Lancome La Vie Est Belle Iris Absolu: An Intensely Jubilant Rendition
Oh, Lancôme…How you love your La Vie Est Belle flankers. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there is yet another one. The original was released in 2012, and here we are with its 33rd flanker in merely 11 years. Who can blame them? The rampant success of the line speaks for itself. I am not knocking the fragrances, because it’s a great line. It just seems a bit…excessive.
However, Iris Absolu has caught my eye. It has fig. I adore fig. It is one of my favorite notes, and the promise of a joyful iris to boot? Okay, Lancôme, I will listen to your 538th flanker marketing. You got me…Hook, line, and sinker.
As the name suggests, the fragrance features the line’s iconic Iris Pallida, with its fresh fruitiness overdosed to 10x the concentration of previous iterations, which is combined with a lovely green fig accord and juicy blackcurrant. Beautiful jasmine awaits in the heart with the sunny smile of orange blossom. A base of clean patchouli and iris.
This fragrance has all the makings of what I would love to smell on a woman. Florals, fresh fruity notes, and some clean green accords to boot. This appears to possibly be a spring release, which is perfectly in line with the encroaching season here in North America. I can see this one being a hit, given that it is executed as well as it sounds.
The bottle features what they call an “infinite crystal smile”, but I like to think of it as the last raindrop sinking into a puddle in the spring, after the ran subsides and the sun’s beauty shines once again. The perfume itself is pink, which s no surprise given the line is it featured in. The iconic wings also radiate from the neck of the fragrance, showcasing the history of the infamous line. La Vie Est Belle Iris Absolu can be had for £97.00 for 50 and £130.00 for 100ml on Lancome’s UK Site.