloeBentley

I love this scent definitly one of my top 3 scents...it last forever...this is a mix of sweet and spicy...the spicy part calms down after awhile though which I like

Feb
24
2016
anastasiajohanssen
anastasiajohanssen

This smells absolutely delicious and has staying power like no other... please use a light hand!

Feb
23
2016
BlooBells
BlooBells

This is far too fruity for my taste, to me it is like Miracle with extra fruit added. It is too modern and generic, I would not wear it, but it is a warm and friendly sort of smell. A good one for fruity fragrance fans.

Feb
23
2016
KDobiecki
KDobiecki

This is a nice fragrance- sweet, feminine, warm. It reminds me a lot of 2 other fragrances- Flowerbomb, and Black Opium. I think La Vie Est Belle isn't as deep, but it's also not as special to me. I have a sampled-- I would definitely wear it if I owned it, but I'm not running out to buy it.

Feb
21
2016
layde3bee
layde3bee

I love the Fragrance i would wear it all day everyday possibly drink it if possible its Divine on all levels it smells extremely good on my skin, not sure about other skin types, but it suits me perfectly i highly recommend only down side is this fragrance is over $110, but no matter the cost it is such a good smell that i cannot resist time and time again hoping they never discontinue this wonderful aromatic scent. it's perfect for those who love sweet smells that linger on your skin and clothes for no joke all day i can still smell it on my clothes the next day longevity is 12+ hours at least for me not speaking for everyone . . . definitely worth a buy if you haven't already

Feb
10
2016
calypsou
calypsou

This is my favorite perfume FOREVER. From the first time I smelled it , I fell instantly in love with it`s sweetness . There is something magical in this fragrance that make you love it more and more.
I was searching for years for a fragrance that is sweet but not too heavy and not too woody or musky . And I found it. It`s pure sweet magic in a luxury package.
When I`m wearing it I feel confident and sexy and the men in my office always notice my perfume.

Feb
10
2016
Adjr1087
Adjr1087

I have smelled this in other women for years... and all my life I have been trying to find out what was that sweet smell... I even got to think it was Britney Spears Fantasy. So, sooo sweet and I adored it. Finally found out, when one of my co workers wore it in the office. I had to ask her in the ladies bathroom what the hell was that delicious perfume she was wearing!!! That's when she told me LVEB. So I went running to Dillards and got a sample of this. But something really weird happened when I wore this... in 2 different days I wore it... I am not sure how I smell to other people. But after the first hour, and while sitting on my desk, this really weird smell hit me sooo hard... it smelled like rotten caramel... like when you leave beer residue that dryes down and smell like kind of rotten and sour. It is sooo weird I don't know if I am explaining myself well... I love this perfume in other women, but I am not sure it suits my skin well. Maybe my skin chemistry is not compatible with this.

Feb
09
2016
Jurisprude
Jurisprude

I like it. It's modern. flowery. Well more panna cotta and blackcurrant than flowery. But it does have a nice Iris there too. I think it's sweet. You can nearly eat the caramel in it. I like it. But on the main it is another version of the commercial sweet fragrances we're seeing nowadays. Which is fine because it is modern and beautiful. Good silage.

Feb
06
2016
miracleborgtech
miracleborgtech

Can't decide if I like this or not because there are two stumbling blocks for me. One, there is a sugary sweetness to it that puts me off. Happily, this is offset during the drydown, which is interesting with a warm spicy coziness. A counterbalance to the fruity saccharine floral, transforming the scent into something wearable. But, two, La Vie Est Belle is ultimately indistinctive. The fragrance is not memorable enough. Unlike a perfume like Shalimar that is unforgetable, this one is hard to remember exactly. Not helped by synthetic undertones, a hint of plastic, that I have to work to translate into a perfume context. It might be the way it reacts to my skin, so I will try again in the summer. Hoping warm weather and better skin chemistry will reveal its' inner beauty.

Edit - Waking up the next morning, I smelled something wonderful. It was La Vie Est Belle where it had rubbed off on my pillow. I put it on my wrist again, but had the same "meh" reaction. Obviously something going on with the way my skin handles it.

Feb
02
2016
coffeex4
coffeex4

This is really growing on me...got a very small sample at Sephora, and have used it sparingly several times. It smells very pretty. Very feminine. Belongs to the female gender, IMO. So that makes it very romantic! It keeps you smelling pretty all day long. I have a great appreciation for all of the different scent groups. On me, Oak-moss and Wood notes have the propensity to turn on my skin with Body Chemistry (bummer, because there are some nice perfumes in those groups). La Vie Est Belle has no Oak-moss or Woods, which may make it seem linear to some, as it pretty much stays the same throughout it's long life. But to me, that's a positive, because it never turns on me.

My 14 year old son told me several times that I smell pretty while wearing this. Now isn't that enough?...(sweet smile!)

I'm saving up for this one.

Feb
01
2016
miletas89
miletas89

I love the idea of this...I love the bottle, I love the fact that it's Lancome, but what keeps me from buying it is just simply its cloying sweetness. Sweet overload! Sweet and strong and long-lasting (should be positive aspects, right?), but the whole thing is just a bit too much. Armani Si is in the same realm of current gourmand trendy fragrances, but is much less cloying, and YSL Black Opium is likewise much more wearable than LVEB.

Jan
31
2016
Josy708
Josy708

My relationship with this one is complicated... I smelled it when I was working in the summer... EVERYBODY wore it... I was so addicted to it and I adored it... So I bought it... It's a really nice smell but on my colleagues it smelled sweet and natural, while I only smell the chemical stuff I guess... after a while it's okay... but then I'm so bothered by how long it lasts hahaha... like I smell it in the morning and my bed smells like it... I love the smell but it drives me nuts... I love and hate it so much hahaha

Jan
31
2016
nettoyant
nettoyant

The problem with this scent is not its sweetness. Sweet is nice sometimes as long as it's a little complex and interesting. The problem with this is that it's cloying, totally sensory overload and "sweet" doesn't quite describe it. There's something so tenacious and bitter on the drydown. Like drinking pure ultra sweet and thick soda syrup with equal parts vermouth.

Jan
28
2016
Endymion
Endymion

Ladies, it amazes me that you all around the world just simply aren't completely fed up with the constant overflow of insanely sugary sweet perfumes for long years now!
I wonder when this will stop?

Jan
28
2016
GourmandGirl
GourmandGirl

This is in my top five favourites, i adore it so much! I got it for christmas from my fiance after throwing huge hints, even though i'd never smelled it before... but i knew i didn't need to, as i knew i would love it.

It reminds me so much of flowerbomb, with one exception... that awful tea note!! I would adore flowerbomb if it wasn't for that, as they are so similar, but it spoils it for me- instant headache.

So now i finally own this, and couldn't be happier, it's everything i love in a perfume- sweet, gourmand, huge sillage and the longevity is amazing!! I sprayed some on my dressing gown and could still smell it a week later!

I'm not gonna go into notes, as everything has already been said about them in previous reviews, i wrote this to literally show my appreciation of one of the most gorgeous perfumes i've ever smelled, and can guarantee that this will be repurchased over and over again!!

Jan
28
2016
Solar Girl
Solar Girl

Lancome is a surprise lately. Each brand has period when it is on the go, whether is collection or perfumes. This is Lancome's time. La vie est belle is absolutely amazing, as well as Tresor La Nuit.... Tresor Midnight rose is quite nice as well. At this moment these are my favourites, together with Armani Si and always beautiful Guerlain perfumes.
LVEB is a big hit. It will be what once was Casmir, Poison... We will tell our kids (or grandchildren) how we've been using this one for years.
Stronger and more sassy then Si, stronger, more sassy and more sweet then La Nuit Tresor or Black Opium. Less heavy and annoying then W&R Flower bomb, Alien or Manifesto YSL.
I think it is perfect balance between perfume with story and character that is very close to be over the top but doesn't cross the line, doesn't bother or give headache, and another "everybody like it" boring fragrance. Dominant, sexy, gourmand and seductive. Not dull but also not over the top.

Jan
26
2016
Oriane
Oriane

I love the first burst of notes (jasmine, orange flower). The sillage is very strong. On my skin, vanilla and patchouli are the main notes that remain at the end of the day.

Yet, I think there is something bitter in this composition (is it because of the presence of almonds?) that overshadows the other elements ... Which is a pity, for they do not lack refinement (powdery iris!)

A rich perfume anyway.

Edit : I tried this perfume again, and it turns out to be unbearable for me. The sillage is all about dry synthetic vanilla ...

Jan
24
2016
nirvana1
nirvana1

Blind Buy: There is something sharp in this fragrance that I do not like. Maybe I am not an Iris or Black Currant fan, although I thought that alot of my fragrances contain both. I do not see this as a gourmand, I do not smell the vanilla, sweet or praline at all. It does make me a bit nauseus. Going by the notes, I should love this, but I am at the opposite end. I will try a flanker in the future.

Jan
23
2016
auroramaria
auroramaria

I love La Vie and all its flankers and there's a new flanker launching soon called La Vie est Belle Florale based on osmanthus and probably not as sweet as the other ones!! Can't wait to try it!

Jan
22
2016
Linh96
Linh96

This scent is so heavy that makes me feel sick and dizzy :P

Jan
21
2016
CoconutCoffee
CoconutCoffee

@nettoyant - Your rant made me laugh and I tried to give you a balloon but when I clicked the icon nothing happened so I decided to write a message instead.

Anyway, my view is that ALL opinions are valid and it helps to hear from lovers and haters of any frag. I think those who 'thumbs down' a review because it criticises something they like are just being childish. And if they drive opinion off the screen then this censorship is not just childish but sinister.

You can rubbish my fragrance any day as long as you make me laugh out loud ;-)

Jan
21
2016
nettoyant
nettoyant

Please, lovers of this scent, stop wearing it on airplanes, in offices, at the mall. Basically, wear it if you're going for a hike so you don't gas the rest of us out. tyvm. OR wear less, please. I don't know how you can stand it, those around you certainly can't!

Edit: ha, I'm glad I made you laugh CoconutCoffee. :) I actually like this scent but just before this "review" I had spent a short (1.5 hour) plane ride with someone doused in it and myself and the stranger beside me had a hard time breathing!

Jan
20
2016
anapana83
anapana83

This is one of my favorite floral fragrances that i got on a whim recently. Since i tend to favor scents on the sweeter or more floral side as opposed to green or citrusy, this wound up being up my alley. It's overall a lovely mingling of floral and gourmand.

I do not think that it smells JUST like Flowerbomb. Is it sweet? Most definitely. Is it an exact replica of Flowerbomb? Nope. I think it's too easy to say that. There are just enough differences between both scents for it to be its own fragrance, primarily with the help of the fruit and praline in La Vie Est Belle. If you currently have other sweet scents that came out around the time of La Vie Est Belle, then fine, i can understand not being as impressed. But i think that for the casual buyer who is not aware or concerned with buying all of the current florals out there, they will find this one to be a treat.

I like wearing this during the day as it brings a smile to my face. It's sweet, happy, maybe even a little tender and romantic, and makes you feel like its name states: that life is beautiful. The parfum lasts ALL day on me and the sillage is fantastic. I do think that it could possibly be worn at night, and judging by the graph, a lot of people do. But i personally feel like it's too happy and sweet for night time. I generally prefer something with musk at night.

One thing i will add though is to be cautious of how much you put on. It can be easy to go overboard and end up smelling like a walking bouquet, overwhelming those around you. At any rate, this is a nice one for sweet, gourmand lovers. If you don't like sweet perfumes, though, then simply stay away from this one.

Jan
19
2016
rp6969
rp6969

In a word, Ugh!

Jan
19
2016
dzingunyte
dzingunyte

nope,nope and one more time nope. a big no for this sickly sweet perfume.. :/

Jan
19
2016
anapardo81
anapardo81

I have like 5 other perfumes that smell like this one but this one I'm still trying to figure out if I like it enough to keep. I prefer Fatale by Agent Provocateur. I have 3 by Victor & Rolf that smell very similar. I think I do prefer Bonbon & Flower Bomb to this one but I might not dislike this one as much as FlowerBomb la Vie en Rose and Jimmy Choo Blossom which I also have & have come to dislike quite a bit. Then there is Black Opium by Yves Saint Lauren that smells similar but not as strong.
I like Gourmand smells but I have yet to find one I really love. This one is not it.

Jan
19
2016
Bells30
Bells30

I typically love sweeter perfumes, but this one is just too much for me. It gave me a headache and I just wanted it to get off me!

Jan
18
2016
mona1
mona1

There's no need to describe this scent because every person who was in perfume shop knows it. Even who never been in shop, knows it because it lingers everywhere!
I like how it smells, candy store with open door and jasmine bush for sure, shameless and intruding lungs. But I want it to be just mine. So I think I just need to wait the popularity to pass.

Jan
17
2016
Eri1985
Eri1985

a nice sweet fragrance all day long. And at all ages fit beautifully. Just like your sweet fruity perfume with patchouli

Jan
16
2016
Southern Blonde
Southern Blonde

La Vie Est Belle For Those Who Want To Live Beautifully

Fragrance X delivers faster than Amazon.com or Ebay! I ordered this only 3 days ago. Fast shipping. So this fragrance, like it or not, is by far the most popular and successful fragrance of the past few years. It set the bar high for gourmand fragrances. Firstly, it's clearly designed as a gourmand and lets you know right away. The ad campaign TV commercial with Julia Robert is playing a trick on you. The ad seems to suggest that this fragrance is supposed to be edgy, different, something that an independent woman would wear to stand out in a crowd where every person is metaphorically on puppet strings. But that's just a ploy to get you to buy this fragrance blindly. I'm absolutely certain Julia Roberts doesn't wear this, and if she has, it would have been only one time to see what all the fuss is about LOL I did the same thing. I do love this fragrance. It's one of those niche fragrances that just happen to be most people's niche! A sweet grape accord of black currant or cassis opens the fragrance. It's syrupy and sweet. A pear keeps it fruity enough and fresh enough to match the aldehydes which are clearly there when you first spray that fresh first spritz. Afterward you get the white floral scents of jasmine, orange blossom and a purple iris. These are just 3 flowers but they pack a floral punch. Any time a fragrance has iris it's usually pretty strong. The jasmine is noticeable and it's heady enough itself. I wish that it had been a gardenia or magnolia but jasmine is fine too. These flowers end up turning a tad metallic and cold rather than powdery although I still feel they become powdery. There is a warmth coming out of somewhere after you've worn it for 2 hours and have gone through the 2 layers of top and middle notes. It's floral for a while before it warms up. The patchouli could be acting as incense or myrrh in this case and that's why it's warm. The vanilla continues to sweeten it an the praline and tonka bean give it that signature gourmand scent. It's like wearing a cashmere sweater or wrapping yourself in a warm scarf. It's sitting in front of the fireplace and eating a praline or pecan, drinking eggnog and coffee. It's cozy. It makes you want to hug someone. I can understand why this fragrance sales are higher in winter time and during Christmas. It's a Christmas scent. It's also really good room spray. I loved it on me and bought two bottles. I will wear it whenever I go out into cold weather in New York or Boston. I live in Florida and right now this stuff is just not going to release its warm magic the way it would in colder climates. Beautiful, warm, soft, sweet, and unmistakably feminine. Life is beautiful when you wear perfume.

Jan
16
2016
beccapedersen
beccapedersen

I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this beautiful fragrance. It was love at first sight and after I received a sample in my mail I had to buy the full size bottle and so I did, and I'm in love with this scent! And so is my boyfriend, he also loves it and compliments me everytime I'm wearing it. It's a sweet scent yes but not like girly, young sweet. I would say it's a sweet scent but for women, and I honestly can see that it suits every woman. I use this both daytime and night time, I think it works just as well at both times.
People say it is very similar to Agent Provocateur Fatale, can't agree on that one..I have tested out Fatale and it has some similarities to LVEB but there's still a big difference between those two scents in my opinion. I have though tried out Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf, and yes LVEB is very similar to Flowerbomb! But I still like LVEB more hehe :)
I would so recommend this gorgeous fragrance.

Jan
15
2016
olgafts
olgafts

Έχει κάποια νότα που με απωθεί και το βρίσκω πολύ βαρύ

Jan
13
2016
raiza1990
raiza1990

I can understand why this one is a best seller. There is really not much to dislike in it.
It is a rich, luxurious gourmand, on it´s way to become a classic. Sillage and longevity are enormous and it is just so feminine!
I don´t get much of the fruits, it really is all about the praliné. What can i say? i really like it. I would be happy if i got it as a gift. The only con for me is that it is a bit too strong, but that does not disturbs me that much.
This is really a gem.
10/10

Jan
10
2016
SorceressOfTheDark
SorceressOfTheDark

Hello Dirty Patchouli, we meet again. And whenever we do, I scrub you off like the vile presence you are. But you've morphed into something different this time. You're no longer a creature of habit in La Vie est Belle. You're not working alone this time. You've found others to play in your game. And they do play so well.
Vanilla's always good as a cover, it's strong and takes over everything, Dirty Patch, and the praline will bring out even more sweetness and fool more people that you're not there. The tonka bean will mellow folks too. And, of course, the fruits of pear and black currant will entice the legion of the younger generation. This time, somehow Dirty Patch, you made it work. And quite successfully. Even I, a fan of patchouli for (cough, cough) decades, a fan of the real patchouli, back in the day when it was sweet, green and beautiful, still appreciate your attempts in this perfume. It's that good. It's that wearable. And you last forever. I can smell you the next morning. You fought this battle and won me over.
Congratulations Dirty Patch. You found a way to make me like you. So much that I went out and bought you to add you to my stash.

Jan
09
2016
11Eňka11
11Eňka11

Very nice for winter time, sweet, warm, and strong.

Jan
09
2016
Blytheaar
Blytheaar

LVEB is one of my favorites. I love the sweet vanilla and don't find it too much for me. It's also a huge compliment getter. That might be partly because of the enormous silage and the way it lasts and lasts (better than anything else in my perfume wardrobe).

I do think it smells similar to Flowerbomb, which I also have and love. Similar but not the same. And oddly my fiancé (he who practically drools over FB) does not have the same reaction to LVEB.

Jan
09
2016
swade
swade

I was in a toastmaster's meeting when someone walked in and I started smelling this fantastic fragrance. I spent the whole meeting wondering what it was and who was wearing it! Finally, at the end, I asked around and found out what it was. I'd never heard of it before but it wasn't long before I managed to buy a rollerball at Macy's. I heard it was similar to Flowerbomb (or vice versa) so I got a sample of that too and I love both. La Vie Est Belle is a little more candy-like than Flowerbomb but both are fantastic. Before La Vie Est Belle, I wore perfume sporadically and had a couple that I liked, but since smelling La Vie Est Belle, I've turned into a raving perfumista!

Jan
08
2016
Scented Demented
Scented Demented

I rarely get compliments on my choice of fragrances, although it's not expected, but this one does gets notice. I've tried this in store, then smelt it on a very elegant lady in a supermarket. I'd whizzed past her then backtracked to discover what scent she was wearing. It was very evident which isles she had visited.
That is how La Vie Este Belle ended up in my collection of fragrances. I'm pleased that younger women are enjoying this scent, and not just the young at heart ;-)

Jan
07
2016
Morrigan
Morrigan

Review below is mine. Not sure why I came up as a guest even though I signed in. If it can be deleted by a moderator, please do! Here it is again:

If I had taken into consideration all the negative comments below, I would have never considered this delicious fragrance. I am so glad I ignored them!

I needed a step up from my lighter, girlier gourmands, and La Vie Est Belle does exactly that. Want something womanly and sweet at the same time? This is it. They say praline is the dominant note, but to me it simply gives a foody depth to the florals, weighing them down like a dark dessert you can't really define. It's a base note, that's its job; it is in no way the heart of the fragrance.

Overpowering? Yes, if sprayed directly in your face lol! Handle this one with care and don't spray in areas where it may bother you. To me it is intense, but not in a way that would provoke a headache. This is a real gem for women like me who struggle to get some sillage and longevity with most perfumes.

Great for women between 27 - 35 in my view. But it's not the age it applies to rather than the style: feminine and confident but without hiding your inner child.

Also, why does this not remind anyone of Coco Mademoiselle? I know the composition is quite different (but the same goes for Flowerbomb, right?) but it was the first thing that came to mind, and I often sniff both just to confirm their similarity.

Tip: Ignore the reviews. You have to try this fragrance for yourself!

Jan
07
2016
guest_
guest_

If I had taken into consideration all the negative comments below, I would have never considered this delicious fragrance. I am so glad I ignored them!

I needed a step up from my lighter, girlier gourmands, and La Vie Est Belle does exactly that. Want something womanly and sweet at the same time? This is it. They say praline is the dominant note, but to me it simply gives a foody depth to the florals, weighing them down like a dark dessert you can't really define. It's a base note, that's its job; it is in no way the heart of the fragrance.

Overpowering? Yes, if sprayed directly in your face lol! Handle this one with care and don't spray in areas where it may bother you. To me it is intense, but not in a way that would provoke a headache. This is a real gem for women like me who struggle to get some sillage and longevity with most perfumes.

Great for women between 27 - 35 in my view. But it's not the age it applies to rather than the style: feminine and confident but without hiding your inner child.

Also, why does this not remind anyone of Coco Mademoiselle? I know the composition is quite different (but the same goes for Flowerbomb, right?) but it was the first thing that came to mind, and I often sniff both just to confirm their similarity.

Tip: Ignore the reviews. You have to try this fragrance for yourself!

Jan
07
2016
Amandaa
Amandaa

This is a cheaper version of Flowerbomb. And when i say cheaper i mean tacky...

Jan
03
2015
lady_ireth264
lady_ireth264

I received a sample of LVEB maybe two years ago. When I tried it on, it's OMG EEEWW....so sharp and peppery on my skin like insect repellent this one. I'm guessing it's the patchouli. So I thought I'm not compatible with any patchouli containing fragrance, but since then, I've owned several bottles of perfume with patchouli and they all worked marvelously.

On the contrary, my Mama tried the sample as well at the same time two years ago. And I understand why they call it La Vie Est Belle because it's simply BEAUTIFUL on her. The fresh start of pear with blackcurrant, the powdery iris and jasmine and the sweet drydown of praline with tonka. My Papa said it's the way a woman should smell like. It's Mama's birthday and I think I'm considering to buy her a full bottle of this. She can rock it.

Not blind buy stuff and really depends on skin chemistry. It can be foul but if it works for you, c'est tres belle!

Jan
02
2015
Ioub
Ioub

I swear this is the one and the only girls what wearing everyday i smell this scent in any girls hhhhh crazy,la vie et belle is soooooo famous here in my country !
scent 7/10

Jan
02
2015
Ioub
Ioub

I swear this is the one and the only girls what wearing everyday i smell this scent in any girls hhhhh crazy,la vie et belle is soooooo famous here in my country !
scent 7/10

Jan
02
2015
_Lashes_
_Lashes_

I love flowerbomb but i just cannot smell any similarities here. LVEB just smells nondescript on me.

Jan
02
2015
xJessax
xJessax

I got this charming little scent in an Ulta sampler on my anniversary. I can definitely see why this is so popular! It's in the same family as Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf. Sweet, gourmand, creamy vanilla on a bed of earthy patchouli. It's cozy and radiant. Unfortunately, this scent does not work on me. I get a harsh blast of something that reminds me of Vick's vapor rub! However, it DOES mellow out and fade into the beautiful delicious treat everyone raves about. I keep testing it out, only to find different results every time! Sometimes, I smell the yummy pear, other times I get none. Either way, it's always an adventure! I really wish this would work on me, perhaps maybe it's best suited for the cooler weather. It gives off a nice cozy vibe, reminds me of hot chocolate with marshmallows. If only I didn't get that weird off-putting menthol smell in the beginning. Strange... I wonder if anyone else has had the same experience?
Longevity: 6-8 hours.
Sillage: Moderate to heavy (depending)
Edit: I adore the commercial and advertisement! And the packaging is sweet & elegant. :D

Jan
02
2015
Parfumdame
Parfumdame

I tested this one at the airport in august on a paper strip which I put in my pants.. so every time I put my hand in my pocket it smelled like LVEB! I was sooo in love with it, I couldn't stop smelling the paper strip! I finally have a bottle and I can't wait to use it!

