How to choose a fragrance + La Vie Est Belle L’Eau Légère.

La Vie Est Belle Legere

If you haven’t smelt the original La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme, now might be a good time to do it. In my opinion LVEB was one of the most interesting scents realised last year. Lancôme has just launched a sister fragrance La Vie Est Belle Legérè.

Lancôme says it’s a lighter more luminous version of the La Vie Est Belle l’eau de parfum. It still has it’s distinctive sweetness, but not so powerful. You will still find it has a tasty iris though but with added veil of white musk.

I love the original so I’m not surprised I like the new one too. I find it less sweet and just a tiny bit fresher. It’s not L’eau de toalate! La Vie Est belle Legere is still an ‘eau du parfum. If you had a chance to try the LVEB l’eau de parfum and found it overpowering but there was still something you liked about it, I’d suggest you go down to the counter and try the new La Vie Est Belle Legérè.
It could also be a great day time fragrance, where the original, the slightly more intense La Vie Est Belle, could be a going out scent.

Lancome Fragrance LVEB

So how to choose your perfect scent?

There’re only a few rules really.

  • It’s good to know what you like. Think what scents you loved the most in the past. Than tell the consultant about the fragrances you liked in the past to help them to show you fragrances that have some similarities. It will save your nose from a dozen of scents that are not up your street.


  • Your nose is only able to smell about 3 different scents and then it’s not able to distinguish all the differences. There’s a trick though you can use. When you smelt a few scents sniffing onto some coffee beens helps to neutralise all the scents and unblocks your noses sense of smell. If there’s no coffee on counter for you to sniff, the best thing you can do is try your two favourite ones on your skin.


  • Most fragrances will smell much better on the skin than on the blotter. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes to settle, especially if you’re finding it difficult to decide on one. It will allow the top notes to settle and alcohol to evaporate, giving you a better indication how this scent will smell on you.

I loved the original LVEB so much, that I’m currently on my second bottle of it. I’ve had so many complements when wearing this fragrance that I’m quite excited to start using my La Vie Est Belle Légère, but I feel guilty to just retire the other one so I will probably use one for the day and other for the evening.

La Vie Est Belle Legere by Lancome


Fragrance is a very individual thing. So don’t make your decision on someone elses judgement. If you love a scent and your sister/friend doesn’t so much, it doesn’t mean it’s not lovely. She/he just has different taste than you and that’s fine. My sister will never go for a scent, which is sweet. I on the other hand love a bit powdery and flowery scents and don’t mind the sweet ones too. I love La Vie Est Belle and get enormous amount of complements when I wear it. She finds it far to sweet and it’s a big no for her. The moral of the story is to have a spritz, have a sniff and chose what tickles your fancy!

Have you got any tips on how to choose a fragrance? Please share them in the comments below.


  • Reply November 28, 2014


    Hi there, I loved reading your article; I can totally relate to your story as well, I went shopping today and got my 1st LVEB eau legere and I’m so in love with it even though is not so different from the original eau de parfum,

    Thanks for the tips too.

    • Reply December 15, 2014


      Aww thank you. I’m glad I could help. I hope you’re still enjoying it. x

  • Reply February 12, 2017


    I just purchased the “La Vie Est Belle Intense” after I purchased the “de parfum version”. I made the mistake thinking that the “Intense” was a little stronger; but, immediately realized that it smells stronger, but, the actual scent is way different than the actual “parfum”…

    • Reply February 13, 2017


      Hi Sher,

      Oh yes, a few brands have done that before. I agree that it can be very confusing or even miss leading for a customer. Brands often add some stronger ingredients to their ‘intense’ version of fragrance, more woody or spicy. Tose ingredients make the sent more intense to our sense of smell. However, that’s not always what makes your scent last longer. ETD has less perfume and is always the most settle and doesn’t last as long. EDP last longer and finally you can sometimes purchase pure pafume, which will often come in the form of oil. A tiny bottle 5ml can be more expensive than 100ml of EDP. But when you’re using pure oils you need just a drop.

      Thank you for taking your time to comment. I hope I get to hear from you soon.

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