Established in 1935, Lancome is one of the most enduring and prestigious cosmetic companies in the world. Their success is partially due to their stunning array of fragrances. We’ll introduce you to some of the best perfumes they have to offer, from the 1990s classic Tresor to the newcomer Idole.
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Lancome Perfume Top Picks
- Best Selling Lancome Perfume: La Vie Est Belle
- Best Lancome Perfume for Women: Tresor
- Best Lancome Perfume for Men: Hypnose Homme
- Newest Lancome Perfume: Idole
This is just the beginning when it comes to Lancome fragrances.
Top List of 10 Best Lancome Perfumes
We’ve narrowed it down to the ten best Lancome perfumes on the market today. We’ll describe each one and let you know more about its notes and performance, as well as who should wear it and when.
1. Lancome Tresor
Lancome Tresor was launched in the early nineties, making it one of Lancome’s longest celebrated perfumes. It is a quintessential fruity-floral fragrance, but a slight warmth makes it more mature. This makes it an excellent choice for a mature and confident woman. The scent opens with flirty and fresh notes of peach, rose, and apricot blossom. These blend into heady floral notes of iris, heliotrope, and rose. Ultimately, Tresor dries to base notes of apricot, sandalwood, and amber. Sillage is moderate to heavy, meaning it’s guaranteed to catch the attention of people near you. Longevity is also moderate to long-lasting, so you can wear it with confidence knowing it’ll last all day long. Tresor is versatile enough to fit any situation. The overall fruity-floral scent will make warm, bright summer days seem even brighter or perk you up during a grey winter day.
2. Lancome Hypnose
Lancome Hypnose perfume has a uniquely twisted purple bottle. And its scent is just as unique – sweet, sunny, and floral all in one. Hypnose is the ideal fragrance for a woman who enjoys all things light, sweet, flowery, and feminine. Hypnose opens with a sweet and tropical burst of passionflower. Fragrant white flowers, including gardenia and jasmine, form the middle notes. This fruity-floral blend dries beautifully into base notes of vanilla and vetiver. This fragrance has a moderate to heavy sillage, meaning it’ll definitely get you noticed in a crowd. Longevity is equally great, so you can continue catching attention and getting compliments all day. The vanilla and jasmine notes give this scent an incredibly sexy and alluring air. We highly recommend it for first dates.
3. Lancome La Vie Est Belle
This perfume’s bottle belies the feminine fragrance inside; delicately pink with a black tulle tie around the cap. Lancome La Vie Est Belle is best described as powdery, gourmand, and sweet, and is perfect for any spirited and lively woman. La Vie Est Belle begins with delicious top notes of black currant and juicy green pear. Afterward, middle notes of iris, jasmine, and orange blossom add a floral dynamic. Oriental base notes of praline, vanilla, and patchouli make the scent richer and fuller. This is one of Lancome’s top-performing perfumes. Sillage is consistent and, in some cases, enormous. You’ll definitely leave an impression when you wear this scent. La Vie Est Belle is also long-lasting, making it ideal for all-day wear. Since the patchouli, tonka, and praline make this scent quite heavy and spicy, we recommend La Vie Est Belle for colder seasons.
4. Lancome Magie Noire
Lancome Magie Noire is an alluring scent meant for an equally glamorous woman. This is an unorthodox scent in terms of how it’s structured. After sitting on the skin long enough that all top, middle, and base notes have opened, it suddenly reverses, and the middle and top notes emerge again. It eventually ends on the top notes it started with. Upon first spritz, Magie Noire fills the air with top notes of galbanum, cassis, and hyacinth. These give way to middle notes of honey, cedar, and orris root. This blend eventually calms to base notes of musk, oakmoss, and varied spices. This scent is another top-performer from Lancome. It’s second only to La Vie Est Belle in terms of sillage and longevity. In keeping with the glitz and glamour of this scent, we recommend it for special moments that demand a little extra.
