La Vie Est Belle by Lancome

I think everyone struggles to review perfumes because we can never pinpoint the actual notes in a perfume without copy and pasting a blurb from a perfume site, I just like what I like and don't know what perfumes actually smell of!
So this should be an interesting review....

Apparently the main note of this perfume is iris, along with some jasmine and orange blossom at the heart.
It opens quite fruity and has a warm base with distinctly powdery, gourmand notes due to the vanilla, praline and patchouli. 

I can attest to the fact that it's a very sweet, gourmand fragrance, it smells good enough to eat!
I don't get a lot of the floral notes coming through when I smell it, but that might just be my nose, the powderiness (that's not a word is it? Let's just roll with it) is definitely apparent though, especially on the dry-down.

It's a really strong fragrance, a couple of spritzes will do, and it will last for hours on your skin.
Personally I like to spray perfumes on my clothes because it makes the scent last longer, this might be a bad method that will make perfume aficionado's gasp with horror, but it works for me!

The bottle is a thing of absolute beauty too, it's thick glass so if you drop it (like I have several times, butterfingers) it will most likely withstand the fall.
I love the gauzy piece of fabric that's wrapped around the neck of the bottle, it reminds me of a glamorous movie star from the 40's with her scarf trailing in the wind behind her!
The box is also gorgeous, sparkly and feminine, this would make a perfect gift for someone, I found it hard to actually part with the box it was so pretty!

I would recommend this perfume to lovers of Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb and (on the cheaper end of the scale) Britney Spears' Fantasy, to me it seems to have a lot of similar notes to these two fragrances, which are two personal favourites of mine as well.

If you want to see a more in-depth analysis of this perfume, and any other perfume you might be thinking of buying, then check out Fragrantica, I love this website for finding out about different perfumes and seeing which perfumes are similar to ones I already own.
It's an absolute must if you buy perfumes online so don't get the chance to smell them first!

La Vie Est Belle by Lancome is available from AllBeauty for £38.95, link here.

You may also like


  1. Great review, I absolutely fell in love with this fragrance and it kickstarted my love for perfume! It is very strong so I usually just do a light spritz and walk through, otherwise it's way too much!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

    1. I've been in love with this one since I got a sample of it so I'm so glad to own it! Although it's saved for special occasions haha x


Thank you for your comments!
Angie x


Not all pictures my own, some taken from Google Images.
All reviews 100% honest, whether they were sent to me or bought by myself.
Powered by Blogger.