Dec
30
2015
dlci
dlci

I sprayed this on my arm while shopping and liked it but I was in a hurry and did not buy. I went through my day smelling my arm, liking it more and more, it was simply gorgeous.

It's a lovely sweet creamy praline powdery scent with a teeny touch of patchouli. And it lasts forever. It's still there hours later when i was home. I just had to have this and went back the very next day and bought the biggest bottle.

EDIT: Wow, this quickly climbed to one of my favorites. Men love this, compliments left and right! Sillage and longevity is insane!

Dec
30
2015
silvereye
silvereye

This is way too sweet for my taste. Strong sillage!

Dec
30
2015
purpleturtle
purpleturtle

I am loving this. Smells wonderful and creamy. Similar to some other perfumes: Jimmy Choo and Flowerbomb. This is for when you want to smell sweet and caramelly. (Is that a word?) Not really getting florals from it. Reminds me of drinking cream soda as a kid. Happy, yummy, comforting, intoxicating smell. Good to wear to bed to help you relax and fall asleep. The kind of cozy smell that makes me feel like I just had Thanksgiving dinner and want to take a nap. Happy smelling! :)

Dec
29
2015
Vastalux
Vastalux

I really2 love this scent on woman. Very sexy and yet elegance. Probably I can say this is my Top 1 for woman perfume.

Bought LVEB EDP for my wife & Flowerbomb EDP for my mom. Both smell amazing.

From my amateur nose, the smell for both perfumes has some similarity in the beginning but they are very different in long run. LVEB have more sweet & spicy scent. On my skin LVEB projected like a beast.

While for flowerbomb, the scent more like soft part of "LVEB" and has a weak silleage on my skin. In term of longitevity, 1 spray of LVEB equal to 3 sprays of flowerbomb.

Bravo LVEB you have done a good job!

Dec
27
2015
badleo
badleo

Three years of probation and 5000 versions and they come up with Flowerbomb?

Dec
27
2015
pauroj
pauroj

yup this smells like most lancome perfumes strong, sweet and the sillage is quite good

i agree it does reminds me of flowerbomb in the sweetness department

is ok but not for me

Dec
26
2015
b.a.denney
b.a.denney

I just got a 2.5 oz. of this, and was expecting much better sillage and longevity, based on the reviews. On me, even with it being a new scent for me, I had trouble detecting it after first spray. My sprayer was having an issue, and I was "fixing" it, and accidentally sprayed the entire lower half of my face too, but I still could barely detect it. Meaning this was accidentally sprayed directly below my nose, and on my lips, and it still didn't bother me. Had I done this with some of my heavy hitters, I'd have had to go wash my face, and reapply my make up, because I love perfume, but not right below my nose or on my face!

This perfume gets a lot of hype, but for me, I'm not sure it lives up to it. I also recently tested out Flowerbomb, after resisting it's mass market appeal for so long, and that one actually did impress me. I guess I made the mistake of not wearing LVEB before purchase. Had I known the scent would disappear so soon, and not even garner any compliments, I'd have taken a pass.

Update: The more I wear this, the more I become aware of a "bitter" note in it. I don't get that odd note in Flowerbomb, even though they smell similar. I think I'm going to gift my nearly full bottle to my daughter, who'll likely enjoy this more.

Dec
26
2015
Aurorquill
Aurorquill

The super sweetness makes this seem very young, bus as I'm young it's okay with me!

Dec
26
2015
katemax
katemax

I am, I feel by Milton Lloyd is a good dupe of this. Less screechy than other dupes ive tried ( new look pure dusk, aldi bella vita).
EDIT I also found on world-class.com website that sells just Milton Lloyds they do one called Natalie which is very similar to la vie est belle but without patchouli

Dec
25
2015
Violette333
Violette333

My stepmother was wearing this after testing it in a boutique. It smelt divine on her and suits her perfectly. I think it's too heavy to be truly youthful, the sillage is crazy strong, but it's definitely for women who retain a sense of youthful positivity throughout their wholes lives. The young at heart.

On moody people like me, it becomes overbearing and jarring. If you're a grumpy cat, it's best admired from afar.

Dec
24
2015
Thomaso7
Thomaso7

it's fairly rich and patchouli along the lines of prada d'iris and coco chanel and such. I get a chocolatey smell out of this one.

Dec
23
2015
Beautiful_Scent
Beautiful_Scent

Right, went to Aldi to buy food for Xmas lunch and ended with 3 perfumes on top of the grub.
All 3 of them are EDP, 75 ml, £3.99 and gorgeous dupes of the following:
1. Kenzo Flower dupe - FLOWERYRED
2. La Vie Est Belle dupe - La Bella Vita
3. J'Adore dupe - Brilliant Gold.
I just couldn't believe my nose!
Merry Christmas perfumistas! Go get them while you can xx

Dec
23
2015
Karen.M.OShaughnessy
Karen.M.OShaughnessy

I liked it from a magazine scent page. I saw the perfume at Ulta & tried out both the body lotion and perfume sample. At first, I really didn't like it at all; but after about 20 minutes, it smelled softly sweet & powdery, very nice and feminine. I may go for the rollerball version to start with but I won't buy the body lotion as I had planned-it's too weak.

Dec
23
2015
Nobrainer22tx
Nobrainer22tx

Everyone says how disgustingly sweet this is on them, but I'm not getting that from it at all. Looking at the ingredient list I can see why it may be sweet on some though. I guess my skin just reacts differently to the "sweeter" scents. To me a really sweet fragrance is Britney Spears Fantasy. That stuff smells like cotton candy. I'm not a pro or expert on perfumes so it's hard for me to say what I am smelling specifically.

With this scent the most apparent and initial smell I notice my skin I believe is the patchouli... Which I'm not terribly fond of in fragrances. But- there are plenty of "sweet" ingredients in this that help balance out the patchouli so it actually ends up smelling pretty nice on me. Not so much so that I'm running out to buy a bottle, but nice. Definitely not super sweet on my skin. I got a compliment from a guy on my perfume when wearing this one day so it must be all right on me! Once the patchouli died down I was left with a nice, soft, mildly sweet but not overpowering scent that lasted for hours. It wasn't too strong or overpowering. For a little bit it got a little powdery for me but that faded too.

I guess it all just depends on your chemistry. Everyone should try things out on themselves. I have smelled things on those little tester strips of paper & loved them & smelled all kinds of different notes, then try it on my skin and hated it - usually because the patchouli or sandalwood takes over on me & I can't smell anything else.

Dec
21
2015
AngieGCarp
AngieGCarp

Whoa.....extremely sweet! I sprayed one time for testing to review and it is extremely cloying. It is not bad it's just not quite what I go for....I don't think the patchouli is anywhere near as high on the voted notes pyramid as it is. It's candy then syrupy fruit then patchouli...it's just to much. The sillage and longevity is definite there though. It's just to much. Please don't blind buy this. You will be making a mistake if you go by the notes.

WEAR YOUR GOOD PERFUME EVERYDAY....EVERYDAY IS A SPECIAL OCCASION-ACG

Dec
21
2015
Duskfall
Duskfall

Maybe my sample is off, but on me this is simply jarring. Definitely nothing delicious or gourmand! The opening actually makes my throat hurt when inhaling. A reviewer before me stated that it smells like cold metal and I think that's pretty accurate. Unfortunately the same goes for La Nuit Tresor. It's hard to believe that the very same house has released some true masterpieces (Miracle Forever and Magie Noire, for example). :(

It performs well, though, which is a positive thing for those who get along with this one; massive lasting power and projection!

Dec
21
2015
senalica
senalica

The campaign for this fragrance is INSANE still - even three years after it has been released. LVEB is everywhere! And they keep releasing various editions of this constantly. So it has become really difficult to review it simply as a fragrance rather than a whole big franchise.
Initially LVEB was something rather new, it was quite interesting, too sugar-y for my taste, but there was this certain afternote that saved it from being a plain candy-vanilla scent.
I never purchased LVEB because it seemed too sweet, but I did however own YSL Black Opium which follows the same sweetness trend, but has a nice bitter-coffee note that LVEB doesn't have. Would I repurchase? Probably not.
Now LVEB has been overdone by all the advertising and other similar scents like Paco Rabanne's Olympea, Armani's Si, own Lancome's La Nuit Tresor and so on. And that is the reason it's difficult to judge LVEB for what it is, beacause lately there's just too much of it.
To sum it up - LVEB was a nice idea, it started a certain trend in perfumes that's been popular for the last couple of years, but the popularity of it is somewhat offsetting. If you're into sweet-pear-vanilla fragrances, this will work for you. The longevity and sillage are above average.

Dec
20
2015
Marie69
Marie69

To any of the other old dinoscentaurs..scent dinosaurs I am meaning....I have Coco Mad, and Miss Dior Cherie, and several other modern perfumes from good houses. La Vie est Belle, is another one. But I cannot understand them. I gave them all to my 11 year old daughter, who doesnt even like them so much. (Her favourite of all time is vintage Estee Lauder Private Collection...)

I don´t mean to be an old stick in the mud but there are certain commonalities to many of the modern scents..(post 2000 thereabouts)

WHY are:
1) perfumes no longer gold, green gold, rust gold, pale gold,,,Why are they pink and white and purple and blue and even black? And more importantly, why are literally 100% of all vintage pefume varying degrees of these gold colours? I am asking natural vs synthetic?
2) there 50 shades of sweet in everything now?
3) synthetic musks and ambers used as a base for almost all of them?
4) they using ingredients of flowers no one has ever even heard of unless they are botanists? Himalayan Blue Lotus Bud....or whatever.?
5) they throwing out scent, so far and so wide, leaving trails of amberex or whatever.. on sofas, and in linen...in cars, on cutlery and glasses.?


I am assuming these modern mixes are now almost all scientifically modified or straight up inventions of new aroma chemical things....

Dec
20
2015
DONNA VARSIK
DONNA VARSIK

i tested this perfume at ulta,when my hubby picked me up i got in the car and he said what are you wearing,i love it!!!smells so good. so i b bought it the next day. it stayed on all day too. my new favorite .i got the reg version too.

Dec
19
2015
Gigi The Fashionista
Gigi The Fashionista

LA VIE ORDINAIRE

I bought this for my sister as a Christmas present. I spray-tested it on myself and wasn't into it. It's nothing special. Just ordinary. For me this is a jasmine-vanilla gourmand fragrance with a praline. It seems perfectly suited for Christmas parties but trust me this scent will be in the air as every other woman will be wearing it too LOL This has become terribly common. Lancome has better fragrances out there. Don't get this one when you can experience the masterpiece of Lancome's POEME, TRESOR and MAGIE NOIRE. I'm not knocking La Vie est Belle. The commercial with Julia Roberts is great. But the fragrance isn't particularly vibrant, complex nor interesting. It's sweet and wears like a dessert, but not even a floral dessert. If this had had a bigger floral heart and additional flowers maybe I would be into it. Don't care for the praline either. I'm just not a gourmand type of gal. Merry Christmas.

Dec
18
2015
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gritzalimaria@yahoo.gr

This perfume is the only one that if someone, give me as a present, i will never ever wear it. Awful smell!!!/stinks like a metal a cold metal. :(

Dec
17
2015
vattenmelon
vattenmelon

the bottle is soo Beautiful julia roberts is the most Beautiful woman and the perfume i would say is a copy of flowerbomb i mean come on! smell it! but more bitter,

Dec
17
2015
lsetshogoe
lsetshogoe

Absolutely stunning perfume. Pity that everyone is wearing this.

For those who know their perfumes - this is an exact copy of Reyane Traditiona: Acqua di Parisis (Venezia).

An.Exact.Copy

Nevertheless, I'm not going to take anything away from Lancome - they've created the signature female scent (overselling Dior and Chanel). Classy, Feminine, Sexy.

Great Scent for any one over 30.

Dec
17
2015
Do-or-Di
Do-or-Di

Love Lancome and this is definitely at the top of my must have shelf!
Soft fruity, florals are my favorite for day wear - I work with special needs children and they are the best critics for what smells "yummy or yuck". I'm sure by the notes this would be an instant hit!

Dec
16
2015
karishma_radhika
karishma_radhika

i wud lov 2 add La Vie Est Belle Lancome to my collection!!

Dec
16
2015
parishiltonsiren15
parishiltonsiren15

Absolutely love this fragrance! Just by testing it, it has became one of my favorites.

Dec
16
2015
Ezzy
Ezzy

La vie est belle seems to be everywhere! Its so popular, every public place i go i will find someone wearing this. Usually this will put me off, but in case of lveb i am loving that! I dont have this yet, but have small decants of a few flankers. Still the best imho is the edp.
I would wear it on special occasions, Its a bit too much to be wearing it at my job. But when i get on the bus in the morning it makes me smile getting a whiff of this.
Big love ♡♡, big want!!

Dec
16
2015
gino4157
gino4157

I adore this scent! Since testing it I have wanted it so much...just out of my price range. I live on a limited retirement and still want to smell wonderful, just have to live within the budget. I would love this to be sent to me!

Dec
16
2015
angelina28
angelina28

I love this fragrance! Long lasting, heavy sillage, sweet and gourmand. Perfect for me!

Dec
16
2015
Tang
Tang

Gorgeous, captivating a scent that makes a woman's presence felt. Loving it! La Vie Est Belle by Lancome will help me embrace a new season. Look forward to winning this.

Dec
16
2015
KSGarner
KSGarner

This one is my Christmas wish! La Vie Est Belle by Lancome.
I have not tried this one, but I am intrigued by the combination of patchouli, praline, and floral. Also a big plus is longevity and projection that reviewers say it has. I love Flowerbomb, and the somewhat different twist here in fragrance combination interests me. It seems like a perfume that could become a staple in my favorites. This would be the best Christmas present I would receive, I am sure.

Dec
15
2015
Tamirah
Tamirah

This is probably the closest to perfection I have found in a gourmand perfume - tooth-achingly sweet, oddly sophisticated, slightly floral, and utterly feminine. Monster projection and crazy longevity. Perfectly blended vanilla, tonka and patchouli. Too strong for most women where I live, so it's not as common as its reputation. My husband gets all big-eyed when he smells this on me!

Dec
15
2015
kdcperez07
kdcperez07

I stupidly put this on my wish list last year for Christmas without ever testing it on myself. I read so many great reviews for this that I was sure it was a slam dunk. Frankly, on me, this perfume smells like I'm one of those snooty old ladies you see in an expensive department store who thinks she's better than everyone. You know, the type that when she walks by you can still smell her cheap, overpowering perfume for at least 10 minutes. I cannot stand this stuff. I wouldn't care if it was cheaper, but it's not. There are so many other perfumes I would rather own than this one. My advice is definitely test it out first, don't depend on reviews from others.

Dec
15
2015
Giselle Viz
Giselle Viz

What a perfect name for such a beautiful fragrance. It is sweet and spicy with a magnificent silage. It really makes my day feel positive and improves my esteem. I hope you have a chance to try this fragrance. It's wonderful!

Dec
15
2015
SnowVirgin
SnowVirgin

I've never won anything before so I hope to win this beautiful concoction! La Vie Est Belle is such an intrigueing scent. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Dec
15
2015
MoonGirl
MoonGirl

Aldi UK. La Bella Vita 75ml £3.99

A great duplicate so I went back and bought two more bottles!

Dec
15
2015
asieczka83
asieczka83

The most optimistic perfume. I immediately want to live when I feel their smell, magic. I would love to win this!

Dec
15
2015
coffeex4
coffeex4

If I were one of the lucky winners, LVEB is my choice. Though I haven't had the money to purchase, I've tried it several times in the store and have a mini-sample from Sephora. It's very lush and extremely feminine and it lasts a long time on my skin and on my clothes.

Dec
15
2015
Sashasmom
Sashasmom

Oh - this sounds magnificent! I would be thrilled to win this. I love floral gourmand scents!

Dec
15
2015
ShyAmor
ShyAmor

Life is beautiful live your way, that's the tagline for this fragrance and it's true. I would love to live with this fragrance. I'll gift it to my mom because it is her favorite fragrance. When she sprays this she lights up I light up our whole house light up this fragrance is reminiscing to flowerbomb but with more passion and depth to it, it's a great fragrance for the fall and inspired me to buy my own bottle of this from fragrance net.com. thanks for the giveaway and allowing all of us on fragrantica to participate happy holidays.

Dec
15
2015
Mayaroo
Mayaroo

I would love to win this! It sounds like something I would like! It is a beautiful scent and would compliment everything I do and stand for!

Dec
15
2015
Bridal hair
Bridal hair

Beautiful scent! I love the wide age range of women using this scent too! It has a young, fun, flirty feeling with a bit of depth for maturity. I've bought a bottle, but I have to say that I don't wear it too frequently because I smell it on a lot of other people already. It seems like this isn't a perfume that necessarily has to go with your body chemistry; it'll still smell good even if it doesn't really meld with you. The trouble is that my sniffer can tell a difference in whether it's the perfect perfume for someone or not and I've gotten whiffs from women passing by and thought "that really isn't the right fragrance for her". I don't know if that makes any sense at all, but it's the best way to describe it... So, great fragrance, smells great on everyone, but get a good friend to tell the truth about how it smells on you:)

Dec
15
2015
ladysteve
ladysteve

Just love Lancome and I find the fragrance lingers and even if I think its gone I generally get some one who will say they can still smell it. Now that is what perfume should do. Thanks

Dec
15
2015
moftahyounis
moftahyounis

I love it , last long and project

Dec
15
2015
Lady Vengeance
Lady Vengeance

Love it! Absolutely gorgeous!

Dec
15
2015
alfrued
alfrued

Irritating smell, told my wife never to wear it again!

Dec
14
2015
beautyscent$
beautyscent$

Love the scent, but honestly, this smells reminds me of COCO MADEMESSOILE, VR FLOWERBOMB, Si by Giorgio Armani... They smell alike but I love them just the same...

Dec
14
2015
Nannu
Nannu

overrated, nothing but sweetness.

Dec
14
2015
g2bhapi26
g2bhapi26

Alright... I got a sample of La Vie Est Belle and I tried it out for a day. It is very strong and a little goes a long way. I sprayed this on (sides of neck, chest, wrist, and inside my elbows) and within an hour I smelled straight up jasmine. It was a bit overpowering, but I think I sprayed on a little too much. The scent that settled on my skin reminded me exactly of LUSH's Sex Bomb bath bomb. If you are familiar with LUSH you will know what I'm talking about. Sex Bomb has notes of jasmine and tonka bean, just like this perfume, and these notes are what stood out to me. I think it is a very sexy scent, but a little goes a very long way. If you love jasmine, sexy scents, or LUSH's Sex Bomb you will LOVE this perfume.

Dec
11
2015
HeavyBeatsUK
HeavyBeatsUK

I've changed my mind. I really like it. I found myself going to the department store and spraying myself with it so I bought a bottle, yay!

Dec
09
2015
maryellen125
maryellen125

Meh. Got a free sample, so I tried it. Just sweet, sweet, sweet. Couldn't detect anything else. Might be nice for a much younger woman.

Dec
09
2015
angeldoll
angeldoll

I personally love and prefer heavier and sweet perfumes. So...I try. this is too strong for me. It's not a bad smell. No way. But I would recommend it to older women (30 + in my opinion) I mean mature elegant women. Vanilla with patchouli are very significant components. I do not smell anything else... Maybe a little caramel ? But there may be just the pralines. Sillage is spectacular,heavy.Its long-lasting. It reminds me ,,Hypnose " by LANCOME. Very good gift for sophisticated women and moms.

Dec
08
2015
LiamKall
LiamKall

My girlfriend wears this one and I like it a lot, especially now in the winter time.

Dec
08
2015
annettepe
annettepe

Usually these types of scent are exactly the ones I love. To me I categorise this perfume in the sweet womanly scents similar to Si by Giorgio Armani, Opium by YSL and Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf.

Somehow this is the only one that gives me a massive headache. I find this one the least sophisticated and too sickly sweet. I think it can almost smell like a cheap scent. Very heavy as well and theres something really sharp about it which I do not exactly know which note gives this. I find it hard to smell it up close without wanting to get away from it immediately. I don't know what it is, or maybe just the combination as a whole. I do not detect any florals or fruity notes either unlike all the other reviews I read. Really do not like this at all unfortunately...

Dec
08
2015
Charliexxx
Charliexxx

La Vie Est Belle is one of my favourites! Yes it's sweet, but not girly sweet, it is more like feminine sweet. The sweetness is combined with something soft en floral. There's also a lot of vanilla in it. This scent really makes me happy! Unlike the most sweet fragrances, this one has a great longetivity. When i wear it at night , i can still smell it in the morning.

After half an our the fragrance becomes less sweet and more mature or something. I can smell a beautifull sweet, fresh, little powdery composition. Love it!!

Dec
07
2015
celebrity89
celebrity89

There is a slight echo of Shalimar in this that makes it more mature than Flower bomb.

Dec
06
2015
rararamadanti
rararamadanti

I had this perfume with me for 2 months. First time i have it, it smells all fruity ans light sweet. but after few weeks the real beauty is come out. The dry down is fantastic, it's sweet in a mature way, and the patchouli just in the right amount. The longevity is unbelievable, it last on my skin more than 12hr, and can be forever on my wardrobe.
The scent itself is describing the name, and sometimes i can't stop sniffing my wrist.
People can smell it from 6ft away, great sillage. Im happy having LVEB. :)

9/10 for the scent
10/10 for the longetivity

Dec
03
2015
olesya.bond
olesya.bond

I wanted this perfume since it just came out. It was love from the first smell. For some reason I kept trying other and other perfumes. I am such kind of person who always prefers to try something new. I can't use the same perfume for ages. I even don't remember myself buying the same perfume twice. So after I finally decided to buy La Vie Est Belle (in the beginning of this fall) I was surprised how much it fitted me. No matter where I was, I always got compliments about my perfume. And now holidays season is coming and I am thinking about something really special. Today in department store I sprayed a little bit of La Vie Est Belle on myself and since then I am in some kind of marvelous sensuous cloud. So I guess I even will make it my significant perfume.
It's very feminine and at the same time sophisticated perfume. Even though it's warm and cozy smell, due to patchouli and vanilla notes this scent opens in a different , I even can say seductive way.

Dec
03
2015
HeavyBeatsUK
HeavyBeatsUK

I was recommended this by some kind, well-meaning Fragranticans as a perfume that smelled 'pink' and I think, whilst it smells 'pink,' it's too sweet. If it were food, it would be too sweet to eat. It's smells like it was a lovely pink fragrance until the excess sugar was added and then it was ruined. I can't really walk around smelling like this. I don't like it.

Dec
01
2015
jacmac
jacmac

I agree this smells similar to Flowerbomb and perhaps Miss Dior. Very floral, sparkly, sweet and girly. If you want something with a little more character go for Chance Eau Tendre, which at least has a sexy drydown. This one never got sexy or complex, just stayed an immature flowery scent all day. I found this very blah, just another sweet floral, forgettable and indistinct. Gave the sample to my 10 year old and she loves it. Too little girl for me, best for the under 25 crowd I think.

Nov
30
2015
bella_donna
bella_donna

I've bought this perfume without even testing it right. Everybody around me was wearing it, so I thought it would be cool to give it a try.
Yet, it is way too sweet and heavy for me, I prefer the lighter, citrusy flavours. At a first sniff, you can definitely feel a lot of vanilla, praline, orange blossom and patchouli. It reminds me a lot of Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf. The sillage is very good, it lasts a lot and you can feel it from a distance.
Yet, in my opinion, it cannot be compared to the elegance, femininity and class of Chanel Chance Eau Tendre and Coco Mademoiselle. They still remain my favorites.

