[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] So, a French fragrance press release is always a thing of joy for its ever hopeful impression of the ideal women. In this instance, this new iteration of Idole is a celebration, apparently, of women who set standards, challenge societal norms and change the world for the better. Without forgetting the absolute standard of symbolising sensuality and confidence (i.e. melts instantly at the touch of a handsome chap after just having broken some balls in the boardroom and then driven off on a motorbike wearing a ballgown to stroke kittens, stopping only for a flirty glass of wine and no food). But in this case, I’m wrong (in part) to be cynical. The three female creators of this fragrance (Nadege le Garlantezec, Shyamala Mainsondieu and Adriana Medina) are representative of culture and age and although they don’t feature as they should on the Lancome website (eye roll – the brand ‘face’, Zendaya, is beautiful but predictably 24) The Cut has a fantastic article on them HERE. These are the women I want to make all the perfume!

Lancome Tient Idole L’Intense

The bottle – oh my! It has a rose gold metallic lacquer coating in the now well-known slim bottle that prefers to lie on its side than stand up. It’s stunning – you can see the globs of air moving about like mercury. I was cynical about this bottle style to start with but really, I am a convert now – it’s ornamental.

Lancome Tient Idole L’Intense

The fragrance itself is floral and woody with rose, jasmine and white chypre – and a warmer, more embracing version. The first spritz is about the flowers while the dry down takes on patchouli and cedar without the ever present vanilla disappearing. It’s deeper and fuller than I expected it to be – I’m not a fan of vanilla in high street fragrances – too cup-cakey for my taste – but lots of people love it (which is why it’s present in so many). With spritzing not as readily available, I’d suggest that you read as many reviews as possible – if you liked the original I think you will like this as an autumnal, nestling version. Stroking kittens optional. From £54 HERE, non affiliate HERE.

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