La Vie est Belle L'Eau de Parfum 2012

La Vie est Belle L'Eau de Parfum by Lancôme
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6.5 / 10 1533 Ratings
La Vie est Belle L'Eau de Parfum is a perfume by Lancôme for women and was released in 2012. The scent is sweet-floral. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by L'Oréal. Pronunciation
Goes well with Crystal Noir (Eau de Parfum)
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Main accords

Sweet
Floral
Gourmand
Fruity
Powdery

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
BlackcurrantBlackcurrant PearPear
Heart Notes Heart Notes
IrisIris JasmineJasmine Orange blossomOrange blossom
Base Notes Base Notes
PralinéPraliné Tonka beanTonka bean PatchouliPatchouli VanillaVanilla

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6.51533 Ratings
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8.31278 Ratings
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8.21297 Ratings
Bottle
7.61306 Ratings
Value for money
7.3587 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 25.02.2024.
Interesting Facts
The face of the advertising campaign is actress Julia Roberts.

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Balticsea

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Balticsea
Top Review 72  
Phenomenon Mainstream - Women's Perfume Review No. 4
Moin you dear Parfumas and Parfumos,

today we deal with the topic of mainstream. And which fragrance fits better than "La vie est belle" by Lancome? Right, none! :-)

(For all the impatient who just want a quick opinion on the fragrance - the review starts as always below)
Mainstream, a word that can not be more frowned upon. And a phenomenon that can be found in all areas. It means as much as mass flow, broken down to the essentials, mainstream means nothing more than pleasing the masses.

Let's take an example from music. Bin Vici is a DJ duo from Israel. And they have managed something that no one has managed before. They are the first Goa DJ's who regularly play at all major festivals in the world on the main stage. They have made Goa suitable for the masses. Now you can guess three times how the die-hard Goa scene is talking about Vini Vici. For this, feeling exclusive scene, Vini Vici is frowned upon and a disgrace to all Goa DJ's. Because they make bad music? Not at all, because the big names in the scene praise their music highly and use tracks in their own sets. So what's the reason? The suspicion is that suddenly everyone calls themselves a goafan because they listen to Vini Vici. And nothing is worse for the (supposedly) exclusive scene than not being exclusive anymore. So they smile at Vini Vici and their fans. And judge in forums sharply and not objectively about their music. Because Vini Vici doesn't just want to create psychedelic works of art, but to inspire a broad mass with their music. And they manage to do that.

Here, however, you can take almost any area of life. Fashion, film and television, sports, music, perfume. Mainstream is ubiquitous. And everywhere, especially the really big mainstreamers have only two camps. Those who love it and those who hate it. Almost, like FC Bayern. Ask 100 people about their favorite club and ask 100 people about their "hate club". Bayern will win both polls.

And as with Vini Vici in the goa scene, La vie est belle is ostracized especially in the "scene", in the community. Does Vini Vici care that the "real goa experts" (the scene) are harshly hostile to her? Not one bit. Does Lancome think about the "fine noses", the perfume connoisseurs ripping her fragrance to shreds? Probably not. Because success proves them both right.

And here lies the crux of the matter. Mainstream wants to appeal to a broad mass. Mainstream wants to please. And in all street surveys among "laymen" La vie est belle" is always far ahead. The fragrance does what it's supposed to do and what it was made for. And a rating of 6.4 is simply not objective. Period! Every fragrance twin listed here comes out better. Even the ones from Tom Tailor and La Rive. Is that objective anymore? La vie est belle was certainly not meant to be a work of fragrance art, but a fragrance that the masses would like and that would make perfume even more accessible to "normies". And they succeeded in doing that. Is mainstream therefore bad? Certainly not. I have Niko shoes. I listen to pop music from time to time. I like to watch the occasional blockbuster. And I wear one of the several mainstream designer fragrances from time to time. Today Dylan Blue. Smells good ;-). Nevertheless I am and remain independent and unique. Because not what I wear defines me. But what I do, say and think. Mainstream is no one who wears La vie est belle or who listens to Vini Vici. But this chatter and slating of mainstream, that's who!!! Uniqueness is not something I need to present to the outside world. On the contrary. The urge to do so, is more mainstream than anything I know. Of course, it's difficult for a sommelier to evaluate supermarket wines. But honestly? Then he shouldn't. And when I see La vie est belle being rated 0.5 here in some cases, it gets ridiculous. The fragrance pyramid is known in advance. The goal that this perfume pursues also. And yet, some here fall backwards in shock when they realized that a "sweet-synthetic one-size-fits-all" is served here. Well.....then let's just see what I think of this fragrance. Quite fairly rated. Not by the standards I set for a Roja or Xerjoff. That would be finally crazy. ;-)

Let's go:

The bottle: 10/10

Solid heavy glass, beautiful curved shape. Good sprayer. In short, stylish and a real eye-catcher. The same goes for the name. Great marketing, Good off Lancome!

