You sure know already the brilliant French cosmetic brand Lancôme… what you might not know yet is that its soon a hundred years old and that it definitely was a major hit at its very first day of existence! “Tropiques”, “Tendre nuit” (tender night, in English), “Conquête” (conquest, in English)… The name of the brand’s first perfumes were already an invitation to a be a strong and amazingly perfumes woman.
Very bold, the first ads of the thirties presented two women scantily clad and with a fierceness that had rarely been seen. Far from being frowned at, these ad really marked the entrance of Lancôme in the crew of the rare brands that manage to mix elegance with a daring and unique sense of femininity. The neo-French girl was to fall in love with the brand, in a word.
From then, the reputation was made: clever, audacious, nice and enhancing a new kind of womanhood that emerged in the thirties – the amazon woman, sure of her and everything she does – Lancôme was to be the brand designed to help and embrace all women with beauty and unique fragrances. And that set of mind is still infused in the wide range of products Lancôme sells and creates today.
Nowadays, Lancôme is known for its boldness, avant-garde and very subtle and powerful sense of beauty and elegance. Whether tackling make-up, perfumery or skincare, all Lancôme products are pieces of jewellery of beauty industry. Picking a Lancôme fragrance, in a way, is at once picking a piece of history and a piece of audacity and elegant femininity. Need I say more or shall we go through their top fragrances? C’est parti!
Idole: the modern self-made woman’s elixir
Idôle is the latest addition to the Lancôme fragrance collection. And frankly, what they managed is a real coup: far from all existing oriental, floral, chypre, modern and cool-ish perfumes, Idôle stands out as an innovative and unique scent.
Designed by three women – a fragrance by women for women – Idôle is the scent of that “glow” we all are eager to develop and let thrive in our personality. Radiant, powerful womanhood is at the heart of this creation.
Idôle is a light yet strong chypre with floral notes and that makes it irresistibly modern. Roses are the heart of this Lancôme fragrance – this very noble and profound note of the highest of perfumery is really the soul of Idôle.
Then, the scent of the absolute jasmine oil comes out as a sirupy, warm and very feminine embrace that wraps you up in delicacy and charm. As a final accord, a white chypre made of white petals and soft musks.
Idôle is really a fragrance to let you embrace your own glowing and solar self. An invitation to be your utter elegant, charming and bold self. Pure chypré, Idôle is love and modern femininity embottled that will set your mind on achieving all that you want to achieve.
LANCOME IDOLE PERFUME REVIEW
La Vie est Belle: joie de vivre in a magic bottle
La Vie est Belle is a fragrance for the happiest, merriest, joyfullest of women. And all of us that need a little push to be that glad and grateful for life every day.
I have to translate the name of that fragrance to help you if you don’t get it: La Vie est Belle means life is beautiful in French and that is a definite uplift in your daily life.
This is a gourmet and gourmand fragrance with sweet and joyful notes. First, a peachy pear and round blackberry that come strengthened by a heart of Pallida iris, orange flower absolute and Sambac jasmine.
Across all these floral and fruity scents, the brilliant iris joins the background of profound patchouli and vibrates as the queen scent of the fragrance. The “accord gourmand” that the combination of all these scents conveys is like a second skin radiant glow that lifts your spirit.
In its precious crystal bottle evoking the shape of a smile, La Vie est Belle is a tribute to a solar femininity that evolves in happiness and spreads joy all around her.
Like a declaration of love to life and yourself, La Vie est Belle is a fragrance that will rock your world and attitude everyday. Lasting quite well on skin and clothes, La Vie est Belle can be your merry and elegant signature in any situation.
La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme Perfume Review
Trésor: a fragrance for the ultimate woman in love
Trésor – treasure, in English – is… really a treasure of perfumery! Launched in 1990, it has been soon over three decades that this fragrance celebrating love is a signature for the women who love to be in love.
Subtle and romantic, this perfume is a tribute to the precious moments of life and an absolute go-to for the women who like light yet seductive and feel-good scents.
The Trésor recipe was made by Sophie Grosjean, a genius French perfumer. She said of her composition that she got inspiration from the uber feminine women who love to sign every one of their steps. Trésor is then as fruity and floral as it recalls some oriental vibe.
First, rose petals, apricot flowers and peach tree flowers open the way for the very delicate lily of the valley, vanilla, heliotrope and iris – these flowers mixed up with the sweet vanilla embody femininity. A woody background of sandalwood and musk are the final notes to that elegant and precious creation.
Trésor is a fragrance for women who know their worth, do not hesitate to be as elegantly badass as they want to be, with subtlety and irreverence.
Trésor is as much a mood than it is a fragrance: your whole attitude is transformed and welcomes love, passion, amazing adventures as soon as you press the precious diamond-shaped bottle to wear its nectar at the crook of your neck.
Lancome Tresor Fragrance Review (1990)
Ô de Lancôme: freshness and sensuality bound in a luxury Eau
Spontaneity is one of the most charming ways to behave and live according to. And when the freshness and vivifying air of spontaneity is embottled by Lancôme in one of its precious Ô, it is a treasure you can offer yourself to wear it on your skin all day long.