5. Lancome Miracle
Lancome Miracle perfume was launched at the turn of the century in 2000. This scent is bright and flirty, yet sophisticated. We recommend it for any woman who wants to feel mature and capable without sacrificing excitement and fun. Miracle’s top notes are a fruity-floral cocktail of litchi and freesia. These blur beautifully into heady, spicy middle notes of magnolia, pepper, and jasmine. The base layer includes even more jasmine notes, which are laced gorgeously with amber and musky notes. This scent’s moderate sillage and longevity make it perfect for everyday wear since it can last all day long without offending more sensitive noses. Wear Tip
Due to the peppery and musky notes, we especially recommend Miracle for crisp fall days.
6. Lancome Idole
Launched in 2019, Lancome Idole is the most recent addition to the Lancome lineup. But in the short time it’s been available, it’s made quite an impression. This is an entirely floral fragrance reminiscent of happy spring days. Pear and bergamot kick this perfume off on a fresh, fruity, and sparkling note. Flowery middle notes of Turkish rose and Indian jasmine make the scent even more uplifting and feminine. Idole leaves the skin with sweet and creamy base notes of musk and vanilla. Idole has a soft to moderate sillage. Its moderate longevity enables the scent to last all day. The fruity-floral (emphasis on floral) elements of this perfume make it ideal for youthful, spirited women. It’s perfect for everyday wear, especially in the spring or summertime.
7. Lancome Poeme
Lancome Poeme has a unique structure because the notes don’t unfurl in typical order. Instead, one top note reveals itself, then a middle note appears, and then a base note, before the cycle begins again. This creates an incredibly layered scent unlike anything else you’ve ever smelled. Poeme opens with rich, mature top notes of narcissus, datura flower, and peach. Middle notes of mimosa, vanilla flower, and tuberose add heady sweetness; and base notes of orange blossom, amber, and tonka bean build upon that foody-floral dynamic. Poeme is one of the heavier perfumes from Lancome, which means some may find it overpowering in close quarters or on hot days. However, it’s perfect for cold seasons and crisp weather. The unique, tangled structure of Poeme makes it perfect for women who appreciate the unorthodox. It’s especially fitting if you love sweet scents with a heavy floral emphasis.
8. Lancome Hypnose Homme
Just like its feminine counterpart, Lancome Hypnose Homme is great for men who want the most out of life. Authentic French lavender gives it a touch of sweetness, while warm cardamom, chilly mint, and bright bergamot add a fresh and spicy dynamic. Hypnose Homme opens with an interesting blend of cooling, aromatic mint, zesty bergamot, and warm cardamom. A middle note of pure French lavender forms the heart of this fragrance. These notes all rest beautifully on a musky bed of patchouli, amber, and musk. Sillage is moderate to heavy, meaning a trail of spicy musk will follow you everywhere you go. Longevity also lands somewhere between moderate and long-lasting. We love this cologne for colder seasons and climate-controlled areas, such as office buildings. The mint sprigs and cardamom seeds give Hypnose Homme a uniquely festive fragrance that fits beautifully with the holiday season.
9. Lancome Miracle Homme
Lancome Miracle Homme is woody, warm, and spicy. The total effect is steadying, masculine, and energizing. Miracle Homme is great for masculine, hardworking men who want to make an impression. Miracle Homme has nose-tinglingly spicy top notes of pimento and oakmoss. Coffee, cedar, and Brazilian rosewood form the woody middle layer, and base notes of maple, guaiac wood, and mahogany cement that woodiness. Miracle Homme’s moderate sillage makes it noticeable without being overwhelming. It also has moderate longevity, meaning the fragrance can last most of the day with no issue. We highly recommend Miracle Homme for colder weather, and particularly for outdoor winter events. The sharpness of the pimento and coffee notes are sure to catch attention.
