Tuesday, August 26, 2014

La Vie Est Belle by Lancome c2012

La Vie Est Belle by Lancome: launched in 2012. Created by Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo. It took 5000 formulas and three years to get the composition just right.

From Lancome:
La vie est belle introduces a new olfactive story, the first ever iris gourmand. The juice is made with the most precious natural ingredients, a modern interpretation of an oriental fragrance with a twist of gourmand. It entwines the elegance of iris with the strength of Patchouli and the sweetness of a gourmand blend; for an incredible scent with depth and complexity. A sweet gourmand adds a burst of unexpected radiance.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a Floral Fruity Gourmand fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: aldehydes, black currant and pear
  • Middle notes: iris, orange blossom and jasmine
  • Base notes: tonka bean, praline, patchouli and vanilla

Presented a modified version of the classic Lancome "Le sourire de cristal", the “Crystal Smile” bottle designed by George Delhomme in 1949. 

From Lancome:
“Le sourire de cristal” (the crystal smile), a masterpiece of Lancôme heritage, was created in 1949 by the brand’s artistic director Georges Delhomme, as a tribute to the aura emanated by happy women - their irresistible je-ne-sais-quoi that goes beyond mere beauty. 63 years later, it takes on a whole new meaning with “La vie est belle”. It took over a year, 23 cutting trials, and the expertise of master glass blowers to square the circle and create the rounded imprint of a smile at the heart of a crystal square.The finishing touch of refinement: a pearlescent grey organza ribbon is tied around its neck, forming the twin wings of freedom.

Success is Spelled F-L-A-N-K-E-R:

The success of La Vie Est Belle has spawned several flankers: 

La Vie Est Belle L’Absolu: launched in 2014 and created by Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo. A sweeter and creamier version than the previous editions.

  • Top notes: black currant and pear.
  • Heart notes: iris, orange blossom, jasmine absolute and Damascus rose
  • Base notes: tonka bean, praline and cashmere wood

La Vie Est Belle L`Eau de Toilette: launched in 2014 and created by Anne Flipo and Dominique Ropion.
  • Top notes : aldehydes, fruity notes, white flowers
  • Heart notes : magnolia, patchouli, iris
  • Base notes : vanilla, praline, tonka bean, sugary accord

La Vie Est Belle L'Egere: launched in 2013 and created by Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo. L’Eau de Parfum Légère creates a lighter, silkier trail while remaining equally chic and delightful as the classic Eau de Parfum. This fragrance represents a new olfactory category, between an Eau de Parfum and an Eau De Toilette.
  • Top notes : aldehydes, orange blossom, fruity notes
  • Heart notes : jasmine, iris
  • Base notes : vanilla, praline, patchouli, white musks, tonka bean

La Vie Est Belle Glitter, a limited edition collector's bottle coated in a glittery finish, there has been no change to the fragrance.

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