Nov
27
2015
Fluffyandpuffy
Fluffyandpuffy

This is a nice scent. These types of scents with all the vanilla, patchouli are over done in my opinion. There are so many of them, so common. At least Lancome's version is a quality one of those and is long lasting.

Nov
24
2015
mahlaa
mahlaa

This perfume is too much sweet.I cant notice the scent of flowers in it. The sweetness of it is overwhelming & unbearable.it needs to test it at least 2 times to have a right choice.

It was a big mistake that i bought it so fast with the first test.

I somehow regretted for this choice afterward.

But the good point is its sillage and longevity :)

Nov
23
2015
Lali_7
Lali_7

To me LVEB falls into the heavy, loud, alcoholic sweet and too sharp category. If you're a fan of Angel, Coco M, Miss Dior and such, then you most likely will like LVEB (I easily mistake it with Coco M after it sits on you for a while). I personally can't stand it and I distance myself from anyone wearing such scents. To me this is not sophistication or sexiness in a bottle, as many claim, and I truly wish people would stop using it in public.

Nov
19
2015
nitschevo
nitschevo

I think I stated in some reviews that I'm not particularly fond of this scent or this group of scents for that matter (I always try Flowerbomb again and again though). This is the reason why I never considered buying a bottle of this. I am attacked daily by women who clearly overdose and suffocate you in the morning (the worse really) in the bus or train. This def has to be used sparingly - it's powerful! So imagine my face when I was gifted a whole set of this on my birthday! The reason why was the claim (life is beautiful) and the well known fact that I love and collect perfume. So with that very loving thought behind it I was truly happy. Since I also love Angel and Wish I thought "get it together, there must be a way!". So - today is the day and let me tell you: I love it. Surprise!!

I sprayed once in the nape of my neck and once in the air and walked through the cloud. My first impression was "fresh?". A fresh kind of fruitiness which is quickly joined by the soft sweetness of the gourmand notes and the patchouli. Of course not in Tommy Girl fresh... Four hours in I'm now sitting in a soft billowy cloud of la vie est belle that isn't cloying at all. I think the orange blossom somehow adds to that. It's really nice and I am very glad that this gem was gifted to me :) But again - do not overspray. 2 sprays is really enough. I also have the body lotion and think I'll use that as a refresh, if needed. Just a little bit on the neck and wrists should do the trick! Oh and the bottle is beautiful!

Edit: After a few weeks of wearing this I am now sure that the orange blossom is very dominant on my skin, that's why I consider it somewhat fresh or rather sharp. Really like this one and it's perfect for winter and christmas!

Nov
19
2015
Jmalone84
Jmalone84

I almost wish I hadn't sold my bottle. A customer was wearing this yesterday, I thought she was wearing one of my favourites, (Flowerbomb, which I always maintained they smelled nothing alike). Anyhow, this smelled really good on her. The praline and patchouli stood out- evoking flowerbomb. On my mother too it smells amazing- it has this delicious lollipop pear quality. But while people compliment me when I wear it, I cannot stand the way it smells to me, on myself. It is so sticky, syrupy and sweet it makes me ill.

Interestingly, when I complimented my customer on this, she said 'isn't it funny, I have had so many compliments on it, but I often love perfumes like this one on other people, but not on myself'. Which is EXACTLY IT! It smells good when you catch a whiff on someone else, but on yourself it is vile. I get the urge for it occasionally, like a sugar craving, but then I regret it. Flowerbomb is better, it is better blended so that the notes aren't individually identifiable, and it isn't cloying in the same way- I never get a headache with FB.

It is also interesting to note that among those who don't like it, the pear, fruits and vanilla stand out the most to them. Interesting how scent is perceived. I don't like it either and I get a blackcurrant, pear vanilla blast of syrupy sickliness myself. Those who do like it really point out the caramel and patchouli. Hmm.

Nov
19
2015
beautyhustler
beautyhustler

I have a mini of this from my sephora sampler set. From the bottle I smell carmel vanilla and the sweet notes. On my skin I smell pretty much nothing but patchouli. No flowers, no vanilla and no sweetThis to me smells like flower bomb, jimmy choo, coco mademoiselle, chanel chance original, and notes of theory mugler angel all in one.

Nov
15
2015
NoirEternal
NoirEternal

I look at the note pyramid and I'm quite puzzled... at first I get a jasmin & vanilla accord for a few minutes then the fruit and chocolate praline come in.... I get the pear and berried black currant but I also get tropical fruits that aren't even in the pyramid.... to describe the drydown it's creamy ambery tropical fruits. it's a less fruity version of Rihanna's first fragrance which some reviewers have mentioned

I also own La Nuit Tresor which to me is a richer version of la vie est belle, I would call it the elixir to the eau de parfum... and honestly I believe if it was released first it would've been more popular

this is a beautiful fragrance... if you have Rihanna reb'l fleur then you already know what this smells like and Rihanna's is a tad bit fruiter and a TAD bit softer which really isn't saying much cause both are strong fragrances

funny to say on another note they both remind me of the Quakers Fruit & Cream oatmeal in fragrance form lol. it's my favorite oatmeal so it's a plus for me, the peaches and cream one which is odd since LVEB has no tropical fruits in it

Nov
14
2015
alfa.lázcares
alfa.lázcares

I got a mini of this one on the Sephora set and it was the one I was less exited about. Reason being I knew this was gonna be sweet and I am not a fan of sweet scents. I tried all my minis and this is the last one. I snifed the bottle and yeah it was very sweet. I put it on lightly since I know it is strong and yep, it is. On my skin it keeps being sweet and it wants to be fruty but it is more like a very sweet vanilla. I can not really smell the patchouli. It is there but in the very very background and it becomes very muted. I'll try to test it using an atomizer. I don't quite dislike it, I used it very sparingly, but I also don't like it. I can't get past all that sweetness, but I must say this is not a sweet perfume that makes you think of very young girls, it is sweet but somewhat mature. I see the appeal it has for so many people. If you love very sweet perfumes you'll like it at the very least. But if not stay away or test only a tiny spray.
As for duration it's been there for 7 hours, still going strong. I was in a car and when I went back to it I could still smell the perfume in the car. I must say I'm liking the drydown a lot better than it's first few hours, I can smell a bit more of the flowers and less of the sweetness.
Update: now that it is on the last stages of the drydown I can smell the patchouly very softly.
Update two: I tested again only (kid you not) one drop. As in I opened the dabber mini, tilt it on my finger, tilted it back, and that was all I put on on my neck) and oh my god this is strong. Like a sillage and prejection monster. I could smell it throughout the day and in to my clothes by the next day. For smell, this one is still a no go for me because of the sweetness, but now I can detect more of its fruitiness.

Nov
13
2015
alex227
alex227

Very strong, you only need one spritz or it will give you a headache.

Nov
13
2015
rschmidt65
rschmidt65

Twice I have complimented people who turned out to be wearing this. Each time I thought it was a pleasant version of the endless sweet fruity things that fragrance companies keep churning out more of every day. Plus, I like it when people wear fragrance and want to encourage them.
The second time though, I wound up having to spend hours in the company of someone who had clearly overapplied and I can honestly say that by the end, I was not happy. It is very strong, chemical and synthetically sweet. We were outside the entire time! And still I found myself sickened by her fragrance. There's something unnatural and almost alarming about the projection and staying power of some of these aromachemical concoctions. It isn't necessary or desirable for personal fragrances to fill up a space and keep it filled for hours.
Perhaps it's unfair to single this one particular, fairly pleasant smelling fragrance out when there are so many offenders, but please, out of kindness to others, spray lightly.

Nov
13
2015
La DameDeNoir
La DameDeNoir

The huge success of this perfume is something that I just can not understand. Oh, wait, there is a very strong advertising campaign telling us, everytime, everywhere, that this perfume is amazingly cool, and we will be loosers if we don't buy it, and repeating, to the point of nausea, that the life is beautiful, by showing us the whole Julia Robert's set of teeth in an image which recalls me strongly the affiches of the 1928 classic horror film The Man Who Laughs.

And, being this not enough, they punish us with an endless progresion of flankers, the last of them, even louder, screechier and more cloying than the previous. And there is, also, in the society, or seems to be, an unundertansdable desire of sweet, sweet, sweet perfumes. And when I say sweet, I mean really sweet. Dental cavities along with diabetes in a flacon.

In my opinion, LVEB, is a fairly poorly constructed fragrance. A screechy, synthetical pear, along with a beautiful jasmine, which, sadly, is quickly gluted by an overwhelming iris, and a huge blast of hyper-sweet praliné note, along with an overdose of vanilla syrup. And then, the crowning touch, the patchouli, which seems to be "de rigeur" in our days in all the scents which want to pose as fancy. But this was not sweet enough, so they had to put in it some tonka bean. This is not a perfume, this is some sort of botched French haute-cuisine dessert. Iris and praliné, I wonder what they were smoking when they had such idea. They are just notes that don't suit each other. What is worse, it is that this kind of scent is becoming a trend, and you can find clones and copies of it everywhere and in all the prices. Sillage and durability are equally monstruous.

Diabetic people should be kept away from this.

Nov
13
2015
vivicaworld
vivicaworld

La Vie Est Belle: As I sprayed a little on me (from the tester); it was strong and overpowering. Had a bit of headache. 'That was it!'
Was headed back to the store to return it although I wasn't sure It will be accepted.

'hey, you smell so nice. What perfume are you wearing? It's so rich' mmmm hmmm your guess is as good as mine :) I was enjoying the many complements I was getting. The perfume had a smell after smell. The dry down was just so sweet! I headed back to my office, excited! The complements didn't stop coming.

A little spray goes a long way! It becomes overpowering when it's oversprayed.

On my skin: projection is 12hrs
On my dress: projection is 12hrs +
Monster Silage

Nov
10
2015
italiancandi
italiancandi

Such an elegant fragrance. Rumor has it, this fragrance is oh so similar to Flowerbomb. I will agree yet I feel the patchouli in LVB is much more pleasant. As for longevity, this perfume is very long lasting. About 8 hours on me and I am a fast food manager! I receive compliments throughout the entire day. My co-worker's appreciate the nice aroma since the don't have to smell the greasy food in the kitchen. Every perfume collector should try this out, I will say it is very sweet and floral fragrance. Even a hint of fruit which is light and just beautiful.

Nov
09
2015
Bonsoir
Bonsoir

I tried this perfume multiple times in hopes that it’ll work for me. It just doesn’t. It has a good potential with some good notes in it, but I cannot get over the chemical smell that overshadows everything else. Very unfortunate. I get the same unpleasant smell in Tresor Midnight Rose. Maybe it’s something in the new Lancôme fragrances that does not work with my chemistry. I am unsure.

Nov
08
2015
coffeex4
coffeex4

I love somewhat heavy and long-lasting perfumes. Being a perfume lover in the 80's and 90's, bold perfumes seem extremely scarce these days. "La Vie Est Belle" is loud enough and soft enough to be both feminine and bold at the same time. I'm testing it out with a sample I got at Sephora, and as soon as I can fit it into my budget, this will be my next perfume purchase.

I almost forgot to mention how gorgeous this scent is....but of course it would be...Dominique Ropion is one of the creators. It seems like Dominique is behind every single perfume I like. Thanks Dominique!

Nov
08
2015
neggii
neggii

I simply love this one, it is so delicious and fruity with dear vanilla which I adore. I like the middle notes better and I can easily see myself wearing it to every occasion which I need to smell good and popular and announce that "La Vie Est Belle!"

So, it like smelling it and having a bottle of this beauty at hand on my drawer. But, I think it lacks the personality and uniqueness which I look for in a signature perfume.

Nov
07
2015
xInax
xInax

During the day LVEB smells like pleasant sweet floral scent, rather intense in old-school way. My skin drinks perfumes and sweet perfumes always smell good on me without exceptions. Usually top notes fade away quickly and heart notes are big. But it doesn't mean I am in love. Even though LVEB smells great and no one can identify it on me as a famous perfume, I still feel awkward wearing it. For few years the cloud of caramelized peanuts was undeniable part of each perfume shop aisle. The streets & shops before Christmas are full of that smell, realistic or perfume type. It's soothing, happy, relaxing. But deep in my mind I connect it with air. I would love to have this as a scented candle or room sprayer. But not on me.

Nov
06
2015
CoriZahara
CoriZahara

I am so envious of everyone who wears this perfume. I have more than 80 bottles of perfume and this sadly isn't one of them but it will definitely be on my Christmas list! Up there with my favourites!

Nov
04
2015
Bee-young-ka
Bee-young-ka

Too Words.

Too Strong.

Nov
01
2015
Mohd93
Mohd93

One of those perfumes that I decided to buy a back up bottle of. Simpy sweet, sugary and STRONG.

Notes I get: For me, it opens with sweet sugared Pears, which I think adds a bit of freshness and fruitiness to the scent. As it dries down I get Patchouli (but not too much) and mostly Vanilla and Praline. I get a little powdery feeling which I assume is the Iris effect in the background, as well as Black currant (in the background as well, not that noticeable).

Pretty strong projection, moderate to heavy sillage (depending on how many spray, but please don't overspray), and really good longevity (6-8 hours on MY skin which is pretty good).

Oct
21
2015
Lalionne
Lalionne

I was in a meeting the other day and after a while I simply could not think straight anymore, because the air was so dense with perfume. I knew from another colleague that it had to be La Vie Est Belle. Please, anyone who wears this to the office: be gentle for your co-workers and put on a minimal amount. I wish I'd dare tell it straight to the person I work with, but I do not. I know she loves her perfume.

Oct
21
2015
c0c0madmoiselle
c0c0madmoiselle

This is such a beautiful, feminine, seductive fragrance. It's sweet, but in a grown up way. I'm careful not to spray too much because it can be overpowering, but if used sparingly it is a very alluring perfume.

Oct
20
2015
Sassygirl18
Sassygirl18

This smells just like Flowerbomb and it's so strong, it gives me a splitting headache and makes me nauseus. I put just a little on my wrist with a rollerball and I could not get the stuff off - no matter what I tried - alcohol-based hand sanitizer, washing with soap and water.

Oct
15
2015
Carrieberry
Carrieberry

Strong radiation and longevity. Sweet but not in a teenagy way. I get mainly praline and the longer it is on the skin the more the patchouli comes out. It's definately pleasant. I would say target group is 25-45.
For me it is a like but not a love due to the typical Lancome artificial note.

Oct
14
2015
Nat001
Nat001

This perfume to me is a softer version of Gucci Rush, which I like since Gucci Rush can be a bit overpowering sometimes. It lasts a long time on my skin. The dry down is very similar to Gucci Rush with that milky smell (I am not sure if that's a good description) but in a good way. I absolutely love it. To me it is an anytime perfume.

Oct
14
2015
Kuroshio
Kuroshio

I so really have tried to convince myself and everyone else, how much disgusting parfume is this, so today I went to buy it finally and fell in love. Winter is coming.. :D

Oct
12
2015
Kon-nos91
Kon-nos91

I don't know why I am doing this review. It's my best friend's perfume. It's like when I smell it I say oh my, it's she! Hope she will not see the review haha. I tried also EDT edition but no. It's a pleasant perfume for winter, very nice advertising and ideal for her character. She is very strong, knows how to enjoy her life, a bit snob and at the same time sensitive. Sweet but a bit synthetic, definitely belongs to patchouli family. I don't know which tone is it, but it makes it 'dirty', like destroying it. I don't want to spend your time by explaining which tones I can smell but if they can make it a more clean perfume, it will be one of the best!

Oct
11
2015
nessa619
nessa619

I loved it since the first time i smelled it!!!!♡♡♡im trying to buy one from this girl it's new and everything but i noticed that it has a cover that slides on over the original box with julia roberts's face on it SO HELP PLEASE! YOU GUYS THINK THE PERFUME IS ORIGINAL? ? PLEASE PM ME I NEED TO KNOW!!!

Oct
09
2015
MeganD
MeganD

I smelled La Vie Est Belle on my cousin a while ago and was enchanted. It smelled warm and sweet and pretty on her, so I asked her the name and went and got myself a sample.

Oh my god.

On me, this smells like a cheap body spray/hair spray hybrid. There seems to be this powdery note that turns the otherwise delicious sweetness into something cloying, and then there's an alcoholic hair spray sharpness. Couldn't get it off fast enough.

For the people who can wear La Vie Est Belle, know that I am jealous. Very jealous.

Oct
03
2015
annemeimei
annemeimei

This is literally my signature perfume!!! I LOVE it!!!! It is not something that can handle heat well, as it could cause dizziness but when it's during days that is 27c and under...it's absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! It is that scent that makes me feel sophisticated and expensive yet not OLD or MATURE! It is not a light scent at all! It is a day scent only if it is not during a hot day and it is always a night/ date night scent!
If you enjoy sweeter scents but not the candy sweet ones that are literally young girl, teenager, victoria secret scents(Sorry but for me Victoria Secret Scents are smelling very youthful) and you would like to venture more to the grown up girl sweet... try sniff this! Give it time and I think it may be something that you may like!

Oct
01
2015
ironzus
ironzus

i love this lancome version of perfume. it is so elegant, at the first spray it smell to strong, but after 15 minutes, it gets sweet and i love the vanilla scent. it stay on me more than 8 hours

Oct
01
2015
Katssya
Katssya

LVEB don't like my skin unfortunatly :( I am really desapointed. It smells way too sharp and spicy probably because of the mix tonka beans and patchouli. Its such a lost because it is a very good fragrance and smells divine on paper. I guess i will stick with my dearest Flowerbomb. At least there is Flowerbomb as a good alternative if LVEB doesn't work for you.

Sep
29
2015
sheridanellis
sheridanellis

I tried this about 2 years ago shortly after the release and knew I would like it, but as my previous review indicted, I knew I would have to wait as I couldn't take it in the summer heat. I received a huge bottle of it this past Easter as a gift and it has been sitting and waiting for me to open it this fall. I tried some on yesterday at the Duty Free shop in Cancun, and I now know I am ready to handle it! :) If you like Frangelico liquor on ice, or any other sweet, hazelnut, creamy infused scent, I think you will like this. I used to wear Amarige Mariage, Flowerbomb, and Jimmy Choo, and while all similar in depth and sweetness, I don't grasp the resemblance. This is a different quality, deeper, darker floral, and more spicy than any of those. There is a very strong and unique alcohol note that lasts and lasts...very bourbon or apple pie moonshine-esque to my nose which makes it a winner for the fall months. The longevity is ridiculous and one squirt will last until the following day on me. My skin eats perfume up, so this is an amazing bonus! The only other perfumes that have possessed that kind of staying power on me are Ciara 100 or Cinnabar. So, DON'T over apply! Use the atomizer with a judicious hand and the silage and power should play off beautifully. <3

Sep
28
2015
katiesantos
katiesantos

After reading many reviews I had too much expectations, so I went to the store in oder to purchase a bottle.
All I can say is: what a headache!
It didn't work for me at all, it was too sharp on my nose and I got dizzy (really!)
I love gourmands but this one only became nice on me after I washed my hand a couple of times. It was too powdery and that sharp thing, damn... I don't know what it is but it smells quite synthetic.

I bought a bottle of the Intense version instead and have a bit of regret tho...

Sep
28
2015
littlest_lemon
littlest_lemon

I walked into Sephora and asked the sales associate to make me like gourmands.

She handed me a tester spray strip of LVEB, and I, having smelled it before this past spring and not been impressed, balked a little bit. Oh please, the pink Flowerbomb dupe? I was looking for something warm, ambery, and sweet. Not a praline bomb. Blech. Pass.

I took a sample home anyways, at the SA's playful insistence. And, as always, I proved myself wrong.

Guys, it's delicious. It just smells SO freaking good. I want to drink this scent down like a cup of hot cocoa. The weather this morning in the Bay Area was foggy and cool, but I was wrapped up in my warm, pink cashmere scarf that is La Vie Est Belle.

Sep
27
2015
LuLuGoes
LuLuGoes

I loved La Vie Est Belle EDP when I tried it at the Lancome counter at Macy's. But when I started using a glass spray sample vial my mother gave to me, I found it to be overwhelming, very sweet, with something "chemical" and bitter jammed in the center.

This has excellent staying power and projects almost too well. I was very self-conscious the first time I wore it in an office setting. I could smell myself wafting all over the place, and I only sprayed and "stepped into" the mist prior to leaving for work that morning.

I like some power fragrances, including Angel EDP for women, which can sting your nose with its sharp patchouli note. But Angel has kept its place in my collection and heart for years.

Does this smell like V&R's Flowerbomb? No. I don't think it does.

It opens sweetly and does have depth and complexity. I get the gourmand notes and the patchouli and sugary praline. I think this is blended very well. There is just something in it that doesn't blend well with my chemistry.

Of all the Lancome fragrances for women, I think this is the best and has the most universal appeal. But it is not a good match for me.

Sep
27
2015
basma gamal
basma gamal

chic modern sweet is the main theme . this perfume pulled out the modern sophisticated classy sexy sweet with modern vibes thanks to the patchouli without being cheesy or over sugary that make me dizzy and sick

it is unique sweet perfume which is really a rare case I admire the smell the projection the longevity it is a hit ,
it is not my signature but it is my thing when I am in the mode for sweet perfume

it suits winter/autumn better
great job lancome

Sep
25
2015
oktober
oktober

Totally goes with the classic bimbo look, and it makes you feel comfortable about it. I'm saying this as a good thing, btw, you can go to a club (in my day they called those places discos...) without feeling silly with the help of this perfume.

Any pink stuff, any fake lips and boobs, over-arched eyebrows, racoon eyes makeup, pickle-eyes makeup, "phuck-me"-shoes, and even screechy coloured Asics worn with a massive men's gold watch and cap covered in Swarowski crystals... all this is at great peace with LVEB.

Julia Roberts is not a bad image for LVEB, but you know who would do even better, perfection... wait for it... Cicciolina, my friend. She's the face for LVEB!!!

Sep
25
2015
catperson
catperson

I was looking for a long lasting perfume with a good sillage. This one is ideal for me. But I think it's not good for hot weather so I can't wait to start to use it in October or November:(
La Vie Est Belle smells sooo delicious and makes me feel cozy!

Sep
23
2015
Nebelung
Nebelung

The past few months I'm smelling it everywhere here,at our local Sephora it's marked as "Best Seller" blah blah blah BUT I personally find it almost identical to Flowerbomb by Viktor&Rolf (which I admit that I regret buying and appreciate it only for its lasting power). I've now tried from a sample that was given to my aunt,so I can have a more "round" opinion... It's not something we've never seen before,it's one more gourmand.Sure it's a quality fragrance with stunning performance but other than that,there are tons of similar ones,cheaper and more expensive out there!
Unfortunatelly it is really hard for me to like something when it is way too popular,because,frankly,if it's omnipresent you start disliking it and find it unoriginal. I may appreciate it when all this fuss stops,because now they aren't even giving me a chance!
Longevity up to 16 hours,sillage heavy the first 2-3 hours,then goes down to moderate and then soft,nice packaging, but as far as the scent,for now I'm indiferent...sorry!