10. Lancome O de Lancome
This is the freshest and most citrusy perfume in the Lancome catalog. O de Lancome’s herbal middle notes give it a spicy touch, while floral and green notes keep the fragrance bright and feminine. O de Lancome is an excellent choice for a woman who is just as bright and uplifting as the scent itself is. O de Lancome blooms with verdant top notes of lemon, bergamot, and honeysuckle. Middle notes of basil, rosemary, and coriander spice things up before descending into earthy base notes of oakmoss, vetiver, and sandalwood. This is a moderate fragrance in terms of sillage and longevity. This makes the scent very versatile, since it can be worn in many situations and around all kinds of people regardless of scent sensitivities. The citrus notes are reminiscent of an orchard beneath the sun, making this a perfect refresher on long, hot summer days.
Choosing Your Lancome Perfume
Use these three tips to find the perfect Lancome perfume for you, whether you’re shopping online or in-store.
Find a scent in your preferred fragrance family. Perfumes are often grouped into “families” depending on their most dominant notes. There are four main scent families: floral, fresh, woody, and oriental.
Floral: These perfumes smell like fresh-cut flowers. Common floral notes include rose, jasmine, and gardenia. Fans of floral scents will like these Lancome perfumes:
Fresh: These perfumes smell like citrus and/or herbs. Typical fresh notes include bergamot, lemon, and rosemary. Fans of fresh scents will like Lancome perfumes such as:
- O de Lancome
Woody: These perfumes smell like woods and forests. Common woody notes include sandalwood, vetiver, and patchouli. Fans of woody scents will like these Lancome perfumes:
- Magie Noire
- Miracle Homme
Oriental: These perfumes smell like spices and incense. Typical oriental notes include vanilla, myrrh, and musk. Fans of oriental scents will like these Lancome perfumes:
- Hypnose Homme
- La Vie Est Belle
Know the difference between Eau de toilettes and Eau de parfums. Lancome perfumes come in two formats – eau de toilette and eau de parfum.
Eau de toilettes have a small concentration of perfume oil versus other ingredients, typically five to fifteen percent. This means they have lighter sillage and shorter longevity than Eau de parfums. Lancome Eau de toilettes include:
- Hypnose Homme
- Magie Noire
- Miracle Homme
- O de Lancome
Eau de parfums have a large concentration of perfume oil versus other ingredients, typically fifteen to twenty percent. This means they have stronger sillage and longer longevity than Eau de toilettes. Lancome Eau de parfums include:
- La Vie Est Belle
We recommend Eau de toilettes if you’re sensitive to smells or spend a lot of time around people. If you like stronger smells and aren’t bothered by heavy perfumes, try an Eau de parfum.
Layering the perfume with Lancome
Layer the scent with lotions, shower gels, and more. Think about the other cosmetics you use in your everyday life, and select a perfume that will match well with the products you already use and love. If you want to stick to layering the same scent, these Lancome perfumes available in other formats, such as lotions, body creams, and shower gels.
- La Vie Est Belle
Frequently Asked Questions on Lancome Perfumes
What is the newest Lancome perfume?
The newest Lancome perfume currently is Lancome Idole, which was introduced in 2019.
What is the best Lancome perfume?
Your definition of “best” is unique, and depends heavily on your personal taste. If you’re not sure what you like yet, then your best bet will be likely one of these time-tested Lancome bestsellers: La Vie Est Belle, Poeme, and Tresor.
Is Lancome perfume cruelty-free?
Lancome perfumes are sold in countries that require animal testing, so Lancome perfume is not cruelty-free. They say they do not test on animals unless it’s required by law.
How much does Lancome perfume cost?
Depending on where you buy it, Lancome perfume can cost anywhere from $30 to $75 or more. If you want to test a scent before committing to a full-price bottle, try a smaller and more budget-friendly option like a rollerball.
How do I pronounce “Lancome?”
Lancome is pronounced with a prolonged and breathy “a” sound. So rather than saying “Lan-come,” like most English speakers would instinctively do, pronounce it as “Lahn-comb”.
How do I spot a fake Lancome perfume?
