Forgive my brief absence. I spent a few days in beautiful West Wales with family (the photograph is of Cenarth Falls, Pembrokeshire). Sadly I did not make it to nearby Caldey Island, nor did I manage to purchase the world famous Lavender soliflore that the Monks of Caldey make. It’s considered the best Lavender soliflore in the world by none other than Luca Turin himself. There is still time though. I’ll be going back when there are fewer big waves.
I reviewed Lancome’s La Vie est Belle earlier in my blog and found it pretty, but a little too gourmand for true love. At the time I remember wishing they’d crank up the flowers and phase out the praline. Well, it looks like my wish came true.
La Vie est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Legere is a perfect balance. You can still smell the Angel influence (as with most modern gourmands) but they have turned up the volume on the Jasmine (Jasmine Sambac to be precise) and really toned down the Caramel and Praline notes that put me off the original.
I also found the top Blackcurrant note very pleasing and more noticeable this time round. As much as I dislike red fruit and an over use of berries in scent, I rather like a touch of thirst quenching Blackcurrant if it’s done without too much sweetness.
I did hesitate before reviewing this since I have already covered La Vie est Belle, but I found this different enough to merit its own review. The drawback is that you will still smell like other people. It’s very mainstream. Imagine if you diluted Angel by 90%, added some fresh, sharp blackcurrants and filled the gaps with radiant Jasmine. You’d pretty much have this at the end. I found this far more wearable than the original, and wouldn’t turn down a bottle, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it. A good scent though: very pretty.