Sep
21
2015
Ddee
Ddee

This has to be one of my all times fav fragrances. It is the most beautiful soft sweet yet elegant smelling fragrance. My boyfriend loves this on me and I recieve tons of compliments when I wear it. This perfume has great last power; it stays on all day. This is not a typical sickly sweet gourmand fragrance, it was made beautifully and i definitely see this as more of an adult scent. I cannot see a single reason as to why someone wouldn't like this perfume it is a people pleaser and smells nothing short of perfection

Sep
13
2015
Ddee
Ddee

This has to be one of my all times fav fragrances. It is the most beautiful soft sweet yet elegant smelling fragrance. My boyfriend loves this on me and I recieve tons of compliments when I wear it. This perfume has great last power; it stays on all day. This is not a typical sickly sweet gourmand fragrance, it was made beautifully and i definitely see this as more of an adult scent. I cannot see a single reason as to why someone wouldn't like this perfume it is a people pleaser and smells nothing short of perfection

Sep
13
2015
LisaMari
LisaMari

overwhelmingly, horridly sweet. boring and generic

Sep
12
2015
silsilg2
silsilg2

Yes, this scent became very famous . I would say too popular for my taste but recognize that it is a beautiful perfume. What we have is a huge sillage and realized that this is what makes it a classic fragrance . For years manufacturers of perfumes do not put out for sale sillage and fragrances that will last much. I think that people were missing , feel the scent trail left by the fragrances of the 80s and 90s .

Sep
12
2015
Tapioca
Tapioca

I have nothing against gourmand perfumes, but, unfortunately, this perfume smells like burnt rice krispy treats on me. Not very appetizing, I have to say.

Sep
12
2015
ellina1984
ellina1984

I really used to love this, back in the day when I wanted to smell like edible, gourmand goodness (I don't any more - fragrantica made sure I got over that stage!).
To the people wearing it: by all means, do wear it if you enjoy it. However, I really want to say that I smell it everywhere. It's not an overstatement. It's just everywhere. The super-market, Sephora's, the courthouse, my daughter's kindergarten when I drop her off, the cafeteria, M&S, the bookshop. I cannot go anywhere and get away from it. It is hugely popular, so it is difficult to have this as a signature scent, IMHO.

Sep
09
2015
NightShade6
NightShade6

This was a blind buy and WOW can I just say this perfume is down right warmth in a bottle. I'm a gourmand type of woman, and think there is nothing sexier than smelling edible and this perfume makes me feel delicious!

Scent - 10/10
Lasting power - 9/10

Sep
09
2015
EBaby
EBaby

I think this fragrance is like wrapping up in a warm blanket.

Having said that, I was on the fence the very first time I tried this. I'm a bit intimidated by very strong perfumes...I don't like the thought of gagging someone else or invading another person's space...even if it does only involves his/her sniffer. I loved the way it smelled--the sweet, savory, powdery--all melding together. I asked my husband what he thought. I got a "Meh--not bad, but you have other things I like better." (That is often a response when I try something new--and it changes sometimes when I ask at a different time.)

Since then, I have smelled this fragrance on others and wanted so badly to try it again and smell like that!

So, I found a good deal and bought some. I'm so very glad I did. I figured that, if it was too overwhelming, I had probably over-sprayed. I was right. Such a powerful fragrance is not to be applied with multiple layers. This is a one-and-done scent. It is certainly not overwhelming when sprayed with attention to the strength. So, the next time I asked my husband what he thought, he really liked it =).

This scent has a beautiful dry down. I love this one all the way through the day. All of the characteristics that drew me to it initially are still here, and I think this one will have a permanent place in my collection.

***Update***
Been wearing this for nearly a month now... Updating status to OBSESSED. possible becoming a contestant for my signature.

Sep
08
2015
moma4faith
moma4faith

I tested this in the store and, at first, was overwhelmed with sharpness. I decided not to buy and moved on. As it settled down, it became lovely, warm, attention grabbing, feminine, inviting, and with a subtle delicacy of succulence. Subtle, yet constantly calling my attention toward the ever developing , changing scent. Yes, I detect the powder, but sweetness and some spice underlying. It is sugar, and spice, and everything nice, wrapped in enough mystery to keep you interested. It can be flirty, girly, and romantic. It can be elegant, sumptuous, and graceful. I purchased a rollerball, as I think the spray is what overwhelmed me when I first tried it. With the rollerball, I can apply it carefully with the control of where and how much juice to apply. This is a strong scent and is not meant to be doused about. It also lasts several hours. I'm quite taken with La Vie Est Belle. Brava, Lancome, brava.

Sep
05
2015
Milladane
Milladane

It's a sweet, powdery, warm, and cozy scent, like a freshly made pink cotton candy fluff. When it debuted, I was still on the tail end of my sweet kick, so I did like it, and thought it sweet but elegant, though I didn't think it was the best one of the flood of sweet gourmands on the market. It's nice but generic and nondescript. Every year that goes by, my taste for sweet perfs diminishes, until this finally became way too stick syrupy sweet for me.

Sep
05
2015
Fonna2
Fonna2

This kind of reminds me of the Borg on Star Trek, all one mind, all one smell, all one perfume.
Maybe we can get in a spaceship shaped like a Flowerbomb bottle and take off into space "assimilating" the masses. *ssprtzz ssprtzz* You are one of us, now.

I smelled it on a sample paper.
Yes, yes, it smells like Flowerbomb. I reviewed Flowerbomb.
And because it's Lancome, it's longer lasting because of better quality ingredients.
At least I can say that for the House, but how I wish for something more original from them.

Sep
05
2015
cinderella89
cinderella89

i love it

Sep
04
2015
KellyKel
KellyKel

Le Vie, oh how I wanted to love you. You enticed me and roped me in when I smelled you on that girl at the Lancome counter. But I'm mad at you now because you are one expensive little trickster. You're so pretty on the outside, but ugly on the inside Once you got me, you turned into a powdery, syrupy, medicinal smelling mess. After 2 days I'm taking you back from where I got you and there you can lie in wait to trick some other poor unsuspecting soul. Stick a fork in me, I'm done!

Sep
03
2015
MiaClaire
MiaClaire

This one gets better and better over time. Over the past six months, it went from my "Likes" pile to my "Loves" and has not budged downward since. Although I like Flowerbomb, and do think they resemble each other, LVEB is subtler and softer than FB, not as showy. It is sweet, vanilla-laden goodness, not much powder to my nose (I'm thankful, for powder is not a fave note here). It's a safe scent, one you could wear without fear of offending too many people as long as it is lightly applied (as most perfumes should be, really). It is not exotic or unique, but it is definitely lovely and comforting, not a bad thing for a perfume.

Aug
31
2015
claudialg00
claudialg00

I really like sweet perfumes, I like LVEB, sillage and longevity are great, unfortunately on me, it smells like Pink Sugar, and that is not necessarily something bad, but I wish I would be able to smell the pralines and not smell like a much cheaper perfume

Aug
31
2015
Mizurin
Mizurin

I just cannot stand for it. It's like starch syrup & nothing else...

Aug
30
2015
Levana
Levana

Now this fragrance should have be named flower bomb!
Lasts a lot longer than flowerbomb itself.

Aug
30
2015
june7rose
june7rose

Another in a long line of gourmands like Flowerbomb, Angel, and Fatale, that turn into nasally offensive sinus infection starters with the addition of copious amounts of musk, patchouli, and powder. I understand why it's popular, and it is sexy, but please think of those around you before piling it on or wearing in a small, crowded area.

Aug
29
2015
PerfumeKing14
PerfumeKing14

the lasting power is amazing! & i don't smell the resemblance to flowerbomb. now thats out the way... this fragrance is a good one, it CAN be oversprayed! little goes a very long way, its not sweet as i would imagine sweet to be such as Fantasy by Britney its not that type of sweet but to me it isn't overly fruity either... i have difficulty describing this but honestly go & test it, I've liked this for a long time now & got another bottle today.

Aug
27
2015
camillann
camillann

This is very sticky sweet, but not in a girly way. This is a sweet mature scent that I kind of like, but it has to be used wisley. It is strong! You could almost make people faint if you use this in the wrong way. It is for sure a look-at-me scent so at a very loud party maybe. Not an office scent.

Aug
22
2015
Hipchick40
Hipchick40

I've been enjoying the reviews for this divisive perfume! I personally have a couple of deluxe samples and possibly a roller ball of it, and while I enjoy it, I rarely reach for it. I remember one reviewer said its for the younger crowd or older women refusing to grow up. I actually had the opposite experience! I was doing some grocery shopping at Target and I got a whiff of the sultry, nearly edible powdery goodness that is LVEB. But, I couldn't identify it, even though I own it! So when the woman wearing this gorgeous scent passed by me, I realized it was her and I made up a silly excuse to turn my cart around and walk past her again, but this time I asked! I'd say she was in her late fifties or early sixties. She had shorter hair worn naturally, and it was salt and pepper colored. She had on a gorgeous silk suit with splashes of green, yellow and purple flower type patterns on it. She looked stately. That's the best word I can come up with for her. And she smelled heavenly! When I asked, she was a tiny bit embarrassed and asked me if it was too much, too strong. I immediately reassured her that it was absolutely gorgeous on her. It was perfect and she wore it so well! I explained I'm a fragrance nut so I'm hard-wired to notice delicious smells but that I thought it suited her so perfectly and elevated her status in my mind, to a woman worthy of being envied. It may be that subconsciously, I don't feel I can match her elegance so I don't even try to pull off LVEB.

Aug
17
2015
Nikkafragrance
Nikkafragrance

I used to hate it, but since my taste is changing and I am craving sweet scents, I bought a 50 ml bottle of this on a whim. I found it too heavy and suffocating, but now I am a fan of it - it's sweet, flirty and full of joy. The sillage is incredible, you should try it if you love vanilla, pralines and black currant.

Aug
13
2015
Jmalone84
Jmalone84

I had this one & thought I loved it- it's certainly a head turner. But it was headache inducing & I sold it- the fruitiness is so syrupy & sickly sweet. And I smell it everywhere, every woman is wearing it.

I have figured out a word that sums it up.

Insipid.

It is a sickly, insipid perfume to appeal to the tasteless. Not just a headache inducer but an eye-roll inducer too. It's tacky. Sorry ladies, love has turned to hate on this one- it's just too much everything, an over indulgence.

I wish people would stop comparing this to Flowerbomb which I love- there are no similarities for me at all. If anything it is much more similar to the new Viktor & Rolf scent- is it Bon Bon? That is equally as hideous.

Aug
12
2015
Ariadna-7
Ariadna-7

I bought it late in fall, it was probably the rainy weather that made me choose the frag, as it felt warm and sweet. But later on I was just trying to pursuade myself that I like it, for pure respect for Lancome)) The frag is good, no doubt, but too much of iris makes it a bit obtrusive on my skin.

Aug
06
2015
Halawawda
Halawawda

I tried it at Macy's a couple of months ago and noticed that even after I washed my clothes, my clothes still smelled like La Vie Est Belle. I purchased it months ago but the bottle is still full because you do not have to douse yourself in it to smell it on you. I get a lot of compliments from it. If you spray it on yourself in the morning you will still smell it until you go to bed at night and so will everyone else around you. Its like there's no dry down from La Vie Est Belle. Its beautiful but not something you want to wear everyday because the scent engulfs you and everyone else in the room.

Aug
05
2015
Lafa
Lafa

Let me start by saying that "la vie est belle" was on my hate list, i received it as a gift, i thought that it was overpowering with very intense patchouli which i hate and what made me hated it more was that i was smelling it everywhere!! But after reading some of the reviewers posts in here saying that only one spray would be enough, i gave it a second try with almost half a spritz and i liked it, I was able to smell the yummy vanilla! LVEB is nice, definitely better for colder days but with only ONE single gentle spray!

Aug
02
2015
sueshow
sueshow

I totally agree with the previous member. A very sweet generic scent worthy of being a celebrity perfume.

Aug
01
2015
Zazou
Zazou

Cannot understand the hype, sorry. IMO this is cloying supersweet generic stink. Mind you, not every woman using perfume is under 16 ...

Jul
30
2015
Beckylynn8881
Beckylynn8881

You know, I used to think that this was almost identical to Flowerbomb but now that I have a minis of both, I can definitely smell the differences. They are similar, no doubt about that, but Flowerbomb is heavier on the patchouli, whereas LVEB is sweeter and fruitier, like Flowerbomb's little sister. Boy is this stuff long-lasting! Silage is very heavy when first sprayed and you can really smell the syrupy black currants, but the dry-down is all praline, vanilla and tonka bean on me. Simply yummy. Makes me want to curl under a blanket and sip a cup of hot chocolate :P

Jul
29
2015
pinktojen
pinktojen

Its definitely not a masterpiece but its good. Its sugary because every girl needs something sugary. Silage is good. I always liked it better on someone else once they left the room, so ended buying it for my self. I think 1 spritz is enough for this one, anymore, is a little too juvenile. A good in between Flowerbomb and Miss Dior.

Jul
26
2015
angelfishie
angelfishie

To be honest, I picked up La Vie Est Belle because I thought the bottle's little leaf-like silver "neck scarf" on its pink body was so cute! The scent has a beautiful vibe to match its name - delicate, feminine, playful, elegant. Very Parisienne! Brown sugar on vanilla, juicy red fruit, and patchouli (it reminds me quite a bit of Miss Dior Chérie). La Vie Est Belle is more gourmand and less berry - but sadly, it went SO SHARP on me. The sillage was great, a few feet, but unfortunately I can't comment on the longevity as I scrubbed it after half an hour, when the sharpness on my skin became unbearably strong. I do think Julia Roberts was an excellent choice to rep this. She's relatable but radiant, positive, elegant, and very feminine. A great match for the personality of the scent.

I still think it's a beautiful fragrance - I just would caution anyone interested to test it before buying.

Jul
25
2015
jrhmakeupartistry
jrhmakeupartistry

I guess I'm in the minority on this one. LVEB gives me a rip roaring headache. All I smell is Patchouli, and a powdery sort of vanilla snicker doodle cookie smell without the cinnamon. I love sweet scents, but when I smell LVEB, it's so sweet that I worry about getting a cavity by proxy. I know that I don't have the most sophisticated nose, but I could detect someone popping the top of the bottle of LVEB in the middle of Times Square and violently cringe without it even being sprayed.

Jul
24
2015
Belleblue
Belleblue

"Ummmm you smell like cookies".....well at least thats a good smell!.....as with all fragrance you need to see what it does on your skin...on me this was all sweet ,on others its floral....try first.....and enjoy the longevity...it really wasnt all that bad to smell like cookies for a day.

Jul
19
2015
AlisonD
AlisonD

I really thought I was going to like this fragrance, but for me the vanilla is just too strong and overrides nearly all the other layers.
I guess I am not a fan of vanilla in perfume.
It would be lovely without it-or with a lesser amount.
I'm actually not a huge fan of Flowerbomb either-which this perfume is likened too.

Jul
16
2015
hcherry
hcherry

I thought that this fragrance was going to be one of those too sweet, too balsamic, too powdery perfumes for my age. I got hand on its sample as the smell lingers on its vial.

I worn just a little of it on my neck and lo and behold I'm absolutely in love. It's definitely one of the strongest perfume I've met and to wear it: sometimes less is more. It was very jasmine-like and vanillic the first time I swept it on my neck and the smell stayed longer than my Salvatorre's Signorina does.

Jul
16
2015
laura21774
laura21774

Ummmm......testing this right now. So about a month ago, one of the clerks at work was wearing this oppressive, headache inducing perfume that it smelled like she doused herself in it. I could smell her a mile away and steered clear.

After a minute or two on my skin....oh no, THIS is what she was wearing. Attempting to scrub it off has been difficult to say the least. Headache inducing.

Jul
12
2015
masamim10
masamim10

when a friend first spritzed this fragrance on me at sephora as a bad joke, i choked and glared at her, expressing my eternal hate for the jerk who made me smell like i had dunked myself in a bath and body works candle wax.

however, once the top notes wore off, the scent settled down to become something not that awful. actually, it smelled kind of yummy in the way one finds the smell of melting/toasting(?) sugar yummy. I was not a fan of super sweet scents, but this was strangely addictive... i couldn't stop smelling my arm

so not a fan of the top notes, but am a fan of the drydown.
but a little goes a long way with this fragrance, so go easy on the application.
sillage is good and longevity is good too.
i own the edp.

Jul
11
2015
Chicagobelle
Chicagobelle

It's a beautifully done sweet fragrance with awesome sillage and lasting power. I get tons of compliments when I wear it.

So here's my take on it. It's like the 3 little bears. Papa Bear is Flowerbomb, Mama Bear is La Vie Est Belle and Baby Bear is Fancy by Jessica Simpson. I have all three, IMO, Each are similar but have a slightly unique spin. In the case of this perfume it's a bit milder than FB but a little more mature than Fancy. What I like about this fragrance compared to FB is that it's not a slap in the face scent...it's inviting from the beginning. However take note that a little goes a long way with this perfume; I made the mistake and went overboard with it one time, smh. I do however like the drydown of FB more than this one. LVEB reminds me of Fancy on the dry down.

I'm glad I gave this perfume a second chance; it's a great addition for anyone who loves a sweet scent done right.

Jul
09
2015
Harunna
Harunna

smell really almost same like jeanne arthes perpetual pearl but LVEB more to floral powdery drydown and the perpetual pearl more to caramel powdery scents

Jul
07
2015
Esztee
Esztee

Do not really gravitate towards such sweet scents however I was trying to find one that suits me just to add to my collection . I chose Armani Si over La vie est belle

Jul
05
2015
lollsazz
lollsazz

I took a moment to smell this in the airport yesterday. I still hate it: it chokes me with a sugar cloud. I hope I will never have to work with someone who likes this :(

Jul
05
2015
nehash_1
nehash_1

I did not expect this to be so good. Got it as a gift and love it. It's got a beautiful sillage and base notes are pretty fresh and neat (not the usual musky woodsy powdery fragrance that most 'long lasting' perfumes typically have). Thumbs up for this one!

Jul
05
2015
Flowercat
Flowercat

I had had enough of the vast offerings of floral watery fruity frags everywhere I turned, and went to my local Boscov's fragrance department begging for someone to PLEASE show me a sweet, powdery, vanilla gourmand girly option! A grown-up version of a wonderful drugstore body spray, I implore you!

I was ushered immediately to La Vie Est Belle and, especially in comparison with the many stale floral classics I'd been sniffing, was delighted to breath in clouds of fresh, softly spicy, sweet, powdery feminine prettiness! Thankfully not at all heavy on the patchouli, which is NOT a favorite of mine. I'd tested LVEB along with way too many others at once on occasion in Ulta, but never figured out that IT was that nice one I was smelling after I'd left the store.

All that said, I do agree with others who have cautioned not to over spray! The initial spray is lovely, and the dry down is beautifully soft and powdery... but too enthusiastically adding to the one each arm + each side of neck sprays creates a steroid version of this basically delicate scent: sharp, synthetic, overbearing. Not to fear though, the explosion only lasts a while, on my skin anyway, and the gorgeous gourmand softness returns after an hour or so.

This is a very satisfying solution to my quest for a grown-up oriental vanilla/powder fragrance, and I think we'll be happy partners on many days and nights :-)

Jul
03
2015
Waekkae
Waekkae

I know La Vie Est Belle is pretty much expensive but it's worth buying. For me, this is love at first sniff :) Heaven in a bottle. If you love gourmand fragrance, don't hesitate to buy this one. I wish I would be able to buy all la vie est belle line products (I want to try eau de legere and edt)

Jul
03
2015
Valleyofthedolls
Valleyofthedolls

I think this is what Cleopatra would have worn had she been born in recent times. Didn't she used to bathe in goat's milk? Luscious, smooth cream with sugar sugar sugar on top. Yet earthy. Not enough to convince you? Ok, it is very feminine and absolutely beautiful. Be gentle.Half a spritz too much will take you from a walking sugary angel to just plain gaudy. You don't want to be that girl reeking of LVB. Lancome's pink bottle thrives in the fall&winter. You'll be the warmest, most caring hug in the room. This is what the right dosage of this little poison will do; lovely warmth. I bet LVB will probably become the new Coco Mademoiselle given its recent popularity. But really, can you blame girls everywhere? We all want it.


Edit: Just wanted to add that I find one single spritz to be more than enough. I'll spray one of my wrists, then gently dab it behind my ears. If you're unsure about this one, I'd suggest a rollerball since you can get a much more subtle application. LVB is magical but it can be overpowering if over sprayed.

Jul
01
2015
Marcos Oliveira
Marcos Oliveira

Se não o melhor perfume para mulheres... sexy, atraente,envolvente,gourmand,aroma com classe , jovem e elegante, madura e casual...La Vie Est Belle é o trunfo perfect de Lancome!! é febre por aqui no Brazil, ainda bem que é caro por aqui e isso confere um tanto de exclusividade...perfume noturno e festivo : jantar romantico ou familiar ; passeios diurno em momentos com clima ameno.
Fixação e projeção são ótimos !!

Jun
28
2015
Dafja
Dafja

I can guarantee you that if you wear this perfume that everybody will turn there head and say you smell good what is that?

Its strong but it's heavenly!! What i detect is dark rose dipped into a dark wine sugar syrup, and spritzt with a tiny bit of lime.

The lasting power of this perfume is worth every dollar, euro that you invested in this:)

Jun
28
2015
energia
energia

People should really stop over spraying this perfume, they are killing it. I have a full bottle and I'm starting to hate it because I smell it too much everywhere. It is really unnecessary to spray more than 2-3 sprays. Even 1 is enough. Have mercy!

Jun
21
2015
deb.martinez
deb.martinez

Oh man..I finallyfound out what the awful scent was that my good friend was wearing today..this. on her it smells rancid..and harsh. Ive sniffed it In the store and it was pretty nice. But on some its awful..she knows I dont like it..lol..she doesnt like my Angel..so we tolerate each other cuz were friends.

Jun
21
2015
blakbarbee
blakbarbee

O M G...O M G!!! YESSSSSS...this is IT, what Flowerbomb should have been, but failed!!!! I have the biggest bottle of Flowerbomb and I cannot stand it at all...it is missing something and is just unbearable to me IMO!!! I just received La Vie in the mail and tried it and was instantly in LOVE...what????, it is DIVINE!!! This may become my signature scent, I can go on and on about it! All of the notes are like heaven & its soo smooth, flowerbomb smothered me and I couldn't breathe when wearing it!!! But La Vie is like a match made in heaven and blends soo well with my body chemistry a hundred times better, I am soo relieved that I found and came across this GEM... ladies, you will LOVE it! OMG OMG OMG!!!

Jun
19
2015
Andorsia
Andorsia

It is so familiar in so many ways. It feels like the perfumers took a handful of the most popular fragrances from the decade and rolled them into one. A crowd pleaser for sure.

Jun
18
2015
amacasfer
amacasfer

Omg, i bought this as a present to my mom and i simply love it. For me this isn't sweet at all, what i thought when i first smelled it is a green scent with citrus notes, but the description says something quite different, i don't know why but i can't smell vanilla.
It's mature but young at the same time, formal but casual (most at spring season).

Jun
14
2015
mrsg34
mrsg34

I blind bought this one from reading about the notes, I adore vanilla, powdery perfumes and am no stranger to strong perfumes ( check out my wardrobe)I love Angel,Hypnotic poison etc.But I'm sorry to say I am finding this a very heavy perfume indeed!It's actually giving me a headache :( I bought a 50ml bottle too :/ I initially sprayed a good two sprays to my chest/neck and both wrists so thought maybe I did an overkill with the spraying, so tried just one spray to my wrists tonight but I'm having the same effect oh well one for the swap list.

Jun
14
2015
vincy_gal
vincy_gal

The initial hit is very overpowering, then it melds into a very ho-hum, predictable scent that I've smelled hundreds of times. I don't find this frag original, nor long lasting. Not for me.

Jun
13
2015
LoveForYMCMB
LoveForYMCMB

I miss this one, it's very sweet and lovely

Jun
13
2015
skriszke
skriszke

My 2nd review, and still positief! In The Netherlands LVEB is leading on the top 10 sold list. But I ve never catched in the crowd on anybody. (In the opposite of Coco Mademoiselle which is really overpowering.) My daughter put her nose yesterday in my pillow and told with a big sweet smile: it smells like mama. Long live longevity, cant get enough from this pefume!