Ô de Lancôme is like a tribute to the very whimsical lifestyle of careless and charismatic women all over the globe… with a Paris touch on top of it.
Ô de Lancôme has a dainty spirit, with precious and fresh notes that will elevate your spirit and your mood in a gleeful manner. Lime, lemon, mandarin and bergamot are the start of this race towards a joyful sophistication soon followed by the delicate and green scents of jasmine, basil, rosemary and coriander.
Oak tree moss, sandalwood and vetiver are the background touches that really bring up together all the earthy, fresh and subtle notes of Ô de Lancôme.
If you ever need to cool down, have some time for yourself as much as feel fresh, beautiful and pure, this eau de toilette is definitely a must-have.
Ô de Lancôme is a fragrance rarely seen in women’s perfumery for it is really green and earthy with few floral notes, leaving space for citrus fruits and woody scents to thrive. Have a bit of it as soon as you get out of the shower on your bare skin for an ultimate experience.
O De Lancome Perfume Review
Miracle: floral and spicy like you
Miracle is a floral-oriental worth looking into. As many Lancôme fragrance, it is a celebration of life and femininity, opulent and subtle, complex and yet carrying a very simple single message: life is a miracle, and so are you. Capturing meaningful and happy moments in an ultra-feminine bottle and girly pink nectar, Miracle is the key to your everyday style and attitude.
Very sweet and fruity, this oriental rather than floral – though you could argue on that – is a candy to be worn at the crook of you neck. In the first instants, notes of lychee, freesia and pink berries burst out to leave the way for a very deep and artful bouquet: peony, Damascena rose, tender magnolia, bourbon pepper and ginger.
Spicy and feminine, like the most daring woman and the daring background of jasmine absolute, musk, patchouli and amber.
Miracle has something sweet and spicy that really lasts on your skin and leaves a trail that soon will become your signature scent. Sensual and daring as much as carrying wome candy-like innocence, Miracle has no age, no style, no frontier: it will lead your steps towards brighter day in all imaginable circumstances.
Lancome Miracle Blossom Fragrance Review
Hypnôse: a sensual and mesmerising elixir
Hypnôse – a name which English meaning you will easily figure out yourself! – is an oriental and woody fragrance. Mesmerising, sensual, this fragrance is really like some love potion you spread on your bare skin for your preys to come to you instantly.
Bewitching, Hypnôse will take you through days and nights with its voluptuous and very sophisticated scent. Signature and seduction weapon, Hypnôse is grandiose.
The funniest thing about Lancôme’s Hypnôse is that its head note, the first scent bursting out as you press the bottle, is passion flower, a plant known for its calming and resting effects on the human body when used as a medicine.
But don’t be fooled: it is not named “passion flower” for the sake of nothing – it will awaken your inner temptress: cold blood and irresistible charm will be poured upon you.
Along with this first outburst of passion flower, notes of jasmine and solar flowers will bring something feminine and innocent to Hypnôse, to better hide its very high seduction power.
The oriental background made of vetiver and vanilla will take you to the most sensual side of this Lancôme fragrance and acts as the key to the whole fragrance’s complex scent.
Hypnôse is a vertigo: you can not know when its effect will fade since it is a very strong and charming fragrance with a lot more to it than its mere scent. Hypnôse is a mood, an attitude and its deep sensuality will help you get whoever you are looming over… for a passionate night.
Hypnose By Lancome Fragrance Review
Magie Noire: the bewitching love filter by Lancôme
Magie Noire is a potion even more attractive and bewitching than Hypnôse. Of all the Lancôme fragrances, Magie Noire – “black magic” – might well be the more oriental perfume you can find.
This fragrance has something of a love filter, something very deep and profound for passionate women with a keen sense of sensuality.
Magie Noire’s composition is very natural: floral, oriental and woody, what the Lancôme perfumers put in the cauldron is very complex and captivating. First, Bulgaria rose and cassis blossom open the way for a delicate and yet bursting jasmine and sweet ylang-ylang. Then, notes of amber, sandalwood and patchouli give a final and more masculine, earthy note that lets all of Hypnôse sensuality explode.
Conceived as a tribute to seduction and passionate love stories, Magie Noire is derived from the original Magie, more floral and less voluptuous. This darker and more mystic version of the fragrance will suit all women with a seductive instinct and inclination for passion.
Do not think that Magie Noire is a whim: your whole DNA aligns with the power of this fragrance as is you had always been the hypnotising and amazing woman you dreamt to be.
Lancôme, sensuality made real
Lancôme celebrates women and all their seductive instincts. Whether they are dreamy romantics or mystical temptresses, you are sure to find the essence of your very sense at the heart of a Lancôme fragrance bottle. Women are at the heart of all of their creation, and you deeply feel it.
Made with the modt refined flowers by the better perfumers, Lancôme’s fragrances will lift up your spirits and make your days brighter each time you wear it – and be careful, this is highly addictive… though very highly recommended.