Lancome La Vie Est Belle vs Lancome La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal - Fragrance Review and Comparison #gifted

Hi, dolls! 
As previously mentioned, Lancome was kind enough to gift me some of their fragrances and their classic La Vie Est Belle was one of the scents I was sent. Since I wanted to try and review the new LVEB Soleil Cristal, I decided to review them together and compare. If you're interested to find out more, let's get right into the review! 



La Vie Est Belle by Lancome was launched in 2012 and it's a Floral Fruity Gourmand fragrance. I think this fragrance is such a classic that everyone has at least smelled it once in their life. The opening gives me a burst of pear and black currant and as it settles, I start to smell the jasmine. It has praline, vanilla, patchouli and tonka bean in it's base notes, so it comes to no surprise that this is a very sweet scent. 

Top Notes: Black Currant, Pear
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Iris, Orange Blossom
Bottom Notes: Praline, Vanilla, Patchouli, Tonka Bean

La Vie Est Belle is a familiar scent which is normal seeing as this is a well known fragrance. It's sweet and warm and very long lasting. This fragrance has an excellent sillage, you can always tell if someone is wearing it. However, because it's so known and almost everyone I know uses it, it's no longer as unique to me as it once was. I personally don't reach for it as much as when it was first released but I still think it's a beautiful scent! 



The newest La Vie Est Belle addition, LVEB Soleil Cristal is a Chypre Floral fragrance launched in 2021. In my opinion, it's so different than the original LVEB and definitely not as sweet. I think that's the reason I love it so much. The bottle is so unique and beautiful and it made me want this fragrance before I even smelled it. 

Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Mandarin Orange, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Iris, Orange Blossom, Jasmine
Bottom Notes: Coconut, Patchouli, Vanilla

I don't really smell the top notes of this fragrance, I immediately start to smell a beautiful mix of Ylang-Ylang, Iris, Jasmine, Vanilla and Coconut and as it settles, the coconut and vanilla become even more apparent. It's the perfect scent for summer, although I can see myself wearing it all year round. You either like coconut or you don't. If you do, you'll enjoy this scent as much as I did. I think I'd buy this bottle even if I didn't like the scent simply because it's so unique and gorgeous! 

Final Thoughts
Out of the two, I personally prefer the Soleil Cristal version, however I think the original La Vie Est Belle is a safer blind buy from the two. Don't get me wrong, I love the original but I've been smelling it for as long as I can remember and it's no longer the scent I'd reach for. When it comes to the Soleil Cristal, I really like the added Coconut note. It makes the scent perfect for summer and once you smell it, you can literally imagine yourself at the beach. I'd say go for the newest version if you like coconut in your fragrances and reach for the original if you prefer sweeter and much warmer scents. 

I wanted to say big thank you to Lancome once again for gifting me their La Vie Est Belle fragrance! I really enjoyed comparing the two scents together. Let me know down below in the comments which of the two you'd prefer - I'd love to see what you guys think! xo

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22 comments

  1. Lancome perfumes are amazing and top quality! I love your review of them both and I'm glad you've enjoyed them x

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  2. I haven't smelt the the newer one but I definitely think it appeals to me more, especially as it isn't as sweet. Great comparison post.

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  3. I wasn’t aware of the new scent until u mentioned it in your previous post. The added coconut note sounds really interesting, something I’d wear in summer. I have to check it out now! Great review and comparison

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  4. I love La Vie est Belle! The bottle is phenomenal 🤩

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  5. Not the biggest fan of coconut but would like to still smell it xx

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  6. Lancome’s fragrances are classic! I love la vie est belle and love the comparison. I’d have to smell the new one because I’m not sure about the coconut. Great post x

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    1. I hope to get to try their new scent :) x

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  7. I can't stop staring at the Crystal bottle - it's gorgeous!

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  8. The new addition sounds really interesting to me. U making me want it!

    xx Kate

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    1. I really like it! Hope you get to try it xx

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  9. I love La Vie Est Belle and based on your review, I think it would be my favorite compared to the other one. I love the bottle of Soleil Cristal though! xoxo

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    1. Yeah I think people will like one or the other more! xo

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  10. I really wish we could smell something online!! Such a shame because Its so hard finding fragrances in where I live in sweden xx Milie

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  11. Love them both and a good way to stay with a signature scent with just a little change for summer! Life is Beautiful!! ;-)

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