Jun
12
2015
dirtbox_fairy
dirtbox_fairy

I love this too, I have both this and the EDT and I find them quite different. My experiences of both seem to be quite the opposite of most other people on here. As I find the EDT SO much sweeter and delectable but I find the EDP one a LOT more heavily floral for the first 1-2 hours or so and much stronger that only 2 sprays are needed, then I get a warm and comforting vanilla/praline/tonka bean embrace after 3 or 4 hours. It seems more of an autumn/winter fragrance to me. I have found that both this and the EDT work very well if used together, I spray the EDP on my neck and my wrists after showering in the morning, then top up the sweetness with the EDT every few hours or so during the day, I've had so many compliments doing this. I'll be wearing them both on my wedding day in September! :)

Jun
11
2015
nataschav
nataschav

At first, it's like I face-dunked into a cotton candy stall at the carnival. Then, it's like a vanilla sky opens where I occasionally catch a whiff of it. It's enticing, in a way where it's cute, sweet and a touch provoking. All in all, I love it like a kid loves it's teddy bear, and I cannot get my nose away from my wrist to sniff it.

Jun
07
2015
CHEAP
CHEAP

This fragrance is perfect for me. It is a good spring and summer scent. It smells wonderful and it lasts a long time.

Jun
07
2015
Bublegum
Bublegum

This might be the sweetest thing I have ever smelled. Even sweeter than Britney's stuff. I think its overflowing sweetness is clogging. In the first 2 hours it is so clogging and sweet that you are not sure what you are smelling. The drydown is very similar to flowerbomb and you can detect the praline, the vanilla and a hint of patchouli. On Saturday I went to some club's toilet and I thought that previous girl has put this so it was smelling all over. But half an hour ago it was still lingering in the air. So I guess its sillage is big. Same goes for longevity. Not my kind of of gournamnd, but if you want a sillage killer flowerbomb type, this is perfect for you.

Jun
04
2015
So
So

Agree: waaay too heavy. You just have to use it in "small" doses, preferably only one, at least an hour before getting out. Otherwise, you are at risk to seem un-lady-like :-)))
I bought it because I really LOVE (!!!) the dry-down notes and because my daughter (9y old) adores it (and uses it :-)), as it smells like candy.

Lovely base notes, again ! Congratulations for that !

Oh ! And of course, congratulations also for the silage and longevity - despite its "heaviness", these are really how they are supposed to be ! Kind of "like the old times", when quality and generosity were first priorities.
_/_

Jun
04
2015
lovePerfumes222
lovePerfumes222

very heavy perfume. gives me a headache. I really like the notes and the scents but it's way too sweet and heavy for me.

Jun
01
2015
mesha2sweet
mesha2sweet

I am blown away by this beauty :) love at first sniff! Thank you Lacome..

May
31
2015
saashaas
saashaas

This is the sweetest perfume I've got. But it is spicy enough for me to like it, and it still smells mature. It was surprising that it was so long lasting. Not as long lasting on my skin but I noticed on a jacked that the scent is stuck on it for days! And I don't have that with any other scent.

May
29
2015
Bluemarinejosephine
Bluemarinejosephine

Lancome – "La Vie Est Belle” 05.28.2015

The opening of La Vie Est Belle is magnificent.
It begins with a citrusy and creamy/sugary combination which is so lovely that I kept smelling my wrist as it created to me a feeling of warm, sweet euphoria with a touch of lemony zest. After a few minutes, the citrus note disappears and the fragrance transforms into a lovely, creamy, well rounded sweetness which reminds me of cotton candy.

At this point, I remembered myself as a young girl when my parents were taking me to the children’s entertainment theme parks and they were getting me cotton candy and dumplings soaking in maple syrup with sprinkled cinnamon. Those were delights of true childhood bliss.

Later on, on my skin, the scent develops a subtle smokey note (which I have not seen described by other fragranticans… skin chemistry amazes me.) So, the end result on me is a creamy, sugary smokiness so delightful yet earthly.

Because it creates a feeling of creamy warmth to me, I can imagine this fragrance as suitable for autumn and winter months. Ofcourse, it can be worn all year round.

I do understand that La Vie Est Belle may be perceived as a mass pleaser however, in my view, the fragrance is popular simply because it is very good for its price, from an acclaimed brand and it has an excellent longevity (as with most Lancome perfumes.).

I do like it and I recommend it.

Enjoy the (good) perfume quest!
Regards
Josephine

May
28
2015
auroramaria
auroramaria

To all lovers of La Vie Lancome is launching a new version called LVEB Intense apparently deeper and more gourmand than original EDP with notes of tuberose ylang ylang and nut accord.
I love LVEB and all its versions and can't wait till this new one is out

May
25
2015
Dort0625
Dort0625

I was out perfume hunting yesterday and this one caught my eye, mostly because of the hype surrounding this fragrance, and because of that I had wanted to try it for quite some time now. Well, I hope I don't offend anyone by saying this but this has to be one of the most rank stank nasty mess of a perfume. I will be the first to admit that I'm not into vanilla type scents, nor patchouli! I wanted to see what the hype was about, hoping to leave there with this " ahhhh now I understand why everyone loves it" feeling, but what I felt was relief to not have to smell it anymore. Maybe my chemistry doesn't mingle well with this fragrance.....I tried it on my skin AnD my scarf and sadly all it was for me was an overbearing, over powering powdery patchouli mess. It honestly reminded of a cheap Avon perfume from the late 80s to early 90s! Sorry ladies but this is a huge miss for me!

May
23
2015
Walai
Walai

It gives a nice smell and lasts very long. But, unfortunately, it is not good for my body chemistry.

May
22
2015
Kudzai
Kudzai

lovely love it . you get compliments all day when wearing this . Makes me clean

May
22
2015
skriszke
skriszke

A lot have been told on this forum about the overpowering and obtrusive presence of this perfume. First I was afraid, because I’m working tech support on ICT department, my only colleagues are male. They can be super touchy about too much feminine stuff:) But then, you know, when you pay a lot of money for a perfume, you can not just expect a “brand name” but longevity too! It should be perfectly normal definition for a perfume: extreme longevity and sillage. The rest should be called eau de toilette. La Vie est Belle is sweet, but it is not just plain candy, black current gives it a light breeze against any cloying sweetness. At the end of day I get some bitter-ish impression which I like very much and of course the patchouli just stays and stays. In all I’m very satisfied with La Vie est Belle and none of my co-workers were ever complaining about it!

May
21
2015
Palipali
Palipali

By the time LVEB came out, I had given up on finding my signature fragrance. Everything was either too sweet, or too mature for my age, or already taken as a signature by someone I know. But LVEB came in for the rescue. It was, in my opinion, perfect. Its a gourmand and yet unique and complex, which is hard to find these days if we're being honest. One of those scents that you can just tell is expensive. Lancome really hit the nail on the head with this one. Of all the perfumes I would try, this is the only one that made my mom ask "what DO you have on???" and I got so many compliments. So i adopted it as my signature. It really does make me happy and always makes me smile every time I put it on.

But as luck would have it (and as many have lamented below) EVERYONE wears this. My friends loved it on me so much, in fact, they all bought it. No, really. It seems as though every time I talk to someone, it always gets to "What do you have on? I love it!" and bam its purchased and done. Even the few people I know that didn't buy it for themselves said they were going to buy it for their mothers. So before long, everyone I knew either had adopted this as their signature or had a bottle they used on special occasions or had bought it for a loved one. Even in lecture, i can smell it around. Sigh :( i put in so much effort to find this perfume I feel robbed sometimes hahah.

For now, I honestly can't find anything better (flowerbomb is similar, but not as mature imo and its even more popular than this good grief). The search continues.

May
19
2015
zukigirl
zukigirl

I received a small sample in the EDP and I was amazed at the scent and the longevity of this perfume..Love at first smell. Then I went ahead and purchased the 100ml bottle but they only had the EDT. It is a softer scent and very very disappointing in the lasting power of the EDT. Now I have a very large bottle of a perfume I don't Love as much. Make sure you purchase the EDP or you will be disappointed!!!

May
18
2015
hyperfluff
hyperfluff

LVEB is amazingly delicious for the first couple hours, but as it begins to dry down, something in it turns bitter and sharp, and it started to nauseate me for the remainder of the day. I don't think it's the patchouli alone, as I have no problem with patchouli...I think it's the orange blossom + patchouli combination. I love orange blossom, but I notice that in any fragrance that it gets paired with patchouli they turn into terrible twins on my chemistry.
The Parfum Legere is the opposite...it starts off weird but gets progressively more and more beautiful over time. My favorite version is definitely the Absolu though, it's almost flawless.
Luckily, there are so many LVEB smell-alikes out there, so I can go for one of those even if I can't stand the drydown of this one. I tried Si, and it stays delicious all the way to the end.

May
12
2015
DecemberRose87
DecemberRose87

I got a sample of this with my Sephora order and didn't read up on the notes or anything. I just love perfumes and figured it'd be another good-smelling, but nothing special fragrance. In fact it sat in my bedside drawer for probably a month before I sprayed it. But oh my god, the first time I smelled it, I was in love. It was surprisingly unique. It had depth, but with a faint light sugar sweetness. When I looked up the notes, it made perfect sense why I loved it so much...vanilla and patchouli are some of my favorite notes and I'm a floral girl as well. I feel like this could very well be my new signature scent. I know I really love a perfume when I keep wanting to go back for another spritz. Some perfumes are somewhat forgettable and unless you put them in plain sight, you forget to use them. This is one I truly savor.

May
07
2015
agnieszka.scislowska
agnieszka.scislowska

First I thought It will be veeeryyy sweet. Sugar all over. After testing... Wow Black currant, so delicate choclates, vanilla, tonka and patchouli but not in a men version. It underlines all notes with a simple signature saing "just watching". Full of life full of every aspect of life.

May
05
2015
anosh313
anosh313

I couldn't believe that i may like this scent.. I thaught this is so sweet but no It was not! Yes it was sweet but in a good way that didnt harm anybody. Added this to my future perfume scents.

May
05
2015
dawnisty211
dawnisty211

I had never heard of this perfume until a friend posted about it on facebook a few weeks ago. I am just getting back into perfumes, and decided to go to Ulta and give it a try. (I'm on a mission to find a new signature scent after going about 2 years without perfume) I used a rollerball tester on my wrist and was immediately put off by the initial medicine-y smell. I chose another perfume instead. Well, fast forward about 3 weeks and I can STILL smell a lingering scent of LVEB on my fitness tracker that I wear on my wrist, even after spraying my other perfume directly on it. I do have to admit that I LOVE the scent once the top notes wear off, and often find myself sniffing my fitness tracker to make sure it's still there...haha. I will be purchasing this at some time in the near future.

May
04
2015
sonya9
sonya9

So this is the only perfume where I love the top notes more than the middle notes and the drydown!Boy,the initial blast of pralines are absolutely intoxicating in their best way!It's modern,sexy,people pleaser,everyone sais "what is that smell?",even my dad who hates perfumes commented how good is this perfume.The only gourmand I can tolerate.Love,love,love it!!

May
02
2015
Androgynous
Androgynous

All I smell is the earthy patchouli. First sniff smells very similar to opening a bag of dried raisins.

Apr
28
2015
tinaelisa
tinaelisa

My boss (male) called it a mature fragrance comparing it to the other more young and fresh fragrances I normally wear, like Chloe signature. I get that, because it smells more heavy and sweet.

Apr
28
2015
Preener
Preener

I'm so jealous of everyone that says they live this fragrance. The descriptions sound beautiful.

HOWEVER. On me, the fragrance smells NOTHING like Flowerbomb, or anything sweet. It's just powder. I misted once, and on first sniff, my reaction was a very loud "WHY WHY WHY UGH NO" in my otherwise empty apartment.

Bummer.

Apr
27
2015
hot_tamalie
hot_tamalie

This really does smell like Flower Bomb and if I had to choose between the two it would be La Vie mainly because of the price, projection and longevity. And I really don't care if a lot of people have it (hell it smells awesome!) just as long as where I'm wearing it at which is mainly at work that no one smells like me:)

Apr
27
2015
TonioValentine
TonioValentine

My mom just got back from a trip she was on and decided to pop into the duty free store at the airport, she called me and asked if there was a perfume I wanted. I saw the reviews on here and I know everybody and their mother wears it but I said why not and I couldn't be happier! It's sweet but not over baring and it really does just make me happy when I have it on! I love the bottle and the pink juice is such a nice shade of pink. I love it and I'm going to be wearing it for a long time, totally recommend it.

Apr
26
2015
nieninque
nieninque

About 5 days ago I was at the airport killing time, so of course I decided to try on some perfume. I tried on a lot of perfumes and I must have sprayed La Vie est Belle on my wrist at some point (it is a scent that I knew from before). Lo and behold, 5 days on, the scent simply will NOT go away from the little thread bracelet I have on my wrist. At first I enjoyed it very much. Everything else simply went away but this one stayed and stayed, and with good sillage too. I took a shower and it was still there. I even started to look into a bottle. Then... Well... I went to bed, woke up, and it was still there. I went about my day, put on other perfume, cooked, washed my hands, did all sorts of things... Still there. I took another shower... Still there. I scrubbed the bracelet with soap, put on other perfume specifically on the bracelet...Still there... I am not sure this is a good thing at this point.

Use La Vie est Belle as your only perfume and it would work great.

Apr
25
2015
Kompeito
Kompeito

I can see why this is so popular, there is a very universally wearable feel to it.
The notes are very well blended and no note stands out too much, except maybe the sweetness level. It is very very sweet, too much for me to love it.

Blonde, brunette, redhead, young or older, this works on most.
It smells classy, playful, feminine, and lightly sexy.

It's really strong, a single spray is overwhelming my apartment as I type this.
It is giving me a headache, but occasionally I get this delicious whiff of some kind of creamy sweet dessert.

Not sure if I'll purchase a full bottle, but I do enjoy the scent.
Maybe i'll test out the edt next.

Apr
23
2015
shell_bell
shell_bell

I don't know why I'm seeing all these comments complaining about how popular or overused this perfume is. I've never smelled it on ANYONE and now that I've finally gotten to try a tiny sample bottle I can say with confidence - that I'm sold!

Most definitely an autumn beauty that has a drydown *almost* working in this spring weather. The initial spritz instantly reminded me of Dior Mademoiselle and my heart sank. I already have that lovely but it's way too patchy for me most days so I generally avoid it.
However, after a few minutes I could NOT stop sniffing my wrist! What a gem! Definitely sweeter than the Dior and the patch wasn't making me nauseated the way it usually does. In fact, I'd call the patchouli subtle to the point I can hardly detect it!
I'm would also allude to the beautiful Sofia (Vergara) as some of the notes remind me of the other.

Although I'd say the first hour smells very floriental spicy on me, the drydown is amazing - creamy and dreamy, two of my favorite characteristics in a fragrance and certainly not what I was expecting.

I might ask for a full bottle of this rare jewel for upcoming Mother's Day. I'd like to keep a little of this juice around for quite awhile. ;)

Apr
23
2015
mschnabel666
mschnabel666

I love LVEB, I have two bottles! BUT... I just found an amazing dupe by Jeanne Arthes, Perpetual Pearl.... can be found right now on Overstock.com
It's not as potent, but at $13.99 a bottle (3.3oz), you can get 10 bottles for the price of one LVEB.
Try it! Delicious!
(Jeanne's Fuel Power is a dupe of Dolce & Gabanna Pour Femme too!)

Apr
21
2015
Jmalone84
Jmalone84

Bought this because a customer was wearing and it smelt lovely, sprayed it on my Mum's wrist whilst out shopping one day and smelled lovely and lollipop-like with a hint of sophistication. I got it to replace the bottle of flowerbomb I was running out of. This fragrance smells nice on others for me, but when I wear it the top notes are a bit too fruity (like pineapple) and sickly sweet, when I first started wearing it it gave me a headache. Now that I have been wearing it for a couple of weeks I quite like it but not as much as flowerbomb. The fruity, syrupy cloying sweetness puts me off a little, I think it lacks the class that flowerbomb has.

update: have had to relinquish it to my mother's dresser, just too headache inducing. too much cloying sugary syrupyness ack

Apr
20
2015
Kiyana_e
Kiyana_e

The best! Nothing more to say..

Apr
19
2015
flowerpwrz91
flowerpwrz91

La vie est Belle = Common as Muck!
My sister, my mother, my grandmother, my neighbour, my neighbours aunt, who knows - possibly even my neighbour's dog! all seem to be wearing La vie est Belle this year. Yawn.
Why would you want to smell like every other female on the planet?
Your boyfriend/husband smells this on you and thinks 'this smells like my mother/grandmother/sister' How horrendous is that?
I can't think of anything worse!!!!!!!
Why would you want this?
I realise that most commercial perfumes aren't going to be entirely 'unique', but this one takes the biscuit for being mind-dropingly generic and overly popular.

Sits back and waits for lack of balloons :-)

Apr
19
2015
DiaAnna
DiaAnna

I love it , perfect fragrance perfect silage , just perfect in every way possible , after FB now I appreciate this more than ever !

Apr
18
2015
sintija.proveja
sintija.proveja

Amazing perfume, so feminine as the perfume is balanced sweet. i love all perfumes with patchouli smell. perfect for me.

Apr
17
2015
hot_tamalie
hot_tamalie

Ooooo, I think I've found a new signature scent! I was crazy about Armani Si but now I'm in love with La Vie! Omg this smells soooo good and sweet. I wore it to bed last night and I could still smell it on me this morning. This is a very long-lasting and loud fragrance which is right up my alley. I will have to say that I like this more than Angel. I will def purchase another bottle of this or maybe I will try L'Absolu next.

Apr
17
2015
Satinne
Satinne

This was love at firs smell!!! For me this was the perfume I was searching for so long.. Very nice, sweet but fresh.

Update: A very similar perfume Killer queen by Katy Perry.

Apr
17
2015
nicolevivi
nicolevivi

anther perfume created for mass market. unoriginal, reminded me prada candy

Apr
15
2015
MrsTefee
MrsTefee

This was very sweet on me at first and I quite liked it for a little while..but after a couple hours it started getting stale on my skin and very head ache inducing. I decided its just not for me.

Apr
15
2015
Leah lilly
Leah lilly

From the first sniff I fall in love with it mmmmmmm just like the dream. But as usual I take a long time before I decide to buy a fragrance or not, and after only one month I bought this amazing lovely sophisticated perfume. I'm so happy looool ^_*

Apr
14
2015
kiristarr
kiristarr

Before purchasing and spraying the actual juice on my skin, I had only smelled magazine samples of La Vie Est Belle and sprayed the juice onto paper at the department store. I know; I know. Shame on me. Must test on the skin. Nevertheless, this story does not have a terrible ending. On paper, I thought that La Vie was a bit too rich for my taste. I have no sweet tooth when it comes to food and not much of a sweet nose when it comes to fragrance. While pure candy on paper, La Vie did come off as a mature, sophisticated confection, rather than a tweenie twinkie, so I kept an open mind. Then I found a price on a 2.5 oz bottle that I just couldn't pass up. Worst case, I could have made my money back. On me...WHOA, PATCH!!! On my skin, the patchouli is so strong that it balances out the sweetness and then some. In fact, a part of me wishes that the patch weren't quite so strong on me, as I wouldn't mind a bit more of the praline I smelled on paper shining through. Overall, I didn't love it on paper or skin, but I liked it on both. Unless you find a helluva deal, try it on your skin first.

Apr
11
2015
Morgana1975
Morgana1975

On my skin this starts yummie vanilla-sweet with a rare twits. After half an hour is turns in to Chance by Chanel and after another half an hour it sets on me as Miss Dior Le Parfum. Am I the only one with this experience? I'm dissapointed since I already own the two mentioned perfumes. :-(

Apr
10
2015
morfelisia
morfelisia

I dislike La Vie Est Belle, despite being a big fan of gourmands. Definitely a no-no for summer or overdoing in office environments. I know a few co-workers who use this, and all I get is this cloying cherry coke smell. Not to mention that these women would never go near the teensy celebrity gourmands-some of which I like-, but I suppose it’s okay and “sophisticated” when Lancome does it, instead of Ms. Spears.
Lately, I gravitate more towards clean, shampoo-like scents. I even love the shampoo-like quality of Lancome Hypnose. I really hope this new trend of dark and sugary scents will go away soon.

Apr
08
2015
ggabriella
ggabriella

Tried it today. It's.... Ok. If I get it as a gift I would like it. But I wouldn't spend my money on it. It's not mind blowing, it's a polite and full with curtesy scent. Even shy I might add. It lacks the boldness that a perfume to remember has to have. The advertising for it is quite to the point. The actress from eat pray love going across in her self finding life journey after screwing her previous life. This perfume express it perfectly fake power in the beginning just to soften in end where it suppose to reveal its true power... I'll pass.

Apr
04
2015
Anthaval
Anthaval

It's a shame but I smelled it only a few weeks ago. I dunno but I didn't like the bottle and Julia Roberts it's not my favorite actress, so La Vie Est Belle dropped out of my life so far.

But I tried her, because I saw that it's so divisive and I love if a perfume is divisive because for me it means that it's unique and it has an own individuality.

But LVEB... It's like pink sugar's more expensive version... It's just sweet and sweet, like a bad quality chocolate which is full synthetic cocoa. I don't like her, I don't wanna feel her...

Apr
04
2015
elderflowers
elderflowers

I have to congratulate the perfumers on their realistic praline accord. This is sweeter than scents that were considered so saccharine in the early 2000's that only teens would wear them, and more like actual milk chocolate praline than I would have thought it was possible for a perfume to be. I detect no florals at all, which surprises me as I could pick them up even in Flowerbomb, and found it cute even if I obviously wasn't the target market. But with the ever-gorgeous Julia Roberts fronting this scent, I am clearly in the target market for La Vie Est Belle, which feels weird. Am I really so out of step? Do lots of my 35-45 age cohort want to smell like this?

Heaven knows I love soft praline. In Denmark, Anthon Berg sell the damnable crack in pure bar format, euphemistically termed 'nougat' – it's basically what's inside Guylian seashell chocolates, though of much higher quality. But the thing is, you cannot eat a whole bar of it, no matter how desperate a chocoholic you are. After a bit, it's just too unctuous, too sugary-smooth, too much lever-pressing, gimme-gimme-gimme concentrated dopamine release. The poor sated brain needs a rest. Maybe even a wedge of chilled orange, or a whiff of mown grass.

But La Vie Est Belle has no mercy, she is adorable and tireless, and will keep on pressing that praline-coated lever until you swoon with pleasure, or run for the nearest exit. I don't think there's much in-between with this one.

Apr
02
2015
Tara Fiouzi
Tara Fiouzi

I like vanilla perfumes, but this one smells too fruity for my taste, I can say I like to smell it on others but I am not going to buy this for myself

Apr
02
2015
Emmayunee
Emmayunee

I can smell the praline but not as heavy as the jasmine and fruits. At times I thought I smelled roses bc of its powderness. Its a very sweet floral with some patchouli. The vanilla and praline vaguely there.... overall a a very vivacious scent and matches the color of the liquid perfectly. I like bc its such a happy womanly scent. Makes me feel strong, alluring and sweet.

It gives me the same good feeling I get when I wear Tom Ford Velvet Orcid and Cartier La Panthere

Mar
26
2015
rachelanne87
rachelanne87

Purchased a bottle of this unstiffed, thought I would love it as it's a floral fruity gourmand. The patchouli in this is very intense. It's also a very strong and heavy scent, way to strong for my liking. When you first spray it, it has such a strong scent, that it almost knocks you off your feet. At first spray it has the same powerful punch that YSL Opium has. Although it does dry down, and the dry down is much more tolerable. I still cant find myself ever reaching for it!
I was able to return it to my local Lancôme counter, which I was happy about.