The fragrance: 8/10

Let's give in to the scent progression. The fragrance starts with a sweet, synthetic and loud pear and a, for me a little too "scratchy" (because caramelized?) Currant. The prelude is already very opulent and mMn. a little too much of a good thing. But it is neither unbearable nor does it give me a headache. It is just a neat sweet "Haudrauf" top note. For me, as I said, unfortunately at the beginning still a little too scratchy and not quite round. Here I simply lack a soft counterpart. This comes, however, already short moments later in the form of the floral fragrance notes. These give the fragrance the depth it needs to become coherent. And now the sweet base notes are coming more and more to the fore. Tonka and vanilla (synthetic, of course, but that's okay!) take over a bit now and stay until the end. The initial scratchiness has now given way to a, still slightly burnt, but no longer annoying sugar note. There's almost a bit of popcorn stuck in a bouquet of flowers. Patchouli rounds out the scent. All in all, I can very much see why La vie est belle is the best selling women's fragrance of the last 10 years. He just smells very pleasing.

Short form: a, at the beginning unfortunately a little too scratchy fragrance, but then becomes a round (synthetic) sweet fragrance with floral touches and especially from the heart and in the base is really nice.

Durability: 8/10

Short and sweet - per hour one point.The fragrance survives 8 hours in any case. On the clothes clearly longer present.

Sillage: 9/10

The first three hours very present and almost room-filling. Also in the hours 4-6 it is enough for an experience in the elevator.

Wearability: 5/10

Here lies the great weakness of the fragrance and unfortunately the reason why many dislike it. Dear ladies, no, this fragrance is with 8 sprays certainly not a fragrance for the office or the suburban train. No also in high summer is rather nothing. But also here, let's stay fair. Who, apart from perfumos has more than one or two perfumes at home? Who distinguishes between summer and winter scents? That's right, no one - except us. Still, the fragrance very much I fall/winter due to the heavy sillage and heaviness. And again. The dose makes the poison. 3 sprays are enough here completely.

Compliments: 8/10

This thing works. Properly dosed this fragrance comes simply super. Mainstream halt :-P

Price / performance: 8.5/10

Honestly? 200ml for 100.00 € are already a fair price. Nice that there are times a women's perfume with 200ml. P / L therefore fits completely.

Conclusion:

Completely unjustly torn in the air fragrance, which was not without reason the best seller from the house Lancome. Almost everyone, outside the "scene" will find this fragrance great. For "normalos" a clear purchase recommendation.

Hanseatic greetings ⚓
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GirlofNow

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GirlofNow
Very helpful Review 51  
I'm afraid I have to disagree with you!
I find most reviews here on Parfumo just extremely unfair + exaggerated! It's really being demonized here...! I have considered very long what I would like to write to this smell here there, I would like to step here nobody on the feet! But I still have to disagree with some of them! Clearly this fragrance is no longer that newest on the perfume market! Everybody has smelled this scent before or owns it at home... Let's just say it like this, it's a fragrance that almost the whole world already knows! Nevertheless I find that this fragrance this big hate or better said this moistening has NOT deserved!
At Lancome it is a bestseller at the moment (especially with us in Switzerland)! And I think if a scent would be so bad, that would not sell so well... Didn't I? However, I just want to say that although I own la vie est belle (not yet), which has a very big value and place in my heart! Why? What's the matter? Since my mother carries then every day and I connect then with her:))) I just think that la vie est belle is a great match for her!:) She gets compliments every day to this fragrance especially at work and that's right as I think:D

I must also say that la vie est belle is completely different, on her skin smells like on mine! It smells simply indescribably heavenly!*-*-*-*-* It smells neither flowery nor powdery... It just smells on her skin sooo nice and tender, feminine and attractive you just want to sit next to her and sniff at her all day long...:D Yes I mean that seriously!:) A lot of people asking them what are you wearing? And she then La vie est belle answers, she just looks at her with big eyes... One notices also there again La vie est belle can smell nice+good;)

