Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Légère
launched a little earlier in the Western Hemisphere as a Summer “lighter” flanker to the original best-selling La Vie Est Belle (meaning “Life is Good”) l’Eau de Parfum but will only hit parts of Asia and the Pacific around October.
Top: blackcurrant, pear
Heart : jasmine, orange blossom, iris, patchouli
Base: chocolate praline, vanilla, white musk
Not for anyone who doesn’t enjoy sweet gourmands! That said, this won’t smell like a dessert platter. It smells complex and “like a lady”.
Who should check it out?
Go sniff it if you like lush gourmand florals like
Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb
Burberry The Beat
Thierry Mugler Alien
Paco Rabanne Lady Million
I’ll also check this out if you like fruitchoulis like
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
Chanel Coco Noir
Thierry Mugler Angel
Random fact: The perfumers of La Vie Est Belle created many of the above listed scents, so it’s not really surprising that they share a similar DNA.
Similarities/Differences from the Original La Vie Est Belle?
This has a more pronounced and longer-lasting blackcurrant note at the start, so the impression is slightly more fruity for the first hour or two. The tonka bean was removed and the patchouli has been muted a bit, but now there’s a bit of white musk added into the mix for a little cottony, soft, cloudiness amid the creamy praline base.
It still has that same incredible lasting power and moderate projection of the original, but visually, they look almost the same in their “crystal smile” flacons, with the gossamer “wings of freedom” around the neck.
If you kinda like the original but didn’t buy it because you find the patchouli too strong (it’s a sharp, herbaceous, grassy, almost-minty note that people sometimes mistake for “musky”), the Legere one might just do the trick for you.
If you already own and love the original, you would still like this, but I don’t think you need to own both unless you’re a collector!