Mar
25
2015
LuLuGoes
LuLuGoes

Very velvety, as pink as the color of the perfume itself. Yes, La Vie Est Belle EDP is all the happy, feminine bliss it promised to be.

Initial spray is strong. Dry down has limited stages. Praline sets this apart from Flowerbomb. There is also something fresh and sour in La Vie Est Belle (perhaps the currant) that makes this fruitier than Flowerbomb. But people love to compare the two, and I see why.

Balanced, classy, sexy in a bright, bubbly afternoon way. Patchouli is cleaned up to be part of the bouquet. Very composed yet blooming with blushing floral sweetness.

I like it very much. Impressive staying power on my skin. Lasted two days on the cuff of my jacket.

Mar
22
2015
archivist
archivist

This seems like a nice staple to have in a wardrobe - it's sweet but not overly gourmand, with ladylike white florals, and enough pear and blackcurrant to add some round amplitude to the crisp florals, all nicely balanced on a plate of vanilla and praline. It is very much like Jimmy Choo LE Parfum (I don't think I need both; Choo is going out the door) but less caramelized and dark. I'd recommend the Choo parfum to anyone who wanted something in a slightly lower register, because this is definitely more high pitched.

I can easily see how this scent could be weaponized via over-application, but the same could truly be said of almost any perfume.

It is very popular and consequently somewhat anonymous, though pleasant, and that sort of thing always has its time and place.

I imagine that I'll end up wearing it when I'm in a girlish and playful mood. I have a pair of shoes that I absolutely adore and can't give up even though I hardly ever wear them. They're silver silk and taffeta d'Orsay pumps by Taryn Rose, with a cluster of crystal embellishments at the toe, and I got them on clearance down to something undeniable from $750. They're nuts. They're fairytale ball shoes. Every once in a blue moon I just say - the hell with it, I'm wearing them. And I pull out these silver shoes with aurora crystal buckles on the toe, and I wear them with cuffed jeans and a white button down shirt. And next time, also LVEB. This is sort of that.

I can also imagine wearing it just to be a certain kind of kittenish girly cozy, sweet and simple.

Mar
19
2015
hazelnut
hazelnut

I love how this fragrance is presented with Julia Roberts. I thought I would like this, but when I tested it, I immediately got a strong sense of vinyl. I may test it again on another day. I would like to smell this on another person,.

Mar
19
2015
ellina1984
ellina1984

This isn't so much a review, as a comment on over-application.
I was in court yesterday, waiting for my client's case to be tried. The DA was wearing La vie est belle. The air-conditioning was falling directly on her, and the scent was being swirled into the room, and it was overpowering and nauseating. I looked at a colleague sitting next to me, and asked her if she, too, thought it was nauseating, and she agreed. So, my point is, please wear this sparingly, as it does indeed project a lot and fill a room. An not in a good way. There is indeed too much of a good thing.

Mar
17
2015
MissOctober
MissOctober

I wish there was a way to denote that you love a fragrance on others, but hate it on yourself.

A coworker of mine wears La Vie Est Belle and it smells absolutely magical on her. It's one of the few perfumes I've asked about on someone else. I bought some hoping to replicate the magic for myself, but on me it just turns into a sugarbomb, and not in a great way. Syrupy sweet, to the point of a toothache. I never will understand how it can smell so great on other people and be a dud on me. Oh well.

It's not you Belle, it's me. :(

Mar
15
2015
stephb
stephb

Nettoyant's feelings are spot on with mine. When I first put it on and even an hour or so later, I loved it...more than loved it. It was beautiful. I thought...this is it. This is MY fragrance! It's simply gorgeous! When a description reads "powdery", I'm always skeptical because that usually comes off stuffy and old lady on me. But this was heavenly. Since the dry down held up, I just knew I'd found a winner. But about an hour and a half or two hours later, I started noticing something sharp and cloying. The sweet is still there under it. But it's not as nice anymore. It's what I would describe as that unisex undertone...it's not soft and heavenly and feminine anymore. It's, harsh and cloying. I'm so disappointed. This is how I felt with Kenzo Amour. I tried it and lost. Oh well.

Mar
11
2015
Piscean-Blue
Piscean-Blue

One of the best gourmands on the market, hands down. Wonderful connection between the vanilla base and the blackcurrent and pear top notes. This is the work of a master perfumer.

Some points:
-Makes an good signature scent (but be warned, it's pretty popular. If you're looking for the wonderfulness of La Vie est Belle but you also want something unique that not everyone is wearing, try "Chinatown" by Bond No. 9! In terms of that fine gourmand quality it stands toe to toe with this one).
-Very strong stuff. Heads will turn. This is a showstopper.
-If wearing casually, a dab will do ya. Like, just a dab.
-Winter, fall and maybe spring, but not summer. Way too heavy.
-This is a "wedding" quality fragrance. Ideal for special and sentimental occasions.
-In my opinion this can't be worn casually (unlike Chinatown which I suggested... Chinatown can be worn both casually and formally). Think of it as a treat.

Mar
10
2015
margarita.angelova
margarita.angelova

The perfume itself is joyous and uplifting; if it was the first time I've smelled something like it, I'd be impressed. But it's such a standard smell already to a point where I find it totally uninteresting.

I can imagine this being worn by the bridesmaids on a wedding - an usual, yet lovely, bubbly little scent that guarantees no one would stand out too much and shine brighter than the bride.

Edit: Several months later, I have it in my collection. I was wearing that sample of it and got myself liking it more and more. There is something about me and patchouli - it just makes me feel good. I plan to enjoy it, regardless of how unoriginal it might me.

Mar
10
2015
bora8413
bora8413

Dark Chocolate, Vanilla, Jasmine, and Pear.
Okay, now for someone who enjoys fragrances from L'OCCitane, Marc Jacobs, and Atelier Cologne, this just completely sounds strange to me. The combination of the powerful quartet...
Enlighten me, Lancome.

Ice skates.
Probably heavily biased off the packaging of this perfume, I'm reminded of ice skates. I visit the skating rink quite frequently (and no, not because I'm the one skating and scraping up my feet and knees and all the other parts of my body I land on whenever I fall every second on the ice) and I'm very open to the crisp environment of the rink.
Spill hot chocolate all over the rink's ice, completely obliterate the gym rooms, and this is what you get: "La vie est belle".
Ah, yes. Life is beautiful, isn't it?

Overall?
A lovely leather paired with a dark chocolate note supported by the strong vanilla fragrance. Just add the bitterness of a pear, the calming sensation of jasmine, and some punch with the blackcurrant.
Lovely scent.

Mar
08
2015
zimmer73
zimmer73

If you like Angel, Flowerbomb and Euphoria, like I do, you will probably like this sweet, vanillafudgelike patchouliscent. The bodylotion is divine,too..
I find these perfumes a bit sexy and comforting at the same time. LOVE <3

Mar
08
2015
Alex1984
Alex1984

Praline gourmand! Angel 2.0 for the ones that cannot tolerate Angel, even though they are nothing alike.
The opening is blackcurrant with its slightly pissy undertone, and what feels like bergamot. This manages to cut down the sweetness of the drydown, which isn't all that sweet actually. Where others get sugar I get milk chocolate. Creamy, smooth and actually well made. Even though it's a mainstream cloud pleaser, the noses behind know their stuff, and it never goes into death-by-sugar territory.
As for the famed iris, well it's there; powdery and slightly yeast-y, but not so prominent as we are made to believe.
I just wish the sour opening would last longer, though that would probably scare potential customers.
My guilty pleasure, my trashy indulgence at home under a blanket.
Among the gourmand fruitchoulis around, one of the best. Not too sweet, beast sillage, longevity until summer. NOT like Flowerbomb, though it might appear so at first, this is more powdery and milky.
Bottom line: powdery milk chocolate, orange blossom sweetness, slightly pissy opening that I wish was more prominent.

Mar
03
2015
SpringClean
SpringClean

This is one of my signature scents, I fell in love with it immediately and just bought my second bottle. The scent is sweet, yet grown-up. Maybe more suitable for evening/night, but I use it all day, it's still light enough for that. Many compliments with this one.

Mar
01
2015
nettoyant
nettoyant

Well, haven't I become the little reviewer. I still hate the balloon system but w/e.

I love this scent for the first couple of hours and on others it's divine. It's warm, sweet milky powder (I loooove milky, it must be the praline) tempered by patchouli. It's not at all fruity. But, on the drydown there's something bitter that I can't tolerate - I think it might be black current or possibly bitter neroli (I usually love neroli tho).

Edit June 28. I was at a fund raiser yesterday, it was 30 C and the air conditioning couldn't keep up with the amount of peeps in the room so it was hot, hot. I could smell the instant someome wearing this walked into the room. It took my breath away. Please, this is not meant for a hot day in close quarters!!! This is the only scent I smell in my very small town, it must be rural BC Canada's version of Light Blue or Coco Mad. Enough already or at least use it sparingly.

Edit again Jan 2016: The problem with this scent is not it sweetness. Sweetness is nice sometimes as long as it's a little complex and interesting. The problem with this is that it's cloying, totally sensory overload and "sweet" doesn't describe it. There's something so tenacious and bitter in the drydown. Like drinking pure soda syrup with equal parts vermouth.

Feb
28
2015
GalInGlasses
GalInGlasses

What is it about this perfume that is just so GOOD? I feel as though I should dislike it on principle, but I can't help myself... I love it! I know La Vie est Belle gets criticized for being unoriginal, but it's easy to see why it's so popular. I have to admit, the opening is a little heavy on the pear for me, but I am never, EVER disappointed by the drydown. It projects (but it's not overwhelming if you're light on the trigger... 1-2 sprays is probably plenty), it lasts all day and then some, and it's absolutely delicious and satisfying. La Vie est Belle evokes chocolate-covered strawberries for me. I actually don't get a lot of patchouli on my skin. It's largely a nutty, buttery chocolate with fruity/floral undertones. It is unapologetically happy, youthful, carefree, and high-quality to boot, and I think that's why I like it so much.

Feb
27
2015
mschnabel666
mschnabel666

Kumquat2.... strange... My box was sealed and wrapped from an ebay seller and it also said L'Eau de Parfum, which I assumed meant it was a French box, rather than a box produced for the US? Mine is not the Legere either. My LVEB is a huge sillage bomb, sweet, and amazing.... so maybe yours is fake? I hate to say it.... but it's a crazy heavy perfume. I have a winter sweater that I rarely wash because I wear it over layers, and it's my LVEB sweater because 2 weeks later my scent is still on there. It's crazy with lasting power. I use about 2-3 sprays for all day powerhouse sniffing. It's very fruity, powder, patchouli, and sweet at first and then dries down to a more soft gourmand with vanilla.
I looove Jimmy Choo, but LVEB isn't a watered down JC.... more like JC is a watered down La Vie. :(

I hate to be the bearer of bad news. :( Can you return yours? What is your climate like? I'm freezing cold this winter (below 0F) and I find it wears best in the cold, but... haha... I haven't tried it in summer yet (got my first bottle this past fall).

Feb
27
2015
kumquat2
kumquat2

I'm not sure what I got, it's not listed in database that I can tell. It's L'eau Eau de Partum, but doesn't say lagere (legere?). But whatever it is I think I'd like it if if I could smell it more. Unlike everyone else in their reviews I don't get a strong, loud, long-lasting perfume. If I spray a lot, I can smell a sweet, caramel scent, but it's like just a hint. Very very light, kind of a watery Jimmy Choo.
Oh well. It's a beautiful smell, just so hard to discern. Wish it would overpower me!!

Feb
21
2015
Irideika
Irideika

I can't stand this smell. It's nauseating and overbearing. And unfortunately, it's popular, and it's definitely NOT discreet! If I could wave a magic wand and make every bottle that exists out there disappear I would!

Feb
17
2015
Lexy656612
Lexy656612

New look do a smell-alike of this fragrance for just £7.99 called pure dusk ! It's a real bargain if you adore this perfume but can't afford it for an every day fragrance !!! =]

Feb
17
2015
Antares811
Antares811

If you like sweet-gourmand scents this is one of the best around.
It's sweet but not cloying, a feminine floral, subtle yet very longlasting.
A lovely, creamy gourmand-floral, the drydown is heavenly.
Better than Flowerbomb, Sì, Black Opium, IMO.
Highly recommended, anyway it's a bit too popular.

Feb
15
2015
Sniezel
Sniezel

I purchased La Vie Est Belle when it first came out in my country and used to love this. Over the years I started to smell this one everywhere I went. Today I absolutely hate this one. Not really because I think it smells simply disgusting, it's a sweet scent. But boy is it generic. Everyone, and I mean everyone everywhere, wears this. I think it's ridiculous grown women are still wearing this, to me LVEB smells like a pile of nauseating candy cotton. I don't know what my problem with this one is exactly, but I kinda feel overly-stimulated when smelling this.

Feb
11
2015
Queenswheelhouse
Queenswheelhouse

Give it time, a good 2-3 hours and it matures into a rich & creamy vanilla with Iris tagging along in soft powder. It's beautiful

Feb
09
2015
TudorRose
TudorRose

The perfume counter assistant was busy, so I had to pick
one of the testers that were already on display.
I'm glad this one was available.
I wafted it in front of my husband's nose.
"Mmmm it smells of apple pie!"
It does smell like a baked fruit dessert from a sophisticated restaurant, something you'd fancy on a chilly winter's day.
I need this in my life!

Feb
08
2015
Steleale
Steleale

Hi AnaRamona, i have both EDP and EDT. On me the longevity and the sillage are good in the same way. We are in winter time, so I prefer the EDP version, but this is only my taste :-), I will start to use the EDT in spring time! If you are from a cold country I suggest you the EDP, the EDT will be perfect later: thewarm climate will perfectly magnify the lighter version.

Feb
05
2015
AnaRamona
AnaRamona

I'm finally getting La vie est belle. It was about time!
I tested the Legere version, and now I'm not sure which one I should get. Does anyone know the difference in longevity?
I know they both last long, but since I can't decide which one to get, I'd prefer the longer lasting one. Advice, anyone?

Feb
04
2015
Waterqueene
Waterqueene

I respectfully disagree with the detractors. This stuff is incredible.

I received a sample last Christmas as part of a Sephora gift set and this was the full size bottle I elected to purchase. AMAZING.

For reference, I still consider Obsession to be my signature scent. I also love Spellbound, Prada Candy, and Organza Indecence. I am an Oriental/Gourmand lady. La Vie Est Belle is in my top five favorites for life.

If you have any doubts about it, your local Lancome counter will provide you with a sample vial or two. Try it, you will love it! Who cares if every other woman is wearing it? There's a reason for that. Men go nuts over it ... and I am over 40! :)

This stuff is Flowerbomb but with better lasting power and a kinder price tag, in my opinion. Just lovely.

Jan
31
2015
lovinglifein2015
lovinglifein2015

I'm new to the perfume world ☺ I bought a sample of this from eBay due to all the rave reviews. Love it! It has a soft girly smell and is extremely long lasting! Not sure if I'll buy a bottle...it smells familiar to both my husband and I. So glad I found a sample online to try ☺

Jan
31
2015
sarahwspain
sarahwspain

What can I say about this little gem? It's absolutely DELICIOUS!

"La Vie Est Belle" smells like an expensive gourmand, yummy but elegant at the same time. Although it's supposed to have fruits at the top (black currant and pear) I don't get a fruity vibe from this one; to me, it's all about the praliné, joined by the vanilla and the tonka bean. The patchouli is probably what makes this perfume really strong, but it's not your classic "earthy" patchouli, which to me can smell a bit masculine sometimes, there's nothing masculine about this fragance! I don't get much of a powdery feeling from the iris, and I also don't get a lot of jasmine, so it's more of a gourmand than a floral to me

Overall, this is a sweet, elegant, feminine gourmand that young girls and grown women will enjoy equally in my opinion. There's also something really sensual about this scent, this will make you smell like something people would like to eat...

Indeed, life is beautiful when you're wearing this perfume!

Jan
31
2015
Snookums
Snookums

Smells like expensive boutiques in Paris. Good to wear if you want to feel wealthy!

Jan
27
2015
c_mcqueen
c_mcqueen

Screechy, synthetic, and I smell it everywhere! Granted, this does smell better on some than on others, but I just don't really care for it. It's so sweet it's actually sharp and the bottle looks like a paperweight wearing an ascot. I think that this might actually smell nice if applied with a light hand (especially for day!) but I don't believe I've yet had the pleasure of smelling it in any other form besides a LVEB force-field some ladies have surrounding themselves. Possibly a nice perfume done a disservice by user error.

Jan
26
2015
kmdrcla
kmdrcla

I feel crazy for liking this. Everyone on here seems to hate it (rightfully so), but this perfume smells so frustratingly good on me. This is NOT the type of fragrance I ever seek out or wear, but I tried it on once at work and something about it piqued my interest. It is quite strong, so one (two at most) spray is enough to exude a comfortable small cloud of scent. I think as long as it's not over-applied, it's an enjoyable and "unique" gourmande. I use that term loosely because while it does have a somewhat unexpected not-quite-fruity sparkling quality at the beginning which I find cute and fun, it is at its core a sugary-almond-vanilla-patchouli dessert of a scent. It is quite a departure from the rest of Lancome's usually more elegant/"classic" perfume range so I can understand why this was not received well by many Lancome and fragrance fanatics alike.

In the end, I think if this was made by any brand other than Lancome, and if they turned down the sillage a bit (the EdP Legere?), it would be a better-liked perfume. Maybe not loved, but certainly more enjoyable. For now I'll keep begrudgingly liking this sugar bomb of a scent. ;)

Jan
22
2015
nitsa62
nitsa62

another thing I forgot to mention its such an interesting frag all day I get whiffs of diff notes, vanilla then I may get pear or then ill get iris, in little whiffs throughout the day which makes this like a chameleon fragrance that's what I love about it, its soo mysterious at least on me it is, did I say I adore it!

Jan
22
2015
nitsa62
nitsa62

I absolutely love this one, im normally not one for very sweet fragrances but this is divine and I don't think its that sweet, maybe in the beginning but it calms down and I love the vanilla patch drydown, lasts for ages too another plus, ive noticed a lotta reviewers saying its too much like flowerbomb, they are similar but diff enough to be individual, that's like saying that Must is the same as Addict, they have their differences and plus I prefer this to flowerbomb which is toooo sweet in my opinion, getting a fb soon just love it

Jan
22
2015
Gingercat77
Gingercat77

I got this in a giveaway ( thanks Onand Up!) and loved it! I liked the fact that it was very strong and very sweet! However one of my coworkers made some snide remarks about my perfume ( "there was no need to spray the whole bottle"!) and " you' smell like a14 year old who has just got her first bottle of perfume ever".....sigh. i dont think i oversprayed either!

Anyway i do love it but it wont be coming to the office with me again :(

Jan
21
2015
vanillablossom
vanillablossom

Exquisite bottle but the scent is much to sharply sweet, sickly

Jan
21
2015
Belletrax
Belletrax

Oh my GOD! This is horrible ! This STUFF makes me wanna puke. Too sweet! Too sweet! Hell sweet!

Jan
21
2015
kerion
kerion

This one is divine! I was tired of the floral vanilla and this one is anything but. It warms up on me like Baked Apple pie..ala mode! This is for sure an evening scent. Great longevity and sillage. Don't be afraid to spend the $ on this gem if you like gourmand scents.

Jan
21
2015
moonstarwolf
moonstarwolf

Just tried this at Macy's and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! Very feminine, sexy, classy scent! I kept smelling it on my wrist throughout the day and it lasted for a few hours. The dry down is EXQUISITE!I am definitely going back for a bottle! :) LOVE LOVE LOVE! I happen to Love sweeter scents like this and Prada candy!
I am sooo NOT getting FB at all! I don't even get the comparison. Maybe it is just my chemistry, but they are two entirely different scents (on me anyway).

Update:Just purchased a bottle and I am in love! Sooooo very very happy! :)
If one could be in Love with a perfume, this would be the Love of My Life! <3
It wraps me in sweet warmth!

Jan
20
2015
AND-MAT
AND-MAT

It's been forever since I wanted to review this fragrance but couldn't because I couldn't make up my mind over this one! Do I love it? Do I hate it?

I have to say it's a little bit of both! Depending on my mood. But since it became my mother's fragrance, I tend to like it more!

La vie est belle is too strong. Too much in your face and too common! Arcade blox has this point perfectly covered... It becomes frustrating when 8/10 women you meet are wearing this! A fragrance's success for me isn't measured by how much it sells but rather by how much debate it cause and this one mysteriously manages to do both!

I am still on the defensive with this fragrance, but I can tolerate it! Unlike flowerbomb and bonbon!

For me it's a chocolate/vanilla fruity perfume wrapped in a huge note of patchouli and powdery Iris! I don't know what more to say! It's another powdery gourmand copied to no end while being in itself a copy of other older fragrances like Angel. So... IDK... Try it... But chances are you already have tried it and you are now wearing it!

Jan
18
2015
fragranceh
fragranceh

it's a lovely fragrance, but sometimes a bit too sweet :/

Jan
18
2015
arcade_blox
arcade_blox

A man opinion.

Well, the fragrance itself is wonderful, It's sweet, strong, well blended, just a lovely perfume.

The bad part (and maybe the reason of so many dislikes) the fragrance is waaaay to strong, sweet and MAINSTREAM (All my female relatives has at least one bottle, and one of the fanciest stores in my town smells a lot like this).

This is not a love/hate fragrance, you can't hate it, it's only irritating and common.

Jan
13
2015
lord montifer
lord montifer

The most comforting and cosy winter scent. When I first sniffed it in Debenhams I thought "just like Flowerbomb!" but funnily enough now I own a bottle I don't think it smells like FB at all. In my opinion the notes are blended better and I used to find my old bottle of FB could be a bit sickly sometimes. I didn't think I would like a sweet scent but this is stunning. My winter favourite.

Jan
11
2015
LiliShineOn
LiliShineOn

I found this by chance 2 yrs ago and really like it. It feels like a favorite sweater that hugs you all day.
I have just begun to experiment with scent, since I grew up believing that you had one perfume and one color lipstick, wearing those for everything. Mom was NOT into girly things, lol...
I just found out it is a Gourmand. Go figure I like perfume that smells like food! Still learning the perfume basics, but love the way this scent wears down to warm vanilla.

Jan
08
2015
Sleek Geek Chic
Sleek Geek Chic

Hypnose on steroids. I told myself I wouldn't buy this but I couldn't forget the scent. It is classy and definitely a perfume that professes, "I am center of attention! I knoooooow it is impossible to ignore me!" I would have just as well bought the Hypnose again except fragrances run away from my skin within 2 minutes so a heavy hitting perfume like this ends up more like body mist on me anyway. The only other fragrances I can compare this to (and my nose is inexperienced) is if Jimmy Choo locked lips with Hanae Mori and breathed into each other. Jimmy Choo has similar spiciness and Hanae Mori's level of sweetness is comparable to La Vie.

I have not worn this a whole day yet but from what I can tell (because the paper strip smells exactly as it did three hours ago when I first sprayed it) the sillage and longevity is going to be gratifying for me. I will test tomorrow and start off with only one spray and go from there. Oh, and my complaint is the bottle, although nice, is such a waste of material. Yes, I hug trees every so often.

EDIT: Finally wore this for the first time today. I sprayed once in the back of my neck and once down my chest under my shirt. Soooooo glad I didn't spray anymore. This thing has monster sillage and longevity. I'm very satisfied that I left the house with it on at 8:30am and can still smell it at noon, which is rare! I think this fragrance is beautiful but it can be easily offensive if oversprayed so please be light-handed with it! Less is More with this baby.

Jan
06
2015
edensmom
edensmom

I like it, not love it. It comes on very strong. Mellows into something more mature and complicated than suits me. I agree with the reviewer who noted it smells like something I've had before. Not something I'd repurchase.