Since the last time I described Idol is how it developed on my skin and on the skin of my mother, I decided to do it again:) So I hope that this comment is well received again:)

On the skin of my Mutter❤:
Already when spraying on it surrounds, such a beautiful but nevertheless tender caramel note which is like a warm embrace for the senses.
The praline note is not long in coming:))) You can smell it the clearest in her *-*... To kneel down....*-* The praline note is very similar to the la nuit tresor edp note on her skin (she has la nuit because that's also why the praline note reminded me very much especially on her skin) These two notes are on her skin simply not from this world because they soooo damn good smell!:) Vanilla lets the water run in your mouth!*-* On the skin of my mother the vanilla note develops to the most beautiful at all!*-* It is no artificial or stinging much more a wonderful creamy + delicate vanilla which gets a beautiful sweet and deep by the caramel note.... Looove this❤❤❤❤❤ .... I wish that this scent would be like this with me:D I am decently jealous of my mother;D No fun:))) I just love her from all over Herzen❤:)))) These are the only scents I could smell on her skin... You couldn't smell fruity or flowery ones on their skin but you could smell them good! Nevertheless, the course of the scent on her skin is simply magical!:)

Sooo go on:)

The fragrance description on my skin:
When I sprayed it on, the fruity notes were very present (thank God they weren't artificial!) especially sweet and juicy:D But the fruity notes weren't present for long;) With me I could smell a very interesting but nevertheless very beautiful cotton candy note, which irritated me a little bit because nowhere something of a cotton candy note confessed... But smelling good does it:D I was able to smell the vanilla more and more clearly and intensively over time, the vanilla was nice creamy and sweet sweet*-* The praline note is the finest note ... Beautiful tender and seductive:) With this note I sometimes almost want to bite my wrist myself:D But also the iris dominates clearly on my skin which was funny enough not the case with my mother... Nevertheless, it was a beautiful powdery but not heavy iris that harmonized perfectly with the tonka bean:) For me the tonka bean is powdery and slightly milky*-* Great:)

Again you can see how different a fragrance can be on every skin!:)
It doesn't have to mean that everyone smells the same! My mother is that, perfect example! With her La vie est belle is simply just dreamlike + beautiful Gourmandig*-*❤
I wanted to show with this comment that la vie est belle did NOT deserve all these bad reviews (not all of them!)! Because of the H+S I can only say EXTREM! 3.whole days my mother and I smell this perfume both on the skin and on the clothing!
I can only say gives this fragrance a chance:)))) Or test more precisely and better:))) I hope the description was interesting and detailed for most of you again:)))
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Scarletrose

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Scarletrose
Top Review 38  
For love of fragrance ❤️
My declaration of love to my signature fragrance ❤️

You're my darling...
You met me in the middle of ❤️
You're wonderful...
You give me a feeling of security...
You're everywhere I am...
You have an incredible Sillage ...
You must be sprayed carefully .... otherwise you annoy your fellow men ;-)

You give me so much warmth...
You're so cuddly...
You're like a sweet powder cloud...
You smell like a fair...
You're a gourmand iris perfume You're flowery-vanilla ...

You're sensual and enveloping...
Once applied, they won't get rid of you ....
You're already very mainstream...
At Douglas you are usually in the front row :-).....
You always cost the same...
I've bought you many times...

You're mysterious...
You have a strong character...
You're just unmistakable...

When we go out together, I get compliments ❤️

I like you best when it's raining or snowing outside, when the sky is cloudy and I need someone to cheer me up, then you're there and won't let me go.

You were my first great love ...
Meanwhile I often cheat ;-)
You're not angry with me ...
Because you know I will never forget you and always return to you...

In love
Scarlet :-)
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Sulaja

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Sulaja
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Beast with ease
If I had a signature scent, it would probably be La vie est belle. I buy it again and again, without it just does not go. I also wanted to dislike him once, too often I have smelled him, too many have worn him. But I wanted to be unique, special (good) smell, stand out from the crowd.

Well, I did not succeed, so that with the not like. But you know what? EGAL....

Because I think it's just too beautiful! It starts fruity, fresh with a slight sweetness. The flowers come to it and the sweetness increases a little more as it goes on. Nevertheless, I feel this sweetness never as overwhelming or oppressive, it still resonates so a slight effervescence (freshness would be somehow wrong here), which soothes the sweetness a little. And then when everything has calmed down, a warm, velvety, slightly powdery veil of fragrance remains on the skin.

