Samples, samples, samples… which brand should we focus on today? I think I’ll go with… Lancôme.

     You just got an exclusive glimpse into how my mind works – are you bored yet? I apologize if this is some of the worst writing you’ve ever had the misfortune to read, but I’m feeling under the weather (currently -7 and light snow – written in December). Actually, I’m most likely going to delete all of this and start from scratch when I’m feeling better… or maybe not. So, let’s discuss Lancôme, yes?

     I find it so funny that I’ve always attributed adjectives such as exclusive and expensive to Lancôme, when really, they’re owned by L’Oréal, one of the most generic drugstore brands in Canada when it comes to cosmetics. Regardless, I still think highly of them in terms of perfumery. Why, I’d be stupid not to – they make some of the most famous names in the industry.

     Here are my quick thoughts about each of the fragrances:

Lancôme Trésor sample

Lancôme Trésor sample

1.) Lancôme Trésor: I have nothing to say about this fragrance. My most sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

     This is a 1990 release, with top notes of lily-of-the-valley, apricot blossom, peach, lilac, pineapple, rose, and bergamot. The first word that comes to mind is airy – despite a rather heavy base, the fragrance sort of floats on your skin. The fruit notes help to dampen the rose, forming a sweet, warm floral fragrance. Lovely to try as a  sample, but I’ll pass on a full size.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle sample

Lancome La Vie Est Belle sample

2.) Lancôme La Vie Est Belle: this is the perfume that Giorgio Armani’s Si is supposed to resemble. I wasn’t particularly fond of Si, so let’s hope the rumours are false.

     This is a 2012 release, with top notes of pear, and black currant. Praline is listed in the base notes, but on Fragrantica it is rated as the most powerful note. I can absolutely recognize a profound similarity between this and Si, in their sweet candy-like note. However, this smells more floral than Si, with a wonderful base of patchouli. In addition, there is a nutty aspect to it that I find works well with the floral notes. Overall, a lovely if rather unremarkable fragrance.

Collective thoughts about what I’ve sniffed today: perhaps I have more sniffing to do before I find a Lancôme perfume I really love. Any suggestions?

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