Jan
04
2015
edensmom
edensmom

I like it, not love it. It comes on very strong. Mellows into something more mature and complicated than suits me. I agree with the reviewer who noted it smells like something I've had before. Not something I'd repurchase.

Jan
04
2015
jana.hullinghorst
jana.hullinghorst

What else can be said? Upon first spray- very green, almost like cough syrup. Takes about 15-20mins to settle down . Replace the Iris and black current for green tea and orchid and you have flowerbomb. Belle has a more well behaved patchouli, and is more elegant than FB. This is certainly the mature version of the same idea.

Jan
04
2015
Artemis 23
Artemis 23

I've just tried this one and I like it but I feel like I've smelled it before (and it's not flowerbomb, coco mademoiselle or fantasy). Maybe Miss Dior Cherie, since it smells like some of its notes, popcorn and caramel.
It's really sweet and strong, which I like, but the fact that I felt like I've already smelled it before prevents me from really loving it.

Jan
03
2015
punkinfaye
punkinfaye

This perfume is a gorgeous,mature sweet patchouli scent.From beginning to end,I can't keep myself from sniffing my wrists and decollete.

To me,this gives the same kind of feeling as Angel (shares many of the same notes) but is a lot more crowd-friendly.

I own Angel and even I feel uncomfortable wearing it in public as I know it has such a bad effect on some people.

I would wear LVEB proudly as I find it hard to believe that it could offend anyone (in moderation).

I have never smelled Flowerbomb so can't compare it to that,but I own (and adore) Coco Mademoiselle and LVEB smells nothing like it on me.Coco Mademoiselle is soapy spicy with no sweetness on my skin,LVEB is sweet vanilla caramel and patchouli.

If anything,LVEB reminds me of a mix of Miss Dior Cherie (original) and Angel.

LOVE it and will be my next purchase :)

Jan
01
2015
TeacupBreaker
TeacupBreaker

In a word, classy. This perfume is sweet and sophisticated. Even though it does wear a little one-dimentionally, it doesn't bother me because the notes make such a beautiful mix.

Jan
01
2015
RaggedyAnne
RaggedyAnne

I absolutely love La Vie Est Belle....
its sweet and beautiful, it lasts on me for around 8 hours, so its perfect for work, with no need to re-apply at lunchtime like I frequently do with others.
I walked into the kitchen to make a drink, then walked out,, then went back in 5 minutes later and I could still smell where I had been previously.
Its a perfume I can smell on me for the whole time I wear it, others I have DO smell if I hold up my wrist and sniff, or if I ask my husband if he can still smell it, but often I cant smell it after 2-3 hours.....but LVEB I can smell the whole time... I just spray behind each ear, and each wrist....so just 4 sprays, and this lasts all day. its such a beautiful fragrance so I'm more than happy to smell it all day.

Dec
31
2015
PLUMPIE
PLUMPIE

I don't get the hype - another generic burnt candyfloss fruiti-chouli. Easily mistaken for Flowerbomb and incredibly similar to Black Opium which is another flop. Why does everyone want to smell like candies nowadays?

Dec
29
2015
Leximackenzie
Leximackenzie

Sweet but sophisticated, a really pretty scent. I am not usually a fan of sweet scents, but this one isn't sickly at all and is quite a "grown up" fragrance - I usually find that sweet scents are more appropriate for a younger audience, but this one is very womanly.

It is quite a strong scent, one spray is enough and it will last the whole day. Very nice indeed!

Dec
29
2015
jhane moon
jhane moon

This smells to me very much like the original Karl Lagerfeld for men, which I love, but that is not at all what I expected from this perfume. Hard to reconcile the name with the scent.

Dec
28
2014
blondielockes
blondielockes

I really love the scent, as it reminds me of a more mature Princess by Vera Wang. Sweet and pretty but with more mature and musky undertones. It does need to be used sparingly though, but in ways that's good because it means I only really need a rollerball~

Dec
27
2014
Loubella
Loubella

A colleague was wearing this today,a Christmas present,of course. The whole office was overpowered by it,sorry its much too sweet for me.I just don't get these types of fragrance, I think its the vanilla that's the turn off for me,its not the Patchouli as I love this this but only in more green,mossy Chypres. This one to my taste,is just sickly and cloying.
Its massively popular though!

Dec
27
2014
GBoo
GBoo

Browsing the fragrance counters, I was swooped upon by a young sales clerk. Could she help me? Perhaps. I like spicy orientals and chypres. Oh, she said, then you'll love this! Over to the La Vie est Belle display. Hmmmmm. I came home with testers. Far too sweet for me, but it is fairly complex, dries down powdery, and the sillage! Heavens! I left a tester on my home desk and the entire room carried the fragrance for over a week!

Dec
27
2014
HanamiTsukimi
HanamiTsukimi

This is one of the grande dames of the much maligned "Pink Patchouli" movement. Personally, I'm a fan of sparkling, candied patchouli. To others, these types of fragrances are everything that's wrong with modern perfumery. To each their own taste.

As I said, this does indeed share a lot in common (too much?) with fragrances like Flowerbomb and even Shalimar Parfum Initial, two of my undisputed favorites. I'd say this bestseller is a little less nuanced than the other two. It bears the most resemblance to Flowerbomb, but Flowerbomb, as you'd expect from its name, has more distinctive floral notes. It also has some cool green notes to temper its sweetness. SPI features slightly bitter citrus to balance out the candy notes.

LVEB is beautiful but it's relentlessly sweet. Life IS beautiful after all, and this is unrepentantly optimistic, eschewing even a hint of bitterness. I suspect its identification with all that is sweet and nothing less is why it reads childish to some.

I received this as a gift from a friend and I love it, maybe not quite as much as some others in this genre, but it's lovely nonetheless and a real crowd-pleaser. Its shameless sweetness is definitely best suited to cooler weather, however, as heat and humidity could make the sweet notes unbearable. It lasts a good 12+ hours on me and projects well for half that time.

Dec
24
2014
TankGirl
TankGirl

This is warm, sweet and smoky. Perfect for Christmas or cold nights.
Not very original, it reminds me of Flowerbomb and other gourmands out there.
It does have a smoky layer that is quite pleasant and more yummy.
Its a best seller so unless you want to smell like everyone else, skip it. Its nice, good silage and staying power but it is not very wearable during the year, keep it as a special occasion perfume.

Dec
24
2014
Martaynd
Martaynd

PS. I want to add that LVEB is also similar to COCO MADEMOISELLE and MISS DIOR CHERIE (original). I own them all. But although each of them is in the gourmand family and you can tell they are cousins, they each have a distinctness that separates them and let's you identify them. If you don't have any gourmands, LVEB might be a great place to start. But there are other gourmands out there that are more multifaceted than LVEB. I also agree with other reviewers that this is best worn when it is cold outside.

If I run out of the ones I currently have and they don't make them any more, I'd run to get LVEB and I'd layer it with a floral or wood fragrance I have. LVEB would make a good base to layer other fragrances with. If someone were to gift it to me, I'd hold on to it. The fragrance is nice, just not distinct enough for my taste.

Dec
23
2014
Martaynd
Martaynd

First impression once I sprayed it on my arm: "OMG! I already have this." Ran straight to FRAGRANTICA to decipher the mystery. Yep, FLOWERBOMB!! I have been in a gourmad state of mind for several years and am desperately trying to move past it.
I read previous reviews and I agree that it is SO similar to FB, Fantasy, Pink Sugar and a few others I own. I also own the FB Extrait, which, IMHO, knocks the original off my top shelf. The Extrait is top notch all the way.

LVEB is too similar to the aforementioned fragrances that it would make no sense for me to purchase it. But I can see why others would be entranced by her. To me she smells a bit cleaner and lighter than FANTASY. But LVEB is SWEET, SWEET, SWEET! Too sweet for me. I don't smell any floral much at all. I believe price point might be the determining factor here. If you're on a budget, LVEB or FANTASY, if you can afford it, FB Extrait.

Dec
23
2014
CarmendyNola
CarmendyNola

Patchouli, orange blossom, iris, black currant, toffee... am I describing La Vie Est Belle or Flowerbomb? It's a bit beyond similar, its almost the same. LVEB could be a sheer or summer version of the original Flowerbomb. It doesn't feel like it belongs in the Lancome House. Who could be too surprised though because so many including Chanel and Dior have done this sticky sweet floral patchouli punch, but was Lancome successful?

The pros: The dry down is softer and more floral than others like it, it wears nicely on the skin. If you haven't tried similar scents like Flowerbomb (the twin) Coco Mademoiselle (the mature muskier version) Miss Dior Cherie (the sensual floral version) or Jimmy Choo (my personal favorite)... you are probably in love with LVEB and you've found your inner sweet girl. Enjoy it :)

Dec
22
2014
Jillybean17
Jillybean17

I like this so much better than Flowerbomb. Flowerbomb did smell really good & it lasts a long time, but it just had this odd smell to it. The best way I can describe it is a bottle of vanilla flavored milk that has soured. However La Vie Est Belle is just perfect. It smells yummy & very sweet, but it's also kind of mature with a very nice orange blossom smell to it. It's not juvenile like Aquolina Pink Sugar or Velvet Sugar from Bath & Body Works. It has a sort of clean smell in the background while still mainly being a sweet dessert treat. I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but I like this way better than Britney Spears Fantasy! I've worn Fantasy since junior high & I never expected to find a better gourmand than it, until now! Compared to this Fantasy smells synthetic & plasticky. I'm officially replacing it with La Vie Est Belle!:)

Update: I'm also really loving the way it works with my skin chemistry. It smells like sweet bubble gum on my skin! I've been wearing the rollerball & even if I apply just a tad on the inside of my elbows it projects so far that you'd think I applied at least four sprays of the actual perfume bottle.

Dec
21
2014
beritskagen
beritskagen

I have avoided the vanilla sweet gourmand fragrances, and then I have been won over by this intense sweet hype. It is so long lasting, I'm not even sure if it ever ends. This one I can smell on the sleeve of my coat two weeks after having applied it to my wrist. I can walk by the coat hanging inside my closet, and still smell it. Its insane...and a little dangerous... You will be sure to offend somebody if you don't use it sparingly. I know this one has got a reputation for getting compliments. Well a part of that is probably just because people can't avoid smelling it! But all this aside....I think it's gorgeous... I just can't help it...I like it, I love it and I sometimes even crave it.

What a weird beautiful mess this is. It's not even very well blended. I get one whiff of iris here, and one of praline there. Maybe there is some black currant in here. Maybe some pear somewhere. I don't know! This mess lasts for a few hours, then it settles, or should I say calms down, into a more stable and warm vanilla- praline.

Not every thing is meant to be understood, just enjoyed. I'm throwing all common sense aside for this one. La vie est belle...

Dec
20
2014
dadulka82
dadulka82

I must admit, first time I tried it last summer, I really did not like it. I thought it was one of those candy-floss like perfumes.
I gave it another go this week and I must say, the body chemistry was very different.
I would wear it more in the winter, love the smell.
Rich, sweet, elegant and quite addictive.
Lasting power was very good, I could smell it on my wrist the next day too.
I so want it!

Dec
20
2014
jeannesmc
jeannesmc

Love this perfume! It is so Beautiful. So much better than FlowerBomb!! :)

Dec
16
2014
FORCED_TO_REGISTER
FORCED_TO_REGISTER

Another scent that makes me want to "eat" who wears it! ;) :P

Lovely sweet rich elegant and addictive!

Yum yum!

Dec
13
2014
energia
energia

I always wear this when I go out, it makes me smile.

I don't know is it a placebo, but this is one happy fragrance :)

Dec
13
2014
Nyssa Ainley
Nyssa Ainley

Had this sprayed generously on my wrist earlier over 5hrs ago and it wafts a delicious scental aroma around me. It makes me feel feminine and I love the sweetness of this fragrance.

This is going on the list!

Edit: I have this now! The bottle is gorgeous, it is an upper class celebrity scent with extra yumminess.

Dec
13
2014
lu.scopel
lu.scopel

The longevity is incredible. I'd wear it on winter time though, it's too sweet to use it on any other season.
Plus, if you spray it on your wrist then wash it with water, the smell that remains on your skin is the same as the Prada Candy L'Eau!!!

Dec
10
2014
AriaW
AriaW

Ok, I compared this with FB side by side, this one lasts longer on me and the drydown totally wins. But I don't find any of them too strong or too sweet. I guess the body chemistry can make a big difference !

Dec
05
2014
AriaW
AriaW

I just got a gift set of this, it opens very strong and it's a typical Lancom scent! It does not smell like Flowerbomb at all, this one is thicker and for colder weathers. Unfortunately, I believe my stepmother may have this one, I think I've smelled this on her before......such a turn down......now I am waiting for the scent to smooth to the drydown, see if I'll like it enough to keep it.

Dec
05
2014
valda.pacekajutepetrulene
valda.pacekajutepetrulene

this one is such a reminder of Flowerbomb by Victor & Rolf...anybody sees any similarities?

Dec
03
2014
Persefia
Persefia

Love at first sight :)

Truly a classy sweetness. Long lasting, vanilla-sugary fragrance. Feminine and delicate...Must have, if you love sweet perfumes!

Dec
02
2014
Faverinsky
Faverinsky

I was sprayed on the wrist at an airport and I absolutely loved this scent. So, a few months later when my older and well off friend asked me which scent I wanted for my birthday (he knows I'm a into perfumes), I asked for this one... I shouldn't have because - even though I get a few compliments from women - I believe it is because I smell like a man - The dry down is an absolute nightmare on my skin!!! the patchouli is so overpowering that all I smell is a manly and strong MUSKY scent! Honestly, all I get is this animalistic musky scent that to me smells like a rabid dog in heat... If you like sweet gourmands and fruity florals, stay away from this one!

Nov
30
2014
flowerpwrz91
flowerpwrz91

Everybody will be wearing it this Xmas!
Think I'll give it a miss.

Nov
30
2014
connieiscrazy
connieiscrazy

A masterpiece from Lancome - one of my favourites and indeed my signature. A sweet and delectable sugary burst that won't give you diabetes.

The initial scent is something of a fizzing sweetness, however there is a smoky undertone which complements this beautifully and stops it from being a nasty, sickly train wreck - think rich creme brulee. It develops into a comforting burst of chocolate and patchouli with a hint of flora. The drydown is a creamy, warm vanilla that smells divine on the skin.

Sillage and staying power are absolutely excellent - the scent of this perfume will fill a small room, even if you don't apply it in said room, and it lasts all day - no need to re-spray. Expect lots of compliments, this one seems really popular with a lot of people! It's also versatile - one can wear it for work/school without smelling too imposing or obnoxious, and it would also make a great night-time perfume.

Nov
30
2014
chrissyc15
chrissyc15

Last year, when I first smelled this fragrance, I was on my journey to learning about fragrances. Then, I hadn't traveled much outside the world of Prada Candy and other SERIOUSLY sweet fragrances. So when I smelled this one then, there was something about it that instantly turned me off and made me think "older". A little over a year later, now that my nose has matured on fragrances, and I have smell TONS of scents....

I am finding that I AM TOTALLY IN LOVE with this scent. The reason it smelled semi-older to me was due to the powdery iris. I had in my mind that powdery represented a more older range of women (probably due to the scented powder that my grandmother still uses). HOWEVER, I never really gave this scent any thought past the iris. Now, I have worn it a couple days and after the iris plays down (about 10 minutes) a sweet concoction starts to really emerge! However, there is still just enough blend of iris, patchouli, and berries to keep it from being complete sickly sweet like some other scents. Its very layered and intriguing!

I see a lot of people who describe this one as cough syrup or sickly sweet, but no! If you wan sickly sweet go with Brittney Spears Fantasy or Pink Sugar. Those are straight sweet with nothing to balance them out. La Vie Est Belle IS NOT LIKE THAT! It is sophisticated, elegant, and sexy! IT IS PERFECT!

I can spritz this on at night before I go to bed and still smell it in the morning! Likewise, I can spray it on at the beginning of the day and still smell it vaguely about 7pm and PERFECTLY on my clothes.

Longevity- 10
Sillage- 9
Packaging- 10

Nov
28
2014
Mattysmum
Mattysmum

Smells like a syrupy cough tincture or something you would rub on ones chest to clear a cough.Certainly cleared my sinuses!.Recommended only if you want to smell like a bottle of Benylin.Gross!.

Nov
28
2014
JenAtticus
JenAtticus

The longer I have this on, the more I like it. By the end of the day it smells like caramel popcorn, but like super classy caramel popcorn :)

Nov
25
2014
ladyreddz
ladyreddz

I adore this perfume! Every time I wear this I receive compliments from men and women. I found this by accident... Liked Flowerbomb but it did not last long on me. This is similar to Flowerbomb but so much stronger and sweeter.

Nov
22
2014
mschnabel666
mschnabel666

What a relief! This is a popular scent, but was pretty much a blind buy for me. (Magazine paper is not a good indication of scents) Even tho my bottle leaked in shipping (Small town, not even a dept store- I buy online) I'm very very happy with this perfume! Sweet scents are my thing, I'm a gourmand nut, but patchouli is my #1 hated scent. It makes me sick and smells like hippies. BUT This is lovely! It's lovely, but not actually "sweet" to my nose. (Since I'm a sweet expert, I think of sweet as Pink Sugar) I get a sweet, soft powder orange with just a hint of musk/patchouli. It's creamy... very lovely. I can smell the florals, but not really the fruits besides a soft orange smell and maybe pear. It's just a well blended sweet, subtle inoffensive scent. I love it!

Even tho I'm 34 and loooove Pink Sugar/young gourmands (Britney Spears Fantasy for example), I'm getting more mature! Pour Femme by D & G is now my #1 fave, it booted Pink Sugar to #2 ;) And Praline and caramel are my fave notes.

I've worn for 12+ hours now... super long lasting.... sort of cloying but in a soft way, if that makes sense. The dry down is smooth and delicious and light. It's a great mature scent for older gourmand lovers!

Nov
20
2014
Brian's Wee Sister
Brian's Wee Sister

I found this to be a horrible, sickly perfume. It's Lyle's Golden Syrup. It's pure sugar. It's far, far too sweet. It might be the sweetest perfume I've ever smelt. I think I could add it to tea and think it was sugar. This perfume might cause dental decay. Did I mention it's too sweet? Yuk.

Nov
17
2014
Michylaka
Michylaka

I have this and it is not something I like to wear everyday. I use this on occasion only. I do like it as it is beautiful. The sweetness of the praline is lovely and it is well balanced with the fruits, florals, vanilla and patchouli. I do not find it sickeningly sweet but delightful once in a while. It is not one of those ghetto fab princess sweet monstrosities that you get with some of the other sweet popular fragrances but a more mature "Let me show you I'm a lady!" type fragrance. I love Jimmy Choo as well but this is lighter than that. The floral notes are more pronounced in this. It is going to be a classic like Tresor no doubt.
9/10

Nov
16
2014
Wassan
Wassan

This perfume is a strange combination: so memorable and unique when you first smell it, so common and boring when you use it for sometime.
the minute I smelled this perfume I liked the sweetness of it, I tent to like sweet scents and i have a weakness for them. however, it was not attractive enough for me to actually buy it. funny enough, U unexpectedly got it as a present from a friend of mine a month or so later! since i did not pay for it, I did not mind owning it. having used it for sometime, I started not to like it simply because I started to smell it everywhere I go! and the type of girls wearing this perfume was usually either young and want some loud sweet scent, or middle age and trying to act younger than their years! the perfume stays ages on the skin, the smell of it does not change much as you wear it longer, it just fades bit by bit. it lacks mystery and it is so in your face... it is like too much trying but nail really nailing it.. i like how my clothes smell when i spray the perfume, but do not really like it on my skin anymore... will buy it again? no. three words to describe it:
1-long-lasting
2-sweet
3-cheesy!

Nov
16
2014
wayway2hotinaz
wayway2hotinaz

YUM!!!!!!!!!! :) A perfume I like from first spray. I get Iris and Black Currant and tiny bit of Pear right away. Jasmine comes in very soon after. So beautiful! Soft floral (I do not like lots of mixture of flowers, so this is perfect for me!) The vanilla and praline are wonderful, which come in nicely with a touch of flowers still. (I don't like fruity sweet scents, so another reason I love this because everything combines so nicely that I don't get heavy single scents!) I like that this is heavy enough for me to smell it on me without shoving my wrists into my nose. I like to wear it on my wrists and chest (and the lotion on my shoulders and hands). I spray again after 6 hours, as it does not last all day for me, but it does extend 6 feet to my husband in the same room. If it gets on my clothes, the scent lasts about 18 hours. I could see wearing this every day, it is that good on me. (I put it on this afternoon and I left a trail, and as my husband came outside, following me several minutes later, he said, "MMM, that smells good!" Two weeks later, when I walk by, my husband stills says I smell good.)

Layering the lotion with this perfume (or wearing the lotion alone) is wonderful, too!!! The lotion is greasy at first and for a bit after applying, but it doesn't last. The scent of the lotion lasts maybe 5-6 hours on me, so similar to the EDP.

Nov
14
2014
Averycarr
Averycarr

I had zero desire to try this perfume based on the advertising campaign. But I was in sephora once and sprayed this on a whim based on how beautiful the bottle was. I was VERY pleasantly surprised. On me this scent is heavy and warm and comforting. Almost like a floral cake! It's thick and sweet and feminine and soft all at once. This is a cuddling up at night fragrance for me.

Nov
13
2014
elph
elph

La Vie Est Belle is a very foodie scent, like strawberry blinis with champagne. It's great for the holidays. On me it sits very close to the skin, which I appreciate if I'm going to be in a crowd. It doesn't last very long though.

Nov
08
2014
Fabulous Kevin
Fabulous Kevin

I was a perfume lover so i bought this scent yesterday for my collection and extremely loved it. La Vie Est Belle is sweet, powdery with every note blends together so well. I can say that patchouli, praline and iris are really stand out, it smells expensive and similar to Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf. Longevity is absolutely amazing (12 hours+) and sillage is heavy. Believe me, Lancome will never make you disappoint!

P/s: +Packaging 9.5/10
+Bottle 9.5/10
+Scent 10/10
+Longevity-Sillage 10/10

Nov
04
2014
courtney.mcintyre
courtney.mcintyre

La Vie Est Belle is my all time favourite perfume. My boyfriend got me it as a present after his sister-in-law wore it as her 'Wedding Perfume' and I instantly fell in love with it. I'm not very good at describing notes but this smells amaaazing! So sweet and powdery but not sickly. I constantly get compliments and people asking what perfume I'm wearing when I wear this... Some people would consider this a night time perfume because it is strong and has amazing longevity (I still smell it the next day!) but I wear it during the day too because I love it so much - For sure my signature scene. Well done Lancome!

Nov
03
2014
ellina1984
ellina1984

I wore this yesterday at 10 in the morning. Then, going about with my usual chores, I caught a whiff of it at around 2 o' clock. And it finally hit me what the drydown of this reminds me of: Frangelico! it smells like Frangelico, the sweet liqueur! Hazelnut and syrup. Delicious!

Nov
02
2014
Odelia
Odelia

This is so sweeeeeeeet, so so sweet but the patchouli balances the sweetness so well. I don't get it, what is the big deal, if it's popular. Yes, teenagers like it, yes, old women like it, yes, if cats could talk and enter a department store they would probably buy it. How does that make it less amazing??? Personally, I find it smells so complex and intriguing for a gourmand. NOT flowerbomb, not pink sugar. Long lasting and addictive.give it a try without the crap-load of prejudices:P Everyone should own a gourmand, just in case:))) and this IS IT.

