Howdy, Posse folks! We’re headed into the mainstream today as well as the wayback machine, via the Lancome perfume counter at Dillard’s. On a recent visit , I tried a little spritz of their new Idole scent. They call it “an unapologetically modern, fresh fragrance with notes of bright citrus, clean rose, spotless jasmine, white musks and vanilla. At the core of this fragrance stands the most noble and iconic perfume ingredient, the rose. With four roses, Idôle’s modern, radiant, youthful rose is revealed …” Sure wish I had read this before I sampled, as I’m pretty rose-phobic. Actually, it wasn’t that bad, but it was three more roses than I care for, and they seemed to drown out the citrus, jasmine, vanilla, etc. for me.
But while I was there, after a moment of silence for the great Magie Noire, I did see two other Lancome scents that I’ve worn before and liked: Tresor and Poeme. (I know these often get a bad rap as overpowering, but they did debut in the ’90s.) I was a little afraid to try the current versions, so when I came home, I dug up my older decants.
Of the two, Poeme is probably my favorite. It has an unexpected structure and progression, and the blue Himalayan poppy and datura lily give it an unusual twist that makes it somewhat unique, at least on my skin. It winds down with a lovely warm, golden glow, beautifully in keeping with its yellow juice. To me it smells of happiness and kindness, and makes me want more than just my little vintage bit of it.
Tresor always brings to mind the beautiful, elegant Isabella Rossellini. The scent on me is big but pretty, the rose doesn’t overwhelm, and it does have a nice peachy appeal. But I noticed I’m getting some kind of ashy, smoky vibe from it, almost tobacco-like, that’s a bit jarring. It does dissipate somewhat, thankfully, and eases into a warm, honeyed aura that’s quite nice. I enjoy it overall, but wouldn’t want to give this a heavy-duty spraying. For me, it’s best worn in moderation, dabbed or with a very sparing single spray.
Have you tried the Lancome Idole? Or do you have a favorite Lancome fragrance? What are your favorite mainstream places to scent-shop?