I feel him in the first place also not even as sweet sweet, but rather as floral-sweet :-) Oh yeah, and I think it's an absolutely radiant scent, just sunshine. The commercial gets it across perfectly. Julia Roberts outshines se all.

My husband loves this scent on me. When I wear LVEB, he ALWAYS tells me how good I smell. That rarely happens with my other scents, tsssss ;-D A friend says I smell so yummy like cotton candy.

When I wear it I feel comfortable, protected, somehow at home.
Sexy - no.

LVEB always goes for me. At any occasion, time, season. Whereby - well, from 25 degrees I also think 3 times.

Two sprays are fully enough, then he is there, but so what of!

Hach, LVEB - I love you!
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Eaumygosh

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Eaumygosh
Top Review 24  
La vie est douce-
- or in plain English: Life is sweet. First of all: you may think of "LVeB" whatever you want. Even if it is only distance. One thing you gotta give Lancôme, though. They have created a modern mainstream classic. I don't have any exact sales figures to hand, but I'm sure that "LVeB" is one of the, if not the, best-selling perfume(s) of the past decade. At least the most successful newly released fragrance of the 201X'er. You have to appreciate it- the merketing, the Julia Roberts ads, the name, the bottle. The whole concept is very appealing. And yes, "LVeB" has inspired many fragrances that have been released after it. Whether you love or hate it - it deserves recognition.

Let's get down to the fragrance itself. I have to admit, I got caught up in the hype back then. "La Vie est Belle" was a (half) blind buy. I'm sure I'd tested it a few times, but I never made a judgment call. When there was a big bottle for a ridiculous price, I took it. What could go wrong ? I love sweet scents. Since then, the beautiful bottle has adorned my glass case. But now let's come to the fragrance :

Immediately after spraying on, the smell of caramelized popcorn rises into my nose. After only a few seconds a rather dominant currant joins in - fruity and slightly sour. Acidic fruits and I are a little bit on war footing. Already in "Sì" it was the currant liqueur that makes the scent unbearable for me. But I find the currant note in "La Vie est Belle" tolerable, even if it gives the fragrance a certain scratchiness in the top note, which I could confidently do without. It takes the sweetness out of the sails a bit and even seems a bit harsh in itself, although the fragrance always remains quite sugary - with time it becomes more floral, although I can't identify the flowers individually. However, the flowers are caramelised, with a dash of currant jam. That way the scent remains. The currant never disappears completely, at least not on my skin. After about 8 hours I only notice a delicate touch on my skin - on my clothes it lasts even longer. Also the Sillage is quite strong. You can easily overdose it. 2 splashes are enough for me - and my fellow men - completely.

Now for my conclusion. Maybe I should wear "La Vie est Belle" more often, at least next fall. He did not deserve the ignorance - 10ml in 2 years is not a good consumption value. I love the caramelized flowers, the warmth and the fine popcorn note. Sillage is also convincing, as well as the durability. The only drop of melancholy is the currant. Acidic-fruity notes often seem quite scratchy and inharmonious in combination with a rather heavy sweetness. But this is my personal impression. Fortunately, it is not too much in focus - just a fine disturbing note. Nevertheless I find the fragrance quite beautiful. "Flowerbomb" remains my favourite of the "sugar bomb fraction", because the sour fruit is missing. There are only caramelized flowers, so beautiful! Nevertheless, I will pay more attention to "La Vie est Belle" in future. It is sexy, feminine and sweet. A beautiful fragrance that also goes down very well with others.

Lancôme has done everything right and created a modern classic
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OPomoneOPomone 9 years ago
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If you married a woman of taste, don't give her La Vie est Belle on her birthday or she might file for divorce.
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ScentilityScentility 3 years ago
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Where have I been? I have just discovered my absolute favorite! Vanilla black currant patchouli iris beauty! Signature worthy scent. Perfect
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TamahoTamaho 1 month ago
The opening of the perfume is beautiful, but the drydown felt a bit too pale to me.
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PurpleKatPurpleKat 2 months ago
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LVEB is like that sweet overly chatty girl in the office who is hard to dislike but everyone hopes she doesn't come over to their desk today
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Jazzy76Jazzy76 4 years ago
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La vie est....gourmande! The blackcurrant-praliné combo dominates the bouquet giving a very sweet character to the scent.Pleasant in winter
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