Poême 

Vintage Poême (Lancôme 1995) is round and luminous. The honey-hued florals are alternately soapy and juicy, and while that sounds rather odd it doesn’t present as anything but a perfect sort of beauty… Imagine taking a peach infused milk bath in a clawfoot bathtub with fresh mimosa, angel’s trumpets, freesia, and daffodil bouquets in a…

Climat

With a strong green aldehydic opening, Climat (Lancôme 1967 ) is vintage at the start. As it continues with lots of violet, a soft, warm peach and a poignant vetiver, amber, and bamboo it’s quite stunning. Then, this dramatic classic proceeds into a languid, gorgeous rosy glow. Really, from start to finish this fragrance transcends…

La Vie Est Belle

La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme (2012) is a luminous, bright gourmand with elegant, fruity floral opening notes and a sweet, warm but playful base. The notes of black currant and iris are particularly pleasant and noticeable throughout.  It’s cheerful, friendly and, as the name suggests, beautiful. Top notes: pear and black currant.  Middle notes:…

Trésor

Trésor is a delicate, complex, feminine composition of fruity, warm florals (Lancôme 1990).   It smells a bit toasted too, with a certain quiet, serene sweetness.  A rich and lush rose is drenched in musk, vanilla and sandalwood.  It opens bright but ends with a subtlety that is indeed sublime. Top notes:  pineapple, lilac, peach, apricot…

Magie Noire

According to Fragrantica, Magie Noire (Lancôme 1978) is a “figure eight” fragrance that ends where it begins, not conforming to the regular pattern scents make with their respective top, middle and base notes.  On my skin, Magie Noire “opens” with a wild, green, sensual, galbanum, bergamot, cedar, sandalwood, spicy, amber, patchouli, musk, incense, oakmoss and civet…