Use these tips to spot a fake Lancome perfume. 1) Pay attention to the price. If it’s suspiciously low and seems “too good to be true,” chances are it is. 2) Check the color of the liquid. Lancome doesn’t use dye in their products. If a perfume has an artificial-looking color, it’s likely a fake. 3) Inspect the bottle. Run your hand over it, feeling for imperfections like rough patches or contours.
The Story of Lancome
The story of Lancome begins almost one hundred years ago in Paris, France.
In 1935, a successful businessman named Armand Petitjean opened a small boutique intending to sell fragrances and other beauty products. He named it Lancome after an ancient castle, Le Chateau de Lancome, which had inspired him for years. This castle and its beautiful ruins would have an even larger impact on Lancome in the years to come. The wild roses that grew around the ruins inspired many of Lancome’s most famous fragrances, as well as its logo and branding.
A Timeline of Major Events in Lancome’s History
- 1935: Armand Petitjean founds Lancome.
- 1946: Lancome expands from its flagship store in Paris, France, to the UK.
- 1962: After years of struggle, Lancome establishes a perfume production plant, called the “Versailles de la Parfumerie,” in Chevilly Larue, France.
- 1964: L’Oreal acquires Lancome, allowing it to expand internationally.
- 1970: Petitjean dies at the age of 84. Before he passes away, he expresses happiness at having “lived enough for three lifetimes.”
- 1990: One of Lancome’s most enduring and popular fragrances, Tresor, hits the market. It’s so popular that it becomes the focal point of an exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City.
- 2011: Kate Winslet, actress and spokeswoman for Lancome, partners with Lancome to raise 150,000 euros for childhood autism awareness.
The Famous Faces of Lancome
Lancome has worked with some of the most established perfumers in the world, as well as several illustrious models and actresses. Here are just a few well-known faces of the Lancome brand.
Here is a list of perfume designers that created fragrance collections for Lancome.
Amandine Clerc-Marie: An award-winning perfumer who was instrumental in developing new fragrances for the bestselling Tresor collection.
Dominic Ropion: A master perfumer, widely regarded as one of the finest in the world, who helped develop the bestselling La Vie Est Belle collection.
Harry Fremont: A recent winner of the Fragrance Foundation’s 2017 Perfumer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award, who helped create fragrances for the Miracle collection.
Sophia Grojsman: An American Society of Perfume’s Lifetime Achievement award winner, and the creator of the original Tresor fragrance.
Thierry Wasser: A master perfumer most famous for his work with Guerlain, who created the Hypnose line.
Models featured by Lancome
One of the many famous people featured by Lancome are:
- Emma Watson: Most famous for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film adaptations, she is the face of the Tresor Midnight Rose perfume.
- Julia Roberts: An actress with roles in era-defining movies such as Pretty Woman, she is the face of the bestselling La Vie Est Belle fragrance.
- Isabella Rossellini: A world-famous model who was the face of Tresor for many years, before handing the torch to her daughter Elettra.
- Kate Winslet: An Academy Award-nominated actress, most famous for starring in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, who worked as a brand ambassador for Lancome for over a decade.
- Zendaya: A singer and actress, most famous for her role in 2017’s The Greatest Showman, who is the face of Lancome’s brand-new Idole fragrance.
Lancome Collections At a Glance
Lancome has produced many, many collections over the years. Here are some of the most popular ones available today.
- Hypnose: Seductive, captivating, and – dare we say – hypnotic fragrances for men and women.
- La Vie Est Belle: A top-selling range celebrating everything that makes life beautiful, with an emphasis on oriental and floral notes like vanilla and iris.
- Miracle: A joyful collection with vivid, youthful notes like vanilla and pear.
- Tresor: A timelessly elegant collection with celebratory notes like peach and apricot.
Final Thoughts on Lancome Perfume
Regardless of which Lancome perfume you choose, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the finest in ingredients and scents. However, make sure you’re shopping with a verified seller where you’ll enjoy the best discounted price.