“Make me a fragrance that smells like love.”
Whenever I read these words by Christian Dior, I can only think of one perfume: La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme. It is one of those fragrances in my not-so-huge-but-nice-collection that is very close to my heart for various reasons. I was introduced to this Lancôme perfume by a dear friend, and when I smelled it for the first time, I understood what it is like to meet your perfume soulmate. This iconic fragrance made its way to my collection at a very special time. It was the perfume I wore on my wedding day, and even today, when I wear it, I only think of the day I got married. La Vie Est Belle in French means Life is Beautiful, and not to exaggerate, but no matter how shitty my day is, wearing this scent makes me feel like life is indeed beautiful. My friend and I loved this fragrance so much and believed in the fact that despite all odds, life is beautiful with each other and otherwise. We got a tattoo to celebrate our bond and mutual love for this perfume by inking it on our wrists forever. It is a constant reminder to both of us that even in hard times there is a hope for life to be beautiful.
La Vie Est Belle was launched by Lancôme in 2012, and as the brand suggests, they crafted this scent with the idea of beauty in simplicity, freedom from conventions and the choice to envisage one’s happiness. It is inspired by the idea of finding joy and pleasure in the small things of life. This perfume was developed by master perfumers over three years and 5000 trial and errors to craft the perfect blend. The perfume opens with fruity top notes of black currant and pear, which fade into the heart notes of orange blossom and jasmine. The last notes that linger are warm and gourmand with a powdery accord of patchouli, vanilla, and praline. La vie belle is super long lasting and has a heavy sillage, which can be noticed from a few feet away. Five to six sprits of this perfume on your pulse points stay put on your skin even during the hot and humid summers of Mumbai and don’t need re-application through the day. This perfume comes in EDP concentration and is ideal for evening wear.
Rating: 5/5 (Secretly wishing I could give it a 10/5)
Though I got this one from the Shoppers Stop store, where Lancôme has its full range, you can also buy it online here.