Nov
02
2014
[email protected]
smaclean1@hotmail.com

This perfume is a crowd pleaser, of all my perfumes this one gets the most compliments. On me it is not so sweet and the Iris is to the fore right from the first spray countered perfectly with the orange blossom and blackcurrent. Mid notes you get patchouli pushing through and more powdery - almost baby powder counter balancing too much earth that may have come in. The hearty blackcurrants start settling in with the pear and white flowers and at this stage it is quite sweet. The long lasting base note is cotton candy type powdery, Iris and tonka beans smooth out the vanilla and caramel which could have become too sweet. It lasts very well and the final base note is the best of all the stages it goes through lasting over 6 hours, It doesn't overwhelm those around you when you are an liberal sprayer like me.

Nov
01
2014
mllekuz
mllekuz

Ultra-sweet hairspray on drugs. Way too strong. Impossible to decipher what is actually going on in this perfume.

Oct
30
2014
Specklechan
Specklechan

Last time I tried this i hated it. Just goes to show the seasons have so much impact on perfume. I tried it in the spring and summer and it was bipolar and clashy. I tried it again recently and it actually smelled like a coherent fragrance, almost pleasant even. Its still not my favourite, its a bit too "thick" smelling, I like sheer scents, but it just goes to show you should try perfumes in every season before you write them off

Oct
30
2014
promaya
promaya

Heavens, this is SWEET!

This is generally not the type of perfume I would ever wear however, I made a mistake and allowed the sales woman to spritz it on my forearm when i was looking for a gift for my friend who loves sweet fragrances. I instantly felt sick; I think I washed my hands about 10 times just to make the smell go away. Unsuccessfully! So, when it comes to longevity, you can count on this one! :)

The truth is, my friend, the sweet-fragrance admirer, said that she could not wear it either (she picked Aqua di Gioa in the end, do I need to say more?! :D ).

I can detect some qualities of a good fragrance 'tho, regardless of my personal taste, but I doubt that a fragrance with so many sweet notes can actually make a storm in the market. I'm not even sure if it's caramel that suffocates, I actually think that at least 4 scents create this overwhelming and exhausting sweetness. Jasmine is, imho, quite strong although well hidden behind the more aromatic beans, vanilla is strong but destroyed by similar scents, I'm not sure I can actually detect tonka beans but I know they're similar to vanilla and very sweet as well and then, to all this, you have caramel, berries and pears. All locked by pachouli. :))

Like I said, if you like very, very, very sweet fragrances, you'll probably like this one and you'll certainly want to like it because it lasts forever on the skin.

Oct
29
2014
peferrarine
peferrarine

I went for a night out with a friend of mine, and the whole night i though she was wearing Black XS for Her (Paco Rabanne). I asked her, and well, she was wearing this one.

I don't own this one, so i can't say with a lot of property, but i do own Black XS for Her, and they are VERY similar to each other, at least on her skin.

Sillage and longevity were great, cause i could smell it from a certain distance the entire night (but never invasive).

Oct
26
2014
hails_blogger
hails_blogger

Beautiful perfume! I love this always get compliments! I think it's a classy scent and is great for ladies in their 20's. It just lingers on your clothes the day after.

Oct
24
2014
genny17
genny17

i don't hang around prostitutes but I guess some do have good taste in perfumes maybe.!?
Interesting, I find la vie est belle gorgeous, complex. Sweet yes but not straight sweet!!!
La vie est belle is an ode to life, with a perfume that is soo feminine, with character and punch!

Oct
22
2014
energia
energia

This perfume is so great and loveable that I'm afraid it will soon become boring (like Coco Mademoiselle or Crystal Noir - sorry fans, they are great perfumes but I smell them literarly everywhere). I'm a huge fan of La vie est belle and I've bought the 75ml bottle but I don't want to use it now when it's so popular, so I'll maybe use it occasionally. I really wanted it to be my signature :(

Oct
20
2014
Julia1506
Julia1506

I have some "love stories" with Lancome perfumes and I was very intrigued what the "La Vie Est belle" is like. Unfortunately it was "no go" from the very first minute. I tried EDT version, which is lighter than EDP, but still, it was like a knock-out. The scent is heavy, very heavy, even offensive. It was one huge sweet cloud threatens to suffocate me.
This perfume should be tested on your skin. It will not be a good idea to buy it blind.

Oct
20
2014
risarii
risarii

This perfume smells like marshmallows dipped in caramel and then covered in sugar.
It's extremely sweet, probably the sweetest fragrance I've smelled. It's TOO sweet and I like sweet. It's headache inducing and nearly makes your teeth hurt from it's sweetness. It's also incredibly popular--it's everywhere--which is another downside for me. I don't want to smell like 8 in 10 women.

Having said that, if you like SUPER sweet perfumes (think Pink Sugar on steroids) and don't mind that it's so common, I definitely recommend checking it out! It lasts forever and has great silage. The bottle is also really beautiful; even more so in person. I love the little scarf around the neck. :)

Oct
17
2014
AnaRamona
AnaRamona

I love this scent. It's sweet and seductive. When I smell it, it takes me back somewhere in the past. And it is a really long lasting scent as well. Unfortunately, I don't own it yet, but I'm working on it. This is a must have!

Oct
16
2014
Scentmad
Scentmad

I tried this yesterday for the first time and immediately felt physically sick. I don't know what it is within this perfume but it really doesn't suit me and I am sad about that because the reviews are so positive.

Oct
13
2014
Kaste
Kaste

Perfection in a beautiful bottle. One spray above Your head is enough to give You long lasting noticeable amazing fragrance for full day. I would not spray it directly to the skin, because it's really strong stuff.

Oct
12
2014
Jillybean17
Jillybean17

The French perfumes are always the best! La Vie Est Belle is very sweet & gourmand, but it's also clean & sophisticated. It smells a lot like Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf. If you like Flowerbomb you'll like this! I'd rate this a 10/10!

Oct
12
2014
ching
ching

Super duper strong,long lasting and i guarantee that anyone can remember you with this scent. Along with it's sweet,aromatic and vanilla smell,it's also the best perfume seducing a man, haha joke, but yeah! it's really one of the most sexiest perfume i've ever had. I'M HAPPY WITH THIS. It was worth it anyway.

Oct
11
2014
jeannesmc
jeannesmc

La Vie Est Belle is very Beautiful. Love this perfume, Lancome makes wonderful fragrances. Tresor will always continue to be my Signature Scent, but La Vie Est Belle is right behind it. Thanks Lancome for making Exceptional Quality fragrances!!!

Oct
10
2014
Steleale
Steleale

I don't know what changed my mind, I just know that now that I am competely felt in love with this frag. This is my second review about LVEB and several things are changed among this One and the first one. First of all i love the sillage and the drydown either. This frag makes me feel happy and my housband likes it very much. It's on my wish list. Probably I started to love it since I tryed the EDT version which made me used to the sweetness tipical of this perfume. LVEB EDT and EDP is feminine, sensual and gourmand, perfect for winter season, EDT nice for spring time and for summer evenings. Love it, my husband will give it to me as present for my birthday... Help can't wait!!!!

Oct
10
2014
lonn3k3
lonn3k3

I was so happy when i received this perfume, it is just lovely, sexy, wonderful and lasts forever. I don't usually wear too much of it cause i would probably get sick of its smell but whenever i wear it, i get compliments and it makes me feel good about myself.

Oct
10
2014
apricot.porridge
apricot.porridge

Gorgeous pear! Then almond praline, with a background of white flowers and something woody in there, too, which along with some irish makes this fragrance very long lasting on the skin and on clothes especially.
This is a happy, sweet, gourmand fragrance that simply is a mood booster! Love this so much, so romantic and playful!

Oct
09
2014
tinaelisa
tinaelisa

Lasting power is amazing on this one. And not to much in your face or cloying, but it will stay. This one doesn't need any respraying. Very pleased!

edit: So now for a better review. I've been wearing it for about a week and fell in love with it. For me this is strictly an autumn and winter fragrance. The dry down is the best part, which sets in for about 2 hours after spraying. In the dry down it smells like a hot spiced creamy beverage. This stage lasts the whole day! I've gotten compliments from people about it in the evening, when I had sprayed it in the morning and even I myself could still smell it. Perfect for the cold season.

And just for reference. I don't think it is similar to Flowerbomb, I almost never can wear that one, because it gets too cloyingly sweet on me. Not with LVEB.

Cold season must have!

Oct
07
2014
Steleale
Steleale

Yes Jose Marcos, I agree with you: there is a vibe of Thierry Mugler, but IMO is more perceptible in the EDT, probably because red fruits cover patchouli. I prefer much more the second version.

Sep
30
2014
Jose Marcos
Jose Marcos

Everyone wanting a change from Dior Homme/Dior Homme Intense should try LVEB. Lots of iris&pear and not as much in yor face as some readers/reviews might imply. And I dare to say much less feminine than DH or DHI. There's also an undenieble Thierry Mugler vibe in La Vie also.

Nothing like Flowerbomb !

Sep
30
2014
Kirjk
Kirjk

This is nowadays one those perfumes you just smell everywhere. Some people doesn't seem to know how to handle this frag, so basically this is the new Escada! Except it isn't only the teenagers who wear this. Some classy older ladies also seem to like this, and.. oh the horror.
Sickening sweet hours long sillage. Wherever you are, in a fancy shopping centre or whatnot, every minute you fear for your life that you'll come across with this in-your-face type of perfume cloud and it will knock you out for good.

I'm not saying that this perfume is bad, you just have to wear it right.

Certainly it isn't for me though. Just once again tried a little spritz on my wrist and I'm not gonna lie, I want to rip my whole arm off. But I'm positive this could be a nice scent on someone. But please just don't bathe in it.

Sep
26
2014
Tiger84
Tiger84

If you fancy spending a lot to smell like powdered sugar from the kitchen cabinet, there you go, this one, or based on what I heard, Candy or Si or Bonbon or Pink Sugar (for cheaper) got you covered.

A colleague wears this, based on that I can praise the sillage and longevity. It fills the space and lasts all day long. I love these qualities in a perfume, I just find these kinds of scents boring, all I get is the sugar, I can't really tell the difference between them, though I think this was one of the first ones to jump onto the candy train. (But at least this is correctly classified unlike Si which is classified as a chypre here.) Good strength but not for me.

Sep
25
2014
Lybarra118
Lybarra118

La Vie Est Belle doesn't necessarily need another review, but I can't help myself. This is a love for me, which is quite a contradiction coming from someone who can't stomach syrupy sweet scents.

LVEB is sweet, yes, crossing into gourmand land, but it's surprisingly not sickening. Not sure if the patchouli is the helper there. The praline is stunning and so creamy. It reminds me of my favorite Blue Bell ice cream, Pecan, Pralines and Cream. Heavy yet smooth. Delicious!

Longevity is 12+hours, longer on clothes, and projection is great. It's a thick sweet scent that still allows you to wear it - it doesn't wear you.
As a side note, if a comparison helps, I couldn't wear Aquolina Pink Sugar, and Flowerbomb just didn't work for me.

Update: I really, really do still love this, but I admit it can get overwhelming after a couple of hours. It's just so potent. Everything I said before still stands, but I can understand the dislikes as well.

Sep
22
2014
Miffy8900
Miffy8900

One of my favorites. It is in the same category as Jessica Simpson Fancy and Prada Candy, I think.

When I wear it, I am often told that I smell like a cake, or sweets! I take it as a compliment :D

Nice projection, sweet chocolatey drydown, very longlasting.

Sep
18
2014
Isra
Isra

I loved this since the day it was launched
it's really sexy perfume

Sep
16
2014
Rotorwife
Rotorwife

A sweet, strong scent that has excellent sillage and longevity. It is very similar to Flowerbomb but I feel that it has just a little more gourmand scent to it. It can certainly overpower if sprayed too generously. My husband loves both LVEB and FLowerbomb so I wear them for him when we go out. If I spray either of those scents I always make sure I have about 15-30 minutes before I'm around a crowd to give them time to settle down. I don't like to be the woman that screams I"M HERE!!

Sep
14
2014
pixiewinks
pixiewinks

This is the strongest, highest quality, most pungent perfume that I own. I have be going somewhere pretty darn special to wear it. It's a very in your face type scent and a tiny spritz goes a long long way!
I like it but i have to be the right zone to wear it because it can quickly become headache inducing.
Men seem to love it though.
scent: 9
packaging: 9
UPDATE! I wore this today at an outdoor event...cold fall day and I have to say, it smelled AMAZING! Something about the cold weather made this come alive...like warm praline sugar and delicious fall flowers and marvelous patchouli . 2 spritz kept me smelling it even in the wind and it lasted for hours. This is the PERFECT fall/winter scent!!

Sep
14
2014
nathalie87
nathalie87

ThIs actually smells like a mix og flowerbomb and coco mademoiselle to me.. I like it:-)

Sep
08
2014
polka
polka

All right. I am going to come out of the the closet and confess that I truly, madly, deeply dislike this perfume. There, I said it.

This is one of the most exagerrated perfumes I have ever come across. Even a tiny drop is painfully straightforward, so much in your face; it's really hard for me to bear it. Wearing La Vie est Belle is like waving a huge banner saying: "Currant! Patchouli! Caramel!" No room for a mystery with this one - LVEB is a pure perfume overstatetment.

The composition is awkward, the notes blend poorly, it smells like two or three scents layered; shaken, not stirred. I find it loud and cacophonous.

Sep
05
2014
fiouu
fiouu

One Day I came early from work because I had the most horrifying headache evah! I was wearing LPRN eau Couture and hating myself for it, because it made me feel even worse. When I got into the bus I realized I was sitting right behind a lovely ex co-worker of mine. I was thrilled to see her, she's the sweetest thing ever! I remember she used to wear rose perfumes a lot and I always complimented her. She always smelled amazing.
But that Day she reeked of this perfume, my headache got even worse and I almost got sick, I was seriously praying for her to get off.
It's a Great perfume, very sweet well blended patchouli, I Just can't with the chocolate-y nuances, it's way too milky and smells weird, like sticky toffee
Killer longevity and amazing sillage, Just try to not overspray it or you're going to get some serious backlash. It can go from pretty to pretty busted in Just an extra spray, so be careful. It's always good to catch a whiff of this on the street.
I still go for flowerbomb because it feels more clean, avoids being gourmand and the weird melted chocolate thingy

Sep
04
2014
Steleale
Steleale

It's like a bomb, a kick straight to my nose: toooooooooo sweet. But this morning a colleague of mine was wearing the EDT which is spicer, less sugar, more seductive. I onestly prefer this version, it's closer to my taste than the EDP.

My nose is getting used to the EDP, even thought is so powerful for the first hour, the drydown is lovely.

Sep
01
2014
dpepe6990
dpepe6990

Love this scent! It loves me and my man loves it on me. Need I say more. It's light, sweet, intoxicating and sexy. I cannot get enough of it! Don't listen to reviews or even my review, just sample it on yourself and see for yourself.

Aug
31
2014
Tas33
Tas33

I love this fragrance! I love sweet scents, but am not a fan of patchouli, so was worried that the patchouli note in this would ruin it for me. However, I do not dislike the patchouli in this! It balances the sweetness perfectly and neither the patchouli or sweetness is overwhelming. I usually do not like to wear the same perfume every day, but since I got this perfume, I've been wearing it every day and am loving it! I have never found this scent to be too powerful, yet it does last all day!

Overall, this is a beautiful, enticing fragrance with excellent silage and longevity. Anyone who enjoys sweet scents should test this one out!

Aug
27
2014
Snicole82
Snicole82

I'm addicted to fragrances and have smelled many in my lifetime. This particular fragrance smells good, but does not smell different than other sweet, fruity, floral. It smells a lot like Flowerbomb. I have the tester, and this doesn't stand out enough for me to shell out the money for a full flacon of it.

Aug
26
2014
Sylvie-Aus
Sylvie-Aus

It smells like a " florentine " , it is a desert. Exactly like it, I am having some serious craving for a " Florentine ". Too manny "sweetness", for me without a uplifting note / blend. It end up smelling bland, no development. Still is one awesome "florentine" smell. I am hungry now !

Aug
19
2014
theperfumemaniac
theperfumemaniac

I'm going to get hate for this, but this fragrance isn't anything special. It's your typical fruity/sweet fragrance with a designer name on it and Julia Roberts promoting it. The only thing that seperates it from the others is that it isn't a celebrity perfume and that it is REALLY expensive.

It has amazing sillage and longevity, but it isn't anything memorable like the other designer fragrances.

If you like very SWEET perfumes, you must try this.
If you like subtle, floral, aquatic perfumes, then this isn't your thing.

Aug
19
2014
llburris
llburris

I know this is primarily identified as a fragrance that has great sillage, but on me it is very light but smells awesome! My "loves" are usually very heavy scents but this light one, in my opinion, is worth every last dollar I spent on it. Very feminine.

Aug
19
2014
Eaugirlspirit
Eaugirlspirit

Every time I come back and try to test this fragrance again, I remind myself of why I never bothered to get it. It doesn't feel like a "perfume" to me the way Chanel Chance, Stella, Narciso Rodriguez for Her do.
Most of my perfumes have some hint of floral in them, and enough of that floral element where I feel clean while wearing them.
La Vie Est Belle smells stuffy, like I am bombarded with this foodie gourmand and I can't get any 'clean' perfume notes out of it.
When I put even a little on all I smell is cake; birthday cake with sweet, rich frosting and candied fruits on top. I see the comparisons to Flowerbomb, but to me- I own and love flowerbomb because it feels cleaner on me, and I feel like Flowerbomb is less gourmand. It is my earl grey tea scent!
I'm sure this perfume smells divine on many people, but my nose says I should be eating it, not smelling it. :)

Aug
19
2014
Claire35
Claire35

What can I say about this perfume? Love it. It smells so good and lasts for ages. It reminds me of freshly washed clothes and clean linens. Very sophisticated and iconic. If you're a lover of sweet and floral scents, you'll definetly adore it!

Aug
19
2014
Obssessed!
Obssessed!

Isnt much to say. Its a great sweet fruity scent with a touch of floral . .. well thats what i smelt. It just doesnt seem special or anything, i've smelt a great many scents exactly like it so it didnt phase me.

Aug
18
2014
AmandaGuerra
AmandaGuerra

I just got 100 ml bottle from Debenhams what can i say, love at first spray....
it is a magical sweet almost headache inducer perfume, however can't see myself using anything else out of my other 46 other fragrances, is kinda addictive and smell just sooooo sooooo goooooood. ..... any lady out there should give this a try and any gentleman who wants to see their lovely one happy should purchase full bottle of this piece of art( in every single way from bottle to the fragrance) just madly in love with it! ♡♡♡♡♡

Aug
18
2014
ellina1984
ellina1984

I have had this for quite some time but was reluctant to write a review, because I have found it very hard to discern the notes.

I don't get fruit or lots of flowers, and I don't seem to be able to distinguish between the three layers of the pyramid. This perfume seems relatively linear, although the top and middle have a fruitier feeling to them than the drydown.

La vie est belle is, to me, quite seamless. The notes I can tell apart are vanilla - tonka bean, creamy, luscious milk and malted chocolate, and almond. I am reminded of the pralines an aunt used to bring when she visited form Belgium, the ones with the creamy chocolatey filling. The composition is grounded with a "sterilized" patchouli. In the drydown, I also get a slight touch of iris.

This fragrance is wonderfully enveloping. It is also a bit powdery and definitely sweet. In spite of its sweetness, I think this works equally well in cold as well as in hot weather.

Aug
17
2014
Alysha
Alysha

Tested this at shoppers drug mart today, on a whim. The bottle is much heavier than it looks. I like the design, its cute. The spray itself reminded me of flowerbomb, but not quite. There was a specific note in there I have smelt before and didn't enjoy. A single spray lasted the rest of the afternoon and after my shower.

That single note was too much for me, it turned me off the perfume. I wouldn't buy this one, but maybe one in the same family of scents with patchouli. This one definitely smells expensive though, just not quite right for me.

Btw, I have aquolina pink sugar sparks and prefer that. It's easier to stomache.

Aug
06
2014
LunaTaylor
LunaTaylor

Too sweet! Sweet like cotton candy and simple syrup they use in alcoholic drinks.
If you love candied over the top gourmands then maybe you will like it but it doesn't have much complexity. There is sugar + patchouli, that's all I get from this. And too many people wearing it. When a fragrance becomes super popular to the point that everyone knows what it is, I am no longer interested.

Aug
06
2014
blue_belle
blue_belle

The top notes of this are very harsh on me, maybe because pear can be tricky on my skin. After the harshness finally burns off I'm left with an intensely sweet scent with a nice sillage. On me it's a bit like Viva La Juicy but more grown-up and with no artificiality. Sweet, bright caramel and praline but with some berries lingering. It's actually quite nice, but I'm burned out on the combo so it's not a love for me!

Aug
05
2014
mooglebuns
mooglebuns

I fell in love with this perfume the very first time I wore it.

It was winter, I had a few new samples to try and this was one of them. Sniffing it from the bottle scared me a little as it was so strong smelling, so I gingerly sprayed a tiny mist inside my sweater onto my chest. What came next blew my mind wide open.

Chocolate! Vanilla! Cotton candy! Patchouli! Fruit and flowers floating around in the distance! This is a beautifully decadent cake, decorated to the nines, topped with fresh florals and gooey sugar dipped pears, filled with every tooth achingly sweet delight you can wrap your mind around.

I think I almost huffed myself into hyperventilating by sticking my nose into my shirt and sniffing over and over again for the next few hours.

Needless to say, I now own the biggest bottle. It's amazing. It has wonderful projection. Crazy staying power. You really don't need much at all, in fact, too much and it loses quite a bit of it's beauty.

I have had quite a few men tell me I smell like cookies and make comments about taking a bite. It's delicious. It's young. It's fun and sweet.

Best in the winter, but still good as long as the heat and humidity don't climb into the extremes.

Aug
03
2014
jamaral
jamaral

Adorável,Chique e docinho! Perfeito para os dias frios. Excelente fixação. Perfume dispendioso mas vale cada borrifadela.

Aug
01
2014
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

EDIT: Initial drydown is mostly patchouli, however by the 10th hour, a delicious sweetness comes forward and I smell amazing! This perfume keeps going and going! As far as others saying this is 'nothing special' and that it smells like any other fruity/sweet fragrance, I couldn't disagree more. I've smelled many sweet/fruitchoulis and this is unique, and very well made.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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 very similar, perhaps a bit fruiter, softer, and not as in your face. 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).

Update. Ok...so I took it back but I repurchased it. It's such a unique perfume that I wanted it in my collection. Maybe one day I'll wear it. It's just sitting pretty on my dresser for the meantime.

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:
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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
guest_Sharkington
guest_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
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. No, no - I really don't understand the immense popularity of this.
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
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.

Mar
26
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
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
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
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.
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I have to say this. Now that I have a FB of this I'm inlove <3 It's so beautiful and it lasts, literally, for DAYS!
When I bought it, the sales lady told me that one time she wore it and even when she washed her clothes, they still smelled. And it's completely true. It's amazing. I might say that it is my favorite perfume so far.

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. fruit and floral sit 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
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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
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
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.

EDIT: I have to add that this drydown is horrid after several hours.. There is only vanilla left on my skin, so dull and way too sweet! A friend even commented that I smell like a cupcake!! Horrible at this price!

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
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.

La Vie Est Belle starts with a beautiful sweet floral that seems heavy but is light. Some light patchouli soon enters into the mix. Overall, it still has a sharp sweetness that is candy-like and quite yummy. Eventually, it all smoothes out to a subdued patchouli by praline and vanilla that is a lovely, fluffy sweetness. One spray of La Vie can go all day with nice sillage.

Sep
13
2013
NikiS
NikiS

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

Sep
13
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 its is a spicy, rich caramel bombshell. The perfume is nice but the lack of originality when compared to the Black XS, Jimmy Choo and Flower Bomb 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
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
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
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
StellaDiverFlynn
StellaDiverFlynn

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
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
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